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Link Love: Traveling in Cars with Boys

A funny thing happened last week… it sucked, but in a good way. But it taught me a lesson, so I can’t complain. Actually it probably taught me a few but I’m going to share 2 with you today:

1. Carpooling to save $11 is nuts. We’ve been looking at ways we can save money around the house (so that we can all go to Houston in November) and I suggested that while the Little Man is on school holidays and we’ll be home that he and I could drive HUBBY into the city every day for work and pick him up so that we save money on city parking, fuel, wear and tear on his car, etc. So on Monday last week we did our first trip. It was rushed to get out of the house because I was trying to get work done before I left, so that wasn’t a good start. The Little Man complained of being sick 5 minutes into the trip, so we pulled over to give him a chance to get out of the car and feel better. (Again, adding to being late to work for Hubby!) He got back into the car and then 2 minutes out from the drop off spot he vomited half a litre of fluorescent pink strawberry milk all over himself, his car seat and my car. In a moment that was unlike me I wasn’t prepared. Normally I travel with tissues, wipes, spare change of clothes, water – all the things you’d need in a bodily fluid emergency. Not this time. I left the house in such a rush that I took my phone, sunglasses and wallet – nothing else.

The poor kid had to be “wiped down” with a pillowcase that happened to be randomly in the trunk of the car and then sit in his vomit the 40 minute drive home. Not only that, but because of the smell we had to drive home with the windows down. Not such a bad thing I hear you think, but in what can only be described as “so my life” we spent 20 minutes of that trip stuck next to a garbage truck. In summer. The smell from the truck combined with the smell in the car certainly gave my mood a scratch and sniff quality to it. I spent the first 2 hours of my day cleaning my car and the lad.

Needless to say we’ve not driven Hubby to work again. Spending 2 hours in traffic to save $11 is not the best use of my time (or my sanity). On the upside my car is the cleanest it’s been in at least a year.

2. I’m taking December and January off from now on. I’d say I’m pretty capable and I have a pleasant disposition, however put me in a situation where I have to divide my focus between two things I love and I become an unpleasant person to be around. I can’t do it. I can’t parent and work. It makes me horrible at both things and I end up despising the grumpy snappy person I become. So, from now on (or until the Little Man moves out) I’m having December and January (the school holidays) off work. Sure, I’ll still do things (I’m addicted, I can’t help it) but I won’t have deliverables in December or January.

What does that mean for this January? Not much for you guys, I’ll still be delivering on the things I said I would (like sew-along prompts and newsletters) but I’ll be rearranging and cutting back on things behind the scenes so I can focus on being a good parent and not the crappy version of a human being that I’ve been for the past week. As much as I’ve not liked the person I’ve been for the past week it’s been such a liberating feeling to own up to my needs. I wish I was one of those people that can parent, work and be all things to everyone – but I can’t. And you know what, that’s ok. I can structure my workload to help out and I’ll still get things done. I’m all about working to my strengths, not punishing myself because I can’t be the version of me that I think I should be because I think that’s what society says I should do.

As much as being taught those two lessons wasn’t enjoyable it was still a good week overall. I spent time with my boys, I sewed, we all played with Spike and I got to grow a little as a human being. Not such a bad way to start the year. This week I’m going to be spending time with my boys and squeezing work in when everyone is sleeping or out on an adventure. I hope you have a great week! Wishing you a fabulous day filled with love, laughter and fabric fondling.

I’m in love with this yellow pencil case from Kristyne at Pretty by Hand. It’s based on her round pencil case pattern (for purchase). Click here to read more.

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It’s no secret that I adore Heidi at Fabric Mutt so imagine how chuffed I was to see one of my Fussy Cutters Club enamel pins on her pinnie pennant. She also has a free tutorial so you can make your own pennant to show off your pin collection. Click here to see my pin in action, and  click here for the pennant tutorial.

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I love this free quilt pattern by Alison Vermilya on Moda’s Bake Shop. You know why? Because it’s perfect for showing off large scale prints (which we all have and don’t know how to use to best impact) and it’s simple but looks complicated. Click here to read more.

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This tutorial from I Always Pick the Thimble for how to fold you fabric to fit your desired space (think shelves, storage tubs, trunk of car) rocked my world. Click here to read more.

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I love these drawstring bags that Maureen Cracknell made using the free drawstring bag tutorial from s.o.t.a.k handmade. Click here for the free tutorial.

I love to share the cool things that I find during my week of surfing the internet window-shopping and splurging. Here’s my top 4 from this week:
A. I’m obsessing: Mermaids.with.tattoos. Enough said. (Well there’s one more thing, they’re great for fussy cutting!). Click here to purchase this on Etsy.
B. I’m drooling: In 2018 I’m swapping calories for food inspired fabrics, like these ice-creams. Mmm… ice-cream…. Click here to purchase this on Etsy.
C. I’m loving: I love this summer time inspired print from Dear Stella, another great one for fussy cutting. Click here to purchase this on Etsy.
D. I’m chuckling: I love unexpected prints for fussy cutting and these hairspray cans from Robert Kaufman are just that. Click here to purchase this on Etsy.

Have you got an event, a charity drive, a pattern release, a class schedule or something else that you think my community would be interested in hearing about? Why not drop me a line and let me know – I’d love to share it with my readers. Click here to email me.
  • Meredithe and Anne are hosting a challenge in 2018 where participants can nominate 6 UFO’s and 6 New Makes that they want to conquer in 2018. It’s a great way to find new friends and have an accountability framework in place for getting things done. Find out more by clicking here.
  • Sherri Noel has released two Tomte patterns which are a great way to celebrate Christmas, or you could make one for each season. You can buy the quilt pattern by clicking here or purchase the matching plushie pattern by clicking here.

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Comments

  1. As a mom of 4 boys and 1 girl, I can relate to your story. I had to chuckle as “I’ve been there, done that.” My kids grew up much too fast and now I look back and question my parenting skills. You are so wise to put your little one first. Before you know it, you too will be looking back and wondering where the time went.