Jun 29, 2012

{this moment: dolls can have hearts too}

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{this moment} - A Friday ritual. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savour and remember. If you're inspired to do the same, leave a link to your 'moment' in the comments for all to see.

"If we take care of the moments, the years will take care of themselves." Maria Edgeworth


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Jun 28, 2012

Sewing A Happy Birthday Banner

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So lately I have been busy sewing like a mad woman! I have been fighting working to complete my daughter's Waldorf doll for her first birthday. Wow... never again. I recently stabbed myself with a needle and bled all over the stupid thing's neck. Fortunately the blood came out but I decided to take a little break from the blood, sweat and tears of doll-making and tackled another sewing project.

Back in January, I decided to make a list of 12 Projects For 2012. One of the projects was to sew a Happy Birthday banner. As I surfed the web, I found a variety of helpful instructions and tutorials. Some of my favourites included:

Happy Birthday Banner Tutorial
Another Birthday Banner Tutorial

Being that I'm less than three weeks away from my daughter's first birthday, I came up with a few shortcuts to simplify the process of making the happy birthday banner. Here are some tips:

  • Choose your fabrics wisely. I looked at hundreds of pictures of banners and the best banners were the ones that had simple patterns that matched well with one another. If the fabric is too busy, it makes it hard to "read" the sign. 


  • My best tip... fold the fabric(s) so that the good sides face each other. Trace the triangles onto the fabric. Place a couple pins to hold the fabric together. Sew along your traced lines (long edges only), THEN cut out the triangles. This process is faster AND you can cut nice and close to the thread for a beautiful, flawless, seam.


  • After turning the fabric right-side out, do a top-stich approximately 1 cm away from the edge of the fabric. This gives the banner a clean, finished look.


  • You can use any font you want for the letters. I typed "happy birthday" into Word, selected my font (Elementary Heavy SF) and enlarged the letters to 250. I printed them out on cardstock, cut them out and then traced them onto brown felt.

  • DO NOT use sticky-back felt for the letters. I thought I was being very clever to not "fuss" with pins but when I put them through the sewing machine, my needle kept on getting stuck. I ended up having to handstitch ALL the letters. Yuck!


  • If you are machine-sewing the letters, have the needle thread match the letters and choose a bobbin thread that will match the backing fabric. This looks much cleaner. I unfortunately couldn't do this because of the sticky-back felt issue, but I would definitely take the time to swap out the bobbin thread to match the fabric of the flags.

  • When sewing the flags to the bias tape, measure the tape to ensure all the flags will fit. Then, instead of pinning all the flags and sewing, pin only two flags at a time. I hate fussing with with oodles of needles while sewing. I found this method was just as effective and you don't have to juggle 2.75 m of needles!


So there you have it. A few hours of work and now I have a Happy Birthday banner that can be used for decades of birthdays.

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Jun 27, 2012

Postcard 57

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Jun 25, 2012

The Piano

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A few years ago, my mom gave me her piano. The piano was a childhood gift and she learned how to play on it. At almost half a century old, this piano has gifted several households with music.

I remember its placement in my grandmother's house. I recall slamming my fingers in the wooden cover for the keys. I remember the white plastic container of water that my grandma would fill and place behind the piano. I remember stretching my body to reach the pedals of the piano while pressing a key on the keyboard. I remember when my grandma moved into an apartment, the piano was moved to our house. It had its own spot in the family room and I recall how my mom would play beautiful music on it. I also remember seasons of Christmas music and gathering around the piano to sing Christmas carols.

However, in our home, the piano is often silent. I unfortunately don't play piano. I took a few lessons but disliked reading music. My husband sometimes tinkers on the piano. He'll use it to figure out songs that he would like to play on other instruments such as his guitar or ukulele.

It saddened me that the piano didn't get played very often. Its purpose is to be played... to make music... to unite the family through its melodies.

But then...

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And then...

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Thanks to our children, this beautiful and majestic instrument has been rediscovered in the heart of our home.


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Jun 22, 2012

{this moment: medal}

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{this moment} - A Friday ritual. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savour and remember. If you're inspired to do the same, leave a link to your 'moment' in the comments for all to see.

"If we take care of the moments, the years will take care of themselves." Maria Edgeworth


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Jun 20, 2012

Postcard 56

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Jun 18, 2012

Birthday Gifts For My Children

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Shortly before my oldest daughter turned two, my husband and I decided that we wanted to make a gift for her birthday. We ended up building a toy kitchen for her. Despite it being a big project, we had complete joy and satisfaction when we presented it to her.


As her third birthday approached, we decided that since her love of Mr. Dressup was so great, we would make her a Mr. Dressup tickle trunk (filled with costumes and hats of course). My husband built it and I painted it. My daughter, of course, loved it!


Then my daughter's fourth birthday approached. Her love for Mr. Dressup was still great, so I painted a picture of the Wise Old Owl for her.


We are now less than a month away from my youngest daughter's first birthday. We of course want to make her a homemade gift. After some planning and discussion, my husband and I decided that a Waldorf doll would be a great gift for a first birthday. However, since my husband can't sew, this project has rested 100% on my shoulders. He's been the design advisor but I am in charge of the creation and assembly.

As the days go by, I am getting increasingly nervous. I quickly made the body, but I am struggling to make the doll's head.


The other day, as I was working on the doll's head, I began to contemplate just why exactly do I feel the need to create birthday gifts for my children. Yes, homemade is nice and all but why this NEED to create. As I asked myself this question, the answer came to me just as quickly....

Making my daughters' gifts is therapeutic for me. As the needle plunges in I remember carrying her in my womb... her kicks, her nudges, her hiccups... and as the needle comes out I think about her birth and our first few days in the hospital. As the needle plunges into the fabric again, I reminisce about milestones that have been met and as the needle comes out, I marvel about the inches my daughter has grown. As I create, I think about the laughter, the tears, the quiet moments and the loud ones. For me, it's not just a gift, it is a time to recall memories of a year that has passed. A moment to reflect on the past and embrace the future. For me, it's a gift from my heart, soul and mind.



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Jun 16, 2012

My Ordeal (dot com)

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Oh, how come nothing is ever easy? I frequently ask myself this, as a simple task usually turns into a long ordeal with a story that goes with it. Here's my latest....

I have been blogging for almost two years. With 382 postings in my back pocket, I thought it was due time for me to purchase my own domain... I was ready to tie the knot and profess my complete devotion to The Deliberate Mom.

Apparently, this process is relatively easy with a Blogger account. They will even forward your second-tier, blogspot.com traffic to your custom domain. It seemed easy enough and very affordable. At $10/year my visitors could drop the blogspot part out of my address. So I purchased my domain... www.thedeliberatemom.com, tweaked some settings in my Blogger account and waited for my website to "appear". Just as I was tiring of the 404 error page... something happened! I typed in my domain and got this:


No way! No! Nooooooooooooooooooo! *stamps feet and curses at the computer*. Wonderful, I just purchased a domain that is a hub/link-up for porn. Perfect. To make matters worse, Blogger was promptly and efficiently directing all of my site traffic to my brand new "domain". You can imagine my horror as I processed the implications....

Professional colleagues read my blog.

Moms read my blog.

My friends read my blog.

My aunts read my blog.

My sister-in-law reads my blog.

My mother-in-law reads my blog.

My PARENTS read my blog.

I felt sick. I immediately went into panic mode. What was I going to do? However, I gathered my strength, wiped the sweat from my brow and went to work. I tweeted, I e-mailed, I Googled, I posted on forums and finally after much work, I got my wholesome domain back. I can laugh about it now. Another story to share. Another ordeal I got through. Another bizarre situation that happened to me.

So it's a minor change but The Deliberate Mom now resides at www.thedeliberatemom.com. Don't worry though, if you've bookmarked the blogspot address, Blogger has faithfully promised to redirect you to my new site (and hopefully that "other" Deliberate Mom site is history). YAY... (dot com).

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Jun 15, 2012

{this moment: butterfly}

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{this moment} - A Friday ritual. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savour and remember. If you're inspired to do the same, leave a link to your 'moment' in the comments for all to see.

"If we take care of the moments, the years will take care of themselves." Maria Edgeworth


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Jun 13, 2012

Postcard 53

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Jun 11, 2012

Morning

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I absolutely love the first few minutes of the morning. The head of my bed is on the west wall and a window is on the east wall. Often I will wake with sun streaming in through the window. The light dances across my blankets, warms my face and fills my closed eyes with images of the day's potential.

I lay there. Silent. Still. The sound of birds singing their joyful morning song fills my ears and lightens my heart. Before I recite the list of things to do and the tasks to accomplish, I say a prayer of thanks for the day. I say a prayer of thanks for the blessings that I have and the blessings I have not yet received. It's a new day... the beginning of a day that I will never live again. It may echo familiarity of chores that need to be completed or routines that need to be followed, but it still is a new day. A fresh start. A new beginning.

Then I hear the chatters of my baby girl. 

"Maa, maa, ma."

"Daa, daa, da."

*Giggles*

"Baa, baa, ba."

I smile and open my eyes. I wiggle my toes and squeeze them tight, then wiggle them again. 

I hear the door to my bedroom open and I see my four-year-old standing at the threshold. She smiles while holding her toy bunny to her face.

I smile back at her as I sit up and stretch the sleep out of my body. 

I am filled by expectant anticipation. I am energized by life. I am motivated by the fact that this day can be anything I want it to be.

Today I am alive. Today I am blessed. Today is special. Today....



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Jun 8, 2012

{this moment: laundry}

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Inspired by SouleMama

{this moment} - A Friday ritual. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savour and remember. If you're inspired to do the same, leave a link to your 'moment' in the comments for all to see.

"If we take care of the moments, the years will take care of themselves." Maria Edgeworth


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Jun 6, 2012

Postcard 40

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Jun 4, 2012

The Mindful Greeting

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Think of how many times you greet someone. Visitors that come to your home, your coworkers, your clientele, your friends, your partner, your children... at some point in the day, every day, you greet someone.

One of the best parts of my day is when I enter my 10-month-old's room after she's been sleeping. As I open the door, I can see her sitting on her knees. The minute she realizes I'm there, she bounces up and down, smiles the biggest smile and claps her hands. I love it... and it melts my heart every time. Just imagine what our relationships would be like if we greeted someone as if they were, at that moment, the best and most important person in the world.

Upon arriving at work, instead of grumping to a colleague about the weather or the terrible traffic: you could smile, say hello and let them know you are happy to see them. Imagine what our jobs would be like if everyone smiled and warmly greeted each other.

Upon meeting a friend for coffee, instead of barraging them with the details of our lives: you could take a moment to express how important they are to you and how much you value the time you spend together.

Instead of rushing our children through the morning routine: snuggle with them and tell them that you love them. Just imagine how attached and secure our children would feel if we did this on a daily basis.

Instead of greeting our spouses with lists of things to do and our frustrations: greet them with a kiss and a strong embrace. Just imagine how connected we would feel and how loving our marriages would be.

We encounter and greet people so many times in the day. Don't say hello out of habit... but rather say hello to connect, to open up, to express love, and to welcome someone into your life. I sincerely believe that if we gave more love and deliberate attention to this common exchange, we could change the world, one greeting at a time.


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Jun 1, 2012

{this moment: learning}

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Inspired by SouleMama 

{this moment} - A Friday ritual. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savour and remember. If you're inspired to do the same, leave a link to your 'moment' in the comments for all to see.


"If we take care of the moments, the years will take care of themselves." Maria Edgeworth


Wishing you a wonderful weekend full of amazing moments!


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