Friday, January 23, 2015

Holiday Shawl

As the end-of-term approaches, I find myself with free time on the horizon. The problem with tutoring is that it is very cyclical. I go from having a lot of work to none every few months. Oh well, hopefully that means I will have more time over the next few weeks to get caught up on things. My latest round of insomnia is really limiting my productivity! The break from work should help me get back on track.

I have managed to finish a few projects however, including some knitting! I just finished a new shawl for myself. Ok, actually I finished before Christmas; I'm just a little late with the photos. Opps. 

It's first outing was on Boxing day. I paired it with my me-made Edwardian-inspired skirt, a black top, and the lovely vintage hat Britt bought me for Christmas. The darling little hat is from the 1930's and possibly homemade. Thanks Britt for the awesome present!

The original plan was to knit a Victorian shawl, but then I saw this free pattern on Ravelry which was exactly what I had envisioned. The point and "scallops" along the edges didn't really work out, but overall I liked the pattern. I used a cranberry rayon/cotton yarn for the body of the shawl, and then a fabulous metallic gold yarn for the border. 

Close up of the shawl:

I have a couple other finished projects I'd love to share, but they will have to wait for another day.

Hope everyone is having a great weekend!

That's All.

Friday, January 9, 2015

Hello 2015!

Happy 2015 to everyone! I'm a little late in my new years post, but running after Aggie (my new little black ball of fur) takes a lot of energy and I'm exhausted! I spent a lovely new years with my best friend Britt, and her sister. We went out for an ice cream sundae, then came back to my house to play board games. Perhaps not everyone's idea of a great time, but we had fun. 

I dressed in a blue sequined skirt, which was originally part of an Elsa costume I made for Britt (for a child's Frozen-themed birthday party). She no longer had need of the skirt so it is now in my closet. And really, what better opportunity to wear a sparkly sequined skirt than on New Years? I paired it with a black sweater, some pearls, and a sparkly blue scarf which I braided into my hair.

Aggie joined us for a game of Angry Birds Uno. (She unfortunately lost the first game, then gave up and went to play by herself in the other room)

I don't normally do "resolutions", but I do have some goals for the next year.

Goals for 2015
  • Work towards a daily yoga practice
  • Draw more (including illustrating a book for my cousin's child)
  • Sleep more (at the right times)
  • Devote more time to the business (assuming the previous goal works out..)
  • Decide what to do with my life. More school? Devote myself entirely to sewing? Become a hermit and live off the land?
I'm hoping this year will be better than last year. Aggie is already helping to brighten things up! 

That's All.

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

I've been busy!

I've inadvertently been on a bit of a hiatus from the blog. I thought I would be able to blog over Christmas, but in the end gift deadlines took priority. I made a crazy amount of gifts this year! Here is just a small sampling of some of the gifts I had been busy making.

I bought a wood burner, and used it to create a bunch of gifts including this jewelry box for Britt, 

Handmade lotions and potions 

Homegrown Tea (packaged into tea bags)

What my sewing table looked like!

Garden Markers (made with my burner and some free paint sticks)

(back side of garden markers)

Wood burned bookmarks
Wood burned spoons
(back of Acorn spoon)
My first piece of pyrography (given to my Grandmother)

Hand-knit gloves for Britt!

Hat and scarf set for my mom
And that's not everything! I made a bunch more gifts, but I won't bore you with photos of everything. 

We visited my mom's side of the family on Christmas. I took the opportunity to wear this great hat I purchased a few weeks ago. I made a long Edwardian inspired skirt to go along with it, 

Something else that has been keeping me very busy:

Yes, I adopted a kitty! Her name is Aggie (short for Agatha Christie), and she is a total sweetheart. 

I adopted her from a local shelter, but am admittedly disappointed with the experience, She was supposed to be around 1 year old, but when I took her to the vet he surmised she was closer to 10 years old. She is also missing all but 3 of her teeth (which was not mentioned in the medical record provided by the shelter). I was rather saddened to realize I will about around 8 or 9 less years than I thought with her. However, she is otherwise healthy and super energetic. We are hoping her hard life has contributed to her teeth loss, and to be honest she seems to be closer to 6 or 7 years old just based on exuberance. I will strive to give her the best life possible, regardless of how long she may be around.

Well, I suppose that's it for now!

Happy New Year Everyone!

Friday, December 12, 2014

Printing Press

A couple weeks ago, my family was invited to attend a printing demonstration at Black Creek Pioneer Village. (My mother's grandfather originally donated the press back in the 1960's, hence the reason for the invitation.) The press has been restored to it's original 1860's condition and they were printing on it that day as a special event. My mother's family owned and operated a local newspaper, and my mom has often talked about growing up around the newspaper office. It was fantastic is finally get a chance to see this part of my family history.

(I don't think this will actually play on here as a video, but it gives you an idea of what it looked like in action)

While we were there, we did the full tour and checked out all the great historical buildings. The house pictured below was my favourite. I wanted to move in!

I love heritage breeds!

I didn't take an outfit photo that day, as I've had a wicked cold and wasn't looking my sparkling best. However, I thought I would tack on my work outfit from a couple days ago. It was supposed to be Victorian inspired, but came out a bit more 1930's to my mind. 

I hope everyone has a great weekend!

That's All.

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Free Victorian Labels and Stickers

With Christmas fast approaching, I have been busy whipping up my usual lotions and potions to give away as gifts. Of course handmade gifts need handmade labels. I created two pages filled with Victorian labels and little images which could be used as stickers (I may seal my Christmas card envelopes with them). In keeping with the holiday spirit, I've uploaded them below so you may use them for whatever you wish as well. Just open the image in a new tab and print on 8 1/2 by 11 sticky label page, or use regular paper and glue them on. Enjoy!

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Winter Fashion (1912)

With the weather quickly turning to ice and snow, I've been pondering my winter wardrobe. I'm dreaming of long Victorian/Edwardian style skirts, paired with warm sweaters and lace-up boots. I'm on a "no spending" kick at the moment, so any new pieces are going to have to come from my fabric stash. Time to get creative! 

That's All.

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Nature Walk

I love going for walks in conservation areas. A couple weeks ago Britt and I went for a walk at one nearby that has a ton of animals. People feed the birds so everything is very tame. I tend prefer more "wild" areas, but Britt is a sucker for cute chipmunks so we made a trip there just before the weather turned. We didn't see many chipmunks, but there were a ton of blue jays, chubby squirrels, and very bold wild turkeys. 

 I actually didn't use the camera zoom for these turkey photos. Yes, we were that close!

 Britt dressed casually and practically for our walk. I decided to be silly and dress up in a nature inspired outfit. At least my shoes were practical.

Outfit Details:
Dress and belt -Made by me
Boots- Ariat Riding Boots
Hair Ornament- from the Christmas floral section at Michaels

Now that there is suddenly snow on the ground, it is much less conducive to nature walks. However, I'm trying to make an effort to get out more often regardless of the weather. I'm going to need boots with a better tread through. My riding boots are a great practical boot, but they don't have good tread for winter. 

That's All