Tuesday, March 31, 2015

xmas blooms

I'm not exactly the best at keeping plants alive.  I certainly have the aspirations to be a wonderful gardener but somewhere along the lines I neglect or over water whatever greenery I have and it dies.  I do get lucky once in a while and produce the most wonderful blooms like this stunning red flower I got in a bulb kit for xmas:

Isn't it lovely? I was pretty impressed with the kit - and even though I didn't plant it until many months after xmas, it still managed to grow! and flourish even! To make things even more impressive, my sister received the same bulb kit and her flower did not grow (and she's usually super good with plants)! Ok...so her bulb probably died on her trip home to the far reaches of the arctic circle (a smidge of an exaggeration perhaps) and the icy cold temperatures may have been too much for poor little bulb to handle. 

I am super curious how anyone gets plants like these to grow straight. I rotated her little pot as she grew (since she would lean towards the sun) but that didn't appear to make any difference. Look how crooked this gal is:

Well...perhaps that isn't the most convincing picture but I assure you the long leaves shoot out in one direction and the stem and flowers lean in the other. Oh well. It just gives her more character! It also makes me want to try to grow more bulbs next year! I'm stuck container gardening for now since I live in a condo but it would be super awesome to have some nice little spring bulb flowers on the patio! Does anyone have any experience with gardening out there? Do bulbs even grow in pots outside? 

Monday, March 30, 2015

Stepping up my painting game!

I've always been very particular about colours - I like certain shades, am extra fond of muted jewel tones, and like combinations that pop. With this in mind, I rarely ever find paint colours I can use straight from the tube and end up mixing my own instead.  This process is enjoyable but can be quite tedious when my perfectly mixed paint dries and I want to continue working on the same project the next day.  The solution? Making my very own custom coloured paint pots! Aha! Why in the world did this take me so long to figure out? So I took a nice little trip over to the Dollarama, picked up some sweet stackable small containers, and got to mixin'! Here is what I ended up with:

Yay! I promise you they are even more stunning in person and make my crafting/painting life so much easier.  Now I am free to paint for as long as I'd like and still be able to come back and continue without more mixing! Oh the world is a wonderful place! Sure I'm missing out on the fun of mixing up the colours but if I want a new tone I can just start a new pot! Plus they lock together for easy storage:

Ooo those mid-centurty modern colour palettes are dreamy. I am now substantially more efficient when it comes to acrylics and used these lovely custom colours to make 26 different necklaces last week. Apparently I went a smidge overboard with the painted beads and pendants but who wouldn't go nuts over perfect colour tones? I'll be sharing my creations over the next while and you'll be able to see these colours in action! What about you? Are you also the colour police? 

Friday, March 27, 2015

Katie Makes

Mollie Makes (link) magazine is awesome.  It is jam packed with fun sewing, knitting, crocheting, weaving, and thrifty upcycling projects that you totally want to make and has the dreamiest colourful pictures to swoon over on each page.  Seriously though - how many magazines out there always have projects you want to make in them? In my experience - very few. Sure I love the projects in my subscription to Bust magazine, but Mollie Makes is dedicated to craftiness so there are loads of fun ideas in there! Like most magazines I fall in love with, it's from the UK.  Those Brits certainly know how to win me over with publications but torment me with their lack of availability in Canada and when you do manage to get your hands on a copy it is usually outdated by a season. (Note: they did have a US version of the magazine for a while but it was pretty lack lustre in comparison and I think it may be gone now since I haven't seen one in ages?).

Well! Availability is no longer a problem for me since I decided at xmas to subscribe! I still get them a good 3 weeks after they are released over the pond, but it was totally worth it (plus mail! yay!). Another amazing perk of this fabulous magazine? They come with little projects packages too! Here was my most recent bonus craft kit:

Looks amazing right? I tore straight into this mini project and am thrilled with my sweet new accessories! Check them out:

Yay! I ended up supplementing the kit with some of my favourite embroidery floss colours and surprisingly broke three needles when making these. Seriously? I never break needles. It must have been all that enthusiasm I was pouring into making these babies! 

I made the pendant in a chevron pattern that wasn't actually in their "18 designs to chose from" but was super simple.  I added the dark teal and grey thread from my stash and when I finished and glued the back extra strings down I whipped out some dark turquoise paint to finish off the edges! For the brooch I went with a neat flower design they included the pattern for.  I used my own coral coloured floss because I am apparently supremely particular about my colour selections and finished it off with some coloured pencil petals and chartreuse painted edges! Oooo! Take a peek at those details:

Yaaayyy!!! Issue 51 of Mollie Makes is clearly a big winner and I even have a few more projects up my sleeve from this magazine too! Oh my! What do you think of my cross stitch creations? Are there any other magazines that will make my crafty life more fantastic I haven't heard of? Are you totally going to go buy this magazine now? I hope so!

Thursday, March 26, 2015

that squirrel is ACTUALLY trying to catch that peanut.

Remember that adorable squirrel I posted about yesterday? Isn't he darling:


Well - as it turns out the guy who took the picture did NOT photoshop that peanut in there. What!? Yep - that squirrel is actually going after that peanut. Great job James! You can see loads of his other lovely squirrel pictures on his deviant art account here (link). 

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Squirrel trying to catch a peanut

When I came across this gem of an image it was too good not to share:

Why yes - it is most likely photoshopped - but it is still super cute and entertaining and it sort of reminds me of when I find pyrex dishes at thrift shops! Haha! Happy Wednesday! 

Monday, March 23, 2015

Extreme Pyrex Love

The last time I posted about Pyrex on here I had a tiny handful of pieces and was super stoked to share each one as I found it.  In the last three years my pyrex collecting has become quite extreme as I have enthusiastically thrifted a lot of these lovely vintage milk glass dishes. At first I was all about the 441s (the small cinderella style bowl with the handles) and 403s (the 3rd largest mixing bowl size) and then it became all about good deals and bowl sets. I now have well over 80 pyrex dishes, have completed oodles of bowl sets, and am still thrilled when I see these lovely dishes in the wild! I've also (obviously) picked up my thrift shopping game quite dramatically checking much more often for new pieces - and Fraser and I have made pyrex hunting one of our new past times! Ok...so it's really more my favourite hobby than Fraser's...but he is a good sport and wonderfully supports my excitement and purchases (what a great husband)! 

I'd really like to take some time and share all about my favourite pieces and amazing deals I've found but for today will share one of my favourite sets that are prime for using (unlike the rest of my collection that requires a step stool to get at)! Behold - my almost primary frankenset:

Isn't it lovely? The smallest and two largest bowls are from the classic primary mixing bowl set and I've swapped out a verde 402 for where the red bowl usually goes! I really dig the colour combination and am slightly less concerned about breaking them because they are all duplicates. Ack! Did I just admit that? Well - technically they aren't all duplicates. I have a completed 1940's unnumbered primary pyrex set on display on my living room/dining room dividing book shelf - and these bowls are numbered so they are newer and technically different. The verde 402 is indeed a duplicate, but I am super drawn to those olive/avocado greens so I'm not surprised I ended up with two. My other duplicates now hold succulents in my living room and I now have pictures of my collection saved on my phone so I can avoid mistakingly purchasing doubles in the future! Yay!

So my pyrex love has definitely become slightly more extreme - but I still rejoice over every last piece I manage to find and lovingly bring home to my hoard. It's certainly becoming harder and harder to find pieces I don't have but it certainly isn't going to stop me from looking! Is there anything you collect from thrift shops? How long has it taken you to build up your stash? 

Friday, March 20, 2015

Oh hello.

I am a sucker for cute animal pictures. I spend a little bit of time everyday checking out cute fuzzy creatures on the internet and am particularly fond of this picture:

Oh hello raccoon! I also wanted to post this in case for some reason my sister decides to read my blog since she has an irrational fear or raccoons. It's also her birthday today.  You think I'm being cruel? It's payback for that cotton ball dispenser she got me for xmas a few years back (I hate cotton balls). *shudder*