September 23, 2011

A Bed for Puppy

One cute little puppy in need of a bed.

One old sleeping bag all tattered and torn.

One sharp pair of scissors that snip, snip, snip.

One sewing machine that can stitch, stitch, stitch.

One comfy bed all folded and neat.

Placed in a crate for puppy to sleep.

Another little bed all tattered and torn. Too much plaid on the dining room floor.

Come cute little flannel and sewing machine too. Work your magic in five minutes times two.

A new little bed for puppy. And now that makes two!

September 17, 2011

Vintagey Goodness

On my way home from work, I stopped at a thrift shop. Hidden amongst all the tacky items were these gems.

I love that most of the items were made in Canada.

And I know just what I'll make with them. Stay tuned!

September 15, 2011

Soapy Mess

An old house is a wonderful thing. But, tiny bathrooms, not so much.

A tiny bathroom means a pedestal sink and no room for a soap dish.
Several soap dishes later, but still nothing fit, and without a soap dish, the soap slides of the side into the sink.

What to do? What to do? Why, make your own soap dish of course! It's quite simple. Find some wire. Mine was left over from some long forgotten project.  I think it's gavalvanized, but I'm not sure and I don't know what guage it is. It was thick enough to do the job, but still easy enough to bend by hand.  And find a piece of pipe, left over from, well, a plumbing project. The pipe is 1.5 inches. To start, simply wind the wire around the pipe a couple of times.

Remove the pipe and continue winding the wire around and around to create a nest.

Success! A soap dish that fits.

Linking up here:

September 13, 2011

When $50 Becomes $100

I'm sure by now you've all heard of the famine in the Horn of Africa. So sad. So huge. But we can help. The kids decided to do their part and to fight the famine the best way they could, by holding a lemonade stand!

Signs were made.

Lemons squeezed.

Cookies made and watermelon cut. Change found and sorted. Product tested.

Toys priced and marketed by the cutest saleman. How could anyone resist?

Then the people came. Young and old stopped by all afternoon.

Thanks to everyone who stopped by! With your help the kids raised $50. Right now, until September 16, the Canadian government will match donations. That's how $50 became $100 to fight the famine in the Horn of Africa. You can help too. Visit to make a difference.

September 10, 2011

Baby Max

We welcomed baby Max into our family this summer. He is adorable.

Even when he's not so happy.

He belongs to my brother and his wife.

But we like to snuggle him as much as we can.

Congratulations Cassandra and Glen! He is wonderful.

The Cottage Part Two

For one glorious week in August, we enjoyed the Annual Wheeler-Bradshaw Vacation Extravaganza. It was a blast. So happy to share a week with great friends.

The view of the cottage.

If you look closely on the far right, you will see us hanging out on the dock.

The view from the cottage.

There was lots of boating. Mr. Man finally got over his fear and went out in the canoe.
A lot of time was spent canoeing, paddle boating and zipping around in a motor boat.

We cooked. Ali made the most delicious meals.

The men barbecued.

And the kids snacked.

We piled on the sunscreen (or bug spray depending on the time of day).





Again and again. Isn't that what being at the cottage is all about?


Watermeloning. Again and again and again.

Relaxing. Ali treated the girls to a spa afternoon a la cottage.



For the second year in a row, the kids built boats out of all the recycable materials emptied throughout the week.


Some help from the engineer.




If you look to the right side of the picture, what looks like a blurry wave is the boat the young boys made.

Good bye cottage. See you next year.

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