Wednesday, 27 June 2012

My Sweet Ride

This is my bicycle. Just got a new rack for the back so I can ride it to do a little shopping 
and not have to drive the car every time.

I call it the silver bullet... 

Mocha thinks that is hilarious!! : )

Monday, 25 June 2012

Nature's Bounty

We got our first CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) Box today. 
It is so great to get farm fresh local produce! 

So fresh and so delicious!

We also bought some corn while we were there...

YUM!! : )

Thursday, 21 June 2012

New Pillow

 I made a new pillow with the fabric I designed with Spoonflower
I got some neat plaid fabric to make the back.

I had to get a new iron. Mine mysteriously cannot hold water for steam.
Hmmmm, could this have anything to do with 2 rambunctious boys hacking around in my basement?
I wonder.... : )

Wednesday, 20 June 2012

Cool Vintage Storage

Got this storage piece when I was in PA. Cleaned it up and lined the drawers with paper 
and I'm going to put my art supplies in it. 

Each drawer has a different pull and they are what makes it 
a unique and cool vintage piece!

Not only is it cool, it is useful! : )

Friday, 15 June 2012


I went strawberry picking this morning. Some of the berries were huge! This is good because my buckets were filled up fast! Now I have already made some jam.

First the prep.

So juicy....YUM!

Washing and hulling...


The chemistry....

Eh voila! Yummy Strawberry jam! Think I'll go make me some toast... : )

Wednesday, 13 June 2012

More Pillows

Got some more of the fabric I used for my pillows on my swing and rocking chair on the front porch. So... I made some pillows for my Adirondack chairs as well.

My potted plants are starting to bloom and add some nice colour to the garden. : )

Monday, 11 June 2012

Whew! Summer is here.

Nothing like a stinking hot day to chillax on my swing with a cold beveridge....Aaaahhh summer is here. YAY! : )

Thursday, 7 June 2012

My Tiny Office

Welcome to my tiny little office. This is the one room in the house that is just mine. It may be the smallest room in the house but that's OK. It's mine. It is filled with my treasures and family pieces that I have inherited.

The chandelier I tried to sell in not 1 but 2 garage sales, no takers, so I decided to paint it and keep it. I'm so glad I did, because now everyone comments on how great it is and it only cost me one can of spray paint. (It came with the house and was originally silver and black, ugh) The armoire I bought from my neighbour who was getting rid of it.

This chair was my great Grandfather's and I made the pillow out of a needlepoint my Grandma made. I made the curtains, pillows and window seat cushion. The toolbox was my Mom's paint box and holds various art supplies.

This table was my Great Grandparent's kitchen table.

The dresser was in my parent's house and my Mom antiqued it. The scale on top was in my Grandfather's pharmacy. Sometimes I just sit and look at things and think of where they came from and the life they had before I got them. I love my little space. : )

Tuesday, 5 June 2012

Old Vic

The Victoria College building affectionately known as Old Vic, is the most recognizable building on the Victoria College campus at University of Toronto. This is where I went to school for 4 wonderful years. I made lasting, great friendships, played Varsity Volleyball, worked at the Vic Pub, was an Orientation Leader and oh yeah, 
did a bit of studying to get my BA.

There was an art contest last June to render the building in any medium from 
pencil to paint. I decided 4 days before the deadline to enter the contest. 
Being the true procrastinator that I am that didn't leave me a lot of time.
 I decided to use pen and water colour as my medium and set to work. Here is the result...

This is the ink part.....

This is the final result with water colour added. The finished size is approx. 11 x 14"

I finished the piece with one day to spare and had to get a stock frame and drive it downtown to meet the deadline. Some things never change! LOL! 

This is my friend Martha. 
We met the very first day of Orientation and have been close friends ever since. 

I didn't win the contest but I will enjoy this rendering of my old Alma Mater, it reminds me of all the good times I had while I was there. Cheers! : )

Monday, 4 June 2012

Make Over Project

I had this old dresser in my basement ever since my parents moved to a condo 7 years ago. I decided I would give it a make over. I was inspired by a bunch of paintings a friend of mine gave me that she was going to throw out!

I cut some trim and added it to the front of the drawers, removed the old wooden handles and added castors to the bottom. Then I sanded it primed and painted it. Here's where the paintings came in. I took 2 of the paintings and cut them (oh yes, it felt a little sacrilegious) and attached them to the front of the drawers. Then put on new brass handles, et voila!!

Now it is in my living room.  : )

Friday, 1 June 2012

Painting in Progress

I am such a procrastinator! I have been painting this one for weeks, no months it is June 1st today! OMG. Actual time spent on the painting? Maybe 2 hours. I can find a million things to do instead, blogging for one. LOL! Anyway my husband thought he would help me out and drew this face and put it on top. What a guy! He makes me laugh even after 21 years of marriage!

Gonna start making a list and checking off the boxes or else I will be still painting this one next year! : )