Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Summer Preview

Yesterday was the most beautiful day...a little preview of summer, of sorts. It was cloudy, but comfortably warm. It was the most unusual March day we've had in probably years. I believe almost all of our snow here is gone (hopefully for good) and we even had a thunderstorm. For some places this all may be normal for this time of year, but for here it is not. Not one bit. Normally we still have snow and it's just starting to warm up, and there's still a risk of snow storms. I suppose there still is a chance we could get a snow storm here...though you'd never know from this weather. We can only hope that the weather holds and it continues to be a beautiful early spring.

So I suppose St. Paddy's day was on Saturday...I almost forgot about it, though it's not a holiday I really celebrate, but I dressed in green nonetheless. It was an overall enjoyable day though. I stopped at the thrift shop again and paid 25 cents for two creepy plastic doll faces and some vintage sewing lace. Purchased some groceries, then got my free french vanilla from Tim Hortons. Gotta love that 'roll up the rim' deal they have. Now if only I could win the camera, 3d tv, or (better yet) one of the cars they have to give away. I can dream though, can't I?

Life carries on...

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

A Day In The City

Afghan madness! Well, sort of. I have a 'thing' for many things, and pretty vintage afghans are one. While in the city browsing around the afghans caught my eye. Right then, three afghans became mine. Each one was special in it's own way, but my favorite ended up being the one with tassle ends. Love! I listed the other two in my etsy shop for someone to give them a loving home. It is the start of what I'm hoping to add to my shop, vintage home pieces, as well as some art prints once I get the much needed supplies. We'll see how that goes.

Some lovely old cottage style wallpaper also caught my fancy. It was a brand new roll with this lovely, delicate rose print on it. Perfectly pretty and oh so...granny chic, hehe. At a bargain price of 2.99, it was another must have. Have I mentioned I also love old wallpaper? Namely ones with either catchy mod prints, or delicate cottage prints like this. My list of obsessions grows.

Days out in the city have mixed feelings for me. While I absolutely adore the unique items you just can't find around here, I get utterly miserable being around so many people, the cars, traffic, line ups, noise, and of course being stuck in the car. Blah. Once I get home and unload my mountain of purchases, settle down with a comfy blanket, and sign onto my computer all seems a little better though. Korean imported mushroom shaped cookie/chocolate treats from Superstore don't hurt either. Such delights.

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Look Back, Look Forward

A wonderful swap lot came in the mail on Thursday...it was delightful and so obviously thoughtful. Received was a wonderful lot of socks, sprinkles, Alice In Wonderland stickers, and these most delightful raspberry flavored mushroom candies. A true delight to receive and I was quite excited about it. This was a complete surprise and was received in exchange for the little mixed media art pieces I recently created.

I wish I could stay so delighted and optimistic, but yesterday was not a good day...I don't wish to go into detail about anything at all, and perhaps I will be happily surprised by the outcome, but fact of it is...it's not likely. Things look bleak and I don't know how to pull myself out of a little funk I'm in. I wish I had some acrylics, canvas, and frames...

Once again I used some of that Sunbutter I tried last year. Once again I'm trying to be positive about this post, but forgive me if I seen indifferent at the moment. I found a recipe for "No Bake" cookies, but substituted Sunbutter for the peanut butter the recipe called for. They turned out ok, though I should have listened to reviewers that said to boil for double the time. They still turned out okay nonetheless.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Swaps & Sweets

The days go by, and I'm still swapping away, and dreaming of spring days that still seem so far away, and yet so close. I'm trying to stay preoccupied with the swaps, baking, and little scribbled art pieces since my sewing feels utterly uninspired lately...

After far too much time and thought, I went ahead and ordered a madeleines pan from France and the day after it's arrival I finally made my first ever batch of madeleines. Though I imagine they were far from perfect I felt so proud of myself. This was something new for me, and so perfectly dainty. Just the right snack size for me. My Dad ate one or two out of my batch of 11 and I ended up eating the rest while vegging out watching Netflix. Next time I will certainly try the chocolate variation. What new baking wonder to try next...

On another swap note, I had replied to a post in the swapbot forums from a gal looking for someone to make some little dresses for her Blythe dolls. I felt a bit intrigued and gave it a go. It was quite a different experience working in such a small scale, but I felt I did a fair job in bringing my own little style to it. I made up six little dresses for this, and included a Coffee Crisp chocolate bar, a little cupcake mini artwork, as well as a local postcard. It's been shipped off and on it's way to it's new home. I look forward to hearing what she thinks of them.

Now if I could just focus on my shop sewing a little more...Ah well.