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Who I Am

September 13th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink



I have an about me page. I think I need to add more things to it. Consider this post an addendum. As you all know, I love to create. It’s a burning need. I create, customize, sew, write, and bake. I am a whirling dervish of ideas. I truly find happiness in expressing my creativity.

  • All of my work in beading embroidery is inspired by fairytales.
  • I draw and paint. I really have to get back to doing this again.
  • I am an avid doll collector. I have various Asian ball-jointed-dolls, one Blythe, and one Pullip. I enjoy making their clothes and various props.
  • I love food, cooking, and baking.
  • I love to read. I always have a book on the go. Currently, I am reading Jim C Hines’ Snow Queen’s Shadow. It is the last book of his Princess series. I just finished Carolyn Turgeon’s Rain Village.
  • I am an aspiring writer. I have a novel re-write brewing. I am world-building and doing character sketches at the moment. I hope to start the actual writing process in the near future.
  • I live in the country and I am a converted country girl. It is so beautiful and quiet out here. I don’t think I can ever live in a city again.

I have a loving husband who suffers through Princess-Mental-Syndrome every month as well as a daily barrage of hyper verbal diarrhea detailing future projects and ideas. I have a beautiful, growing toddler who amazes me on a daily basis.

I am impatient, a slave to instant gratification (creatively), and addicted to sushi. I literally crave sushi on a daily basis.

I proclaim to be a cynic and a realist but am truly a closet romantic. I adore fairytales along with a cup of hot chocolate.

Ideas are awesome but execution is better.

Etsy is a dangerous website

Tumblr is a source for inspiration.

Dreams will never die.


— Rosey

Panic! Men Lavender Shortbread Recipe

September 12th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

When a Bunny Attacks! A Scene in Lavender Shortbread

Lavender Shortbread Bunny Run

Lavender Shortbread Pandemonium

Since the arrival of Natalie, I barely had time to bake. I used to bake and cook as a hobby on occasion. On the weekend, I visited Bonnieheath Lavender Farm again and I picked up lavender sugar. I modified a shortbread recipe and this is the result! The bunnies went to my neighbours Ray and Ruth. It was perfect timing since Ray is recovering from hip surgery. I still want to make lavender almond cream filling for the little screaming men to make panic sandwiches.

Here is the recipe!

Lavender Shortbread


1 cup of butter

2 cups of all purpose flour

1 egg

1/2 cup of superfine sugar

1/2 cup of lavender sugar

2 tsp of vanilla extract

Small cute animal/person mold/cutter

One toothpick

One chopstick


1) Preheat the oven to 320F. Line the cookie tray with parchment paper.

2) Combine all the ingredients in a bowl. Make sure the butter is softened so it’s easier to mix.

3) Roll out the dough and use your mold. Make sure it’s about 1/4 of an inch thick. I find this makes it crispy but substantial.  When you have your shapes laid out (make sure you have room around it to expand a little), use the toothpick to poke in the eyes and the narrow end of the chopstick for the mouth. Press the chopstick in deep so the indentation is evident after baking. Bake for 18 minutes for a full tray.

4) Allow cookies to cool on a wire rack completely then start the Panic! tea party.


Hope you enjoy the recipe!

— Rosey

Finding that special treasure…

September 9th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Favorite Tales from Grimm

As a child, I loved going to the library. Sometimes, I find myself taking out a special book regularly just because I loved it so much. Because books were rare growing up, I borrowed at least 10 books from each trip. One particular book set me on a path towards fantasy art. The illustrations in this book were magical and just sparked such a creative fire within me. Two days ago, I went looking for the book which I am certain would be out of print. I had no idea where to begin. I just remembered the book containing Grimm’s fairytales. My husband suggested I somehow contact the Toronto Public Library and see if they have a record of every book I’ve taken out. It was a viable option and I pulled up the library’s website. I found they had an online catalogue and typed in “grimm.” 1700 search results later and multiple tabs open with Google search for images, I found the book!

Favourite Tales from Grimm illustrated by Mercer Mayer

I found a decent copy in the Chapters/Indigo marketplace. It should arrive in a month. I can’t wait. This is a book I will always treasure and its sentimental value to me is priceless.

— Rosey






The Cloak of Doom

September 8th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

The Cloak of Doom

It’s done. The cloak of doom- beading and white tree embroidery is done. Just need to sculpt the hooves and horn. All the sculpting will be done after Natalie’s in bed. It’s finally getting done!

— Rosey

Because You Can’t Live Forever

September 7th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Conversations with the Ryukin (2007)

All of you know by now, I have hilariously rampant creative ADHD. I want to try and learn so many new things. Unless I can live forever or I can clone myself, I cannot take on all the hobbies I want to. This begs the question: How do I determine which new hobby to take on?

First, let’s see what is on my plate at the moment:

  • Beading Embroidery – This is my mainstay and what I will always go back to. I find the picture in my head matches the result. There is something so calming doing the beading embroidery.
  • Drawing – The embroidery has unseated this long time lover for now. Even though I rarely draw now, I still have the urge to do so and I don’t think it’ll ever go away. Drawing is my first love and always will be. I was a regular eBay artist back in 2005-2007. One of the works I made is the picture you see above. For some unfathomable reason, I just stopped drawing. My favourite medium are colored pencils, ink, and watercolours. I really want to take it up again regularly in the future.
  • Doll Sewing – I love sewing for my dolls. I make them custom clothes. I don’t do this on a regular basis anymore since my dolls are put away. Natalie is still a baby and the basement is not done. Once my craft room is finished, I can have my dolls out within reach again and I know I’ll be sewing for them more often.
  • Customizing Trikkys – I still have a bare Trikky waiting to be customized. I want to finish this and perhaps get more to ink work on. I really like the black and white look. It’s an awesome medium.
  • Writing – I still want to rewrite this novel. I need to really get moving in the conception stage with character sketches and world-building and get my ass in gear. Sadly, I get writer’s block often.
Full plate, yes? I still want to take on so much more. The factors I use to determine what to take on are as follows:
  • Money/Finances – Do I have enough money to buy the supplies and tools to properly learn this craft? How much will everything cost in total? Do I need to sell things to justify this hobby?
  • Time – How long will it take to do this activity? Can I just pick it up and work on it anytime? Are there processes in this hobby that require large blocks of time? Can I only do this at night when Natalie is asleep?
  • Degree of Difficulty – How hard is it to start this hobby? Do any of my present skills give me an advantage in pursuing this? Do I have the patience? Is there instant gratification involved?
I am a big sucker for instant gratification. If you see all the hobbies I have on the go, every single one save for writing involves instant gratification. I think this is why writing is such a painful experience for me. I see myself still as a fledgling amateur. My writing style/skill is nowhere near I want it to be. If you want to get into writing, you will realize that instant gratification is a myth. The criteria above helped me choose miniatures over customizing of Blythes as my next hobby. I definitely will blog about my experience in making miniatures when I get started. I hope the criteria works for you as well if you are planning or hoping to pursue something new.
— Rosey

Priorities, priorities

September 6th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

My little Lychee

So this cloak is killing me. I need to get it done and just start sculpting. I miss doing my embroidery. I’m also itching and researching to get started on building/making miniatures for my Blythe/Pullip diorama. My motivation is dwindling because I’m stalled in this project and I’m just itching to get on with what I want to do. Month-long projects are now a big no-no for me. I think I’ll stick to weekend projects or buffers.

A proper update is coming soon once I finish embroidering this cloak.

— Rosey


The Last Unicorn WIP

September 1st, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Pullip Cloak Detail

My current project involves beading/embroidering this lavender silk dupioni cloak. The dress is done already. I still need to do the horn and hooves. I’m kind of speeding through this because I realize how much I miss my embroidery art. It’s as if I need to only have a small diversion before I get back to my first love. I hope to embroider stars on the back of the coat when the frame is beaded and done.

I’m itching to really start on Dorothy, then Hansel and Gretel, then Snow White. I want to finish this project asap. I still have the County Fair to prepare for.

Oh, the husband is working on  a proper gallery page for me. If you are interested in any of my work for purchase, the gallery will be up soon. The only piece of work that’s spoken for is Swan Girl. Everything else, I will eventually sell once I’ve made enough work to hold an exhibition. Ack, must finish this project first!

— Rosey

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