Happy thanksgiving to all my american friends

We are sort of celebrating here. We are watching the parade, making cookies and probably will eat  more than we should. We like to support our Southern friends. In honour of this day and the fact that most won’t be as mad about me talking about Christmas I’m going to share my wish list of holiday baking. We have one problem this year, we don’t have a deep freezer. Normally I bake up a storm and then freeze the stuff and pull out as needed. We don’t have the space for it. I have asked for a freezer for Christmas. That was the moment when I realized I was old. Appliances have made my wish list. Well… a Kitchen Aid Mixer was on my list when I was younger but really who doesn’t want a Kitchen Aid mixer? So here goes. I don’t promise that I will make them all but this is what I’m dreaming of. This is probably my last Christmas where I’m pregnant so it is probably the last time I can eat my weight in junk food and not feel as guilty about my expanding waist line.

  1. Rum balls (my favourite)
  2. Shortbread with sprinkles
  3. Fancy sugar cookies
  4. Cherry balls
  5. Peanut butter balls
  6. Yule log cake
  7. Gingerbread house
  8. Nanaimo bars
  9. Snowballs
  10. Spice Cookies

I’m sure there will be additions and subtractions. I need to really think about all my choices and pick wisely. The rum balls need to be done soon so they are properly aged. Mmmmmmm rum balls.


Fabric Mail

Ok, so if you think I spend too much on fabric and have a serious fabric problem and can’t support me in it you probably should stop reading now…. like don’t read anymore because you will be disappointed in me and think bad things and question my existence as a human being.

Sooooo, I ordered some fabric. I was patiently waiting for it. Things get busy in the postal system this time of year so I have to be extra patient. I was waiting for 2 yards of these lovely aqua blue polka dots by Riley Blake:

Aside: Do you know how hard it is to find polka dots in the fall/winter? It is insane!!!!!

So when I got the package from the mailbox I was sort of let down/nervous because it was a Friday and I needed the dots because I had a very patient customer waiting for an item and I was getting very low on time. When I saw the package it was big. Bigger than I would expect for 2 yards of fabric and I thought it was my Christmas fabric order. I know what you are thinking, “Amanda wouldn’t know what 2 yards of fabric in a envelope looks like because she is an addict and always buys more than 2 yards”. Well you would be partially right, it is abnormal to only buy 1 or 2 yards but it has happened before. Well, it turns out I forgot that Fabric Fly (formally Sproutz) had some great prices so I filled up that flat rate envelope and forgot that I did that.  At first I thought I had won something and then I looked and remembered all the beautiful fabrics I had picked out.

I know I had a specific idea for some of these fabrics because I got them in very specific quantities… no idea what for now. Oh well. Look at how pretty they are!!!!!

Way back in the day I blogged about this fabric coming! You can read the post here. This is part of Avignon by Emily Taylor for Riley Blake. I coveted it before it came out and was excited to order some for myself.

This is from the same collection:


I wanted to get some fabrics for a quilt for my daughter. I want something feminine and fun so I’m pretty sure the next 3 are for that…

Gypsy Caravan Deco Dots in Periwinkle by Amy Butler for Westminster:


Gypsy Caravan Mum in Periwinkle by Amy Butler for Westminster:

Marmalade Sugar in Strawberry Pink by Bonnie and Camille for Moda:



The next 2 are for whole cloth quilts I think. Man I need to write things down.

Serenade Butterflies in Autumn by Kate Spain for Moda:


Serenade Thistle in pebble grey by Kate Spain for Moda:


Overall I’m in love with my purchase… even if I didn’t remember ordering it all while I waited for it. You should check out the Fabric Fly (formally Sproutz) they have some great Black Friday Sales on now. I’ve ordered from them before and will continue to, they are great at communicating with their customers and are always happy to help you!



Putting an end to time wasting

Lately this is my life…..

You can do anything as long as it’s nothing, everything as long as it isn’t anything, so don’t say there’s nothing to do in the Doldrums, don’t say we wither away the day, we don’t! No! We dawdle a bit and then, we loiter a while and dawdle again, we gather our strength to start a new, on all of this loafing and lounging we still have left to do, so don’t say there’s nothing to do in the Doldrums it’s just not true!

10 points if you can tell me what that is from.

I waste time like no one else. I don’t know how I do it. It is like I look at a day and think ‘I have tons of time so I will just take a couple moments to look into this useless thing’. Next thing I know the man is home wondering where dinner is and why there are piles of toys everywhere. So I give him the ‘you wouldn’t believe how crazy today was’, while thinking… ‘what did I actually do today?’

So today I stop wasting it and start doing more that actually is productive. I am really, really, really good (if I do say so myself) at getting things done when needed. So good in fact that some people (hi mom!) wonder how I find time for it all. I’m just really good at deception. So there you have it I’m good at wasting time and deception. My skills in a nut shell. (Help! I’m in a nutshell!)

Last week was crazy. We took on a lot, learned a lot and had some great family time. We decide to try to potty train the little imp. After 2 days of her running the main floor peeing everywhere we have decided to try again in a couple months. For the most part she is ready, she just lacks the main idea that peeing in the toilet is ok. Mostly she would bring us a diaper (or training pant) anytime she had to go because she wanted to go in that. It totally makes sense to me but the whole idea wasn’t to keep going in diapers… so we will try again. AND (because that wasn’t enough to tackle) we have a little girl that no longer sleeps in a crib! Only one big thump of her falling out but no tears, just her looking confused as to what happened.

I’ve spent a lot of time getting an idea of what my Christmas decorating will look like. Now I just need to stop wasting time and make it happen!

Ok tomorrow I promise more pictures! I have fabric coming this week (I hope), I’m ordering more fabric for Christmas decorating and I promise to show you all I get done when I don’t waste as much time!!!!

A vintage Christmas

I think we need a Christmas Quilt for the family. You know something that we curl up under and watch vintage movies, Elf and Family Stone (I don’t care what you say it is a Christmas movie). I wanted some classic fabric. I wanted something that I wouldn’t get sick of, wouldn’t be trendy or go out of style. So many Christmas fabrics I loved last year I’m not so much in love with this year. So I ordered Moda’s Dear Mr Claus. It is perfect.

I can’t wait for it to appear in my mailbox!