Julie read my ‘back to work’ blog and shared her own. I love when I find someone who has a similar view on parenting to my own. Think the mothers out there will really relate to what she has to say (especially about the toilet seat!)

The top 10 parenting tips I’ve learned so far.

I’m well out of the diapers. With an almost 15 year old, 13 year old and a 9 year old you would think it would all be easier by now. In many cases it is, I had imagined that at this point it would be smooth sailing. But it’s not, it’s just different.

When you have babies and toddlers, you need to be in great physical shape to handle the long days of noise, tantrums, questions, feedings, the need to stimulate, distract, sooth, snuggle, teach, nurse, make play dates, reprimand and toilet train! It’s exhausting. And to be honest even though we lived 800 km from family and my husband travelled a lot, I rocked at it. Finding the time to even iron, mow the lawn, paint the house, bake cookies and reupholster a sofa! It’s why I am convinced biologically…

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I have always loved the process of transforming pieces of fabric into quilts. For years I collected scraps, just to be sure I'd have the right piece for the project at hand. Eventually, as my skills progressed, my hobby grew into art. I moved from simple quits, to 'landscape quilting' and then eventually onto portrait work. I am new to the art field and am self-taught, learning from my mistakes as well as from my successes. I create my images using only fabric and thread. I remain true to this limitation for two reasons; first, I love the challenge of finding new ways to depict ever more challenging subjects. Second, fabric work remains my true love. I enjoy the hunt for fabrics; where other artists might blend oil paints, I love finding that perfect shade or pattern for a specific need. I refer to my style as "gestalt impressionism" for one needs to take a step back from my pieces to get the whole picture. My view point changes by what is influencing me at the time. Recently I've begun to focus on the journey of the individual. I enjoy working on portraits of people whom I feel have lead interesting lives.

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  1. Julie says:

    Thank you for the re-post! 🙂
    Julie
    (of http://www.JulieLovesHome.worspress.com)

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