April 25, 2009

As though I needed more tea cups.

We've already got so many tea cups that our cupboards are bursting, but I couldn't resist these when I saw them. And they were .25 cents each. And sometimes I'm  a sucker for a deal.

Aren't they beauties? I can't wait to one day have a kitchen where I can display some of this stuff.

April 18, 2009

Me + Valentino, together at last.

It's been a beautiful day here, and we started the morning with a deliciously vulgar breakfast at Oddfellows. We sat outside and watched the baby parade and tried the "Breakfast for Two", which consists of spiced potatoes, eggs, tomatoes, asparagus, a pile of meat, all baked in a black clay vessel, with toast and homemade jam on the side . 

Yes, that is asparagus wrapped in a ribbon of bacon. And yes, it was really good.

I then convinced Chris to join me on a trip to Value Village, where I made what I believe to be a tremendous score: a navy wool Valentino dress for $9.99. Basically, nothing else that happens today really matters. This will always be The Day I Found The Valentino Dress.

Me, modelling said dress. 

Okay, off to a reading! Have a great Saturday night!

April 12, 2009

Things for tiny people.

I've been busy this Easter weekend buying and making gifts for friends who are expecting or who have little ones. My favourite 2-year old's birthday is coming up in 2 weeks, and I wanted to find her a few practical things as well as something little and wonderful. I found this tiny mouse, who makes her bed in a wooden matchbox. Eeee!

She comes with a little mattress, pillow and knitted blanket. Handmade in Denmark by Maileg, and purchased in Toronto at Kolkid. I would have loved this little thing as a child. I still love toys that have their own little accessories.

Maileg makes other wonderful (and expensive) toys, like their Brothers & Sisters collection of rabbits. My favourite are the swimming rabbits:


I also spent the better part of yesterday making a baby bag for one of my sweetest friends who is having a little girl this summer. I used striped & sturdy fabric from Ikea, made outside pockets on the front of the bag for little things (like this bear rattle with a hoodie) and tried my hand at embroidery for the first time. Not bad, hey?

There are tons of projects to finish. I'm going to try my hardest to finish a dress I started and then got stuck on and then put aside and looked at longingly for a few weeks. It's made of Nani Iro Fuccra fabric which I love love love.

Isn't it beautiful?
Cross your fingers for me!

April 10, 2009

Oh no, I've been away for so long.

It has been a while. It's strange, but there's a certain sense of blog-related guilt that I feel when I don't write. But there have been many new and wonderful happenings since January that have delayed my writing. So let's see, what's been going on?

1. I got engaged! This is really joyful news for me. We've been really busy sorting out details now rather than later, so that we can now relax, and do fun things like making paper flowers and invitations.

2. I've been sewing like mad. I have some pictures, so I'll post them soooon. Lately I've been making baby bags, as everyone I know seems to be expecting.

3. There have been lots and lots of little projects. A piece of mine was selected for a juried arts fest called Escarpment: On the Edge, which runs in St. Catharines from April 22 to July 24. I'll also be performing an excerpt in a new piece written by a most talented writer friend in the In The Soil Festival.

Okay, so at least there's a little bit of news there, right? And more to come, promise.