Friday, July 29, 2011

my vacation, so far

This year we bought a house, so no big trip to Europe after all (which was one of the things on my list of things to do this year ). But that’s ok, things are shaping well pretty nicely nonetheless.


So far I was in a volleyball tournament. We won, no thanks to me though…

My nephews are now the proud owners of our volleyball trophies, which somehow made them very happy. I’m not quite sure why, but whatever.

I guess a trophy is a trophy!

Went out to the Eastern Townships (close enough) and spent some time in nature, soaking my toes in the river.


Ventured out to Vermont, rural Vermont. And by rural, I mean rural. And while I’m pretty much a tried and true city girl, there were some lovely things to be seen and done in Vermont.


Paul and I went to Simon Pearce, a restaurant in Quechee that also makes hand blown glass and pottery (probably not hand blown but handmade, so…) Added bonus, the restaurant and factory are powered by the river waterfall and uses local produce and dairy in their menu. Yay for sustainable, high end, foodie dining experiences! Also, a little known fact about Marya, she is a big lover of the pottery and glass. There is a place in Victoria BC that makes hand blown glass and I loved visiting it and watching them make funky glass creations. If I could have afforded it, I would have bought some hand blown creations (then and now) but alas, I can’t justify spending that kind of money on things my klutzy self will break. It’s really on a matter of time!



There were of course, other highlights to the trip.

For example, quirky trees behind one of the restaurants we ate at in Stowe, Vermont.

A visit to the Ben and Jerry’s ice cream factory, which was cheesy but fun in the way you should expect from Ben and Jerry’s, really. Complete with a moooovie and a sample of one of their newest flavours, late night with jimmy fallon. It was surprisingly good actually. Who knew chips in an ice cream could be tasty?


On the way back we drove through the Champlain islands, which were quite lovely. I’d like to go back again and spend some time in that particular area swimming and enjoying the water.

In between it all I’ve had lots of time for crafting and been trying my hand at beeswax candle making. What have I learned so far? That I’m definitely going to have to buy a mould release spray because beeswax just doesn’t come out of metal moulds easily.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

domestic adventures: our new fridge

So Paul and I bought a new fridge. Being the tall gal that I am, I have joined the bottom freezer campaign and convinced Paul that he too should join the ranks so that we can be uniform in our fridge tendencies.


Of course, Paul was sceptical but married life being what it is, he soon joined the bandwagon and off we went to buy a fridge.

No, wait.

Before we bought a fridge, Paul made careful measurements of our fridge space in the kitchen, which I totally wouldn’t have done. No sirree, I’m more of a wing it, fly by the seat of your pants shopper. In fact, I was more concerned about whether said fridge would fit into our new home and never even considered worrying about the space in our current kitchen.

What’s the catch you ask? Cause you know there’s a catch to this story, don’t you? Of course you do, I don’t have no dumb readers!

Well, once said fridge was delivered (it’s lovely, thank you for asking), we realized that our walls aren’t actually straight. No. In fact, the top part of the wall, which was measured, is in fact wider than the bottom by about 1/2 inch.

So our lovely new fridge is now living in the space just outside of the kitchen work space.

The moral of this story: always measure the top and the bottom! Or wing it like I do and just accept the consequences of chaotic consumerism!

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

non conventional scrapbooking: why I scrapbook

I didn't start this discussion, nor will I be the last to have it.

(In case the embedded link kicks out, which it did before, here is the link).

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

mini books

 Working on making mini books:


What I used to make this book:
  • Epoxy Glue (it really fracken stinks)
  • Big book binder clips (you know, the fancy schmancy expensive ones that I steal from work)
  • Paper (8.5 x 11, cut in half and folded)
  • 2 metal rulers
  • My PaperCutter (best thing I've ever purchased, at least craftwise)
  • Scrapbooking paper - This paper made my day when I found it. It reminds me of a tattoo that I'd like to get. Speaking of which, I'm really jonesing for a new tattoo. But that's a topic for another day.

Here's how I did it:
  • Cut the notepad paper
  • Folded it in half and stacked the pages between rulers
  • Clipped paper with 2 clips between rulers (so no clip marks on pages)
  • Folded the outer paper to match one edge (left extra length), glued
  • Folded 2nd edge
  • Clipped again to hold in place (used 3 on the top)
  • Let dry
Here's what I learned:
  • Epoxy glue stinks.
  • I needed more glue than I thought I did (I did it 3x because I was too frugal with the glue)
  • I'm all thumbs man. Seriously. I know that doing new projects is a bit awkward until you learn the skill, but man this one was a bit of a fandangle as I manipulated the clips while trying to keep pages aligned!
But whatever. I love my new little booklet. I need to buy more paper and make more. I just love the cover!

Monday, July 11, 2011

gratitude: building a life together

When Paul and I first met, most of my friends didn’t think the relationship would last. I had a hard time of it really, dealing with the amount of naysaying I got at the beginning of our relationship. People just couldn't see it, the didn't get how 2 people who were so different on the surface, could work. And yet, here we are, 5.5 years in, married, and I would even dare to say, stronger than ever.


I don’t know what makes one relationship work and not another. I don't know if opposites attract, or if it's about balancing each other out. So far my experiences in life have leant weight and disproven each theory out there. Sometimes opposites do attract, other times they really don't. Sometimes having things in common is great, but sometimes you run out of things to talk about. Like I said, I don't know why one couple/theory works in one situation and not another. And I don’t know why some people who are amazing, are alone for no apparent reason other than people not seeing them for how great they are. I wish I did, cause I’d be a millionaire if I did. AND, I'd have probably had an easier go of it in the dating world had I had the answer!

The other day I was trolling the interwebs and came across this blog post  which explores a variety of creative people (mostly scrapbookers and art journalers) talking about marriage advice they'd give others, like marriage or "love is a decision," or "be kinder than you feel" and I just thought they were beautiful words to think about in a relationship, any relationship really, be it family, friends, or romantic.

Friday, July 8, 2011

chalkboard spice jars

IMG_5086 I bet you all think that all I do these days is scrapbook! Well the next few posts will disprove that theory. I do lots of other crafty things that I never get around to writing about but should. Here is one of my latest ventures:

Chalkboard spice jars.

I love the idea but there were a few problems in the execution. First and foremost that I'd never actually use chalk on them cause it'd rub off too easily. I used a white crafting pen by American Crafts instead.

The paint didn't go on smoothly. In future attempts I will use a sponge brush instead of a regular brush.

I thought I'd like a sloppy look but not so much. Next time will try it with tape for sharp lines.

The paint will chip off if you scratch it hard enough.

Thinking about doing this with old vintage jars/flower vases so you get write a message on it maybe even a love note (hint, hint to my husband who reads this blog: if I make it, you write it)!

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

origami heart bookmark mini book

Lots of crafting going on for yours truly. We’re in an upswing creativity mode, which is great. The lulls can be a bit hard!

Most recently I’ve been creating origami bookmarked note books. Here’s the origami part:


The notebook itself:


I make these notebooks for myself all of the time. I love them and keep meaning to make more for my shop but still haven’t gotten around to it. But vacation time is coming soon!

Monday, July 4, 2011

exploring red: telling a story via scrapbooking

I won’t lie to you, sometimes I feel like scrapbooking comes across as too suburban soccer mom as a hobby and I’m a bit loath to admit to doing it. But every now and again I create a page that feels right and captures exactly why I actually enjoy doing it.

The page isn’t perfect, nor is the picture, but together they capture a moment that was pretty exciting to me: dying my hair ELECTRIC red! Oh yes, that’s right: electric!


I’d been contemplating the move for WAY too long. I think I carried around the magazine photo for about a year, which was unlike me when it came to making a hair move.

I’ve dyed my hair red, purple, black, blonde, brown, and accidently orange. But there was something about the burgundy with electric red streaks that I just kept putting off. Probably because it involved dye and bleach, and I was just lazy.

But when I did it, I loved it.

Creating a page about this memory was a real shift for me because for once the page was almost entirely about the story and not the image. About capturing the memory and not just reflecting on what the image already shows.

I’ve been working on being a more story based scrapbooker for a while, but this was the very first time I actually felt like I succeed and it’s a pretty nice feeling! Because as a journaler, scrapbooking has always been meant to be more about the story than anything else. I love the old images of Lucy Maud Montgomery’s scrapbook because they document history through a personal lens. That’s what I think scrapbooking should be about. Granted, her floral collection doesn’t really do it for me, but the news clippings and insight into the things that caught her notice are pretty amazing!

Which brings me to my next thought…

I really need to get back into thinking about current events in the world around me. I used to do that on this space. I’d like to do it again. But I’d like to do it via scrapbooking. I’m going to give it a whirl… we’ll see what comes of it!


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