5 Things: Sept 11

Each week I’ll be sharing 5 things I’ve come across that fall into five different categories.

Something I’ve read, something I found inspiring, something that I want to sew, another to create and finally, something I want to cook.


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Here are this week’s five things:


…to read

Next on my to read list is Open Heart, Open Mind* by Clara Hughes. Clara Hughes is a former Canadian Olympic athlete who has won medals in both the Summer and Winter Games. She also has suffered from severe depression, and this book is a story of her journey working through that pain. I’m hoping to be able to buy the book soon and read it for myself, as I’ve been hearing a lot about it in the media in anticipation of it’s release.

…to inspire

I have another inspiring seamstress to share this week: my friend, Deb, of Sprouting JubeJube. I’m slightly jealous of her, lol, I don’t know how she gets everything done (ok, I know she stays up late sometimes, but still!) She organizes blog tours and sew alongs for other pattern designers, is one half of the design team of Audrey & Tiffany patterns, among other things. She has 4 kids, including JubeJube who attends the same school as Silly Bean and she is an amazing seamstress! Go check out her Etsy shop where she sells her finished products including some adorable hooded towels.

…to sew

When the weather starts to get cooler I start thinking more about fall baking: apple and pumpkin pies, yum! And when you’re baking you need potholders and oven mitts, go check out this tutorial for the prettiest potholders I’ve ever seen!

…to create

Before you know it, Halloween will be here. Try a fun alternative to pumpkin carving by woodburning a design on the pumpkin. It’s quite pretty, I’ll be trying this one for sure!

…to cook

I know I mentioned apple and pumpkin pies further up a bit, but this week I’m making something with plums! My parents have a plum tree in their yard and this year they had a great harvest and they gave me a bunch. My sister made a dozen jars of plum butter, but I’m going to make this plum crisp recipe from Martha Stewart with the ones my girls haven’t gobbled up yet.


One last thing! If you’re the type to shop online frequently, don’t forget to sign up for an Ebates account* to get cash back on online purchases made on Amazon, Etsy, and elsewhere! (Canadians can sign up on Ebates.ca*.) *my referral links

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2 thoughts on “5 Things: Sept 11

    1. It’s so good! My 5-year-old loves the plum butter and she generally is so picky when it comes to trying new foods, I was so surprised!

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