MC Holiday 2014 Markets

Good news, folks! We survived our Disney vacation and are settling back into things at home (while fighting off icky colds). I’ve got lots to share with you about our trip, but you’ll have to wait a little longer for all that. The BEST part about coming home, was finding an email from the Market Collective gals saying that I was accepted into one of their holiday markets!!! Yay! (insert a happy dance or two)

So SAVE THE DATE!!! December 5-7th you’ll find Bubblegum Sass down at the Chinese Cultural Centre. Of course, each of the three Market Collective weekends will be chalk full of different artists & artisans, so plan on doing a bunch of your Christmas shopping down there!

Market Collective Holiday 2014 Poster

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Etsy: Made In Canada Pop-Up Market

Before I head out of town, I wanted to give you a little peek at last weekend’s Etsy: Made In Canada market. It was an AMAZING market!! What an incredible feeling to be included in such a successful & well-received show. Calgary is just craving all that handmade goodness! Check out my little post prior to the show.

The line-up to get into Etsy: Made In Canada (and score one of the sweet swag bags) started at 9am, a whole hour before the market even opened! Once the doors were opened, it was a steady stream of people coming through until 4pm!! I kid you not. Things only slowed down a bit in the last hour, but other than that, it was busy, busy, busy. You’ve also got to picture that the weather in Calgary was, well, kind of miserable that day. Down right cold, overcast, light drizzle of rain mixed with the occasional snowflake. Did I mention that half of the vendors were outside, tucked under tents, but still outside? Yep, I was out there too. Layers of comfy sweaters, hot coffee, and lots of lovely customers kept us all warm!

So here’s what my table looked like this time around. I think I’m finally getting there in terms of a more unified display & product style. Years in the making, but it’s coming together. The Love Catchers were quite a hit (although tricky to photograph here). I’m looking forward to making some more… there’s a big box of supplies waiting in the sewing room for when we get back.

Bubblegum Sass booth display

Bubblegum Sass booth display

Bubblegum Sass table display with shelf

Bubblegum Sass table display with shelf

Fun Button Magnets and Love Cuff Bracelets. Making use of metal garbage pails & pots. Simple, but they work.

Fun Button Magnets and Love Cuff Bracelets. Making use of metal garbage pails & pots. Simple, but they work.

Colourful button hair clip sets

Colourful button hair clip sets

Love Cuff Bracelets, the best little gift.

Love Cuff Bracelets, the best little gift.

Upcycled Cuff Bracelets in a rainbow of colours

Upcycled Cuff Bracelets in a rainbow of colours

Fancy Button Hair Clip sets on cute cards (I've got a nice collection of wooden crates & boxes for display now).

Fancy Button Hair Clip sets on cute cards (I’ve got a nice collection of wooden crates & boxes for display now).

Pretty Shabby Chic Accessories that can be worn as a headband or as a belt with a simple dress (I'm always raiding our kitchen for things to use in my display, like this serving platter).

Pretty Shabby Chic Accessories that can be worn as a headband or as a belt with a simple dress (I’m always raiding our kitchen for things to use in my display, like this serving platter).

Bubblegum Sass was included in a nice feature on the UPPERCASE magazine blog. Some of the gals who helped put on the show have blogged about it too, including Hilda of Handmade Therapy and Lindy of Crafted By Lindy. BIG thanks to the organizers and volunteers who helped pull this wonderful show off! Sounds like Etsy: Made In Canada went really well across Canada. Hopefully, Etsy decides to do it again. For now, I’ve got my fingers crossed on getting into one of the Market Collective Christmas shows in December. Hopefully I’ll have good news about that to share with you soon.

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Countdown to Disney Vacation

We're actually only THREE days away now!!

We’re actually only THREE days away now!!


Yes, we are firmly in the countdown to our Disney Vacation! This week has been entirely dedicated to getting ready for the trip. So much to organize for both our stay at Disney World and our week-long Disney Cruise. It’s a little overwhelming, when the basics include pirate and Halloween costumes, plus we’ve never taken a beach-type vacation before AND Sam has never flown before. A lot of firsts packed into this trip.

I’m hoping to post more about our trip after we get back (with plenty of photos), in case you’re dreaming about your own Disney vacation. In the meantime, I thought I would share a couple of pre-trip tips with you. I’ve been collecting tips, cruise secrets, packing list suggestions, and the like on Pinterest, so head over there to get a helpful links to other blog posts.

One of the best suggestions I came across was pre-ordering baby & toddler items from Babies Travel Lite. What a stress-relieving solution for mamas (and papas)! Our little (ok, not so little) Sammy is not yet potty trained. In my mind, that meant we had two options: packing all the diapers, wipes & such we would need for an almost two week trip in his suitcase (including swim diapers) OR bringing just enough for a couple of days & trying to get to a store during our short Disney World stay to purchase the rest. Both options seemed a bit stressful. Who really wants to use any of their precious time at Disney World to go diaper shopping?! And that’s when I came across Babies Travel Lite. They’ve got diaper packages based on the number of days of your vacation. The packages are very customizable (choose your sizes, brand & type preferences). And it’s not just diapers, they have lots of stuff for meal time, bath time, and sun time. Even little potties for those that are in the potty training process. Place your order, and they will deliver it to your Disney hotel or cruise. We put together a diaper order and included some handy toddler snacks that we can bring along on our port adventures (since prepackaged snacks on cruises cost extra anyway). The beauty of it all is that now, we just walk onto our cruise and our box of goodies will be waiting in our stateroom.

We didn’t book our trip waaaaay in advance like a lot of families, but I’m sure it’s felt like a looong time for Sam. When a single day can feel like two or three to a toddler (and his mama), waiting four months for an oh-so-special Disney trip might as well be a year. As the day of departure grew closer though, I really wanted to do a simple countdown calendar, so Sam could have a more tangible way of seeing the passing of time and experience the excitement building up. I found several options, but went with free, printable design from 505 Design Inc. Just pick your design (Disney World or Disneyland), print, and cut. We hung ours in the kitchen and each morning we put up the new number and then count to it. Sammy can only count to 12, so I didn’t start the countdown until day 13. I think it’s a pretty fun pre-trip activity to do with kids!

That's little 'ol me with my big brother during our first trip to Disneyland, 1986 (I was 5 years old). I still have those mouse ears.

That’s little ‘ol me with my big brother during our first trip to Disneyland, 1987 (I was 6 years old). I still have those mouse ears.

Ok, that’s all I’ve got time for right now. Gotta get back to making lists, checking things off, and getting packed. Also still have boxes of tomatoes ripening in the basement that need to be made into sauce. See you when we get back from what will be an awesome family adventure!!!

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Etsy: Made in Canada

**SAVE THE DATE** This is happening in less than two weeks and I will have the pleasure of being one of the lucky vendors! Etsy: Made in Canada Day is a celebration of all things handmade, vintage, and on Etsy! Made in Canada is a cross Canada event happening on September 27th! Come on out to the Symons Valley Farmers Market in Calgary on September 27th and shop from local artists as well as the regular farmers market vendors! Show runs from 10am – 5pm.

Check out the Facebook page for further event updates. Not in Calgary, but wanna shop for handmade goods? Check out the Etsy: Made in Canada homepage to locate the city nearest you (over twenty cities across Canada are participating)!

Etsy-Made-In-Canada_PromoPoster_Calgary

Oh, and you are definitely going to want to be at the show at 10am sharp! The first 50 customers to make it through the Etsy doors (located in the bottom level of the market, through the marked doors), will get an awesome swag bag. I’ve been seeing some sneak peek photos on Instagram of the handmade goodies vendors have put together for the swag bags and folks are going to love them! You probably guessed that my contribution involves buttons:

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Fourth Blogoversary!

Cupcake (photo credit Veer)

FOUR YEARS! Yep, this little blog of mine has been going for four years now. A short time, really, in the blogosphere, but still feels like quite the accomplishment. Posts have been few and far between this summer, sadly. I have an inkling that might happen again in coming years. Winter months, though long here in Alberta, make for great writing & blogging. Summer months, not so much. The growing season is far too short to spend in front of the computer. That doesn’t mean I’ve forgotten you! This blog and its readers are very much on my mind as I go through each day and I’ve stored up some good content for posts to keep us entertained in the winter.

Until then, I think a Fourth Blogoversary calls for some celebration! This post marks 477 blog posts in that four year period. I’m crawling my way up to 500 posts (another milestone that will call for a bit of celebration later in the year)! And a BIG THANKS to all the wonderful folks you take the time, not only to read the blog, but to leave a comment! You guys rock and it makes my day every time I see a new comment come through!

So, let’s see, the best way to celebrate… with a GIVEAWAY, of course!! It might only be September 1st, but there’s already a crispness to the morning air. I’d love to help keep you cozy this autumn, so I’m giving away one of my crochet cowl scarves. All you have to do, is leave a comment on this post, and your name will be entered into the draw. Giveaway will close on Friday, Sept. 5th at midnight MST. Winner will be announced Saturday morning. Comments closed.

85% Wool, 15% Mohair Cowl Scarf

85% Wool, 15% Mohair Cowl Scarf

AND how about a sale in the Etsy shop, just to show my great appreciation of all your support! I rarely have sales in my shop, so you’ll want to take advantage of this one. All items 15% off!!! Whoot! Sale ends Friday, Sept. 5th at midnight MST.

THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU for all the love and support over the past four years! Made the journey worth it! Hope to be around on the blog more once we get through the craziness of September (canning season, you know) and go on our Disney Cruise (over-the-moon excited about that). Until then, take care and good luck to all the giveaway participants!

(and before anyone asks, I did not make that lovely cupcake in the top photo… I turned to my good ol’ friends at Veer for a stock image)

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And the winner is…

LISA!! Congrats Miss Lisa! I will be in touch with you shortly.

Thank you to everyone who entered the giveaway!!Looking forward to continuing to write & share good posts for you! Have a great weekend!

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Button-spiration: Sweet Finds

How about a little something different for our Button-spiration post? Today I thought I would share some sweet Etsy button finds instead of a button craft idea. Daydreaming about having these:

love buttons
1. Wooden Buttons by Heart Supplies


2. Cute As A Button Shirt by Little Figs

button garland

3. Button Garland by Tartella

button necklace
4. Button Necklace by Life Accessories

Button Bouquet
5. Heart Candy Button Bouquet by Beaubuttons (isn’t this simply stunning?!)

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Busiest Little Helper

Things have been busy, busy, busy. You can probably tell by this poor neglected blog. Sammy is getting dragged along from chore to chore. And even though his hands are little, he sure has been a BIG help. He might enjoy some more time to play with his trucks or go to the park, but I think he feels pretty proud every time he gets to help out the grown-ups in his life. I sometimes can’t believe the number of things he is learning to do at such an early age (hello, he’s only 2.5 years old)! I can imagine him living on our farm more & more. And maybe, I’m starting to picture my own life on the farm a bit more too.

Always plenty of plants that need watering every day in the veggie garden.

Always plenty of plants that need watering every day in the veggie garden.

Sammy LOVED helping grandpa cut the grass out at the cabin.

Sammy LOVED helping grandpa cut the grass out at the cabin.

My boys washing veggies together for the YYC Growers CSA.

My boys washing veggies together for the YYC Growers CSA.

His favourite thing so far to wash are radishes and carrots. Good thing there were too, since there were about 130 carrots to wash this past week for the Happiness By the Acre CSA. He was a super trooper! No complaints, just kept washing and admiring each carrot.

His favourite thing so far to wash are radishes and carrots. Good thing there were too, since there were about 130 carrots to wash this past week for the Happiness By the Acre CSA. He was a super trooper! No complaints, just kept washing and admiring each carrot.

He's even pretty gentle washing the salad greens for the Happiness By the Acre CSA.

He’s even pretty gentle washing the salad greens for the Happiness By the Acre CSA.

Sam was super helpful crushing the tomatoes for the big pot of sauce we made. This is our first batch of tomato sauce for the season and the first time I've ever canned it instead of freezing. More batches still to make with my little helper.

Sam was super helpful crushing the tomatoes for the big pot of sauce we made. This is our first batch of tomato sauce for the season and the first time I’ve ever canned it instead of freezing. More batches still to make with my little helper.

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Button-spiration: Lace Button Earrings

Aren’t these lace button earrings wonderful?! I love that they make a nice shabby chic style accessory. And of course, super simple to make too! Find the original tutorial on the Evie S. blog. All you need to make these are: two plain buttons, lace, earrings studs, and a hot glue gun. Cut a circle of lace larger than your button. Then simply wrap the lace around the button, gluing the edges on the backside. Let glue cool. Then glue the earring studs on the backside of the button. And you’re done!

lace button earrings

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How Grows the Rest?

Yes, indeed, the How Grows It? post was really just part one of our yard. Here’s the remainder. I’ve saved the herbs for last. Some we enjoy fresh and others we simply dry for use throughout the year. In fact, last year, we dried so much sage that we’re still using it (and we put sage in lots of recipes). So here’s a peek at the rest of the garden:

Lovely, lovely dill! I've been enjoying the dill the most this year, on grilled cheese sandwiches, in salads, in mac'n cheese, in salad dressings, etc. So tasty!

Lovely, lovely dill! I’ve been enjoying the dill the most this year, on grilled cheese sandwiches, in salads, in mac’n cheese, in salad dressings, etc. So tasty!

Bunches and bunches of chives!

Bunches and bunches of chives!

Minty, minty, mint!

Minty, minty, mint!

First time growing oregano since we moved back from B.C. Doing pretty good so far.

First time growing oregano since we moved back from B.C. Doing pretty good so far.

Our sage container, not doing as well this year as last, but not too bad.

Our sage container, not doing as well this year as last, but not too bad.

Thyme plants doing well!

Thyme plants doing well!

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Four Fab Finds: Beach Dreams

I’m daydreaming about beaches this week. Maybe one day, say in October, I’ll find myself on a beach in Jamaica one day, Mexico the next, and a Disney private island… yep, we’re all booked on a Disney Cruise for this fall! Eeek! Western Caribbean here we come. In the meantime, I’ll have to satisfy my beach dreams with some beautiful Etsy finds:

1. Sea Urchin Wall Hanging by Star Home Studio

2. Summer Kaftan by naftul
3. Sea Glass Earrings by Cindylouwho2 (Peacock Jewellery)… fellow Etsy Alberta teammate!
4. Sand Dollar Photography by gregoireprint… another fellow Etsy Alberta teammate!


sea urchin wall hanging


1. Sea Urchin Wall Hanging by Star Home Studio

kaftan dress
2. Summer Kaftan by naftul


sea glass earrings

3. Sea Glass Earrings by Cindylouwho2 (Peacock Jewellery)

Beach sand shell photo
4. Sand Dollar Photography by gregoireprint

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