Day 5! Fave beverages/teas

Anyone who knows me knows I love beverages. I honestly don’t drink as much fluids as I should, but I don’t dislike many types of drinks. Beer is among the few I really can’t stand.

I think I’ll make it something like a top 5 list.

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This is my tea and coffee cupboard, but it’s 90% tea. I have 2 bags of coffee beans that I really almost never use, and I’ll probably end up using them to dye some fabric instead of drink it all.

In terms of teas I love, I have found I mostly have a soft spot for chamomiles. I don’t drink black teas very often because I usually forget to take the bag out and it gets really strong and bitter. Also, sugar and milk have no place in my teacup, only honey on occasion.

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tons of fun! with craft books.

Lately I’ve been enjoying the used book store across the street from where I work. So I’ve gotten quite the collection of craft books .

Before I get started on the sharing of books, here is a sharing of food! Will made it a few weeks ago, but it was pretty darn delicious. Pork chops, the sauce was fantastic and had dates in it.

yum yum yum

This is going to be pretty picture heavy, I hope you appreciate it because the wordpress uploader is being a big meanie to me and it took way longer than it should have…

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Spring is coming

Animated Annie-mals

My sister is going to have a baby, so naturally I’m looking everywhere for baby related things. I found these at Shan’s Needleworks for $2 a piece.

Robbie Rabbit
Timmy Turtle

I’m particularly excited about the turtle. So cute!! I haven’t done amigurumi before, nothing has really caught my eye. I’ve seen lots of cool things people have whipped up, but I suppose I’m not into the cutesy items as much when it comes to actually making them. I figure having a niece/nephew gives me the opportunity to make those cutesy things without having to find a place to put them afterward.

I also got a nice discount bag of yarn.

love the colors

and a super handy knitting gauge tool!!

it shows metric on the other side, and canadian and american needle sizes on this side!

I went for a wonderful walk along the quay yesterday, so refreshing. I don’t go walking nearly as much as I should. They have so many beautiful flowers and decorative lettuces planted along the boardwalk, it makes me feel lucky to live where I do. Every morning I can enjoy the amazing colors of the sun rising up beyond the bridges and see the mist float around the river.

 

 

 

The last week has had many ups and downs. The downs were mostly due to a stress aggravated pms attack 😦

I did get the second job I had the interview for, which I start next month after the wedding. I found out after I had started training for the first one, so that’s a little crazy. The second one is much closer, the same wage and a few more hours a week than the one I’m training for right now. The one I’ve started is about half an hour away, which is mostly walking.. so it’s not as convenient. I feel bad that they’ve already started training and I’m pretty sure that I’m already going to quit. I’m pretty much 95% positive that the schedules aren’t going to work out between them, if I wanted to keep both of them. I’m glad I am working at least a couple weeks though, because the money is good to have, and it’s going to help me gear up for the new job.

On to more crafty news:

I bought this gorgeous yarn yesterday at Shan’s Needleworks which is just a few blocks from me. I’ve only gone in a couple times, but I really enjoy seeing what’s in there, and talking about techniques and patterns with the lady who runs it.

 

drool worthy, am I right?

This is destined to be an entrelac tunisian cowl. I have shivers when I think about it, no foolin’.

Also!!! I have finished myself a pair of slippers from scratch (pattern and all, spinning yarn not included) before 9:45 this morning. Do you remember this yarn?

I rolled it into a center pull ball, which by the way is my new favorite way to do balls of yarn. I was intending to make these Bella Slippers but because of the bulk of my yarn I think, it was going to be way too big. So I ripped it all back, and  using almost the same first 2 rows, I just improvised myself some cute slippers.  They would be easy to convert to a mary jane/ballet slipper look, but I like the simplicity of no fancy closures for a  first slipper. Especially because I was writing out the pattern as I was making it up so that both feet could be the same.

the first prototype!

 

I’m now starting to brainstorm ideas for embellishment.. perhaps a cute applique or buttons up the side. If people (mostly Erika 😛 ) are interested, I can post the pattern I wrote out. I’d really like it if someone tested it to see how it works out. I did the second slipper from the pattern I wrote for my prototype, but I don’t know how someone else will read it. I used maybe half a skein of chunky/bulky yarn and a 4.5 mm hook.

kitty, thor cup, and my new slippers! life doesn't get much better than this.. all I need is my Man sitting right next to me and I'm set

Fall is on its way!! It’s starting to get chillier during the nights.. So I think that the cowl I have planned is going to be just in time!

I had a meeting with the Marriage Commissioner yesterday too! She’s the nicest, jolly, cute lady ever. It’s all super set for October 1st at 2pm!! It’s hard to believe it’s only a few weeks away. Will is taking care of all the food, and I’m going to get some inexpensive decorations and pretty our place up!! We have about 20 – 25 people coming. It’s going to be in our apartment.. I hope we have enough room XD but I have no money for a venue, so it’ll have to do. I haven’t seen my father’s side of the family for 2 or 3 years.. so I’m really happy they’ll be coming! I was really hoping that my grandma would be able to make it, and it’s easier for her since we’ve moved and it’s a lot closer.

 

 

Finito!

I am finally finished this project that has plagued me for about 3 years now.. that’s pretty sad it took me so long, but I’d keep losing it, so really, it wasn’t all procrastination. All in all, though, I’m proud of how it turned out.

it was supposed to be my sister's 17th birthday present.
I love this button!
my super hand-sewn lining

You may recognize the lining from my previous post.  I have plans for the rest of this fabric, it’s so pretty!! I got the button from when I worked at the Hospice Resale Shop.

Yesterday was the farmers market that’s just up the street from me, so I went. It was neat. There was a guy playing the accordion and there were lots of neat vendors.

I got this Pear tart from a baker who said this recipe originated in Alsace, which is where parts of my family come from. I think that's pretty awesome.

I also got a loaf of whole wheat sour dough bread from some bread bakers, who were super nice. Some fresh corn, a weird looking cucumber, and also some chai spiced honey.

Yesterday I also found a neat little thrift store called Treasure Chest which supports the Canadian Mental Health Association. The deals there are better than the Hospice.. although they do have a much smaller store and probably not as much overhead as the Hospice Resale Shop. I still like them both.

this purple top looks much better close up.
also a much better representation of the color.
I love pleats! not yucky pleats.. I guess these might be called pin tucks?
Speed-o-weave!!

I also found one of these loom kits, I have an idea for using this as a large knitting frame as well.

My sisters visited for a few days, it was nice to see family again. We went out to Okonomi Sushi and the Tableau Bar Bistro, both were delicious!! It was nice to see where Will works, too. The service was awesome, and I discovered how yummy a Twentieth Century can be. It tastes like a lemon meringue pie!!!!!! my favorite XD

I also turned 22 last week.. it’s kind of freaky. I really need to get going on my life plans, or I’m gonna turn old.

Home Sweet Home

 I embroidered the weaving I did earlier this week, I think it turned out really well. Because of the large space between the warp threads, it was a little difficult, but I managed. I think it looks cozy.

Earlier this week I also got a couple neat things in the way of clothing. tried to take good pictures, but I’m never satisfied with pictures of myself, so here they are, the “good” ones.

this awesome grey dress with an asymmetrical hem

The ruffle cardigan was mine prior to this dress. I just think they look good together.

pretty polka dotted skirt

Impending summer

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excuse the yucky look on my face

Well you’d hope that summer would already be up and running, but here in nothern BC it has only been for maybe a month…. maybe.
I got a new dress! It fits like a dream
In actual news: I may be moving to vancouver in the very near future!!! Will has applied at one of the restaurants on the waterfront and tonight he’s doing a trial shift to see if they want him and where he’d fit in the kitchen. If he gets it then they’ll be giving him a full- time postion.  He’s been checking out apartments too.
I’m excited! And also worried because of the wedding and how to be able to move down and still do all that stuff.. i’m trying not to worry bout it too much because we’ll figure it out in the next few days.
I mostly just miss him… I want to be with him while all these exciting things are happening.