Thursday, December 31, 2009

Happy New Year

Wishing you and your family a Happy 2010!

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Meet My New Bernina

I'm so excited!  I've entered the world of Bernina and I love it.  Yesterday, I called and emailed over ten shops, in three countries,  for prices as they don't publish the prices of the machines. Erg..  I decided to go with a local shop for support and convenience.  I figured this would be helpful if I decide to check out the classes on "how to use your machine".

Last night was a sleepless night spent tirelessly reading every review on the internet.  I even joined a few forums in hopes of getting the "real" scoop and was relentlessly annoying my Twitter buds. hehe  When I woke up I was ready to go.  I have always relied on the kindness of my Mother in Law and Aunt Peggy who have been lending me machines for years.  Recently I've been sewing on a Walmart Brother so to me this was a huge deal.

Surprisingly I was really nervous. I headed out to Guelph, Ontario to pick up my new machine, the Bernina 230 Patchwork Edition.  I spent a few hours at the store "test driving" a few models, but ended up leaving with the one I originally went in to buy.  Ok... one version up...but the floor model was available, she discounted the price substantially,  and she threw in two Bernina Feet (walking foot, and one other strange looking contraption).

It is overwhelming looking at machines.  I don't know if any of you have felt this way. But I went through a few stages.

1.Mother guilt. Do I really need this, I have two little babies? Should I really buy myself something?
2. Utter Confusion. New or used? Does the name really matter?   Do I need those automatic scissor things? How many stitches does a gal need?  Embroidery?  Computer? How does it thread? Where was it made?  How does the bobbin thingy work?  Ahh!!  I tried to stay strong in my resolve and said "no thanks" when she offered for me to try the Bernina 440 QE.  I know what I can handle and my bank account was saying "don't you dare."
3. Satisfaction and Happiness. I feel like I ended up with a solid, well made machine without a ton of bells and whistles and I feel very good about it. :)  It suits my current needs perfectly and the reasonable price is justified!  And the stitches are perfect!!!! I am excited about sewing again.

When I got home it took me four hours to even give it a try.  I wanted to make something that I would remember on my new machine.  I'm a sentimental  sap.  Finally my hubby convinced me to just "do what you usually do for now.  Try it out and get used to it."  So I made a bib and a little dress in Amy Butler.  And guess what!  My production time was cut in half and the stitches are perfect.Although I did spend twenty minutes just staring at it in awe.   I'm in love, truly. Let's see what tomorrow shall bring.  What did you sew on your first new machine?  Anyone have any stories?

Friday, December 18, 2009

Play Dough Recipe

I have always wanted to make play dough with my daughter.  Today we decided to give it a try.  First we looked up a number of recipes online, all of which were the same.  We went to the cupboard armed with our mixing spoons, bowls, and fully dressed in our trusty baking clothes. A simple list of very few ingredients.  This was going to be a cinch!

Ya right.  As we collected our needed supplies, my thought process quickly changed.  "Uh oh.  What the heck is cream of tartar?  I thought I had cream of tartar.  Of course I have no cream of tartar.  Who has cream of tartar anyway?  Damn you cream of tartar."  Instant panic!  I knew my three year old was not going to understand if I said that we wouldn't be able to make the play dough because mommy forgot to check for the ingredients.  hehe

So, I decided to substitute.  Vinegar for cream  of tartar. It worked.  The play dough is great.  I'm even going to make a batch for my kindergarten. And I know everything in it is safe, in case someone gets curious and takes a little sneak bite.  It was fast, easy, and cheap.  The texture is great and she spent two hours playing and creating while baby sis napped on. :)

Now if I could only find all of the holiday cookie cutters I bought last week!!!

Play Dough Recipe:
1 cup white flour
1/2 cup salt
6 tablespoons of vinegar (if you have cream of tartar use 2 tablespoons)
1 tablespoon oil
1 cup water
food coloring (I used neon)

Mix first 4 ingredients in a pan. Add water and mix well. Heat on medium, stirring for about 5 minutes. Dough will become tricky to stir and form a ball like clump.
Remove from stove and knead for 5 minutes with your hand.  While kneading add a couple of drops of food colouring. Store in a covered plastic container or plastic sandwich bag.

Friday, December 11, 2009

Blabla Handknitted Boogaloo Doll Review/Giveaway(ends December 18)

Blabla is a very innovative and unique company.  The collection is designed by FlorenceWetterwald and everything is handknitted by Peruvian artisans.  The idea for Blabla stemmed from a trip that Florence and longtime friend and business partner Susan Pritchett took to Peru.  While there they came across villages of people, many of whom were lifelong, expert knitters. This moving experience inspired them to start Blabla. All of the creations are made from natural, high quality, fibres, which are also grown in Peru.  The combination of Florence's stylish design and the ancestral knowledge of the knitters makes for really special creations

I was lucky enough to review a Boogaloo doll, named Etcetera from Blabla and I love it.  Many of their dolls are gender neutral and multicultural which is so refreshing. And the colour/color combinations are amazing.  The super soft dolls are totally safe for your children too!  No lead to worry about, no small eyes to fall off! 
My three year old hasn't let it go since it arrived.   Etcetera had a comfy, soft feeling straight from the box.  In fact, she has taken the coveted spot on the bed away from "Horsey". The texture and design has made this Boogaloo doll a favourite/favorite in our house.

Stop by Blabla to check out their sales and to find some unique, handcrafted, one of a kind gifts.  Please remember to order by December 16 to ensure delivery for Christmas.
Blabla has generously offered to give one of our readers their very own Etcetera Boogaloo Doll.  Eco-friendly and completely safe.

How to Enter: (must leave a separate post for each)
1. Follow Blabla on twitter (mandatory for entry)
2. Retweet daily for additional entries
3. Follow Blabla on facebook
4. Check out their site and tell us about something you love!
5. Follow Snugnluv on twitter
6. Follow Snugnluv's blog

Rules: Open to Canadian and US citizens.  Winner will be notified via email and will have 48 hours to respond before another is chosen.Please leave an email in your post or a way for us to contact you.  

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Canadian Collective

Meet some really cool people.  Network with other Canadians. Come join us on the Canadian Collective. Everyone is welcome!  

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

BOBO Patterns Today Only

I will be offering buy one, get one free on my patterns in my etsy shop today only.  Simply indicate which pattern you would like for free when you check out. :)

Canadian Collective

Visit Canadian Collective

A few months ago I found out about a Canadian Collective of business operators and so I joined.  It's a place for
Canadian business owners to "get together" and share ideas, thoughts, and to promote themselves.

Recently, the woman who runs the group, Kristina, has decided to pass the reigns on to someone else. That
someone is me. I love the idea and would like to give it a shot. Please come on by and post information about 
your blog, website, etsy shop, etc. Let's get some conversation going and support one another to become 
successful in our businesses.

Monday, December 7, 2009

The Winners Have Been Picked Handmade Giveaway

Thanks so much for participating in the handmade giveaway.  The winners will be contacted by tomorrow. :) If winners would like to contact me with your email please feel free.  Thanks.

Day 1 - Snugnluv (Pattern of your choice)
15 Pam CC Mouse
31 Canadian Mama 
25 SandyM204
Day 2 - By Your Side( Itty Bitty Travel Bag)
7 Robyn
Day 3 - Handmade 4 U (hat)
45 catss99
Day 4 - Danielle Todd (Coffee Cuff)
29 Nancy 15 Trish
31 Boutique Karma
Day 5- XOXO Cupcake (headband)
25 littledeadmommy
Day 6- Boutique Karma (bobo bag)
8 Sara S

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Five Tips Useful Tips to Help Kids With Bedtime Transition

During the holidays things are not quite the same.  It's an exciting time for children, sometimes they aren't sleeping at home, there is company in the house, etc.  Here are a few tips that we use which might help your child get to bed on time during this busy time.
1.  Consistency....stick with your routine and approximate bed time (start about 20 mins before bed and brush teeth, pj's, washroom)
2. Story and song ...this gives them something to help focus the mind. We always do 1 story/3 songs.
3.  A quick review of what will happen the next day.....ex."tomorrow when you get up..."
4.  Alternate with your partner(if that is possible)...that way you will be fresh each night and more patient.
5.  Breathing and visualization exercises....ex."take 3 deep breaths, picture yourself on the beach".

As part a contest through and St. Eve Kids will will be offering a giveaway. will be giving me a pink cozy to try and one as a giveaway for one of my readers. Leave a post below telling me one way that you get your kids to bed and you will be entered to win a cozy of your own from St. Eve Kids. (The Cozy is a blanket with sleeves that will fit most children)

Handmade Holiday Giveaway Day 6 - Boutique Karma Bobo Pack(Ends Dec 7)

Based out of Montreal, Quebec Boutique Karma is an awesome Canadian shop on Etsy.  The shop is run by Tara who is a mother of two little toddlers.  It's not surprising that Tara loves to sew as she comes from a family of women who sew, including her grandmother and mother. She plans and sews all projects herself in her smoke free home. 

Boutique Karma offers aromatherapy eye pillows, casserole carriers, coasters, crayon roll ups, hot mat sets, and  bobo packs in the greatest designer fabric combinations.  I personally have three sets of coasters and I love them!  They are really unique and funky. Tara really has an eye for nice fabric.

Boutique Karma has generously offered to donate a bobo packs to a lucky winner.  Each BoBo pack measures 5X5 inches and is filled with flaxseed, some lentils and lavender. You can use the pack is best when used cold out of the freezer. It ships with a ziploc bag for storage.
To Enter:
1.  Stop by Boutique Karma on Etsy and tell us about something that you like. (this one is mandatory)
(while you are there you can heart her shop for an extra entry)
Extra Entries:
2. Follow Snugnluv's blog. (1 entry)
3. Join Snugnluv on Twitter. (1 entry)

4. Join Boutique Karma on Twitter (1 entry)
5. Become a fan of Boutique Karma on facebook. (1 entry)

6. Tweet, email, or spread the news about our giveaway. (1 entry per day)
Contest ends December 7th. Open to US and Canada.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Handmade 4 U 10% Discount Code and Free Shipping

As you know one of the participants in our Handmade Gift Guide Giveaway is Handmade 4 U.  We've been getting a lot of positive feedback on her hats so Jamie has decided to offer 10% off and FREE shipping with the code Snugnluv at checkout.  Enter her giveaway here and if you want more that one or can't wait drop by her Etsy shop and take advantage of her deal. :)  Refund will be given via paypal. If you would rather convo her ahead for an adjusted invoice that's fine as well.