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Reading Inspires

So far, my social media hiatus has been pretty great.  In the last couple of weeks I have read 4 books, I haven’t been guilting myself over cleaning, the job search, cooking, eating, exercising, or anything else that sucks the enjoyment out of my life.  I am just sitting, listening to music, reading my books, drinking copious amounts of coffee, and letting my self be.  Being is awesome.

All kinds of ideas are bubbling up in the absence of chatter and stress – from forgotten projects (furniture refinishing), to designs for the approaching dark holidays, to story ideas, to ideas for using up my current stash (while also earning money to buy more yarn).

I found a vintage White #510 sewing machine and folding sewing desk on Kijiji for $20.  At first I was just planning on junking the machine and using the desk for my beloved vintage Bernina, but after a bit of testing and some investigation in the desk drawers that produced the original receipt for the combo (and three packages of vintage sewing needles – how awesome is that!), I have decided to keep it.  And now I have 2 sewing machines!  Now I only absolutely NEED 3 more –  a serger, an embroidery machine, and an antique push pedal Singer.  Then my seamstress dreams will be complete!

When I am not playing with my new toys, and working on new and old handy projects, I have been developing a handful of story ideas.  One is already being worked into a novel outline (perhaps to be ready for November 1st?), and a few others are just scribbled notes in Evernote (so love this program, it’s like a folder full of sticky notes, but I never have to find a sticky or a pen!)

Well, I have summer books calling my name, so I will check in with you all later.  Hope you are having a fantastic summer!

I’m Back … Mostly

yellow38I swear this blog is like a ski cabin.  Try as I might, I just never find myself here during the warmer months.  I do have more photos to upload, on both my blogs, and some dusting to do.  Keep an eye out, I’ll see about getting to work on a post for Mabon.

Cheers, Everyone!

The Gratitude Project 2013 – Days 16, 17 and 18

Where did the last 3 days go?

Day 16: Friday I was grateful for cleaning that didn’t involve me having to lift a finger.  I love it when that happens 😀

Day 17: Yesterday I was grateful for distraction.  My SO picked up a copy of the new Sims.  I played for a few hours and forgot about how hot and muggy it has been this week.

Day 18: Today I am grateful for the brief break from the heat last night in the form of a good solid rain.  Hot and I do not get along.


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GP 2013 – Days 13, 14, & 15

GP catch up …

Day 13:  I am grateful for a healthy, active baby.  Even when he spends his days kicking me in the ribs.

Day 14: I am grateful for the little bits of common courtesy I experience when I am out amongst people.  It gives me faith that not all cities are filled with hipster douchebags.

Day 15: Today, I am grateful for forethought.  Keeping windows open and fans running through the cooler nights helped to keep me from melting in today’s muggy heat.


I think it’s safe to say that it’s officially summer here in Calgary.  At least summer as this West Coast kid knows it.  I’m sure it will get hotter, but for me, this is it.

As a result, I’m going to be spending a lot more time outside enjoying nature, playing with my newly 1 y/o baby, reading, and getting back to my other arts.  I’ll still post here.  I’m pretty sure that I can keep up with the PBP at least – ‘L’ is coming up next.  However, I may not be keeping up with the book reviews or the Witchy Wednesday meme.

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