Kieran and I did a fun activity over the last week: a life sized cut out of himself! I got the idea a couple places: it was one of the activities they did at playschool, but they told me that he didn't want to do it when they asked. Then a few days later I saw it mentioned in this big list of toddler activites and thought I'd try it out with him.
Just like at playschool he didn't want to lie on the paper so I could draw around him. Then I had the brilliant idea to try it out with one of his teddies. At which point he wanted to do it himself! (This is a recent trend, he wants his stuffed toys to do everything he does and vice versa)
Once I cut the shapes out it was time to decorate! We got out the markers, crayons and stickers and he went to town.
He finished the teddie that day.
A few days later we finished up the life-sized Kieran
Then it was time to put him in the gallery with teddie.
The finished products.
This wall is at the top of the stairs and I am planning to turn it into Kieran's art gallery, similar to this one.
And funnily enough, later that day when I dropped him off at playschool, I asked if he'd every done the silhouettem and indeed he had! So I brought another one home. I think we will put that one in the kitchen somewhere.
In the end he really enjoyed this activity, and now he points at the cut out and says "Kieran" every time he sees it.
Toddler Time is an occasional series where I feature activities that Kieran and I do together.
Since I've been putting a lot of work into myshops on Etsy lately, I've been reminded just how awesome that site is. I took a look at the items I've been bookmarking for future purchases and I still love most of them! Here's a peek at some of the things I love
Happy Friday! I am back with another Friday Franny Freebie! I switched over to the new Facebook Timeline a few months back and I have been loving it but I wanted to do something fun with my cover photo, that large photo that is across the top of the page. I also came across this Facebook cheat sheet for various image sizes and I finally did something with it!
This is what my timeline looks like today
I made a layered template collage that I can add photos to. While I was at it I decided to make three other versions.
Once you unzip the file you should be able to use any of the blank templates in both Photoshop CS and Photoshop Elements to add your own photos. Here's a video tutorial I've done on how to add photos to layered templates.
Lucas and I love sushi, and when we lived in Lyon we'd have a sushi night every month or so. We found a great place that delivered, and we'd treat ourselves after Kieran was in bed. Sadly, in our new town there isn't a sushi place that delivers, so it's been a few months since we were able to enjoy that special treat.
Luckily as one of his birthday gifts from 2010 he got to take two cooking classes, and one of his choices was sushi making! So last night we had sushi made by Lucas for Valentine's dinner (yes after Kieran went to bed). Here's the proof
The battery in my big camera wasn't charged, but luckily I remembered the Instax and so was able to get these two snaps! Just the motivation I needed to do some film photography.
The meal was absolutely delicious and I think this needs to become a monthly tradtion again. Ok honey?
Happy Monday friends! After quite a lot of thought, I have decided to split my Etsy shop Callaloo Soup Designs into two shops. I seemed to me that having such a smorsgarbord of items for sale in one location could be confusing, and so I have opened a new shop Callaloo Soup Vintage to share all my French flea market treasures!
I currently have six sets of buttons and six sets of trim listed and will be adding more items over the next week. As always these goodies come direct from the flea markets over here! One of my greatest pleasures is heading out and hunting down these treasures, I love having to dig through all the estate lots to come upon the buttons and trims that make me squeal with delight! (Seriously, I squeal. You should ask Lucas.)
A few years ago my sister and I started a joint blog to share our scrapbooking. Between babies being born and job changes it fell by the wayside, but we've decided to work an a joint project in a different way. Each month we'll choose a sketch and share our interpretations of it.
There's quite a lot going on there, this is busier than I like my pages to be, but that's the great thing about sketches. I use them more like a guideline than anything. I just kept the elements I liked, like the general layout, and the bunting. Here's the page I did
Some close up shots:
The journaling with the word stickers is a happy accident, as I made a mistake and used one sticker to cover it up, then added the other two to make it look like I meant it.
I made this page with the February kit from Little Black Dress, I'll share the other pages I made on Friday.
One of my goals this year is to try to eat better lunches on the days I only have myself to feed. Usually I just grab whatever I find when I am on the go, but I decided that I need to treat myself better than that, and take the time to sit and enjoy a nice meal.
Of course my main source of finding recipes comes into play here: Pinterest! I created a pin board called Lunch is Served to save yummy looking dishes for my lunch times. A couple weeks ago I adapted this salad, and it was so delicious that not only did I have it again two days later, but Lucas also made himself one to take for his lunch.
Pear, walnuts and blue cheese on spring greens with a honey balsamic vinaigrette.
Two days later I swapped the pear for apples and added dried cranberries. Equally delicious.
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