Value Village Loot!

May 21, 2008 at 4:13 pm | Posted in Thrifty | 1 Comment
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What to do on a day off from work? Head to the local Value Village of course! I was pleasantly surprised to find some lovely linens and a glass jar! YAY! I’ve stopped looking at the clothes because I NEVER find anything worth buying…but on this trip while I was making my way to the “Housewares” section I decided to peruse the “Linens” section. Which I never do. But I am very happy I did because I found this

Thrifty Loot!

tablecloth/runner and then on the end of the aisle I found matching napkins! I was pretty excited! I had originally  thought that maybe I would hack up the tablecloth and turn it into something like a wallet or purse, but now I think I may use it! You can also see my other find in this picture…an aqua glass jar! I have no clue what it is to be used for but I plan on putting it in the bathroom as a pretty decoration! After all this thrifting I didn’t even look for knitting needles OR yarn! I did find a cute crochet afghan and wondered if I could unravel it for yarn, but then passed on it…

I also made a trip to the library. I always head to the new book shelf and on it I found 3 books! One is about healing your back through stretches (I have back problems…my Chiro blames my posture…), another is called “Food and Cooking in Victorian England – A History” (it seems interesting and fulfills my love of food AND history!) and lastly, “Green for Life” (ECO ideas…and quite frightening!!! I am trying to be more green in my life…according to this book I am not doing a very good job!) One thing the book informed me about was a Google sister site www.blackle.com, which is a search engine just like Google, only the background is black which saves energy, it takes alot of power for a white background…I just may make the switch! Those ECO books all make me feel uneasy. You’d think it would be intuitive to humans that using products that are full of chemical crap would be bad…but apparently not. I vow to buy local this summer at the Farmer’s Market in town…or at least the little stand by my house…which I will walk to!

 

Cupcakes.

May 14, 2008 at 5:03 pm | Posted in Baking | 2 Comments
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So I made some cupcakes the other day. I had these wonderful intentions of providing my mum, grandma and 3 aunts with gorgeous cupcakes that I made –from scratch no less– for Mother’s Day. I chose the Coconut Vanilla Cupcakes from Chatelaine’s May issue, except not everyone loves coconut so I decided to omit it. I also found this All Purpose flour called “NutriBlend” It’s unbleached AP Flour with Wheat Bran (I think…) added to it, so I subbed that in for regular AP Flour. And then I got to baking. My butter was softened, my eggs were room temp and my oven was preheated. Everything went very smoothly! That is until I discovered that I forgot to add the VANILLA! I added it in at the end…instead of with the eggs and prayed to the cupcake fairies that it would all work out. Unfortunately, these cupcakes turned out really dense…almost like a muffin. I wasn’t a fan. I also couldn’t give them to family either…I didn’t want them to have to lie about liking them and then turn around and be like “Poor Errin…can’t even make cupcakes, how will she ever survive?” ( hehehe) Anyways. I loaded 3 up with store bought icing spiked with coconut for my sister and her boyfriend. They loved them. So the next day I whipped up some cream cheese icing, which was delish and frosted the remaining cupcakes, which I admit tasted much better with CC icing…and gave them to my sister to dispose of. And when I say dispose I mean give them to her boyfriend to eat. Anyways here’s some pictures! I felt they looked better than they tasted.

Cupcake!               

Cupcake!

 Cupcake!

Lessons Learned:

  • Slowly substitute new flours
  • Don’t omit coconut ( I like it!)
  • Try a recipe @ least a week in advance, not night before
  • Find a plain vanilla recipe and play with that
  • Make own frosting from now on

 

Off topic but…I also got a sunburn on Tuesday…a lovely blotchy one. I need to remember to wear sunscreen EVERYDAY or at least get a moisturizer that contains one…

 

Go Ahead. Have a Listen.

May 6, 2008 at 7:52 pm | Posted in music | Leave a comment
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So just when I thought BRAVO Was a useless channel, I discovered they have a program called Bravo Videos. There I heard a song called “Mercy” by Duffy which was great! So I imediately downloaded it and another of her singles “Rockferry”. This stuff is very um…bluesy/jazzy/poppy/vintage sounding! I love it. I also caught the song “Chasing Pavement” by Adele. She is also bluesy and poppy all at once, and apparently has been compared to Amy Winehouse…Adele is more clean cut. I bought the whole album and there are some pretty solid sounding tracks.

So go on. Listen. You’ll like Duffy and Adele.

Money, well spent.

May 1, 2008 at 9:19 pm | Posted in Thrifty | 2 Comments
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This week I’ve been on a spending spree it seems…a new purse (Matt & Nat…very nice!) which set me back $70, a muffin tin (on sale!), a set of mixing bowls (on sale and a birthday gift!), a red bead necklace ($1.99!) and a lovely PYREX juice caraffe ($1.99!!!!). The last two items were found on my thrifting trip to Value Village today. I also resisted the urge to purchase 2 more owl canister things, I felt I had enough even though they did match my previous owl score. I really  love PYREX. The old fancy stuff, not the new clear stuff. That’s too boring for me!! I own (well my mum owns…) the “Spring Blossom – Green Pattern” and my grandma recently gave me two refrigerator dishes that are red and may be a part of the “Friendship Pattern“. Another score from my grandma is a linen tea towel (picture to follow)! It’s rather nice! My grandma has or had a ton of cool stuff, but like most people never thought their old kitchen stuff would be coveted by others! Plus, I can’t let many of my relatives know that I am searching for this stuff because a) they will think I am trying to steal from my grandmother (I’m not!) or b) think I am trying to make $$$ off her “Vintage” pieces (I’m not!) and therefore try to grab the stuff for their own gain! So, I do covert missions! And my grandma hands over the stuff she no longer uses with a look that says “Why the heck do you want this old stuff that I paid a nickel for??” Ahhh I love grandma!! She really is the bees knees! So I guess I better get re-motivated and knit those dishcloths for her!!!!!

And now without further ado, the pics of the lovely PYREX, necklace and tea towel :

Mmmm…Orange Slices on PYREX! Oops it didn’t photograph too well….

 See?? It says PYREX on it….

 

 

 

 

 

 

My necklace reminds me of Persephone herself Jen!! Who…Whom (?) I saw the other day decked out in rouge! Also this necklace is a perfect match to a dress (SJP’s Bitten line) I am wearing to a wedding! Perfect!!

 

 

 

And the tea towel…it’s handpainted I believe is what was printed on the side of it….love the aqua! And pukey green!

And that’s all for today…

Here’s To New Beginnings…

May 1, 2008 at 9:28 am | Posted in random-ness | 1 Comment
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Wow. It’s been awhile. Quite a bit has happened. None of which has anything to do with crafty things! A whole lot of personal stuff, my grandpa passed away, a family rift has been potentially repaired and I have a new outlook on things…But enough with the drama-emo stuff!

So I’m momentarily stalled on my grandma’s dishcloths…But I did buy more yarn because I was getting tired of the colours I had. So I picked up purple and then some white with yellow specks. No pics of it all yet though. Soon though. I feel weird not doing anything crafty.

I have been reading a ton of books about growing an herb/veg garden. I was originally going to have a windowsill garden of herbs, but all the books I’ve read say that it is difficult, so I am going to grow my herbs in containers outside. I have huge plans for this!!! I am going to grow oregano, parsely, basil, garlic chives, spring onions (green onions) and maybe some peppers!! Wish me luck!

I think that’s all for now…oh wait! Those tin canister things I bought? My sister picked up bigger copper coloured ones that were in much better shape for $12.99 at a yardsale…A little pricey but they are nice!

Ok, I shall be back with more crafty stuff soon!

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