The End…

28 Mar

A big hello to anyone who is still out there (hi mom and dad!)…this little blog of mine has been the perfect place for me to document the goods and bads of my life these last few years — but as my family gets a little older and as my creative energy moves toward a new place, it seems like the right time to be done here. I have another blog over at – it is more focused on my handmade business and the things that inspire me, feel free to take a look. Thanks for checking in on me!



Squirrel Love! A soft toy making class…

14 Feb

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This class is a great way to learn about soft toy making. We will all work our way through sewing one of these charming squirrels, covering basic skills for sewing plush creatures and getting comfortable using fleece, faux fur, and simple embroidery. This pattern is a boolah baguette original, and of course there is always room to add your own one of a kind touches to your handmade critter.

Class information…

Date: Sunday, March 2, 2014
Time: 1:30-4:30pm
Place: The Meeting Room at Rusty Macdonald Library – Saskatoon
Cost: $45

*What is included?
This class includes all of the materials needed to make a squirrel as shown here. I will provide a pattern and assistance throughout the class.

*Is this class for me?
I am happy to help you as much as I can with this project, but you will need to have basic sewing skills and be familiar with your sewing machine. At this time, these classes are only being offered for adults. Also, you need to love cute things…

*What do I need to bring?
You will need to bring your own sewing machine (or borrow one, just make sure you know how to thread it, wind the bobbin, etc.), and a few extras such as scissors and thread. A full list of what to bring and any further information will be emailed to you once you have registered in the class.

If you would like to register for this class, please send an email to Include your name, phone number, and preferred method of payment. Payment can be made online through paypal or etransfer, or by cash or cheque in person. Payment must be received by February 23.

Can’t wait to meet you!
xo, Erin

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a new…

9 Jan


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…i’m a little late, but…

merry christmas


happy new year

i’ve been missing from here…i have an easy time letting winter take hold. on days that we have nowhere to go, i am content to stay inside making cookies and soup. i love shoveling snow (our front walk takes up half a city block, so someone better love shoveling…). i love the layers and the wool socks, a good excuse to drink tea, to stay in and get work done, or rearrange the furniture. the quiet. the lack of pressure to go and be all the time. i kind of love the cold. but this is canada and the winter is half the year – might as well love it i say.

here’s to january~




22 Oct

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first morning frost….lovely flowers still growing indoors

fall sneaks in…

2 Oct

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i always feel like this time of year is meant for me. and normally, i’m really prepared for it — but somehow, this year, september was a different kind of fall. and fall, so sneakily, sneaked in. the summer went on for so long that, i had almost given up on it ending. and then one day it was too cold and windy for an evening fire, and the last of the apples fell, and i found myself wearing a jacket. e started kindergarten and L began going to daycare occasionally, my christmas doll orders started to roll in, and well, this has been a big transition for everyone. i haven’t taken notice of the colors like i normally would – so i have to stop now and do that, because it’s so quick, this best time of the year.

and so i’ll be sure and take the day ‘off’ tomorrow as i celebrate 29 years…

happy fall to you ~

13 Sep

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oh my!

two weeks ago i took a little trip. all. by. myself. (a first).

celebrated the birthday of one of my favorite ladies, biked through the tired blackberry bushes, crossed the river and rested on the small stones on the other side. we all left our kids behind and kept commenting on how civilized everything felt…you know, just eating at a regular speed and having a conversation.

so so lovely.

19 Aug


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oh, what a summer.

i picked out some of these colorful little moments from a month (months?) that have brought us some interesting times over here. our hundred year old house is, well, let’s just say that several of the major components of the house decided to ‘expire’ this summer. all at once it seemed (as it always seems…). it’s been overwhelming to say the least, but after a while it kind of reached the point of hilarity. yes, i’d like to close this summer house chapter please…

we’ve welcomed lots of new babies, with more to come. particularly special are my new twin nieces who i can’t wait to see…

i bought myself farmer’s market flowers, we swam in the pool on the hottest day, i wake up early every morning with the boy and get out the cars and ramp…

e puts on long sleeves, checks the weather and sighs about another hot day. ‘when’s winter?’ she asks ‘when’s fall’ (that’s my girl). we eat sandwiches for supper and sleep with the fans on.

our little orchard is loving the heat though. plums and grapes turn from green to purple. apples stay too long on the tree, and rhubarb so big it droops…

feels like the heaviest part ~ enjoy the last weeks…

passing through…

3 Aug

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so far…

25 Jul

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so far summer…

it is right at this point (having had both kids home full time for two months already, i just realized) that i find myself wishing a bit for september. i love being able to be outside, but summer feels completely nutty, like i’ve lost all control of schedules and time for work and just keeping up with basic things. one of these years i’ll learn to give into it. okay, i still have a month left…maybe even this year.

we’ve put our toes in the sand a few times, had lots of rainy day afternoons, and L has learned plenty of new words (‘bug’ and ‘candy’ among his new favorites)

everyday i feel really lucky that my kids like each other.

we are off for a bit of a family adventure ~ happy mid summer to you…

made 2…

18 Jul

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i made something else too. plus, you get to see my awkward selfies. this is my scoop top from this free pattern over here at skirt as top. my favorite thing about this shirt is that there is really nothing special about it at all. i always seem to have trouble finding really basic, well made shirts that don’t cling. this came together in under half an hour – i used a fabric that can be left raw at the edge, so there are no hems (i think hemming stretch knits can make them look really handmade, in a bad way, so i try to avoid it all together). i’m tall, so i lengthened the pattern by at least 4-5″.  i have to work on getting the necklines to lie flat, but this is a good start. another definite recommend!