Friday, 16 April 2010

I love Toronto

The bump and I flew to Toronto recently. I loved it! Not sure about baby-boy-bump... he made me sick quite a lot, but he does that at home too. I guess one city is as good as another for him!

I was excited to be in the home town of Sweetie Pie Press. So I made a little pilgrimage out to the Good Catch General Store, one of the sweetie-pie stocking stores. It was smaller than I was expecting but still totally awesome and lovely and welcoming. The perfect place to buy a guitar, or homemade cookies, or a catnip cigar, odd little craft items and, of course, sweetie pie badges!

cute sweetie pie badge from the Good Catch General Store

It's the kind of place where you don't just buy stuff, you chat, maybe for hours if you want. I talked with lovely Lisa about boys' names and Wyatt Earp. If I lived in Toronto I'd want to go there all the time.

I also loved The Paper Place - also out West on Queen St. West, but not nearly so far West. I remembered this blog entry from Sweetie Pie Press, so was pleased to stumble across the shop on my long westward walk. It's a paradise for anyone who loves paper and patterns and collage and sweet, strange little exotic finds. I bought chiyogami paper and some pretty little packs of paper scraps - irresistible to anyone who loves to reuse and recycle!

Sunday, 11 April 2010

sewing is believing

So this Easter my lovely mother taught me how to use our sewing machine! My husband bought it on impulse (for himself), but neither of us ever figured out how to use it. This is where maternal wisdom and experience really comes in handy, and there's something especially poignant about learning things from my mum as I'm expecting a child of my own.

With her guidance, I made this sweet apron out of an old vintage skirt. It's great because I never wore the skirt but loved the fabric so much I just couldn't bear to part with it. Now it's actually useful again. And because the skirt was swishily a-line, it fits right over my expanding bump no problem!

Then I thought I'd make some pretty Spring-like napkins. Good practice on the machine. They're far from perfect but I'm still really happy with them.

And I'm also making some lavendar sachets - just this heart-shaped one first of all (good practice for sewing curves, I figured!) My hubby's happy because I'm finally using the lavender we collected from our garden last Summer. It still smells so good! I'll bet he thought I'd never get around to it... but I am!

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