Pinterest strikes again!

Seriously, I might be obsessed at this point.

This month’s school project was to turn an item (or items) from the recycling box into something else.

In other words, upcycle the recycle!

We dug out some tin cans and got to painting…

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I thought we could turn them into wind chimes. A rainbow window chime.

We gathered string and bottle caps. We punched holes in the caps and cans. We tried and tried to tie the cans together to make anything that would resemble a wind chime. And when that went to hell in a hand basket I went on Pinterest.

And saw this awesomeness pinned. A tin-can lantern? Yeah we can!

The holes required a little more than a hammer and nail, so we enlisted dad’s help because while he says I don’t know how to use the power tools really it’s just that he doesn’t like to share his toys

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And then gave it a new paint job with something more durable to the elements (Chrome!)….

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Let it dry and …..

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Awesmazing.

Too bad we don’t get marks in SK because this totally deserves an A+

Do you Pinterest? She asks.

I should have said, ” no, what’s that?” just to hear her describe it.

Go on my boards, there is a cool carseat blanket that I’m sure you could make.

Yeah, I could.

And did! Sort of. More like I looked at the pin, formed a picture in my head and slapped some scraps together to see what I could come up with.

I didn’t even take pictures! Not terribly sure why. I was feeling a little rusty sitting at the sewing machine though, so that could be part of it. But still! No before and during, just after. That’s rookie stuff right there!

Oh well, it was a half-assed attempt with scraps of material that just happened to work out as planned…..for once.

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I’ve been away from this blog and my craft table FAR too long. I once thought of this as my sanity saver so it stands to reason I may be a little less sane at this point probably why how I ended up with a second kid so bear with me while I get back into things yet again. And I’m going to start small, aiming for a project a week. It seems feasible enough right?

Here’s last week’s….

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This week’s project: dust off the sewing machine!

And she’s just perfect!

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Halloween is approaching once again and the fun of costuming my willing little partner began…

He had a hard time choosing this year jumping back and forth between Mario to a “Transpormer” and then to Spiderman and Thor (only because of the giant hammer!) and back to Mario…… I had to step in.

My mother and I went on a scouting visit to Value Village to see what was available there for a feisty five year old. I discovered that unless I wanted him wielding swords, hammers, knives or any other weapon I needed to keep looking and that’s when I found the used costume rack for kids (YAY! for people who take care of stuff!). I found a Mario costume in really good condition for only $5.99. Sure it was missing the hat and fake mustache but like that would stop me! So after purchasing the costume and some black makeup for a mustache we were off to Fabricland.

And $10 later we had a pattern and some material.

I took a few pictures of the progress….

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Don’t let the pictures fool you, this pattern was a bitch to follow for a non-patterny person such as myself, but I muddled my way through and the end results are fantastic.

Costume and Makeup – $6.50
Hat pattern and fabric – $10
The boy’s pure awesomeness – priceless.

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*Burda Kids pattern 9507 “D”
*Boiled Wool, red.

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And growing it is!

Also kicking and punching and dancing and doing somersaults…..

After 5 years of not being pregnant you tend to forget some stuff…

….like how horrible it is to be nauseous constantly for at least three months straight.
….like how because of the nausea/gag reflex you can’t eat or drink or brush your teeth properly some days.
….like how your bladder seems to decrease in size and you feel like it will explode if you don’t pee every hour.
….like how you gain a better sense of smell than a bloodhound and most of those smells will make you want to vomit.
….like how you could sleep for days and still not feel rested.
….like how the prenatal vitamins are so large you feel like you’re swallowing a continent.
….like how those continents periodically go sideways in your throat and hurt like hell.

After 5 years you tend to forget the annoying or uncomfortable stuff and romanticize things.

Although I am not sure that I really forgot as much as blocked it out. Some things have flooded back as I go along.

It’s definitely interesting how different this pregnancy is to my first. I was not as vomity with my son and I didn’t have cravings specifically but things just tasted way better (or worse!). He was not nearly as wiggly or active constantly, his movements came in short bursts. My breasts didn’t feel like punching bags!

In two days we will be at the halfway point to meeting our tiny dancer and I am already getting impatient. We found out we were expecting so early it seems like time has slowed down (normally not a bad thing I know!)

We had an ultrasound this week hoping to find out the gender but like everything else, it was the opposite of my first! My son was calm and relaxed and legs wide open showing his stuff, this baby would not cooperate, dancing and moving all over and deceptively keeping its legs closed and tucked up.

I feel like my children are going to be polar opposites.

As per usual I waited until the last possible minute to complete a project or two….

Today is the boy’s very last day of junior kindergarten (insert major sad face here!).

He’s actually kinda sad about the whole matter because he really likes going to school despite having to follow rules and do work and all that stuff. I have a feeling he’ll be asking every other day if he “gets to go to school today?” And when I say no he’ll be sad until I can distract him with swimming or …swimming it’s summer, the pool is really the only place I want to hang out!

Leaving things until the last minute greatly diminishes the options I have for making things as well. Since I had only 6 hours or so, minimal options and somewhat limited materials, I decided to make pillows small ones.

The boy helped pick the materials and sort of coloured in the butterfly and bubble letters that I drew, then I did my part sewing and stuffing.

This is what we came up with….
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I am sure I have said it before but it’s true, I cannot play an instrument and probably can’t carry a tune to save my life….. yet music speaks to me profoundly and it never ceases to amaze me how pivotal a role it plays in my memories:

The Elvis tunes that woke us up far too early on Saturday mornings!

Making up lyrics to a well known tune of the time and laughing our asses off! Mel you know I’m talking about you!

54-40 rehearsed repeatedly in a basement. my only real groupie experience

Cheap nights at Moviola’s no diggity, no doubt!

Pretty much anything MC had playing…. except The Tragically Hip yeah, yeah I know. fellow Canadians may hang their heads and shake them in disbelief now

Tubthumping. *shudders from the onslaught of pleasant and horrid memories*

The one that was playing when I kissed the guy in the bathroom of that bar that time….okay, I really only remember the guy….also that it felt more 50 Shades elevator than gross this is a bathroom at the time 😉

Driving fast with the windows down with no real destination in mind.

Metallica playing loudly and tiny kicks in rhythm from the soon-to-be-born boy.

I wonder if I will still feel the same about these songs in another 10 years?

Lambs Become Lions-Not All Treasure Is Silver And Gold
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pl2biQYVysA&feature=youtube_gdata_player

Florence + the Machine-No Light, No Light
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HGH-4jQZRcc&feature=youtube_gdata_player

Of Monsters and Men-Little Talks
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ghb6eDopW8I&feature=youtube_gdata_player

Fun-We Are Young
http:// http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sv6dMFF_yts&feature=youtube_gdata_player

Dragonette-Let It Go
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WSL93KO2gnk&feature=youtube_gdata_player

City and Colour- The Grand Optimist
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WZo31zMAySQ&feature=youtube_gdata_player

HA! Who am I kidding? Of course I will because when I hear this

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VfgvbmWlQhM&feature=youtube_gdata_player

it takes me back to my 12yo self, in my 12yo’s bedroom with the magazine wallpaper, daydreaming things only 12yo girls dream and falling in love….with the music.

*I do not own the rights to any music listed above, YouTube, or videos*

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The best Mother’s Day so far.

I ❤ my boy.

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