Sunday, March 30, 2014
So my books are finally finished and available to the public for purchase. You will notice previews for them on the right side of my blog. You can click through the first 15 pages of each book right there, or make it full screen by clicking the little box with the arrows. If you click on the shopping cart it will take you to the page where there is pricing information.
Saturday, March 29, 2014
The bedrooms for our babies have been getting some work done this week! First off, in Kesten's room, I wanted to bring out the forest theme a little more. So, after ripping off an idea from a good friend, I decided to add some aspen (or birch) trees to Kesten's room. There are many lovely stencils available, but I found the trees to be too skinny on most of them. I wanted bigger trees, so I painted them on myself, using painter's tape to make the trunks and then I freehanded the branches and the bark details. I love the way it looks and so does Kesten. He likes to show people the "big trees!" in his room.
Sunday, March 23, 2014
What an exciting day yesterday was! It started with me getting a new (to me) mountain bike! I am so excited to ride the trails this summer on a full suspension bike. Oooooo, aaaaaaaah!
From that point on, it seemed that every few feet another grouse was making a mad dash across the trail. I guess I finally found where they were all hanging out this winter. A little further down, I interrupted a male grouse, passionately displaying his fancy feathers to any female who might pay him attention. In his shock at my approach, he froze on the trail, allowing me to capture a couple of photos.
Kesten was still happily playing in the snow, pushing his stroller around with my husband right there.
Friday, March 21, 2014
March is a month of transition. Transitioning from winter into spring. And for Kesten, transitioning from his crib to his big boy bed.The crib is now all set up in baby #2's room. It is looking good in there!
With days getting warmer, Kesten has been asking more and more to play out on the deck. Now that it is free of snow, he has lots of room to drive his big trucks around. In order to make it easier to go out on the deck, I made a little "boot room" right by the back door. I hung up a hook (that I bought in India on our honeymoon) to hold coats and hats and put some mats down for boots and shoes. Now whenever Kesten wants to go outside, he puts his boots on and repeats "outside!" until we let him out.Since we broke all of our lawn chairs last year, I bought a new patio set for the deck this week. We are already enjoying it!
Saturday, March 15, 2014
I went for a little walk in the woods this morning. The red squirrels were out and about, enjoying the change in weather. They were curious little guys, running up to within a couple of feet of me and then dashing off. They chased each other through the trees and scampered all over the place, in celebration of the beginning of the end of winter.
Friday, March 14, 2014
We just got back from a trip to Ontario. We headed back for some family visits and to try and make some more maple syrup. Alas, the weather did not cooperate and no syrup was made, but we made the most of our family visits!
Our trip started out with a 9.5 hour drive to Alberta (time change #1) where we met up with Kesten's grandparents and flew out the next day to Ontario (time change #2). While we were there, there was the daylight savings time change (#3), then a few days later a flight back to Alberta (#4) and the next day the 9.5 hour drive to BC (time change #5!). We're are so messed up with time now!
Sunday, March 2, 2014
I worked on a fun little project this week- a needle felted moose for Kesten to play with. Right now, he likes to call anything with hooves a moose. He gets pretty excited whenever he sees a picture of one. So, to keep me busy during down times, I worked on a moose for him.
To start out, I made a frame for his body out of pipe cleaners. Then I started to wrap raw wool around it and anchor it in place with a few jabs of the needle-felting needles. Once I got a basic shape formed, I went to work felting it in place with the needles and working it into more detailed shapes. Below is a picture of the moose with some loosely wrapped wool with some more felted areas, like his front legs.
This weekend is the annual Caledonia Classics Dogsled races. Along with the races, our town also is putting on a Winterfest, lasting all week into next weekend. We headed down to the lake yesterday morning to check out the festivities.
The temperature yesterday morning registered a bitter -30c, but had warmed up to -22c by the time we headed down. Brrr! Everyone was so bundled up, that it was hard to recognize people. With scarves, hats, and sunglasses, the only skin showing on most people were their noses.
We didn't stay too long, as it was so cold. I headed back at 1pm, when the air temperature had warmed up to -11c, but a fierce wind had begun to blow, making it feel even colder than the morning. More work had been completed on the ice sculptures then. The sculptor was making the symbols for the four Nak'azdli clans, Bear, Beaver, Caribou, and Frog.