Thursday, April 29, 2010

Coffee Coffee Coffee

This is a hat that has been in my head for a long time. For someone that lives for her next cup of coffee this hat was inevitable. I'm hoping to make it a series. Lucky for me I live in a town with the most incredible organic coffee Roaster/Cafe- The Laughing Whale, so I have access to an endless supply of these colourful coffee bags. You can check it out on my etsy site.

Monday, April 26, 2010

My sunny new hat

I'm kind of excited about this new baby. The straw is so vintagy looking. I was searching for a wide brim design where I could use my vintage hankie flowers. What do you think? Click here for more details

Sunday, April 25, 2010

pandemonium, chaos and a very happy birthday

Wednesday evening, 10 p.m bake cupcakes. Planet earth for my six year old earth day birthday boy. Please don't ask me to identify any continents. Use of imagination is highly recommended. Thursday- Head to school with cupcakes, teach dancing to kids. Thursday evening, bake more cupcakes for family party. Friday- excitement continues for imminent Saturday kid party. Friday night- bake cake, make 4 pizza doughs. Satuday morning- Tony who lives in fear of there not being enough food requests two more pizza doughs. Resistance is useless. Clean house, prepare excuses for absence of bathroom sink. 11 a.m- guests arrive. Extremely proud of child for not grabbing gifts and tearing them open when people walk in. 11:15- vague sense of happy, wild children and many parents with beer bottles in hand. 5:15- Last guests leave. (we enjoyed their company and ignored children at this point.) 7 p.m, Dusty begins planning his party for next year.
Sunday- Catatonic parents, child volunteered to go to bed at 6 p.m.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

The stencil that saved the Floor

Finally have a photo of my studio floor. It turned out a tad more neon than I had anticipated. I painted these giant stencils on and now I'm a happy camper. Stencils can be found here.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Madeline goes to the Pyramids

A lovely customer who purchased this Madeline headband from Lilliput hats in Toronto sent me this photo. So nice to know that my hat is living a life of adventure and travelling the world. (and on a camel)

Monday, April 12, 2010

Hankies in the Wind

Just got a new shipment of vintage hankies. I washed them and hung them up to dry on my neighbour's line since we don't have one yet. The prettiest site I saw today.

Friday, April 9, 2010

Drum Roll Please

Here it is folk, the moment you've all been waiting for. Photos of our new/old, colourful and beautiful on the inside/ haunted on the outside house. I'll say the same thing I say to everyone that walks into my home...Please excuse the mess. I know I have a good excuse, but the truth is it doesn't really ever get better. This is the downstairs. I just uncovered the floor in my studio and the bedroom is a sea of laundry. The bathroom looks like a tenement building on the Lower East side. So, this is all I'm ready to reveal at this point. Also coming at some point in the future are wall kitchen cabinets, draw pulls and curtains. Right now we hang our coats in the windows at night. Good thing we have great neighbours. I have to say, work in progress and all, I've never been happier. Hope you enjoy.

Friday, April 2, 2010

Crawling to the Starting Line

I wish I were six years old. On Wednesday the school bus dropped Dusty off in front of his new home for the first time. He walked into a house with boxes stacked up to the ceiling, no refrigerator or kitchen counter, no sink in the bathroom and furniture stacked on top of each other. He took one look at the scene and said, " I have just one thing to say, Mom......THIS IS AWESOME!!! Definitely gave me a little boost. Our move was a combination of hell on earth and amazing. The day before our move one of the guys working for us plugged in the fridge that came with the house. It was probably 30 years old, or so. A couple hours later Tony was chatting with a different contractor casually mentioning that he hoped our appliances would last us a few years. The guy who had plugged in the fridge a few hours before chimed in, "Yeah, that freezer sure is hot." Tony went to check it out and sure enough it was too hot to touch. Had Tony walked out for the night without casually speculating about our appliances there is a pretty good chance that our house would have burned down. So, the good new is that the house is still standing and the bad news is that we had to buy a new fridge yesterday. Needless to say we went out for dinner on Wednesday. We went to out local diner, Large Marge's. Dusty wanted to sit by himself at the counter while Tony and I shared a booth. Dusty loves to chat up strangers. He told the owners, " We just moved into our new house today. It's really colourful and pretty inside. Outside, not so much. It kind of looks like a haunted house." The kid summed it up in a couple of sentences.

Now for the amazing part. One of the things you learn when moving is who your friends are. The last time we moved, about sixteen months ago, our friends Aimee and Julien spent the whole day helping us get into our new place, so I was pretty amazed when Aimee, who just had her third baby a few weeks ago told us that Julien offered to help us out again. My friend Danette, who designs these incredible bags made from recycled sail cloth showed up bright and early with her boyfriend, Rick and the two of them spent the whole day lugging boxes. Topping off the talent was my friend, Katja, designer of these adorable purses made from bathing caps and mother to the famous Lilly that gets mentioned on my blog quite a bit.

Moving day was not without a few glitches. The weight of the washing machine leaning into the weight of Tony was enough to put a pretty impressive hole in the wall. The only moving truck available was the biggest size and Tony took a little chunk off the gutter of our former house. Two things on our fix it list. We discovered that when we flushed the toilet we got a geyser the size of old faithful come out of our kitchen sink. I'll spare you more description. The plumber has since fixed this, but it was a little touch and go there for a while.

So now I have been spending half my days trying to unpack boxes and the other half at our old place cleaning. It's still not cleaned out yet. Dusty being off school for four days doesn't really make it easier.

Oh, I forgot to mention... We have had the most amazing welcome back in our old neighbourhood. The door has been open and kids have been walking in and out, Dusty loves to cross the street to visit our neighbour and his surrogate grandmother, Margaret. Our block is one of the few plateaus in Lunenburg, so Dusty has been enjoying riding his bike in circles in front of our house. Today he placed his bike down right behind the car and unfortunately Tony did not know it was there and ran over the shiny red XR14 Zellers special. Needless to say, Dusty did not take it like a man. He took it like a six year old boy. I guess being six is not always a bed of roses. Saturday plan- Buy new bike. Pray they still make the xr14.