Thursday, August 21, 2014

Happy Birthday to Me!!

Yesterday was my birthday. It was lovely to have the children around to celebrate with me.

The best part of being "Mom" for a birthday is having the family take me out for dinner. I still choose a family-friendly place but I just love spending the time with my husband and children. They are getting to an age where it is pleasant to take them out and they don't tear around the place while waiting for our meals. We have real conversations and they have a lot to say about what is going on in their little worlds. It's a special time and the fact that it's a special day for me makes me feel very blessed.

I also like the fact that I get to buy myself things "for my birthday" for a few months before and a few months afterwards. Seems fair to me!!

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Toothless Smiles

It took a long time to start losing teeth but once they started they keep wiggling out! Travis is 6 years old and has lost his third bottom tooth. I was looking through some baby photos and interestingly enough, he's losing them in the order he got them.

Travis is very different from his sister. Ava wiggles and plays and sticks her tongue to get that tooth out so that they literally fly out of her mouth across the table when she is talking. Travis has had me pull out two of the three teeth he's had (the third one an apple got that pleasure). I have a bit of a weak stomach so for me to do this is solid proof I really love this little boy!

The most stressful part of losing teeth in our house is where to put the tooth pillow for the fairy. Traditionally one puts it under their pillow, however, Ava is terrified to wake up and stumble across the fairy (even if it's under her brother's pillow). After a lot of discussion we have decided the kitchen counter is the best place for Ms. Fairy to find the tooth.

Thursday, August 14, 2014


The past two weeks we enjoyed a family vacation. The first week we spent it at my parent's cottage and the second week we enjoyed my in-laws. As the children grow so quickly and we all have busy schedules during the school year, it is nice to slow down, unwind and catch up with family.

I was very ambitious in the crochet projects I packed but I did successfully get the following worked on:

Monster University's Mikey Crochet Along 
I wrote about Mikey on my craft blog, The Ruthless Crafter if you want to see where I got the pattern and idea from. Before I left for vacation I had the hands and feet complete. I was SURE it was going to be an owl!! I finished it at the cottage my first week relaxing (a deadline helps as I was working on it until the last minute and then had to photograph it to submit!!).

Hello Kitty Crochet Graphgan
I wrote about Hello Kitty on my craft blog, The Ruthless Crafter. Before I left for vacation I had Kitty and most of one end done. I finished this blanket at the cottage. It was a nice relaxing single stitch while I sat on the deck and watched the kids play with wet dogs by the water.

My Daughter's Crochet Cotton Dress
Before vacation my 8 year old daughter and I went to Wal-Mart as she asked me to make her a dress. She picked out a very bright variegated cotton. I thought it would be too bright but I love how it's working up! When I was at the cottage I had to choose from a selection of patterns I brought and decided on this one. You can't see it but you single crochet front loop then the next stitch is single crochet back loop, alternating around. It makes it a tighter weave with no holes for peek-a-boo underneath. I took it to the beach with us the second week and worked on it a pool parties and on the sand. I have to continue the length - I hope there is enough yarn left to get it long enough or else I'll be getting creative with the edging!

How do you like to vacation? What is your favourite time of year and who do you spend it with?

Monday, August 11, 2014

Welcome to your Regularly Scheduled Program

Last week I announced that I am starting a new business venture, The Ruthless Crafter
(see the announcement post here).

While I am excited to move forward on this new venture, I spent a lot of time weighing the benefits of keeping More Than A Mom alive. After all, I have been writing on it since April 2008!! So, after much debate, I have decided to continue with this blog. It has such a special place in my heart as it has seen my children grow up - and they still have a lot of growing to do!

I will aim to post on Mondays and Thursdays and the content will continue to be about family experiences and some crafts.

Is there a specific topic you would like to see me write about regularly? What was it that originally interested you in my blog? All input appreciated!!

Friday, August 08, 2014

The Ruthless Crafter

It has been far too long since I have been here. I needed a bit of breathing room to re-evaluate where this blog was going and what I am going to do now that next month my baby is entering grade one and my eldest is entering grade 3!!

I am still doing my home daycare business but I feel that I need something *more*. Ever feel like that?

After months (yes, I realise it has been 6 months!!) of brainstorming I have finally decided to open an online eBoutique as well as offer Quilting Services on my long-arm quilting machine. This will allow me to create crochet, knit and quilt items as I wish and sell them as well as use my new long-arm machine (well, new November 2013) to help others complete their beautiful pieced tops into quilts they can use or display.

As a result I have been busy developing my business plan, creating a blog and website to promote my services, and setting up all appropriate social media to support the website. I would love your feedback on my website at - thanks in advance for any constructive feedback you can provide!!

This new plan is pushing me against my comfort zone but I am very excited to move on with my new initiative. I'm just thankful my family and friends are in full support of me.

Knit, Crochet & Quilts by Elizabeth