Thursday, October 19, 2017

I Love Autumn & I Love Long Weekends

 I love long weekend adventures, especially with my favourite people! We walked across the new Walterdale Bridge and played at the park. I am always keenly aware of how lucky I am with the family I have...they are so amazing and fill my heart with joy.

Monday, October 09, 2017

100 Days of Watercolour Whatevers

At the end of August, I decided that I wanted to do another 100 day project, but I wasn't sure where to start or what to do. I knew that it needed to be something I could do quickly and with limited materials.

I set a start date for myself of August 27, and then totally forget to get supplies and figure shit out until the day before! Thank goodness for local art stores, gift cards, and understanding boyfriends!

I picked up a pad of watercolour paper, and cut down the pages into quarters for exactly 100 small pieces. Each card got a date stamp on the back so I could keep myself on track.

Where do my ideas come from?
I am usually inspired by something I saw or did during the day, or something from my Instagram feed.

What supplies am I using?
The paper is what you see in the image above. The watercolours are a $5 pack of Crayola. The black is more of a dirty brown, the two bright blues are actually the same exact colour except one is shimmery. And the red leaves much to be desired. BUT I didn't want to go out and spend $100 on art supplies and maybe hate it! I am still figuring out how to best manipulate these cheap materials, but I am definitely enjoying that process.


I really like painting people, but the combination of these watercolours and this paper makes it very difficult for me. But I am committed to practicing and perhaps when I am more comfortable in this medium, I will invest in some watercolours that cost a little bit more!

I absolutely LOVE the concept of the 100 Day Project, and I can't wait to see what the next two months look like for me and my 100 Days of Watercolour Whatevers!

Friday, October 06, 2017

Fashion in September

Hello! Here are some clothes I wore in September! Pieces from my 10x10 Challenge are still gong strong, and I have starting adding in other favourites from my closet.

A combination of new and thrifted items shown here, tending towards the new. I still struggle with paying $300 for a shirt (!!), so I am starting with buying less as opposed to buying ethical. Which isn't ideal, but that's where my budget is these days. These are pieces that I wear all the time, so I am still making the most of their lifespan. And when they need to be replaced, perhaps I will be able to afford a more sustainable option. Until then, I'm going to rock hard in this floral blazer.

For the Edmonton Comic Expo this year I decided to do a cosplay! This was a big deal for me! I assumed that no one would recognize my costume, but I was still excited about dressing up. Two people thought I was Rosie the Riveter, but I was a different Rosie. I don't read a lot of comics, but I really love and appreciate Lumberjanes, so it only made sense to play the role of my favourite Camp Counselor.

This is an image from the comic book. I think I did a pretty damn good job thanks to a quick stop at Value Village for a plaid shirt and the perfect polka dot headscarf! I'll have to bring an ax next time. ;-)

I am trying to figure out how I want to write about fashion. It is something I am passionate about in that I think we need to get SMARTER about where and how we buy our clothes, and how we curate our closet. I want to redefine "fashion blogger" and I want to share my passion for sustainable fashion, capsule wardrobes, and the like. I am still working on this, and I am excited to explore this idea further. Nobody reads these damn posts anyway - except my Dad & Nadine - so what does it matter?!

Until then...

Tuesday, October 03, 2017

Scrapbooking - Christmas in September

Cannot, will not get over the fact that in retail, Christmas starts as early as July. So while I should not have been surprise to receive a Christmas line in my most recent Treasured Memories Design Team package, but I was.

For someone who doesn't really "do" Christmas scrapbooking, I did okay with these ones!

Pulled out some of my fun embossing powders to finish off these chipboard stars. I forgot how much I love playing with this kind of thing.

Have I mentioned that I LOVE Google Photos and their easy collage making feature? 'Cause I LOVE IT! I selected the photos I wanted in the collage, clicked "make collage" and presto chango, I had a lovely collage! An easy download then upload to the London Drugs online photo lab, and I've got a really cool and easy way to add a lot of photos to one layout.

My 100 Days of Watercolour Whatevers (see my Instagram) has inspired me to add watercolour to my other art and crafting. I was struggling with finding letter stickers to use for this title, but who needs letter stickers when you can make your own!

As part of my current minimalism challenge, I have been sorting through my scrapbooking supplies, and being kind of ruthless with what stays and what goes to the Reuse Centre. This also - thankfully - means that I am discovering cool old supplies I forgot I had, and using them in my layouts and mini albums.

The gal who runs the December Daily project that I take part in is already selling kits, and her design team is already prepping their albums! But I think that this is the only Christmas scrapbooking I will be doing until December 1st, thank you very much!


Sunday, October 01, 2017

One Little Word - September New Year!

I read on another Lisa's instagram that for her September feels like the New Year. It is a great time for her to feel renewed and work on her goals and intentions for the year. I definitely get that. I think it has something to do with the feelings I have about "Back To School", a moment that was a big deal in my life for many years. I still get this feeling of excitement, anxiety, and nervous anticipation when I see the school supplies set up in stores, and we start talking to Dude about his first day.

And now all of a sudden it's the last week of September, and I'm like "what the fuck happened to September?!"

So Dude & I went for a walk...

The trees in the neighbourhood and the Ravine are a glow with the colours of autumn. The temperature is just right for an evening walk. And Lucas is in the mood to explore!

I LOVE it when we come across a steep hill or an obstacle, and I ask "do you think we can do it?" and he says "yes of course!"

There is a Poke-stop at Hazeldean playground (it is also a gym because all gyms are Pokestops now Mom! .......) so we head there at the end of our walk so he can replenish his Pokeballs.

Everything is Poke-something in my house right now.

At the end of the night, when we were laying in bed doing our reading, he told me that he had a great night. Thank you September for still being awesome even when I think I've missed all the good parts.

Photos taken in Argyll, Mill Creek Ravine, & Hazeldean
Monday, September 25, 2017