Canada 150 Mosaic Project Comes to Town

Canada’s 150th Birthday celebrations are taking place throughout the country this year. Communities from coast to coast are commemorating this milestone, called a “sesquicentennial”, by many unique and varied events in unique and varied locations. One event that captured my attention is the Canada 150 Mosaic Project. Painting tiles to form a mosaic sounded intriguing,…

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Decluttering: Laws and Theories

Begin a journey, and you can be sure of these things: there will be some victories and setbacks along the way. Should you too be embarking on a decluttering journey, I offer the following ‘laws’ for your education and amusement. Newton’s First Law of Motion According to Newton, every object wants to keep doing what it’s…

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When is Enough, Enough? One Word Theme

When the snow covered our town last week, yet again, the cry went up: Enough already! We want flowers and sunshine and birds. Yet this seems to be the winter that goes on and on, my friend. Funny how the same people who danced with joy when the first snowflakes fell five months ago, are…

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The Clutter Crusade Continues

A few weeks ago I explored some lessons in decluttering. Even though winter still has a grip, there is a change in the air. I am ready to shake off the winter blahs and lethargy. I am ready for open spaces, inside and out. A clutter crusade has taken hold of me, and I’m riding…

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Lessons in Decluttering Stuff

Searching for simplicity versus the accumulation of stuff is striking a chord in our culture. Identifying a new and improved way to live our lives and how to handle our resources has taken hold. No longer are we enamoured by excess. Rather, the opposite is true. Shedding our overstuffed spaces for a simpler way of life…

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Getting Creative for Valentine’s Day

Ever since Grade 6 when classmate Phillip Louie gave me a heart-shaped box of chocolates on Valentine’s Day, I’ve approached this annual celebration with some trepidation. Don’t get me wrong, I love chocolates. However, as an awkward pre-teen, with absolutely no interest in this particular boy, it was highly embarrassing to be singled out with…

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Knit One or Crochet Two — Warming Kids Up

Dark winter evenings, curled up by the fireplace, are ideal times for indoor activities. My favourites include small crochet or knit projects. There are patterns galore online. This easy baby hat pattern works up quickly. Every baby needs a warm hat, especially in the cooler months. Baby girls look especially stylish in a cute knit…

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Keeping it Simple on Screen Freedom Day

Last week I posted a personal challenge. How difficult would it actually be to seek freedom from “screens”? Perhaps this was not as simple as I thought, as my home is littered with “screens”: there’s a TV or a computer, iPad or iPod securely nestled in most rooms. However, a certain determination to follow through…

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Screen Freedom Day this Sunday

What would it be like to live screen free, even if just for one day? Screens are so prevalent — smart phones, tablets, laptops, desktop computers, TV’s, ATM’s, menu boards in fast food outlets — the list goes on and on! Screen Time Boundaries The idea of screen freedom has been percolating in my mind…

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And the Stockings Were Hung

This fall I had the joy of crocheting Christmas stockings for my young friend’s family. I love to crochet, especially when someone requests a specific item. This Ravelry pattern was easy to follow and well written. By alternating the starting yarn, I adjusted the pattern slightly each time, resulting in four distinct stockings. If I had to…

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