July 30, 2010

This Moment...

July 28, 2010

A Day in the City

We had an awesome day spent in the city with my brother. Lots to do, time spent with family, a beautiful walk, great food at a local resturant, too many moments to list. I love my family :)

July 26, 2010

Catching Up

This weekend was spent catching up on a few things. I tackled my studio once again and cleared out some more clutter. It is finally beginning to look a though a transformation is taking place. The only down side is that means there's some tough work around the corner, refinishing the floors, prepping the walls, painting and replacing the baseboards. Then the fun part, decorating! Anyhow I think it will be a little while before I get to that point. Fingers crossed, by the end of the summer!!!

Another part of my weekend was spent flipping through an amazing book ~ Knitalong, Celebrating the Tradition of Knitting Together, by Larissa Brown and Martin John Brown. This book if full of really neat patterns, great photos and tid bits of interesting info. I made the "Meathead Hat" with a few little adjustments and came up with a pretty cute looking Pixie Cap.

Now I'm off to Toronto to visit my brother. Have a wonderful day!

July 21, 2010

Sneak Peek Photo Shoot

I like to get our photos done once every year. I think it's a great keepsake and something very special for my son to look back on. This year I decided to go all out and book a professional photographer to capture a few special moments. The above photos are a sneek peek and the only three I have viewed so far from our session.

Our photographers name is Allison Milne and she is a local photographer in our city. She was absolutely wonderful! She took her time, made us feel at ease and definitely has an artistic flare. I will for sure be booking future sessions with this wonderful woman. I have posted her website for those of you that are in the area and would like to check her out. Thanks Allison!

July 20, 2010

A Day Trip South

My mom, son and I took a drive about 3+ hours south from where I live to Grand Bend Ontario. On the outskirts of Grand Bend we drove by an old thrift shop in a really small town. We decided to go inside and have a peek...Wow! it was fantastic!!!

The thrift shops that I am use to are generally in fairly populated areas, with prices that are reasonable and affordable but not like this shop. Items started at 5 cents for toys etc and went upwards slightly from there. CD's and DVD's were 50 cents, records were 25 cents, clothing $1.00...I found yards of numerous designs of fabric averaging about 25-50 cents each.

We spent over 2 hours thrifting through the books, records and such. The white haired workers offered us coffee as they sat on the numerous couches and chatted about the town folk. I honestly felt like I walked into a shop found somewhere back in the 50's...it was great!

I had baskets full of items, CD's, records, fabric, vintage napkin's, books, wall hangings, clothing and more, everything totally less than $17. Isn't thrifting wonderful! :)

July 18, 2010

Printed Onesies

I was playing around with a few ideas on the weekend and thought that it would be nice to try out a new creative idea. So I dug out my fabric paint and a stencil to give fabric printing a go. This can get pretty messy and can also be quite tricky trying to keep the stencil flat to the fabric. I tried out a few different stencils, played around with some different colours and made a pretty good mess including messing up some onesies pretty badly! Here's one of the ones that I thought turned out with clean lines. His name is "Tweet". Hopefully with time and practice I will have some better creations to send your way shortly. Hope you all had a beautiful weekend!

July 12, 2010

Studio Makeover is Underway!

I am sorry to say that I decided to "start" to tackle my studio today...I have been at it for hours but believe me you wouldn't know it! I honestly don't even enjoy being in here because it is so cluttered and unorganized. As of now I have a garbage bag to go to good will and another smallish bag of garbage/papers. Unfortunately you wouldn't even notice. :(

My desk in my studio is from the 1920's, it is solid oak and very large. I have cleaned out half of the drawers and discovered that the last time I must have cleaned out my desk was roughly the year 2000! Yes, that means my desk has collected about 10 years of "stuff". Ugh, disgusting! I guess out of sight, out of mind definitely has some truth to it!

I, as a blogger think that it is extremely important to post pictures with every post I write but as you will noticed there will be no photos of my studio "before", there is good reason for this. I will however, when I get my studio looking presentable take a few pictures before I paint, add new curtains and finish off the space accordingly.

Well I guess I may as well get back to it! Please feel free to comment below with storage ideas, de-cluttering tips and whatever else you may think that I may find useful in my journey of this makeover. You can also send my photos of your studio and work space that may inspire my creativity.

Wish me luck!

July 9, 2010

This Moment...

...One single photograph from the past week, no words to describe it, just a simple, special moment...a moment to savour and remember. If your inspired to do the same leave a link to your "moment" in the comment section below. (Inspired by Amanada Blake Soules' blog.)

July 8, 2010

Top 10 Sitcoms From the 70's, 80's and 90's

Nowadays I don't watch any sitcoms but growing up I remember watching quite a few with my family...especially the TGIF (Thank God It's Friday) line up. I decided to list a few from recent decades that stood to make the top 10, if you can think of anymore please add a comment below.

Top 10 70's Sitcoms

1. M.A.S.H

2. All In The Family

3. The Odd Couple

4. Barney Miller

5. Sanford and Son

6. Happy Days

7. Three's Company

8. Welcome Back, Kotter

9. The Brady Bunch

10. Laverne and Shirley

Top 10 80's Sitcoms

1. Doogie Howser

2. Full House

3. The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air

4. Growing Pains

5. Silver Spoons

6. Different Strokes

7. Charles In Charge

8. Alf

9. Out of This World

10. Cheers

Top 10 90's Sitcoms

1. The Nanny

2. Boy Meets World

3. Full House

4. Married...With Children

5. Home Improvement

6. Fresh Prince of Bel-Air

7. Seinfeld

8. Will and Grace

9. Everybody Loves Raymond


July 6, 2010

Summer Goals

I hope everyone has a fantastic weekend! We celebrated Canada Day on the 1st of July with fireworks lots of time spent down at the waterfront. The heat here has been pretty extreme...I guess Summer is well underway!

I began thinking, "What do I going to accomplish this Summer?" so I have decided to make a short list of 5 goals I would like to complete by the end of the Summer.

1. Makeover my studio. As of right now my studio is more of a storage room than a functional work space. The walls are painted an olive green colour that needs to be updated to a new lighter, brighter shade. The curtains need to be updated also...I really need to simplify this space and de-clutter!

2. Brush up on my photography skills. I have great intentions of taking day trips out and about to shoot some photos using the manual functions on my camera but never seem to find or make the time for this to actually happen...so silly really when all I really have to do is walk out my front door!

3. Plan a day at our provincial park "Springwater" including a pic-nik, with LOTS of play!

4. Take a few trips to the beach where I can actually relax and watch my little man frolic in the sand. (Isn't "frolic" an odd word?)

5. Make it to the "big city" aka Toronto and spend the day at Kensington Market, thrifting, shopping, eating, walking, exploring, taking photos and anything else I can possible think of!

I have plenty of time to make these happen...so hopefully in the weeks to come you will find my goal list checked off with a blog post showcasing each goal...now I'm committed!

Whats your list of goals for this Summer?

July 3, 2010

Best Yarns for Summer Knitting/Crocheting

I have decided to list some of the best yarns you can use to create some summer projects with!

Summer is no time to break away from the yarn and put you needles to rest, this is one of the best times to unwind on the porch with a nice and light summery project.

Some fibers are much better than others to wear in the heat, the first one that comes to mind that breaths really well is cotton. Cotton and very easy to knit with and comes in a wide variety of colours, do keep in mind though that cotton does stretch. Some ideas to create with cotton are: a nice eyelet shrug or maybe some colourful placemats.

Cotton blends are great also, this is when cotton is blended with another type of yarn like merino. A nice light lacy evening sweater would be great in a blend.

Worsted weight is very common and can be found at almost all craft stores, it is very affordable and comes in an array of colours. Worsted weight is great for summer accessories, summer afghans, and shawls just to name a few.

Bamboo and silk yarns are also great. They work well for light projects, they are a bit on the pricey side but well worth the splurge if you are looking for a really beautiful outcome, think buttery in texture!

DK weight yarn is another great choice for summer projects. This type of yarn is very popular. This yarn is a light-worsted-weight yarn between worsted and sport yarn, and knits quickly for any project!

The hardest part will be picking out the colours! 'Bubble Gum', 'Lavender Breeze', 'Peaches and Cream', 'Magenta Sunset', they sound so good you could almost eat them up! Well, almost!!!

What's on your needles for the Summer?

July 2, 2010

This Moment...

...One single photograph from the past week, no words to describe it, just a simple, special moment...a moment to savour and remember. If your inspired to do the same leave a link to your "moment" in the comment section below. (Inspired by Amanada Blake Soules' blog.)