Sunday, February 15, 2015

New Products

I got an invitation from the Regina Family Child Care Homes to be a part of their craft and trade sale happening on March 7 in conjunction with their annual conference.  It's from 8:30 - 4 at the Conexus Arts Centre, if you are close by and want to come.

It gave me a boost of motivation to sew up a few things that I've had in my mind for a while - Kid Sized wheat bags that are half as long as my regular ones (9x6), and mini 5x5 wheat bags to keep in the freezer as ice packs, or 'Owie Bags.'  I figure the crowd at a child care conference may be interested in some child specific products - here's hoping, anyway!

These are the kid sized bags - I've mad a few for friends before, but never had them listed in the shop until now.  I let Nolan pick one, so the blue cars bag is not in the shop, but the rest are available here.

And these are the Owie Bags.  They have covers that are removable, just like my bigger bags, but these have a full double layer of the flannel on one side, so you can choose your level of protection from the ice, or you can use the opening as a pocket to hold the bag in place.  This first batch is quite full, so a little difficult to get in and out of the cover; I think the next batch I will try a third less filling. You can find these in the shop here.

These next two are favourites - I love using N's hands to show the size of the bags.  He's a fun little hand model.

This one shows a regular bag and a kid sized one for comparison.  The owls are fun.

I found some time too, to make up new regular wheat bags - I've got 11 new patterns that I've just listed today.

I'm also hoping to have a booth at the Cathedral Village Arts Festival May 23rd, and at the Etsy Made In Canada Sale on September 26th.  I'll keep you posted on those as they get closer.

Thanks for having a look!

Thursday, February 05, 2015

2015 Word of the Year

I didn't think too long or hard about picking a word for this year; in fact, in December I thought that I wouldn't do one this year... and that's when HEALTHY popped into my mind.

Yeah, that fits.

I want our teenager to find a healthy state of mind, and healthy ways of dealing with life.

I want us to have healthy ways of dealing with our teenager!

I want our 3 year old to have a healthy level of attachment - to be able to go to sleep on his own, to be able to go to Sunday School on his own...

I want all our of relationships to be healthy.  I want for us to seek to understand each other and love each other well.

I want an always healthy marriage.

I want a physically healthy family & to feed them healthy meals.

I want us all to have healthy friendships and healthy hobbies.

I want our businesses to be healthy and growing.

I want us to have a healthy thriving church family that we are active in.

Of course we are not unhealthy in all those areas - like everyone, we have lots of ups and downs in lots of areas.  But in thinking about what is important to me and what I have been focusing on lately, healthy seems to be a word that fits in all areas. 

Having one word does seem to be a help as I pray - a springboard to know where to start and what to ask for. 

May your year be a healthy one, too.

(My words from other years are here.)