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May 31, 2013 by Amie M
Well, at least blog wise.
But the big sis convocated yesterday!
Not much I’ve rounded up to share other than:
This adorable little boy who is really questioning what he is eating, and why.
A sweet pencil case.
A clever way to hold down a flowy dress while biking.
Post cards that are just howling to be framed and put in my room in the new house.
Some delicious jello shots I may have to make for a certain rehearsal dinner in two months.
ModCloth now has bedding! I am loving this duvet cover.
Have a good weekend!
May 24, 2013 by Amie M
A couple weeks ago I caved. On a supply mission to Canadian Tire, I picked up a small flat of pansies, potting soil and compost. I got to work on the front beds at our apartment. They were looking really sad, and I wanted to do some yard work on the lovely days we were having. Out went the weeds, and in went the pansies, all nicely planted into their oases of compost.
But that’s all I’m doing for the apartment. I have to make sure I don’t buy anymore plants or plant my usual vegetables out there. It’s hard, man! Really hard.
As hard as it is to stop gardening where we are now, it’s just as easy to dream about our to be yard at the house. But the part that sucks about getting it the first week of July is we won’t be able to have a vegetable garden, or do much yard work before the wedding week/end comes crashing upon our house.
But I can dream.
First things first, we will need a lawn mower. Our yard isn’t big, so a reel mower will do. I’ve cashed in all of my Aeroplan miles for Home Hardware gift cards. That will make lawn mower and small purchases much easier when we get the place.
Then I can dream about patio furniture. Paul and I both like the resin wicker sets we’ve seen in a few places. This one is from IKEA.
There is already a clothesline at the house, but I’m picture other things to hang. Like a hammock.
For the garden, when I can eventually get around to it, I plan on getting most vegetable seeds from Cubits. And labelling their location with these awesome plant stakes. The garden will be in raised beds, and done square foot style, à la Karen. But I promised Paul not to take over the front yard with a vegetable garden. He’s worried kids and neighbours might steal our tomatoes.
We also have for other areas of the yard, like rain barrels, fence up-keep, a cherry tree, and tearing down the eyesore of a giant garage.
These are just little things to help me keep dreaming of the big picture.
May 10, 2013 by Amie M
I’ve been a busy bee lately. I took out my Christmas stockings that were left unfinished for Christmas, and finally charted out our names for the tops. Maybe they will get done in time for our first Christmas in our house!
I took out a book from the library, one I’ve been debating buying. It’s Colette Patterns first pattern book. I am excited to go through some of the tutorials, and constantly renew it, until I make a dress out of it. Then I will buy the book. I need to branch out of kids clothes and quilts.
I’ve also been finishing up a rather large quilt top. I will post photos soon. I need to learn I don’t need to post photos of only finished projects, intermediary posts are good, too!
In the meantime, here are somethings I have found, and loved, in the past while:
An adorable letter from a Junior Ranger. Leave only footsteps, take only pictures.
Mila Kunis is flipping awesome! Notting Hill much?
Gollum covering Taylor Swift. ‘Nuff said.
And a WWF camera has caught on film the elusive snow leopard! These stills are fantastic.
Wait, I want to add another. You will pee. I promise. And them you will fall even more in love with Jim. I mean John.
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March 1, 2013 by Amie M
I’ve been away. Life. You know the drill. Paul and I are busy with some life moments and wedding preparations. More when things come along further.
This week we have seen snow upon snow upon snow. With little melting periods in between. Being a pedestrian sucks in those melty bits. Anyone who is close to me knows I abhor people who complain about winter when they live in an area with a very obvious winter. I love winter. I love the crisp white landscapes, nose hairs freezing as I walk to the bus, an evening walk outside as the snow is gently falling. I can’t stand people who complain about the cold or snow, as if it doesn’t get cold and snow every year at this time.
I guess I miss how Tobans embrace the winter, and use as a measure of strength. Heck, I used to wear mini skirts to high school, in heels, in -25C. And drive a truck with no heat to school.
I also love how winter inspires me to nest and dream in my house, to start thinking of ways to make the inside a colourful retreat from the stark outdoors, or make me want to wear more colours. It also makes me want to share in more moments of laughter and love with the people in my life.
Sherry and John of Young House Love released their line of Benjamin Moore paint colours today. And oh my, I am in love with a lot of them! In true $herdog and John style, all the colours work well with each other, making it easy to pick a wall colour and go with any of the others for accents. I am picturing a Crisp Linen kitchen, cabinets and walls, with Artichoke Hearts and Balsam accessories. Or a Whisper bathroom, with Calypso Blue and Hearthstone accents.
And this price for two colourful Pyrex dishes isn’t too bad. Scratch that, I am guilty of willing to pay almost anything for good colourful Pyrex. Do you like Pyrex? I love Pyrex. And milk glass. And depression glass. And old silver.
I know most people may have already seen this. Jennifer Lawrence’s Oscar interview. Please watch the full video, not the shortened ones, as the full one actually has an intelligent question being asked of her. Why is it most female actors are asked about their hair, make-up, peaking, and tripping, but never about the content of the movies they are in, or about the impact their work can make. The first question in this video is fantastic, and J-Law’s answer is spot on. The interview’s intelligence (from the media side) goes down from there. But her quick wit and dry responses help her keep above where the media is trying to pull her down to.
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February 15, 2013 by Amie M
This week has been one of coziness, cuddling and homebodies. Trudging through the almost snow day last week, to having no heat this past weekend, to more snow, and baking sprees, I think I’m about ready for a change. A pretty one, please.
I’ve been drawn to some very feminine items as of late, and adding more fem to my life and surroundings is needed.
These flats are made out of cork leather, and are in my size!
I like these heart measuring spoons. I have measuring spoons, and even though they are on a keychain, I am still missing a good many of them. And they are boring. But these ones are also very much in tune with the theme of love this week, with that day yesterday.
This coat has been in my Etsy faves for a long time.
For some reason, pastels and pastries feel feminine to me. I would like to blame Sofia Coppola’s Marie Antoinette. She started something there. Bake at 350 shared a great foolproof tutorial on making macarons. I may have to take advantage of the long weekend and try my hand at a batch, or two, or three.
And last but not least, I have been in love with Janet Hill Studio‘s paintings for some time now. My favourites are Francine and Her Frenchie, and Little Wings. Both are very different definitions of feminine, and I really want a print of both.
Anyone else feel a need for change to get out of a rut as of late?