Friday, May 27, 2011

Sarah Booth Photography

Shea has his first photo shoot with the lovely and talented Sarah Booth. The whole experience was fun and the photos turned out amazing. She truly captured his spirit in the photos. I couldn't have asked for more!

If you live in the Victoria area, I highly recommend her services. She not only a talented photographer, but a very delightful person to work with. Her website and blog can be found at

Here are a couple of the photos - amazing aren't they? I almost (for a millisecond) thought he should be a child star :)

First Photo Shoot

First Photo Shoot

First Photo Shoot

First Photo Shoot

First Photo Shoot

Thursday, April 28, 2011

13 Month Video

When Shea and I do the monthly photo shoot, I end up taking many, many photos that day. For his 13 month photo shoot, I decided to put all the photos I took that day in a little video. I think it turned out so cute!

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Thirteen Months Old - Shea's Monthly Photo

Once Shea hit his first birthday, I thought I would be done taking the monthly photos. However, I changed my mind! I got so much positive feedback about the photos, I decided to keep doing them until he is 2. Then I will probably do it every 6 months or yearly - that seems like a long ways away (though I know it will come up quickly)!

Here is the little turkey's photos!
13 Months

13 Months

Monday, April 25, 2011

Hoppy Easter!

I know I am late, but I wanted to share my cupcakes with you all! A co-worker/friend invited us to her house for Easter and I decided to bring cupcakes. My original plan was just to decorate cupcakes with coloured icing and sprinkles, but ever since Shea's birthday, I am kind of addicted to fancy looking cupcakes! So, I did a quick google search and found this link:

They turned out great! It was pretty simple to do. Though next time I would use regular icing rather than cream cheese icing because cream cheese icing isn't pure white and the marshmallows were pure white. I doubt anybody noticed though - well, except me :) I used a jelly bean instead of a m&m or similar shaped candy - I really liked it. I did try to find black licorice for the whiskers, but string black licorice is hard to find in the stores! I think I will buy some and keep it in my cupboard for occasions like this.

Easter 2011

I had some extra cupcakes, so I just decorated them simply with little chicks that I picked up at Michaels the other day. They are cute too!
Easter 2011

I really have to say that I love google - there are so many talented people out there and I love that they share their ideas! Thank you to all that share your ideas!!

Here is Shea looking for easter eggs :)
Daycare Easter Egg Hunt

Hope everyone had a lovely holiday!

Saturday, April 2, 2011

A Year of Shea in 3 Minutes

My mother saw a video on UTube where the parents took a picture of their child everyday for the first year and then put it in video form. She wanted me to do the same for Shea so badly that she printed the first 5 months of dates and brought them to me. This is the end result:

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

The First Year

Happy Birthday Lil' Dude!

month 12, Shea

Monday, March 21, 2011

Happy Birthday Lil' Dude!

It's official... Shea is now 1 years old! He is a big guy now. He loves to read his books, play cars, climb the stairs, get chased and play his music instruments.

This weekend we had a monkey theme birthday party for him. We had all hands on deck! Here is my dad helping out by putting the goody bags together (banana bread, finger puppet and chocolate monkey sucker).
Shea's 1st B-Day Party!

My mom found a book that had monkey cupcakes in it and here is how ours turned out! Not too bad!
Shea's 1st B-Day Party!

I bought the invitation, banner, gift bag tags, thank you cards and other printable items off of Frog Prince Paperie. I sent the files to Staples and got them printed there. The banner is amazing printed! It is definitely a keeper!
Shea's 1st B-Day Party!

Shea's 1st B-Day Party!

Overall, his birthday was great! I have had a wonderful year getting to know this special little dude and can't wait to see what this next year holds for him!
Shea's 1st B-Day Party!

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Slow Progress

A friend of mine was searching my blog and came across this bag that I had made. She requested one for her knitting supplies and since I owed her a hand made craft, I agreed. However, having a 11 month old really restricts the amount of time I am able to sew. I was finding that when I did have the time, the sewing machine would wake him up from his naps. So, I moved the sewing machine downstairs. How do you manage to find time to sew/craft?

That still didn't really help! I have been trying to finish the bag all week and basically I have done the outer shell and the liner:
Bag for Angela

I still need to add the inside pockets and the straps. One day it will be done!

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Monster Shaker + Tutorial

Monster Shaker

Shake, shake, shake your sillies out with this great Monster Shaker! It is a great way to use up those scraps of fabric (fleece, fuzzy, terry towel, etc) and have fun.

We are giving this monster to a one year old, so we kept the decorations simple so they aren't a choking hazard. For older kids, google eyes and other decorations would be fun!

I created a tutorial which you can download from here. It is super simple craft and doesn't take too much time to complete. And for older kids, they could decorate their own monster shakers.

This is my first tutorial, so if you find an errors or need clarification, please let me know.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Fluffy Stuffy Bunny

It's been a year since the Olympics. It is hard to believe! This means some of Shea's friends are having their first birthday parties! Yikes! I am noticing a trend that many of the people are requesting no gifts. The kids seem to have everything they need and so many toys.

That being said, I always feel badly not bringing a little something. So, I decided to use the stuff around my house to make some toys for the kids.

The first idea I had was to make a small stuffie. My first attempt was making sock monkeys, but that didn't pan out. I found them too boring. Then I found this cute little bunny pattern from Jenny over at All Sorts blog. It was so cute and looked simple to make I had to try to make one.


The bunny took me about 2 hours in total to make. Not too bad and I would definitely get faster at making these. Jenny's instructions are great and she had some really good tips. I loved how she used the freezer paper - it definitely made sewing the bunny easy and quick. I did add bells in the ears of the bunny - so they flop a little more (from the weight of the bells). I also made a mess at making the pom-pom because I bought fuzzy yarn rather than regular yarn. The fuzz went everywhere once it was cut. So, I had a pre-made pom-pom that I sewed on the bunny instead.

I am definitely going to be making more of these little bunnies and I plan on making a super hero cape for them. Once I figure out the pattern for the cape, I will post it on here.

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Ten Months Old - Shea's Monthly Photo

10 Months


This is Shea's ten month picture! I got a new camera and had a great time using it for these photos - definitely worth the money!

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Wall Stickers for Kids

Today while browsing OhDeeDoh, there was an amazing room that used wall stickers from a company called e-glue based in France. I really enjoyed their take on larger wall stickers! They are quite expensive, but keep in mind they are quite large. Check out the room on OhDeeDoh that incorporated them in their small room design.

Another post on OhDeeDoh explored various wall murals. I really thought eazywallz had the best design for wall murals though.

All these wall stickers has me itching to re-design the guest bedroom into Shea's playroom!

Tiles are finally hung

DB bought me some amazing Xenia Taler tiles for my birthday a few years ago. They have been sitting beside the stove waiting to be hung. My sister got fed up with them collecting dust and hung them above my stove. They look so great! Now when I am cooking, I have something to appreciate.

Steph and Shea discussing how to hang the tiles

Thanks Steph!

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Nine Months Old - Shea's Monthly Photo

With all the Christmas activities, I forgot to post Shea's 9 month photos! This month there has been lots of changes, including one tooth and he now likes to stand. He sure keeps me busy :)

Hope everyone had a safe and happy holidays!
9 Months