Friday, December 5, 2014

quite the culture

Looks like my goal of blogging more hasn't been the most successful but sometimes life just gets in the way it seems. I've been having one heck of an unproductive time since moving back to Kamloops as our home renovations are still in progress (but ALMOST done), we haven't actually finished unpacking (eep), and my chronic illness has progressed to the point where I can't work and trying to rest and feel better has completely taken over my life. Oh dear! 

On the bright side of things - I have had lots of time to read loads of scientific studies and novels on dealing with chronic illness (seriously - it's great. I love research) and I got the opportunity to make a whole whack load of little pseudomonas microbe plushies to send to some lovely ladies (and their lab cohorts) for xmas! My pinched nerve pain has left my left arm/side very limited so these cuties took quite a bit longer than my usual pace but I did it! And boy am I ever happy with how they turned out:

I hope these darlings are enjoying their new homes in the warm hands of those San Francisco pseudomonas lab geeks! I even made a nice little stop motion video showing these little opportunistic pathogens reproducing! Check it out!

A video posted by Kate McCurrach (@scientific_culture) on

Hehe! We can send our thanks to Fraser for that one since it was his idea to do the video in the first place. Thanks hubs!

That little spout of creative progress left me hankering for more so I've been working on crafting up all sorts of lovely creations for xmas presents this year. Not working has tightened by budget quite a bit so I decided I may as well use some of the craft supplies I have on hand and make things! Unfortunately that also means I can't share my creations with you until after santa arrives - but I can tell you I've really been stretching the old creativity muscles and making all sorts of different and unique things. Oh and not to worry - I am still rolling along my slow road to recovery and hopefully be all healed up sooner rather than later! Hooray!

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Caturday in Space!

This image pretty much made my day so hopefully it will bring some space-tastic cheer to your day as well!

Happy Caturday! I'm hoping the silliness and cuteness of this picture will get me through a morning of (very dreaded but necessary) bathing suit shopping. Ack. What are your plans? 

Monday, June 16, 2014

Mary Totoro

This lovely image combines two of my favourite characters! How charming!


Now if only I could get Mary Poppins to come on over to my house and use that nanny magic to clean up my house! I'd ask Totoro to join in as well but I doubt he's as helpful with the organizing...I swear ONE of these days we will be finished renos and be finally able to unpack our house. Until then - the mess will continue to chip away at what is left of my sanity and my wonderful husband Fraser will continue to work on our (hopefully soon to be finished) lovely home! Hooray! 

Sunday, June 15, 2014

New Goals

It's official - I have been motivated enough to create two wonderful new goals for myself! How lovely!
They are as follows:

Goal 1. Recreate this beautiful piece of lumpy succulent joy (on the cheap):


I'm thinking to fulfill this goal I will scavenge the thrift shops for some sort of neato jello mold, spray paint said mold,  then string that baby up and fill it with love (also known as dirt and potentially hard to kill plants). It's a plan!

Goal 2. Blog more. 

I will let you know how things go with the goals...or you know, I won't if I fail at that second one...

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

well said

It is pretty close to coming up to one year since we purchased our cosmetically challenged condo here in Kamloops and we are (unfortunately) still a bit away from finishing our renovations. Once the renos are done then perhaps we will finally be able to unpack our boxes from our move in the summer (oy!) and start actually living in our home instead of just sort of existing here. Throw on a wedding, a change of jobs, two major moves, a giant learning curve, and one heck of a chronic illness roller-coaster and you can certainly understand why things have been so slow moving. Alas - one day things will fall into place again and this lovely little mantra should be plastered on my unfinished walls:
I'm so looking forward to our finished home and new studio so I can get back into more regular crafting, more sharing, and the long awaited reopening of my etsy shop! Oh what a day that will be! In the meaning I am seriously considering making a nice embroidery sampler of the above statement so I can be reminded to have a little patience now and again. How are things coming along with your lives? Do you have any words of wisdom you turn to when times are challenging? 

Monday, February 10, 2014

Feeling like Foliage

I couldn't help but fall in love with these darling (and quite odd) images from "urbans and indians" (link). Why yes - the website is in Dutch, but no need to translate if you're like me and mostly interested in the imagery. Take a gander:


Or perhaps you're into the larger fronds? 


or my personal fave...


It really makes be wish I had a series of these hanging in my house somewhere. Or maybe I need to crochet up some cacti costumes for Fraser and I to sport for a nice xmas card photo? Or heck - I may as well aim to dress up and send out silly wedding thank you cards because I am sure am taking a million years to send those out! Oh dear! That would require me finding my very much missing address book so first things first - plant costumes. It's all about the priorities. 

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Life Lately

Despite popular belief - I am still struggling away over here and have grandiose plans to come back to blogging full force in the new year (which I think is a practical goal really). Life has been extra hectic lately and I am having a hard time finding time to get groceries let alone write some crafty and inspired posts. Looks like I will be hiding out for a bit longer much like this guy:


I still haven't found time to write my wedding thank you cards and now that it's xmas card season (another usually enjoyable task I will not be getting to this year) I feel like I will just end up sending them out in January once the holidays have passed and hopefully my wonderful friends and family will be find with the belated well wishes of thanks. 

In good news, Fraser and I have almost finished successfully moving my dear old grandpa from his massive farm house on 40 acres to a fresh shiny pad in a retirement complex. It has been quite the journey that has sucked away any glimmer of free time for me but he seems to be enjoying the added company of being in town and only complaint I've heard lately is that he is being "treated like an old man.". Grandpa. You're 85. You are an old man. 

I've had a terrible relapse of costochondritis. I had this spout of flu/cold that turned into a lovely gastrointestinal flu/cold that apparently triggered my costal cartilage to freak out and swell like no tomorrow. I've been resting up but with two jobs scheduling me and the bills piling up I am going to try to head back this week and see how it goes. Here's hoping it goes wonderfully...

Such a busy life means there hasn't been a load of progress on our complete home renovation. I'm trying to find some spare moments during each day to go through one box or bag or section of complete house mess and purge/organize/unpack/do something productive. Last night Lindsay came over and attacked the heck out of a few sections and boy did it ever feel good! I've inherited some lovely heirlooms from my grandpa's move and am extra motivated to make room for them in our new home. We did some intense purging at my grandpa's place (he hasn't downsized in 60+ years and apparently held on to everything) and it really sets your priorities straight. Yes I do want to hold onto fond memories and lovely things, but I don't want to die in a pile of hoarded antiques and vintage treasures. If I'm not going to use it, don't have room for it, and don't have an overwhelming need for it then pass it on to someone else who does! So liberating! 

What have you been up to lately?