Sunday, May 30, 2010

patriotic hair accessories

So both Canada Day (July 1) and Independence Day (Jluy 4) are a month away, but I figured it's a good time to start promoting these adorable bobby pins that are relatively new in my shop. This way, you have lots of time to buy your own pair and get them shipped to you in time for the celebration!

Not based in Canada or the USA? Check my shop anyway as there are several other countries that I have flags for (like Germany, France, UK and more!)

Thursday, May 27, 2010

50 books in 2010 - update 3

After a strong start to the year, I've really slowed down in the past month. Part of it is because I now no longer take the bus/subway as much to commute to work (which usually gives me two hours of reading time a day). I still may be able to squeeze in 50 books this year, but it will be tight.

1. The Last Boleyn by Karen Harper, finished January 13
2. The Wives of Henry VIII by Antonia Fraser, finished February 7
3. Lamb by Christopher Moore, finished February 12
4. The Man Who Ate the World by Jay Rayner, finished February 20
5. There Will be Dragons by John Ringo, finished February 26
6. The Boleyn Inheritance by Philippa Gregory, finished March 2
7. Emerald Sea by John Ringo, finished March 3
8. In a Time of Darkness by John Ringo, finished March 3
9. Against the Tide by John Ringo, finished March 9
10. East of the Sun, West of the Moon, by John Ringo, finished March 15
11. Daughter of York by Anne Easter Smith, finished March 15
12. The Mysterious Affair at Styles by Agatha Christie, finished March 16
13. Secret Adversary by Agatha Christie, finished March 18
14. Captain Alatriste by Arturo Perez-Reverte, finished March 18
15. Darkly Dreaming Dexter by Jeff Lindsay, finished March 24
16. The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson, finished April 1
17. The Sixth Wife by Suzannah Dunn, finished April 11
18. The White Queen by Philippa Gregory, finished April 27
19. Daughter of the Empire by Raymond E. Feist, finished May 10

Currently reading:

- The Lady in the Tower by Jean Plaidy
- Dearly Devoted Dexter by Jeff Lindsay
- Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel
- The Queen's Sorrow by Suzannah Dunn
- Buon Appetito, Your Holiness by Mariangela Rinaldi & Mariangela Vicini
- Last Chance to Eat by Gina Mallett

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

cute, but kind of useless things i buy

Seriously, I'm out of control. In the past couple of months my husband and I have been trying very hard to save money because we're hoping to buy a house this year.

And we've been doing pretty well. We have really cut back on eating out and have been finding lots of other ways to save a few pennies here and there. But every so often we like to treat ourselves so that we don't feel too deprived and start resenting each other.

Anyhow, even with these "indulgent" purchases, I've been pretty good and haven't spent too much, but seriously, the things I've been buying as my "reward" are completely useless...but totally cool (well, cool to me).

Here are 4 purchases I've made recently that I really, seriously did not need at all. But they made me smile.

This panda bear doesn't do anything, but his head bobs from side to side. It's powered by a solar panel in the front and he sits on my desk and watches me work. It's so funny when it gets enough power and his head starts moving without warning. (I can't remember how much this cost, I think it was $10)

Another panda purchase - this one is slightly more practical. It's a USB key! The panda is the carrying case, but I haven't used it yet because I like seeing the bamboo and paw prints on the key. ($20)

This is completely useless, but sooo cute. It's a wind-up music box. The store I got it at only had a few songs available, but I found out on the company's website that there's over 30 songs (I NEED to get "Moon River", and "My Funny Valentine" and all the Beatles songs...and "Stairway to Heaven" for my husband, and..oh boy). Anyhow, the one I have right now plays "La Vie en Rose" ($10)

I just bought this one today and it was totally an impulse buy. They're nesting dolls, but each part of each doll is a measuring cup and all of them are different measurements! Cute and practical! ($15)

Ok, so what do you think of my little shopping problem? A total waste of money or extreme cuteness?

Friday, May 14, 2010

art star craft bazaar

I've heard that this weekend is going to be nice and sunny in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania!

Yes, I know I live in Toronto, so why am I happy that it's sunny in PA? Because the lovely Alex of Hello Bluebird will be setting up a booth at the Art Star Craft Bazaar and she'll be selling (among many other lovely crafty finds) pandacub accessories!

So, if you're in the neighbourhood, you should definitely check this event out!

With over 100 local and national artists, the Art Star Craft Bazaar is an outdoor art and craft show (that's why I'm happy that it's sunny). There are lots of lovely things to be found, including housewares, dolls, prints, clothing, accessories, sculpture and other one-of-a-kind creations.

When: Saturday, May 15 from 11am-6pm and Sunday, May 16 from 11am-6pm
Where: Philadephia, Pennsylvania at Penn's Landing Great Plaza (on Columbus Blvd between Walnut St and Chestnut St.

Monday, May 10, 2010


Although I missed posting a Happy Mothers' Day message yesterday, I definitely spent time with my mom and my mom-in-law.

My mom definitely inspired the practical and the creative in my when I was young and I have lots of fond memories of many different types of crafts (and crafty messes), many of which I hope someday to pass onto my own future children.

And yes, at dinner with my parents on Saturday night, I did get the "when am I getting grandchildren" question, which I unsuccessfully tried to deflect onto my sister. Haha.