Some wee little things in Grandma's Afternoons

Monday, February 18, 2019

Grandmother Abuse


I recently haven't been around, Oh you noticed!

I worked so hard to read, write, comment on blogs and get followers and then life got real for me and it all went to hell in a hand basket, then gave it all up to take care of all these cranky, don't eat peas, tv watching, video playing snot nosed generation of grandchildren I have.  Did I say that? I think I might have.

Don't get me wrong I love children especially the behaved ones, and I also love crafting and blogging. I've done neither of the last two as I am an Abused Grandmother.

It started last June when my daughter-in-law went back to work and I was watching little Eric full time, FULL TIME, means going shopping after work, it means staying at work later because someone didn't show for shift.  It turned out to be 7am to 8:30pm most days and I was exhausted. Then my lovely daughter left her husband and moved in with us. I'm a full time, taxi, mother, diaper changer, cook, entertainer, referee, the list goes on.  It starts at somewhere in the middle of the night because Victoria works shift work so my baby monitor wakes me up and I stub my toes in the dark to get to Hazel before she wakes anyone else up. God only knows if a child awakes in the middle of the night and they are 4, they think it is morning already and the tv should be on, and "I'm hungry, I'm hungrr" plays over and over.  When it is morning, Ana gets driven  to School, I fight with Rory to get dressed because he wants to just watch tv, he says he doesn't do anything yet because in his words, "I don't want to". I then take him by the hand to his room where he sits on his bed and hisses at me like he is a cross between and vicious snake and a grandma eating monster. What the hell is that?


You know when it is going to be one of those days.  Today I was all excited because I wasn't on the clock. Ya, no the kids are staying over at their dads, my son and his family aren't here YET.  So I decide to start to blog again because it is something I like to do. Well I'm typing away and I hear Hazel who is 10 months old talking away in her crib, every once in awhile she lets out a cry that sounds something like, "grandma, come get me mom is gone to work and my brother and sister stayed at dad's house yeasterday but he was busy so mom brought me home, did you not read the note she left you?"

I thought I would blog today, so I'm going to anyway she can stay safe in her crib until I get this done. But this is what I wan't to be doing and won't get a chance to.

Make Moccasins



Make Jewelry


I wanted to finish beading my vamp for a pair of moccasins


I was going to work on a weighted blanket, get it finished


Maybe make a bracelet


Or make a hair stick for this tooled butterfly


Whatever I thought I was going to do today will be put on hold until 3:30pm. I guess her chatter has gotten a tad bit loud by now I should go get her some breakfast. 

Just remember, Grandmothers are there to teach, hold, love, and have fun.
If you have children - think about the short time A grandmother has.

Diaper Time!






Monday, November 5, 2018

Messy Mum Bun Bennie

What is a Messy Mum Bun Beanie?

Simply said it is a hat with a pony tail elastic knit in the last row so you can wear your hair up and still be warm in the cool months ahead.

I have been making Mom and Me hats with messy bun elastics and have put them on my site,
etsy.com/shop/madebygrandmashands

come on over and have a look.




~00~ Grandma (aka Cindy)

Monday, July 16, 2018

Sea Glass Island - Source, Course & Suggestions

Living on an Island can be insular, finding sea glass impossible - unless you know what you're looking for.


It wasn't long ago I could walk the beach and find a fist full of sea glass in a matter of seconds. Today however the sea glass source is becoming less and less with the growing interest the tiny shards of washed up discarded broken bottles of treasures that are coming ashore.

The Sea Glass Island

Prince Edward Island floods with vacationing tourists each year wanting to enjoy the scrumptious fresh lobster, mussels and oysters. Some come for the fun, others the sun, but most often the sea. There is something special about the sound of waves reaching the shore and especially on PEI you can walk for miles listing to crashing waves in the distant surf.  The Island of Sea Glass holds true that perhaps the great number of shipwrecks around the Island are returning these sea glass shards scarcefully these days along the tine lines.
You have to get up pretty early if you are going to venture sea Glass picking, because most likely someone has beat you to the hour of the hunt. 

The Sea Glass Source



Tiny shards like the Cobalt Blue Sea Glass seen above can be picked on the shore in Souris, PEI. While other larger nuggests might be found in places like West Point Lighthouse area, Nail Pond, and Georgetown PEI. These are some of the places I frequent when my busy lift allows me to venture to the beach.  

The Sea Glass Course

During the summer months my little gift shop becomes a popular meeting spot for some to shop and for many to take a class in wire wrapping sea glass. Learn more at seaglassing.ca/workshop.html





My Sea Glass Suggestions

Rise early, be the first on the beach, walk slow, and know that sea glass can be in a few places. Look under rocks, on the timeline, and even just in the sand of the beach. Stop and pick up pieces and hold them up to the light, you might be surprised. Now if you don't have any luck finding sea glass I have a suggestion where there is plenty. I've created a beach in my backyard where children can come and pick a piece of sea glass, bring it inside and I've told a story or two about the journey this rounded nugget has taken. Also I have a treasure box in the Island Made Gift Shop where you can pick yourself a piece of sea glass and sit down in the workshop and take a class in wire wrapping you own piece of glass into a pendant to be on a chain or key chain. 
Happy Seaglassing
Cindy

Sunday, April 8, 2018

Genuine Seaglass

The Search is on for Genuine Seaglass

Spring sprung
The grass is riz
I wonder where
The seaglass is

With the beaches cleared of ice, it is time to resume the hunt for authentic seaglass in Prince Edward Island.  I have been under the weather lately and am just now feeling good enough to resume my beachcombing adventures.

Genuine seaglass is becoming a rare commodity.  When you look at all the man-made glass on the market, it is hard to tell authentic seaglass.  Here is one hint.  If you see many pieces with just about the same shape, it is a fairly good indication that the glass is man made.  Genuine seaglass does not come in strings like those glass beads you find in the craft stores.

Authentic seaglass is frosted and has little nicks and grooves in it.  Some say you can see "C" shaped grooves in genuine glass.

In this picture, you can see the pits and grooves
that are typical of authentic sea glass.



I feature only genuine, Island glass in my gift shop in Charlottetown, and in my Etsy shop. You can see above the earring pairs are not identical in shape.  Like snowflakes, no two pieces are alike.





 Visit my Etsy shop

You can find this piece of genuine PEI seaglass, (and many more) in my Etsy Shop


I will be beachcombing on the next sunny day and I hope to have a treasure to share with you upon my return.



~00~ Grandma (aka Cindy) or Crafting - http://seaglassing.ca

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Newborn Baby Gifts


It might be that you or a friend is about to have a baby and chances are you need gift ideas?




These booties are made with felt bottoms soles for warmth and crocheted from the softest yarn designed by Barnet just for babies.

Find these little beauties recently posted for $6.00 on Etsay at 


If you shop local on PEI, email me for pick-up

Thanks for dropping by,
Have yourself a knit picking day,
Cindy