Friday, November 15, 2013
I am twenty-four years old.. man what happened to being 20? There is something almost comical in birthdays, because you know that time is passing- every day is another number, and after 28 or 30 or 31 days its another month, another season.. and before you know it an entire 365 days has passed you by. The funny part is that we continue to both loathe and love that day, each year its exciting because the number of years that your on earth changes and yet its just like any other day. You attack your alarm clock for 5 minutes before dragging yourself into a 5 minute shampoo rinse- because you slept in again- then dress yourself and try to dry your hair in another 5 minutes before filling up your water bottle, throwing your scarf around your head and hoping you grab your purse on your hasty exit. Yet, there is something magically wonderful about your birthday day. I don't know if its just me but i couldn't help but be happy and giggly and cheery today.. and the sarcastic comments from your co-workers, or the "oh so your not open on Saturday" that comes from the other end of the telephone conversation you've have 50 times already can't get you down. I was whistling and humming and full on singing today... I felt very blessed today, and for the minute before opening the door to the trophy shop I stopped to thank God and reflect on the sky as I usually do- i'm stuck in a kind of hole building for 4 and a half hours right- and it was warm and sunny and the sky was bright and blue today, 12 degrees Celsius and I couldn't help but be humbled in the beauty that the Lord gave me in this morning of this wonderful day.
I even got sung a beautiful rendition of the traditional happy b-day song by my 4 and a half year old niece that went something like "tante costoline a te" which translated to "many little rib-lits for (to) you" (because costlina = rib in italian). I got a fabulous Nightmare Before Christmas tee-shirt along with a hand-drawn picture of donald duck- also from my niece- and I was able to thank my mom for my life.. Id say its turning out to be a wonderful birthday. My bf and I even went to see The Priests in concert a few days ago,which was amazing and had been kept a super secret from me til 5 minutes before the show began and the night was incredible!! Now im going to be eating my favourite pasta of all time- pasta carbonara with big hunks of panchetta cuz we don't mess around- and spending the evening watching some good movies and enjoying some really great company.
I hope anyone else who shares my November 15th birthday is having as awesome a birthday- day as I am..
Thank you God for giving my mother the strength to bear me for 9 months and give me life 24 years ago.
Check out this years birthday Google doodle:
Tuesday, November 5, 2013
I've begun NaNoWriMo again and intend on achieving my 50k words but we shall see what happens as the month wears on. My new story is about a girl named Charlotte Hume who desperately seeks a home in which to plant her roots and has issues with commitment and relationships because of never having ancestral and familiar solidity. On top of it all, along with Hume manor, Charlotte inherits another set of mysterious gifts from her great aunt- her sole relative and the previous inhabitant of the large estate- which make her life even more challenging. I'm 1000 words in and i'm slowly running out of days but I intend on making the best of it. Did I mention that I'm writing it all into a notebook? Remember I lent my laptop out? And I don't think I've mentioned that my sister and niece are here visiting til November 20th from Manitoba... Obstacles will never stop me, gainsay who dares!!
I hope to be back up and blogging soon enough.. or at least in time to give you a post-autumn flash back in pictures before everything gets covered in white up here in the "true north..."
Tuesday, August 20, 2013
I was intrigued by this and therefore began to make my own pile of these rolled papers until even I- a simple lowly inexperience trophy building serf was able to create my very own work of art. Further inspired by the idea of off shapes and modern looking art piles, I also made a haphazardly constructed pile of engraved 1"x3"metal plates that I spent the majority of this morning "lifting" off of resin awards.
Check out my modern creations below, and feel free to comment/e-mail..
|Adhesive paper tower...|
yes its sitting on the very full shop garbage can.
|Pile of engraved plates. |
I call it... Scrap Metal.. lol
|The paper is a brownish colour..|
|Close up of the engraving...|
Wednesday, August 14, 2013
I wanted to do something really special for my b-f's birthday but it wasn't until two days prior to our arranged celebration that I got the most perfect idea. Anyone who knows my best-friend is well aware of their obsession with anything and everything Superman, and it was through this epic comic symbol that I found my inspiration. I'll admit this gift wasn't the most inventive or "out-of-the-box" as I might have done, but it definitely did the trick and I received the best response ever.. in fact it was a rather wide-eyed child-like (**note here I said child-like, not childish... just to clarify**) reaction- I got an uncountable amount of hugs and squeals and of-course the shock and awe looks I was hoping for. I believe bringing a 28 year old to tears says it all...
Is your curiosity beginning to peak??
Well, allow me to put you out of your misery and divulge the object of such an amazing response..
*Drum Roll Please!*
|Vintage Superman Logo Blanket!!|
|Then I traced it freehand with chalk onto yellow fabric.|
|Then I turned the yellow square over onto the red fabric |
and patted it to transfer the chalk onto the red for the outline.
|I placed the cut out symbol onto another piece of yellow fabric|
and cut the yellow roughly to fit the red.
|Action shot of me cutting with my rotary blade, |
cutting mat and transparent grid ruler :)
|I then sewed the red symbol to the yellow backing,|
stitching around and along all the edges and curves.
|I brought the symbol to my stretched out blue fabric|
and removed the pins which I had put previously
to plot the middle of the blanket.
|I took the fabric all back to my machine and carefully sewed the symbol onto the blue.|
Not sure if you can tell, but this is the outline of the symbol
on the reverse side of the fabric- I'm sorry it isn't terribly apparent.
|I had bought 3 meters of fabric and doubled it over|
leaving me with only three ends to sew closed.
I turned the fabric inside out and sewed the two side ends completely closed.
|While attempting to turn the fabric back out again,|
I had gathered it up like you would a pillowcase or a paper bag,
and ended up inside of it. *hehe*
|I then closed the bottom end and sewed an edge around the entire blanket in red thread.|
|Action shot of my presser foot :D|
Tuesday, July 30, 2013
|A highway bridge in Toronto|
|The same highway bridge just closer up|
|The CN Tower from far..|
|Attempts at a close-up|
|Not exactly the same shot but the same CN Tower|
|The entrance gate to Exposition Place|
|Same shot of the Expo gates, but I like it in B&W better|
|The CN Tower from inside the Molson Amphitheater|
|Same shot, but the CN Tower didn't come up well|
|The sun setting from under the Molson Amphitheater canopy|
|The exact same shot, but I like the contrast better in B&W|
Saturday, July 13, 2013
We have decided that nothing is too big or too small to astonish us in this life, especially with regards to nature and creation. What wonders the Lord puts on this earth for us; the plants and flowers, the grass and trees all play a role in the ever moving cycle of life. We can only life on this earth so long as the grass continues to grow, the flowers bloom and the trees give up their fruit. We must always be thankful, and grateful especially for the gift of the tiny shoots that sprout up out of the nothingness in our gardens of life...
Here's a visual..
Thursday, June 27, 2013
Everyday I finish work at 12:30 and walk to the church office where I volunteer in the afternoon's and pass the same places along my way. I walk past a garage, a gas station and a bakery, a clothing store, a car parts etc store, a Vietnamese noodle soup restaurant and a Japanese rice ball one. Then I turn the corner and walk another 4 city blocks on a busy street that makes up a large part of the inner core of the city- James street. Upon my way I pass a multitude of small artist galleries, artisan shops and jewellers, a convenience store or two, a european clothing store that has been in the same place for more than 50 years, an outdoor market, another bakery, two cafe's and a number of European men's "bar's" and sportsclubs. The street is always busy with cars and people causing all manner of traffic jam but you just never know who you'll meet or what you'll see. From car accidents to old Italian men, the possibilities for excitement are endless...
As I made my way past all of the new art crawl inspiring and participating galleries etc, I began to notice the sidewalk changing colour. Then I realised that the sidewalks and roadways had been coloured on.
Side note: During the months of April to probably November, the artisans of James street participate in an "ART CRAWL" wherein the street becomes flooded with all manner of artsy types selling and sporting and promoting their wares, and trades. Because of its popularity, the city has also approved a few days a year where part of the street will be closed to vehicles and open only to pedestrians; I.e the Super Crawl and Open streets Hamilton. James street which was beginning to look like an abandoned town after a lot of the former european shop owners closed up, but luckily the art scene in our fair city has been able to rejuvenate and inspire this city space once again. Around here now the saying (which u can easily find amid buttons and t-shirts) is "keep calm and crawl on".
Well, i marvelled in the colours and images for a spell and then luckily, I was able to take a few pictures of what I was seeing amid the usual hustle and bustle of the street. I would like to share them with you as I think they are simply wonderful. I also took a picture of the free admission downtown shuttle made from an old style HER bus which goes to the big park on the lake and back all summer..
Enjoy and comment :)