Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Small Things: Open Windows

I've been thinking about blogging. I had to check - I started this blog 10 years ago come September. 10 years. I just skimmed through some of those first blog posts... I sound 10 years younger, if that makes any sense. Anyway, through the years I have blogged in waves, sometimes frequently, sometimes not so much.

Lately I've had an itch to blog more. So if you follow along here, you'll start to see a few subtle (and not so subtle) changes. For starters, I'm aiming to blog more frequently... and to reach that goal, I'm looking through my archives, reviving some old features and adding a few new ones too. Some will be weekly, others more sporadic. On that note, enter Small Things.

One thing I really want to do more often is record the little moments - the small things - that bring joy to my days. And so this feature was born. A small glimpse of my here and now.
Last week, we were finally able to throw open the windows and air out the house. When I ventured downstairs that morning (after leaving the windows open all night), the smell of fresh air greeted me with a smile. That scent is indescribable - a mixture of dew, sunshine, and blooming green - it reminds me of mornings at the cottage. That one glorious week of childhood summer vacations, visiting my grandparents at their cottage on an island in the middle of a idyllic lake. Spending the days lazing in the sun, swimming at the beach, climbing rocks, reading comics and Nancy Drew... spending evenings in the gazebo, playing cards, going for midnight swims, sitting around the bonfire.

So much happiness in one deep breath.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Sketchbook Pages: Weeks 15 + 16

Here's a look back at the pages I created during weeks 15 and 16 (April 9-22):

4/9 What to pack for Easter
4/10 Jellyfish

4/11 Our current routine
4/12 2.5 hour nap

4/17-18 Happy Easter
4/19 Blue Skies

4/21 Century schoolbook
4/22 Bright trajectory

List of supplies:

  • various scrapbooking papers, paint chips, book pages and ephemera 
  • washi, masking and decorative tapes 
  • stickers 
  • Pilot Precise V5 pens in various colours 
  • Sharpie paint pens (white, gold)
  • Staedtler Triplus Fineliner (light blue)

Saturday, May 20, 2017

My First Mother's Day

Last weekend we celebrated my first Mother's Day. Hard to think that only one year ago, we were just finding out we were pregnant. What a difference a year can make! Honestly, the whole thing passed in the blink of an eye..

My Mother's Day celebrations started early - when my mom visited the weekend prior. She surprised me with a beautiful Willow Tree figurine, For Always. She goes perfectly with the Cherish figurine I received almost a year ago.

The first gift Pat gave me was sleeping in - Marc woke at his usual 7:30 and Pat fed and entertained him while I slept. It was wonderful! Once I was up, Pat surprised me with a cheery bouquet and lovely card. He wrote a sweet note from Marc as well as one from himself - I may have shed a few happy tears.
Then, right as I finished changing his bum and was about to feed him, Marc surprised me with another gift: diamond studs. What a sweetheart! Needless to say, I've been wearing them all week (literally - I have yet to take them out. I keep meaning to when I hop in the shower, but inevitably forget in the rush).
What a spoiled mama I am!

The rest of the day unfolded as most days do: feed, play, nap. We did make our way out in the afternoon to stroll through the Brueckner Rhododendron Gardens. It was lovely, but soon the sky started to cloud over. We decided to head back... a few minutes too late. The rain came down as we dashed to the car. We were a little wet, but it didn't dampen my mood - nor did it phase Marc. He slept through the entire thing!

To end the day, we enjoyed takeout on the couch (after bedtime). I couldn't have asked for anything more. I'm so lucky!

Friday, May 19, 2017

Sketchbook Pages: Weeks 13 + 14

Another catch-up post in my sketchbook. We've reached the end of March and are making our way into April. I was much more dedicated to my daily practice in April (and have extended that into May), so I'll have to start posting one week at a time soon.

3/30-31 - 4/1-2 Doodled journaling
4/2-3 How to hem curtains

4/4 Smile
4/4 Marc and mom

4/5 Savour every moment
4/6 Elephant mug

4/7 Protocol fluorescent
4/8 Forest print

List of supplies:
  • various scrapbooking papers, paint chips and ephemera 
  • washi and masking tapes
  • stickers 
  • Pilot Precise V5 pens in various colours 
  • Sharpie paint pens (white) 

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Sketchbook Pages: Weeks 10, 11 +12

I haven't blogged any sketchbook pages since March, so I have some catching up to do! I last posted pages from weeks 8 and 9 - and since I wasn't very prolific back in March, here are pages from weeks 10, 11 and 12. Actually, I don't even have any pages from week 10. So... here we are, starting with one of my favourite pages of the year so far:

3/12 Feminine calling

3/16-19 Headdress
3/19 Everyday utensils

3/19 Baby milestones
3/21-22 Pretty florals

3/23 Napping
3/24 Things I should do more often

List of supplies:
  • various scrapbooking papers, magazine pages and ephemera
  • washi tape 
  • Pilot Precise V5 pens in various colours 
  • Sharpie paint pens (white, gold)
  • pencil crayons