Playing with fabric again…

Summer has never been a very “sewing” season for me. I don’t know what it is? The call of the outdoors, the need for my body to not remain seated longer than necessary or maybe it’s simply my difficulty at following straight lines when all my mind, body and soul wants to do is wind and meander! I even took up English Paper Piecing last year in hopes that the portable nature of it would inspire me to sew even when I was enjoying the out-of-doors, but nope… My sewing machine just sat staring at me all summer long, begging to be played with.

I did manage to put together a few projects though (thank you birthdays and blog swap!) and feel like I didn’t completely abandon my craft :

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But now we enter the season of more time spent inside : Nesting, warming, cooking, baking and finally sewing! Every year, my daughter’s birthday calls me back to my sewing machine. How I LOVE making her birthday bunting. Due to our trip North to go to the Zoo this year, I wasn’t able to finish it in time for her actual birthday. But it will be finished for her birthday party tomorrow and will then be hung above her bed in the new bedroom we have made for them. The fabrics were more precisely chosen this year, wanting to merge with the “concept” we have for their room. But also, I will admit, this birthday felt less like a “scrap fabric” birthday. My baby girl is 4 years old. She doesn’t dress randomly anymore, she loves to find things that match. She loves to accessorize, choosing her hair pins and ribbons very carefully. She sees patterns in drawings now, colors rainbows in order. No… this was not a scrap fabric kind of year. So I pulled out my fat quarters and actually picked 3 out. I did not randomly choose left over binding strips, I made a new one. It felt good to be mindful of my choices, to really put some thought into it. I label myself an eclectic quilter. I love this mismatched, scrappy, all-over-the-place-but-somehow-cohesive style of mine. But sometimes, simple is better. So you get a sneak peek, but no more for now…

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Wishing you a week-end filled with creativity…

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{ This moment }

{ This moment } – A Friday ritual. A single photo – no words – capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember.

 If you’re inspired to do the same, leave a link to your ‘moment’ in the comments for all to find and see. Inspired by SouleMama.

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Revolutions X 4…

And here we go for number 5.

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Hooray for :

  • Sushi dinners and becoming more agile with chopsticks.
  • Preschool made birthday crowns  wore well into the evening.
  • Candle covered ice cream, while patiently waiting for your special homemade cupcakes on Sunday with your friends and family.
  • For gift bags filled with stickers, crayons, notebooks and sparkles.
  • For new years starting, filled with possibilities, promise and fun!

Happy Birthday my darling baby girl… Not so baby anymore, I know, but part of me will always keep you tucked close to me, like in those first days of life. I watch you grow and you amaze me. I know we butt heads sometimes, but it just means you are growing into such a strong person, filled with your own ideals and beliefs. I couldn’t ask for anything more.

 

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A week-end up North : Lac-St-Jean and Zoo Sauvage of St-Félicien

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Our family vacation this year was a very short one. Since we took 6 weeks at the end of 2013 to go spend time with my husband’s family in the states, he did not have much vacation time left over this year. So all through summer, we made the most of our week-ends : I little hiking day here, a trip to Montreal to see my sister there… But this week-end was special. In a continuing effort to simplify our daily lives, we opted for an “experience” kind of birthday present for our daughter this year.

4 years old is a magical age for many reasons, my favorite being that this is around the time children start really remembering things, events and places. I know that some of my first very vivid memories are from that age and we had promised ourselves that when we would get there, we would start visiting new places, experiencing new things as a family.

And this time, it wasn’t just new for them, but for us as well. For a girl who has traveled the world, I sure have some work to do when it comes to discovering my own province.  So after a day of slowly traveling North, going through the Laurentian Natural Reserve and taking a long leisurely drive around Lac-St-Jean, we settled at the hotel for an evening of relaxation and preparation for a full day at St-Felicien’s Zoo Sauvage. We were there at the opening (at 5’C / 41’F weather) ready for action. We got to see all the animal feedings and took a train ride around the wild safari part of the park. This zoo is amazing because they have practically no indoor exhibits. Being opened 12 months out of the year, all animals there are either domestic or from areas of the world with similar climates like mountainous regions of the world or the plains and steppes of China and Mongolia.  All enclosures are vast and natural. A few, like the polar bears and seals, are a bit more man-made to provide them with deep enough pools for swimming, but other than that, the entire site is one HUGE natural reserve and it,s sometimes hard to say where enclosures end and start. Aviaries are open and you can step inside with bald eagles and snowy owls. It was just wonderful.

My daughter kept gushing, insisting every animal was her FAVORITE and left saying she wanted to work at a zoo one day. That melts a mama’s heart.

So after 4 hours of straight driving last night, we came home and within an hour the kiddos were passed out. Not long after that, mama and papa were dead to the world as well.

In 2 days, my daughter’s 4th turn around the sun will come to an end. It’s a big week of celebration and growing up. Before my eyes, she’s becoming a young lady. I’m both thrilled and a little nostalgic. But I love watching her walk this path of life.

Hope everyone had a lovely week-end!

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{ This moment }

{ This moment } – A Friday ritual. A single photo – no words – capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember.

 If you’re inspired to do the same, leave a link to your ‘moment’ in the comments for all to find and see. Inspired by SouleMama.

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Harsh wake-up, harsh reality…

Being a parent…

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As we are fast approaching the end of our Little Miss’ 4th turn around the sun, I’m finding myself honestly more and more pensive about our journey together so far.

When you become a parent for the first time, you are filled with dreams and ideals. You quickly find out some will come true and others will, unavoidably be out of your control.

I like to think that I’m a pretty good mom : I try to be there constantly, I have forgotten about myself more often than I care to mention and I would like to think that the example I set for my kids is one that will help guide them in their choices in their future lives.

But I still get knocked down a peg more often than I would also care to mention and that always leaves me feeling like much less of a good mom. A harsh reality I’ve come to grips with this year is that no matter what you do, preschoolers can be blunt, curt, often egocentric and sometimes just plain out mean. And I’m okay with that : They have no filter at that age, which most times, makes them really refreshing. They are learning about social convention and are slowly realizing that they are not always at the center of things and every once in a while, things need to revolve around something/someone else.

But every once in a while, my heart bleeds. Tears well up, hands go numb, something in me shatters and I need to walk away. And that is when I feel the less like a good mom.

This morning was one of those mornings.

And I know the feeling will pass as I go about my day, but for now, I have walked away.

Wishing you a day filled with “walking toward”.

 

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Little glimpses of fall

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Although most of nature is lush and green still, everywhere I turn, I see little glimpses of fall. We’ve been feeling it in the mornings and evenings for a while now : The shift in light, the warmer clothes, the breeze that smells like the colors I love so much. (Yes, I smell colors in fall, it is my super power!)

The goldenrod in our little wooded area is prime for picking and our blueberry bushes are slowly putting on their fall coats. The buckwheat husks are also ready to collect for seed, buckwheat being our favorite cover crop for spring. We also planted a row of bush beans late August, hoping for a little fall crop and apparently, our gamble has paid off.

Beds have been emptied (for the most part), soil is being packed in and fall crop cover are being planted. This year, we are trying a mix of white clover, winter wheat (which will over winter and grow next spring) and fall rye. In 3-4 weeks we will be turning in all that nitrogen fixing power, along with a full load of fallen leaves, hoping to make our soil that much better next spring. We will admit, we were lazy with amending this year and you could tell by the end of the season. Live and learn!

In the one bed, we still haven’t cleared out the plant life. Although some of it is over grown and going up in seed, we still have Swiss chard, Lebanese cucumbers and ground cherries being picked every day. But in one week time, even those will be gone. And then planning and organizing, dreaming and plotting, will be on the menu for the next 5 months and OH! How I love that part of the year too. And thanks to Isis from Little Mountain Haven and her latest post, now we have new books to consider as we are putting together our first gardening journal!

Finally, I’m amazed at the ongoing vibrance of my first planted-from-seed medicinal herbs. Especially the calendula and anise hyssop that I’m actively harvesting everyday still. My kitchen herbs will be ready to be brought in for drying and my lavender should be ready to infuse in oil in just a few days.

Although things have slowed down, I’m still loving the process. There is something calming about the year winding down. And anyway, fall means apples fresh from the tree! An that alone makes the cooling of the season not so bad! What do you think?

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