Sunday, July 20, 2014

the little drummer girl

WHew!
That was a great weekend.
It was Founder's Days. 
The first weekend when we moved here 2 years ago, was Founder's Days.
That means we've been here for 2 years. It's our 3rd summer here. 
Much has changed since this first  Founder's Days post I wrote back then.
And last year's Founder's Days.

This year, we participated in some of the events in a different way.
Neve became a member of the fife and drum band. 
She has been practicing every week during the drills on the waterfront. 


 I'm not sure if she's lagging behind or leading the pack!

Here, she and her friend are being presented as new members of the band to the commander.
She's also very excited that someone will be lending her a red coat!
 I'll make her a shirt and then we'll work on pants.

This year, I was a judge for the Shelburne County Idol. It was a fun 2 nights of tweens singing.
Henry and the kids camped out in tents overnight at the waterfront with a gang of friends. 
It was so nice to sit by the fire, chat, watch the amazing fireworks and Boat Parade of Lights.
Rafael scootered, swam and sailed all weekend. Oh, and he performed in his first theatrical piece, 
the Maltese Falcon. 2 weeks of drama camp culminated in a cute little play.
We had a very tired crowd here tonight. 
But a very contented, sun kissed, great memories made kinda tired.

Love this town.

Amanda

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Stamped Jewelry

I did it! I finally did it!
 As with any new crafty endeavour, I debate if I should start it. 
Really, do I need another branch on this crafty tree?
 But when the letter punches became available to me, I couldn't resist. 
And then I went looking for the blank washers. No go. 
All I could find were these squares with a hole in the middle.
These charms help to cover the hole.
 I'm on the search for more online.
I have so many ideas.
And I'm so excited I got it to work out.
(I know, I have to drop the shell. Seeing that hole is driving me wonky)

The wild rose bushes are in bloom right now. They are planted all over the grounds.
The smells are intoxicating.
I really should take pictures before the impending hurricane comes on Saturday.
And put all loose bits away.
And batter down the chicken coop.
And gather water. 
And... ummm.....
hope the power doesn't go out so I can do some sewing.

Later,
Amanda

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

This week in a small seaside village

My first issue of Mollie Makes arrived!!!
oops, this one, I actually bought at Wally World. 
When I came home, Neve came out of the post office with a ... you guessed it...
a Mollie Makes Magazine. I was a little disappointed, I just bought one, but then,
the one that was mailed is for August!!, this one is July. Yay.
Anyhow, I had to make this girl.
 After all, she is the cover girl.
She has tattoos and everything. 
Next time, she'll have a headscarf instead of a turban.
 Fun enough to make another.
Looking forward to this coming out in full bloom. I purposely didn't prune it last fall.
It should be a beauty, orange honeysuckle.
 The ladies have been enjoying dust baths. Surprisingly, they don't touch the veggies in the garden.
They just scratch for bugs.
 The date on the camera for this reads June 9.
Love this little town. 
 On a trip to Islands Park, Rafael and his friend decided to decorate this rock. 
Nice job boys.
 Neve decided to be a drummer for the Re-enactors this summer.
 We're working on her costume. Have to dull it up a bit. 
I don't think they would have had such white clothes. :}
I've been going to Frenchy's all week. 
Guess it was a bad one for finding period costumes.

That's the kind of week it's been here.
School is out!
We're going camping for the weekend in the Annapolis Valley. Yay.
Going to take the kiddies to my Alma Mater, Acadia University.

I'm ready for a rest and adventure.

Have a good one,
Amanda

Monday, June 23, 2014

String puzzle

So this.....

 became this.....
 Just a little mind bender.
 there it is solved.
 If you want to know the solution, you can go here...

I hope this weekend was a sign of a good summer to come.
Biking, yard sailing and farmer's market on Saturday. Even found a new bike for Miss Neve. Yeah.
Kids spent time with friends on Sunday, apart from each other. whew.
It's been a little intense around here lately. Mood swings. Wow.
And to end the weekend, dinner guests, nice enough to eat outside
 and a little of this.
 I'd like to say they were so fast, the camera couldn't keep up, but I think it was more operator error.
England vs. Portugal. England took it 10-9.

Hope you had a good one.
Amanda


Friday, June 13, 2014

Sorry Rod!

Sorry Rod Stewart, Cory Hart, Chicago and various Christmas Carol renditions. 
 In the name of crafting and repurposing, I must take out your innards and silence your crooning.
I wish my kids were here to help me in this liberating, pulling out of millions of miles of cassette tape.

Then again, they probably wouldn't get the satisfaction of doing it so freely, after growing up in fear of the dreaded.. "the tape broke! " The obligatory cutting, taping and splicing of said tape, so you could listen to your music again, but this time with a big skip in the verse where the tape was cut and the scotch tape covered it over.

If you want to know what I'm doing with all this mess, 
come visit me at the Shelburne Farmer's Market tomorrow 9-1, Guild Hall.
It is a cute gift for Dad's day.

Amanda

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Spacemen amongst us.

A few years ago, I made this little playset.

I brought it back today in this rendition.
 The spaceman helmet and air pack on his back.

 Cute little things, I think.
Come see them at the Shelburne Farmer's Market on Saturday!

Amanda

Monday, June 9, 2014

Woodland Finger Puppets

Introducing my latest friends in the finger puppet world
(my zoo finger puppet friends can be found here)

Woodland creatures.

You know it had to happen.

Here's hedgie..
 Madame Racoon
 Friendly Fox
 Barney Beaver
 and Madge the Moose

I developed a few new things with these puppets. Instead of sewing ears in between the front and back layers (except the moose), I cut the ears out of the back piece only.
Another theme is the heart shaped face for some of them. 
And then... punching the eyes out of the felt to show the under layer in the hedgehog and the racoon, instead of sewing eyes in.

They were fun to make. 
They will be coming to the market with me on Saturday. Come say hello!

Amanda