Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Home is not where you live but where they understand you. -Christian Morgenstern

Hmmm, looks like I took a bit of an unintentional bloggy break there for a bit (especially if you consider the fact that the last post was basically only a picture) - sorry about that guys!

A week ago last Sunday Alex headed to the cottage in Quebec with his Dad and I stayed home for the week by myself; I had grand plans to get a lot of sewing done, and I did get some, but on Sunday after Alex left (the day where we got up at 4:45 am by the way) I ended up vegging on the couch all day doing pretty much nothing. Monday I woke up and realized we were out of toilet paper and had to find somewhere that was open on Labour Day (thank goodness for Shoppers Drug Mart), then I came home only to fall prey to a migraine for a few hours; even after it subsided I was pretty much wiped for the day (although I did get a little sewing done around midnight). One of my projects involved quite a bit of handwork (hexagons and embroidery) and so I worked on that for a big chunk of Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday after work; Friday I worked in the afternoon which means I didn't get much done, Saturday I did some shopping and got some knitting done, and on Sunday (after cleaning up all my fabric *ahem*) Alex came home! I missed him a lot and am so happy to have him back!

I think another reason why I haven't blogged recently is that I can't share anything with you! I'm working on three projects right now - two patterns and one for a friend (who reads my blog) so even though there has been creative stuff going on, I can't show it! And, really, nobody needed to hear me crab about my migraine, so it worked out for you too ;)

I do have a few pictures to show though!

On Sunday while I was waiting for Alex to come home I finally got around to putting up some art that we had hanging around. The letters are from Anthropologie and although they don't sell these exact ones anymore they now have slightly smaller ones that are lower case and have some stitching on them (just saw them today...yes, I went to Anthropologie this morning looking for the cute pie bird they have on the website - didn't have it in the store unfortunately).

The large print in the centre is from Hidden Eloise on Etsy, as is the small print (actually a postcard) above the K, and the one below the A is a postcard I received in an order from The Black Apple.

On Friday after work I decided to go and get my hair cut. I had been thinking about it for a bit but I am leery of hairstylists and usually just cut it myself. Here's a before:

You can kind of see how long my hair was - it was down to my waist. Here's the after:

She cut off wayyyy more than I wanted her to (again, this is why I'm afraid to let other people cut my hair), but it's starting to "grow" on my...hahaha...I know. It's also much more voluminous and wavy without the heavy length weighing it down; I'm okay with it, really. Oh, and I bought that yellow cardigan I'm wearing when I went shopping on Saturday.

This morning I left the house to pick up something specific but took a little detour on the way and wound up at the thrift store.

I found these lovely wooden knitting needles (as well as the attached stitch counter) for .49, the knitting booklet was .99 (I bought it because I like the patterns for pillow covers it has), and I also picked up some more embroidery hoops for .99 each. The yarn in the background was not from the thrift store but it did arrive in the mail today. I bought it for the little, personal knit-along Amanda and I are having - we're going to knit Jane Richmond's Oatmeal Pullover (and yes, I am totally making it in the exact same yarn and colour as she did); I just need one more set of needles and then I'll be ready to go (at some point).

I specifically went out today to pick up the latest issue of Stitch magazine (I should really just get a subscription already). Stitch is definitely my most favourite magazine in the whole world!

I also went to the library and picked up a copy of Miss Dahl's Voluptuous Delights that I had on hold. After flipping through this gorgeous book I definitely want to buy myself a copy! Everything looks so yummy; the book is divided by season and I just love the stories she tells at the beginning of each (Sophie Dahl is actually Roald Dahl's grand-daughter).

I began school again on Monday and I could not possibly be less excited about it. It's so weird - I have never been this unenthusiastic about going back to school before in my life, but hopefully I'll get into it soon. This is the last year of my Masters, and will hopefully be my last year of school ever.

Okay, I'm off! Alex and I are going to watch an episode of The Tudors before going to sleep.


  1. You've been too busy to write blogs! School can seem never-ending. Keep plugging - you'll get back into it.

  2. kaye
    wow so much to say in a comment
    firstly, I MISS OUR EMAILS!!!! My goal of tomorrow is to write you basically a novel..haha.
    secondly, you are GORGEOUS and your HAIR!!! I like it shorter, I was thinking like, short short, like CHIN LENGTH! It looks GREAT!!!
    And what is that book about?! She is super cute!!!

  3. How do you possibly get so much done?? I feel like a slug...

  4. Your hair looks great! I too am missing my long hair! At least we're using less shampoo/conditioner now! :)

  5. I like your Anthropologie letters and prints together on your wall! Great hair, too. Where can you buy Stitch already? I can't seem to find it in Vancouver that fast after it's out in the States.

  6. Sounds like you've been one busy lady. I love your haircut!

  7. okay, my dorky mind has been blown and I totally forgot what I wanted to post. Roald Dahl was my absolute favorite author as a kid. The BFG (with the little girl Sophie) was such a favorite that I have a hard copy as an adult! I'm flabbergasted to realize that Sophie is grand-daughter and that she's crafty! my worlds have collided ha ha ha! I'm off to check out that book.

  8. Wow...too busy!! Makes my head spin! And your hair looks Great!! xx

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  10. LOVE your hair like that. it's lovely!

    Miss your posts, it's been a while!

  11. I'm reeeeally liking your hair shorter Kaye! And nice find with the knitting needles!