Create 2016: Week 1

January 4th, 2016

This past weekend, I worked on a dress for my almost three year old daughter, Nadia, that I’ve had cut out for the last few months. My sewing machine lives in our dining room, which doubles (triples?) as one of the inventory management hubs for our disc golf business, so it’s sometimes tricky to get to the supplies I need. Santa brought me some Really Useful Boxes to help organize my space, so I was able to fill bobbins (I’ve been working with a single bobbin containing black thread for months, which made it tricky to do a lot of the sewing I want to do.).

I bought the Tinkerbell knit fabric on a destash Facebook site, and the green knit fabric is a remnant from Fabricana in Coquitlam, BC. (Sidenote: I’m completely addicted to their remnant section, as well as their “quilter’s candy” baskets…I’ve been collecting small pieces of novelty fabric for at least two years so that I can make an Eye-Spy quilt for Nadia. I’ve started piecing the squares together after a VERY long time of decision freeze.) I didn’t quite get to the skirt on Day 1, because it wasn’t cut out yet (more decision freeze. I couldn’t decide if I wanted to do a simple green skirt, a fancy green skirt that looks more like leaves, a skirt made of the Tink fabric, or a layered skirt that shows off both the Tink and the green fabric!) …plus I couldn’t find either the leftover Tink or the green fabric.

Eventually I did find the green fabric, and I made a simple, very gathered skirt and attached it to the bodice. I left the hem undone, partly so that I could do some swoops (technical term?) if I felt like it, but mostly because I had a very excited toddler sitting on my lap for the last part of putting everything together. Nadia was completely enthralled by the pins container, so her job was to carefully pull out the pins holding the bodice and skirt together and put them into the holder. By the time I’d turned the dress right way out, and double checked for any pins left, Nadia had already taken off her other dress and was clamouring to wear the new one. Her reaction? “I yuv it! Look Mummy! Is bootiful!” *twirl, twirl, stop and stretch out the skirt, twirl, stop and look in the mirror* “Is TINKAHBELL!!” with a gigantic grin on her face. Yay!

Sunday was David’s birthday, and I surprised him by baking a cake. I frosted it with coloured frosting and “painted” a picture on it of a disc golf scene.

Pictures of both the dress and cake will follow once I get a chance to take them (dress still being worn by toddler…) or upload them (cake).

January 1-Tinkerbell dress (Size 2T Emma by Made for Mermaids)
January 2-Tinkerbell dress, planning temperature scarf
January 3-Tinkerbell dress (finished!), Dave’s birthday cake

New Year

January 2nd, 2016

Happy New Year, everyone! I don’t really have resolutions, per se, but I have some goals I’d like to accomplish. I want to create something (or work on creating) every day, and since I’ve got so many different interests, it should be pretty easy…in theory. In practice, I prioritize way too many things over creativity…unfortunately, far too often, it’s stuff like mindlessly watching TV, or playing games on my phone, neither of which are exactly the best use of time Read More...

Expectations vs. Reality

July 18th, 2015

it seems like I always have the best intentions, but by the time I have time to do these things, I'm way too exhausted. So, instead of doing the things, I made two lists: expectations vs. reality.     In fairness, I did manage to get a few of these things finished (thank goodness because the gecko tank was getting pretty bad Read More...

The Opinions that Matter

April 25th, 2015

The last year has been an incredibly difficult one for BC teachers, and myself personally. Budget challenges, government cuts, the op-ed pieces online that blasted the ethics and questioned the dedication of myself and my colleagues, classroom challenges, the personal challenge of going back to work as the parent of a toddler, a new grade (kindergarten/grade one split) Read More...


May 16th, 2013

Apparently it's been November since I posted *sneezes and waves the dust away* I've been pretty creatively dry for the last few months, with all my energy going into my newest project, my daughter Nadia. She's an amazingly calm and independent baby, but she's definitely consumed my life for the last four months Read More...

Writing Goals

November 10th, 2012

I was going to do a post on writing goals, when suddenly I got an email from Holly Lisle in my in-box linking to a great article she wrote on just that topic. This means I get to skip the whole "how to set goals bit" and link to her site. (it's long, but worth the read) So without further ado, here are some of my goals Read More...

Pot Roast

October 27th, 2012

Historically I've claimed to dislike cooking, or to be so bad at it that it was really in the interest of national health that I avoid the kitchen unless I'm making nachos, soup from a package or a big breakfast fry up (without hashbrowns though...let's not get crazy here.) Over the last several months, I've started becoming more interested in food and cooking my own Read More...

The Passenger

October 22nd, 2012

So, Dave and I are expecting a baby in January. :) This is kind of a weird post for me to write. I've spent the better part of six months not talking about The Passenger online. We've only just told people on Facebook and Twitter, although anyone I've talked to for more than 30 seconds knows. Beyond the fact that my abdomen has expanded significantly, I tend to have conversations like "Hey, how's it going?" "Good, I was just heading to the grocery store Read More...


October 18th, 2012

I wasn't totally sure if I would go to the Surrey International Writers Conference again this year. Due to some upcoming financial increases (more on that in another post) and sheer exhaustion (ditto), it didn't seem like it was necessarily the best use of my time, money or energy this year. The problem arose that I LOVED it last year, inspiring me to incredible writing heights and improving my writing within the first day of workshops (out of three) Read More...


October 8th, 2012

I've had a personal Etsy store since 2007*, but haven't really done much with it. I have a tendency to make a bunch of stuff, then put it away and either use it myself (not good for earrings!) or otherwise forget about it and never get around to trying to sell it. I'm going to try and make it my goal to post an item or two every day to try and get some of my completed works out of here, and maybe even make a little extra money Read More...