Posts Tagged ‘Family’

Happy Thanksgiving


Pumpkin pie. Turkey. Cranberry jelly. It must be Canadian Thanksgiving weekend! Truth be told, I am the only one in my family who loves turkey (I know, what?!?!), so we’re trying something new this weekend. After the family Thanksgiving of course, which I’m hoping will involve turkey.

Thanksgiving this year will involve roast chicken, maple glazed carrots, green beans almondine, cheese scallop potatoes, mashed potatoes for the kidlets and pie. I’m looking forward to it all! And I’m ready with my wheat sheaf and jack-o-lantern pottery and candles. And my Giving Thanks printable of course!


I love bringing this out every year, along with my wheat sheaf. It has become a part of of Fall and Thanksgiving for me. Serious, I love that yellow.

I am thankful for many things this year. The gift of my children and husband. The legacy and blessing of having known and been loved by my loved ones who has passed on this year. The magical path that has opened up to me. Good chocolate.


So many things to be thankful for.

Happy Thanksgiving Canadian friends! Wishing you a weekend filled with family, friends and turkey!

mini-makeover birthday party


My dearest daughter turns 9 this week. I’m not sure how she is turning 9 because I certainly don’t feel 9 years older, and well, it seems like just yesterday she was but a wee babe in my arms. But 9 she will be so yesterday we invited a few of her girlfriends over to celebrate with a mini makeover birthday party!

Last year she decided she wanted zebra and hot pink decor for her 9th birthday. This past August she decided a party all about make up and nail polish and dressing up was her theme of choice, so we invited her friends to Rowan’s Beauty Bar for mini make overs, mini treats and a mini photo shoot!

We set up a mini make-up station for each guest at the table with standing mirrors and make-up applicators.

A full eye shadow and blush make-up palette with giant blush brushes were set up at both ends of the table.

A selection of nail polish and lipstick were set up on both sides of the table.

A selection of my daughter’s favorite mini treats were displayed in zebra print favor boxes down the center of the table: pink popcorn, pretzels, strawberry and chocolate swirl marshmallows. And a few hot pink cupcakes for good measure.

The girls painted their nails and made up their faces while sipping pink champagne and snacking on sweet nibblies.

Once the girls were made up they enjoyed some time in our photo booth complete with necklaces, boa’s, coloured hair extensions, bracelets, zebra printed pinwheels from Shannon at Twirlie Whirlies and speech bubbles. That’s me having some fun!

During the photo fun the girls grabbed sticks of cotton candy before settling down for some cake!

I tried many new techniques and used many new products for my daughter’s birthday cake this year. In the end, it turned out just as I pictured in my head. The cake was also topped off by a toy zebra with a handmade pink flower on her ear.

I searched through the shelf of toy zebra’s for a she, and this one is definitely a she. I think I love her.

After a little more play and running around (they did consume a lot sugar after all), the girls made their way home with a pink bag full of make-up and their zebra flower headbands.

And a cupcake.

A sweet day for a sweet girl.

Later this week I’ll be posting a couple of quick and easy tutorials for the hanging circle garland (super quick and easy for moms who need it fast!) and for the ribbon flower headbands. The printables will be hitting my Etsy shop this week, if you love them and want them before they hit the shop just send me a message!

a birthday in wonderland


Just sent out the invites to my daughter’s 4th birthday party. Moving into full party planning mode! So happy with how her invites turned out. They are based on th e Alice in Wonderland drawings by Maria L. Kirk, my favorite illustrations of C.S. Lewis’ story. My daughter resembles Maria’s Alice in so many ways, so it really is a perfect fit. I’d love to hear what you think!

cake boss


This week is slipping by, but I am finally getting around to telling you about the Buddy Valastro – The Cake Boss show at the Center in the Square which my daughter and I had the pleasuring of going to on Saturday afternoon. What a great time we had! The theatre was packed with families, moms with their kids, and couples. It was amazing to see how  many people, young and old, love The Cake Boss! It was a full house, for both shows!

We grabbed drinks, found our seats and settled in for the show. The stage was setup with a screen of Buddy’s live Twitter feed. My daughter, ever so curious asked what it was and asked if it was live, then continued to watch it, commenting on how many times the same person posted. As a surprise, I pulled out my phone and tweeted about being at the show with my daughter and waited for it to appear. About a minute later, there it was!

We were chatting when it first popped up, but once she saw it her eyes widened with a bashful smile “Mom, that’s you! So that’s what you were doing on your phone!” Not that you can read it, but I’m the third tweet down. No flash = fuzzy pics, but I can almost make it out.

Watching Buddy, who is sooo Jersey, was so very entertaining and fun. The show was a mix of audience participation, demonstrations of cake decorating techniques, stories and Q&A. We were both amazed at how quickly he could bag out flowered cupcakes and buttercream roses. I think we are both eager to get our hands on some modelling chocolate to make roses.

Watching him and listening to his stories of baking and family reminds me, in many ways, of my own crazy and fun family. Both of my girls regularly jump in to help bake cakes, roll cake balls and decorate sugar cookies. I always make sure I have extra on hand so I can set up a decorating station across from me at the table, just for them.  It always generates smiles and laughter at our kitchen table, and many happy memories. My eldest daughter always watches as I pipe, so she can learn how to do it herself. Which is why I wouldn’t want to have shared this experience with anyone but her. Sitting there with her, talking, watching,  laughing and learning together, encouraging eachother to jump up to be picked to go on stage, was just such a joy.

We brought our copy of his book for him to sign, so I asked the staff if Buddy would be signing autographs after the show. He was doing back-to-back shows, so it just didn’t seem like there would be a lot of time for that kind of thing, and I was right (or so I thought). They explained there were to be no autographs after the afternoon show, only after the evening show, but we were welcome to come back. I think there must have been a few people that asked the same question before the show started. During the Q&A an audience member asked for his autograph. Buddy mentioned the time constraint with remorse and a final, we’ll have to see how it works out.  

Once the show was over, we hit the foyer waiting to see if Buddy would come out to do autographs. We waited around for about 10 minutes and didn’t hear of anything, so we left. He only had 45 minutes before the next show started and needed to eat something, I thought. My girl and I headed home with the promise that I would come back after the second show to get his autograph in our book.

Which I did. I went back to the theatre at 9 and was let in early to get in line for the aftershow book signing. During the wait I discovered that Buddy did come out after the previous show and signed autographs until 7:30 pm!!!! The 7pm show didn’t start until he made his way through the long line up of matinee audience members waiting for their chance to say hi, which meant the 7pm show didn’t start until 7:30pm. I felt bad for Buddy, did he even get a chance to grab a bite before going back on stage?

Once the evening show ended, I was perfectly placed at the front of the line to watch the masses run out of the theatre and race to get in line behind me for the book signing. It was like watching a Black Friday rush, or what I imagine a Black Friday rush to be, or maybe the Beatles. A mass of fans all cheering with contorted smiles and wide eyes trying to get in line before the other 500 running fans. What went through my mind was:

Once Buddy was ready, that line up moved fast! They had a team of staff handling the books or papers for signing and a person ready to take your camera for picture-taking. It was a little disorienting at times, especially for the younger ones. Everyone moved so fast, my book got mixed up with a little girl’s paper and pictures were taken out of turn, luckily I reoriented the little girl ahead of me, managed to get my book and camera back and had a very quick moment to say my daughter and I enjoyed the show. I did get a great pic thanks to the theatre staffer who took my camera.

Again, Buddy was so generous with his time. He wasn’t leaving until he got through the line, and it was a long, long line. Truly generous with his fans and much appreciated by all I’m sure. The only thing I didn’t get to do is show him the cake he inspired. I think I’ll have to Twitter him.

cake boss


I am so excited I could just scream! Well, actually I did scream! So did my daughter when I told her, we both screamed! Why? Because I just found out that I won two tickets to see Buddy Valastro – The Cake Boss at the Centre in the Square.

Picture via TLC.

My daughter and I have been avid Cake Boss fans since the show first hit TLC. When I found out he was coming to our town, I told my daughter and her first words were” WE HAVE TO GO!!” We both love watching the bake team at Carlo’s Bake Shop design and create cakes. We have both learned so much about putting together cakes, decorating techniques and tricks; it has become a mother-daughter ritual for us. We both love Buddy’s passion and his love for his family, so very similiar to our family.

I heard our local news radio station was hosting a contest to win tickets to the show. They have a very interactive system common to many radio programs. You participate in the station’s activities to earn points, and you can use those points to enter contests. Well I used all my points to enter the contest. I entered 24 times. I was determined to have my name in there as many times as possible. Even if it didn’t work out, we were going anyway. We were not going to miss a chance to see the Cake Boss on stage! I was just talking about this with my family over the weekend and put it on my calendar to purchase tickets on Wednesday. What timing!

As if we weren’t excited enough for Saturday! My niece is turning 4. So we’ll hit her birthday party and sneak out a little early to hit the Buddy Valastro – The Cake Boss show. Can I scream again? So excited!!!! Will let you know all about it!

on vacation


I am off for a short break with my family. We usually take a week in the fall to head to the Massachusetts coast, take in a little leaf peeping, enjoy the early American folk art, salt air and seafood, but this year we are a little closer to home. We decided to head to Clarence in Western New York to enjoy The Great Pumpkin Farm. This is my view right now.

apple cider donuts

The most amazing apple cider donuts I’ve ever tasted. Yum.

the state of my fridge


cake and microphones

We have no room for food, our fridge is stuffed with treats for my daughters birthday party. A topsy-turvy birthday cake and cereal treat microphone heads. I am thrilled with how they have turned out so far!

cereal treat microphones

topsy-turvy cake

This was my first time carving a topsy-turvy cake. I am definitely doing this again because it was fun, fun, fun!

Both pieces are done for now, tomorrow I will put on the finishing touches just before the party starts. For now they chill, literally.

Have a rock’in good weekend, see you Monday with party details!

covering a cork board


My wee girl graduated into grade 3! Oh my she is growing up so quickly, she really isn’t so wee anymore. My promise to her was to create a special study corner in her room when she graduated, complete with desk, chair and a covered cork board so she can pin and tuck special bits and pieces.

I located a cork board weeks ago and brought my girl shopping so she could pick out fabric and ribbon. So this afternoon my youngest and I went to work on creating a covered cork board.

stapling the back

The metre of fabric worked perfectly, with a bit to spare.

half way there!

We laid everything on the floor and started stapling the fabric to the back of the cork board, pulling tightly as we went to make sure the front of the board would be nice and snug. We started attaching the fabric at the top and bottom of the board first.

fabric fully attached on the back

Once the top and bottom were secure, we wrapped the corners of the board with a simple gift wrap pleat and stapled the sides, again pulling tight so the fabric would be nice and snug on the front.snug on the front

Once the board was completely covered, I started mapping out the ribbon lattice. I ended up short, so we had to run out and grab another meter of ribbon. When we chose the ribbon we bought the rest of the roll, so I knew that store was out. We hit up another store in the chain with a swatch of the ribbon so we could perfectly match the ribbon. Thank goodness we found the ribbon! We ran back home and finshed the ribbon lattice, pinning the centers of the cross-overs with matching blue push pins. For such a difficult blue, I am amazed at how well everything matched!

All finished!

We finished it just in time to put it in my daughter’s room and run out the door again to pick her up from her last day of school.

Finished and ready to go!

She hasn’t even seen it yet! It looks lovely doesn’t it? I need to paint her new chair blue, so we matched the paint color to the fabric. That’s the next part of her grad gift. Although, I think we may be painting her bedroom in the near future – our pink girl has turned into a blue girl.

not myself


I had all these plans last week to launch embroidery patterns and my first Printable Party, post about the dessert table from last weekend and all went awry when my fur-baby nearly died Thursday morning. I thought he was going to make it as he seemed to bounce back just fine by Friday, but after a very emotional, sleepless weekend he passed into the Summerland Sunday morning. My heart it breaks and my mind is elsewhere. I will get caught up in a moment, once I organize my thoughts.

Rest in peace my love, run with your son in the Summerland and wait for me.

My Tattoo

My Junior

My boys

organizing and gardening


checking in on the Frog Prince

planting seedlings

planting flowers

pruning trees

enjoying the last blooms on the pear tree

With a forecast of rain, our weekend is broken into two parts. Gardening work outdoors, tending to the gardens and lawn. Organizing work indoors, time to clear out the cubby under the stairs and organize all my fabric, yarn and craft supplies.

Tomorrow we leave for the beach to open our summer place. Time to enjoy our first days as a family at our family haven. First charcoal bbq, first campfire, I am looking forward to the smells, sounds and sights of our place.

Rain, rain go away on this typical May long weekend 🙂

Hope yours is a fantastic long weekend!