Monday, December 21, 2009

Waiting for Santa!

Remember how last year's Christmas tree tricked me and instead of it being 5ft it was as tall as my ceiling

My tree and I

Well this year, I knew that
a) if a tree is taller than me it is not 5ft and
b) if it spans from the back to the front of the car than it definitely is not 5ft tall

Christmas tree 09

A little bit more my size and that much easier to sneak in and later out the apartment building ;)

and this is what happens when you play with the ornaments for too long


Saturday, November 14, 2009

A bit of a Sale...

Well actually a pretty big bit of a sale... 25% off the entire shop until Nov 30th!!!

Sunday, November 08, 2009

Keeping Creative...

I am trying to keep creative even though I work with numbers for 10 hours a day only to come home and study about numbers.
In order to try and keep my creative juices from drying up... which they often do, I signed up for a whole bunch of ATC swaps on Swap-bot

A Daisy themed swap
Daises ATC Swap - sent

A Mushroom themed and a Bee themed swap ( they kind of go together)

Mushroom Birds and Bee ATCs

Somehow the mushroom came back in this Ladybug themed swap

Ladybug ATCs

Roses - each piece was cut by hand

Roses ATCs

I want to sign up for more but at the same time I am always soo late in sending them out...

Sunday, November 01, 2009

Happy Halloween!!!!

Somehow I went from planning to be a pirate for a year.... to maybe Batman (yes I realize I am a girl and still BatMAN) to a hastily put together fairy. And after a lot of great anticipation I felt extremely tired yesterday and the night almost didn't happen.
But it did and I had the perfect excuse to play with my make up ....

Halloween 09 - Fairy Make up

Halloween 09 - Fairy Make up

Halloween 09 - Fairy Make up

Halloween 09 - Fairy Make up

Sunday, October 11, 2009

In cooking news...

I don't know how I caught the cooking bug, but I have and I am not sure that I want to shake it.
I think it is the new job. My coworkers love to share their food at lunch and are always bringing in new things and so I had to follow suit.
I started out with the simplest and most yummy Banana Bread

Banana Bread

Lex's Banana Bread (named after my coworker's wife, whose recipe this is)

1/2 cup of creamed butter
1 cup sugar
1 egg
3 very ripe bananas
2 tbsp milk
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1 1/2 cups flour

Cream the butter and add the sugar, egg, banana and milk together. Blend well. Add all dry ingredients together then add to the wet mixture. Should fit into a 9 inch, greased baking dish.
Bake at 350F for 35 to 40 mins. Simple I told you!

Apart from desserts, I have also ventured into my favourite mama recipes too.



and finally today I made Thanksgiving dinner for my sister and friends.

Thanksgiving Dinner

and the BIRD!!!

Thanksgiving Dinner

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Happy Sunday...

oh how I wish Sundays did not end with Mondays...

This weekend I found myself living the life of shut-in as my only venture into the real world was a quick but expensive trip to the pet store followed by another quicker trip to the art supply store.
The rest of the time I was somewhere in between the piles or should I say mountains of supplies that I own.


I gathered and packaged my Journaling supplies swap

Journaling supplies Swap - sent

Two packages to fly of to different sides of the world.

I also completed another swap titled "Flowered ATCs: Daises"

Daises ATC Swap - sent

I haven't worked on mixed media projects in a while and I thought that the best way to get myself back in the groove would be if I signed up for a few swaps.
My style is a bit different now and the whole process has evolved for me. I actually sketched, picked out the papers & organized them prior to starting. I used to just splash things together before.
The swap called for 2 ATCs and I created one slightly different to put in the Shop! as an ACEO.

Dream Big - ACEO

"Dream Big"

Monday, September 07, 2009

In reading news...

Class is fast approaching again, my first assignment is due on Oct 9th.
In a race against time I am trying to read as many books before I hit the study books again. Once it starts I won't be able to come up for air until next June.

In the last month, I finished the 5th installment of Stephen King's Dark Tower series (I have been reading the series on and off for the past 5 years).

Interestingly enough this book mentioned a devise called a seeker and a little wizard by the name of Harry Potter. Yes Stephen King manages to bring in all kinds off strange things in his books, usually it is characters from his other stories.
So guess the title of the next book that I read...

A while back I decided to give in and read the Harry Potter books. I had never read them or watched the movies, so I decided to catch up with the world. One of my new coworkers handed me the first book in the series the morning after I finished the King book. Coincidence? Or in the words of King "ka" ;)

I finished Harry Potter in one breath, well a week. Now I must watch the first movie and see the visuals.
Next on my reading list is

I usually let some time pass between the Dark tower books but as I told you I am in a race against time.

After this I want to read

Finish the dark tower series and Harry Potter. I don't think I will get pass the the above book in time though, but we will see...

Saturday, August 22, 2009

The last week in review

...getting used to the new job is taking it's tole on me.
My brain is overloaded and I can't wait until I understand it inside and out. Luckily at least corporate finance is the same across the board, it's the ins and outs of my new company that are 'interesting'. So far I do like the people and atmosphere, it is nothing like my old company (well more like my department was managed poorly).

Since I am trying to get used to a new schedule, I have been having a hard time falling asleep and thus more playing on the computer.

Last week, I worked on my first 'Self Portrait Thursday' photo in months
Self Portrait Thursday - Aug 20th 2009

I also uploaded my skydiving video

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Sale Sale Sale

I am having a Studio sale until July 31st on my entire shop. After purchase please wait for a revised invoice.
*sale excludes custom items*


"Luscious" earrings

Banana lip balm

Lip Balm

Sunday, July 19, 2009

My first Tandem skydive

Skydiving July 2009

All suited up and saying "Goodbye, Land"

Skydiving July 2009

Seconds before the jump. My face was completely squished by the goggles. Very uncomfortable feeling.

Skydiving July 2009

In the air two thumbs up! over 10,000ft in the air!!!

Skydiving July 2009

Checking my altitude, about to pull the cord of my parachute. The wind is so strong your face is plastered to the back of your head. Look at the flesh of my poor cheeks!

Skydiving July 2009

The shoot opens and we fly back.

Skydiving July 2009

Back on the ground. This shot is super cool, maybe Top Gun just missing the fighter jet ;)

Friday, July 17, 2009

A day off looking back to another day off...

In a last minute decision yesterday I decided to take today off. I had a very stressful week both professionally and personally and I just needed to sleep in and recharge my batteries. Perhaps you can call this a mental health day ;)
Two weeks ago I had the Monday off, instead of Canada day. You see working in finance means that you close the books and not take a day off even if it is a national holiday. Anyway, Amy and I traveled, got lost, and eventually found our way to Blue mountain for a overnight little get away.
We were a bit confused to walk around the Blue Mountain village wondering what people do at night there. Well I thought this is when you get your sweater, sit on the cool chairs and talk the night away. We are used to always search for entertainment and some kind of stimulus that not doing anything is a foreign concept.
My new promise to myself is to try to find the calm and peace in a Friday night in, just me, myself and the cat. Stop rushing and always pushing forward, looking constantly for more and wanting more. I will learn how to be thankful for all that I have, all that I have achieved and be at peace with myself.

Blue Mountain

Blue Mountain village in the Summer

Blue Mountain

The village and I

Blue Mountain

Step 1 taking a moment!

Thursday, July 16, 2009

What is in a goal...

Are we supposed to have a very specific plan in life?
One that specifies accomplishments and deadlines?
A friend of mine just had her baby and it comes exactly at the age she planned to have it at and around the birth date she had picked out for it.
Is that too much?
I don't have a plan, I don't have a set goal of where I want to be and at what specific age. The only thing I plan on planning for is retirement since it involves monthly savings starting now and a little investment will get you a long way if you plan right. But when it comes to being married by this age, having a child by this age and basically mapping out my life I haven't done that. I don't intent to do it either, but does that set me back?
Is marriage an accomplishment, a milestone that would make me into me or is living my life and trying to think outside the box a better description of myself? Am I falling behind because I am 25, single and with no intention to settle? I am starting to move forward in my career and I consider that an accomplishment. Developing the way I see the world and how I think through experiences and education are a better definition of who I am than anything else. I don't understand how some people see being single as a set back, and all that I strive for should be to meet a man. To be honest I want to meet the man, but just not a man in order to meet some deadline set out by society and meeting him will be an extension of who I already am not my entire being.
Blue Mountain

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Back to our regularly scheduled Happy blogging

A little recap of the past weekend in pictures. The little moments that make me smile and bring me peace.

A little chocolaty challenge that turned out great!
Mmmmmm Chocolate

and a lazy Sunday


My lovely partner in crime, currently in the exact same position

I L O V E you!

Sunday, June 21, 2009

This is a sad post, you may not want to read it...

The past week was a hard week, very sad week for a good friend who lost her little brother in a tragic accident. 23 is too young to loose your life.

I don't handle death well and am very useless when it comes to providing support. I will do my best to be there and to show that I will do anything to support the person but at the same time I am one foot out the door.

I went to the viewing on Friday afternoon and the sadness was so thick you could cut it with a knife.

This was my second viewing ever and it was again open casket. I don't understand this as I think that it would make things even harder for the family to see their beloved laying there not to get up. A photo slide show played in the back. I didn't know him, but it made me extremely sad to the point that I was frozen in my seat unable to move. Perhaps it makes it easier for the family to say good bye and yet I would prefer to have the last memory of someone still running around smiling, not this sad sleep, simply gone to the world. Tradition is tradition and we all handle things in our own way. I will not have open casket for anybody.

I stayed for an hour and a half and had to leave. I made sure that my friend knew she can reach out to me at any time and I will be there, but I had to leave. I had to leave and distract myself in some mindless stupid ways. Everything becomes unimportant and trivial when a life is lost and yet I had to run out of there and do stupid senseless tasks. I feel really bad about this but sadness makes me shut down and run. It leaves me cold and I go to a place deep inside of me where I don't feel. I think this makes me a bad person because I should be better at providing support instead of being selfish. If the tables were turned I am sure she would be a better friend than I am. I am sorry.

My sister said that this is how I handle things. I run because I feel more than I should and sympathize with the person to an extreme where I end up being hurt. This is how I deal with death, not because I am cold hearted but the opposite, according to her.

I feel like I really let her down and I hope that she forgives my desire for self preservation. She has every right not to forgive me.

I don't understand death; I can't imagine what happens to the person when they are gone. One minute here, the next where? I need explanations for everything and there is no explanation for this. I believe that the soul continues its journey, but how I don't know. We are not supposed to know, knowing will bring us closure. The end of a life should be celebrated, I don't want anyone to cry or wear black when my day comes. I want them to wear colourful clothes and laugh and celebrate who I was, hopefully who I still am somewhere...

This brings me back to the fall and when the person I was dating at that time lost his mother. It was 2 weeks into the 'relationship' and it was a time when I was even more emotionally unstable. Now looking back, I can see that he had a need for my support and I let him down. In the week prior to the funeral I was always in touch with him, driving 200km in day to see him, go to work, see him again and finally go home. I thought that I was doing a lot, but now I think that it wasn't enough. I didn't know what my role was with him, was I a friend? Was I the girlfriend?
I didn't mention anything about going to the visitation and funeral because I wanted to try and avoid it. Honestly, I didn't think that he wanted me there. It is a family and close friends type of event and I didn't feel like I fit in either of those groups. The night before the visitation he asked me if I was going as if it was something that I didn't need an invitation for...
I went as late as possible because I had never gone to something like this and was truly trying to avoid it. I sat in the back; my eyes fixated on his mother, my hands in tight fists, nails digging into my skin while the rest of my body was frozen. I couldn't get up; I couldn't walk to the front because I simply shut down.
I talked to him when he came around; I waited for him after it was over. While waiting I tried to be invisible, I tried to imagine myself anywhere but there.
All I could think about was that if it was me, I wouldn't be able to leave the funeral home; I wouldn't be able to leave my mother.
He picked a fight with me that night, he said we were incompatible. I acted foolish as I ran out. I called the next afternoon and apologized even though there was nothing to apologize for as I hadn't done anything. I though the anger was just directed towards me because he had to let it out somehow.
The next day was the funeral; I didn't go because I had to work. I had a lot to finish at work because the following day I was going on a 4 day trip to New York City with my best friend. A trip planned and paid for long before this.
I was thankful to have this escape because the situation was driving me insane. It was too heavy for me to deal with and I had to run. Everyone I talked to told me that I was doing the right thing for myself. Most people said that they would have stayed away from the whole situation instead of being there like I was. I thought that I had done a lot and now had to get away save my own skin.
I can say right now looking back that it was a childish to run away. I should have been stronger; I should have stayed back and made sure I provided the support that was needed.
It is too late now to change things and to tell you that I am sorry.

Thursday, June 11, 2009


This was a very good week for the Shop!

I sent out my first newsletter to past customers and friends. If you would like to be included and receive the next one let me know.

I am getting ready for the Big on Bloor show on the 20th.

Big on bloor promo 2009

I had a customer who purchased my Fresh earrings come back and order a custom matching bracelet. This was the first ever bracelet made by me and I think I am going to make a few!

"Fresh" Bracelet

And also a custom label lip balms were ordered from a returning customer.
Returning customers make me really happy because it means they are happy with their purchases and I must have done something right ;)

And as per my Sister's request I know have Coconut lip balm flavour in the shop!!!

Sunday, June 07, 2009

Another productive weekend!

On Friday I checked the online paper for Garage sales in my area and believe it or not I was up at 8am on Saturday in order to venture out and find some goodies before someone else snatched them up.

Here is what I ended up with for $24 !!!

1st ever garage sale expedition

My favourites are the TV tray and suitcase!

The idea behind this little trip was to find some way to display my earrings at the upcoming Big on Bloor craft show. I didn't think that my couch cushions will really cut it for another year.

Here is what I did

Step 1: Found a very large wooden frame for all of $3, I paid $5 for the frame and suitcase!
Step 1 New Earring Display

Step 2: Tear apart the frame and remove the painting, glass and backing. Here is where I warn you to make sure you are careful and have a tetanus shot as the staples can be very old and dangerous as they may fly in the air...

Step 2 New Earring Display

Step 3: Apply at least 2 coats of latex paint, I purchased a tester can from the hardware store for $6 in Cocoa Mousse.

Step 3 New Earring Display

*** Very important, let the paint dry. I don't have patience and well I was covered in paint. Also cover up the surface you are working on as paint likes to drip and also fly in the air***

Step4: Use thumb tacks to attach window mesh and cardboard to the frame. Also do not try to use your thumb to push in the thumb tacks it will hurt, find a hammer. In my case call one of your best friends and ask if her dad has an extra one kicking around. Also it was hard keeping my cat from helping, that's his thumb in the picture.
Step 4 New Earring Display

And here is what I now have

Finished Earring Display!!!

A super cool about $10 earring display.
I just finished putting a second coat of paint on a smaller frame that will be used for the same purpose.