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Welcome 2012!

December 31st, 2011 § 2 comments § permalink

Swehaet wine

I don’t really believe in resolutions. I just prefer to list my creative goals for 2012.

  • More illustrations/paintings (I have a massive art order coming in and this is totally doable)
  • At least 6 pieces of elaborate beading embroidery projects done for 2012
  • My novel finished (It is sitting at 40% at 38K)
  • Have a custom Blythe done for myself

This is it. 2011 was great for me creatively! What do you want out of 2012?

 

— Rosey

 

 

An Unexpected Present

December 29th, 2011 § 2 comments § permalink

Lalaloopsy Suzette La Sweet

We bought this for Natalie this Christmas and she really doesn’t care for it. Lucky for me, I get to keep it. It’s the prettiest Lalaloopsy doll I’ve ever seen. I now have visions of court dresses and Rococo style gowns I want to sew for her in the future.

If you haven’t gotten a chance yet, please comment here with a suggestion of a fairytale subject for my first giveaway!

I am four trophies away from platinuming Skyrim. Embroidery and art will explode after this happens.

Did you have any unexpected gifts over the holidays?

— Rosey

What I Want in my Crafty Christmas Stocking

December 22nd, 2011 § 1 comment § permalink

Chocolate Truffles

 

Christmas is just two sleeps away. If I had a stocking and Santa could miraculously read my mind, this is what I’d want:

  1. 15 balls of DMC #8 Perle Cotton Embroidery Thread
  2. Various Miyuki beads
  3. Long Stretcher Bars to make more canvas (12″- 24″)
  4. More 10/0 Czech Glass beads
  5. A plastic container from Swiss Chalet (I use this to store my stock of DMC #8 Perle Cotton balls)
I’m good fabric and felt wise. Thanks Santa for an incredible creative year of 2011.

What do you want in your crafty Christmas stocking? Yes, I know. Chocolates aren’t crafty but they are crafty fuel. 🙂

— Rosey

Downtime

December 16th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Custom Bead Mix for Dorothy

 

After Dorothy has finished, I now have a bit of a downtime. I always get antsy during this time. I like having projects already started. It takes me a while to start a project but once in it, I’m booking it. I haven’t prepped the canvas or the hoop yet for my next projects. I should. I’m thinking of doing it tonight. The canvas always takes longer than just prepping a hoop. What is involved in prepping? I bust out the iron and ironing board and iron the fabric of choice. If it’s a canvas then I’ll have to manually stretch the fabric and tack it in place.

I’m mentally ready to start the next projects but this time something is stopping me. I’m not really sure what it is. I have such a long wishlist of projects I want done in addition to the embroidery that I find myself at a loss on what to choose.

How do you react to downtime between projects?

— Rosey

Aboveground and Dorothy

December 8th, 2011 § 2 comments § permalink

Dorothy WIP #4

Dorothy is progressing…. slowly!

I dropped off my artwork yesterday at the Aboveground and also indulged in art supplies! I couldn’t help myself. I got two wooden canvases, tiny paintbrushes, a tombow dual brush set, ink pens, and varnish/gloss. Oh, and the adorable zippered kitty pouch! Thanks to my friend Fishie who gave me a GC. It helped with the financial damage of the day. 8D

Aboveground

 

December is gonna be busy. I’m still working on a Secret Santa embroidery gift. I should really get on that now.

If you want to check out my work, it will be shown at the Aboveground (it’s right beside OCAD in downtown Toronto) for a month:


  • Above Ground Art Supplies
  • 74 McCaul Street
  • Toronto, Ontario
  • M5T 3K2
  • Canada
  • Monday – Friday 8:30am – 7:30pm
  • Saturday 10:00am – 6:00pm
  • Sunday 12:00pm – 5:00pm

— Rosey

Dickens and Chocolate!

December 3rd, 2011 § 3 comments § permalink

Wreath

We went by the 16th annual Dickens Christmas Craft Show in Simcoe. We go every year. This year I was determined to pick up something for the house. I wanted something warm and specific. We’ve been in our house for five years now. It’s about time I started decorating. We picked up the above wreath for $23.50. It is hanging in our dining room. I’m pretty happy with it. It’s an all year round wreath. The price is pretty sweet as well.

Afterwards, we headed to the Sweet Shoppe- a new chocolate store in Simcoe. The place smelled AMAZING! The owner was making waffles to roll into cigars and then dip into chocolate. We picked up a small box of truffles. I’m so happy this new place opened in town. Every town needs a chocolate shoppe!

— Rosey

Mini Moo Cards Have Arrived!

November 30th, 2011 § 3 comments § permalink

Mini Moo Cards

And just in time for my art exhibition in December! I am so happy with the quality and the look. I can’t wait to drop off my artwork next week.

 

— Rosey

 

 

Prioritizing With Lists

November 23rd, 2011 § 6 comments § permalink

Chichi is a puff!

 

Priorities help you finish what you want to finish in the time you want to finish. The key word is “finish.” It’s so easy to start or plan for a thousand projects but finishing is always the problem. Why can’t you finish? Not enough time? Ran out of supplies? No motivation? Got stuck halfway? There a thousand reasons to leave a thousand projects hanging.

This year I’ve been really good about finishing and following through every single project. I want to continue this for 2012.

What I am Doing Now:

  • Beading Embroidery
  • Writing
  • Gaming

What I Want to Be Doing:

  • Beading Embroidery
  • Writing
  • Doll Sewing
  • Doll Customization
  • Traditional Art
  • Miniatures
  • Gaming

The difference between the two lists are four points.  Is it really possible for me to do everything I want?

My Top Priorities:

  • Beading Embroidery
  • Writing
  • Doll Sewing

These are in order of importance. I know if I had to pare the list down to bare bones, this is my top three. Then what happens to the rest of the wishlist? How can I make it work? Is it even possible to make it work?

Current Assessment:
My time right now is very precious. My first, true priority is looking after Natalie during the day. I do my activities when she naps and after she goes to bed at night. Writing is consuming now because I need to get the story on the page. Once it’s all written down, I will let it sit and do the editing.
Beading embroidery is all-consuming when I get back into it. It’s a Mon-Fri task. If this is the case, my weekends are free and I can book what I want to do then.
December is a write-off because I’ll be doing what I want to do. What do I want to do for December?
  • Finish off Dorothy
  • Game
  • Get back into doll sewing
  • Customize a Monster-High Doll

Are you tired of lists yet? If you ever find yourself stuck or feel that you can’t do what you want to do, lists help. I hope it helps you!

 

— Rosey

Of Japanese Food, Nanowrimo, and Distractions

November 21st, 2011 § 2 comments § permalink

Tempura Shrimp!

 

The above image is what I am craving at the moment. I just adore Japanese food. My weak spots are  tuna sashimi, sashimi, softshell crab, and unagi on rice. If I can only enjoy one type of cuisine my entire life, it would be Japanese. The best Japanese food I’ve had in the last five years had to be in Ottawa and in Niagara Falls. Oddly enough, I’ve been to several in the GTA but nothing of the above calibre. If you are a gourmand of Japanese food, avoid buffets. It’s great to gorge and all but the quality in all-you-can-eats are lacking. I recently went to an AYCE called the Dragon Pearl in North York. The food was mediocre and the sashimi inedible. I’m getting older. My stomach is shrinking. It’s time to start a quality control process for what goes in it.

The end is near for Nanowrimo. I’ve hit 30K and there is 20K left to go. It’rs been really difficult trying to to get it done. This means I’m itching to sew like crazy in December.  I’ve always had creative ADHD. I just can’t stick to one thing and it’s very difficult for me to just focus on that one thing. I need to have other projects on the go. Focusing on one thing means I can get it done faster as opposed to having three things on the go. For some reason, I can’t though. Nanowrimo is testing my willpower and focus. I want to get this novel done and I know it’s turning out better than I hoped.

In the meantime, I’ve been distracted with Skyrim. Elder Scrolls v: Skyrim is an epic RPG. I’m totally hooked. It has an open gameplay which I adore. I spend hours dungeon crawling and exploring before I even pursue any quests. After a big hiccup when I loaded the game and it froze, it’s been fairly smooth sailing since. It will keep me plenty busy for a while.

I’m also distracted by my upcoming gallery exhibition. This is the first official one I’ve ever had. It is for my beading embroidery work. Having a gallery exhibit has always been a dream of mine and it’s coming true! It will be at the Aboveground Art Store in downtown Toronto located near OCAD and the AGO. OCAD is the Ontario College of Art and Design. I applied to this school and got in. I really wish I had gone there. This is one of my biggest regrets. AGO is the Art Gallery of Ontario. The date is set for Dec 12-Jan12th. I’m dropping off my artwork on Dec 7th. Things are starting to move. If everything goes well, this gallery showing will lead to more opportunities. I have an art store gift certificate on the way for Christmas and I know exactly what to get! I want to make paintings again.

Yes, I am incredibly busy but also incredibly happy.

— Rosey

 

 

Food Adventures in Niagara Falls

November 7th, 2011 § 1 comment § permalink

Hershey's Double Chocolate Cupcake from the Hershey Store

Robert and I spent the weekend in Niagara Falls. We hit up the Fallsview Casino, Canadian Midway, two miniature golf courses and a ton of food! Warning, food porn is coming!

First, we had dinner at Vinny’s on Friday night. The food was okay.  I really liked the Calamari Fritti, The portion for this appetizer was generous. However, the custom pizza we ordered was meh. The crab cakes were awful– what did I expect from ordering crab cakes at an Italian restaurant.

Vinny's Italian American Eatery

Calamari Fritti

Crab Cakes (note to self- never order crab cakes from an Italian restaurant)

 

On Saturday afternoon, we also went to Clifton Hill. I had Dippin Dots for the first time. I have to say it was weird but quite good. It’s teeny tiny balls of frozen ice cream.

Dippin Dots

Dippin Dots

We went to Yukiguni Japanese Restaurant on Fallsview Blvd for dinner Saturday night. I can’t rave about it enough. It is excellent and I just completely gorged myself. It’s been a while since I had quality Japanese food. If you love Japanese food, do yourself a favour and drop in on this wonderful gem. The fish was so fresh and so good I ordered twice.

Spicy Tuna Rolls

Softshell Crab

Sashimi Dinner

Sashimi Appetizer

 

Despite the food adventures, I am on track with Nanowrimo. I have cracked 10K! 😀

— Rosey

 

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