I've been MIA, I know. I've spent the last few days volunteering at my daughter's Girl Scout camp. It's been fun but exhausting. Spending 6 hours a day outside with 15 fourth graders and then coming home and trying to get a few hours of work done is tiring me out! And it's been really hot out...so instead of my camp t shirt, shorts and closed toe shoes that are required at camp, I've been dreaming of wearing one of these light and lovely dresses:
Stay cool and happy Wednesday!
(Oh...these can all be found on my style board on Pinterest!)
In one of my recent posts I mentioned that creating a piece of art would be a summer project for myself and Parker to work on together. Well, we bought the canvas last week and have been working on it here and there...we finished it this morning!
I re-did her closet and took the doors off of it a few months ago but we needed a piece of art to hang over top of the dresser. So it was the perfect spot for it...
It was a super easy project. First we painted the canvas a silvery grey. Then we cut a bunch of hearts out of patterened scrap book paper which we got at Target. Then we glued the hearts onto the canvas. And finally, we coated the whole canvas with modge-podge. I suppose you could skip that part, but it gives the artwork a nice glossy finish and will protect the paper and paint.
Here are a few process pics:
And a close up of the finished product:
I love the way it turned out!
I'm off to Portland for a friend's bachelorette party. Have you been? I've spent several girls' weekends there. It's a super fun, cool and hip city with great restaurants, fantastic shopping and tons of breweries. I mean, what more could a girl ask for?!
Lamby is Parker's favorite stuffie. She does everything with Parker. She even went to Kindergarten with her for at least half the year! She started playing with her when she was about 2 and hasn't really put her down since. Lamby is well loved...she has had "surgery" twice because she has a few holes. We even lost her at Target once but thank goodness we found her! The funny thing is that we can't remember where Lamby came from or who gave her to Parker. I can remember pretty much where every one of her stuffies came from but not lamby. So about a month ago Parker was saying that she wished we could have a birthday party for Lamby but we don't know when her birthday is. So she decided that she wanted to have a tea party for her!
She wrote out invitations and sent them to two of her besties. She even mailed them...old school style!
Yesterday Parker and I made a little tutu for Lamby to wear. And of course the girls brought several stuffies with them!
They had hot chocolate, "tea sandwiches" (pb&j), cookies and strawberries..
I loved listening to their conversation...they were very proper and said things like:
"These strawberries are just delightful," "Please pass the sweets," and "I just adore these cookies."
And everything was said in a semi-English accent! At one point I even heard them each saying what they loved about their favorite stuffie...it was so cute.
But by the end of their time at the table they had lost the accent were talking about how they all don't like the Green Bay Packers!
Then we did this adorable craft that I posted about last week. The bird hangings turned out pretty cute:
Here the girls are with their finished crafts:
Parker's little buddies are still here as we speak. After the tea party and craft activity it turned into a regular old playdate...which is great for me because I get some work done! Anyhow...it was a delightful morning and I think the girls all had fun...including Lamby!
Today was the last day of school for my little P. I can't believe that it's already summer. The year flew by! I'm super excited to be spending my days with my little love but I'm also thinking...what in the world are we going to do all summer?! So I've been hunting for a few art projects to keep us busy. She's a crafty gal and these are a few I think she'll enjoy:
We'll actually be making these sweet little bird hangings next week. P is throwing a tea party for Lambie and invited two of her besties so I thought this would be a sweet project for them to do. The lovely lady who posted this tutorial has a whole section on her blog of things to make with kids so check it out here.
I love love love these canvas paintings that Ashley's little girl did. I have been meaning to buy a large canvas for Parker to paint. She's painted a few smaller ones and loves doing them. I've been on the hunt for a large piece of art for over her desk but this is the perfect solution. I can't wait to get started on it.
via LilBlue Boo
More from LilBlue Boo. This lady is sooo creative! Parker saw this pinned on my pinterest page and has been asking to do it so I figure it will make for a good summer project. Her dolls need a storage spot for their clothes anyway!
Parker loves a good dream catcher. She made one a long time ago in preschool and has loved them ever since. And to say that I have a ton of fabric scraps is an understatement! I have so many, I don't know what to do with them. A pretty dream catcher would put some of those scraps to perfect use!
via Living Crafts
A tea cup fairy garden! How cute is that?! Parker loves her fairy garden that we have outside. She has a pretty tea cup and saucer that a friend gave her and we haven't quite known what to do with it...I think this would be perfect.
So...at the end of the summer I should do a recap and see how many of these we actually do! I have a few "art projects" myself that I'd like to get done. Like painting my front hall, painting the back door....we'll see!
Happy Thursday and Happy start of summer!
About this movie...
I read the book so I knew going into it that it would be brutually sad. But I loved the book so I was excited to see it. Of course I think the book was way better. But while there were some aspects that were left out, I do think the movie stayed pretty true to the real storyline. I do have to say that when the movie first started I was feeling like the acting felt a touch forced.....maybe one dimmensional even. But as it went on I became more immersed and by the end was completely in love with both of these characters. It's almost like Hazel said in the book (and the movie) that she falls in love with Augustus slowly and then all once. I kind of felt like that about the movie...I feel in love with it slowly and then all at once. The book on the otherhand....well I picked it up one afternoon and didn't put it down until I was finished with it later that night. It was more of a falling in love all at once thing!
I also want to comment on how this story is being promoted as the latest "teen book/movie." Yes...it was certainly about teenagers. But I think that it has plenty to offer adults as well. The relationship between Hazel and her parents (which they didn't delve as deeply into in the movie as they did in the book) can be emotional for any parent to think about. It had me thinking about my own child and family the whole way through: It made me think about my relationship with my husband and how we would cope together if god forbid we should ever lose our child; It also made me think about our own experience with cancer (Dave had cancer when we were younger...he's been clear for well over 5 years now)...and how incredibly lucky Dave was to have come out the other side of it; and how lucky we were to be able to conceive a child after his bout with cancer. And of course, this story points out, as Hazel's father tells her in the book (but not the movie), that no matter the pain of going through an experience like they've had with their child....you will never regret it because it's your child and you love them with all of your heart.
Overall, this is about the sweetest, most inspirational, and heart wrenching love story I've seen in a long time. One of the characters, Peter Van Houten says in the story...that characters in fiction are just that, fictional characters, so it doesn't matter what happens to them once you finish the story. But I can't stop thinking about Gus and Hazel. And what may happen with Hazel and her parents after this particular chapter in their lives is done.
Oh and if you do see the movie...bring some tissues-I don't think there was a dry eye in the theatre. There was even some loud sobbing coming from one side of the theatre that was slighlty comical and annoying at the same time!
It's been a crazy busy week for our family! But lots of fun and family time..
This girl graduated from high school on Friday night and I can't even believe it! She's the oldest grandchild on my side of the family and I feel like she was just born! Congrats Maddy!
Cousins! Lots of family time this weekend... at a lovely party that was thrown for Maddy and one of her besties who also graduated, and another family get together last night for father's day.
It's the end of the school year so Parker and I have been busy getting teacher gifts ready. I had Stephanie Corfee help me with these darling notepads and note cards to give to several of Parker's teachers. Parker drew pictures of her teachers and then Stephanie worked her magic and sent me back the file. On the side next to the picture it says "from the desk of...." and then on the bottom it says "Artwork by Parker Molloy 2014." How cute is that?!
Another shot of the teacher gifts...
Parker and her Hip Hop teacher from All That Dance. Poor Parker had a near panic attack before the recital because she was so nervous. Her teacher told me afterwards that Parker was so anxious backstage that she was afraid she may not get on stage. But she did and she rocked it! She did an amazing job and had a huge smile on her face the whole time. And she was so proud of herself afterwards...it melted my heart!
Pinterest project! I'm sure you all have seen this free printable all over pinterest. I actually printed it out and it turned out super cute. Dave loved it!
And lastly, here's a cute puppy picture for your Monday. This little guy is the newest family member of some good friends of ours and he is to die for...so little, cute and snuggly!
We've had an amazing spring this year in Seattle. And the yard is bursting with growth and color as a result. We're expecting some rain over the next few days which will actually be welcome because the yard is needing it! Typically once July hits around here it stays pretty dry so you either let your yard go brown or spend a ton of money watering it. We tend to let the front yard go brown aside from some flowers but we try and keep the backyard pretty green. We spend soooo much time back there during the summer that it's nice to have it green and colorful. Here are a few shots of the yard so far...
That's about how I'm feeling right now! Basically, running a new business as a one man show easily demands more than 8 hours a day. I'm lucky if I get a full 6 hours a day while Parker is in school. And the end of the school year is killing me and eating alive all of my work time! Parker had a dr's appointment today so I just dropped her off at school (it's 10:45 right now) and then I have to be back at the school at 1 for the talent show which will last until 3. So I get about 2 whole hours to actually work today...wooo hoo! 2 whole hours! And yesterday was a 1:30 pick up day so my work day was cut in half. I don't think I've have had a "full" week of work in several weeks! Next week there are presentations at school to go to, dance recital rehearsals that start before the end of the school day that I have to pick her up early for...the list goes on and on! I'm so excited for the school year to be done so there will be no more of this craziness! But you know what the ironic thing is? Once school is done Parker will be home with me almost full time! I'm excited to hang out with her but when am I going to actually work?! In addition to our own summer trips, family visiting, swim lessons and dance class, I do have her signed up for 3 weeks of camp. The funny thing is that only one of them-the Girl Scout camp, is all day, all week and to get a break on the cost of camp for her, I am volunteering for 3 of the 5 days! I guess I will be working nights and weekends this summer.
Is anyone else feeling this flustered with the end of the school year craziness?! I'm sure you are. And I guess I'd better get some sewing done because now I'm down to about an hour and 45 minutes for today! Thanks for letting me vent!