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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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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.

 

beforeandafter

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

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.

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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Another Reddit swap

Did a ‘yarn’ Reddit swap a little while ago. Was sent these lovely yarns. I’m not the best with yarn but it’s on my craft adventure list and I’ve been giving it a go recently.

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You can sign up for current Reddit gift swaps here.

Delicious flour free chocolate muffins.

A few years ago I lost a bunch of weight eating very little carbs. I’ve since found some of that weight and sort of kinda try to keep the low carb habits going. It’s a challenge I find being busy, on the go, with the kids and eating at work. Once place I really try to keep it up is with treats and sweets. I have a load of low carb (or adaptable) recipes on my Food Pinterest board.

These are a fav. I’ve adapted the recipe from Averie Cooks post here. She also links to her original recipe, which she improved upon by making them double chocolate.

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I DO NOT make these in my blender. I tried that the first time and it was just waaaaay too difficult to clean that thing out afterwards! Her’s are dairy free but I tend to just use mini chocolate chips I have on hand at times. I also use whatever nut butter I happen to have. My cousin works at Nuts To You so I get to try a lot of different types.

Here’s my minty take on Averie’s recipe.

INGREDIENTS
1 medium banana
1 large egg
1/2 cup nut butter
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
3 tbsp honey
1 tbsp vanilla extract
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/2 cup mini chocolate chips

DIRECTIONS
Preheat to 400
Blend all ingredients (reserve a small amount of chocolate chips)
Put in lined mini cups
Sprinkle with chocolate chips
Bake 8-12 mins

VARIATION
I love, love, love to add 1/2 tsp mint extract to mine

Giveaway Day!

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Win a scrappy wallet, made by me!
Enter here, be sure to leave your email and I will contact you and we can see which wallet speaks to you!

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Happy Easter weekend!

Hope you’re all having a lovely long weekend with your loved ones!

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Giveaway Day!!

Why hello there! I’m giving away one scrappy wallet to some lucky winner! I will ship internationally (that’s anywhere in the world because you’re worth it). Please leave a comment below and make sure there’s a way for me to contact you. These are stock photos of some of my past wallets but I assure you the wallet will be adorable and meet all your accessorizing needs. We can chat about colours and patterns later.

I’ll love you forever if you like my Facebook page, I’m so close to 1000 likes!

Giveaway open until December 12 at 5 p.m. PST.
Winner will be emailed on December 14.
Go here to enter more giveaways!