It’s…. Advent Calendar season again!

Better late than never …! **** For the kid I went store-bought. In the middle of September, I spied this gem at Chapters –  Playmobil Christmas on the Farm edition. So, by the end of September, I had ordered this. E will have fun opening the compartment every day – except when we are away for…

Crafting lately: Halloween 2017

In a quick look back on E’s first two Halloweens: In 2015, I made three-month old E a lion costume. In 2016, I bought a Carter’s panda hoodie and made a science/medical officer long-sleeve top that matched my science/medical officer sheath. It felt redundant and infantile to get another Carter’s hoodie costume. E could fit…

Crafting Lately: Halloween again

So I seem to be into Halloween these days (years). In 2014, I repurposed a red sheath dress my sister made for me for Halloween 2011 where I was Lt. Uhura, made a pillbox hat, cut fabric to tie like a scarf, wore white kid gloves, fishnet stockings and black pumps and brought a carry-on…

How I started using my dishwasher and Crafting Lately

In what is always just a whirlwind, my sister came to visit me (and E) and then left a week later. The great thing is how she made time to spend two nights at my place. On the second evening, as I endlessly washed dishes, she broached the topic again that I should use my…

Crafting lately: E’s 1st Birthday celebration

Born 10 weeks before Little E, Little D had his birthday celebration nine weeks earlier and his parents OE held the celebration in the multipurpose room in our condo. I was happy to help brainstorm and create party materials, decorate, set-up and help tear down. There was a little bit of self-interest because then I…

Art around the house: Crafty again

The last time I was crafty on a big scale, it was for a big party for me and NPY. Now, I’ve done it again. Second bedroom: Gallery wall After years of accumulating “art cards” (post cards, five-card KORT sets from IKEA), Canada Post special edition stamps and other paraphernalia, and the like, I finally could…

Crafting lately: black out blinds in the nursery

When I was in Halifax last November, I showed my mum some pieces I made recently and quickly by hand, a reversible bib with pacifier clip and scratch mitts with snap fastener. She laughed good-natured at my attempts and set about to show me, finally, how to use a sewing machine. I am so glad…

Crafting lately: Perler meets Tsum Tsum in a custom clock

Quite a while ago (nearly a year), I ordered the parts to make a custom clock from a supplier in China off eBay. Naturally, it took over a month for the parts to come. (Now I know I can get better clock parts and relatively instantly if  shop at Michael’s.) When the parts finally arrived,…

Crafting lately: personalized colourful wood growth chart

I had a few choices when it came to a growth chart for E. BIL saw this when it was a work in progress and kept wondering why I didn’t designate a door frame and mark heights off there like we all used to do it. Because when you live in a condo, you don’t…

Latest obsesssion: Perler beading

I have a new obsession. It just kind of came on. I have admired the 8-bit treatment of everything from animated characters to subway maps for a while and then I started seeing Perler bead creations. It isn’t anything I’m familiar with from my childhood and it did exist way back then as it is…