Tuesday, March 22, 2011
As I was chatting, Nicolas suddenly came running in, yelling "Mom! Mom!" and right after that, I could hear the wail of Gabriel following. Gabriel often wails for no reason, but this particular wail sounded much more serious than usual. I turned around to see Gabriel walking in, his face covered in blood, dripping from his nose. I thought he must have been hit by a ball or something. Someone pointed out paper towels above the sink in the office, and I proceeded to wash his face.
Turns out that they were racing and Gabriel hit the wall with his face. I joked about the brakes in his shoes having failed. Little did I know...
The truth came out about an hour later. It turns out Nicolas had the bright idea of running a race WITH THEIR EYES CLOSED. Yes, you read right. Nicolas apparently opened his eyes part way through, saw Gabriel running at the wall, yelled at him to open his eyes, but it was too late.
The whole thing was witnessed by 3 of Alex's teammates. One of them described it to me as "He just kept on running, he never stopped, never slowed down and just banged into the wall nose first and bounced backwards on his butt. There was silence for 2 seconds and I was just thinking 'Oh no! What was he doing?!' "
The nosebleed did stop eventually, but needless to say, the child currently has a very tender olfactory system.
I remember thinking, back when I was in Paraguay, how cool it was to step outside and there was fresh grapefruit on a tree for your breakfast... I guess having an apple tree and a few maple trees is pretty cool too though.
Add pumpkin spice and vanilla to the coffee. (Make your own pumpkin spice: 2 tsp of cinnamon, 1 tsp of the following: ginger, allspice, nutmeg, cloves)
Heat milk (you can add some maple syrup to this too) and mousse. Add milk and mousse to your coffee (you want about 1/2 coffee and 1/2 milk) Sprinkle top with cinnamon/sugar mix.
Thursday, March 17, 2011
I made a gift bag similar to this, for the gift of a friend of Nicolas who was having a birthday party. Nicolas liked it so much that he wanted me to make one for him. So I made this one from scraps I had from a different project. The nice thing about these bags is that the recipient of the gift can use them as shopping bags or tote bags afterwards, or reuse them as a gift bag.
When all the interfacing is ironed on to the outside fabric, take one of the front/back pieces and pin it, right sides facing each other and sew 5/8 from the edge, from the top to about 5/8 of an inch from the bottom. It is important to leave the 5/8 inch space in order to fix on the bottom with ease afterwards. If your fabric has a pattern that goes only one way, like mine, remember to make sure that none of the pieces are upside down, before pinning.
Continue sewing sides to front and back until you have a box, like this. Do not forget the 5/8 inch space at the bottom of each seam.
Now take the bottom piece and pin it to the front. Leave a 5/8 inch space on either side. This way, all the seams meet at the point where you stopped.
Repeat on the back and bottom pieces and then on the side and bottom pieces.
Repeat the whole thing, with the pieces for the inner part of the bag. Clip the corners at the bottom and trim all the seams.
Take the two handle pieces (one of the outer fabric and one of the inner) and pin together down both sides, (rights sides facing each other). Sew together, leaving ends open. Trim the seams.
Turn inner bag right side out and place into outer bag. (Outer bag remains inside out.) Pin bags together at sides.
Take handles, fold in half length-wise at ends and baste.
Place handles between the inner and the outer bags, at the front and the back, with ends sticking out. Be sure to carefully measure the spot, so as to put the ends of each handle the same distance from the sides. Pin the handles to the front and back and pin up the rest of the inner bag to the outer bag.
Sew around the top of the bag, leaving one side open. Trim the seam all around, except for the side that was left open.
Through the open side, pull all the fabric right side out.
When the side seams are done, do the same thing with the bottom seams. When you are done, the corners should look like this.
Now you have a lovely gift bag, ready to be filled with something for someone you love!