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02 hydrangea

03 leaves

09 animals

05 gwen

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04 skull patch

08 georgie

When I opened the door this morning I was expecting to see grey and clouds and rain, but instead I was hit in the face with bright sunlight. It’s blue-skied and warm today, I didn’t even put off walking the dog. Sometimes on rainy mornings, rather than get Gwen and myself completely dressed and weather-ready to go out I just open the blinds and let Gwen stay on the couch watching Peppa Pig while I take Georgie out to the backyard. I have to watch her through the window to make sure she doesn’t get up to any naughtiness (she usually does).

On the weekend I retook my first aid, so I spent most of Valentine’s Day getting physical with CPR dummies of assorted sizes. Not to brag (yes to brag actually) but I’m like, rly good at CPR, all my dummies lived. Also, DID YOU KNOW that doing CPR is a pretty intense ab & booty workout? I had forgotten and the next day I was completely incapacitated. My arms weren’t that bad but my stomach was pretty sore and my behind was not having it at all.

Another thing I did this weekend was start making what I think are some great little patches from appliqued leather & suede. Each 3.25″ patch has little skulls with leaves & flowers or laurel wreaths that have all been cut out, placed and sewn by hand. I’ve only finished one so far but I have a bunch that are half-made and I hope to have them up in the shop soon

Sym is having trouble with math again; this happened last year as well and the problem is that if she starts having difficulty with it, she doesn’t ever ask for any help and just lets it spiral until she’s fallen far behind. This is especially bad this year because at the moment her grade is so poor that her teacher has to recommend her for “Apprenticeship & Workplace Math” next year. See, there are two different tracks for math, A&WM and Foundations & Pre-Calculus Math, and if you don’t get on the F&PCM track in the 10th grade you can’t take any of the grade 11 or 12 math prerequisites for university! When I was in high school I feel like we just had Math 9, Math 10, Math 11 and it seems bananas to me that at 14 years old she has to decide her post-secondary education plans already! Thankfully her teacher has said that if she gets her grade up enough by June he will change his recommendation, and he is confident that she has the aptitude to do it and doesn’t want to see her limit her future now. But like. WOW. Teenager stuff is intense.

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A lil late is better than never, right? I’ve been really struggling with completing tasks this week and blogging is no different. However I have a super-important meeting coming up this week so NO MORE SLACKING ALLOWED.

When I am not so broke I rly want to get some patches from PONY PEOPLE.

Two of my fave tumblrs: Colorful Gradients and Daily Minimal.

I spent a good amount of time this week on what-dog.net. Georgie got Pomeranian, Mark Fluffalo got Pomeranian. I’m a Sheltie, Taylor’s a Golden Retriever and Gwen got Dogue de Bordeaux:
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Broad City is back next week, yaaas!

Food prices in Canada’s north are a serious issue, highlighted perfectly in this mock ad. Fun fact: last year I was reading posts on a facebook page about this problem and some dipwad actually said people should “just grow their own food!” like I don’t think you know how the GODDAMN ARCTIC CIRCLE WORKS???

gwen lately

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Gwen’s speech is progressing nicely. Everyone always said “oh she’ll be caught up by the time she’s three!” and now she’s three and she’s not caught up BUT she is definitely talking more and more every day. She asks for things by name, she uses adjectives to describe things and numbers to describe quantity (usually how many chocolates she wants…). She tells jokes! Kid jokes, like when I ask her what colour her pants are she’ll say “pint (pink) pants!” when really they are black. Hilarious.

Potty training is basically done; it took like… three days. Not even. The other week on a Monday I stopped putting diapers on her except for quiet- and bedtime, and on Thursday she said she didn’t want a diaper at quiet time. She only used the potty a little that day, on Friday she did a great job and by Saturday there were no problems. I always try to not get too hung up on milestones and where other people’s kids are at but it was a little frustrating hearing about 2-year-old who are fully there when Gwen was not even close. But NOW I’m glad I didn’t bother trying to force it to happen before she was ready, because it was SO EASY! Even though she’s completely out of diapers during the day (even when we go out places) we’ve only had one accident.

Her favourite toys right now are Duplo (she asks us every day to “pway wo” with her) and this week she is really into tea parties with the toy food and dishes. Other faves are any kind of tiny baby animals, like Calico Critters or the toys that come out of the bath bombs we get for her at Daiso; her stuffed Peppa Pig; and the little wooden trees, mountains and houses Sym painted for her for Christmas. And Play-Doh! She would play Play-Doh all day if she could.

As for her favourite show, it’s all about Peppa Pig right now. That’s the only thing she wants to watch on the tv although I can usually convince her watching the Lego Movie is a good idea. She doesn’t sit still for very long watching tv though, and will often run around or get up to go play in her room. She WILL sit still for probably forever watching her weird little kid youtube videos on a tablet or phone though. She loves unboxing videos (WHY) and the ones where people act out terrible skits with their toys (WHY). She’s only allowed to watch them during quiet time and I have to remind myself to go get her up after a certain amount of time because she will stay in her room for hours watching videos if we let her.

She loves kitties and bunnies and foxes. Her favourite colour to wear is pink but she always walks on the green stripe of the rainbow crosswalk. She likes any kind of small bread products and calls them all “buns.” She always wants to help do the laundry, make coffee, feed the dogs, wipe the table, and will even clean up her toys when asked nicely (though she usually wants one of us to help her). She’ll steal my phone and tweet pictures from Neko Atsume (sometimes with emoji commentary), she will always give us a hug or kiss (or bart-kiss) but she’s still very shy with strangers. She’s 40 inches tall, weighs 42 pounds and wears size 4 clothes.

five faves: monochromatic

Happy Friday to everyone… and happy birthday to me! Today’s post is all about my fave black & grey & white things.

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This Scully piece by beautiful angel Jessica Sea is a treat. Get 50% off orders of $20 in her shop until the 13th with the code FEBFRIENDS.

For days when I don’t want to wear my silver star necklace, a silver moon like this one from Little Pancakes would do nicely.

I have the long-sleeved version of this dress already but obviously I will need a short-sleeved one for spring!

The “Nordic Village” blanket from Little Unicorn is too cute.

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Also! get free shipping on most items & discounts on throw blankets & pillows on Society6 all weekend long! I put up some new designs this week so go browse, fave & maybe even buy?

pajama party: flowers in space

Gwen is growing out of most of her pajamas again, all the size 3 two-pieces are getting very short and showing A LOT of tummy and she can’t wear the size 3 footies anymore at all. She’s even growing out of her teddy bear slippers! I actually found some size 4 pajamas from last summer when I was going through all her old clothes (how???) but they are shorties and it’s just not warm enough for them yet, especially since she insists on sleeping on top of the covers now. Inspired by the zinnias on the International Space Station, here are some cute new bedtime looks I’m eyeing for her for late winter/early spring:

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lilac floral nightie // moon phase footies // star print top and leggings // planet print sleep set // periwinkle floral footies // navy floral sleep set // these are neither space- nor flower-themed but who can resist bunny booties!

the first of february

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woodland watercolour calendar available here

Happy February everyone! I have some fun banners I’m going to be listing in the shop this week as well as a few new designs that are already available: Filled and Assorted Mini versions of my printed Watercolour Donut banner.

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Additionally all orders this month will include “The Heart is a Dumb Dumb,” crystal heart AND conversation heart stickers FOR FREE!

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I hope you all have a great month!