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Saturday, July 23, 2016

Yet Another

I think I may have a bit of an addiction problem with this dress pattern.
I have it down to just under three hours now for a make and I can't seem to stop making it. This fabric was marked .25 cents. I think I got it from the local Salvation Army thrift store. It's been sitting in the fabric pile for ever. I left the sleeves off this version.

I didn't gather the pockets this time. I thought I'd keep the lines crisp.

That moment when I realized I had made just enough self binding...
Sigh...... Happy times.

I also found a new favorite nail colour this week. Periwinkle!

Monday, July 18, 2016

Simplicity 3750 A Simple House Dress

I made another house dress. I think it's my favorite one yet.

Here's the original pattern. I've lengthened it a heap and altered the belt. 

I added pockets long enough to hold a phone and some keys.

 I've also added some pinwheels to the neckline. Where the bias binding meets the bib part. This is my fourth make for this pattern and every time I make it I love it more. The fabric reminds me of my Nammy's aprons. Makes me love this one even more than all of the others combined.

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Not Very Pastel

Lily got into the STAEDTLER oil pastels.

Her favorite colours are browns and blacks and yellows right now
She really enjoys blending. We gave her a makeup sponge to smoosh the colours together. She'll sit for such a long time to colour or play with paint. So glad she enjoys a good art session as much as the rest of us. It's a great way to help teach her her colours. We've been getting her to ask for specific colours and then we hand them to her. Great learning tool!

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Nails and Christmas Cookies

Did these diagonal nails last week and thought it was a cool enough effect to share. It was pretty easy. I painted my nails one colour and then put a piece of painter's tape over each nail at the diagonal half way point. Then I painted a second colour and had James remove the tape. I dotted the first colour over the edge of the second colour and visa versa. Looks like the colours are dripping into each other.

Because I publish in Magazines. I have to work at least half a year in advance. That's why, if you come to my house in the middle of July, you'll find us making Christmas sugar cookies! The red balls are chocolate chips. Yummmmmmm!

I spilled some icing. Lily can not abide spilled icing...

Lily approved!

Merry July!

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Rainbow Hair

I've had long dark dark brown hair now for a few years and really was tired of my everyday braids. I wear (wore) two braids almost daily to keep my hair untangled and off the back of my neck.
I messaged a local hairdresser (artist) Megan McDonald and gave her less than four hours to get ready to give me rainbow hair.

The day was chock a block full of unusual happenings. The sprinkler room at work sprung a leak, The locked door handle to the sprinkler room came off in my hand, Screws sheared off the housing for my tow motor.... All things considered, I think Megan did a phenomenal job!

She started by lifting the multiple applications of natural black box dye from my hair. She barely winced. Just tucked right in and pulled that colour out.

She chose some fantastic colours and began to map out a colour arrangement.

Look at all that cello! I look like a Christmas sweet!
She kept the colours true and separate. Some amazing on the spot thinking I must say.

Then the power went out!
That's right! No power or lights. Megan's family came to the rescue! Her husband rigged up a light to the family van and we all hunkered down on the porch. Megan gae me a stellar layered cut while her kids handed clips and made sure we were well looked after.

This really is a great cut! Never mind the fact that she had to make do with a construction spotlight and weather. Look at those colours!!!

This is after a blow dry and style. Notice the HUGE SMILE!

Such a load of colour! I've always wanted to be a magical rainbow.

This is the next day after some pin curls.

I think the purple is my favorite.
Check out Megan's page for some other gorgeous styles. Can't thank her enough. So Happy!

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Mojitos on the Porch

We've been having a pretty good time trying out different mix drinks lately. This weekend past we enjoyed some refreshing mojitos. Lime and mint mixed with some white rum...... Sooooo good!

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Yellow Tomato Juice and Really Great Vodka

This happened today!
We got in some fantastic Suntastic yellow and orange tomatoes at the local grocery and it was such an overcast dismal day that I decided to try to make a sunshiny kind drink.
It went well and I thought I'd better share.

I quartered about two dozen of these golden beauties and chucked them in the food processor. I had to split them into four batches and added a 1/2 tsp of salt to each batch.

I whizzed those guys up until they were liquefied.
This smelled SOOOOO GOOD!

I put the fine strainer over the big juice jug and pushed all the liquid through.

I let the pulp sit in a cold bowl for about a half of an hour or so and watched as the clear tomato water collected in the bottom of the bowl. I dumped the tomato water in the juice jug with the rest of the juice and reserved the tomato pulp for later.

I served a tall cool glass of this golden juice up with a shot of some lovely vodka, a yummy homemade pickle spear and some finely sliced basil. There was a sprinkling of fleur de sel over the top too.
This was seriously delicious folks!
They do require periodic stirring because the juice will want to separate. Haven't looked into an emulsifier yet, but it might be worth it for a future recipe.

This is where the tomato pulp went! We fried up some bacon chunks and tossed in the tomato pulp. We lay some sliced eggplant, roma tomatoes and zucchini over the sauce and scattered some sea salt, olive oil and balsamic vinegar over the top. We tucked in a few garlic cloves for good measure and baked it all at 400 for an hour and a half or so until it got all melty and unctuous. Served up the whole works with some french bread and scarfed until I could barely keep my eyes open.
Um nom nom....

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Tiara Nails

I used some metallic scrap booking corner stickers to make these fancy pointy bits.
I painted short gel stiletto nails with a neutral Joe Fresh colour and clear coated with some insta-dry clear by Sally Hansen. Then I stuck on the sticker detail and added three more coats of clear to protect them. I only added stickers to my ring fingers and thumbs. The rest were left nude. I may have to add some rhinestones.

Saturday, June 11, 2016

Air Dry Clay Hand Prints

We used some STAEDTLER Fimo Air Dry Clay to make these fun hand print keepsakes.


Lily really enjoyed pushing into the clay. We flattened the clay to about a cm thick and used a clay use cookie cutter to cut out scalloped circles. Then we had Lily push her hand onto each shape. We used a straw to cut a hole in each shape for hanging later. We let the discs dry overnight and then flipped them to dry another day.

Lily sure did enjoy squishing up the clay!

We'll definitely have to make more clay projects with the Lily Beast in the future.

Lily loves making things with Grandma, and Grandma loves it too!

Now all fifteen hand print tiles are off to Lily's house so she can paint them. Can't wait to see what colour she chooses for mine!

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Spotty Mini Stilettos

I love me some spotty nails. These ones are pointy ombre nails with some evil eyes on them. This paint job will last almost two weeks if I clear coat them every other evening. I used Joe Fresh polish with a Sally Hansen insta dry clear coat.