June 28, 2011

Starting Point

Our dining room needs help. It's long and narrow. It's undefined. It's the absence of colour. And it's the first thing you see when you enter the front door. Open our front door and you step into the dining room. This room is need of some serious help.

Where to start? With curtains, that's where! After spending what seemed to be an eternity in the fabric store I came home with this:

Now, I had planned to take my time. I thought I'd work on the curtains a little bit each day. Then we found out that friends from out of country were coming, so a marathon sewing session began. And ended with this:

I love the fabric on the top. It's a nice mixture of grey, cream and black. Since it was expensive, I only bought a metre. I added the red for a pop of colour. The room is already looking better. Now for paint, art and.....

June 11, 2011

A Week of Parties - Part 2

At the end of May, my mom turned 65. Sorry Mom, it's a milestone, so I had to share. After this post you go back to being 39 again.
We ate at a local restaurant. They serve locally grown, naturally raised food.

Celebrating the birthday girl.
Little Miss ordered cheese pizza, but ended up eating most of her dad's steak. Lucky for her, Andrew has a soft spot for the Little Miss.

Goofy Mr. Man. Love the psychedelic moose.

My brother, Glen and his wife Cassandra.

Happy birthday, Mom!

A Week of Parties - Part 1

The end of May was full of parties. First there was the 51st Annual Dessert Pary at the school. An evening full of fun, games, and yes, desserts. It's the school's biggest fundraiser of the year, raising over $15 000 in one night. I baked these for the dessert table. You can find the recipe here. Best rolls ever.

Then it was Mr. Man's birthday. A Lego party in the park. Fun. Very fun. My inspiration came from Delia Creates and this post. She does a fab job of listing all sorts of resources.

The invite.

The set up. Up popped the canopy. Up went the ballons and streamers. Out came the materials for the first activity. Parachutes and Lego dudes. And we were ready. Easiest set up ever.

A kind man playing in the park with his kids helped set up the canopy. It was up in a few minutes. Mr. Man blew up his own balloons.

Mr. Man and the Little Miss goofed around while we waited for the guests to arrive. Seriously, we're never ready this early.

After the parachutes were decorated and the Lego dudes assembled, it was off to the playground for some target practice.

Searching and finding Lego men paper cut-outs.



Part of the loot bags. Lego heads.

Mr. Man is already planning his next birthday party at park. I'd say it was a success.
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