A piece a Week – A hat for the Walkathon and Party Time!

Wonderfully amazing week last week with so much going on! Volunteer hours at school have started, it was the walkathon plus it was Ash’s 9th birthday! I had to make date snacks for the class as a party snack as well – whew! So much going on, though we got through and had a great weekend to top it all off with a Lego party with Andrew from Playwell Teknologies who came and entertained the kids with ideas for Lego using a 9V motor and catapults – super fun! The kids had a blast and the adults enjoyed some relaxation in the garden with some beers and wine – an excellent party all around. 
My walkathon hat – excellent for a vacay, say when???

Date bars – DIY Lara Bars, perfect for a walkathon snack! 

How many laps do I have to walk??
Lap 13 – time for an otter pop!!
The prize shirts for the K&1st grade kids who walked 50 laps or the 2nd to 5th who walked 75 = 15 miles

 The idea for the cake was something low key as I did now have the bandwidth to make a super special cake from scratch. Ash wanted marble cupcakes so it was the Whole Wheat Vanilla Pound Cake recipe to the rescue with a swirl of melted chocolate throughout to give the cake the marble effect. Friday night I baked 36 cupcakes for the party so I could ice them Saturday morning for the afternoon party!

Lego dudes taking a bath before they land on a cupcake whirlpool!
Cupcakes waiting for the guests to arrive

Everything is awesome! The birthday boy on his special day 🙂

Minecraft guys ready to be catapulted

Happy 9th!
Oh and also last week I had a few pieces to wind up for the inventory for the FabMo Textile Art Boutique – little details like finding vintage buttons to go with the super interesting quilt from the quilt top I am using in the collection this year entitled ‘Quilted Style’. This is a detail from a X-body Small Purse. 
Found this super cute button in my stash! 

A piece a Week – In Production Mode and getting totes done!

This week the kids had a half day afternoon camp so we had the morning to hang out together and have some fun. As it turned out I volunteered to water the school garden for this week with my helpers – the kiddos! The school garden is in full summer bloom at the moment and is looking really wonderful with lots of pumpkins growing big and round with splashes of sunflowers up high towards the sky.

A beautiful ombre shaded flower

Find the caterpillar in the sunflower!

One of the many pumpkins in our school garden

We ended up running into some friends from our school at the afternoon summer camp so we had a pizza night together where the kids could make their own pizza at Pizza My Heart. Every Tuesday night the kids have a few toppings to choose from that are bought to their table with a rolled out pizza dough and the kids have the joy of making their own pizza complete their own little flag for when they bake it.

Mr Ash with his tasty Canadian Ham and Pineapple pizza

A rainbow of Lego made by Ash’s Play Well Lego Camp teacher

Mid week was our 8th wedding anniversary and the material for the celebration is pottery so I made this succulent planter in my ceramics class as our gift. I had so much fun making this pot and I had some inspiration from a class mate who makes a lot of garden decor with tonnes of textures. My teacher helped me with the glaze and rubbing back the colours to sink into the texture and I just love how it turned out. We all went out for meal to a local fancy Mexican joint downtown and had some drinks to celebrate later in the evening!

Jalapeno and Guava Margarita

Our new succulent pot made in my ceramics class

These are the totes I have been working on and managed to complete over the week in production and my new patchwork tote bag that I am now road testing. FabMo had another wonderful stock reduction sale this week and they were selling fabric bags for $2 (fabric perfect for lining) now I have a fair amount of fabric to build up a decent inventory for the show in October. I scored a unfinished patchwork quilt for $10 so that will be made into totes for the show – they will certainly be one of a kind and limited edition!

FabMo fabric and a feather turned arrow

Close up of the arrow

A blue version with the arrow

My new patchwork tote ready for road testing

All my goodies inside with pockets for organization
Stitching detail from the patchwork quilt
And to end the week we had a BBQ appreciation for the FabMo volunteers at a local park and I made a fig and strawberry tart with a rosemary cornmeal crust from epicurious. And friends of ours we only met last year who moved here from Portland are moving to Taiwan so they had a pool party farewell late Sunday afternoon – so relaxing to spend it in the pool and hot tub after such a busy week.
Fig and strawberry tart glazed with honey

Find the neon cupcake against Missys swimmers 😀