a peek inside the fishbowl

10 Dec, 2011


Posted by andrea tomkins in: Easy ways to make kids happy|File under crafty|Publishing/writing/career stuff

Hello there.

Guess what? You’re lookin’ at Canadian Family Magazine‘s newest blogger. Cross my heart and hope to die, stick a needle in my eye it’s TRUE.

Canadian Family is a publication I respect and admire. When I flip through the pages I always think YES and YOU’RE SO RIGHT and THIS IS SO SMART and WHY DIDN’T I THINK OF THAT. I’m thrilled that I was asked to play a tiny role in this amazing and inspiring publication.

Once again, I feel incredibly blessed to have the kind of work that fits me so well and I am so passionate about.

I love to write.
I love to be creative.
I love to build community.
I love to inspire others.

You can read my first post over here.

But that’s only half of it. Come back here after you’ve read that, to read the rest of this post. Ok? :)

Did you really read it, or are you peeking ahead? :)

I wasn’t sure if Canadian Family would appreciate the other half of my post, which is why I’m posting it here instead. (Besides, I was way over my allotted word count.)

After we made our ornaments Sarah and I played with the dough and made squishy shapes. After awhile I started rolling a long tube of the stuff. And then I made this:


Sarah, who has been employed to be my assistant for All Things Crafty, wasn’t sure what it was.

“Is it a snake?” she asked.
“Is it a worm?”
“No, not a worm. Does it really look like a worm?”
Then she laughed. “I KNOW WHAT IT IS.”

Leave it to mom to dredge up some bathroom humour eh? Living with kids has changed me, DEEPLY.

We decided to use my, ahem, sculpture to play a prank on Mark. We carefully placed it outside on the front walk, hoping he’d freak out and head to the garage for a stick and a shovel. But darnitall, he didn’t fall for it. He saw it, stepped over it, and came into the house for dinner.

After dinner we all went out… and guess what, he STEPPED right in it. We all laughed quite a bit. Luckily it (a) smelled like cinnamon and (b) didn’t stick to his shoe.

Next time we’re making a smaller one (befitting a 15 lb dog) and bringing to the in-laws. ;)

5 Responses to "Craftalicious"

1 | Sarah

December 10th, 2011 at 8:13 am


Congrats!!!!! That’s such an awesome opportunity- heading over to check it out:)

2 | Valerie

December 10th, 2011 at 12:42 pm


LMAO! Good one!

3 | Annika

December 11th, 2011 at 9:07 am


Congrats Andrea, that’s great news! You’re inspiring me with your craft and prank… ; )

4 | Sarah (mrsgryphon)

December 12th, 2011 at 11:41 pm


Congratulations, Andrea! That’s great news! Canadian Family is lucky to have you :)

5 | A recipe for air fresheners that are all natural >> a peek inside the fishbowl

December 13th, 2011 at 9:17 am


[…] The cinnamon ornaments we made the other day are all in the living room. And they still smell great. […]

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My name is Andrea and I live in the Westboro area of Ottawa with my husband Mark and our dog Piper who is kind of a big deal on Instagram. We also have two human daughters: Emma (20) and Sarah (18). During the day I work as a writer at The Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre. I am a longtime Ottawa blogger and I've occupied this little corner of the WWW since 1999. The Fishbowl is my whiteboard, water cooler, and journal, all rolled into one. I'm passionate about healthy living, arts and culture, family travel, great gear, good food, and sharing the best of Ottawa for families. I also love vegetables, photography, gadgets, and great design.

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