Monday, May 18, 2015

Life Lately

Today is the last day of my maternity leave. Somehow it feels like its been forever and yet almost no time at all since that crazy day when I was cleaning up my desk. I'm excited to be going back to work but also a little sad to be missing out on all the fun times Chris and Axel are going to have together during the day.

This weekend Chris and I celebrated the 7th anniversary of our first date. We were down in BC, as we managed to add some time with my family on to a medical trip.

Axel needed to be fitted for a helmet in Vancouver to correct a flat spot on his head, so he'll be sporting some stylish headgear in his photos for the next 6 months.

Between teething and coming down with a bit of a cold, Axel hasn't been totally his usual happy self over the last few days. But it's still going to be pretty tough to say goodbye to this smiley little baby tomorrow morning.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Space Prom!

We managed to time a trip to Ottawa to line up with PromDemonium this year!

It was so great to be able to attend, especially after missing out last year. The organizers did an amazing job and picked an epic theme: Space Prom.

Space Prom

It's a 19+ event, so Axel couldn't attend, but we dressed him up in his tuxedo anyways so he wouldn't feel too left out.

This year's theme inspired some really awesome costumes. The Glebe Community Centre was packed with dancing astronauts and aliens!

Space Prom
Photo from PromDemonium Photobooth

I found my crazy sequined ballroom dancing gown at Value Village for $13 when we were down in BC. It's so long I had to wear heels to keep it from dragging on the ground. A friend from YuKonstruct gave me some blue EL wire which I wore on my arms, but sadly I forgot to bring spare batteries and it died before we had even finished our volunteer shift at coat check.

I made my ringed planet fascinator hat out of a styrofoam ball, clear acrylic, a bit of felt and some LED stickers. Chris also made himself a little planet boutonniere, orbited by a tiny 3D printed satellite.

Space Prom
Photo from PromDemonium Photobooth

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Happy Birthday to Me!

I'm 31 today.
Shortly after my 29th birthday I posted a list of things I wanted to accomplish before I turned 30. I didn't write a follow up last year because I wasn't ready to reveal that I was pregnant, but I think it's pretty amazing what's happened in my life since 2013. 29-year-old me could never have guessed that today I'd be living with my amazing husband and adorable son in our house in the Yukon.

Here's the list again, with some updates.

The Big 3
1. Buy a house (done!)
2. Get married (done!)
3. Have a baby (done!)

The rest of the list
4. Look my best in a bikini at Burning Man (We didn't go last year because I was pregnant and sadly we will be missing the burn again this year for a wedding - no excuses for 2016!)
5. Visit the Maritimes (done! Chris tagged along when I went to Halifax for work last summer. It was great but we'd still love to see more of the East Coast)
6. Run on stilts (I'm going to cite pregnancy as a reason a lot of these aren't crossed off)
7. Have at least one room done to the point where it could be featured on a blog house tour
8. Shave my head (done!)
9. Move my blog to its own domain (why haven't I done this yet?)
10. Learn to dress in a way that “projects maturity” without sacrificing style (working on it...)
11. Dye my hair blue again
12. Sort and archive all my favourite photos, so we won’t lose them if the computer crashes or the house burns down (we have it backed up, but I'm a long way from having it sorted)
13. Get our finances sorted out so Chris doesn’t have to work full-time
14. Reduce my wardrobe to only items I love to wear
15. Start wearing jewellery regularly (does my wedding ring count?)
16. Learn to apply makeup (this is something a grown woman should be able to do!)
17. Grow our own food (there's room for improvement, but we started our garden last year)
18. Master the art of applying fake eyelashes
19. Renew my passport and put it to good use
20. Buy a DSLR and learn how to use it (I'm looking forward to taking some photography classes this summer)

Wednesday, March 25, 2015


How is it the end of March already?

I thought I'd finally share some instructables I worked on back in February.

Angler Fish Valentine
Angler Fish Valentine

YuKonstruct hosted a Valentines Craft Night and I created a few fun cards with conductive ink and LEDs.

Firefly Valentine
Firefly Card

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Yukon Quest 2015

Yukon Quest 2015

Yesterday, Axel and I braved the -35°C weather to watch the start of the Yukon Quest.
It was awesome to see a big crowd cheering on the dog teams despite the cold. Yukoners are tough!

Yukon Quest 2015 

The dogs are so excited at the start of the race, it's really fun to watch.

Axel in his coyote hat

At YuKonstruct the other night, our friend Tom made Axel his own fur hat. Not bad for his first sewing project, eh? In honour of the start of the Quest, Axel wore it to look like a real Yukoner in his weekly photo.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

16 Weeks

Week 16

Axel is 16 weeks old today!
He's been babbling and all smiles lately. While he's always been a good baby, these days Chris and I really appreciate how Axel is sleeping through the night and showing so much personality when he's awake.

At 14 pounds, he's still little for his age, but he's catching up quick! I'm going to need a new set up for his weekly photo soon since he barely fits in the frame.

Week 1 Week 14

Week 8 Week 16

If you want to follow Axel's weekly pictures more closely, I take his picture every Saturday and usually add it to this Flickr album the same day.

Friday, January 23, 2015

Tiny Top Hat

Tiny top hat
babies look adorable in top hats

Last week I made a tiny top hat and covered it in sound-reactive LEDs.

For the most part I followed instructions from Offbeat Bride to make a mini cardboard top hat.

Tiny top hat 

Then I covered the hat in black silk. I didn't actually realize the shirt I was using was real silk until after I had already started cutting it up. I found it at the free store and had assumed that it was cheap polyester. Now I have a little silk top hat!

Tiny top hat

There was a bunch of leftover copper tape and little LED stickers from the Christmas card craft night at YuKonstruct, so I decided to use some to decorate the hat. With the chibitronics effects and sensor stickers I was able to get the lights to fade on and off and to light up in reaction to noise.

Tiny top hat 

I've posted the full step by step instructions for making the mini top hat on instructables.

Tiny top hat 

Originally I was making the hat to wear to the Rendezvous Steampunk Ball, but now I've got an even better idea for my ball costume, so the top hat might make an appearance at YuKonstruct's Steampunk Build Night instead.