Saturday, December 31, 2011

Have A Ball This New Year

This year is slowly coming to a close, and I find myself looking back on it. There has been a lot of ups and downs this year, and a great deal of learning experiences. Though instead of looking back, I should look forward. There may have been a great deal of bad times this year, but this coming year can be different. I will make it different. There is so much to look forward to and so much to achieve this year. So much I want to do, so much to change.

I took the the ornaments off of my tree tonight, as well as the garland, and light up tree topper. I always find it a bit sad taking it down, but at the same time, it's a little sad to see the tree still up and thinking that the holidays are over now. I packed all of my ornaments into more, smaller boxes, rather than the ginormous old television box that is practically impossible for little old me to get out of the closet. It's quite the workout to maneuver that thing out of there. Now I have Five small boxes, perfectly sized for carrying. Next holiday season I will be all the better for it. The holidays are over, the new year is almost here, and you know...having the space all those decorations take up back will be quite nice in the end.

I'm not one for new years resolutions, but I believe this coming year will be a year for me to try my hand at knitting finally. Now, I know I've been saying that for some time, but I borrowed some knitting needles from my Gramma and already have the yarn. I do, however, need to pick up some ultra thick sized needles to make some fabulous shirts and dresses that I have been meaning to try out for ages now...New things to come in this new year.

Goodbye twenty eleven...
Welcome twenty twelve.

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Seasons Without Sun

Well, it's been a while since it seems I've posted anything. I feel as though I haven't had a lot to say, I suppose I'm still in mourning over the fact that Halloween is over. Oh well, it's that other time of year. That time where we pull out all sorts of shiny ornaments and fancy lights. December, a month of celebrations and the end of this year. Another one is almost done, and it's hard to believe it.

I set up my silver tree already (yes, my obsession this time of year) and sorted through my boxes of ornaments, all of which have come to mean a great deal to me. There is something so cozy about a room with a lighted tree this time of year. Almost calming, perhaps whimsical. Sigh.

In addition to all the great many ornaments I have collected over the years (many, many years in fact) I picked up two boxes of old ornaments this year. The first box was a lovely set of long glass ornaments in their original box I picked up at a garage sale over the summer. Quite the find for 25 cents, if I do say so myself. Thinking about it makes a part of me wish it was spring, and that the garage sales were starting up again already. I should slow down and enjoy the moment though. The second was an old box filled with mismatched pieces, but the box caught my eye and I just couldn't resist. This one was a little more expensive, but at a $1.50 I still cannot complain. A find just in time for the holidays from my local thrift shop.

I've finished my gift shopping already, though I may find a thing or two extra, and I have been desperately trying to resist wrapping them all in one night. As amazingly blissful as it would be to do, I would find myself feeling sad every night after with nothing to wrap. How I love wrapping...probably one of my top five favorite things of the holidays. No joke.

Among the gifts I had purchased a collection of five vintage Paris postcards for my sister, as she had mentioned Paris themed items on her gift list this year, as well as a large collage photo frame. In addition to the five postcards I made up a few decorative photo collages of my own, in black and white, and tea stained them afterwards for an old effect. The end result was satisfactory if I do say so myself. Though I know she will likely no give it a second thought, I'm still happy to have made it for her...

Happy December!

Sunday, November 6, 2011

First Of The Season

The time has come, the walrus said...The first snowfall of the season, and what a snowfall it was. It was that heavy, wet snowfall that sticks to ever branch exaggerating how lovely and twisty the trees are. That kind of snow that's perfect for snowmen. We never did make a snowman last year...

I've started my mitt making for the season, earlier than last year I believe. Hopefully there will be plenty of these in the shop this month, as well as other goodies. I feel I've been slowing down a touch in my progress, so I should really show some self discipline and get back to my "two a day" routine. Either way, the time has come to bundle up. Mittens ahoy!

Monday, October 31, 2011

Here it comes, there it goes...

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Here it is, and there is goes. My Halloween is almost always over in a flash. I wake up, get into my costume and prepare for trick or treaters. After the trick or treating is all over, it seems like my Halloween is all over. I find myself thinking about next Halloween, and what may be different, or what I could do to make it different. What could I add to my yearly traditions? Maybe next year a late night slushee run would be an order...I have a whole year to figure it out anyways.

So this year I made my costume out of an old bed sheet. It's something a bit different from my usual sort of wears, which is what I was aiming for and since I've been quite interested in Pierrot it seemed like a great idea. Anyways, I hope everyone had/is having a great Halloween!

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Down To The Wire

Tomorrow is the big day. The day I wait all year for. It's Halloween. I spent all of today eating candy and carving my four pumpkins (keep watch for my post with the photos!), while now settling down to watch Halloween cartoons. I have my own little Halloween traditions, and certain shows/movies I watch year after year. It's actually quite nice to make traditions for yourself, something to look forward to each year. I often wonder what if and what others All Hallows Eve traditions are...

While carving one of my pumpkins this year I accidentally broke one of the saws from the carving kit, the little detail one. Oops! I'm thinking I may buy a more expensive, fancier kit during the after-Halloween sales, something that will last me more than one years use like the usual cheaper kits. Wait and see I suppose.

Over two weeks ago now, I had found some candy corn light covers while browsing around on ebay and I just couldn't resist. I bought them for a great price, along with some mini pumpkins (included in the same lot) and tested them out on a plain white string of lights I had laying around. As I may have mentioned before, I'm slightly obsessed with candy corn...even the funny "defective" candy corns that don't have their signature white tops. Oh! I almost forgot, I purchased two inflatable candy corns this year! Now, I honestly don't care much for inflatable decorations (just not my thing) but candy corn...gosh I went crazy. I don't have photos yet, perhaps I'll snap some tomorrow afternoon before the trick-or-treaters start to come around.

In conclusion I do hope everyone out there has a fantastic Halloween!

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Almost There

October seems to be quite a busy month for me each year, and this year was no exception. I had a great many orders in my shop, and I tried to keep up with that. I can only hope to keep up the pace, and that the orders will continue to roll in as they have been. I am quite grateful to all the lovely people who have purchased and continue to purchase my work.

Aside from my business I've been keeping myself busy with a number of swaps, some of which I have posted about earlier. I have yet to post photos of some, but I hosted a candy corn themed postcard swap, making my newsprint recycled postcards that I love so much and entered a Halloween drawing swap. I made up a set of three cute little ghost drawings, note card sized in a very sketchy style that I just love. They were sent to Malaysia and I do hope my partner enjoys them as much as I enjoyed making them. I sent them inside a Halloween card, in an orange envelope.

It's been a busy month for birthdays, with my Fathers, Grandmothers, as well as my great friends birthdays all in a week. I took photos of my friends gift before shipping it out. I had found Harry Potter wrapping paper (brand new) at a garage sale where they had boxes full of brand new rolls. I bought it specifically for her gift and I do hope she liked it. Goodness do I love wrapping...

A busy month, and we're still going. My Halloween costume is almost complete, and the great day is fast approaching. Excitement grows...

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Scream Soda


A few weeks ago now a friend of mine had mentioned looking out for the Halloween Crush drinks. Apparently every year at Halloween they have seasonal labels...which I never realized. Anyways, I completely forgot about it for a while. Oops...Eventually I did manage to spot the orange, cream soda, and I believe black cherry (ew). I'd seen the orange already, and decided to pick up a cream soda. The ghost was just too cute! I'm not sure whether these are just a Canadian thing, or all over...either way, I love that they have something so festive this time of year.

While at Zellers about a week or so ago, I spotted their Pop Shoppe display with very few bottles left. I've purchased these sodas before but never had the cream soda flavor. Picked it up for something new. I just love the old style glass bottles. Personally I prefer to support a company that uses glass over plastic, I have slight theories about plastic...call me crazy. Anyways, this time around they only had the little stubby bottles (they normally have two or three types/sizes) which was okay, I prefer them anyways. So if you have a Zellers near you, go pick up a bottle of this stuff. A brand from back in the glass bottle heyday brought back to life! Show some support!

Halloween is almost here...

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

A Story Before Bed

A quick post before bed. I just wanted to share an interesting story of how I acquired these darling little salt and pepper shakers.

Once upon a time, or rather almost two years ago, during the after xmas sales at our nearby Zellers store there was a bin full of "4 for $1" items. In this bin there was an assortment, well a few, Halloween items including these salt and pepper shakers. First thoughts being, 25 cents? Heck yea! So these were one of the items picked up along with a funny little pumpkin hand puppet...don't ask. After paying for those and various other items purchased at the time I was back in the truck and happened to look over my receipt. Next to these items the price read $0.01. Now apparently they aren't supposed to sell any items with such price, but the girl at that til didn't realize (or care, not sure which). So for the grand total of one penny, these shakers became mine. A great deal? I should say so!

That's my story for the night, or morning for some of you.
Sweet dreams for me!

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Comfortably Cool

With the weather cooling, my oven has been coming on more and more. It's funny how fall brings on a craving for a heat meal and baked treats. Most of the summer I did hardly any baking at all, and most of the meals here were barbequed or cooked on the stove top so that we didn't have to turn on the oven on those hot days.

Well the oven is on again and I tried my hand at pumpkin bread. Recipes for pumpkin bread are so large, so instead of making three loaves (like the recipes generally call for) I made one with two dozen muffins instead. They turned out well actually, something I would make again. I read numerous reviews for all sorts of recipes and it seems a great many people substitute applesauce for oils that many baking recipes call for. I kept wondering though, wouldn't that make your recipe taste a bit like apples? Well I tried it out on the pumpkin loaf, and it made no difference, and is still extremely moist and tasty...not to mention a bit healthier. Yay for health conciousness!

The leaves are still turning orange and yellow, and the geese are louder than ever. It seems they have congregated in a spot in the field behind the house, so if you leave the windows open you can hear them hanging out. Every once in a while a huge (and I mean HUGE) flock of them will scatter and fly off. It reminds me of Alfred Hitchcock's The Birds, and as they fly overhead a whole bunch of bird shadows swoop across the lawn. It looks insane, and I only wish I could properly capture it.

Fall carries on, and the weather seems to be holding nicely for the time being.
Halloween is nearing...

Thursday, September 29, 2011

An Overdue Review

I have never actually written a review before, but I suppose there's a first for everything.

Feeling festively fall, I recently purchased a lovely pumpkin necklace from maytedesigns on etsy. Shipping took three weeks, which was not at all the sellers fault just a postal thing, but it was worth the long wait. It arrived in a bubble envelope, inside a little jewelry box with a pretty bow on top. I excitedly opened it up and couldn't be more thrilled. My favorite part of all was the little pumpkin curl, just adorable. I've been wearing it every day since it came. Just a great addition to my little festively fall wardrobe. Do be sure to check out the shop to pick up one of your own!

Thursday, September 22, 2011

How Corny

Nights are getting colder. Cool autumn winds blow through your hair. The geese are officially starting to leave. Yes, the signs of fall are here, and the thought that winter is just around the corner.

I've been hearing plenty of geese flying overhead and can't help but try to call them back. I love fall, but I also love a long warm fall...the kind that makes you hopeful that Halloween won't be dreadfully cold or, worse yet, snowing. Hurray for Manitoba Halloweens.

Halloween decorations have been dug out of the closets and are starting to appear around the house. Bags of candy corn sit on the table, along with little Halloween trinkets like a pair of jack-o-lantern candle holders that I don't even remember getting...found in the cupboard a few years ago and finally started to use them. Orange really is an amazing color, possibly part of what I adore about this time of the year.

Halloween is just over a month away and I'm still thinking about making more pumpkin skirts for my shop. The larger ones, not the mini skirt versions, since there seems to be such interest in them. The problem is, if I order the fabric for it now will I get it in time to be able to make more, list them, and allow enough time for shipping? Such a dilemma. I have a hot lead on some wide enough fabric, but I'm waiting on a shipping quote. So we'll see...

Until then, happy autumn days to us all!

Monday, September 19, 2011

Boo Mail

As Halloween draws nearer each passing day, I find myself getting more and more excited. I have decided on my costume and even picked up the necessary fabrics for it. All that's left is to make it, which of course isn't something I do until just before Halloween. In the mean time I have been working on pieces of possible costumes to sell. To a great many people, a vast amount of my sewing creations would be ideal Halloween-only pieces, but for those who love them for every day, I'm made up some more Halloween specific.

While in town the other day I check out our local Bargain Shop to see their Halloween goodies and while passing through rows...there it was. Candy Corn. My most favorite Halloween treat. Is anything better? Something about candy corn just gets me giddy. Perhaps it's the colors, the sweet taste, the fond childhood memories, or maybe just the fact that it is an absolute classic fall treat that has been around for so many years. It's everything. In fact, I'm rather obsessed with the stuff and while I don't eat a huge amount of candy I just love the look of it. Anything and everything with a candy corn theme promptly goes on my wanted list, especially lights.

There is one downside to candy corn, and one that drives me a little crazy while making me sad at the same time. You know when you open up a baggy of candy corn, reach in, pull a piece out...only to discover the white tip is gone? Drives you crazy doesn't it? Me too. Then after you've finished all the corns in the bag you're left with all the little white tops that didn't make it through. Poor little white heads. Sad.

Today was the first day of the "Halloween Postcard Swap" that I coordinated on swapbot, and things seem to be going smoothly. Lets hope it continues that way. As I have done previously, I made my own postcards from recycled newspaper and magazines and am quite pleased with the results. I went with pumpkins because, well, what's more traditionally Halloween than a pumpkin? Classic, just how I like it. I'm pleased with the results anyways.

All in all, not much to report. The weather is cooling off quite significantly and I'm thinking about investing in some more tights and perhaps making up some new sweaters to get me through the cold days ahead. In the mean time, I'm having fun with candy corn, hehe.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Proud Pumpkin Mama

Well, after everything that's happen as far as my garden is concerned, I suppose I can't complain. I had said that I would be happy to get even one pumpkin, and I did. One funny little misshaped baby pumpkin. After the storm it basically became stunted, and didn't grow any bigger. It's small, and very oddly shaped, but I love it to bits.

Two more pumpkins showed up in my garden after the hail storm and are actually growing well. It's getting colder at night, so cold in fact we've had a touch of frost. Luckily I knew ahead and covered them. Thwarting evil nature. There should be at least two more weeks of decent weather for them to grow a bit more, and hopefully within such time they will get much bigger. After all the heartache, some small sign of happiness shows through.

A little note on the random photo at the bottom of this post; a found very old, I guess, advertisement found tucked into an antique book that belonged to my Grandfather. What it's about I really don't understand, but the illustration was so interesting...

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Kitschy'ween

Halloween items are starting to come out in stores nearby. I couldn't be more excited. While I had walked into Walmart on Tuesday I had no intentions to buy anything at all, but merely check to see if they had set out their Halloween stock, I couldn't help myself when I seen these delightful kitchen goods. I picked up two pot holders, two oven mitts, as well as a tea towel for one dollar each. They just look so...I suppose vintage. I love the tea stained sort of color and we all know by now how I feel about pumpkins. Needless to say, they had to be mine. By far the best looking kitchen pieces I've seen at Walmart in the past few years.

I hate to shop at Walmart. In fact, I'd rather pay more at other more relaxed stores than have to deal with the people and absolutely ridiculous lineups at Walmart stores. Oh well. They are one of the first to set out their Halloween, and Halloween is irresistible. Enough said. So should you care to get a set of these yourself, do check out the kitchen linens section of your Walmart store.