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Hockey Sock Straps

As a complete newbie when it comes to hockey I have been learning as I go. I research online about gear and then arrive in our Play It Again Sports store still pretty clueless and the really helpful guys in there give me tips and help me out. My neighbor gave me hockey socks so I researched them and I learned that you needed to put hockey socks over your knee guards to help keep them up because otherwise they can slip (also for team identification, oh, and warmth I’m sure). So for that you need tape, to hold up the socks, so I researched tape, and I bought tape… However I also noticed you could buy elastic straps with velcro, so a couple of years ago I made a pair. Conor has been using them and Papa finds them so useful that he has been transferring them between the two boys’ hockey bags. One of them needed some re-sewing so I took out the machine, resewed that, and put a pictorial together for myself so I would remember how to do it(and for anyone else who hates running out of hockey tape).
Bear in mind the sizing is for 7 and 5 year-old boys. The elastic gives plenty of growing room and stretches around a hockey sock and knee guard but a teenager and adult would benefit from some measuring.

15 inches 1-inch non-roll elastic (3/4-inch actually works too)


Sew 2.75 inches of 3/4 inch hook tape on one side, then FLIP it, and sew 5 inches 3/4 inch loop tape on the Other End (and Side)


Ready for hockey


You will need:
1-inch non-roll elastic
3/4-inch hook and loop tape
Cut elastic into 15-inch lengths, hook tape to 2.75-inch lengths, loop tape to 5-inch lengths.
On one end, sew hook tape. Flip the elastic, then sew loop tape on the other end.

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Bag of Crusts

I made a bag of previously-frozen crusts into a bread and butter pudding. I used too much bread and was a bit haphazard with the sugar (had to change vessels I had so much bread!) so it wasn’t sweet enough. I make a lot of Nutella sandwiches for the boys so I’ve been adding the crusts to the freezer as I go. This was probably two weeks worth (remember, we were at home in a storm.)

From zero to hero (but I will weigh my bread next time…)

Three Monkeys

Bedtime has changed considerably in recent months. Eamon is hanging with the big kids, and wants to be part of story time. He gets far too riled up, but we are working on it. It makes for some super cute moments between all the wrestling, screeching and blanket pulling…

Somebody’s not sleepy…

Bomb Cyclone

We all thought our Christmas break was far too short so we arranged for a massive storm to form out in the Atlantic and bring a foot of snow followed by a deep freeze…….. Yay long weekends! (But seriously, not that much yay… It was too cold to even enjoy the snow!)

Not much fun mommy-a!


The drifts were pretty impressive. It felt like they were up to three feet in places


Papa went out that night to tackle the snow before the deep freeze set in. We didn’t want to see what the three feet of plowed snow at the end of the driveway was like to shift once it was an iceberg

Seatbelt Cushion

After Mum had breast cancer I made her a seatbelt cushion to help provide some comfort after her mastectomy. She found it so useful that she asked me to make one for her friend. I couldn’t remember quite how I made it, so I took a pictorial as I went along trying to figure it out again.

I wrapped the fleece around some prequilted fabric


9inches by 12 inches is about right


Next time I will lay the hard part of the velcro here, and keep the soft part on the outer flap


This part should be velcro. Sew along the edges of the quilted batting to make a nice fold


Ready to wrap around a seatbelt

A White Christmas

‘Twas the night before Christmas…


And all through the house…


Not a creature was stirring…


Not even a … mouse???


The two older boys got up earrrrrrrly but were pretty good about waiting for their baby brother to wake up (it’s usually the other way around!) Once Eamon was up he figured everything out pretty quickly!

The snow that started around 7am on Christmas morning was ready for some fun!

Not great for building, but fun for sledding!

The pudding was a success!


Getting ready to smash our gingerbread house


Mum, Dad, and I finished a 1000-piece jigsaw puzzle in three days


And another one three days later


It was wonderful having Mum and Dad visiting for Christmas. They were rather shocked by the extremely cold weather we were having, but we tried to keep it as cosy as possible in the house so they might forget that next time they contemplate traveling to the Northeastern United States!

Christmas Sewing (and Baking)

I did a fair amount of sewing to get ready for Christmas this year.
I fixed a lovely tree skirt that my aunt-in-law Susanna gave us. It needed a slit so we could fit it around our tree stand. As you will see in this post, I got a lot of before pictures of things, but not so many “after”s…

Before cutting the tree skirt (I did a simple lining of the edges with bias tape)


Before making candy cane cookies


Before making shortbread


Before making four more stockings for the fireplace


Oh look! I actually managed an after picture!