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  • Maker Christmas Countdown

    Chantal Ratnam

    Posted on December 19 2018

    Maker Christmas Countdown

    Welcome back everyone! Here is where we stand right now:

    It's 12:22 AM on December 19th, 2018, with six days to go until Christmas and I've made nary a dent in my to do pile.  I've also started using words like 'nary'.  Whether I want to admit it or not, I've already started mentally scrolling through the list of to do’s to find the projects that might be negotiable while trying to calculate how many hours I actually have to sleep over the next week or so.  Unfortunately for me, it’s more than I’d like.

    If you guys read the blog post from last week you know that I started an advent calendar for Ashley and my friend, Ana, which is a short story that I send a part of every day during the month.  This project has become my primary point of concern but while I love the story I grossly underestimated the amount of time it would take me to write.  Why I thought this would be a good December project, I have no idea.  I needed to do this in a month where absolutely nothing else is going on even though I’m not entirely sure what month that is.  The other day I briefly toyed with the idea of moving Christmas up ten days and finishing the story with a quick “and they all lived happily ever after” but Ana quickly put her heel right in that. Both Ashley and Ana say they love the story and really think I’m onto something publish worthy but I’m still over here thinking, “nah, you’re just saying that because you love me.”  Imposter syndrome is a real thing guys. I wouldn’t believe that anyone reads this blog if you all didn’t come up and tell me at shows that you do.  Even then, I’m a little sceptical.

    Regardless of the chaos, December is my favourite maker time.  I think it has to do with the fact that as a season we’re all making things as a collective. A lot of people will remark at the consumerism and, yeah, I will agree we definitely need to do better about spending excessively and unnecessarily, accumulating things we don’t need and encouraging other people to do the same thing.  I definitely know that I spend a lot of time around now thinking about presents and hoping that the gifts that I’ve chosen are an adequate representation of my love and affection.  It’s usually followed by a last-minute shopping spree while thinking, “I really love you more than this, please believe meeee!!!”

  • Christmas Knitting Prep and Advent Calendars

    Chantal Ratnam

    Posted on December 12 2018

    Christmas Knitting Prep and Advent Calendars

    Welcome back everyone! Here is December as we stand: Christmas is 13 days away and so far my major achievement is cleaning down the craft table and stacking the Christmas craft projects in the corner for completion.  In my head 13 days is plenty of time however I am wondering when I’m going to realise I’m running late.  I recently saw a meme on Instagram that said the fact that I procrastinate and still get the job done is the reason I still procrastinate and I’ve never related to anything more.  Though in fairness to me, if you had seen my craft table a week you might say that I’ve achieved a minor miracle.

    If you guys read my blogpost from last week you know that I had a birthday over the weekend and no, even after that, I still don’t feel like a proper grown up.  Evidence of this: I spent an hour the other day decorating my Christmas to do list with foam stickers.  Ashley, John and the girls came for a surprise birthday visit which totally made my day.  Honestly, my favourite moments from this weekend were Ash and I sitting in my Queen Anne chairs as the sun was just making itself known for the day, with all three of my Christmas trees twinkling in the background both of us knitting our Annie Haas test knits.  That and my eldest niece asking me for a pussy hat.  I had just one left over from our charity event last year and when she laid claim to it, I couldn’t have been more charmed.

  • Birthday Vibes!

    Chantal Ratnam

    Posted on December 05 2018

    Birthday Vibes!

    Welcome to December 5th everyone! I only mention the date due to its proximity to my birthday.  Can you guys believe that I'm going to be 38 this week?  That's outrageous! Last night I was talking to one of my life long best friends and I asked her if it wasn't outrageous that we had been friends for almost thirty years and she could hardly believe it either.  I remember being a teenager and seeing people who had been friends for thirty years on tv and in movies and they were always old. Katherine and I are not old. I say this while sitting on my couch nursing a bum knee and some other moderately damaged bits. Katherine still looks as young and beautiful as she did when we were nineteen.

    I keep waiting to feel what I think 38 should feel like (and, for that matter, all of the other years below it) and it just never happens.  When I try to assess how old I actually feel I have to say seventeen, eighteen tops. I feel like an eighteen-year-old with all of the best parts of being 38, like having my own craft room and unfettered access to my tv remote control. Though all of these things being said, I wouldn't mind having my eighteen-year-old boobs back.  With the benefit of hindsight, I realize that I never took proper advantage of those.  I have, occasionally, joked that instead of a university degree, I could have used the assets I already had to marry well and live happily ever after, but my little feminist heart could never have let that happen. Nevermind that I would probably have to share the remote control so maybe I wouldn't be better off.

  • The Trouble with Favourites

    Chantal Ratnam

    Posted on November 28 2018

    The Trouble with Favourites

    Welcome back everyone! My friends, my tree is up and lit! I claim zero credit.  The poor thing stood sad and bare for over a week before my mother had mercy and decorated it for me.  This morning, I'm sitting on my couch watching the lights twinkle and it is making me feel very content with the world. If you're all thinking, wow, this girl is super spoiled, yes, yes I am. My mom absolutely loves me and I shamelessly lap it up.  

    My parents occasionally ask me when I'm going to get married and produce offspring and I look at them like they're crazy.  I have the greatest deal in the world.  There's no way I'm giving it up.  There is not a single person in the world who will love me as much as my mom.  Never mind that as soon as I have kids, my mom is immediately going to love them more than she loves me.  They are guaranteed to be way cuter than me and that’s just not going to work for me.  As far as I’m concerned, my mom sealed her own fate.


    Chantal Ratnam

    Posted on November 21 2018


    Welcome back guys!  IT'S BLACK FRIDAY WEEK!!  I don't say that as a small business owner.  I say that as consumer, who adores a good deal and could absolutely use a good dose of retail therapy.  Weirdly, Black Friday kind of snuck up on me.  I knew it was coming but it still feels like it should be ages away. I think it's a symptom of my time warp. If you read last weeks post you know what I mean.

    On Monday, though, I started finding deals posted for Black Friday and I became intrigued.  I started perusing deals and the next thing I know it was almost 2:30 in the morning!  Just to be a total jerk I'm gonna let you in on a little secret: I've already bought one of Ashley's presents.  I have a bit to make up for because she already had the gift I wanted to give her for her birthday and I never had an opportunity to replace it.  A couple weeks ago I saw something online and I immediately texted her, "Umm, we have a no shopping for ourselves policy in place until Christmas, right?" In fact, it was the new Mending Matters book by Katrina Rodabaugh and I was being super careful not to mention it by name or send any Instagram posts about it... and then she posted this on Instagram:

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