Sunday, October 31, 2010

Happy Halloween

After school trying to drown me in work to prevent me from going home, I managed to get back for the weekend. My friend and I went to an amazing classical concert at the Roy Thompson hall last night. It was Halloween themed and most of the orchestra dressed up. They encouraged the audience to dress up too, so I got a chance to wear my costume.
The inspiration:
Julia Ogden from Murdoch Mysteries

In other news I am announcing the winner of my first giveaway. Drum roll please.
And the winner is....

I hope everyone has an amazing Halloween. What are you ladies dressing up as this year?

Friday, October 22, 2010


I hadn't really planned on doing a Friday post but I need a break from studying. Next week I have 3 midterms and several assignments. The week after that I have 1 midterms and quite a few projects and assignments. All and all I am a little stressed.

When I'm stressed I tend to craft. So far this week I have been working on my knitting (that skirt isn't getting done anytime soon...), finishing up my Halloween costume, and making plenty of hair flowers. Since the fall crafting season is over, all the fall floral items were on sale at Michaels. Instead of paying between $5 and $15 per flower, I paid $10 for 8 flowers plus the hair clips I glued them on! Yay for clearance sales!

Friday seems to be the only day I have time to take outfit pictures in the morning before class, so here is what I wore today:

Sweater: Winners

Skirt: Thrifted (its actually a floor length skirt but I am wearing it as a dress here)

Tights: Zellers (but darned by me!)

Belt: I think it came with a shirt I bought a long time ago...

Necklace: Either borrowed from my mother or my grandmother and never returned...

I noticed that I've never posted pictures of me in my glasses on this blog. So, um surprise? My long distance vision isn't very good so I have to wear glasses if I want to see things clearly. I tend not to wear them outside class because I find them annoying to wear. And besides, the world is prettier if it's a little blurry :D

And let me just state that new "cat-eye" glasses are extremely hard to find! It took me months to find this pair.

One last thing, I know I said I would be announcing the giveaway winner today but I have decided to extend the deadline until next Friday. I haven't gotten much of a response and I can't get to the post office this week anyways so I have pushed it back a bit. If you want to enter just go to the post with the word "Giveaway" in the title and leave me a comment. Good Luck!

That's All.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Ginger, Is That You?

Is it just me, or does this illustration look nothing like Ginger Rogers?

I've got a super busy couple weeks ahead of me so there may not be as many posts for a while. In the mean time don't forget to enter my giveaway (so far your odds of winning are pretty good...)

Friday, October 15, 2010

Easy Sew Skirt

It was surprisingly warm today so this is what I wore to class: Top: H&M
Skirt: Made by me
Scarf: Huo (from Quebec City)
Stockings: Winners

Close up of my new hair cut. What do you think? It looks quite short when it is curled but it is a lot longer when straight.

The skirt I an wearing is dead simple to make. Here's a quick how-to:

Step 1) Measure your waist (or where you want the skirt to sit). Measure out at least twice that length of fabric.

Step 2) Sew the two short sides of the fabric, right sides together.

Step 3) Fold over one of the long sides to make a waistband (wrong sides together). Sew almost all the way around leaving an inch long opening.

Step 4) Cut a piece of elastic so that it is slightly smaller than your waist measurement. Thread this through the waistband.

Step 5) Sew the two ends of the elastic together making sure it isn't twisted. Sew the small opening closed. Now just fold over the bottom and sew a hem (or if you buy fabric that already has a finished hem, like I did, you are all finished!).

One last thing, don't forget to enter my first giveaway! Details in the previous post :)

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Photoshoots, Treasures and a Giveaway! (Extended until Oct 29th)

Thanksgiving weekend was a lot of fun! On Saturday I had a photoshoot with my friend Britt. These are my favourite of the photos (there were close to 300photos in total!)

The two other days of the long weekend was spend with family (I love family trips to the coffee shop. Mmmm Chai Lattes.....). One of the best parts of being home is being surrounded by my favourite treasures. Most of my favourite things stay at home when I am at school (in order to prevent them being damaged in transit) and I really do miss them.

My Teacups!

Northern Electric Telephone Circa 1940
(Still works!)

One of the many sewing projects I will finish... someday...

I love this teapot! It belonged to my great-grandmother. It was up at the cottage but I rescued it from certain destruction last time I was up.

Some really old books I've found at used books sales (the newest one is from 1911!). The lovely bookends were a wedding present to my grandma when she got married in the 1940s. They look very art deco!

And now for the giveaway! To celebrate reaching 50 followers, I am giving away:
1) A green and silver necklace (I used to make and sell jewelery at craft-sales. I no longer have time but I have lots of leftover necklaces!)
2) Disk 1 of Philip Marlowe radio broadcasts (from
3) A little knitted bow attached to a hair clip, knitted by me :)

This giveaway is open to all my followers. Just leave me a comment telling me what you would like to see more of on my blog :) For an extra entry you can post about my giveaway on your blog and just let me know you have done so. Last day to enter is Friday October 22nd. Good luck!

One last thing, I just wanted to thank Sara for also giving me this award. See the previous post for the blogs I nominated :)
That's All.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Turkey Day! (Or Tofurky Day for all the vegetarians out there!)

Whew, what a week! I have been so busy I almost haven't had time to blog! This is just a quick little update post before I get packed to go home for the holiday weekend.
Let me just say how extremely thrilled I am to have reached 50 followers!!!! I honestly never thought anyone but me would read this blog so having so many followers makes me really happy. Thank you for reading! As dictated by blogging tradition, I will be having a giveaway to celebrate :) I will give you ladies more info in my next post.

I have been so busy studying and working on projects I haven't had much time for anything fun. Today I had a bit of free time, so I managed to squeeze in an hour at the antique market. I got quite a few postcards for my collection, although I didn't find any good magazines :(
I am so happy to be going home for Thanksgiving. As a vegetarian I won't be having turkey but I will be having tofurky! Yum! (I realize tofu turkey sounds really gross but it is actually quite yummy). Happy Turkey/Tofurky Day everyone!
One last thing, Frl. Irene Palfy has nominated me for "One Lovely Blog Award"! Thank you so much!!!! I am absolutely delighted to receive my first blogging award :)
The conditions that come along with this reward are:
1. Accept the award. Post it on your blog along with the name of the person who awarded it along with a link to their blog.
2. Pay it forward to 15 other bloggers that you have recently discovered.
3. Contact those bloggers and let them know they've been chosen.

Picking 15 bloggers that I have recently discovered was rather difficult. I love so many blogs but here are some of the ones I have discovered recently:

Yes I know that only equals 11 blogs but that's all I can think of right now :)

Friday, October 1, 2010

New Dress and Fall Wishlist

There was a few warm sunny days this week which gave me an opportunity to wear one of my new dresses from the T.O. clothing show:

The show itself was a bit of a disappointment. There were a lot of vendors there claiming to sell vintage, but I don't consider 1980's t-shirts "vintage". Despite the lack of real vintage, I managed to get this super cute 1950s day dress and a 1960's summer dress (it looks great with a sweater so I am hoping to wear it into the colder weather).

The cold weather has now taken over and seems to be here to stay. So far my wish list for the fall season includes:
-several more sweaters in fun colours
-a decent pair of boots (no heel so I can wear them on a daily basis)
-a black cloche to match my coat
-another pair of trousers

I've gotten very ambitious and am trying to knit this skirt in a charcoal grey. At the current rate of progress I suspect it will be done around 2019.

That's All.