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New Knitting Book

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Mom and I did our Friday night ritual which is to go hit the mall and wander around town so that she can get out of the house. It has been super cold (windchill of -40) so it is nice to get out of the house and wander a bit.

The book store still had some sales on and I picked up a Stitch and Bitch Superstar knitting. I am not knitting as much as I once did but when I saw that I have lost enough weight that I don’t have to figure out how to enlarge the patterns but can just follow the pattern I picked up a copy. Not sure which one I will start with but I have some (and when I say some I mean too darn much) yarn in the basement and I can see a new sweater in my future. The only thing I didn’t like about the book was the several patterns featuring skulls…I think I am just too old to comfortably wear skulls without feeling like I am trying too hard.

I also picked up a decorating book called 1000 Kitchen Ideas that features a more European style kitchen and while they have a few modern sleek kitchens they have more photos of worn, lived in and …well… livable kitchens. And it is mostly pictures which I very nice as I am such a visual person.

My other stop was at the clothing store…much to the chagrin of my wallet. Unless you have every been overweight in a small northern community where you had to drive for 3 hours just to look for clothes you will have no idea how much it sucks. For the past 10 years I have had to make day trips just to have 2 stores to look at clothing and I only had one place to shop for clothes here so my style was…boring, non existent and predictable. But I have been finding awesome inspiration on Grosgrain that I have been branching out and trying to figure out how to personalize what I have and MAKE SOME NICE THINGS!

I have not finished it yet but I was inspired by this sweater and am in the process of recreating one of my old cardigans into something way more interesting. That should probably go o my To-Do to TA-DA list. Tomorrow lovelies!

Also think I am going to do a feature day (since EVERYONE seems to do them and I should follow the crowd until I figure this whole thing out…then watch out world!) ¬†Any-who I found this dress that I L-O-V-E here but there is no way i will every pay those kind of prices for clothing. So I am putting one of my Christmas presents to good use. Sew What:Skirts is a lovely little book all about how to go about designing your own skirts. Pencil, a line etc, etc. And as I said previously shopping for clothing in the North has been at the mercy of tasteless, uninteresting auto-bots of the corporate world. So on my “Make It Mine Mondays” I will hopefully have a lovely skirts inspired by the Anthropologie dress above.

See ya tomorrow!



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T and E and A

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I was making examples of additive and subtractive methods of decorating and so thought why not make something for myself. It started out saying “EAT” but then I thought about it and decided TEA is a little more original and suitable for my walls!

My favorite parts are the flowers. They look hard to make but you would be surprised at how easy it is.

So next up are my clay wall butterflies. they have to be fired and then I am going to apply a slip into the pattern so that they have coloured patterns in white porcelain clay.


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Saturdays’ To-Do to Ta-Da list was a success! Not only did I find a beautiful colour for the kitchen ( A lovely colour called “Bluebird”) but I found and bought 30 interesting and diverse plates for my butterfly collection. I can’t wait to get these finished and get them up on Etsy.

Here is a peek…I need to work on my presentation and as soon as I have hooks on them I will post pictures of them hanging on the wall.



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New Ideas

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I am just brimming with new ideas for getting’ some art on today. i have to go to the thrift store and find the PERFECT plates for my new projects. I also think that I will be photographing some of the other things that I have made recently. So Saturdays To-Do is

  1. Thrift store
  2. Check my turquoise Paint and see if it will work for the kitchen
  3. Photograph- Tea Cup cozies…Kobo holder…Patterned Pet Portraits

That’s a lot to do for today and I have to work my nap in there somewhere and also have to exercise!

Off I go!

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New Paintings

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Goals. 2011

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So it is that time of year when we start thinking about our goals and wishes and dream about what we want for our futures. My tendency is too lame out on the whole resolutions thing and make a resolution about something that I would have no difficulty in keeping. Such as ” I will not watch movies that feature a talking dog.”

But in the interest of becoming a little more transparent and accountable to my self I am actually going to set goals for myself this year. Some of them are things that I have wanted to start and have just been afraid and others are new things that I wanted to try.

1}Keep a blog and update it at least three times a week…Also a good excuse to get an IPhone sooner rather than later.

2}Continue on Couch to 10k and become the runner I want to be. Eat healthy and lose 60 pounds. I think that these two need to be intertwined goals. One cannot happen without the other.

3}Open an Etsy shop and sell 100 items.

In reality those are three BIG goals and although there are other things that I want to do I can always add them at a later date.

So off to figure out what is for dinner and knit and read a book.






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