Tuesday, 28 October 2008

FiNaLlY -NeW iTeMs In StOrE !!

I finally got a few items listed at my Etsy shop this eve. 

Cute little purse
and a happy little ice cream bag

Will come nicely wrapped and tagged and would make very nice Christmas pressies, nudge nudge. 

Spread the word, Etsy alone doesn't seem to generate a whole lot of traffic to the store these days. It's just got too darn popular. Pah!

the greyest day there has ever been.....vol.3

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Monday, 27 October 2008

Thursday, 23 October 2008

mother lovin'....

I am 30 weeks today, the ten week countdown has begun and to be honest I feel totally and completely overwhelmed! I have just finished reading this wonderful post from FreckleWonder and, as is often the case these days, I have a pile of tear stained kleenex next to me.  I just can't quite believe I am going to have a child! I frequently find myself silently shaking my head in disbelief. Overwhelmed - because I can't afford to do a lazy half assed job at this mothering thing, because it is scary for me to think how much I will love this new addition to my family, because I feel exhausted at the thought of how exhausted I am going to be, because I can't believe I have been given such a gift, in spite of all my panicking, I have a deep conviction that this is ridiculously perfect timing and exactly what I needed.  phew, that is a lot of 'whelming'!

I am feeling increasingly tired these days, my back ACHES if I stand too long. I feel like I'm 80 years  old the way I move about. My ankles and wrists have started to really swell and get uncomfortable. I frequently wake up with heartburn, something I had never ever had till now.  And If I hear one more person tell me that they just 'loved being pregnant' and they 'never felt so sexy' I may just strangle them. It isn't that I hate being pregnant, at all, but I certainly don't find it a glowing, ethereal, sensual pleasure. Last week Shane had to console me many times after he'd find me teary in a changing room exclaiming "I can't believe I look like this! who is this person!!". See I have always been such a skinny little runt. It's alarming to suddenly feel.....chunky. 

I know that pregnancy can be a billion times worse than this, so I AM thankful that everything is entirely normal and healthy. None-the-less my ever increasing aches remind me that I really need to get my ass in gear and get everything ready for la bebe! Tonight I am going to write myself a biiiiiig long list of things I MUST do in the next few weeks. 

I'm spending way too much time online pouring over anything relevant to my current disposition. Enough time researching Alli, lets start doing! 
I've become obsessed with finding stylish, kitchy, retrolovin' young mums online. And am frequently glued to the never ending nursery inspiration found at ohdeedoh 

Anyway, some doing to be done....

p.s. check out how many deer we had in our front yard yesterday!! :

Monday, 20 October 2008

as promised, my thrifty finds

I haven't yet had full success with thrift store shopping here in New Brunswick. I do love Value Village but find it pretty expensive (for thrift). And then there is Frenchy's which I have talked about before. One of my gripes with Frenchy's is that it doesn't have much, if any, vintage items. A lot of people love it for that very reason, they like that their isn't a whole lot of items your granny wore 'back in the day' and appreciate a recognizable high quality label. (I was recently told that I haven't actually been to a 'real Frenchys' and have been promised a little shopping spree to one of the best in Oromocto, about an hour north of me. )

I frequent some lovely thrifting blogs from the likes of Missa at ThriftCandy and Rhiannon at Liebemarlene Vintage and also lust after the uber cute wardrobe remixes of SunshineUpton (someone who I would love to have a nice cup of tea with). I would love to say that they inspire me, however I usually end up frustrated that I can't find the same vintage delights here.  


We took a trip down to Maine This week and I popped into a few thrift stores. Albeit most of thrifty purchases wont be worn till I lose my baby bump, but I was fully satisfied with a shmorgesboard of floral, lacy, loveliness:

this photo doesn't really do them justice. The lilac dress is gonna look so cute with some burgundy tights and the shoes sitting beneath it. I plan on teaming the tunic up with some skinny jeans (alas! If I ever fit them again!) and a chunky brown belt. 
I'm mostly excited about wearing this skirt up high as a top/dress.  Though I think it could work as a skirt too.
This skirt will look with great with some rosy pink cheeks and I just couldn't resist the 60's dress. All I need is a lemon yellow cardi, a beehive and a cute baby under my arm!
Last but not least, I love this 70's blanket, perfect for throwing over my knee when watching a movie.   What I love most is that nearly all these items cost a $1 each! 

Friday, 17 October 2008

"I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately" - Henry David Thoreau.

The idea of living deliberately seems to enter my thoughts and conversations a lot these days.  In fact, me and Shane pretty much spent our afternoon talking about it. Here are a few on going's in list form, because I feel like I should be doing something else with my time (though I haven't decided what yet):

* We both got work permits! at long last, shane is working for the John Howard Society and I am supposedly knitting away to make some extra cash. 

* I have way too many baby type appointments these days, I feel like a human pin cushion. aargh. 

* Shane's shifts are all at crazy times so we are missing out on a social life. I have social options but I always feel more like myself when he is around

* We take our 'weekend' in the middle of the week now (due to crazy shifts) so this 'weekend' we went south to Maine and did some shopping ! yum, my thrifty finds will be featured in my next post. 

* I cannot believe I have another 11 weeks of growing! I feel huge and I really wish my butt wasn't protruding as much as my stomach is ! how did this happen!

* "you are the best decision I ever made" - a lovely thing shane said to me tonight  :o))))))

Friday, 10 October 2008

bitten lip...

I have before me little things
These little things, they fill my day
But sometimes they fall short
They fail to satisfy or sustain
Tonight I lay them before me
And I pray that they are enough
For I fear I may be foolish
And forget that I am an island. 

"Yes, Clarissa thinks, It's time for the day to be over. We throw our parties; we abandon our families to live alone in Canada; we struggle to write books that do not change the world, despite our gifts and our unstinting efforts, our most extravagant hopes. We live our lives, do whatever we do, and then we sleep - It's as simple and ordinary as that. A few jump out of windows, or drown themselves, or take pills; more die by accident; and most of us, the vast majority, are slowly devoured by some disease or, if we're very fortunate, by time itself. There's just this for consolation: an hour here or there when our lives seem, against all odds and expectations to burst open and give us everything we've ever imagined, though everyone but children (and perhaps even they) knows these hours will inevitably be followed by others, far darker and more difficult.  Still, we cherish the city, the morning; we hope, more than anything, for more. "
The Hours by Michael Cunningham