What she said.

Yesterday I was working on a quilt block while Ivy played nearby, when she turned to me and said,

“You know, there’s basically no such thing as bad luck, scientifically speaking.”

And she used air quotes when she said “scientifically speaking”.

Five year olds are freaking awesome.

She’s been keeping busy working on a million pieces of paper food for daaaaays now. She’s drawn and cut out fruits and vegetables, slices of pizza, a whole cake, many many pieces of cake, cupcakes, donuts, brownies, jugs and glasses of lemonade, plates, forks, spoons, napkins, and even tiny crumbs. It’s actually seriously awesome. She’ll make you a plate of paper food, hand you a fork and napkin, and do the same herself. She even dabs at the corners of her mouth with her napkin (which is a piece of paper) after she’s eaten her food (all hand drawn and cut out by Ivy). She’s made a very impressive collection already and she still has plans to add to it. She wants to work on hard candies today. 

Today I’m trying to fight off a chest cold/maybe bronchitis for the second day and so Ivy is watching way too much YouTube kids, again. I just dragged myself out of bed after sleeping for 2 1/2 hours, because I felt like I should probably feed Ivy lunch. Because it’s 2 pm.

I had to bake cookies and blondies this morning for Seth’s class bake sale tomorrow, which almost killed me. 

The laundry is piling up but I feel too overwhelmed to carry it to the basement.

Neil’s away in Edmonton till midnight. Being sick and single parenting is a bad combo. I’m trying to figure out if the kids can cook their own supper tonight, or if they’d mind just eating popcorn for supper. 

Anyway I did make it out of bed and onto the couch and I’m sure Ivy won’t mind topping up her screen time by watching some Netflix with me.

She loves wearing that toque with built in headphones while she’s on the iPad, and she will only ever play on the iPad in bed, usually with her door shut. Works for me.

Also, she’s been wearing those pajamas since Monday evening. She even wore them to swimming lessons. That’s how we roll. 


The big chop.

Last week Ivy asked if she could go get a haircut. She wanted to chop all her hair off. She’s been asking to cut her long hair off and on for a good year so I decided to just go with it. It’s her hair, after all, and if she wants it short, she should be able to have it short. We discussed the pros (less brushing, less tangles) and cons (no braids, no ponytails, it will take a long time to grow back) and she was still adamant about cutting it. So we booked her in for a cut.

First she had to let me take pictures of her beautiful long hair though.


Ahhh! It’s so thick and long and healthy! Her hair is really amazing- I just love it.

But honestly she hated having it brushed- it was a fight every single time; and she refused to wear braids or ponytails most of the time, so why not cut it I guess.

It was long enough that she could donate her hair, so that was a nice perk.

And, of course, she looks adorable.


It’s been over a week now and she’s had no regrets. She loves her haircut. I love it too, although I miss that crazy long hair too!

And now someone else who needs it more can have that lovely hair for their head.


I lied- her one regret is that she didn’t keep her braids to play with at home. 😉


Ivy :: 5

Ivy is five today! Holy smokes you guys- the last five years went so crazy fast. I just can’t believe my last little baby is a full-on kid now. Not gonna lie, lots of feels about that. She’s a really great kid though, so I’ll be ok.

Oh Ivy, I just love you so freaking much!


You are such a fun kid, always up for any adventure. You’ll tackle any hike, try any new sport, and throw yourself right in on a royal rumble with your big brothers. If it looks fun, you’re up for trying it.

You love animals. Pretty much all animals, although soft and cuddly is your favorite. Cats are your life. I think if we got you a cat all of your dreams would come true and your life would be complete. But even though you love soft and cuddly, you also love catching frogs and snakes, and you love playing with our bearded dragon. You give him baths and take him for walks in your doll stroller sometime. Right now you want to be a vet when you grow up, and I think it could be a good fit for you!

You love playing. You play all day long with your Lego, your Shopkins, your dollhouse, whatever. You like hauling all the millions of small things you own out into the middle of the floor by the kitchen and playing there. That way you’re not alone. You keep yourself busy and you love being at home with your stuff. Yesterday morning you asked me, “Mom, are we staying home alllll day today?” And when I answered yes you said, “Oh good! I just love being at home with you.” I love being at home with you too babe! We have such nice days together. And even when we do have to go run errands, you’re always a good sport, always patient and helpful, even when we’d both rather be at home.

You’re such a good sister and daughter. You get along really well with all of your brothers, even Oliver, FINALLY! You play with them all the time, whatever they’re playing. You have no problem watching Star Wars or superhero movies, or wrestling, biking over jumps, imagining you’re a bad guy, whatever. You get right in there and play with anyone. You hardly ever get to play anything “girly”- so you love it when your cousins come over. You love those girls so much!


You’re polite and kind but also so crazy and weird sometimes. I love that about you. You tell fart jokes as well as any of your brothers but you still love dressing up all fancy once and awhile. You’ll accessorize to the nines or hang around in your brother’s old sweatpants. You love lip syncing. I haven’t heard you sing in years since you discovered lip syncing. Even if I’m singing in the van you ask me to “just move your mouth but don’t let any sound out, Mom.” You love music and you know what your favorite songs are. You’re pretty much the boss of the radio in the van.




Even though you’re mostly a really sweet girl, you are also very strong willed and have no problem saying NO to me and Dad if we ask you to do something. If you don’t want to do something, you’re pretty resolute in your decision not to do it. If you decide you don’t like what I cooked there’s pretty much nothing I can do about it. Once you’ve decided something, you are sticking to that decision for life apparently.


Your favorite foods are KD, spaghetti, sushi, and hamburgers. You asked for KD for your birthday breakfast. We had birthday pancakes with sprinkles instead. Grammy took you to “King Burger” for your annual birthday date last night. Almost every time we’re in Winnipeg you’re also of a sudden hungry for a “buhger”. We go through drive-thrus more often than I’m comfortable admitting. I can’t say no to your face and you know it.

You still love sleeping. You already when back to bed for a rest once this morning. (You were up so early today- SOOOO excited for your birthday!) You would take a nap every day if I let you, and if you ever catch me dozing on the couch, you’re like, “I’m gonna have a nap too Mom!!” You literally love napping. Like your Mama. I love your little sleep-loving self so much.

I just feel so lucky I get to be your Mom, Ivy. I love all the time we get to spend together. I’m excited to watch a girly movie with you today and to go out for sushi at a real restaurant instead of just Superstore. You’re a true gift to me Ivy and I love you so very much. Happy 5th birthday Baby.


ps: when Seth, Ben, and Oliver turned five. Apparently I didn’t write anything meaningful when Seth turned five. Sorry buddy. I’m sure you were a great kid then. 🙂

Ivy :: Four.


Today is Ivy’s fourth birthday. To me, it’s like the final farewell to the baby years in this house. Four is most definitely NOT a baby anymore. There are no more babies in this family. I’m okay with it I guess, because big kids are pretty awesome. I just wish the baby phase lasted a teeny bit longer. It whizzed by so fast I feel like I kind of missed it.

So, it’s hard to believe. Hard to believe I have my last baby is four years old now. It actually feels kind of crazy to say it.

But this four year old, my Ivy James, she’s incredible.

Obsessed with make-up lately. Always with the make-up, thanks to those aunties who bought her cheap make-up for Christmas. She’s always putting make-up on, and on, and on, and on. Washing it off, re-applying. Doing make-overs with her five year old cousin. Checking herself out in the mirror. She loves the make-up.

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Taylor Swift. She’s her biggest fan, and lip-syncs to all the words. Her favorites are Blank Space and Wildest Dreams, but any T.Swift will do. When she hears her on the radio, she’s yelling, “Turn the music up MOM!!!” She loves a lot of music, really, and recognizes a lot of the voices on the radio. She’s got some sweet dance moves lately, too. Not from dance class, mind you, which she HATES and NEVER wants to do EVER AGAIN. (Thanks for deciding that precisely once class after begging me to sign you up for a “million million” more dance classes.)


She’s funny, and she knows it. She loves being the center of attention, and often is. Being the baby of the family AND being the only girl helps a lot. Plus she comes up with some pretty silly stuff, like “panty day”. That was pretty hilarious.Processed with VSCOcam with a6 preset

Ivy loves playing. She keeps herself busy playing with all sorts of things but lately her favorite things are My Little Ponies, Shopkins (what are those anyway?), and Barbie Lego. Basically anything tiny wins. She also loves all plush toys too. She got a stuffed kitten for her birthday yesterday and it may as well be real to her.


She loves people too. She loves her cousins so much, and I am so happy she has so many girl cousins to play with (6!). She loves her brothers like crazy, too. She’s even starting to play nicely with Oliver (FINALLY).


She’s super polite but can be super sassy. She’s sweet and compassionate, loving and forgiving; fun, adventurous, and brave. She still loves napping and she still sucks on her fingers, despite me taking away her blankie in September.



We love our Ivy times infinity and we feel extremely lucky that she’s part of our family. I just love my family so much, all parts of it, and it wouldn’t be complete without her.

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Happy birthday Ivy. I love you!

ps. Of course whenever my kids have a birthday I spend hours reading back about when they were littler. Here’s when Ivy turned one, two, and three.

pps. We had family and friends over to celebrate yesterday. Ivy requested hot dogs and pink and purple cake. Tonight for her actual birthday she’s requested sandwiches.


Conversations with Ivy.

This is an actual conversation I had with my three year old daughter yesterday morning:

Ivy, you need to sleep in your own bed. You are coming to my bed every night and waking me up.

Well, it’s an accident that I came in your bed.

No. Getting out of your bed and walking to my room and then getting in my bed is not an accident.

Don’t be a jerk.

I mean, I have no words.

Like none.

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And this morning she brought me the heat pack and asked me to “put the hotness back in it.”

Oh darling, don’t you ever grow up.

But quit calling me a jerk.

Ivy draws.

Like her brothers that have gone before her, Ivy has turned into an avid little drawer.

Lately the kids have been obsessed with Art for Kids Hub on Youtube. (If you haven’t checked this out, please do. I highly recommend.) Drawing drawing drawing one million pictures a day. Using at least one old growth forest’s worth of paper every week.

Ivy’s favorite video is how to draw Peppa Pig. It’s 12 minutes long, and she’s watched it many many times.

If you’re wondering, this is what Peppa Pig actually looks like:


And this is Ivy’s version:


I might be completely biased, but I think it’s pretty darn good for a 3 1/2 year old. I also particularly love her self-portrait:


We’ve been having lovely girls days together while all the boys are at school, although she always complains that she misses them. She chooses naps over screen time, which is a clear indicator that she is her mother’s daughter.

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She keeps herself busy playing in a box while I do chores, or paints and colors while I prep supper. It’s a beautifully quiet and simple day with just a single kid around. Downright dreamy.

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Today she kept interrupting what I was doing, asking for a snack, and I was getting frustrated, and I guess my tone of voice made it clear. While I told her to wait a minute, she said, “Geez Louise Mom!” All I could do was laugh. She’s also been busy reminding me to say “pardon me” instead of “what” which is pretty amusing, especially since she’s the queen of asking “WHAT?” when she doesn’t hear something clearly.


Anyway, my Ivy, she sure knows how to have fun, and I love her so much. We watched home videos of her today, of when she turned just one year old. I’m upset I have no more babies after watching all that cuteness. I have to buy Ivy size 4 clothes now, and that’s a real heartbreaker if you ask me. My time in the toddler clothing section is very limited, and I’m sad. Thank goodness my sister-in-law is having a baby any day now. Preferably tomorrow, please. I need more babies in my life, stat.

Balloon Fold Dress!

Hello everyone! I’m so excited to be participating in Madeit Fashion Week today! Fashion Week is a virtual fashion show for kids showcasing the Fold|2 collection of patterns from Madeit Patterns.

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Ivy is even more excited than me about this, I’m sure, because that girl likes to strike a pose like you wouldn’t believe. I don’t even know where she comes up with half the things she does.


Besides sewing one of Needle and Ted’s fall pattern releases from their Fold|2 collection, all of us fashion show participants were asked to incorporate origami into our photo somehow. I tell you, nothing has given me such anxiety. Paper crafts are not my forté. I was seriously sweating over this. And then, at the last minute, it came together. People, I MADE that bow in Ivy’s hair. Out of PAPER. I mean, I’m proud of myself. Not only did it not fall apart, but Ivy actually wanted to wear it! Without being bribed! I call it a huge success and pat myself firmly on the back. Except, I’m sad the paper is so bright and reflective. It looks so shiny in the pictures and you can barely see it’s paper.


Okay, moving on from paper, and onto sewing, where I feel much more at ease. I sewed the Balloon Fold Dress, and I just love it! Besides the fact that my regular sewing machine AND my serger both picked were completely non-cooperative, this dress was a super quick and easy sew and I’m really happy with how it turned out. Ivy has asked to wear it every day since I finished it, so that makes me even happier.



I used the lovely Art Gallery Fabric knits in their gorgeous solids and I love the simplicity of it. The knit is so soft with just the right amount of stretch, it’s no wonder Ivy doesn’t want to take it off. You can grab the fabrics I used plus a whole lot more in my shop, of course! I like the solids together soooo much, but how much fun would a couple fun prints be mixed together?


Also, I love a good racerback. Like so much. Seriously, my favorite. I feel like I can’t overemphasize how much I love racerbacks. They’re my jam, people. My sweet, sweet jam.


And the balloon on this dress. The bounce! It’s just too much cute. If your sewing machine doesn’t eat your hem like mine did, this dress is actually a super versatile three-in-one. You can wear it long, tucked under like Ivy is, or even tucked over, for a skirt and top kind of look. Ivy was fairly insistent on a floor length gown, but as soon as she tried this dress on, she decided immediately that she loved it just as it was, and there was no need to change it. I haven’t shown her the other options, because I’m too in love with this style!



There are so many other great patterns in the Fold|2 Collection- you really need to check them out. I love the options there are for boys wear. Pants intimidate the pants off of me, but the t-shirts look like so much fun. I’d love to make one for my boys using some of my husband’s old t-shirts.


This week you can save 20% on all the patterns, which is awesome. Even awesomer, Needle and Ted is giving away a pattern a day all week! To win, all you have to do is head over to Needle and Ted’s Facebook or Instagram page, and answer a simple question about the fashion show. Easy peasy.

20% OFF Madeit patterns

Nosh is also giving away three 50 Euro gift certificates during the course of this week! All you have to do to win if head over to Needle and Ted’s blog on the final day of the pattern tour (September 6th) and leave a comment about what was your favorite part of Fashion Week. You get another chance to win by following along on IG and watching for the prompt. Nothing easier. Why shouldn’t you win? Someone has to, and I really feel like it should be you.


One of us sewers gets to win a voucher for Nosh too. Needle and Ted is judging based on origami creativity, so I’m quite confident I’ll win. Or something. But, if you like my origami head gear, I’d love it if you’d leave a comment here or on my Instagram! Help me win and I’ll love you forever!

Make sure you check out all the other amazing bloggers who are participating in Fashion Week with me. I’m really so excited to be participating in this with some of my favorite sewers and bloggers.

Here’s the rundown of everyone who’s participating:

Monday 31 August

Kid Approved Girl Like the Sea Huisje Boompje Boefjes Our Chez Nous

Tuesday 1 September

Kimme Sew Crazy Pienkel East and Eden Chi Chi Romeo and Me

Wednesday 2 September

Neil and Nikki In a manner of Sewing Glitter + Wit Creative Needles and Threads As it Seams

thursday 3 September

Climbing the Willow Fliegfederfrei Fairies and Bubbles Co Sew Thrifty

Friday 4 September

Just Add Fabric So-Cal Sewing Mom Sansahash Miss Castelinhos Sewing Sober

Saturday 5 September

Made by Toya My Cosy Co Paisley Roots Diorella Fruits de Mère

Sunday 6 September

Round Up and Reviews: Needle and Ted Climbing the Willow Swoodson says

Do go check them out! There’s been some amazing stuff sewn up, and some pretty impressive origami skills showcased, as well. Guys, do you do origami? It’s so much harder than I realized!

Thanks for reading all the way to the bottom, and make sure you go enter to win a free pattern and voucher! My fingers are crossed for you!