My sister in law gave me this bunting in the summer when she and my brother came home from London. Aren't they pretty?
I have seen a lot of bunting images on flickr so they seem popular over there in England. They are sadly living in a drawer for now. I wanted to put them in the hall, but we still have to sand down the plaster areas where we filled in electricians holes and then paint over the dull browny wall color -it is all in the main level hall, all up the stairs and all in the upper hall! It was freshly done and I wish they had just picked white. Then I wanted to put it in the yard, but it rained so much this summer/fall and then I thought how cute they would be in a baby's room... ahh but no baby in the house!
Next, I have been dying to show off my tea towels Karina got me in Amsterdam. One for every day of the week! Cuteness! Ofcourse, first I would have to iron them and then wait for a good light day. I already photographed them all once, but they were so grey. ah chores. I suppose vaccuuming and stuff should come before all that... Anyway, tommorow is another day off in exchange for working on sunday. I plan to head to the Japan Foundation library and try and score the 4 craft books Jen and I got them to buy. I hope they are in!
Then I get to visit Natasha and her twin babies! woo! I think a visit to the value village should be in the cards and later on its drinks for my friend swati's birthday.
I am exited- it has been pretty dull around here lately and we need a bit of fun.
I have been starting and frogging this innocent looking heart cloth pattern over and over.
I thought it would make a nice Christmas present for people with a piece of soap wrapped in it. It seems so simple but oh no! For some reason the part in the pattern where it says "K3 in center stitch" has me stumped. It can't be K3 tog or K F&B or it would SAY that, wouldn't it? Do I make 3 stitches out of the one center stitch and if so HOW?
Has anyone tried this pattern or does anyone know the secret?
I expect it is one of those things where it is SO simple it is bafflingly hard, until you see how.
I recently finished this face cloth for my mum for xmas. It is from Weekend Knitting. Since my mum is spending the year in Mexico, I though something small and useful would be a good idea.
It's funny- I have been on crafty fast forward lately and it is probably because after we moved I felt unable to begin any project, I was so wiped. I have a wee sock monkey - my first- in the wings waiting for eyes and a scarf, blank tote bags on the way to print on.
My brother is here this week visting so that's been fun. This past sunday was a neighborhood pot luck! It was really cool to meet all the interesting people in my new hood. This is a totally new thing too, a neighborhood group just forming as we settle in. It is something I hoped for but didn't imagine would exist and here it is. yay!
Ask and the value village provides people! Well, partially at least. The first bowl I DID find there yesterday, which was nice because I love the pattern and have tea cups and saucers with a mini version of it. Now I will just have to hunt down the sweet butter dish to complete the circle-partially at least.
Taking that one bowls' photo inspired me to go ahead and have a show and tell of all my favorite bits and pieces. It is one of those Saturdays.
1. see above
2. This is the groovy mug I found last week at a church jumble sale
3. My handsome milk jug, found at the sell off of props from the set of "king of Kensington" at the CBC.
4. My tea jar! I love this one and I found this at a garage sale 2 years ago in the annex. I do recall I was feeling mean and didn't feel like lugging it around and Paul bought it for me. Aw.
5. These were Paul's before I met him. What great taste!
6. These were also Paul's and oh how I love this tea set. So pretty!
7. This is a small thing I found at the St. Vincent de Paul last winter on our fun trip to Ottawa.
8. This was found a few years ago at my same old Value village and is norwegian-♥
Ah- I have the day off! That is only because some smarty pants decided our library needs to be open a few hours on sundays, so I am working then instead of fridays. However, I still feel all exited with these bonus hours! What does a gal do with free time? Thrifting of course. I am going to value village after lunch. I have a hankering to see if I can find some pyrex. All this deliciousness has got me all raring to go. I have a few of these patterns already actually and I found a groovy mug at a chruch sale 2 weeks ago that I should show you. Oh fall, there is something about this time of year that I just love. It gets me in the mood to pull up my socks and get organised and find loot for cheap.
-gratuitous cuteness ahead - warning-
I knit up these babies this weekend. One of the things I love about kntting is that something that once seemed so hard and confusing, can become quite simple once you learn how and try a few times. They are for a friend's birthday and I had been with her on the weekend, drooling over the yarns at a swanky pretty yarn shop. Seeing the selection there inspired me to make mittens for her birthday, but I ended up biking to Zellers after I left her. I just can't bring myself to spend so much on yarn, even though I would like to support these small shops. I was really happy with this acrylic I found. It is super soft and pretty and you can't beat the price at $5.99 a ball. Yipee!
These Chrysanthemums are growing over the fence from my granny neighbors house. I love how they bloom right at the end of it all, a show of colour just as the frost is settling in.
Our holiday Mondy was a rare last warm day of sunshine. Paul and I biked over to High Park and met Beta and Kaspar for a snack at the cafe and a nice long walk. I learned that In latvian ducks say "pak pak". Beta's theory is that it is because there is no Q in the Latvian alphabet! Kaspar is so funny - at just over a year he loves to run and tumble down hills over and over without minding the falling at all.
I also had a neighbourly moment when my new neighbor to the back and south invited me over for tea by calling over the fence as we both hung out our laundry. I was so happy to sit with her in her pretty house sipping green tea while her 4 year old chattered about his toy dinosaurs. I hope to have her over soon as well.
I am playing around with ideas for my Christmas card this year. I thought "partridge in a pear tree" but so far I am not really getting anywhere farther than loving the look of a pile of pears in rows. Not very Christmassy, but pretty. It doesn't help that I am only just having warm thoughts about pumpkins! Too early for xmas.
...on the other hand, perhaps just pears is nice...hmmm
I caught some kind of a cold after my busy weekend - must have been all the kids at the baby shower- so I have been laying low for the last few days. The craft night was lots of fun, just 5 of us. Lori made a teeny sock monkey and I am so inspired to try one! I had no idea it was as simple as two socks. The turkey dinner was great too and I have successfully used up the leftovers and made a soup. The baby shower was ok - tons of women I didn't know and lots of alarming baby items that I didn't know you needed. The most clever I thought, was a gift from a cousin -a Desperate Housewives DVD.
Well, I am going to rest up before my shift at work. I stayed home yesterday, so I feel I better go in today. I am a bit less sniffley.