Friday, September 26, 2014

Retro Kitchen Enthusiast

I am coming to believe that the "old stuff" is far better than the "new stuff".  Maybe this means that I am getting old and this is just a typical thing coming out of the mouth of a 50 year old. ;)  I think that my realization is particularly true of kitchen goods.  My thrifting has found me some amazing old kitchen supplies.

Last year I found these amazing Pyrex "Butterfly Gold" mixing bowls at our Antique Mall in Edmonton.  This is an amazing space with hundreds of venders.  It is the place to go if you are looking for something specific for your collection.  Of course the prices are higher since all of the searching is done for you and you also don't get that thrill of the hunt with a rock bottom price.  But still....

Happily, yesterday I came upon the large bowl for my set.  It is the "cinderella" style with the small handles but it is close enough.  I am super excited about this set.  I never owned a set of good Pyrex bowls.  I had an industrial metal set that Rob bought at our local hardware store in the small town of Okotoks in the early 80's.  They were really light and would spin around like crazy when you used the hand mixer with them.  I finally got rid of them when we moved into the condo four years ago and got myself a melamine set at Costco.  They are pretty but they have nothing on Pyrex.  These are epic!  Here's the complete set.

Not only did I find my bowl but I found this amazing butter dish!  I love that it has a lid and of course that it is gold!  It was a steal at $6.40.  I'm hosting Thanksgiving this year and this will be on the table for certain.

Today Rob and I went thrifting in Edmonton and I was pretty excited to find these two small Pyrex pieces for $2 each.  (Rob doesn't quite get the thrifting thing or why I get super excited finding these things. Ha) They are just the perfect size to put a leftover piece of lasagna in.  I love the avocado green in the "Crazy Daisy Spring Blossom" pattern.

I guess you could call me a retro kitchen enthusiast.  They just don't make it like they used to.  I love to add another touch of the 70's in my home.  Yay!  Stay tuned for more of "That 70's Tangent" in future posts where I will spotlight other 70's thrifted finds that give my home a bit of a retro vibe.

Wishing you all a wonderful weekend.  :)


Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Our Dog Park

I have lived in my community for the past 17 years, 17 of which I have owned dogs, and yet I have never visited our dog park.  It is all of a five minute drive from our house.  I always envisioned huge dogs bothering my little ones and worst of all,  I worried about my misbehaved girls running off and getting lost in the bush.  This thought alone was enough to keep me away.  After going to the dog park near Diane's house last fall, I had a different perception about the whole thing.  So this past weekend we decided to finally venture over and give our girlies their first dog park experience.  Why did I wait so long?  It was a blast!

There were beautiful trails.

The pups loved running free and they were so good at staying by our side and not running off too far.

Rob stopped along the way to capture some nature photos.

It was such a peaceful time.  The sun was in our faces, the leaves were rustling in the trees.  The path was soft under foot and every now and then leaves would come floating down around us.  And the best part was that good earthy smell that surrounded us.  It was my perfect fall day.  :)


Sunday, September 21, 2014

Best Vintage Treasure Ever

Anyone who has followed my blog for some time will know that I am smitten with the 70's.  I just can't help it.  Maybe it is because I was a teenager during this time.  Maybe it is because I love an autumn palette and let's face it, harvest gold and avocado green were the "go to" colours of the 70's.  While thrifting, I am always on the lookout for 70's decor.  I figure that my window of finding these treasures is limited.  Many who have owned this period of decor may be passing on.  I guess this is how I end up finding said treasures in the thrift shops.  I am happy to scoop them up and give them a second life and the love they deserve.  I love mixing in a touch of the old stuff to give my home a more original look.

Last week while thrifting with Susan at The County's Clothesline I came upon a set of milk glass bedroom lamps.  They needed a bit of work and I debated leaving them behind.  Susan convinced me to pick them up as I would end up laying in bed that night thinking that I really should have gotten them only to return the next day to likely find them gone.  They were priced at $3.50 a lamp but it was half off on housewares that day so I ended up getting the pair for that price.  I really had nothing to lose.

Here they are in all their glory.

Notice the yucky plug in cords, mismatched switches and dirt in the crevices of the glass.  Overall still in great shape considering their age.  Maybe these lamps date back to the 60's?  I associate them with the 70's because we had a similar set growing up.  Here's the proof.

Notice that little lamp on the corner of the dresser.  That is me at about 10 or 11 years old.  I think that is a Helen Reddy album on my dresser too.  I am woman!  LOL

So Rob got to work replacing the sockets, cords and switches.  Thank you to my sweetie!  We even found a petrified moth circa 1973.  While dismantled I gave the milk glass a good scrubbing in the kitchen sink.  I debated spray painting the gold base black to make it look more like the ones we had growing up, but in the end decided to keep them original.  They would match my bedroom better this way.

Look at those fancy new cords!

Here's their new home on my bedroom dresser!

I am beyond excited  to own these!

This frame was my grandmother's and is likely older than these lamps.

Here they are lit up!

Not bad for an initial outlay of $3.50 along with $17 worth of parts.  I can't wait to see these glowing in my bedroom on long winter nights.  I love the touch of nostalgia it adds to the room.  I think this is my best vintage find to date.


Friday, September 19, 2014

A Reading Challenge and Happy Yarn Scraps

I have issued myself a reading challenge.  I needed something to motivate myself to get back to spending some time with my nose in a book.  Hopefully, this will do the trick.  In Canada, the Giller Prize is a pretty big deal for Canadian authors.  The long list was announced last week.  After studying the list, I have chosen five novels that interest me.  I have challenged myself to read these books before the finalist is announced in November.

Maybe one of my choices will be the final winner.  At the very least, hopefully this will jumpstart my reading and get me reading through the growing collection of books on my shelves.  I am half way through "Watch How We Walk" by Jennifer LoveGrove and I am having a hard time putting it down.  I'll keep you updated on my progress through this personal challenge.

In my knitting world, this is what happy yarn scraps looks like.

Left over yarn from two separate pairs of mittens makes a great colour combination for another hat for charity.

I'll leave you with recent photos of my girlies.  Maggie never passes up a pile of cushions to cuddle into.

And, Lady takes over yet another throw blanket.  Ha ha!

Have a great weekend.  I'm hoping to get some scrapping in.


Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Around Here

It's been a long time since writing an actual post.  I needed a blogging break.  I felt like I didn't have much to say.  Sometimes silence is good.  In the end it always comes back to missing the writing process.  I like having this "journal" to peek back on the ordinary days, which really are the best days in life.

Life has had it's ups and downs in the past six months.  Sadly, my father passed away last spring, just six months after my mother's passing.  It was unexpected,  although we knew that his lungs were bad after 69 years of smoking.  He was admitted to hospital on a Sunday and passed on the Tuesday morning.  We are thankful that he went quickly as it was how he would have wanted it.  I have realized that it is hard losing the first parent but even harder when the second on leaves.  The connection is lost when both parents are gone.  It feels strange to be an orphan, even at the age of 50.

On  a happy note, my brother Andrew along with Chantal and little Thomas came to visit for three weeks this summer.  It was a great time and so amazing to have so much time together with both my brother and sister.  We had lots of fun and having a four year old around was terrific.

On the scrappy front, I have slowly been getting back into it as I work on a summer album documenting our memories of Andrew's visit.  It took my favourite muse, Tom to get me going again.  When I took my scrappy break I was able to purge a lot of older supplies and stuff that I had too much of.  This seems to have helped the creative process.  Much of my stuff is still packed away and I just have my favourites out for easy use.  On the horizon I am planning on getting into some art journaling.  More on that later.  I finally found some inspiration for this in a more paper friendly mode.  I am still afraid of wet medium although,  Color Shine is my friend now.  ;)

I am happy to report that I knit over 30 hats for charity this year.  They will be donated to some inner city schools this month along with 140 pairs of mittens that my MIL has knit.

I'm currently working on this pair of mittens as a gift for one of our neighbours from the condo.  It is Rowan wool in 100% wool.  My new favourite yarn!

In other exciting knitting news, Susan and I are going to meet our knitting mentor, Stephanie Pearl-McPhee, also know as The Yarn Harlot next month when she comes to Edmonton!  In preparation, we are both reading her newest book.  She is hilarious!

Finally, in our backyard we have lots of these.  :(

Yes,  the crows along with the Magpies have decided to hang out here.   It all started when we put out peanuts to attract Blue Jays.  How can the beautiful Blue Jay be related to the crow?  Needless to say, the song birds are scarce at this point.  Oh well, the crow sets the perfect mood for Halloween next month.

Wishing you all a wonderful fall day!  :)


Friday, September 12, 2014

Creative Scrappers #277

Using Creative Scrappers #277

Supplies Used:  American Craft "Shimelle"

Thursday, September 11, 2014

More for the Summer Album

Using the latest sketch from Stuck?Sketches!

Using Creative Scrappers Sketch # 267

Supplies Used:  American Crafts "Shimelle"

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