Have a great weekend!
Have a great weekend!
I had wanted to post these as actual buttons, but I have not been able to get my hands on them yet. So this is the digital file of 5 buttons I designed recently for Leaf Toronto. They are a great local organization "dedicated to the protection and improvement of Toronto's urban forest." These are five trees native to this region, who knew they were so happy to be here? I was so pleased to take part. So far they are not on the website, nor are they sure quite how to get them out to the people. I suggested I could somehow sell them here... but the logistics have not yet been ironed out! I can't wait to get my set and wear them around.
Check out these lovely collage scrap books -- Water Halo
My ice cream is talking to me- I almost popped this in my mouth, but I noticed the smiley face! It was such a cute thing to see. Who would have expected the vanilla part to do that. It is a message to keep smiling I guess. I went and got a pile of empty boxes this morning at the liquor store as well as a bunch of other little things that needed taking care of and I am a buzz with tension! I am trying to keep taking deep breaths - it is actually that good sort of exited tension. Last night I started to see a light at the end of the tunnel and my gloom that settled last week with the layoff announcement started to lift a bit. PHEW! We are ticking things off the massive house list, and that's before we even start packing!
I just ordered 1000 button parts for my button maker. The machine itself came with 500 parts and I really never expected to use them up, but there you go. I am bringing a few to The Rage, a cute shop in Kensington market that has groovy locally designed clothes. I went to make a batch of new ones for her and lo and behold only had enough parts to make 19 buttons. She asked for a refill of the last order about 2 months ago-oops! My mind is elsewhere, apologies!
Which reminds me of Laurels cute button on the month club!
My friend just sent me this disturbing link about the extent women's magazine images are photoshopped. Click the "retouch" button to see the changes. Frightful!
What better way to soothe a jittery heart than with knitting? I found the book Weekend Knitting at the library yesterday. It is a lovely book with not only nice patterns, like these sweet cotton chenille flower face cloths below, but a sugar cookie recipe, tips for a nice bath, and how to have a lovely cup of tea. It is a very comforting soothing book! I am pleased to have come across it just when I needed it.
About the title of this post--
"The Comfortable Arts" is a book spine I see in the bookshelves at work and I have always liked the images it conjours up. The book is nice too but it's the title I appreciate - it's quiet, cozy and homey- just what I need today. I have been reading the paper and drinking tea, surrounded by the cats. Paul rented a movie and is cosy on the couch. It's raining. I started knitting a funny granny style slipper with some cheap acrylic a friend at work did not need - it is sort of cute. Tonight my mum comes home from a 3 month long trip in Mexico and next week my brother comes for a visit. We'll have a full house and I can't wait. I miss my family and don't like when they are so far away.
Thanks for all the words of comfort yesterday! It is true. I had not looked at it like that before- a door closing does mean a new door opens.
When I got in for my shift at work yesterday, I was told about the design layoffs that were announced that morning. These are my co-workers, people I deal with daily and I am so sad. At first I didn't understand who it affected and feared I was chopped too. By some grace of God, I am not, nor is my library. Still I have this horrid feeling of doom and fear which I guess is what happens when an axe falls this close to your toes. I of course burst into tears - having PMS made sure of that- and we made an early pot of tea. I am trying to utilize the saying "Worrying is like a rocking chair, it gives you something to do but it doesn't get you anywhere."
When I walked over to meet Paul and I saw these lovely beds of daffodils flourishing under the austerity of the bank towers, it seemed a good photo and metaphor. If they can cheerfully bob away in the wind under the gloom of the financial district, then I can attempt, to quote Gracie and Jasper from the Dead Dog Cafe, "Stay Calm, Be Brave, Wait for the Signs".
Just an aside- I know here in Canada, we long for the sun and warmer weather, but what is with the people pushing it and dressing like we are on an episode of the O.C.? To each his or her own and all that but it amazes me to see people flouncing around in short pants, skirts and flip flops, even as far back as a month ago. It's still cold people! Well, it is warmish, the high MIGHT be 20C today, but in the shade it is chilly. I am chilly, but heck, that's just me. I'll need socks for a bit longer- and thats ok.
Thank-you all sooo much for your congratulations! It is a very exiting thing indeed. eek! There will definaltley be many updates and pictures to come.
I may have stolen some thunder, because I know jen of toronto craft alert was thinking of posting about this too- forgive me! but I had to say something because I managed to catch this shop open on saturday.
I had read about Virginia Johnson in some snazzy fashion mag because her line of beach wear really took off. I didn't really put two and two together when we were walking home from our favorite Vietnamese Restaurant and I saw this shop beaming with lush colorful textile prints. It got me very exited and lo and behold, there are some beachy things there too. The printed fabric by the yard is what exited me, as well as the small things- bags, oven mitts and napkins made from the prints. I am always thrilled to see yummy fabrics- the selection in Toronto is not the greatest- and to find this close by was fun too!
If you live here, go check it out at 164 Ossington Ave. It appears to be open Saturdays, but you never know.
So more details to follow! I will say one thing, I have become consumed with the thoughts of making little newspaper seedling pots to sprout some wee flower plants! I got some cosmos, poppy and marigold seeds this weekend and the idea of my own tiny postage stamp garden- well, it's a dream.
Well hello there!
Thanks for all my break well wishings. Ahh I feel better. It is amazing what can happen when you take a break, but more on that later. For now I will show you a small project, some tiles, which I found in someone's trash last year and finally decided to decorate a bit. Don't know what I will do with them,but they look nice just on the table.
I will also show you some nice things I have seen-