The Occasional Blogger

Hello.

Remember me?

It’s been a while.

I hope some of you are still with me.  Reading my occasional posts.

I always think I will have so much time for blogging, but then life happens.  My family is first on my list, then my home and sewing for my shop, then getting pictures and listings up and somewhere near the bottom is blogging.   I wish I were here more to share so many great things with you, but I don’t ever regret putting my family first.

That being said, I have some exciting things to share.

I am now offering custom child/doll sets.  That means you can order a nightgown or dress for your child and a matching outfit for their doll.  How fun is that?!

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I have also been gearing up for fall by bringing out my crochet hooks and yarn.  Fall and winter hats are in the works!  I have limited spots for custom crochet work, so please book soon to reserve a custom spot!

I’ve also added a charity section to my shop.  The profits from any item found in this section will be donated to a charity.  I am currently donating to the Canadian Cancer Society.  It’s been a rough year for friends being diagnosed with cancer, and even the loss of a friend this past month.  Pop by and take a look at what I currently have available.  Items will be added to this section as I get time to photograph them.

In other news, a friend of mine recently started an amazing site called “The Sewing Stash“.  It is still very new, but it is already looking like its going to be an incredible site!  There is a searchable pattern index (for patterns and tutorials, both paid and free!).  At The Sewing Stash, you will also find sewing book reviews, tutorials and more!  To round things out, a community area is coming soon, where you can chat with others in the sewing community.  This is a fantastic site for those learning to sew (Sewing 101 is coming soon!) and those who are more experienced.  If you are a pattern designer or have a great sewing tutorial on your blog, be sure to add it to the site – it’s free and will link directly to your shop or blog. Stop by and say hi, have a look around and subscribe to the blog so you don’t miss a thing!  (Next week is toy sewing week and I hear there’s going to be a GIVEAWAY!!!)

That’s all for now, but I hope to be back soon!  I’ve taken the month of August off to sew for my own children and I would love to show you what I have made.  Stay tuned…

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Happy Wednesday!

Good Morning!  I’m just stopping in today to remind you to have a great day!

Every day is a gift and sometimes we just need to be reminded to be thankful for all the small things.

(Photo via PaperRamma)

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Crafting for Hope

I always love crafting with my children.  I also feel it’s very important to teach children that we must always help others – whether it be giving a small gift to cheer a friend who is having a bad day, cooking a meal for new parents, or donating to a charity.  So, when Craft Hope posted their recent project, I was thrilled that it was a project all three of my children to take part in.

For Project 22, Craft Hope is collecting flip flops for children in Nicaragua.

I purchased four pairs of flips flips, and then dug through our craft cupboard and my sewing supplies.  I also purchased Crafter’s Glue “The Ultimate”.  This is a non-toxic, water based glue with a super strong hold.  I knew getting things to stick to the flip flops might be tricky, and this stuff seems to have worked well for us.  I also wasn’t worried about my 3-year-old using it, and it goes on as simply as white glue.

So, we covered the table and set to work.

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I think they turned out super cute, don’t you?

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Spring Crochet

I’m currently working on a crochet project for Spring. A fun home decor item.

Circle after colourful circle. Wonderful, somewhat mindless work.

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These are the centers of the granny squares and they will have the look of Spring flowers once done. I think it will be a beautiful throw for the couch.

I tend to take my time with big crochet projects like this. My goal is to have it done for next Spring.

The pattern I am using can be found here.

Have you been doing any Spring or Summer crochet?

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When a Friend is Sick

As the title says, I have a friend who is sick. Not a cold. Not the flu. She has cancer. The big C. I wish I could say that she will get better. I wish I could say that she will be able to see her children grow up.

But I can’t.

Her cancer is terminal and it is becoming apparent that she does not have much time left.

I wish there were a miracle for her. For her children.

My friend is also, tragically, a widow. When she is gone, her children will go and live with another family.

I do what I can to help their family, but it never feels as if I am doing enough.

This afternoon, her daughter was over for a playdate with my children. She is such a sweet child. Still very young. So sweet, so caring. We always enjoy her company.

I was playing outside with the girls. My daughter came over, grabbed my hands and started to dance with me. Then she grabbed my hands and leaned back as far as she could. “Come on Mom! Lean back too!”

And my friend’s daughter watched.

And I felt extreme guilt.

She can’t play like this with her mom any more. She is too sick and too weak. It breaks my heart to think about it.

I called her over and we played the game with her too. She laughed and smiled. “Let’s do it again!” I am glad she was able to come play and smile and have fun… and maybe even forget the things that are going on in her home, if only for a few minutes.

The rest of the playdate was greatly enjoyed by all. I was glad to offer a happy moment or two.

I guess it makes me feel in a way, like I am helping. Because there is nothing I can do about the cancer. There is nothing I can do to stop the cancer from stealing my friend’s life. If I can only offer an ear to listen, and a few happy, playful moments to her children, then at least I will know that I did something.

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Spring Art

All of my children really enjoy art and crafting.  I love that my older girls are old enough to do a lot more advanced crafting.  As an Early Childhood Educator, I also have a lot of fun planning and crafting with my youngest.

One rainy day last week, we decided to do some Spring themed art.

A quick browse on Pinterest and we had a plan.

We grabbed the paper plates from the craft cupboard, some glue, and a few other supplies and we got to work.

This colourful tissue paper snail is my favourite.

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And this lady bug was so simple to make, but we really enjoyed making it too.DSCN9310

Do you craft with your kids?  Have you come across any great craft ideas lately?  I would love to hear about them!

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A Summer Bucket List

The end of the school year is quickly approaching.  It always amazes me how fast the school year goes by.  They seem to go faster every year.

I love having my kids at home with me and always look forward to having them home for summer vacation.

My girls have been online looking at all the great programs being offered this summer – art, gymnastics, drama.. There are so many choices out there.  Each child is allowed to do one or two classes over the summer and we save the rest of summer for unscheduled fun.

The excitement seems to be building earlier this year and my oldest daughter and her best friend got together to create their Summer Bucket List.

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I love this!  I love that summer brings dreams of fun and adventure.  I love listening to my kids talk about all the fun they had previous summers, what they want to do again and new things they want to try.  This list just makes my heart happy.

Did you notice the words on the bottom?  That is probably my favourite part!

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What kinds of things do you and your kids get up to at summer?

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