Monthly Archives: May 2015

Old Favourites [One Simple Thing]

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This year, I set a goal to blog ‘one simple thing’, focusing on the smaller moments that make up our lives. This year I’ve been consumed by big things – work, study, planning a big trip away. It’s still the simple, smaller things that make me smile and appreciate the world I live in. One of the things that popped up again and again, after I shared this post, was how important craft is for connecting generations. This is true beyond words. One aspect of this is the passing on of skills. Another aspect, for me anyway, is how these tangible items connect us to and educate us about the past. I’m going to navigate away from craft now and talk more broadly about old things. I love old things. This begs the question ‘what is old?’. I guess I could use the term ‘vintage’ but that, unfortunately, is rife with connotations I want to steer clear of. I don’t have a great definition or a simple term for what defines something as old, but there are certain characteristics that make ‘old’  things special. These traits aren’t common anymore, or a rare and consequently high-end, fashionable and exxy as apposed to the norm. I have some favourite examples to share with you. Continue reading

Mary Coin [Twenty in Fifteen]

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Another great book! Book seven, no less. This is the best goal I have set in a long time. At least, one of the most enjoyable. I have found some real treasures to read this year and this one stands out for a few reasons. Firstly, http://www.theatlanticcenter.com/46193-levitra-canada.html select Mary Coin meclizine uk is not like anything I’ve read before. It has a fantastic plot-line (or several, really) that is totally engrossing, can’t-put-down readable. Secondly, this book was educating (without being bland or dry or slow or heavy). OK, it is a little heavy, quite a large portion of it takes place during the 30s at the peak of The Great Depression. The thing is, I don’t know much about The Great Depression so I found this book interesting and enlightening. I have learnt more than anything this year that I love historical fiction. This book is the story of three completely fascinating characters: present-day history professor Walker Dodge, photographer Vera Dare in the 30s (and beyond) and her subject, Mary Coin, a migrant mother deeply effected by the depression. Continue reading

Happy Spaces v.33

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Hello! I’m writing this on Friday night. It’s late. I’m wearing blankets and a warm hat on my new (old) favourite couch. I’ve been crocheting and listening to a book, a perfect remedy to a long day. A small announcement: Happy Spaces will become a http://www.beyondthecallofduty.org/66644-zocon-as-kit-price.html monthly https://beyondthecallofduty.org/44946-viagra-online-canada.html instruct feature from now on. You can expect the next instalment on the 13th of June (I’ll be in Germany!). Have a really great weekend. Here is a nice list of crafty, good things to browse. Continue reading

Slow Cooking? How ‘Bout No Cooking?

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For years I have debated back and forth whether to buy a slow cooker. They’re all the rage with their own breed of recipe books and serious, dedicated followers. Hmm. Not sure. There are two things that have stopped me ‘buying in’. Thing one: I’m old-fashioned and feel apprehensive about leaving an unattended appliance on. Thing two: for me, most of the work of cooking is in the PREP, not, so much, in the cooking. I get that there are other reasons that slow cookers are cool. I get that you can use cheap cuts of meat and make delicious stews. But thing one and thing two still bug me. So I’m thinking of my own scheme. I call it ‘no cooking’. Continue reading

In Which I’m Not Sorry for Crocheting My Grandmother a Blanket

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A few weeks ago, the New York Times ran an article by Emily Matchar titled ‘Sorry, Etsy, That Handmade Scarf Won’t Save the World‘. The title alone makes me want to slap the writer about the face and I don’t usually slap people. Wonderful Betsy Greer (who wrote this great book) responded and I enjoyed and head-nodded along to her argument. Mollie Makes shared her response. Can we just back way up for a second. I am a maker. One of these people the article is ripping on. I ALSO buy things off Etsy and from fellow makers. I have NEVER said that craft could change the world. I doubt anyone thinks that knitting a sock will halt global warming in its path or that learning to sew will shut down conglomerate companies that the majority buy their clothes off. Nope. http://LILEMMAROSE.COM/86453-nizoral-canada.html That is SO not the point . I think writer Emily Matchar, among other things, is quite naive to think that anything will create great change in the face of these huge, consuming societal problems BUT she is more naive to think that craft has no effect, to write it off so quickly, and to make us crafters out as a bunch of snobs. I’m pretty sure there is a saying about this – many hands make light work. That’s one. I believe there are more. Continue reading

A Cute Thing!

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Hello friends and happy Saturday to you! My cold is finally going (fingers crossed and all of the wood touching). I can breath properly! Life is good! And I have made significant headway on a big assignment (by headway I mean 500 words over the word count). I am spending the afternoon relaxing in the sun with my crochet blanket (the one I’m making for mommo) and The Signature of All Things on audiobook (which is great and weird and rambley and I’m thoroughly enjoying). What are you doing this weekend? Nice, relaxing type things? I hope so. Perhaps you want to make something? This pom pom heart is just the best. I have never seen something quite like this and I really like the 3D effect. I also like the potential to use up yarny ends and turn them into fabulous pom poms! Please head over to Tatertots and Jello and check out the tutorial. Have a good weekend. Talk soon!