Monday, May 10, 2010

Someday I just may get it...

I do work at it. When I think about it. The problem is that I just don't seem to think about it often enough. Not by choice really, but mainly because I forget to think about it in time so that when I finally do think about it, it's too late. And then it's like a big slap on the forehead moment, but it's already over.

And what, you ask, is it? Well it is quite simply the art of being put together. I think that I used to be put together, but to be honest, I'm no longer really sure. Was that actually my reality or maybe just some reality I created in the mind of my past life? Regardless, if it was actually a moment in my life, it's gone now. Perhaps never to be found again.

Case in point: I picked up my son's school photos today. Now I think they're quite lovely. He has a gorgeous smile and then hint of a cute little dimple. Truly him. What mother wouldn't be charmed?

Of course, upon closer inspection, it's true that I could have perhaps done better (this has been pointed out to me several times already through fits of laughter by my ever supportive husband). His hair, for example, is ever so slightly scruffy. To me, proof that he had a bath the previous evening (giving myself a big pat on the back for that one). To the mothers of the primped children, proof that his foreign mother hasn't quite mastered the art of the spit and hairbrush. I'll also admit that if I had to do it over, I would perhaps have choosen a nice shirt to put on him that day and not one that is a tad bit rumpled and missing all its buttons. In my defense, it was originally hidden under his sweatshirt, albeit one that has been passed down to him after being worn by both his sisters. So....actually, probably best to have removed the sweatshirt for the photo (mental note to thank his teacher in the morning).

Now being put together seems relatively easy to accomplish, I'll admit. But the problem is that I just didn't have it together that morning. And if I'm honest, I'd have to say that morning is not truly an exception to any other morning. Honestly, I suppose I'm generally so proud of myself for simply getting the whole crew out the door dressed (for better or for worse) and fed, that the events of the day to come completely slip from my consciousness.

And so, once again, I forgot it was picture day at school and only had in mind the fact that he was actually going to school, something not all too often seen around here. The joy of thinking that all three could be out of the house at once overtook me. The thought of a few moments of silence once they were dropped off became all important and overshadowed anything out of the ordinary that could be happening that day at school.

No, this isn't the first time this has happened. Nor is he my first child to have been subjected to this exercise in scruffy school photos. Sadly, this probably won't be the last. As you who read this blog have learned long ago, try as I may, I don't live in a blog perfect world. Rather in a slightly scruffy and disorganised one. But one that seems to be producing children with big smiles and wee dimples. And that seems pretty good to me.

Friday, May 7, 2010


...of my Oh Happy Day! design into another sort of oh happy day.

At the request of a friend looking for a communion invite for her daughter, I was given the opportunity to rework one of my favourite designs. I originally created this one last year for my second daughter's birthday, complete with a large strawberry on the front, her favourite fruit. But with a magic eraser and paintbrush, what was a fun springtime illustration has been transformed into, well, a fun communion illustration.

Sending happy wishes to Hannah!

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Summer Issue

If I've been somewhat quiet this week, there is a reason behind it and no, it has nothing to do with hiding out in a closet in hopes that the children won't find me. Honest!

Proof is that the new issue of Modern Handmade Child magazine is finally out for some summer inspiration! A day late but hardly a dollar short, come check out this fun issue for loads of ideas of outdoor projects with kids, ways to prepare your children for summer camp, a few simple recipes (who wants to be indoors cooking when there's so much to do outside) and so much more.

We hope you'll enjoy flipping through the new issue and we'd love to hear from you. Any thoughts or suggestions can be sent to

Happy Reading!