My New Normal

My New Normal ~ A blog post by Bubblegum Sass

Maybe you follow along my life adventures on Instagram or Facebook, but for those that just read along here, I wanted to give you a quick update. Our lives exploded two weeks ago, when my father & I had to take my mom into the ER because of severe, unbearable pain in her back (a new area where her cancer had spread). After a very long night in the ER, she was admitted to an Intensive Palliative Care Unit and remains there now. Her condition has declined dramatically since then. It has turned our world upside down, to say the least.

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DIY Embroidery Thread Savers

DIY Embroidery Thread Savers ~ Blog Tutorial by Bubblegum Sass ~ Washi Tape & Button Crafts

I was recently on a mission to tidy up my Love Catcher sewing box. It contains all the bits and pieces I need to prepare the embroidery hoops for the Love Catchers. I began pulling everything out of the box and sorting things into piles, which is when I quickly discovered a mishmash of embroidery thread pieces. They’re good lengths of embroidery thread (perfectly suitable to keep around), so I whipped out some clothespins and got to work on organizing them. When I posted a picture on Instagram of the nicely organized threads, folks were tickled {and surprised} at how a simple thing like a clothespin could make such a great thread saver. And so, I’m sharing it here with you. Pull out your sewing box and errant threads and let’s get to work!

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In the Garden: Garden Planning

Gardening Planning ~ Blog post by Bubblegum Sass ~ Garden journals from Taproot Magazine
Seeds from West Coast Seeds and garden journals from Taproot Magazine

There might still be the occasional snowflake falling from the sky these days, but it is time to turn some attention to garden planning & prep. My hubby is truly the brains behind the operation, while I lend my hands & time to the work in the spring, summer & fall. He comes up with our garden plan each year, while he plans out the other yards for his urban farming business. Even the seeds for our own garden get lumped into orders for Happiness By The Acre.

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DIY Paintbrush for Kids

DIY Paintbrush for Kids ~ Clothespins & Cotton Balls ~Blog Tutorial by Bubblegum Sass

We’ve been moving Sam away from nap time the past few weeks because his nighttime sleep was getting pretty crazy. He gets quiet time in his room instead of naps, which he is growing to like more and more. No naps in the afternoon can make for long days though. I recently whipped up this little activity for him to try out just to break up one particularly long afternoon.

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Mourning Mamahood

I blinked and he was suddenly three.

 

Mourning Mamahood ~ thoughts on motherhood ~ blog post by Bubblegum Sass
Sam a few weeks old (2012)

This has been a big week. Between bathroom renovations, our washing machine officially dying and rearranging bedrooms to accommodate Sam’s new big boy bed {all in a five day period} I feel like our home was turned upside down and inside out. Or at least, that’s how these changes are making my tummy feel. A little queasy and uneasy. I’m not necessarily a fearless person when it comes to change. I hesitate, I deliberate, I ponder and I get a bit grumpy.

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Around Town: Crafted Artisan Truck

Crafted Artisan Truck in Calgary ~ unique mobile retail featuring local artists & designers

It’s HERE!! Or Rather, it WILL be very soon. The Crafted Artisan Truck will be hitting the streets of Calgary next month. I was thrilled to see the crowd source funding for this project {which I blogged about previously} come through and it has been a pleasure to watch Pam’s journey since last June. The Truck, which underwent a bit of a facelift and re-brand, looks like it’s coming together nicely. Can’t wait to set foot onto it, once it’s all decked out with everyone’s work!

Speaking of work, a colorful collection of Bubblegum Sass items are on their way to the Truck. You’ll find a selection of Love Catchers, Button Brooches, Button Hair Clips, and Upcycled Cuff Bracelets by little ‘ol me in the Truck. I’ve been hard at work on making and tagging the last few weeks {including new stamps & tags as part of my rebrand). Feels good to have everything out the door now.

Make & Mingle Workshops from Crafted Artisan Truck ~ Register today for spring/summer 2015 workshops

The other exciting bit of news is the Crafted will offer workshops throughout the year, led by a variety of local artists & designers! The Spring/Summer 2015 schedule is up and registration is NOW OPEN! I’ve even registered for a couple workshops myself just for fun (hello weaving!) and for work (photo styling, yes please). Pssst… I might also have scored a spot in a workshop that you’ll have a chance to win next month. Seriously good stuff to look forward to!

Oh, and did I mention that hubby will be leading one of the workshops? Yep, on June 29th, you can try your hand at planting & propagation with my man from Happiness By The Acre. Hurry over to the website and register today.


Workshop: Seedlings ~ From Crafted Artisan Truck ~ Workshop led by Marcus of Happiness By The Acre ~ Register Today

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