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She did it again, well I did really.

We all know I love Michelle Patterns.  She chooses great fabrics and generic viagra sale makes really neat things.  She has played a big part in how I learned to sew.  She sent me a magnet with one of the scrap pack orders I got ages ago which inspired me to begin making magnets with my scraps as well.

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The other day she posted on her Instagram about finding a charm pack and I was smitten with it. Sooo off I went to buy it from her, which is what happens every time she posts she has a new scrap pack in her shop. I’m a bit of a sucker for small pieces of fabric.

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Near Toronto? Want to go to the OOAK show? Ticket giveaway!

I have this friend from RoRo Art selling at the One Of a Kind Show in Toronto, running November 24 to December 4 and she’s donated 2 tickets for me to giveaway to some lucky people.  She makes super neat sock puppets and dolls and a load of other fun things.

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For ease of winner chosing we’d like to keep all the entires in one place so if you could comment on my Facebook page to enter that would be great!

If you don’t win, be sure to stop by the show if you can it’s wonderful I go every year.  Say hello to RoRo at e-35 if you do!

I’m going to choose a winner, with the good old random number generator at midnight on Friday November 25th to give people time to hit the show on the weekend should they be the winner!

So head here to enter!

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I heart Michelle Patterns.

I don’t have enough words to express how much I love this woman’s work and how she has inspired me in my own crafty business.  Her patterns were the first ones I started to learn to sew with and the first items I began to make for selling.  My creative bucket list includes things like design fabric and make my own PDF patterns and I’m happy to have bumped into this wonderful lady along the way.

Whenever someone asks me how I learned to sew I tell them I just started doing it, eventually with simple patterns and those pattern’s are Michelle’s.  Soooo if you’ve been putting off learning to sew, or want to make a something pretty quick and easy or just something new because you’re already a sewing master these patterns are for you!

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She has a sale going on right now!
She also has a pay what you want section in her shop where you can choose what you’d like to pay.

CLOSED Kidecals giveaway!

So I picked myself up some Kidecals, they’re pretty neat!

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I’ve been wanting some keyboard stickers for a really long time.  One day I picked up this cute panda faced silicone layover thing at Toys R us, I thought it was adorable.  It looked great but it felt really weird on the keyboard. I couldn’t handle it. I took it back the next day.

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These stickers however are another story.  They fit your keys well and you don’t feel things all differently.

Of course I chose the Crafty Cute set, which I combined with a full keyboard set.

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Plus the extra fun stickers I ordered are great on my water bottles! They’re waterproof and dishwasher safe.

I peeled off my old vintage shelf paper laptop cover (tutorial here) and decided to plaster mine with stickers instead for a while.

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However should you desire a nice cover for your laptop they have a bunch available.
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So say hey down below to enter yourself for $23 to spend on their site (free shipping to the US and international you have to pay, as did I *sad face*)

The code SUMMERSAVINGS will get you 15% off a purchase.

I will chose a winner on Monday! Give the weekend for entries.  Please share it around.

GIVEAWAY CLOSED!

 

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Non crafty news, but next post is a giveaway! Promise.

 

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So I know I posted in February about breaking my ankle in January but then I sort of didn’t follow up with a huge big life altering event, even more so, that occurred shortly after.  At the end of February I got a call from my aunt, my mom was being rushed to the hospital in an ambulance.  She was found unconscious and wouldn’t wake up.

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My Mom had been living with my Grandfather, taking care of him but then he passed away.  She tidied up his apartment and belongings and such and moved from hours away to come stay with me.

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It was great having her with me.  I had someone to help with the boys, I could leave for work in the morning kind of early and she would either take them to school, which they loved, or they could walk with the sitter.  I had a baby sitter.  I had company once the kids went to bed.  She would do all sorts of chores and helpful things while I was at work.  It was really nice.  My mom was 5 days short of being 17 when I was born so we’re close in age.  Initially she was told she wouldn’t ever have kids but there I was.  Even though they then told her I was ectopic and had to be removed, turns out I wasn’t after all.  So here I am, an only child.

Anyhow, I was in my cast still, had only just gotten the green light on walking (gradually, doing it a bit more each day) so my cousin rushed over to get me.  I found my mom in the emergency department.  She was out of it, eyes rolling, sleeping, barely awake.  They didn’t know why.  She had left at the end of January to go stay with my aunt to undergo chemo and radiation for a while.  She didn’t want my boys to see her like that.

They sent a stroke expert in, who said it didn’t appear to be a stroke.  She told me she could give a medication that helped reduce the damage if it was a stroke but she wasn’t confident it was and if given wrong my Mom’s brain could bleed.  I said don’t give it. I slept in chairs beside her bed.

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The next day they did more tests and told me it was in fact a stroke.  They moved her to the stroke floor.  She spent about 2 weeks out of it.  Asleep, non responsive, couldn’t swallow, wasn’t awake enough to eat.  They asked me about inserting a feeding tube in her nose to feed her.  I said yes.  After a while they told me the feeding tube couldn’t stay, she either needed a G-tube to be fed or I needed to think about just taking out the feeding tube all together and ‘letting her go’.  The told me on a Wednesday to take a week and think.  I spent that weekend talking to my Mom.  I didn’t know what to do.  I didn’t know what she’d want.  She wasn’t awake, couldn’t eat, was in diapers, wasn’t talking, they said this was it for her.  When I arrived at the hospital on the Monday she was more awake.  Kind of alert.  I told the Dr they needed to put the G-tube in.  She wasn’t the same patient, I couldn’t say do nothing.

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So they did.  And then she improved a bit.  I told them that she could do things, be challenged.  She started to eat.  I felt she could stand and walk.  They started to do it with her.  She could manage it.  They got her a wheel chair, she started to boot around in it.  Soon they told me she had to leave the floor she was on because she wasn’t ‘rehabilitating’ and they said they’d move her to another hospital where she’d wait for a long term care placement in a nursing home.  It happened pretty quickly so they moved her.

It wasn’t as nice at the next hospital, it was dreary.  Some of the patients have been there for years.  Family doesn’t always come for them.  It’s sort of depressing.

I fought and advocated for my Mom to go back to rehab.  I asked to take her out, told them she could pivot herself into my van.  The physio people came to my car outside to see if she could.  First try she just did it.  She’s so strong.  I fought and fought for her to go back to rehab.  We had a meeting.  There I was the Special Education teacher who’s usually on the other side of the table leading a meeting, asking for my Mom to get services and things she needed.

They listened and she was moved back for rehab.

She did great.  Learned to do some stairs so she could come to my house, and my aunts, and my uncles.  Walked more.  It was wonderful.

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I was going every day for a long time, then every other day.  I had to make time for me and take some space as well.  Selfishly, even at the moment my aunt called, I had been sitting on my couch painting my nails on that Sunday, thinking about all the things I was going to make and do that week now that I would weight bear and I Was going to be able to get to my craft space in the basement.

I didn’t get to do that.  Even still I have a hard time because I feel I should be with her.

I used my broken ankle to not go back to work.  At first it was real, my class is high needs with runners and very active kids, I wouldn’t have been much help.  As June approached I probably could have gone back but I was so preoccupied with all the decisions I had to make and the emotional side of things it was hard.

I returned to work in September.  I have two mornings off in the 5 day cycle so I can go see my mom.  I see her when my kids are with their dad.  I take her out in the world, I bring her home for overnights.  It’s hard work and she’s a bit different but she’s still my mom.   She still can’t talk, we’re working on non verbal communication.  She seems to be able to read, I gave her my old eye phone.  She text (it’s not words) I text her, she reads it and is waiting when I say I’ll arrive, we Facetime and send pictures. It’s just a new way of doing things.

So that’s where I’ve been. I’ve been given more time.  It’s a blessing I cherish.

Etsy Made In Canada

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Excited to be part of this tomorrow! I’m going to be running a workshop showing people how to use up all the itty bitty fabric scraps they have by making 1 inch magnets and hairclips.

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While the magnets involve a bit of equipment, available at Critical Buttons for rent of purchase if you’re up to making the investment.  The hairclips are much simpler.

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I get my hairclip supplies from Etsy, this shop has many of the items but I’ve found that buying the pins themselves is the most cost effective from here.

As of right now the workshop is full and I’m looking forward to unleashing my 7 large ziplock bags of scraps onto some participants to help them create some fun items to take home.

I think running this workshop might become a regular thing.

Seamwork

Well I’ve been experimenting with making my own clothing over the summer and I think I’m improving.  I’ve got a few patterns that I’m refining to get just the right fit and then I can forge ahead making even more.

While bouncing around the interwebs the other night I fell back onto Seamwork, where I’ve been before, and decided to sign up. It’s only $6 a month and each month you get to download 2 patterns to your library, which is much more than the cost of the subscription if you were to buy them.  Plus you get a bonus pattern for free.

I already owned one of their patterns (have yet to sew it up) and I picked my 2 more already.   I chose these lovelies.

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Can’t wait to get sewing!!

 

Etsy Made in Canada

Well I’m going to be part of this fun day! Etsy’s Made in Canada event in Toronto later this month.

I’m going to be running a workshop where you can make your own magnet set and hairclips. I’ll be teaching how you can use small, and smaller, scraps of fabric to make these items.

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Come say hello!

There are others happening around the country, you can find them here.

More pins!

Man am I going to be styling at school this year!

I now own these lovelies.  From Queenie’s Cards.

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This one makes me giggle all the time, but I haven’t ordered it yet.

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Yep, another Reddit swap.

I signed up for the arbitrary day Reddit swap.  It didn’t really have a theme you could just send fun things to someone based on their preferences or what you could find out about them.

I sent my person this Pokemon cup cozy I made, available in my shop now too because I thought it was such a good idea.

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These are my favs, the 7 year pen and, of course, the roller derby patch.  It’s going right on my skate bag!IMG_5664

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