#InStrankinWeTrust (Free cross-stitch pattern)

#InStrankinWeTrust Nova Scotia COVID cross-stitch (designed by Heather Laura Clarke @HFXHeather)

Happy Saturday, friends!

I was doing online Zumba this morning in my home office, looking at a framed cross-stitch I have just behind my monitor, and thinking “Wow, it’s been forever since I cross-stitched anything.”

I knew I’d have some couch time today because we had two of our daughter’s online dance recitals to watch via Zoom (lots of Zoom happening today in this house!), so I was exercising and thinking of what I might stitch.

I have a barely-started piece that says “F*CK COVID,” but it’s on black canvas and I quickly abandoned it at the start of the pandemic because it was hard to see the squares. So I started thinking about what I might start, and if there was a new pandemic-y phrase I might like hanging up somewhere.

BOOM! “In Strankin we trust.”

An ode to Dr. Robert Strang, Nova Scotia’s chief medical officer of health, and the Honourable Iain Rankin, Premier of Nova Scotia.

InStrankinWeTrust Nova Scotia COVID cross-stitch (designed by Heather Laura Clarke @HFXHeather)

Feeling very grateful to them both, these days, as my husband and I have both had our first vaccination for 2.5 weeks now (#TeamModerna) and are eagerly looking forward to our second doses.

Their guidance has gotten us all through the terrible third wave, and now I get to see my sister again (ourdoors for now, but still way better than not seeing her at all!) and the kids are back in school (yayyyyyyyyy!).

So after Zumba, I whipped up a simple little design in Paint (yes, the same program I used as a kid to doodle jpegs of figure skaters and screw around with the spray paint tool) and started stitching on some pale blue aida fabric from my stash.

Please feel free to download the pattern, print it out, and stitch it yourself for personal use, but not for sale. If anyone asks you to make them one, tell them you’ll do it in exchange for convincing five people to get vaccinated. (Joking, but not really.)


Happy stitches, b*tches! Love you all! xo

Pandemic-weary parents trying to ‘hang on a little longer’

Fifteen months in, this lockdown just might be the hardest part of the pandemic so far.

We’re exhausted, we’re tired of following the rules, and it feels like life will never go back to normal — even though we know we’re so close to the finish line.

And while this is a rough time for everyone, it’s a special kind of gut-punch for those of us with children.

They need more love, more kindness, more patience than ever before, and sometimes scrounging up what they need every day is bleeding us dry.

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The magic of something new

As a parent, there is something positively magical about watching your child excel in anything.

But when they’re wonderful at something new and unexpected, it feels even more amazing because it’s like you’re seeing them again for the first time.

When I heard about a five-day drama camp at our local theatre, I thought it sounded like something our eight-year-old daughter might like. She’d never acted before, but she’s super outgoing and talks animatedly to an audience when she records her YouTube videos. 

Sure enough, she adored drama camp from the very first minute, and it was fun hearing that she did many of the same activities I used to do in my drama classes — like improvise and play Zip Zap Zop. 

It was fun to have something special in common with our daughter. As a teenager, I took film/TV acting classes at the Cassidy Group and stage classes at Neptune Theatre School, and I hope to get into community theatre when the kids are a bit older (and COVID stops ruining everything). 

It was announced that the campers would perform “Little COVID Annie” at the end of the week, and I burst with pride when our daughter came home sharing the lead role of Annie.

My baby was going to be one of the stars! Aughhh!

“Little Covid Annie”

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