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The countdown is on for the Toronto One of a Kind Show. Move in day is March 29th, and as I write we are entering the 3rd week of sickness in our house, so I’m feeling way behind on my sewing projects, and a little crazy, hence the new header (which is also a little nod to my son who made an awesome Mad Hatter in the local youth production of Alice in Wonderland 2 weeks ago).

I took Friday off from sewing, and visited the National Home Show in Toronto. I had the pleasure of watching these two in action, and then had my photo taken with them afterwards.

Their performance was hilarious, I’m glad I wasn’t sitting in the front row as they pulled out a few ladies to embarrass. I’ve always enjoyed their TV show, but felt they were often a wee bit mean to their team, but having met them they are way nicer in person!
Now, I wonder if they would be interested in building my booth at OOAK?

I find it difficult to motivate myself sometimes, which I think is the bane of most people who work for themselves. Whether it is another interesting blog to read, or keeping Ironman’s Webkinz alive, I can always find other more important things to do than get on with my real work, leaving me to panic at the last minute, and wish I had started earlier. This is really frustrating to me, because getting into OOAK is a fantastic opportunity to have my work reach a larger audience, but I’m going to blow it if I can’t summon up the drive to be more productive.

This is why today I have created my own motivational phrase, “What Would Sarah Do?” Based upon a popular motto during the 1990s and which an old friend altered to “What Would Keith Do?”, I will be using Sarah Richardson as my motivator. I don’t know her personally, but admire her style and drive, so whenever I need a kick up the butt in the next couple of months, I will be saying this phrase to myself.

Am I kidding myself that I work better under pressure, or is it just a habit that I’ve got into?!

Here’s my (sewing) to do list for the week, it doesn’t even take into account all the last minute stuff I want to get done before the kids finish school on Friday.

Make 3 children’s aprons
Make 1 adult pair of flannel PJs
Make 1 boy’s pair of flannel PJs
2 girl’s name banners
1 crayon roll holder (it was made but not to my satisfaction, so needs redoing)

And now I’ve entered this competition from the talented Lizzy House, you could too! There are great prizes to be won, all you have to do to enter is leave a comment on Lizzy’s blog, download a template for a Peep Mini Boot, make a boot or two, show it off in the Mini Peep Boot Contest Flickr Group. Contest is open until the 20th.

One of our favourite Christmas traditions is actually something that my children’s school arranges. It’s called the “Snowflake Shop”. Early in December the children bring home forms for up to 6 gifts, and gift tags to colour in. We send the completed form, gift tags and money (each gift costs a massive $1.50!) back to school with them and then the kids shop for Christmas gifts for our family. The gifts are wrapped at school, so we have no idea what we will be receiving from them on Christmas Day.

I absolutely love this tradition, the children are so excited to choose their gifts without any help from us, and I’m always surprised at the choices they make; they know us better than we know ourselves! The shop is run by a group of volunteer parents, so this post is dedicated to them to say thanks. Here are the presents the kids brought home yesterday, under their own special tree. I can’t wait for Christmas Day!

I still have these from the first Snowflake Shop my (now) 12-year old gave me when he was in Kindergarten!

Finished these 2 yesterday, so they count in the pillow week challenge.

Really love these two, which are in my hallway, on my thrifted bench:

“High on a Hill sits a lonely goatherd!”

Finally made one, didn’t get to make as many as I’d planned last night, all the painting that I’ve been doing over the last week caught up with me and I crashed at 9:15.

This one is for Ironman’s bedroom, it definitely goes with the all new purple and pink bedroom, but she thinks it’s the princess and the penguin, not the pea.

I have some of this which I think is crying out to be made into cushion covers, perhaps I can squeeze in a couple tonight while watching Grey’s?

Here’s the invitation, now to work on decorations, party favors etc.

sleepover invitation1 incognito

The moustaches over my address, phone number etc are a free edit from picnik, love a fun way to make something incognito.

My middle child, “guy” has requested a sleepover for his birthday party. Up until now I have managed to avoid having sleepovers, due to the fact that I need my sleep every night or I turn into a banshee (seriously, I might not look like one in the mornings, but the screaming is really scary). 2 years ago when he asked for one I said not until he was eight, (I know, I should have said 80) now that day is only 19 days away. I like to theme my their parties, so right now I’m stuck between these 3.

I’ll let you know.

No, I don’t mean my Happy Dance is an original dance form, it’s my way of celebrating the news that I have got into the Spring One of A Kind Craft Show in Toronto. I’m so thrilled I want to run up and down my street singing at the top of my lungs. I live on a very quiet street, in a very “sensible” subdivision, so there is the possibility of being locked up for doing that. This would not help me get cracking on the 100 dresses I think I will need to make, so you’ll just have to use your imagination.