Thursday, November 20, 2008

Today's Photo


Alan Islands
Originally uploaded by andrewmccarthytravel
I happened upon this great photo this morning. It's like -- if you need to read this sign, you're screwed.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

a meme -- does that mean a "me me me" posting?

I'm feeling a bit panicked about not posting in so long. I won't be gone for good, I promise. Just a writing deadline that is looming FAST...and a sewing room that really calls me...and I try so hard to ignore it for the greater good.. For now. December is another matter. Mum is coming to visit for a MONTH (yay) and I hope we can do a sewing storm for Christmas.

About my knitting in the round. For you knitters out there, you know what twisting the stitches means. A Shawl that suddenly has turned into a twisted snake of useless time-eating knitted product. I had never done it before, and on my own, knitting a lovely varigated wool shawl into a twisted snake. How the -- I couldn't believe it. So obvious, in hindsight. So now I'm back to simple scarf knitting for a while. I'll get back on the horse again. And post a pic of the goofiness asap.

For now, quickly, via mimosa13 via posey gets cosy (she has a new book, i see! very cool!) is a quick "meme". I think that's what this is.

Hope you're having a lovely late fall day.


Where is your mobile phone? my daughter's purse?
Where is your significant other? kitchen
Your hair colour? dark blonde...ish
Your mother? halifax
Your father? cape breton
Your favourite thing? creating
Your dream last night? anxious
Your dream goal? peace
The room you're in? Bedroom
Your hobby? sewing
Your fear? incomplete works
Where do you want to be in 6 years? barcelona...?
Where were you last night? here
What you're not? humourless
One of your wish-list items? books
Where you grew up? cape breton, ns, canada
The last thing you did? made espresso
What are you wearing? running top and ratty sweats
Your TV? a bit wee
Your pets? tony baloney (tabby)
Your computer? mac laptop
Your mood? upbeat
Missing someone? mum
Your car? old volvo
Something you're not wearing? makeup
Favourite shop? workroom
Your summer? toronto...:(
Love someone? Yes
Your favourite colour? chartreuse
When is the last time you laughed? last night
When is the last time you cried? last week

Friday, November 14, 2008

Hideous Birds



I'm still SWAMPED with my day job. Back soon, I hope. I need to tell you about my knitting-in-the-round fiasco.

For now, LOOK at these parrots. I just bought two "hideous birds" for my kids. (Christmas secret...shh.) Aren't they great? Find them here!

Monday, November 10, 2008

Fall's To Do List

Summer is definitely gone. Shot. Vamoosed. But the up side consists of pretty weekends - light turning gold through the trees.



It won't last long...I dread winter. Winter in Canada. I KNOW. Crazy! Why don't we all move somewhere tropical? Family. Just like it is for everyone...you remain close to family, therefore remain somewhere for generations. I dream of moving to Spain or a tropical place...working from home. Hosting family visits. And tossing the snowsuits.



Until then, I think it's important to appreciate just what we've got. It's a lot. My DH's family hosted us recently...they have a lovely lakeside home. It rained. But it was beautiful. With a crazy windy walk on a lake beach.




In terms of what I should be telling you about -- my crafting and sewing -- there are tons of things going on and I haven't taken any pictures! Every time I want to post something it's dark and the pictures would be awful. Until I take some, heres' a list:

Quilt for my son (turquoise, blue, white, nine patch...I'm making it up as I go along. Christmas gift. He doesn't read the blog so I'm safe. ;) )

Robe for a family member (shhh...Christmas gift)...it's done, I just need to finish the hem.

Knitting -- I'm knitting with circular needles for the first time -- woo hoo! Of course I've dropped stitches and now have holes. I am going to throw myself at the mercy of someone at the knit cafe to help me. I'll pay you. Really. I'm making myself a sort of shrug (selfish? yes. 'fraid so) and for someone else a beautiful cashmere scarf. I mean, I hope I can finish it. Those stitches are SMALL. Dang. Yarn from a place in Nova Scotia, where I'm from (sniff), called the fleece artist. I never knit in the summer. Sounds like you guys are like that, too, some of you sweet bloggers. I am LOVING everyone's blogs and really have to restrain myself from reading them for hours every day. I really do.

Okay, back to knitting. I've taught myself how to knit in the continental fashion! I can't dance all continental, but I can twist wool. Just the knit stitch. (I used this video tutorial and watched it over and over again about twelve times to understand.) And this new method is so much faster that I now have a sore wrist from WHIPPING ALONG. I'll take a break today. Let the old wrist heal, then back at it. Mm, must take some extra calcium. I'm no spring chick, you know.

What else -- a half-finished burda-patterned short dress/tunic. I'll abandon that til spring - it's a warm weather item. Though we do visit family in Florida every year...hm. Maybe I'll finish it after Christmas.

I'm really trying to do an all-handmade Christmas this year! But for my big strong little brother, a Dad to two boys? What the heck to make him? A scarf doesn't cut it.

A red backpack for my son, "just like Jack's" in the "Jack & Annie" books. Magic Treehouse. Are your children hooked on those? Well, they have them at J.'s Montessori school so I figured they must be okay. The writing is cliched -- but then again, kids can't usually spot a cliche. Therefore, when telling stories, I can get away from that old "boy fell down a hole and dog brings help" tale. It's all new to them, baby!

Speaking of "baby", I inadvertently taught J, 5, how to say "oooh, baby!" when faced with a meal that looks good. Weird.
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Okay, back to list. I am quilting more (making a free-form quilt for my daughter V, 3, out of pinks and yellows), making cushions in a patchwork style for my in-laws for Christmas (my MIL knows...she helped me pick the fabric...so...the labour is the gift! Lame? Hope not. I have to make them pretty, for sure!) .

Making simple guest room linen curtains. Hey, by the way. White linen. Was sort of yellowed when I bought it (didn't see it at the time -- weird) so I washed it with a little bleach and now it's MORE yellowed. What's up with that? Any tips?

I want to make fabric buckets out of the gocco prints from Jodie at Ricrac. I cannot for the life of me think of a better word than "crap" to embroider on them. Testament to her brilliance.

I better get to "work"-work....though I would LOVE to sew blocks together all morning...



xo
ella

Thursday, November 6, 2008

PS. The Costume Results


My child actually has his eyes closed here! Eyeballs are painted on. His idea. And the ankle chains (see below) were too $^%$&^ heavy to wear around. The pic below is pre-makeup. So for those of you who read the post about my sweet son's demanding costume request, here it is.

In this pic J. didn''t have his spooky makeup on yet... and he ditched the veil. I understood. It's all candy, candy, candy, and lemme have it and gimme it now.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

US Presidential Election

I'm a Canadian, but WOW. What an exciting time in the history of North America. Congratulations, to friends in the US, for voting in Barack Obama.

Anyone flip around the dial watching various networks' coverage? It was hilarious on the BBC, honestly. Terrific. And Fox was very flashy so when we started to get drowsy we'd switch to the loud bells and whistles. CNN a little dull. Canadian coverage was from a distance, which I guess makes sense. Interviewing crowds, etc. Snore. But honestly, the cast of characters on BBC was brilliant. The crusty old host, a little dotty with the time change from London to Washington. Forgetting where he was. Marvelling at the high-tech map of the states. And then the lovable gap-toothed Brit historian with a big view of the marvel of it all. The insanely hostile US Amabassador to the UN (who is apparently known for throwing things at underlings.). The clever, probing questioning from the BBC reporters who wanted a random exec Republican to admit defeat. The Republican getting all angry and repeating himself. Going on the attack, petulant, saying "YOU JUST DON'T KNOW YOUR HISTORY". It was excellent. Truly.

What a night. I reluctantly fell asleep before Obama's speech, but it's right here, for instance.

By the way, wasn't it interesting to see the "Crafters for Obama" buttons on blogs?

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