Sunday, 30 December 2012

More stichin...bio hazard style.

My friend/coworker Evan asked a few months ago if I could/would stitch up a picture for him. I was in the mood for more stitchin so I said yes... but I didn't realize how intense this project was going to be.


There was alot of different colours involved... and I did have a few rip outs.


I highly underestimated the time it would take me.. I lost track after 10 hours. This seems to be a constant in my life, I think I can finish it off no problem.. and then it takes FOREVER.. dude really?

What I think it will take.. 1 hour

what it really takes 4 hours

why?

Well combination of set up/setteling in,  bathroom breaks, snack breaks, phone/text and of course shiny things.


I'm working on restoring a quilt at present.. and I'll have to post some other goodies I've been working on.

Friday, 28 December 2012

The end is nigh! ...well christmas Is.


 I don't know about you but the Christmas season is always a feastathon. It ends up being day after day of this perpetual fullness. This year has been no exception. If I wasn't at friend and family gatherings I was up late baking dozens of cookies and goodies to fill baskets and give away as presents. Getting baked and homemade goodies is one of my favourite things and also giving them away. This year I added a few new things to my repertoire. I made chocolate gingerbread, double chocolate shortbread, apricot cranberry pound cake, hot chocolate on the stick, slow cooker trail mix (mom's recipe) , cake pops and sugar cookies.



As for the cake pops I had a friend of mine challenge me to make all the characters from the Rudolph movie. Of course I decided to do it late at night and ended up staying up to 130 in the morning but Mission accomplished challenge.




There's something really fun about having a table full of cookies and bags of icing lined up.
At this time of year whenever I bake I always think back to my childhood and helping my mother make candycane cookies.



Well I hope your Christmas holidays were as filled with friends and family and baked goods as mine was!! And if it was anything like mine you'll be hitting the treadmill January 2 to work off all this holiday "fun" that I gained.
Happy new year!






Monday, 9 April 2012

Bitch Please!


It's been a hell of a month, lots going on.. crazy things happening. Good and bad. One of them.. my friends bday ( Good). Since I've been san computer for the most part and it feels I've just able to keep clean clothes on my body and food in my mouth I haven't been on FB. Which PS if you don't go on there.. life might pass you by. ( Bad )

I missed my friends birthday dinner cuz I didn't log on. pfffffft. ( super bad ) What a 21st century explanation eh?

When I saw a picture of this project I KNEW I had to make it for her. ( good )




It's been years since I've crossed stitched. I grew up with a AVID cross stitcher of a mother who bought me my own kits and put me in embroidery classes. My early memories came back of looking at my cloth and comparing to how fast and nimble her fingers were while I clumsily stabbed my fingers trying to get the needle up in the right spot.



Now 20 years on I zipped through this in a matter of hours while memories came flooding back.. I forgot how much I LOVE to do this. It makes me all nostalgic thinking of my mother in the front seat of our car on long road trips.. me skipping back between my friendship bracelets and a cross stitch project of  dolphins swimming in a ocean against a sunset kit which although now I know she knew I could never complete, bought it for me anyways to tempt me into the embroidery world and pacify her daughter into spending another 20 mins in the store while I wandered, touching every skein of floss with an awe of the array of colours and textures.



Now... I use these skills with love to embroider slightly offensive but funny phrases... two worlds colliding. Memories made with every stitch.


Thanks mom.


*wanders happily to the kitchen for a hot cup of tea*



Oh yeah happy easter biatches.

Monday, 26 March 2012

Earring picture frame holder hanger... thing. and tutorial!



There is this awesome little shop downtown that has ALL these amazing wooden frames. SO naturally I had to buy one... and decided to update my earring holder. ( yeah.. earring holder)

Any excuse to use an old awesome frame.. when I walked into the shop it was love at first sight.




You just need a few tools.



You'll need:
Ruler
Staple Gun
Scissors
Hammer
Screen
Pen



And of course... a frame.




This beauty of a frame only cost 10 bucks!









You can see there is a small lip. I decided to staple on in inside edge where my finger is pointing.




And this screening is availble at any hardware store for screens. (duh)







Pull your screen and staple along that the edge so its nice and tight.







Find your center and attach your hanging hardware.





 
How wasy was that? Now just place on the wall and start putting up your earrings and admire your work of art!




PS my friend Phaedra made these earrings and I've got them listed in my etsy shop, Just sayin!

Monday, 12 March 2012

Cherry Blossom Cookies!



This week has FINALLY felt like a glimmer of hope. The sun is starting to feel warm., snow drops are out.. and of course in Victoria .. the famous cherry blossoms are lining the street again in all their pink and white glory. I love them so much I had them tattooed on me!


I stumbled across some AMAZING cookies on decorated cookie and saw her cherry blossom cookies and ran straight to the store.

I purchased blue fondant and colouring gels, whipped up a batch of my favorite shortbread recipes and got decorating.



didn't they turn out beautiful?? They tasted just as good.


Next time I'll have to remember to buy the pink since I thought watering down the gel would work... and it doesn't.



They still look good though eh?





Happy Spring!

Tuesday, 6 March 2012

A smile, Bedside and my Neighbour hood

More from the instagram daily challenge.
My bedside table is quite honestly, a bit of a mess at times.. and I may.. not may not have.. cleaned it up just a little.. for this photos. Just maybe....



#marchphotoaday Bedside


OK although this wasn't my original entry for the day, I now herby retrack my original photo and would like to post this one as my neighbourhood. Every Saturday I go down to the water with Mr.Aftercraft and slurp coffee and walk Bobo watching the waves.. listening to tunes and I like to get some handsewing done. This is the view..just a few blocks away.
#marchphotoaday Your neighbourhood






Whilst running around to several hardware stores on the weekend, Bobo never lets an opportunity slip to go for a caride.  Just once glance and I'm in giggles. I love my dog.


#marchphotoaday SMILE


Saturday, 3 March 2012

Galaxy Hair



I've been rocking the red for the past 8 months or so and decided after much consideration to have a re-vamp and have gone back to the purple and pink.


Took out all the blond.. 



It's joico colour which is so vibrant and it lasts forever.


Last time I had it done it was still super bright after 4 months. 


6 months later people were still commenting on it.



Thank you Ashley from Lab!! I heart you and will miss you so much while you are away for 6 months.. Hopefully this will last!


Aaaand that concludes my photo shoot for the day. Thank you and goodnight.

Instagram Photo a Day - Fruit




I almost went bust on this one.. I thought about using an old photo.. but REALLY want to try and take a photo a day this month. 

Found in a cute little knick knack shop right before dinner.


This one was a picture a took last week on my way out the door looking up but I just was messing with filters last night and just FELL in love with the apollo filter on this one.



Isn't it great?????

Friday, 2 March 2012

March photo a day

UP
I have a new love.. actually we've been seeing each other for a while.. and it's called instagram.

If you don't know what it is and have one of these "smart" phones you can download the application and create everyday photos into artsy fartsy works of art.

Along with new and fancy things, come new challenges, contest etc.. and of course I decided to try one.


My photo is the view I have when I walk out my work doors.. it's a beautiful foyer and breathtaking view.



Are you in instagram? If you are let me know! I love snooping!

Wednesday, 29 February 2012

Stop being a bully!


It's stop bullying today.

I have the chance a few weeks ago. There was a boy with his headphones on listening and swaying to the music.. trying out a few steps, blissfully unaware of the world around him.

Enter three boys about the same age..pants hanging off their asses, hats on sideways.. if you were from 50 years ago you'd be convinced that they didn't know how to dress themselves and were mentally unfit idiots.

They walked up to him and I watched as they started conversing.. it was clear quickly they didn't know each other. The boys face fell.. the three others laughed as they pointed at him and mimicked him.

My belly burned as did my cheeks. I removed my headphones and walked over right inbetween the boy and the three others.

I paused an looked at their feet and shook me head and looked them all in the eye....


"How the F#%K can you give him crap about dancing when you three can't even tie your shoelaces?!"

*complete silence*

One guy started giggleing.. he was the only one with shoelaces done up.

One made a comment about how "real" thugs don't dance they lean back... which I reminded him that he was 1) white and 2) from Victoria... that's two strikes. Word.

I felt good about it. They boy was laughing as he got on the bus clearly in better spirits.

Although I had moments of being bullied I've been pretty lucky over all but I know alot of people who weren't.. and it doesn't even stop after you're a kid! It happens even in adulthood.

Halo spinning.. CHECK out this site here for more information for Pink shirt day!



Have you ever stopped a bully?

Tuesday, 14 February 2012

Valentines Crash....


Just winding down.. waiting for my Mom to get off the phone so I can call her and wish her Happy Birthday..



Just recovering from the Valentines sugar crash...and my baking crazyness last night. Here's a timeline avec dialogue.


630PM Sushi is picked up eaten and demolished.

Me  "Baking Time!!!!"
Boyfriend    " What are you baking for?"
Me "Uh Duh Valentines Day I'm going to make cookies and cake pops"
Boyfriend   *insert stare* "...sounds... like alot you really shouldn't do that much"
Me"    Bah! it'll be great!"

745pm

Boyfriend   " How goes the baking?"
Me " It's great! I'm having so much fun!


845pm

Boyfriend "Smells good in here, how much more have you got?"
Me " uhm.. well.. the cake pops are almost ready to dip but I have these three batches of cookies left to bake and decorate first...but this is cool the royal icing is really fun.. I'm having fun.. yup.. fun."

945pm

Boyfriend "this is your last batch right?
Me "uh yeah.. then the decorating.. this is.. still fun"

1045pm

Boyfriend " You should stop now... this is insane"
Me " No no no, really.. I'm.. F*$king cookies are burning.. S*&T!! ... still..fun......"

1145pm

Boyfriend enters kitchen and just stares at the flour mess dazed looking girl in the kitchen with icing smeared down her face and front.

Me "Can I just leave these dishes?" *not delivered with enough suffering*

Boyfriend looks at the titanic sized mound of dishes and icing everywhere.

"no"

Well I got to bed around 1220AM ... he did let me leave some in exchange for some cookies.



but of course.. this morning...WHAT do I do?

Well of course I decide to drill a piece of wood for my cake pops of course in 8 mins right before my bus. Worked like a charm though!
Just was a little...saw-dusty for my bus ride.



The royal icing turned out well.. and for my second crack at cake pops they went really well!


There were gone in less than 2 hours... the cookies didn't get to see the end of the day.



Well I'm off to go sleep off my sugar crash.


Hope you had a good one!

Tickled pink for Valentines!


I'm super thrilled to be a part of the Modern Quilt Guild  "100 days of Modern Quilting". They are running a fabulous series that is 14 weeks long. Each week they are exploring different quilt themes along with a weekly tutorial. It's a plethora of information and inspiration. Seriously.. GO check it out.

Today they featuring my Union Jack quilt. If you haven't heard me pap on about it enough well here's your chance to hear some more!
Jane Sassaman meets Heather Ross
On a quick side note this baby is finally going to be flying across the world in about a month to its rightful owner so she can love it to death or do whatever she wants. I designed it for my pseudo step daughter who is the an inspiring amazing 12 year old.

Because her and her father are big Union Jack flag lovers I decided to make one just for her. I'd dabbled before in some thread drawing for her Dad on a quilt, but this one.. I wanted the whole deal... WITH NO PAPER PIECING. I have a fear of it. Ok it's just not mastered quite yet. One day perhaps.

Anyways after quite a few failed attempts I got it. It's super easy... each block takes about 45mins to an hour. You can decide how big you want it and I am currently working on a baby sized one in beautiful Moda fabrics.

Anyways thanks MQG for featuring me!

If you want to buy the pattern you can get it here ----> CLICK ME


AND to show my thanks, for the next 7 days I'm going to offer 20% off on my pattern in my etsy shop. Use the coupon code 100DAYS!! 




Have a GREAT Valentines!! and of course HAPPY BIRTHDAY MOM!!! I love you!






XO Sarah