Friday, August 20, 2010

Motherboard Painting

Hello again everyone! Another painting that I did in 2000. This one I gave to Aren as a gift back then (we were dating) and since we are now married it has made it's way back into my house. As I mentioned previously, I was really into blues back in the day and so this painting includes, drumroll: blue! The photo I was painting from was a wierd grainy magazine photo which had the colours modified (probably with photoshop) which is why it looks nothing like a real motherboard. Fun nonetheless.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

A Cute Blue Summer Dress Alteration

Hello all! I trust you have been doing well in my absence. Things were a little hectic the first few days here out at camp as I had a lot of catching up to do, thus the lack of posting.
Today I am sharing a dress alteration that I did before we left on our vacation this summer.
Of course being that I modified this dress the day that we left home, I didn’t have time to take any before pictures. The dress was quite a bit longer, did not have the flower like detailing on the left side and the straps needed shortening (it was a little scandalous before).

Can you believe that I purchased this dress for $6.00? Me neither. It is becoming a summer favourite already. The pictures were taken in Aren’s parents home (the green room) - the cacti are so huge! Needless to say his parents are avid gardeners.

PS. I forgot to mention that I was featured again on Totally Tutorials August 4th (while I was away on holidays). My Men's Shirt to Chic Skirt project was the project of the day! Hooray!

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Charming Matryoshka Trinkets

Following with my absolute adoration of all things Matryoshka I purchased these super cute buttons on Ebay. The seller sent me this ribbon free of charge with my order - so cute! I can't find the envelope right now but as soon as I do I will post a link to the seller for anyone else as Matryoshka crazed as me.

I love the details on these buttons and can't wait to use them for something wonderful.

Can't wait to see what kind of Matryoshka treats I find next.
I'm back at work for another two weeks and think I will have plenty of time to be uploading photos from my trip soon! Sorry to have kept you all waiting for such a long time.

Monday, August 16, 2010

Some Beautiful Weather To Enjoy

Greetings all!
Today I am posting some fun pictures of an outfit I wore on one of our in-between-summer days. Warm enough but still windy and a bit chilly. It rained a bit actually....
The tunic I bought at a thrift store and modified to fit me better - $1.00, the belt is also from a thrift shop - $0.50, my jeans are from Garage and the sandals I bought in Germany (I can't remember the store...).

Aren and I went for what started as a walk but what ended as a "snac-nic". This is a new term I invented for a picnic that is really only a snack not a full meal. I hid my bag of chips from the camera.....

Needless to say it was very windy outside! I am pretty sure that we live in one of the windiest places on the planet earth. Quite annoying at times.... I don't like the taste of my own hair very much but it is forever getting blown around.....

The tunic has pockets on the sides which are very useful for hiding things like juice boxes, pet rocks and lucky pennies found in the park.

Hooray for summer!

I am pretty sure I was in the middle of smiling and laughing at the same time... goofy!

We were trying to get some "action" shots with jumping... mostly I am still standing on the ground in these.
Keep enjoying that beautiful weather!
Ciao for now,

Sunday, August 15, 2010

A Cute Blouse Refashion

Today I present to you another refashion! I actually refashioned this blouse quite some time ago but had never taken any photos. The original blouse was an XL (I am S) so there was quite a bit of fabric left over after this was fixed up. You may or may not remember a Barbie dress that I made HERE from the matching capri pants.
Basically I took the blouse in on the sides and at all of the darts (front and back) as well as at the centre back seam. I did some pintucking on either side of the button placket which served to take in the shirt as well as add some decoration. Lastly I made a cute fabric flower brooch and attached it to the left hand side. Because of the pattern you can barely see the flower when you look at the blouse straight on so I took a few closeups to allow you to see the details. This outfit has a very secretary-chic look to it, don't you think?

The skirt is by Numph, my shoes are Ecco and the jewellery was purchased while on holiday in Thailand.

Here you can see the flower and pintucking more clearly.

Hope you have enjoyed this little refashion!

Friday, August 13, 2010

Aiko Deconstructed Jeans

Hello to all of you in Blogland!
Well today I am going to share with you an outfit as I haven't done this in quite some time.
These jeans are fast becoming my absolute favourites to wear. I had a hard time getting them, but it was definitely worth the effort. I was supposed to be in camp when the jeans first came out but then the salesgirl told me the delivery date was being pushed forward so I would actually be home. Well of course the jeans were still late arriving and I actually went back to the store three times before I was able to finally purchase them!

I adore these shoes too - they are so funky! I picked them up in Edmonton on one of my shopping trip stopovers between camp and home. The next picture shows a really glood close up.

Really amazing aren't they?
This outfit consists of Silver Jeans, H&M black jacket, RW&Co. white shirt, Aldo heels, Aldo necklace, and my Coach bag.
I love a really simple cute outfit. This one is perfect for everyday - grocery shopping or going for a coffee, perhaps a quick stop to the library.
Have a wonderful day everyone, keep enjoying that summer weather!

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Mountain River (2000)

Continuing with the trend of showing what is on my walls, and not necessarily what I have painted most recently, this painting is also from 2000. I painted it around the same time as I did the Neuschwanstein, thus it is also blue. I never was very pleased with the mountains in the background but for whatever reason lost ambition and never "fixed" them. I guess I could still do so now, but it would seem like cheating somehow to go back and fix a picture I did when I was 15.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Garden Adventures North of 60

Aren and I took two days and went up to visit his family in the Yukon. The photos below do not do any type of justice to the magnitude and quality of garden that they have. I will try to do another post with close up photos of some of the vegetables and flowers. For now:

Here you can see part of the garden with the raised beds and behind that the cauliflower, broccoli, tomatoes, beans and plethora of other plants. The garden is huge!

Aren and I made this small willow chair quite a few years ago. It is slowly being reclaimed by the elements but is a cute rustic addition to the garden. Here you can see some of the many gorgeous flowers that are growing.

These are the flowers I rescued which had been blown over by the wind. The stems had been broken so there was no hope for these to revive themselves.

Fresh strawberries! My sister-in-law and I went out back and picked two ice cream pails full of strawberries in little more than 1/2 an hour. Delicious!