Join me through the ups & downs of motherhood as I try to balance a husband, 4 kids, a cat, my faith, sewing, quilting, homeschooling, lots of food/environmental allergies & living frugally in Canada, all while keeping a big smile on my face!
Miss Mya and I ended up in the ER early this morning... she woke up this morning with croup, coughing like a seal and unable to breathe through all the phlegm & mucous in her chest. So off to the ER we went for a shot of steroids to help with her breathing. After seeing the Dr. and taking her meds she was given a popsicle and we were on our way home again.
We stopped at Shoppers Drug Mart for a new cool mist vaporizer, some chicken noodle soup & popsicles. Now we're home for the day to hopefully rest. She was up till almost midnight last night, then up again at 6am, with me up a few times inbetween that time frame, so an early bedtime for the girls is in order and hopefully I can rest today at some point.
Along with Mya, Ed is also sick. He called into work sick last night as he's been fighting something or other off for almost 2 weeks now. So we'll see how today goes, but he's going to "try" to go in tonight, we'll see how that ends up going. Morgan wasn't feeling well yesterday and stayed in bed almost all day. I'm hoping & praying that nobody else gets sick as i'm exhausted enough as it is! lol!
After getting meds, ginger ale, juice boxes, vitamins, everything I picked up today, hubby missing a full night of work, well, you can safely say our budget for the week is officially shot. *sigh* I need to get some pkgs in the mail this afternoon and pick up a few other items at Giant Tiger this afternoon.
To top off this great morning, I just went in to check on the girls & bashed in my forehead on a cupboard in their bedroom. I even broke the skin and drew blood... good times. Well on this cheery note, i'm off. I think i'm going to turn on some Christmas carols, and do some sewing before I have to head out!
Let's hope this days gets better... ;) Have a great day!!
I have a few sewn creations that I haven't shared with you yet, so I thought i'd quickly share them then start on a few new items! My sewing is still kinda slow-paced for me, but at least I can get in some sewing here & there! I'm very grateful for that!!
Here are a few recent items... first up is a scrappy red, white & black wide mouth pouch made for a gift! :) I hope she likes it! I know this is her favourite combo, so it should be well received! I got to use up a bunch of different scraps for this one! Yay!! I'm also looking for ways to use up some scraps as they seem to build up so quickly!
Next up is a "Liberty of London" pouch with 4 pockets for papers, odds & ends, etc...
Next up is a patchwork zippy made with the forever awesome Cloud9 Mixteca (Psst!! It's on SALE at Warp & Weft right now!!) with some hand stitching on it for part of a custom order...
And... one more creation! This is a wallet-cell phone case combo! :)
I also have an update for my "100 Items Challenge"... I am now on 72/100 items completed since i've bought any fabric!!! Woot! I'm quite proud of myself! I've been plugging away at this for the last 2 months and have honest to God only bought a couple of meters of fabric *specifically* for a couple of custom orders! NO extra bits like I usually do! lol!! I figure it'll be sometime in February when I finish my challenge, then i've decided that I will splurge on *ONE* fabric line I have my heart set on (if I can still get it in a full line by the time i'm done my challenge) and start once again on a different challenge that I have in mind! This one won't be as "extreme" so maybe some of you will want to play along with me! ;)
On another note, I hope to have a tutorial of some kind up sometime this week for my Warp & Weft Sewing Society reveal!! I still have this super adorable stack of "Petite-Street" waiting for some attention! I'm debating on either a simple wristlet or a patchwork pouch.... preferences??
And just one more thing... my sweet little Mya has an ear infection and a very bad chest cough... :( We'll be hanging out in the bathroom doing the steamy bathroom treatments to loosen up all the congestion in her chest. Prayers would be greatly appreciated for my sweet pea! :)
If you sew, would you rather see a patchwork pouch tutorial (like my Cloud9 pouch above) or a simple wristlet tutorial?
I know Monday is the not exactly a day everyone loves, but why not? It's the start of a brand new week, most of us just were able to enjoy our weekend with activities of our own choosing, relaxation, and we get to start fresh, do things differently, enjoy another day with a fresh outlook on life! :) Monday is a good day!
This month instead of making a list of monthly goals, i'm going to try with weekly goals that'll begin on Monday and end on Sunday. I'll stick to 10 goals and (hopefully) make them reasonable! Because we all know I tend to overshoot on my goals sometimes... lol! So let's see how the week goes with a list of 10 goals!
Complete 2 custom orders off of my customs list. On my list I have - Wristlet in fall colours, wristlet in Cloud 9 organic fabric, baby set in organic Airplanes, patchwork zippy with hand stitching, mini wallet, & an All-in-One wallet.
Complete 5 gifts off of my Christmas list.
Finish reading my book & post a review on it.
Start working on basement and toss/giveaway 2 garbage bags FULL of "stuff".
Finish my Christmas wrapping.
Get all my pkg's in the mail & on the way to their new respective homes!
Get in all 7 days worth of readings for my "Bible in a Year" reading plan.
Make myself homemade soup this week & post the recipe! (If it's good.. haha!)
Update my "100 Items Challenge" list!I've completed 72/100 items! Wow!!
Read bedtime stories to the girls each night & spend extra "cuddly" time with them in the evenings playing board games, watching a special movie, etc...
And that's my goal list for the week! I think it's an achievable list for the week! I'll work on it throughout the week along with my "everyday" stuff and see how I do! :)
Reading: Still working on "The Letters", but hope to have a review up this week for everyone!
Listening to: "The 12 Days of Christmas" on a radio station from our security system box. lol!
Watching: Not sure... will have to see what's on tonight! I think "Long Island Medium" is on tonight, so if that's on, we'll watch that!
Cooking/Baking: Nothing exciting, spaghetti with meat sauce & garlic bread.
Happy you accomplished this week: I finished up a patchwork zippy for an order today, a wide mouth pouch for a gift, and got a couple orders in the mail.
Looking forward to next week: Hopefully getting a few Christmas gifts sewn, and getting our basement back in working order!! I checked on it tonight and it seems to be doing well, there is no smell at all, which has to be a good sign! Yay!!
Thankful for today: I had a nice & relaxing day today... exactly what I needed! Worked on some sewing, hung out with the girls, made an easy dinner, Morgan baked me chocolate brownies... ;)
Bonus question: What is your favourite Christmas carol? Mine would probably be "White Christmas" by Bing Crosby or "Santa Baby" by Eartha Kitt!
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Bonus question: What is your favourite Christmas carol?
Well i've waited for a week to hear from the winner of my Retro Christmas Pouch, emailed, and posted on my blog twice with no reply unfortunately, so a redraw is in order! This time Random.org spit out #39!
Which means the new winner is:
Michelle Tripp said...
"My hubby and I fill 2 stockings with stuff to donate to a local church in my community. This year we chose a 4 yr old girl and a 5 yr old girl. My 2 oldest are the same ages, so we encourage them to chose stuff they would like to receive. We will also volunteer to sort food at the foodbank in a few weeks, this will be the first year our daughters will help."
Congratulations Michelle! I'll whip you off an email for your mailing address! :) Enjoy!!
What a week it's been... i'm so glad that it's finally Sunday! The end of the week, and tomorrow will be a fresh, new start!! My grand plan today is to have a hot shower, put on super comfy clothes, make a nice dinner tonight, ignore all the housework & laundry and SEW!!
The basement is a DISASTER and i'm not even thinking about that... the girls have moved some stuff upstairs to play with, we moved up the tv & Wii, they grabbed a few toys and that will be that. Nobody is going into the basement. We have the dehumidifier running (which is collecting no water... so no idea there) 2 fans are blowing and we've sprinkled against the walls with vinegar & baking soda. It's nice & empty in that half of the basement now, which will hopefully speed things along!
On Wedneday we're going to see how things are down there and hopefully lay down the area rug and move the furniture back, etc... but for now, we leave it be. What a headache this has all turned into... *sigh*
On the upside, there are always little gems hidden among the stones...
My daughter has been cleaning the kitchen for me the last few nights, loading the dishwasher, etc... and I get to wake up to a clean & sparkling kitchen!
My son brought up all my sewing stuff so I can sew in the dining room over the new few days! Well not ALL, but enough! lol!
Both of my wonderful SIL's have offered to host Christmas because of the state of our house to take the stress off of me. I'd still love to host, but I guess we'll have to see how things shape up this week.
With all my sewing stuff in the dining room, it'll be far from "tidy" for the next few days and I was feeling guilty, the only thing my husband said was "so?". If he doesn't care, i'll just let it go! lol!
The girls played together well and kept busy while I dealt with stuff in the basement for most of the day yesterday.
I received an email from a blogging friend yesterday asking me if she could replace any of the girls toys which were ruined in the basement for Christmas! How amazingly sweet is she!? But thankfully, there was very little damage to any of the girls belongings whatsoever, so we don't need to worry about anything like that.
Well with this i'm off for the day! I hope to catch up on blog comments today & visit a few blogs as well. But for now I need to 'save' my wrists and arms so I can sew!! Have a blessed Sunday!!
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