Sunday, December 30, 2018

In His Time

I'm so thankful for the dynamic adventures of 2018, and excited for what is to come in 2019! I feel so free
in learning to accept and enjoy "to everything there is a season". Onward!

Tuesday, December 25, 2018


"My soul glorifies the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior..." --Luke 1:46

Friday, December 21, 2018

Festive Fleece

This is my Christmas gift (project) to myself: I ordered my Nordic, Chunky Knit, and Bubblegum Calico designs on Fleece to sew up into some cute neckwarmers. Time to use the snowy weather to get to my pile of sewing!

Monday, December 17, 2018

Button up your Overcoat

Check out this fashionable ornament, complete with mittens, lovingly hand-stitched by my crafty mother!

Monday, December 10, 2018

Dancing Sugarplums

I'm flitting around, doing some seasonal shopping, dreaming up gifts, making said gifts, fashioning festive outfits, and grand jeté-ing and swinging out to Christmas tunes at every opportunity!

Wednesday, December 05, 2018

Noël House

I would be proud to call this my home! How completely charming. This home in my neighbourhood always has the most perfect curb appeal décor, making the most of their painted brick and lovingly distressed wooden windows and doors. Check out those candy cane filled swags, that jingle bell wreath, and, of course, that Noël.

Monday, November 26, 2018

Fibre Monday

These new designs in my shop are available as fabric, wallpaper, gift wrap, and homewares! 
Here's Chunky Knit
...P.S. here are some handy Christmas shipping deadlines! Happy ordering!

Tuesday, November 20, 2018


 A little follow-up from Almonte's Holiday Night's Baker Bob's and Tin Barn Market during the day! Punches of red, the whole Gingie clan, baby firs, and a skating bunny. Absolutely charming!

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Shooting Star

I got this ornament last year at Tin Barn Market. Oh this glam star encrusted with beads--it's just been hanging year-round on my bedroom door handle! Tonight I'm off to do some festive shopping at Tin Barn and other such locales under the twinkly sky at Almonte's Holiday Night Market!

Sunday, November 11, 2018

100 Years

I find it fascinating how WWI launched the world out of the poise of the Edwardian Era, and caused the reaction of the Roaring Twenties. WWI is the pivotal point of vast societal change, which influenced everything stylistic as well--design, décor, architecture, fashion, and so on--read any history of design book and you'll catch on to that trend pretty quick. Here's to those who sacrificed their lives and lifestyles, creatively adapted to new ways of life (I would love to hear more of their experiences), and helped give us the freedom we enjoy today! 

Wednesday, November 07, 2018

Copper Glitz

I have been staring at this thrift find for some some glam surface pattern design inspiration. I love the subtle copper glitz of the mirrored motif on the black, and the dainty neck and sleeve borders. 

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Swinging at the Rialto

I said I'd be drooling at the architecture, so voilà, here are some photos from my weekend of swing dancing bliss at Montréal's Rialto Theatre, built in the 1920s. Hexagonal marble tile, mosaic, brass, and rich wood is a good start. The stairs throughout the place were marble--people--worn down by the performers and musicians and dancers and theatre-goers of the past (almost) 100 years. Oh if these walls could talk they would sing.
The iconic artwork nestled between pilasters made for a vintage-tastic welcome in the front entrance.
a.k.a the cheeriest musical ever made
Now behold the main theatre...
I think I hear the hallelujah chorus over the band.
I spent some time up in the balcony and boxes just observing the social spectacle.
It was a great vantage point for the social dancing and performances!
Look at that regal illuminated R.
Thank you Cat's Corner!
In addition to cats there were also many chandeliers lurking in corners.
...and so much majestic stained glass.
I can't wait to go back and dance there again!

Thursday, October 25, 2018

Hello Rialto

I'm packing to spend the weekend swing dancing at the stunning 1920s Rialto Theatre! If I skip a song I'll be drooling at the architecture. My outfit is, of course, flapper inspired, with this gold skirt that I added fringe to. 
Tomorrow night is a masquerade ball! I made this mask out of faux leather that I painted gold and embossed with a single hole punch! Ha! I made it to be compatible with my glasses. So excited for this swing fest!

Monday, October 22, 2018

Gatsby Glasses

Now I'm all set for any costuming event from the 1800s through the 1930s with these glasses! They are so fine and dainty. The ingenious local optician happily ripped the black tubing off this vintage pair that he had sitting on his shelf in order to polish them up to their round golden glory for me. Gotta love small town service!

Thursday, October 18, 2018


With chillier weather I withdraw to my sewing machine, so lately I've been tending to my pile of clothing items to alter. At the top of the pile I have been tweaking and embellishing this dress. In the original condition it looked awkwardly short on me, so I am adding the black eyelet sleeves and coordinating trim on the hem to balance it out. I also removed the red sash from the back and added on the collar rickrack. Dances await!

Monday, October 15, 2018

Carpet Bag

This pouch was an IDS 2016 freebie from carpet manufacturer Jan Kath. Check out their stunning styles!
It makes me chuckle that I use a mini German area rug to keep things tidy in my purse.

Monday, October 08, 2018

Artist's Path

I'm thankful for the Creator and all the exciting, fascinating, dynamic beauty and He inspires.
"I run in the path of your commands for you have set my heart free." --Psalm 119:32

Saturday, October 06, 2018

October with Anne

In the words of Anne Shirley, "I'm so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers." The trees are rivaling Anne's hair. Tonight, on this chilly autumn evening, I am hunkering down to watch some Anne season 2!

Saturday, September 29, 2018

Cobalt Ceramics

Fig N°1: Traditional Mexican shot glass...which I plan to fill with flowers instead of Tequila
Fig N°2: Hand-painted Delft pill box from Holland
Fig N°3: Cobalt Fiestaware plate of my great grandma's wedding dish collection from 1938
Fig N°4: Folksy embellished octagonal container with lid made in Finland by Arabia--a $1 find

Monday, September 24, 2018

Multifaceted Lady

I have a growing collection of intriguing lady portraits, and just acquired this print for $8 from Value Village. I adore the 1900 to 1930s styling of it, the beauty of the woman, the rich colours, and the faceted gold frame splashed with the colours of her dress.

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Ceylon Tin

I picked up a new tin for the collection! $0.25 at the local thrift store, of course. Can we just take a moment to appreciate the kelly green and laurel details? I love this example of contemporary packaging done beautifully!

Friday, September 07, 2018

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