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04 May, 2012

Chop chop bang bang

Posted by andrea tomkins in: File under crafty|Publishing/writing/career stuff

It’s FUN to write, and try to concentrate, and do Actual Paid Work while someone is ripping off your garage and the interior of your house looks like something out of an episode of Hoarders! Walking gingerly around stacks of boxes, tripping over rolled up carpets and losing the packing tape at every turn is fun! Fun fun!


No. I’m glad. Really. All sarcasm aside, I’m relieved that our reno is finally starting AND that I have a flexible job that allows me to be here to answer the doorbell and answer questions (the majority of which I have no answer to) e.g.: What’s this grey box here attached to the garage? What are those electrical cables running underneath your garage? Wow is your electrical panel EVER SMALL lady!

I. Can. Do. This.

<insert deep cleansing breath here>

Anyway, yes. This week’s crafty project (only one of a dozen deadlines this week) at CanadianFamily.ca is one of my favourites so far. It really is.

Here’s a hint:


It gives kids of all ages (and grownups too) a really good opportunity to get creative. It’s deceptively simple and practically foolproof! If we can do these, you can too. Get all the details over here.

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2 Responses to "Chop chop bang bang"

1 | Brenda A.

May 4th, 2012 at 11:35 am


Love this! I think I just our weekend craft! Thanks!

2 | Carly

May 5th, 2012 at 6:56 pm


Love it too! The Little Man is collecting money for the Heart & Stroke Foundation’s JUMP ROPE FOR HEART program, in memory of his Papa, who had a heart transplant a couple of months ago . . . and we need thank you cards. This will be great!

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