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Want to learn more about healthy eating? Count me in!

For those of you who have been around this blog for a while, you will know how passionate I am about eating healthy.


You will also know that I am always learning more.

And if you’ve known me even longer than that you will know that I was a strict vegan vegetarian for many years, both as a way to stay healthy and to avoid some debilitating food sensitivities.

But it is easy to get off track.  Easy to get back into bad habits.  Easy to let convenience or speed take precedence over health.  (But when we are sick all the time, or our bodies are tired and run down, have we really saved ourselves any time?)

I have been in the downward spiral of health before, the one where we take pills and antibiotics that help at the moment, but the root causes still remain and wellness eludes us.

So I recognize when it starts to happen.  And I know I need to get back on track.

Isn’t it amazing when you have decided something for yourself, and all of a sudden things come into your life to confirm and help you in your goals?

This morning, reading through my favourite blogs on Google reader, I find this post on why it is important to listen to your body on a blog I only recently discovered.

Then I learn that Meghan Telpner is finally going to be offering an e-course!  Meghan is a holistic nutritionist and her blog is full of healthy tips and recipes.  She is the reason I started drinking green smoothies, and her recipe page is full of healthful recipes – even for yummy (but healthy) treats!  Her course offerings have often made me wish that I still lived close to Toronto, where they are held.

But her e-course launches on Monday! A course devoted to healthy eating made easy.  And you can even enter to win a spot on her blog!

And then, in following a link from that blog, I discovered another one, with another treasure trove of recipes and I am now like a kid at Christmas.  Because I get excited about things like healthy recipes!  And I know that excitement will help me to make the changes and adjustments I need to be healthy again.  And to add icing to the cake (make that yogurt icing sweetened with a hint of maple syrup) she is also hosting a giveaway for a chance to win a spot in Meghan’s class.

And so it seems I have no more excuses!  And with fresh veggies starting to grow in the garden, what better time to find new and exciting (and hopefully tasty!) ways to use them?

How about you?  How do you keep on track with eating and living healthfully?


Happy Giveaway Day!

Thanks to all who entered!  The winner is posted here!  

Welcome to all of you who are visiting from Sew, Mama, Sew!

In honour of Giveaway Day, I am giving away one Create-a-Creature, a child’s drawing brought to life!

If you are the winner, you will send me a drawing, and I will create a soft, cuddly creature that looks as close to the drawing as possible.

Your creature will be around 10″ tall, just over half the size of my full-size creatures, and made of soft polar fleece.

To enter, leave me a comment.  To keep things interesting, tell me about a favourite childhood memory, a favourite toy, or something fun you’ve done with your kids (or your friend’s kids, or your grandkids) lately.  If you like, you can check out my Facebook page or Etsy shop (but you certainly don’t have to!)

Giveaway will be open until midnight on Friday.  Winner will be chosen by random number generator and posted on Saturday.

Good luck!  And don’t forget to check out all of the other fantastic giveaways!





It’s Giveaway Day!

Welcome to giveaway day!  I know it’s a busy day of blog hopping so I’ll keep this simple.

Today I am giving away this pretty black and pink apron (made from a pattern in Sew Liberated - I love that book!).

The front is pretty enough, but my favourite feature is the lace-up back. 

I’m willing to send this to anyone, anywhere in the world.

For a chance to win, leave a comment on this post.  To keep things interesting, tell me about one of the best gifts you’ve ever received.

I’ll announce the winner on the evening of the 16. 

Please check out my other giveaway, and all of the giveaways on Sew, Mama, Sew!




It’s Giveaway Day!

Happy Giveaway Day!  And welcome to all who are visiting today!

Today I am giving away this corduroy satchel. 

It is upcycled from a pair of corduroy pants, and lined with new fabric.

To enter, let me know what great books you have read lately! (This could be anything from fiction to a cookbook to the book you read to your kids before bed last night.)

The giveaway is open to anyone in the U.S. or Canada.  (Please check out my other blog for an international giveaway!)  The winner will be announced the evening of Dec. 16.

Thanks for stopping by!  And have fun entering all of the giveaways!

We Have a Winner!

Thank you to everyone who participated in Giveaway Day!  I enjoyed reading each and every one of your comments.  I appreciate all of your kind remarks about my shop, and yes, the quilts were included in the giveaway (every quilt deserves a loving home!) :)

I can only pick one winner, but I have a little something for everyone.  From now until Monday, you will receive 10% off everything in my shop with the coupon code “GiveawayDay” 

And now….

the winner is…….

True Random Number Generator:



Elizabeth!  Who wrote:   love the brown piggy! :)
your other things are lovely, too, but the piggy is my favorite!

Congratulations!  I’ll be emailing you sometime today with the details.

It’s Giveaway Day!

This giveaway is now closed.  Thanks to all who entered!

Welcome to everyone who is visiting today from Sew, Mama, Sew!  I know it’s a busy day of blog-hopping so I’ll keep this short.

Today I am giving away one item from my shop.  That’s right, ANY item.  Winner’s choice.  All you have to do to enter is leave a comment telling me which item you would like if you’re the winner.  That’s it! 

The giveaway is open to everyone, everywhere.   I will pick and announce a winner at 7 am (ADT) on the 26th of May. 

Thanks for dropping by!   Have fun entering all of the other giveaways today!

It’s Fun to Give!

Remember Pay it Forward?  I have been having so much fun sewing for others this year.  Although it is nice to be paid for my work, (and necessary for making a living,) there is just something so uplifting about making something to give away “just because.” 

I have two of my Pay it Forward projects finished and received by their new owners.

The first was this little pencil roll for Penelope Neal at Nothing Worth Stealing

Penelope is a talented lady who often posts sketches of dogs, which led me on a search for the perfect dog fabric.  It took me forever to find just the right one, and when I saw this one I knew it was perfect!   It is a Heather Ross fabric from her “Lightening Bugs and Other Mysteries” line.  And it was listed at $38 for a half-yard – what??!!!!  This was my first encounter with highly priced out-of-print fabrics.  I couldn’t pay that price, but all of the other dog fabrics I found paled in comparison.  But patience and perseverance paid off on this one and it eventually came up on Etsy at a reasonable price and I snapped it up.

Besides the great dog print, this is one of the most beautiful fabrics I have ever worked with.  It had a beautiful weight to it and was so soft!  A quilter’s dream.  I completely understand why you pay more for designer fabrics – and it is so worth it! 

The second Pay it Forward present was for Sara.  Sara is a fellow quilter who posts her beautiful creations on her blog, as well as her embroidery projects (which I am in awe of.)  I discovered that her favourite flower is the peony, and that got me started on her gift. 

It’s been a while since I’ve taken out a crochet hook (maybe years?) but I went looking for fabric peony tutorials and found this crochet one and knew that’s what I had to do!   I was really proud of myself for getting this done without one call to my mother (who is the crochet master.)  Maybe crocheting is like riding a bike…once you learn you never forget? 

The fabric underneath is from Heather Bailey’s “Pop Garden” line.  Once again I was on Etsy and Ebay searching for the perfect peony fabric and this was the winner.  It took me awhile to decide what to make out of this one but eventually I settled on a purse.  (As Sara said when she wrote me – a woman can always use another purse!)

I used this tutorial which was fun and easy to follow.  I made a few changes (of course) because I wanted my strap to lie flat against the bag at the sides, I just think it looks neater that way. 

I still have one Pay it Forward present to go.  I am still pondering this last one, although I have a few ideas for what I might do.  In the meantime I won a little present myself. 

I won these beautiful coasters and napkins from Small Town Girl.  She also has a great blog where she posts sewing projects, and if you have little ones at home she  has a weekly series where she posts fun and easy activities to do with toddlers. 

So yes, it is fun to give and to receive! :)  

What projects have you been working on lately?

And the Winner is….

Thank you so much to all of you who gave me suggestions and ideas for this blog.  You gave me a lot to think about!  I am so thankful for each and every one of you.  I can’t promise I will do everything, but I definitely have some good ideas going forward, and you can count on some more step-by-step gardening information this year! 

And so, without further ado, the winner of the giveaway is….Corinne!   

(Chosen by a random number generator.  It would be impossible for me to choose between you – if I had time I’d make you all something! )

Thanks again for your input!

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