Subscribe: Lissy In Italy
http://lissyinitaly.blogspot.com/feeds/posts/default
Added By: Feedage Forager Feedage Grade B rated
Language: English
Tags:
back  big  cute  day  days  fabric  girls  great  home  hubby  isabella  kids  love  made  make  new  sofia  time 
Rate this Feed
Rate this feedRate this feedRate this feedRate this feedRate this feed
Rate this feed 1 starRate this feed 2 starRate this feed 3 starRate this feed 4 starRate this feed 5 star

Comments (0)

Feed Details and Statistics Feed Statistics
Preview: Lissy In Italy

Lissy In Italy



Lissy living life in Italy... join me on my adventures



Updated: 2017-09-06T06:10:56.263+02:00

 



0 Comments

2011-09-23T00:44:45.841+02:00

A Little Move.

Well, it's been a while since I blogged here and you are probably thinking I dropped off the face of the earth.... well, not completely, I did drop off the face of Italy. Yes, we have made the GIANT move once more back to Canada.

Since I can't share my life and experiences in Italy with you anymore, I sadly will be neglecting this little bloggy from now on but I am making the big move over to my other blog:



I would love it if you could pop over there upon occasion. I love my readers and hope you will follow me in my move to hear about my experinces here as a Prairie Mom... it may not include gondolas or mideval castles but I hope to bring you great features, funny stories and other little crafty party ideas.

So this is where I say "Ciao!" to this blog and "Ciao" to my new blog.... gotta love how the italian language makes it easier for us other earth dwellers to remember how to say hi and bye ;P



0 Comments

2011-08-20T08:01:01.621+02:00

Wow! The dust on this thing...

Ok, so bad blogger!

I have neglected this little bloggy for a very long time.... and so I thought I would give her a little attention... and update.

We have been crazy busy these last few months. The big move this past March when my girls and myself made the big flight from Italy back to Canada. Then starting a full time job on top of it... If any of you have followed the Lissy In Italy blog then you know I haven't worked in a few years. Quite the change. Now hubby has made the move as well finally after staying back home and cleaning up the appartment for renters or buyers.

Bella Expressions has been busy too! Sales are increasing and this busy momma is finding herself even busier. So much so, I am finally taking a chance at a one night getaway with my girlfriends. A day of shopping tomorrow and probably a fantastic dinner date with my 2 BFFs. Us mommas have been wanting one of these get-to-gethers for a few years now. I am so excited.

What's on our schedule? We're taking in the St. Albert market in the morning and heading to the new Hole's - we hear it is really something to check out. Then off to some shopping. SHOPPING! Now that's something I used to love. See, it became my nemisis almost in a country of fashion. Me having 2 girls in the past 4 years has not left me with my pre-momma figure.... and I was living in a country where everyone was a size 0 (is zero even really a size? Wouldn't it mean you were non-existent... anyways...). So yes, shopping became a painful experience. I'm hoping I can dive right in tomorrow and enjoy myself instead of shopping like I used to (if it fits, buy it cuz the kids are squirming). I'll actually have time to try clothes on... peruze the aisles... I'm getting almost giddy! Ha! Ha!

Well, I'm off to bed. I have to pack in the morning for my overnight stay.
Night night!



0 Comments

2010-08-04T19:20:10.048+02:00

Summer Fun...

(image) (image) (image) (image) (image) (image) (image)



0 Comments

2010-06-28T22:56:06.331+02:00

Aquarium at Genova and Chiavari


(image) We spent the day at the aquarium in Genova yesterday and it was a hit with the kids.... ok, us adults too. I kind of expected it to be a bit bigger but it was still pretty interesting and it was great to see the reactions and expressions the kids made. Our neighbour and her daughter came along for the ride so the girls were especially excited to have Angelika come along.

So onto the photos... above is the old sailboat in the Genova port right near the aquarium. It's really quite spectacular. I can't imagine sailing on one of those! Below are a few of the creatures we saw... an eel, several kinds of sharks, tropical fish (including Dory and Nemo and the gang),and that's little Sofia checking out the dolphin.(image) We saw seahorses, manatees, seals, jellyfish (like below) big blue fish (Isabella is trying to kiss him.... I think he quite liked her dress), little turtles, big sea turtles, crocodiles, frogs, lizards... did I mention I got to touch a sting ray? They have some sting rays in a pool where you can touch them... that is if they will come to you. It was so cool! At first I was chicken, but I tried again and it was so cool! Their backs feel like they are all slimey and pimply... and along the edge of their bodies, they are really smooth and slimy... such a wierd feeling!

(image) Then when we were all fishied out... we headed to Chiavari for some beach time.... well, we only stayed a few hours and paid way too much for the beach chairs but it was still fun. Maria had never actually been to the sea and either had Angelika so she was super excited. Sofia on the other hand wanted no part of this sticky, dirty sand business.... she was staying put on mommy's chair... we did get her to get down and play a little but when mommy added a tiny bit of water to the sand so it wasn't so dusty, that was the end of it. We then headed for ice cream and a little walk along the sea just to make sure the girls were good and pooped out. It was a pretty great day!(image)




0 Comments

2010-06-25T18:11:41.909+02:00

So I know, I've been MIA for a little bit but for a good reason.... HUBBY'S HOME! He's been gone for almost a month so I'm taking full advantage of any days he has home with his girls. We've already been very busy running everywhere.Yesterday we enjoyed a day at the Fiorenzuola pool (see picts). It was awesome. Nice warm day, the pool was a tad cool but it felt good. The kids had a blast too. They were both asleep before we got out of town. Tonight begins the festival for our town. There's awesome food, torte fritte, music, torte fritte, and dancing... did I mention there's torte fritte? Torte fritte is soooooo yummy (see photo). Basically it's fried bread.... so bad for you I'm sure, but sooooo gooood!We're also trying to organize a trip to the zoo. I think the girls will love it and the Cornelle zoo is awesome! They have little vending machines (like those old bubblegum ones) so you can feed some of the animals and one cage has a tube-like cage that runs above where you walk over to another cage for the monkeys to pass through... but beware... last time we were there the people watching the bears got peed on!!! Too funny!!! They also put these little ribbons up when babies are born so you know which animals have babies and what sex in the cages... blue is for boys and pink for girls of course. I'll of course post picts of that trip. We were thinking Monday but a friend of ours who's been taking groups of kids there said Sunday would be less busy. So Sunday it might be.So if you really looked at our pool picts you might have noticed something missing.... nope, not me! Like I'd let you see me in a bathing suit! Ha! Ha! Nope, the photos are missing a handfull of pretty little curls! We went to see our friend Edy the other day so this momma could get her hair cut and I figured I'd get him to fix the chop job momma did on Isabella's hair... and did he ever! He chopped off all the year's worth of growing ringlets... ok so they were only about an inch long but it took her a year to get it that long! Then Sofia was up... for just a tiny trim off the back as she likes to shake her hair... yep, those curls gone too! Oh well, Edy said their hair should grow in better (thicker I guess) now.... I hope it grows quick cuz I have 2 pretty little girls who could easily pass for boys!!! Sofia is sportin' that little pixie cut that Julia Roberts got that made everyone gasp! If only Sofia had a major role like Tinkerbell in a movie to make up for it! Oh well, it'll be cooler for the summer I guess... GROW HAIR! GROW!!!I also am very excited to announce that we have a shiny new addition to the family.... a sewing machine!!!! It was in the stars for me! I've wanted one for a little while now.... and the other day G's sister saw an ad on the tv about a sewing machine for sale for only 79 euros!!! WOOT! WOOT! So this morning we went to see what it's like.... ok so it's not a Singer or Brother like the one I had in Canada but this one I think I'm gonna enjoy... it has like a ba-zillion styles of stitches! I can't wait to try it out!Now onto a few great Etsy finds...thatstoocuteboutique has these cute personalized towels perfect for the pool or beach! I'm adding this cute little "ouch pouch" to the list as Isabella has "owies" on her feet from the pool yesterday where to rough tiles rubbed off some skin... and because we all have a bit of red skin.... PillowSewCute has a huge variety of ouch pouches for you to choose from.Well, that's all I can write today.... Hope you all have a great weekend![...]



0 Comments

2010-06-25T18:12:10.306+02:00

(image) Look what arrived in my mailbox today...(image) Ok, so the picture isn't the best but she was busy twirling around with her new pretty dress. She even gave me a big hug before she put it on.... apparently it was a big hit! Usually she just puts on the skirts I make her but this one called for a hug! Isn't it ADORABLE? I got it from Lil Miss Muffin's shop over at Etsy. I saw it, hummed and hawed as to whether I should buy it... and then I gave in. I figured I'd buy it for Isabella and then Sofia could use it as well, plus, I could use it as sort of a pattern. Maybe make another dress. So this got my mojo going... I was already trying to find the same fabric on etsy incase I wanted to make one for Sofia. I'll keep you posted as to what I come up with.


In the meantime, there are some shops at Etsy that not only sell the patterns (see above) for these kind of cute clothes, there are shops selling DIY kits (see below). How great! They send you the precut fabric and info and you do all the work! It's a great way to try and dive into making something on your own. (images are linked)(image)

(image)




2 Comments

2010-06-25T18:12:21.708+02:00

(image)
I found this on YouTube, I think we all need to start our day off like this I think...
(object) (embed)

So my little model finally let me get a photo of her with her new skirt.... isn't she cute?

(image) Dana over at MADE designed this great little dress...(image) I might just have to take a crack at it when I have a sewing machine..... I'm thinking, 1 Italian, and 1 Canadian..... for where the girls were born.... too cool! I love how she put the little heart on the city.

I found these scrumptious little delights while blog hopping.... they're just too pretty to eat... ALMOST! (image linked)

(image)




0 Comments

2010-06-12T09:20:07.174+02:00

(image)

(object) (embed)

I saw this on MSN... I could sit in there all day. What an amazing place to see I bet. You'd feel like you were at the bottom of the ocean!



1 Comments

2010-06-11T15:16:51.428+02:00

Here's a few lemony fresh finds from Etsy sellers:1. Lemon Luggage 2. Rose and Lemon Soap 3. Yellow Plaid Dress 4. Little Lady Felt Brooch 5. Vintage Yellow Purse 6. Yellow and Blue Earrings 7. Yellow and Purple Bracelet 8. Child's Lemon Dress 9. Yellow Flower Crochet HatSo, yesterday I was completely embarassed! We've (ok I've) been really trying to push the potty training and pantie wearing thing a lot lately. I mean, it's summer and I'm sure it must feel so much better wearing panties than a big, fat, wet diaper in this heat. So anyways, I digress... we stopped in at the pharmacy to pick up some mosquito repelent as they seem to have half devowered my poor Isabella and I'm afraid if she spends another 1/2 hour out in our garden area she'll completely disappear. I turned around to check on Isabella as she always likes to sit in the baby section because they have baby toys etc... and she was standing there looking at me... with THAT face. "OH NO!" She had an accident. Ok, it was her first but I was so embarassed. I quickly grabbed my wipes in the stroller and the kleenexes and tried to clean it up. The ladies told me not to worry about it but this is my first time going through this and I felt so bad. Then to top it off, the Doctor who owns the pharmacy went and gave Isabella this little rubber watch/bracelet. Great, my kid pees on the floor and they give us free stuff! I know I should get over it and it is a tile floor and is easy to clean up, but still, I felt horrible! Next time I'm bringing extra panties![...]



2 Comments

2010-06-10T23:17:02.275+02:00

See this little lovely lady? She arrived at my house yesterday.......and she brought her lovely girly friends with her... isn't this fabric cute? She may be Russian but she came all the way from Japan. I couldn't wait to get started on a little skirt for Isabella. I also have enough to make one for Sofia.... I'm thinking it'll be a cute surprise for when hubby comes home. Here's Isabella's skirt. I added this soft satiny ribbon trim and when Isabella walks it creates a great swing to the skirt. I thought it was missing just a little something so I bought some fat baby blue ric rac to add to the bottom edge. It'll be just that much cuter I think. So onto something else....My peppers are in peril! My plant is covered in these icky teeny tiny bugs! I'm not sure what to do! I don't want to spray a chemical onto the plant incase it kills it or seeps into the future veggies.... not sure what I should do! I don't want the bugs to migrate to my sweet little baby tomatoes which are right on the table beside it. I thought about moving the plant but I have no where to put it on our teeny balcony. If anyone has suggestions I'd love them.So I just found these little lovelies... I found these at Strawberry Fool. I want them! Ok so I'm not too sure why I need the picnic basket as we already have an electric cooler but the picnic blanket would be nice and the little cooler would be awesome when I go grocery shopping as it's a half hour walk for me with milk and meats etc... it would be just so chic and smart! Only problem is... They only ship to the UK! Please oh please ship to other European countries!!! PLEASE!!! I'm in love! They also have plates and other fab stuff if you are in the UK and are interested.HEE! HEE! HEE!!! Ok, I had to add these too, they're just too adorable... and they gave me a chuckle. The girls would love these! (They're at Strawberry fool too.)[...]



1 Comments

2010-06-09T21:59:47.427+02:00

(image)

(image)



1 Comments

2010-06-09T00:35:35.061+02:00

(image) Well, to keep up with my newest addiction.... here's a super cute tutorial I found for saving a cute child's t-shirt at Make It and Love It. I've had some of those that I have had to throw out because I didn't know how to get the stains out... wish I saw this blog post sooner. Makes me want to dig through the girls' clothes to see what I can cut up! Seriously, check it out! (Image is linked)


Now, onto more sewing.... here's the two skirts I made a while back... I still need to add the ruffle ribbon along the bottom of the second skirt but for now, it still looks super cute on Isabella. The polka dot one is Sofia's although it would probably fit Isabella. I apparently measured wrong and made it a tad big for Sofia. Oh well, she will grow into it. The great thing, it only took 1 fat quarter of fabric for each skirt.

(image)



(image)




0 Comments

2010-06-08T00:48:17.095+02:00

(image)
Gosh! I can't believe it's been a week since I blogged! Bad blogging momma! I had good intentions to try and keep up with this little thing but hence, it's summer, it's hot and hubby's away at work which means, more walking trips to the grocery store with the kiddies and more walks to the local coffee bar so Isabella can use her little shovel and pail in the pea gravel there (as our town has the most crappy and unsafe playgrounds I've ever seen!) Isabella doesn't mind, infact she usually asks to stay longer. haha!

So to keep my sanity I've been trying to get my crafty mojo back on. I've ordered fabric and I bought some more yarn... did I mention I sold my first hat the other day? Made 20 euro! Plus I got a few free things at the local coffee bar... The lady that works there (it's her family bar) ordered one for her 6 month old neice... she didn't have any colors in mind and had seen 2 different hats I made for the girls (a floppy hobo sunhat and a newsboy) and gave me full freedom on colours and style... I settled on newsboy as I figured it would stay on baby's tiny head better. Little ones are always pulling at hats (or at least my Sofia did). Anyways, she loved it, and I mean LOOOOVVVED it! The last 2 times I went for coffee I didn't pay for anything cuz she paid for my stuff then the second time the baby's mom was working and offered everything on the house again. Woot Woot! Apparently it was a wild hit!!! Auntie even asked if she could ask again in the future for more hats.... I said sure, I could do up a little kitty winter hat if she liked. I think I'll be getting another order :) This is Sofia modelling it.... it's a bit tight as it's for a 6 month old but it sure is cute on her!
(image)
So anyways, back to fabric, I ordered some cute fabric in the past and made some skirts for the girls out of some fat quarters.... and now I'm hooked. I ordered some more and saw this shop (see below) with the most adorable items and thought, I wanna make something cuter than just a skirt. I didn't get a pattern yet, I figured, I'm crafty, let's see what I can come up with.... I'll keep ya posted on how things go. This is the fabric... isn't it fun?

(image)
(image) This shop has awesome patterns, click the picture above to check out her blog. She also has an Etsy Shop.



3 Comments

2010-05-31T22:30:18.218+02:00

(image) Happy Monday!!!

Or should I say sad Monday.... hubby starts his new job today.... he's off to Venice and then all over Europe. This new job is "supposed" to work better for us (the operative word is SUPPOSED). He's on about 20-23 days on and around 20 days off..... we'll see how it works. He might even see if it works to do 20 on and 10 off. Anyways, he'll be doing japanese tours so it should bring in more money than he's making now, plus he's used to doing these tours.... the people are so much easier to work with and not such long hours like his last job. The only part that sucks is that he's gone a bit longer. The sacrifice better be worth it. Anyways, we enjoyed our couple of days with "Ba" a lot! We went to Sarnico on Lago d'Iseo to visit with our friends Marino and Elena and their family. That town is so much nicer than ours! They actually do stuff for their citizens like installing AWESOME parks for parents and kids. They have great markets and the city is just so pretty on the lake.... we would totally consider moving there if we could.... G even told me to look into the real estate listings on the web. Even Paratico would be nice. It's on the other side if the river but it literally feels like all the same city. That little bridge in the photo is what joins the towns. Plus the city has so many beautiful villas all along the lake.... like so beautiful George Clooney should seriously consider buying one. They are fantastic. If you google Sarnico you should find some amazing picts.

(image) Anyways, I know I am trying to keep up with the Monday Mojo thing but I'm not really upto it today.... sulkingis more my mood I suppose.... but I won't leave you empty handed... I found this little linky for a great do it yourself project at The Long Thread... It's an adorable little kids' drawing case.
(image)

(image)




1 Comments

2010-05-31T15:44:34.065+02:00

Happy Friday!

So last night was the premier of Sex and the City 2....

(image)


OMGosh I want to see this! I just caught wind from my mom that my sister got herself some tickets to go see it in Red Deer with some friends.... I HATE HER! haha! Just kidding! I want to see this so bad.... I saw some picts of how the girls were all decked out... GORGEOUS!!! I loved SJP's dress! I could never pull off a neon yellow/green dress but she sure could. Oh how it makes me want to go shopping!!!
(image)

Anyways, not too much else to post. Hubby will be home for a few days (YAY!) before he starts his new job (hope it goes well). Isabella keeps telling me she wants to go to the beach so I called Ba (that's what we call dad) this morning and told Isabella to tell him. He laughed. So we'll see if we can at least swing a trip to the lake where our friends live.


(image)




0 Comments

2010-05-31T15:49:44.197+02:00

(image) Well.... that's just it. Yep, I woke up this morning thinking it was Thursday. I must be trying to bump up the days so hubby can get home sooner. I swear i already went through Wednesday this week but apparently Tuesday was so much work it equalled 2 days in my head.

(image) See, Sofia woke up at 6:30 yesterday morning (usually she's a 7:30-8 am kinda girl) and it totally threw off her whole day. She was whiny and cranky and grouchy and throwing herself on the floor in a fit kind of mood.... ALL DAY!! I swear, I asked myself why I haven't taken up drinking yet as a hobby. It was just that kind of day and of course when Sofia is like that it affects miss Bella too... oh, 2 cranky females under the age of 4.... so much fun! Then Sofia cried bloody murder cuz she didn't want to go to bed even though she was sooooo tired. That went on for about an hour.

Then hubby mentions on the phone last night he might have found a new job... (ok, it's so hard to find jobs here now it's next to a miracle to find one). Now wait for it... hubby calls this morning to tell me he'll be home Friday for a few days!?! Ok, at this place now, he's hardly been home... ok he's been home 3 days in a month and a half. Then he tells me he changed jobs!!! Ok, here we go again. Ok so I usually leave that stuff upto hubby as he's more experienced in that field and knows a lot of the companies or people who have worked for them.... wow! I hope this works out the way he wants it to. He said he had an agreement to work a little and then have some time at home, etc....

Anyways, I'm so glad I got the kids pooped out this afternoon... they're both sound asleep at 9 p.m.! Can I get a woot! woot! Ah.... momma might just relax with a glass of wine tonight and work on the skirt I've been making for Sofia. Evening folks!

(image)



(image)




1 Comments

2010-05-26T00:14:19.074+02:00

(image)

(image)

(Image is linked to my photography shop "Eye Poetry")




0 Comments

2010-05-24T23:02:20.982+02:00

(image) I love this show.... Gillian McKeith is so flat out honest. I'd love to have her help in losing the last 5 kg from both pregnancies. I've decided to try (and the important word is TRY) to eat a litter better, lighter and just basically get this body back to what it used to be.... curvy and sexy. I have this sort of (I think) lumpy body.... ok hubby would say I look fine but I AM the one who would like to be like I was and that's why I need to do this. Wish me luck cuz I sure could use it!!!

(object)

(embed)



1 Comments

2010-05-23T15:03:09.156+02:00

Sweet Notes on Sunday.Well I've been busy this week. I had a few card orders and I'm trying to finish up some work for a bride-to-be for her wedding. I also got asked to make a hat for a lady who works at the coffee shop right by my house. She wants one for her neice and said she just loves the hats I made for the girls. Friday my best friend back in Canada had a baby girl... Alyssa Eileen... she was almost a 9lber!!!! Very cute. I'm anxious to see more photos in the future and to hear how big sis Brenna is adjusting. I guess I better get that surprise for the new baby finished now! Yesterday hubby was home. He's been gone for 2 weeks for work, oh the life of a tour bus driver (especially these days with the whole after effects of the hit on the stock market.) Hubby was lucky to find work... it just really sucks that he's gone for 2 weeks and only home for 1 day. The girls are totally out of sorts when he's home too. Sofia especially. Ok, so she's the baby and can be a bit of a whiner sometimes but holy man! Seriously, she is so draining the days G is home. All she does is cry all day and wants to be physically attached to G all day. If I try to change her she cries. If it looks like I'm coming to pick her up, she cries. If I'm actually holding her and need to put her down, the waterworks come flooding in! Seriously, I think I need to drink the days G is home... Sofia just might be more tolerable! haha! Thank goodness Isabella usually behaves. Just a little shot of my table-top-balcony cherry tomatoes. So cute!Anyways, we got some good news! We got a new playhouse for the girls... FREE!!! Ok so it's not new new... but it's new to us and that's all that matters. Everyday when we walk to get groceries we pas "nonna Maria's" house and her neighbour has a playhouse in the backyard I have been eying up. It doesn't look like they use it and I never see any smaller kids there so maybe they are all grown up I think. Of course I never remember to ask Nonna Maria. So yesterday I made hubby drive by to take a peek at it and see what he thought... there were people in the backyard, YAY! So he asked them about it and first thing they said was "want it?" HELL YEAH! G didn't even have to pay for it!! BONUS!!! The cheapest one we've found costs over one hundred euros!!! Can this frugal momma get a WOOT WOOT! So hubby brought it upstairs to put on the balcony (with a little help from our friend Adriano who showed up at the perfect time might I add.) It just needs a good cleaning. It's covered in cobwebs and dirt. Should be a fun day today when I let the girls go out on the balcony.Yeah, I think they like it.Just a shot of our little "garden" and playhouse.[...]



0 Comments

2010-05-23T09:16:08.137+02:00

Thursdays, Thoughts. I've been busy lately... apart from my girls that is.I have a few Etsy shops (see the right side for my links) and my birthday cards (especially my ice cream one) have been selling like hotcakes! The ice cream theme must be a wildly new popular theme for birthdays! I actually did this card up for a friend a couple of years ago. Anyways, I have it in a sort of girly style so I thought I'd offer a version that would suit the little gentleman in your life. I also added a cuppy cake invite for my clients. It's oh so scrumptious! I'm just in love with it now! I might have to try and spin it for a baby announcement! We'll see. Here's the two new cards:So I have been staring at this computer so much lately I felt I needed a non-electrical craft release. I bought some fab fabric fat quarters off Etsy and have been trying to decide what to do with them. Originally I though I might make a cute little clutch but I've been seeing so many cute skirts on Etsy lately I thought I'd use the fabric for a new skirt for Isabella.... I'm trying to figure out the best way to work it so it will work for Sofia too.... we'll see what I come up with.... I am sewing it all by hand... yes I'm throwing back to the days of pioneers...haha! I actually am doing this by hand because I don't have a sewing machine... it's on my "honey I want" list. Apparently hubby's brother has their mom's old sewing machine so I asked G to call Davide to see if I can steal it from him for a little while until I get my own. G's sis is coming this weekend to bring some little ride on cars for the girls. We are in search for a little playhouse for the girls to put on our balcony for the crappy rainy days and for the super hot days. See our condo's backyard is in full, super hot sun in the afternoon. It's just too hot even for me to be out there. I figured at least they can play in the playhouse on the balcony with the blinds pulled and still get some fresh air. I hope we can find a used one cuz really, those plastic houses don't really get too worn out before the kids grow out of them.... heck, then maybe we can pass it onto Elisabetta and Alessandro. Ale is G's nephew and we recently found out they are expecting! And it gets better! Betta is due right around Sofia's birthday! Maybe we can celebrate together! I'm already on the hunt for baby gift ideas!.... I might have to make a cute monkey hat or something!So that's about it. I'm trying to get my Suzy Homemaker on and actually craft something by hand. It's no less strain on the eyes but for some reason it just feels so much more relaxing. As soon as I get it done, I'll post some photos.Have a great Thursday and I'd love to see what you are all busy with! [...]



2 Comments

2010-05-19T23:36:17.529+02:00




6 Comments

2010-05-17T00:05:06.208+02:00

So appropriate... I am so in love with the show Glee.... and my girls, well, they love this song. It comes up on a commercial here and everytime it's on, they dance and try to sing... so how appropriate we mix the two...Wow! I got awarded another blog award! Well, guess it's a good thing I dusted off this thing and am trying to get back in the swing of things. I have to thank Being Zara and Zidan so much for awarding me this. My whole intention originally was to blog so family and friends can keep up with us and our goings on but I have kind of changed things up along the way... good to know people actually like some of the musings that pop out of my head.... well, and the photos don't hurt either I am sure.Ok , now onto the award stuff...Here are the rules for the Versatile Blogger Award:1.) Thank the person who gave you this award.which I can check off my list as I did it above (if you read my previous posts youèll see I seriously have to make lists for EVERYTHING.2.) Share 7 things about yourself 1) I am a huge Sex and the City fan..... I think I know every episode off by heart and if I watch it in Italian I still know exactly what they say in english cuz I can read their lips.2) I am a closet fan of Jessica Simpson.... ok, she may say some stupid things (but who doesn't every so often). I mean I want her clothes, her hair - even if it is fake, her fabulous hairstylist to the stars BFF - cuz who doesn't need a BFF who KNOWS HAIR! I'd love to have boobs the size of hers and still not need a bra - ok I got her beat on the size but hey, I'm still breastfeeding.... I know, don't get started on that...3) I am a shoe and purse-a-holic. I really should go to meetings for this and I believe I have passed it onto my daughters.... my 3 year old passes a storefront and has to stop and touch the window and stare in amazement.4) I took interior design technology in college.... then I wanted to take construction but at the end of 2 years I figured I had enough schooling for a while. ha! Now I'd love to be able to go back and learn something else.5) I am learning crochet all by myself. I am not doing too shabby at it also... I made some of the cutest hats and headbands for my girls.6) My next learning project is sewing. I used to sew and really miss it. I see so many super cute outfits for wee ones and purses etc (of course I had to mention purses!) on Etsy, I want to make my own. I even asked hubby for a sewing machine.7) I miss our house. When we lived in Viking (Canada), we had a big house with our own yard not one you have to share with 10-15 other condos.... I miss it. the space for the kids to actually run in the house on rainy days, a big yard for them to play in in the back yard on warm days... a swing set of our own. 3.) Pass the award along to 10 bloggers who you have recently discovered and who you think are fantastic! (Wow! Again, not sure the kids will allow me time to list 10... we will see).http://traceyjanedesigns.blogspot.com/http://alemonsqueezyhome.blogspot.com/http://attic24.typepad.com/http://babblingsofamommy.blogspot.com/Again, Sofia is crying, gotta go! [...]



4 Comments

2010-05-17T00:05:20.607+02:00

Wow! I won my first blog award! Good thing I got back to blogging. Well, Tv's Take gave me this little award but there's apparently a catch! You are supposed to share the sunshine love by passing it onto 12 other favorite blogs.... wow! 12! I'm not sure the kidlets will allow me enough time to list 12 so I'll add what I can.http://www.sweetopia.net/ - seriously, these cakes are AMAZING! I'm in love with the Cake Boss but these I would have to say are even better!http://www.thefarmchicks.typepad.com/ - beautiful visual eye candy.http://www.theletteredcottage.net/ - I love her sense of stylehttp://www.tidymom.net/ - so many wonderful things!http://www.tannyps-rubbish.blogspot.com/ - Tanny has the best cards! She's so creative and a friend of a friend too!http://www.cutsewrepeat.blogspot.com/ - absolute craft heaven! so many wonderful projects, so little time!Well, that's all the kids will allow... gotta go make lunch!Here's a few things I'm lovin' lately!(links below left to right, top to bottom)Fabulous Fabric, Cute Wall Decal, Ruffled Skirt, Ruffled Bloomers, Noodle Noggin's beanie, Flower beanie perfect for me, Russian Nesting Dolls that I've always loved, Gussy bags, Make Your Own Cupcakes, So here's another thing I'm lovin'... those damn skinny jeans.... oh gone are the days when I would try to wear these... The other weekend when we were out and about doing some shopping when hubby was home, we saw this chick with cute skinnies on and those adorable little bootie high heel shoes and hubby asked my why I don't wear something like that. Ok, I have to admit, when the girl walked passed, even I turned to look... of course this girl was your typical young Italian girl I see EVERYWHERE here.....stylish, THIN! I told G it wouldn't happen until I lost some of this weight I still had from the babies... (ok, so I know it's ben 17 months since Sofia was born but in my subconcience I believe that I'm still holding onto some weight because of the breastfeeding... ok crock of SH*T). I mean, look at these girls.... Beyonce is known for her lucious curves and Jessica Simpson isn't size 00 anymore and is fine with it (despite the terrible critisizm she's taken over THOSE jeans). Why is it that when I went to H&M and actually tried a pair on, all my mind said was "Holy crap you're fat!" I really only have 4 or 5 kg to lose to return to pre-baby (Isabella) weight but I am so not motivated to get on it these days even with the summer looming in. Arg! Maybe next fall..... did I mention I ate buttered popcorn while writing this? Yeah.... that's like eating ice cream while watching Biggest Loser. Maybe tomorrow... [...]



1 Comments

2010-05-17T00:05:34.832+02:00

(image) Friday's Fun Finds
Well, this little card has been crazy popular these days! I think I've sold 4 or 5 of these this week! (That's pretty good as my shop is still fairly new.) I have another card like it in shop but in different colours. I had a client ask if I could make the same one with orange, pink and green and voila! I think that person had an awesome idea!
(image) Now onto a little find:
I found this cute how-to t-shirt bracelet at U-Create (wow, I just realized how many hyphens are in this sentence!) Anyways, Ashley from Lil Blue Boo was nice enough to share the tutorial with everyone... I thought it was just plain cut but also a great way to use up any great scraps of fabric you have laying around... RECYCLE! First person I thought of was Maddy my neice. Apparently she and her friends are into making friendship bracelets.... ah, that takes me back! Sitting in class with string and a safety pin, busily working away at making the coolest bracelet while I should have been paying attention to the teacher... Anyways, pop on over and check it out.
(image) Well, that's it for today folks. I'm pooped an am off to bed. Hope you have a great Friday evening!


(image)




2 Comments

2010-05-17T00:06:22.610+02:00

Well, today was busy.We did a bit of shopping this morning.I finally remembered to buy some grappa for hubby. He was on a tour with clients one time and they were given this drink to try. He was told that if you put rose petals into grappa and let it sit, it makes a wonderful flavoured grappa like the one they tasted. Ok, so this chick isn't at all into grappa (gimme a glass of wine and I'm happy) but we'll see if his concoction works like the other time he tasted it. If you aren't sure what grappa is like, imagine drinking terpentine.... ok so it's not that bad but I believe it's comparable to Newfoundland's famous "screach" I believe it's called. Germans have their schnapps, Russians have their vodka... Italians have grappa.Anyways, G bought me beautiful roses for Mother's Day so he said when they start to wilt, wash them off and stuff them in the bottle...This afternoon, both girls fell asleep during "quiet time." I've started calling it this as Sofia needs her nap and usually Isabella doesn't want to nap and fusses... hence "quiet time." Sofia dozed off right away and I turned around to look at Isabella on the couch and boom, out like a light... "YES! QUIET MOMMY TIME!" No, not "mommy productive time" or "mommy clean the kitchen time"... "Quiet Mommy WASTE TIME time". I got a chance to check out some blogs I've been wanting to check back into and found a few new ones... of course, they are all crafty or sewing ones.... just what I need to jumpstart the ideas of "oh I should try that". As if I don't already have enough to do. Let's see..... I started a bag for my double stroller so I actually have my own cup holder - yep, it's not finished.... I have a gifty for my friend Sherry who's expecting.... yep, not quite finished yet either... let's see..... I have to finish flowers for Sofia's sun hat.... and I have a bunch of yarn I bought to make some more flower headbands and hats and whatever else.... plus I'm waiting for fabric to arrive so I can sew myself a purse (yes the one mentioned in a previous post). I'm sure I'm forgetting something. I seem to be good at that these days.As for forgetting things.... did anyone ever tell you (assuming you have kids) that after the birth of your children, you lose all memory? I didn't see that one in any of the books I read.... or at least I don't remember reading it ;) Lately my memory has gone to pot! I'm surprised I haven't left a kid somewhere. My hubby gets so frustrated cuz he'll tell me to do something for him and in a few days he'll ask me about it and I'll respond with "What? You asked me to do that?" I think it's just that I have such a busy day that if it's not something on the usual routine, it easily gets forgotten. Anyone else find this? I'd love to hear!This afternoon turned out with a surprise. I got the kids in the stroller so we could go pick up a few more petunias (crazy flower lady me) and when we got there, the shop was closed..... ah, wonderful Italy. Yes, it's normal. I just didn't realize that flower shops fall under the category of businesses that are closed Thursday afternoons.See there's a lot to remember when you want to do shopping here as well. See, some coffee shops (like the one near our house) are closed Monday until late afternoon because they are open Saturday and Sunday. Restaurants I believe are closed Tuesdays.... for the same reasons.... grocery stores are closed Thursdays... same reasons I believe[...]