Looking back on 2012…

We are just a few hours shy of 2013. Wow, 2013…. it wasn’t even a year that I thought of when I young. The year that I will turn 36, that year that at the end of , I will have an 11, 9, 7 and almost 4 year old. The year the hopefully things will start moving for us.

This year was not the easiest for us and though there were many positives, there were some hard times too…

Here are some of the biggest things that happened this year:

My Grandmother (my father’s mom) died on New Years Eve and my dad was back in the hospital for a few months.
Willa turned 2!
We decided to sell the house (still not sold)
My Uncle Marc died from complications due to Diabetes
My Dad Died just a week after my Uncle.
I met Jerry Mitz and Leandre Bergeron at the AQED symposium
Xavier turned 10!
We got the all clear for Wilhelmina! she is now healthy.
Colin turned 8!
We decided that we want to do some bus living 
I shared some financial struggles
Decided to offer my Photography services professionally
Did NaBloPoMo
Learned how to Crochet
Khéna turned 6!
I learned how to Needle Felt

Favourite parenting posts this year:

 High Standards and the Cycle of Coercive Parenting
Discipline and How Non-Punitive Parenting Works
Praise and the proverbial carrot…
What if money didn’t matter?


Happy New Year!!!

Fireworks, Le fête Nationale

Needle Felting…

I had heard and seen what could be done with needle felting but never really saw the interest. I don’t know why but I think I just didn’t really give it much thought. (and yes, Joanna… you had even mentioned it in a comment a few weeks ago 😉 )

Well, On Dec 15th, I went to the Xmas party at “Le Milieu“, that little artistic café/workspace that I had talked about in a previous post. I met up with a few friends and made some new friends and at a table this amazing woman named Pandora was giving a little workshop on Needle Felting. My friend Gen said that she was going to go try so I went over with her but didn’t have any intentions of doing it… until I saw it being done… then I wanted to do it.

What ended up happening was sitting down talking and sharing and needle felting for the next couple hours and what I cam home with was this little guy… and a new addiction.

(doesn’t he have attitude!)

My first felting project... Done at "Le Milieu"


A few days later, I ordered my first kit of supplies. I ordered it from the Canadian store Maplerose, which is not only Canadian, and in BC but in Nelson! where I was raised and where we plan to be moving once we can sell this house (and by a big coincidence, where Pandora, the girl who was giving the workshop also lived at the same time as me when we were kids, and even went to the same school as me!!)

So, I got a set of beginner needles, wool batting, an assortment of merino roving colours, a few pipe cleaners and a foam to work on.

and I finally received my order today.

Order cam today... Felting things

I started with a ball at first…

then decided that ball would be a head,

then made ears,

then made a body with a pipe cleaner core and what I ended up with is this little guy..

My first try.... he even has an adjustable body made with a pipecleaner :)

Isn’t he adorable?! I still want to work on him but Willa keeps on insisting that he lives in her dollhouse.

I can’t wait to do more!!


My little bunny

Happy Solstice!

What a beautiful view from my kitchen window this morning… and a great way to start winter.




So the shortest day came
and the year died
And everywhere down the centuries
of the snow-white world
Came people singing, dancing,
to drive the dark away.

They lighted candles in the winter trees;
They hung their homes with evergreen;
They burned beseeching fires all night long
to keep the year alive.
And when the new year’s sunshine blazed awake
They shouted, reveling.

Through all the frosty ages you can hear them
Echoing behind us — listen!
All the long echoes sing the same delight,
This shortest day.
As promise wakens in the sleeping land;
They carol, feast, give thanks,
And dearly love their friends, and hope for peace.
And so do we, here, now,
This year, and every year.

–Susan Cooper



Holiday pictures…

WordPress is making it easier and easier to add pictures to posts and I use the Galleries on my Photography blog so I decided to try it here also…

Here are the holiday pictures I took two days ago to put in the yearly photo book we make for family. I set up lights in my living room as it was a grey and miserable day and had a quick photo shoot.

You can see each picture larger and even comment on individual photos as well as on the post as usual.

Hope this works for everyone!


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