Monday, January 25, 2016

Steaming Trees

Too bad I couldn't capture it as well in the photo, but it was pretty cool the way these trees were steaming in today's sunlight.


And, yes, I know many of you are under snow or currently in the middle of a blizzard, so it must be an even odder sight to see. Well that's Vancouver for ya - we live in a rain forest - sure looks like it doesn't it?

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Charity Crochet Project

This weekend I was busy crocheting 7 cup cozies to help out a friend. She's a volunteer at the Greater Vancouver Zoo and had made a stack of cozies to be sold to raise money for animal care. Except, she came to work the other day to found out several of the ones she made had been stolen.

She was so upset, I offered to help her out and make some too, to replace the stolen ones. Here's my collection:

The giraffee, elephant and monkey come from Repeat Crafter Me's Animal Alphabet. The fox, I can't remember where I found the pattern and I made up the tiger and the lion by copying a photo on pintrest. The lemur was completely made up by me.

I sure hope they don't get stolen again.


Wednesday, January 20, 2016

calling all knitters and makers

Check out this link to a fabulous knitting production calculator- Project Calculator. Great suggestions isn't it?

I have one friend who seems to think I should do everything for free. I have a shop, I need to earn an income. Last time she ordered something for a Christmas present for a friend.  She tells me in front of a group of people, at a restaurant that she doesn't have the cash (and I had already discounted from $30 to $20for her) but she would pay for my food- but we weren't having dinner and I didn't have alcohol because I was driving- so she got the item for about $13.. I almost cried....

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Pro-craftinating!

Another weekend pouring with rain. Perfect time to cuddle under the covers and pick up some knitting. Or maybe I'll do some needle felting. As soon as I get off this dang computer, ya know? Some weekends, it seems to eat up all my crafting time!!

This morning I woke up at 6:45 by a headache.I got up, took some Extra Strength Advil, had a cup of tea and muddled around on the computer. Took the dog for a walk  - did I mention it is pouring rain? - and here I am.

Okay, time to get crafting! Just as soon as I check a few more things... LOL, that's always the way isn't it

Sunday, January 10, 2016

Knit inspiration - Mountie Toque

I saw this toque in a commercial the other day - I just love the saluting Mounties   - isn't this cute??
Dang, I wish I thought of it first!!! 


Actually, check out the whole website - lots of great Canadian items! Drake General Store

Saturday, January 09, 2016

Whoops, I let time fly again....

Wowza, it's been almost a month since I've been here? Time flies that's for sure.
It does seem like I had the 'I'm so busy' illness the last few weeks. A big part of  it was a large volume of work at my day job. I don't know why, but I always get so heavily invested in work to be done. So much so that I end up stressing myself out, making myself sick - and I'm the only one at work that notices! My boss never says anything - good or bad, one way or the other - and neither does anyone else really. It's all self inflicted. I don't like owing reports or invoices etc to people. Jp never gets like that for his work, and it seems that this is more of a female thing doesn't it? I never even used all my vacation days last year.

Well, it has to stop. It's just not healthy. It's not going to do anyone any good if I get sick from stress. I only made that decision on Thursday, so I only practiced my new rule on Friday. I'll let you know how it goes!

December was also busy with handknit orders for my little Etsy shop. I had lots to do. I guess I haven't shown you. Here's a couple of items:


Crochet and Knit Converse Sneaker Slippers




Crochet Christmas Tree


And lots and lots of pairs of finger cymbal aka zill, covers, for my fellow bellydance friends. The rainbow ones seem to be the most popular






There were a couple other items but I guess the photos are on other devices so I will have to show you later. 

Happy New Year! My resolution is to post more frequently on my blog!! But I have to admit with Facebook and Instagram etc - it's hard to repeat everything more than once when you have to post everywhere, isn't it? How many other platforms are you on? Where else do you post? 

Sunday, December 13, 2015

Nothing Changes

Yesterday was a rainy Saturday, Jp was at the dentist and I was madly trying to finish (start and finish) another Christmas present. I ended up watching Turner Classic Movies most of the day:

-The Clock   - romance, 1945
- Suspicion - Hitchcock, 1941
- Here Comes Mr. Jordan - comedy, 1941
- Heaven Can Wait - comedy, 1943
- A Matter of Life and Death - romance, 1947

And you know what I noticed? Not much has changed in 60 years - we have many of the same problems, we say many of the same things - even the dogs look and act the same.  Oh sure there are so many things that are different, but there are still so many things the same. I think we forget that - with our smart cars and our smart phones - but really when it come down to it - we're still the same. Wouldn't you agree?