Thursday, June 30, 2011

Canada Day Celebrations...

...Atlantic Style!

Does it get any more celebratory than red lobster cupcakes?!  I think not.

These desserts are from the bakery of our local supermarket.

and look!  Red & White  O' Canada's chips.  I've never seen these before.

Happy Canada Day!

New Muppet Movie & CD

Did you peeps know about this?!  I hope not, because I would have expected you to share assoonas you found out, like I am doing now!

I'm super excited about anything Muppets.  Hubby proposed to me during Muppets From Space and Christmas isn't Christmas without watching The Muppet's Christmas Carol.
So, here are the details:  the following is taken from

Fact: if you do not like the Muppets, you are not a human being with a working heart. So this is a pretty good year for human beings, then-- there's a new Muppet movie, The Muppets, coming out November 23. And on August 23, Disney will release Muppets: The Green Album, a collection of musicians offering covers of Muppet standards.
My Morning Jacket, Andrew Bird, and Sondre Lerche are among those that contribute takes-- as are Weezer, who team up with Paramore's Hayley Williams (a pairing that assumedly makes at least one Pitchfork writer very, very happy) for a rendition of the classic Kermit-sung "Rainbow Connection". We have the tracklist for you below, as well as the trailer for The Muppets.
Muppets: The Green Album
01 OK Go: "Muppet Show Theme"
02 Weezer and Paramore's Hayley Williams: "Rainbow Connection"
03 The Fray: "Mahna Mahna"
04 Alkaline Trio: "Moving Right Along"
05 My Morning Jacket: "Our World"
06 Amy Lee: "Halfway Down the Stairs"
07 Sondre Lerche: "Mr. Bassman"
08 The Airborne Toxic Event: "Wishing Song"
09 Atreyu's Brandon Saller and Good Charlotte's Billy Martin: "Night Life"
10 Andrew Bird: "Bein' Green"
11 Matt Nathanson: "I Hope That Something Better Comes Along"
12 Rachael Yamagata: "I'm Going to Go Back There Someday"

Happy Muppets everyone :)

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Sewing Spotlight

My hubby was sewing up a storm the other night!  We went over to my parents house to borrow my dad's sewing machine so he could make a handy computer carrying harness and ended up being fed (yay for loving parents) and highly amused (puppies with crazy hair).

sophie sporting her pastel green hair barrettes.

She has quite the choice of colours!

At first Emma was shy

but she came around and showed off her Justin Bieber hair!
She's a fan of the side swept look.

oh pooperdoodles.
So, back to hubby:
Here he is, hard at work

He did well...until he broke the needle...but c'mon, we've all done it.

I joked that he's like Wilson from Home Improvement, never showing his face.

and behold: the computer harness!

this contraption will let him lug computers around as needed for his job.  We're on the lookout for a handle that's a little more sturdy, but this will do for now.

This isn't the first time the sewing bug has bit my hubby; one year for Christmas he made me pajamas with feet!  They are so hard to find in grown-up sizes!  They have castles and clouds on them and he even put that grippy stuff on the feet!

Monday, June 27, 2011


Hello All,
I'm very excited to share that the shopping centre where I work has started new a advertising campaign and they've asked me to do make-up on all the models - so they can promote the store I work in and of course celebrate the fact that we sell CHANEL, which is pretty rare in these parts.
My work can be seen in a giant poster that's on the outside of the mall, on the mall website, and in various special features of their fashion blog!

my giant poster!

Mall fashion blog banner:

click here to read the latest post on 'Neon & Neutrals'.  Here's a sneak peak of one of the models:

I have to say this model was a pleasure to work with and a very good sport; she usually wears dark brown, even brown lipstick, so this was a big departure from her comfort zone.  I think she rocked it and looks lovely, fresh, and summery!

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Domestically Disabled
This is me, did I ever tell you I was the poster child of something?  Well, I am.

I have the above image in magnet form on my & hubby's fridge.  It's been there since I moved in after our wedding and it will be there until I die.

Exhibit A: 
The mountain of laundry!
I call it Mt. Ugh.  You can come see it in person, hurry though, before the tourists invade.  It's a $5 admission, but you get to take an item from the pile to keep!

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Candy Wrapper Keychain tutorial

Get ready peeps, we're getting crafty!
This is something I used to do all the time in middle school and had completely forgotten about until recently.

First, buy some Skittles....I know you don't want to, but it will be worth it,  you don't even have to eat them, I promise.
 oh, hot tip: don't buy the green package - it's too plasticy and not papery enough and doesn't work well.

Second:  carefully open the packages so they don't tear and pour out the unwanted Skittles in a bowl - you can discard them later in a method of your choosing.

I tried this with peanut m& didn't work well....but the candy was good:)

Third: Turn on your oven to 350 and line a baking sheet in parchment paper or tin foil.

Fourth:  use a single hole punch to make a whole where you want to thread a ring to make the keychain.

Fifth:  Make sure you have an oven mitt close by and at the ready!  Also, I like tongs to pick them up off the pan.

Six: put the pan in the oven. As soon as you put the pan in the oven the packages start to bubble and shrink.  I keep the oven door open to watch and wait until it gets to the size I want.  It's only a matter of a few seconds.  
Do Not Leave Unattended! 

Seven: let it cool for a few minutes and then thread your key ring through!   You could also just add a jump ring and then you have a pendant for a necklace!  These are fun for kid's treat bags at birthday parties.

 Swedish Berries before and after!

Here are some mini skittles packages.  These ones I had peed the backs off first, before baking.  I think I like them better with the backs attached - they don't seem to twist as much & look better as the keychain.

I used a small shrunken piece as an embellishment on a fascinator.  I had cut small piece out before baking them to shrink.

Have fun shrinking candy wrappers!  Experiment and see what works....worse case scenario you have to eat a lot of candy!  I know I can remember using Snickers bars before...

Monday, June 20, 2011

it's baaaaack...

Princess Beatrice's hat is back. It's trying to pass itself off as simply Tropical Storm Beatriz, but I know the truth, I've seen the pictures, it can't fool me.  Be on your guard peeps!

rumor has it that it may turn into a hurricane; the Washington Post says:

The eastern Pacific’s second named storm, Beatriz, has strengthened to near hurricane strength this afternoon. With maximum sustained winds of 70 mph, Beatriz need only add four mph to reach hurricane status. The tropical storm, 90 miles southwest of Lazaro Cardenas, Mexico is moving north-northeast at 8 mph. Hurricane warnings have been posted from Zihuatenejo to Cabo Corrientes along the Mexican coast, and tropical storms warnings are in effect from Tecpan de Galeana westward to east of Zihuatanejo. Cabo Corrientes is the cape upon which the resort city Puerto Vallarta sits.
In addition to the rain, storm surge flooding along with “large and destructive” waves are possible within the hurricane warning area.
Although the storm’s strongest winds of potentially hurricane force are likely to remain offshore, the probability of at least tropical storm force winds of 39 mph or higher ranges from 50-90 percent in the warned area.

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Thanks Dad

I have a good father.

He loves children, but be warned, he really loves to wind them up & make them really hyper to then send back to their own parents.

dad with his great nephew

 He can usually be found wherever there is food.  
You'll never hear him say "oh don't go to any trouble for me".

Today, in a surprise twist he took the family out to a lovely dinner.  This included mum, me & hubby, my sis & her hubby, and her hubby's parents!

My dad loves to give.  Jewelry in particular. Every possible gift giving occasion I find myself the happy recipient of some beautiful piece he either found locally or scooped out for days on ebay.  I love receiving jewelry because every time I wear it I remember the person who gave it to me.
Every Father's Day I wear at least 1 piece that my dad has given me, today I wore 2 bracelets & a pair of earrings.  I also wore a pearl necklace from my mum.

The most valuable gift my parents have given me is to share their faith and raise me in a Christian home.  
The sermon in church this morning was about how important it is for fathers to show love to their children, and how God is the perfect example of love.  It was really wonderful and I have to say that when I look back at my childhood, even my teen years, I always knew I was loved.  The bible says that a good man will take care of his children, so think how much more so will God, who is perfect love, take care of us.  I have always lived with peace knowing that not only do my parents love and care about me, but God,  who created the whole universe, actually cares about me!  

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Oh Canada...

So, I'm sure you've heard about the riots in Vancouver about the Canucks losing the Stanley Cup to the Boston Bruins.  If not, here's the full scoop from the CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation - possibly the only major Canadian organization not on strike at the moment).  I realize that many people who read this blog are not Canadians.  My readers are Americans, Italians, and Australians, that I know of, and maybe other countries too  -  it's for all of you that I say
"I'm embarrassed of my fellow Canadians."

We are normally not like this.  

This is not the reputation I want to have around the world

I take pride in the fact that Canadians are seen as polite, peaceful, helpful people around the world

That people proudly sew Canadian flags to their clothes and bags when they travel abroad

That we live in freedom.  Our police protect us.  Our leaders are not corrupt.

That we have no reason to take to the street to riot. 
Think of those in Tunisia & Egypt who peacefully demonstrated, risking their lives to stand up against evil regimes for basic rights that we all take for granted.  

A hockey team lost a game - another hockey team won

I am not proud of poor losers.
I am not proud of violence and vandalism.
I am not proud of stealing.
I am not proud of chaos.
I am not proud of ignorance.
I am not proud to be a Canadian today.

Monday, June 13, 2011

Look Ma, I'm on Etsy

You will soon notice that I've ditched the @blogspot for my own domain @brknpoet.  It's part of my master plan to A. make people type less and B. start selling my fascinators (and various vintage items) on Etsy.

This weekend I photographed and listed some the items I currently have in stock.  I'll create link so you can check it out from here and also a facebook page, because really, if you're not on facebook the world doesn't think you exist!

Can't wait for everything to be all set up.  I'm in the process of designing business cards with MOO because they are a fab quality and really easy to work with.  I ordered a free sample pack for another project a few months ago and was super happy with them

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Catching Up

Where has the time gone?!  The last few weeks have been zipping past and I haven't shared much of it with you.
My cousin has gone from this:

to this:

I did the make-up for the bridal party and stuck with them through out the day and helping out with odds and ends.  I think it would be really fun to be a wedding planner; all those crazy challenges that come up are kind of exciting!

Incidentally, when faced with a small fire breakout of burning tulle on the head table at a wedding, don't act rashly and slap it out with your hand, take an extra minute, maybe a deep breath, and come up with an alternative, like using your shoe.  I wouldn't squash a bug with my bare hand if my life depended on it - my shoe would be all over that thing! But, when faced with flames...

some of the burning tulle came to rest on my ring finger.  I had to scrape it off.

Now, 4 days later, it looks and feels like there is a bruise underneath.  
I wonder if it's blistering under the nail.  

In other news, things are going well as hubby sets up his new office.  He even has cute neighbours:

Nice view from the window, eh.  Is it wrong that I'm really entertained by them.
Hubby & I saw a really bright rainbow through his office window the other day:
I hate how they never seem to photograph as brightly as you see them.

Oh! and I won the war on the floor trim.  No carpet in the waiting lounge or in hubby's office!  Yay me!

Next project is recovering these cubical fabric panels. 

We don't like the colour and there's a few marks and stains anyway.  The panels aren't removable which makes it a bit tricky.

Any crafty peeps out there got any tips before I just run at it with my trusty glue gun?
A glue gun to me is like duct tape to Red Green.

My Sublimage experience is still going well.  I had one breakout on my cheek, but I think that was more a case of office moving and wedding stress combined with the fact that 2 days last week I didn't do my usual make-up removal routine.

Stay tuned for a showcase of my hubby's mail.

Life is so exciting isn't it?!


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