Friday, October 30, 2009


I don't know how she managed to do it. I am the most dreadful knitter out there, and somehow she was able to teach me the basic skills to get started on my own (which, by the way, is a very big accomplishment) Just a couple of classes with Leah has given me the confidence to get my foot in the door....and with a sick little one still at home, it has been the perfect opportunity to practice my knit purl action. I have big plans for these little knittlings in progress, and soon I will hopefully be able to share that news with all of you. But for now I can say with utmost confidence that I am doing a good job filling the house with these little projects. The only problem is that I haven't learned how to actually get them off the needles yet, which may be kind of crucial in this whole knitting business. If you want something without sharp needles attached to the end, please go visit my friend's shop. (and if you live in the area, pester her for some lessons. She is a fantastic teacher, and bakes the best apple cake to get your knitting juices going!)

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

the evolution of the "nature" walk.....

Little M is still sick, and mummy is starting to feel a bit caged in. I feel gross and the house has taken on that sickly smell that was making me yearn for a bit of fresh air....I desperately needed a walk outside, but my idea to do so wasn't looking very hopeful. With the little one completely content in his stroller all wrapped up in 12 feet of quilts, I headed out the door only to look back and see a defiant 6 year old determined to make this idea of mine exactly idea. Going to the forest to look for leaves and sticks to collect no longer appealed to his interests, and the idea of trampsing through leaves in search of dinosaur bones (i.e. big sticks) was apparently "not something I do anymore. I am now six".
Despite the fact that this 40 pound noodle still laid heavily upon the front doorstep, I was determined to go. I had to do this. I needed it. My sanity was at stake and it was going to happen.

mummy: "just walk with us to the park. If you are not interested when we get there, then we can turn right back"

big A: "fine, but just so you know we will be turning right back when we get there"

After a very long half-block walk to the park, we made it. I had already resided in the fact that we would immediately be returning when I looked over my shoulder and saw my savior: rock monster. After being taken carefully out of his pocket and placed upon a log, we took a picture. Then another. And then another. We were suddenly immersed in a mission to find all of rock monster's cave hideouts.

Thirty minutes later, we were on our way home. As I talked about the beautiful leaves that I had seen in the park, he talked about the all the awesome caves that rock monster used in his important missions. Our nature walks have evolved. Leaves and rocks have apparently been replaced with leaves and rock monsters.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Little did we know.....

Those little pirates must have known what was just around the corner.......within minutes of our Saturday morning trip to the coffee shop, little M was bedridden and feeling lousy. It has been a weekend of one clingy little chimp trying to get better, and one older brother acting like a caged up monkey and professing his neverending "boredom" with the situation. (although I must admit I have gained some new talents of being able to build Lego space stations with one hand and stroke a pair of hot cheeks with the other.......)
Hopefully we will all be back to normal soon, and for all of you waiting on orders I promise to get everything out as soon as I can........thanks for your patience.

see you soon!

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

I'm all in stitches!!!

I am so thrilled to have been invited for Renegade Handmade's upcoming Spotlight Series #3: The In Stitches Showcase. Not only will an amazing group of artists be displaying various pieces of cross stitch and embroidery, but there will also be a Jenny Hart book signing opening night! (Oh how I really miss Chicago right now! ) The details for the upcoming show are as follows:

:: Jenny Hart book signing for Embroidered Effects and workshop
Saturday, Nov. 21st 4pm - 7pm

:: Opening Reception for the show
Saturday, Nov. 21st 6pm - 8pm

I am so honoured to have been asked to participate, and if any of you can make it there, will you please take some pictures for me?

p.s. don't forget to take advantage of Lizzie's discount promotion to any of my readers interested in setting up a web-site. (see the previous blog post for more details...) offer ends 10/31!

it's official....

It's official! I now have a proper site, and cannot thank Lizzie Sorensen enough for helping me put it all together. (she also did my friend Ruby's site as well....)
It's simple and perfect. I just absolutely love how it turned out, and am even more happy that Lizzie was so wonderful to work with.

I am very excited to announce that Lizzie is extending a promotion to all of my blog readers out there who may be interested in a site of their own. Simply e-mail Lizzie by 10/31, and receive a 10% discount off of a "Best Face Forward" web-site.

Oh, and please take a moment to pop by for a visit!

Sunday, October 18, 2009

let's just add a few more....

just thought i'd add a few more to the shop tonight....I had such fun making these little beauties, although they ended up being much more work than I had anticipated. (one of those brilliant "whip some out" ideas that were anything but.) I may revisit them in the future, but for now let's just say they are popping by the shop for a little visit :)

Thursday, October 15, 2009

This is the scarf that mummy made....

This is the scarf that mummy made......

This is the four year old that woke up at four,
That waked his poor mummy without being able to sleep more,
That caused a return to bed twenty times at least,
That disturbed an older brother and turned him into a groggy 6 year old beast,
That stressed out poor mummy as the boys fought galore,
That didn't bother daddy as he continued to snore,
That hurried the house as we tried getting ready for the day,
That made mummy stop at the coffee shop for a much needed latte,
That got mummy on her procrastinating streak,
That inspired mummy to make something chic,
That made her feel better when she made something fun
That's how I happened to get this scarf done.

Monday, October 12, 2009

A Canadian Thanksgiving in New York.....

...from our two little Canadians here in New York to all of you....

....Happy Thanksgiving!

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

I am in love.....

I am in love....... love with this little bird.....

....every now and again you have one of those moments where you just step back thrilled and elated at was has just come about. If it weren't for the amazing jacket showcased in Leililaloo's
blog the other day, this little bird may have never been made. I couldn't get that jacket out of my head yesterday, and woke up this morning determined to turn that image into something more tactile. Thanks Leililaloo for the perfect inspiration!

Tuesday, October 6, 2009



some foxy ladies will be making their debut in my shop today!

Monday, October 5, 2009


whew! You should have seen my studio after months of intense book writing.
It was getting quite claustrophobic, to a point where more time was probably spent looking for something than actually working. I have a tendency to be organized in my own sort of "unorganized" way, like knowing that all of my pattern corrections were jotted down on the back of an old flyer for a neighborhood garage sale in big A's bright orange marker, and with that can come many an agonizing moment when it's not where I last put it.

It was time to start fresh. With the book all written, I needed to re-focus and get myself ready for the next big project. No more piles of crushed up patterns gone bad, no more stray cups of coffee that were almost finished, and no more precariously balanced ten foot stacks of books.
It feels good. I feel refreshed and I am ready to go.

Question is, how long will this last until those coffee cups start piling up again?

Thursday, October 1, 2009

little would you know....

little would you know looking at this picture that:

1. I am cursed with the "British" chin, meaning that I have no chin. It's all one straight line from the chin to the base of the neck. Thank goodness this asset of mine wasn't passed on to our boys...little do they know how lucky they are right now....
(I instantly go back to my childhood of family snapshots....everyone smiled unnaturally as my mum sang ,"remember to stick those chins out!" )

2. My left front tooth is a dreadful reminder that I drink too much tea....I am anticipating the dentist's disapproval next week.

3. My hair has not been cut for two years (aside from the hastily chopped bangs that get swooped to the side to hide the unevenness of my shaky hand.) I believe the last time I had a trim was when my mum came for a visit and had to use the kitchen shears. (apparently little M's preschool scissors aren't made for cutting hair)

4. The bags under my eyes are making a grand appearance from many a late night trying to wrap up the book. (and thankfully the fifth time was the charm! thank goodness for that....)

I really could not have done this myself. When approached to get an appropriate picture for the back of my book, I knew instantly upon meeting Thea that she would have to do it (regardless of whether she knew it or not!) Within minutes of meeting the trendy looking mum in chartreuse, we discovered a shared interest in the arts. Finding out she was a photographer was icing on the cake, and within seconds I found myself asking her to do my portrait. One quick session later, here it is, and I love it.

Although we have only known each other for a couple of weeks, it was an instant connection that I think we both really have someone physically close that you can actually meet for a coffee to chat about art is something I really look forward to doing many times over this year.

And besides, anyone that can hide that chin of mine is worth keeping close for years to come :)

thanks so much Thea!!