37 weeks… and GD

Carb CollageAt 9am today, my phone will text me to say that I am 37 weeks pregnant. I can’t believe it!

Overall, the pregnancy has been uneventful which (knock on wood) is good news. I’ve had no heartburn, been sleeping through the nights, and besides being tired during the first trimester, acne and some recent swelling in the feet; all is good. That being said, I was diagnosed with gestational diabetes at 25 weeks. Although not terrible, this has been the biggest annoyance of the past 12 weeks. You can follow the link to read more about it, but basically at 25 weeks, you go to the clinic, drink a super sugary orange drink, sit for an hour and then have your blood tested. “Failing” this, you do everything over again, but have your blood tested at 1 hour, 2 hours, and then 3 hours. Since my sugars tested high, I was referred to the diabetes clinic at BC Women’s Hospital which I visit every 3 weeks with the doctor (measures stomach, checks blood pressure, talks about test numbers), dietician (sets up a meal plan, talks about carb intake), and the nurse (checks weight and ketones, teaches you how to inject insulin, test blood sugar). I was placed on a limited carbohydrate diet, told to test my blood 4x a day (once a week, I test 7x a day – before / after meals) and was then placed on insulin injections 4x a day (2x before breakfast / 2x before dinner). My typical day looks like this:

8:00am – Wake up / Test blood / Insulin injection x2
8:30am – Breakfast (have to wait 30 minutes after taking insulin) – 30g carbs
15-20 minute walk right after meal
11:00am – Snack – 30g carbs
1:30pm – Test blood / Lunch – 30g carbs
15-20 minute walk right after meal
3:30pm – Snack – 15g carbs
6:00pm – Test blood / Insulin injection x2
6:30pm – Dinner (have to wait 30 minutes after taking insulin) – 45g carbs
15-20 minute walk right after meal
9:30pm – Test blood / Snack – 30g carbs

Carbs (both sweet and salty – this means fruit too! – 100g of watermelon or strawberries = 8g of carbs) are limited, so I rely heavily on meat, tofu, eggs, peanut butter, and cheese. Eating out means sushi (with limited rice), salads and chicken strips from White Spot (2 strips, some fries and a salad). I find that I’m encouraged to eat more processed foods, especially if I’m feeling lazy or busy, as nutritional info is so much more readily available rather than a) guessing or b) calculating your own details based on the internet. I also eat weird food combos such as mushroom soup and taco shells with cheese and avocado on it (27g carbs if you are wondering) and sticking to items that I know have been ok for me such as yogurt pots, pepperoni sticks, dry cereal, and roasted seaweed. All in all, I’m sure I’ve been eating a lot better than if I didn’t have GD and I look forward to things like when mindlessly popping a breath mint isn’t a huge deal. At this point, baby may arrive anytime between now and in the next 4-5 weeks and I hope our first visitor brings a box filled with ALL THE CARBS!

Got Craft? 2014 spring edition – thank you!

2014GotCraftSpringEVEHighlights_00012014GotCraftSpringEVEHighlights_00072014GotCraftSpringEVEHighlights_00142014GotCraftSpringEVEHighlights_00172014GotCraftSpringEVEHighlights_0018As we wrap up the last remaining details, we wanted to say a BIG thank you to everybody that came out to Got Craft? on Mother’s Day weekend including all of our vendors, volunteers, and sponsors! Our next event is on Saturday, December 13th and Sunday, December 14th, 2014 at the Maritime Labour Centre from 10-5pm. For those interested in applying to the event, online applications are now available on our website here!

For those following along, our brick and mortar shop, London Fields Shoppe, is s-l-o-w-l-y moving forward after several delays and we hope to be open this Fall at 692 East Hastings in the Heatley Block on the corner of Hastings and Heatley in Strathcona. To keep up to date with our progress, visit our website here. Of course, all of this is taking place as we prep for our first baby due mid-July (huzzah!). It will be a crazy few months, indeed!

Got Craft? :: things to do!

GC-May2014-CardFOnly 3 more sleeps until Got Craft?, Vancouver’s largest indie craft fair, takes place on Saturday, May 10th and Sunday, May 11th, 2014!

DIY WORKSHOPSSpool of Thread and DIY or DIE!!! will each be hosting free hands-on workshops or check out our workshop roster here for courses such as beginner sign painting with BIG TOP Sign Arts, DIY nail polish with Element Botanicals, and linocut with District Dogs Design.

NEW VENDORS + PRODUCTS – With 40% new vendors at the spring show, there will be lots to see! Also, make sure to check out the new product launches from Locomotive Clothing, Feest Naturals, and We Are Local!

FOOD TRUCKS – Grab a delicious bite from one of the food vendors that will be set up both inside and outside including Float On Gluten Free Bakery (also serving Elysian coffee), Varinicey Pakoras, Taser Grilled Cheese, Candy Meister, and Eli’s Serious Sausage.

SWAG – Did you catch the swag bag sneak peek over here? Be one of the first 50 people through the doors at Got Craft? on either Saturday, May 10th and Sunday, May 11th, 2014 to receive a tote of goodies!

CELEBRATE – Plan the perfect Mother’s Day weekend by bringing your mom to Got Craft? and supporting local vendors! Take a workshop, grab something delicious to eat, and pick out a special gift to show her how much you care! Oh, and did we mention that mom’s attend free on Sunday, May 11th? Use code word “take my momma to Got Craft” at the front desk *


Got Craft?
Saturday, May 10th and Sunday, May 11th, 2014
10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Maritime Labour Centre
1880 Triumph Street, Vancouver

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* Free entries are not eligible for swag bags | Not to be combined with any other offer | Only valid with paid adult entry

Got Craft? :: swag sneak peek

GotCraft-Swag-May2014-1GotCraft-Swag-May2014-2GotCraft-swag-May2014-3Did you know that Got Craft? hands out FREE swag bags to the first 50 people through the doors each day? That’s right! Be first in line on Saturday, May 10th or Sunday, May 11th, 2014 to receive one of our coveted goodie bags! Each tote is hand printed by Locomotive Clothing and locally designed by The Beautiful Project and packed with a selection of trinkets from our vendors!

We’re also super excited to announce that Square, the official payment processor of Got Craft?, will once again be contributing gift certificates with a combined value of up to $300.00*!


Got Craft?
Saturday, May 10th and Sunday, May 11th, 2014
Maritime Labour Centre 1880 Triumph Street, Vancouver

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* 1x $75, 1x $50, and 1x $25 gift certificate to be used at the Got Craft? 2014 spring edition only will be randomly placed in three swag bags each day. First 50 paid attendees through the doors each day will receive a swag bag.

got craft? spring 2014 :: DIY workshops


Got Craft? aims to bring together a community that fosters handmade and D.I.Y. culture. As a part of this goal, we feature hands-on workshops at every event (both free and paid). Looking to learn a new skill? Need something to do on Mother’s Day or a gift? Check out our workshop line up below. Remember, space is limited, so register today!

Beginner Sign Painting Workshop with BIG TOP Sign Arts
Saturday, May 10th
8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
$65.00 plus tax

Did you attend the screening of the Sign Painter movie last summer? Sign Painter, John Lennig from BIG TOP SIGN ARTS, will be at Got Craft? hosting a workshop discussing brush lettering in general and specifically the BullNose letter style, one of the most basic of hand painted styles. Consisting of 6 basic strokes, John will teach you how to create both upper and lower case letters as well as proper brush handling, brushcare, and the types of paints used. The first half of the hands-on workshop will cover the above, along with getting your brushes into the paint and practicing the 6 basic strokes. While the second half will move into letters and finish up with the creation of a few pieces to take home. “The Swoop” will also be discussed, demonstrated, and if time allows, be put to use in the finished pieces.

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DIY Nailin’ it Workshop with Element Botanicals
Saturday, May 10th, 2014
between 12:15 p.m. to 2:15 p.m.
$5.00 plus tax
Drop in only || Register at the front desk

Join Amber Haase, owner of Element Botanicals and DIY body care enthusiast at this super fun “hands on” workshop and learn how easy it is to blend your own “clean” nail polish! In this drop-in session, you will learn how to create a custom blend nail polish (one) that you will take home with you. Ditch the commercial nail polishes that contain nasty chemicals and try your hand at custom blending a “3 free” polish. Amber will guide you as you create your own nail polishes that are free of harsh irritants using natural colours, pigments and micas.

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Linocut Workshop with District Dogs Design
TWO DAYS – Saturday, May 10th AND Sunday, May 11th, 2014
3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
registration closed

This workshop will introduce you to the linocut printing process including materials, designing, carving, and printing. Day 1, we will touch on designing for relief printing, transferring your illustrations, and carving. You will be able to take your linocut block and tools home to complete the carving at your own pace. In day two, we will discuss printing methods, tools and equipment, inks, paper and mediums. Then we’ll get inky!

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All class fees include entry to Got Craft? on Saturday, May 10th and / or Sunday, May 11th, 2014 from 10-5pm at the Maritime Labour Centre located at 1880 Triumph Street, Vancouver (EXCEPT for the drop-in session). Please contact info(at)gotcraft(dot)com if you have any questions or require additional information.

image one via [stu-di-o] by jeanie || image two via Spark Box Studio