Luna’s Year 3 Book

Documenting Luna’s life one year at a time. I finally finished Year 3 book! When the book arrived in the mail, it is Luna who is the most excited. She’ll go through the book and scream “Oh, I remember that day!” and “Oh, that was so much fun!”. I also couldn’t help giggling seeing her kissing the photos on the book saying “cute little girl Luna”. Watching her with all that excitement going through photos and photos of her life makes doing this year after year all worth it. Every year, I start off the book with a little write up summarizing that year. Here’s the intro for year 3: To my daughter Luna, Each year, I tell myself this is the best year yet and it couldn’t get any better. But you’ve proven that every year with you is so incredibly special filled with so much love and happiness. I love spending my days with you and watching your personality blossom to be the sweetest and funniest little girl. I love hearing you tell your stories about life at preschool & daycare and about all your little friends. I love watching you learn the simplest things in life but yet, they are big achievements and we are always there beside you applauding you. I love how much we say “I love you” to each other and “you’re my best friend”. We truly are best of friends. You’re the most beautiful little girl I have ever known and I love you to pieces. The pages in this book tells a story of our beautiful life together when you were...

Winter Workshop at Collage Collage

On Tuesday, I attended the first winter workshop at Collage Collage. We learned to make Pom Pom Garlands and Wreaths. When we got there, all the supplies were ready for us all stacked up on the long communal table. I couldn’t help but admire the mountains of colourful yarns ready for us to use. I was excited. Once everyone were settled in, Erin Boniferro, the brilliant mind behind Collage Collage gave us a demo to make Pom Poms with a little handheld tool. We immediately started making our pom poms and by the end of the 2 hour workshop, we made over a dozen pom poms each. We had a choice to either make a wreath or a garland. I chose a garland and tied my little pom poms together with a white yarn. I couldn’t have been more pleased. I went home that evening with 3 rolls of yarns and my pom pom maker tool purchased at the shop. I made a few more pom poms that evening before going to bed. I’ve been making more since then as it’s extremely addicting. I think my house will be filled with pom poms soon! Collage Collage opened 3 years ago and located near 15th and Fraser in Vancouver. It is a shop filled with art supplies, little toys, books and prints. It’s like a mix of art studio and shop all at the same time. You will be inspired as soon as you walk in. There’s a long communal table right in the middle of the shop where workshops are held in the evenings and weekends. If you haven’t...

Instagram Book

Blurb had an awesome offer to make free 7×7 Instagram books via The 10 Cent Designer. It was only a 2 day offer so I jumped on it right away and made myself a little soft cover 60 page Blurb book with my Instagram photos. The hardest part of putting it together was choosing the images – I have so many! This book is a collection of Instagram snaps that form a vignette of life and memory. Creating this book makes me realize that taking the time to capture the things we do ensures that we celebrate the little things. And it’s those little things that make every day an adventure. Btw, I’m loving Instagram Profile. Nice to be able to see and share Instagram photos...

Handmade Goodie Bags

We’ve had a very busy week with Luna turning 3 and having 4 birthday parties! Part of the fun of organizing a party are the goodie bags – I just love making special things for little people. For Luna’s 1st birthday party, I packaged the treats in a lunch paper bag wrapped in fabric & bakers twine. This year, I wanted to make something special again and more personalized for each child. I didn’t want to spend a lot of money on them and wanted to be resourceful. I have a studio at home filled with materials I have collected throughout the years. I was going through my pile of fabrics and thought how fun it would be to make little drawstring bags. They are easy to make and are useful too. Each bag is personalized with their name printed in front. I had some iron on paper from 10 yrs ago and luckily, I had a few sheets left so I used that to print the children’s names then ironed them onto the fabric. For the string, I have a roll of red bakers twine which worked out great. There are probably better options for strings but that’s what I had at home. It’s such a joy to make things for little people especially for Luna’s...

Inspiring Food Videos

Raspberry Tart. Filmed by Tiger in a Jar. Ribboned Asparagus Salad for Kinfolk. Filmed by Tiger in a Jar. The Cook’s Atelier. Filmed by Tiger in a Jar. Lasagna for My Cooking Diary. Filmed by Mike Matas. Classic Pesto for Kinfolk. Filmed by Tiger in a Jar. The rain is back once again and it’s been a gloomy Friday. I’m back to wearing my thickest wool socks and keeping the house warm and cozy. I think this is a goodbye to summer and welcoming colder days. Usually when Fall & Winter comes, I love gathering with friends at home for a good meal. It’s my favourite thing to do on colder days as there’s nothing more cozy than having a big pot of stew or something warm on as hearty stories are told around the dinner table. Colder days also means spending more time in the kitchen making food. I’m sharing some of my most favourite food videos that totally inspire me. I can watch these all day. I love the music, styling & production of all of them. They just make me want to put on my apron and stay in the kitchen all day. Not a bad thing to do on colder days. Have a great weekend!...

Carriage 44

During our short trip to Parksville, we went to an artisan market and found these beautiful soaps by Carriage 44. It was nice to see well branded products amongst the more folky country look normally found at artisan markets. I picked up a couple of their rose soap and coffee ones as well. They were individually packaged in these simple hemp & paper bags with a stamp of their logo and they smell so good...