Sunday, August 31, 2008

oh crap.

my brother asked me to make his a friend this turd softie from the softies book.

mine looks different of course...the book called for gluing on the eyes but i thought hand stitching it would be better.

i added the tag in the back, as requested by my brother. i kept the edgest raw to give it that homemade look. hehe. or i was just lazy.
i'm feeling a little drugged at the moment. kinda like my cat, who we had to take to the vet yesterday because of his claw and an infection in his paw. he thinks he gets special treatment because he's been sleeping on our beds, even though he knows he's not allowed.

i've finally cut out the pieces for the built by wendy pattern 3964. hopefully it turns out's my first dress/tunic that i'm doing on my own. the a-line skirt that i made before, even with karyn's help, turned out to be a disaster.

i took a nap today at 1 and didn't wake up till 6. when i got up my parents were getting ready for a barbecue in the backyard. it was awesome. grilled chops, grilled salmon with sundried tomatoes and soup. there's a big tupperware of sliced watermelon just waiting to be eaten.
then angela and i went to the convenience store (so convenient!!! only a 3 minute run!) to borrow penelope and miss potter. sadly, no my blueberry nights.

and yay. no work tomorrow. thank goodness. and more time for naps.

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Thursday, August 28, 2008

sew much sewing.

as a good bye gift for liz, i decided to make her an accessories pouch with a matching padfol!o. the fabric i used was a tablecloth that i thought was too nice to use to put food on top of.
i used my zipper foot for the first time. i've done this before at the workroom, but it's different when you're doing it at home.

fabric gift tag that i made.

AND. instead of signing a card...i thought it would be cute to make felt fortune cookies instead and write our good bye/good luck notes and stick it in the cookie.

baking cookies. haha.

AND. AND. my built by wendy sewing pattern collection is growing. after searching high and low online, i found pattern 3835 and was able to get it for half the price.

in other none crafty news, tomorrow pam will be coming over with her 90210 dvds and attempt a marathon. i was never allowed to watch 90210 as a kid, so this is a first for me. i can't wait. teehee.

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Tuesday, August 26, 2008

snaps for the workoom!

Snap Coin Purse class, originally uploaded by the workroom.

teehee i am so excited for the snap coin purse class in september.
so excited that i already called to register for it.
i've been dying to make one, ever since i bought my sunglasses purse from anthropologie.

image from hayden-harnett

unfortunately anthropologie is not available to us canadians yet.
i also thought it would have been nice to make them as presents...small ones for coin purses...bigger ones for clutches.

and tonight i shall:
-finish off some more padfol!os
-start making the turd guy from the softies book
-and felted chinese fortune cookies for liz

woohoo for craft nights :)

speaking of nights...i'm dying to see my blueberry nights with norah jones, natalie portman and jude law.

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Sunday, August 24, 2008

going solo.

last week i decided that i needed some time on my own. i decided to do it yesterday. i woke up and almost chickened out. going to downtown with the purpose of just walking aimlessly by myself is never something i have done. in the end it was really...rewarding. haha.
for so many years now, i have been living my life in a sort of rush. there's always something to do, an errand to run, a lesson or an appointment to go to, places and people to see. downtown may have the fastest walkers...just exiting union station alone is a speed walking marathon. i'm afraid i've become one of them: zombies who cross streets with oncoming traffic just to get to work.
yesterday as i walked on king street, i had to remind myself to slow down and take in everything. the beauty in being by yourself is that you can you hop in and out of any store as you wish, dictate your own schedule, and not to be forced to keep up a conversation. sometimes you just don't want to talk.

a giant mushroom that i almost didn't see. imagine that.

i didn't get to downtown as early as i had wanted. which is fine though because it saved me money from having to buy breakfast. so i splurged a little with lunch. i discovered gilead cafe when researching on cafes to eat in. hidden away in king street west, this is a new addition to jamie kennedy's line of restaurants (reminds me of oliver and bonacini).
the cafe was simplistic, linoleum tabletops, speckled floors. you order from a chalkboard on the wall and the servers call your name to pick up your food. but the walls are lined with shelves of jars of vegetables in brine. the bathroom was quite lovely me a venue can be simple as long as the bathroom is nice.

i spent my time reading the paper, writing letters and sipping coffee without having to worry about anything.

a grilled pecorino fresco sandwich on sourdough baguette with basil spread, fresh grilled red and yellow bell peppers, eggplant, zucchini ($9)

fries with mango mayo ($4)
it was a very satisfying meal. i didn't get dessert (although they have a nice selection of pastries, which i will try next time)
when i got out i realized that i was very close to the distillery.

i decided to have my dessert there. i went to soma chocolatemaker for some gelato. i had one in hazelnut. sigh. it's quite pricey. for $3.75 you can get a really BIG serving of gelato in rome.

it tasted like heaven. and it came with one nut.
i decided to check out buskerfest. on my way there i saw lots of street sales. one of the vendors had some enzo anglioni shoes but unfortunately were size 6. :( oh well.

buskerfest was totally crazy...i didn't stay too long. i don't like crowds. i was, however, able to buy a tablecloth which i will use for fabric to make more padfol!ios.
something i've never done before as well was go see a movie by myself.
i decided to go watch tuya's marriage. it made me cry. for those who love foreign movies, this is something you should see. it was nice to see that i wasn't the only one who went solo.
afterwards i walked to h&m and almost bought dresses that weren't even my size. i had to remind myself that i don't have the time nor the expertise to alter them myself. so i had to limit myself to one (which actually fits!). i got it for 70% off and am very pleased with it. i went to fabricland and found some plaid and wool fabric. i have patterns for coats which i would like to get started on before autumn officially starts.
of course i couldn't forget harbourfront. i was feeling a little tired already so i just sat and wrote more on a picnic table which overlooked the lake.

a very brave bird.

i walked back to bce place to get ready for a night out with the girls. haha. after a day being on your own it's nice to end it with a social gathering.

(we're orange like oompa loompas...the color tone of my camera was set to warm. argh)

we went to milestones (on dundas and yonge...this milestones is awesome, by the way) for a party. by 9:30 i was already so tired. is it a sign of old age? we left around 10:30 after they served the cake. but hungry stomachs required more food so went to mcdonald's on yonge. time flies by so quickly when you're having a lot of fun. i didn't get home till past 1 in the morning. this is normal to most people out there, but for me it isn't. parents shouldn't have to ground 23 year olds anymore, but my parents are a special case. dammit.

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Thursday, August 21, 2008

these are a few of my favorite things.

today i shall:
- check out buskerfest and walk to wendy's to pick up a mandarin chicken salad
- take the GO so i can get home before 7
- practice piano like mad
- start on the built by wendy pattern
- be more forgiving of myself
- sleep early

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Wednesday, August 20, 2008

these are not photoshopped.

teehee. not bad without an slr eh?
finally, some california pics.
more to come, once i've uploaded them from angela's mac.

one of the numerous missions in carmel by the sea. i'd like to get married in one someday, if it's allowed.

biking around cannery row. a must do. lots of biking trails and people are friendly towards bikers. was freezing cold that day.

horsebackriding in carmel. another must do. this conservation area used to be a cattle ranch, similar to the one in brokeback mountain.


we got lucky and was able to get on the simpsons' ride. i look like such a tourist with the lanyard around my neck. but that is, folks, a front of the line pass...courtesy of my uncle, who works in universal studios' IT department. unfortunately we didn't get immunity this time because of its debut, but it was definitely worth lining up for.

had my phone interview today.
but i'm not going to count on it.
i don't want to feel too disappointed.
if i don't get it, there's something better out there.
i just kinda wanted to get out of here sooner.
my brain's turning into mush.
ah paris, you're only $15,000 away.
kill me now.

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Sunday, August 17, 2008

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dressed in a fashion that's fitted to the inconsistency of my moods.

miss you miss you

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Thursday, August 14, 2008

and i love you so.

a survey. to make me feel better.

How many people do you have 'a thing' for right now?
just one.

Does the last person you held hands with, mean a lot?
of course. so much.

Do you regret dating anyone you dated?
no, only because i've learned so much from my last one.

Could you go a day without eating?
hmm. no. i need my breakfast and lunch. dinner i can do without.

Who was the last person in your bedroom?
my little sister.

Were you happy when you woke up today?
yes and no.
yes because he was downstairs waiting.
and no because it was his last day here today.

Are you missing someone?

What color shirt are you wearing?
white shirt with blue stripes.

When was the last time you talked to your best friend?
A, yesterday.
john, a few hours ago.

Do you think you will be in a relationship 3 months from now?
mais oui.

Do you need to say anything to anyone right now?
nothing really.

Are you ticklish?
in certain places yes.

Are you typically a jealous person?
i'm territorial. haha.

Do you know anyone that smokes pot?

Do you go to the bathroom with the door open or closed?
close of course.

What will you do after the survey?
clean the bathroom.

Do you sing?
yes. terribly.

Do you talk about your feelings or hide them?
sigh. i'm an open book. i'm too emotional to hide them.

First thing you do when you wake up?
john calls me to wake me up.
i'd always ask for 5 more minutes and go back to sleep and wake up 10 minutes later.

What's on your bedroom floor right now?
lots of crap. i still haven't unpacked from last weekend's quebec trip.

What do you currently hear?
the vacuum cleaner and my typing.

Do you still talk to the last person you kissed?
of course i do. except i can't right now. because he's leaving on a jetplane.

Ever talked to someone that was drunk?
yes. and it was awkward. especially when it's a 40+ year old man talking about sex.

Did you have a dream last night?

Where were you at 3:02 AM this morning?
sleeping. surprisingly.

Do you trust people easily?
hm. i don't like them easily.

Are you easily scared by horror movies?
yes...that's why i don't watch them.

Do you still turn to your parents for advice or comfort?

Have you ever been in a difficult relationship?
my previous relationship, yes. i was with someone that i just clashed with...and we were both very young to know any better.
and for this's only hard to say good bye.

How long would it take you to walk home from work?
maybe a day. i work all the way in downtown and live in 9th line now.

Have you ever punched a tree?
no. but i did make a hole in the wall when i didn't get my way (my siblings wanted to watch discovery channel. i didn't.) and got in big trouble.

What was the last thing you argued about with your ex boyfriend/girlfriend?
we argue, but they're constructive arguments. haha.

Do you think you'll make a good parent?
i hope so.

Are you taller than 5'5"?
i think i'm 5"5.

What were you doing at 9 this morning?
having the last breakfast.

Do you like to argue?
yes, when it matters.

Have you ever felt replaced?
oh yes.

What do you do when you have a bad day?
i cry. eat a cookie. talk on the phone. sew something. make something. or play the piano (badly. haha) shopping is now out of the question.

Where were you 3 hours ago?
dancing to american boy.

Have you ever eaten a crayon?

Is there anything pink within 10 feet of you?
my teapot...but it's more coral than pink.

When is the last time you went to the mall?

Are you wearing socks right now?
no. i hate wearing socks.

Do you have a car worth over $2,000?
no. i don't own a car.

When was the last time you drove out of town?
i don't drive. yet.

Have you been to the movies in the last 5 days?
yes, to see vicky cristina barcelona
i loved it :)

Are you hot?
angela thinks i am. so i must be. hahaha.

What was the last thing you had to drink?
coffee. to calm the nerves. HA.

What are you wearing right now?
my cleaning clothes. boxers and a tank.

Do you wash your car or let the car wash do it?
my dad does it.

Last food that you ate?
pandesal and egg and cheese.

Have you bought any clothing items in the last week?
yes. at a thrift store. they look so urban outfitters. all for the price of $38.

When is the last time you ran?
a few days ago to catch the bus.

What's the last sporting event you watched?
the olympics :)
bolt & cochrane were awesome!

What is your favorite animal?
i don't like animals...but i like my cat :) and tolerate my hamster. haha.

Your dream vacation?
thailand and a european cruise.

just finished cleaning the bathroom.
it's spanking clean now.
now i have to tackle my bedroom.
and the closet.
double augh.
i need a bigger one with a shoe rack.
i dread going back to work tomorrow.
part-eh at the house tonight. but it'll be a bit sad.
sans lui.

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