Friday, November 6, 2009

Work, work and more work

Okay this one is the ranting blog entry. Why is everyone around me sick?! Everyone is spreading their dirty sick germs all around me and I don’t want them. But at the same time I’m really tired of covering other people’s shifts because they are home sick with the flu. I’m sorry but I really don’t enjoy working 13 hour shifts at a crappy drug store. Which by the way stinks, because people come in with their sick children who are nearly throwing up in the aisles.

  And another thing, people stop with the hand sanitizers! You are letting these companies charge ridiculous money because they are shortages on hand sanitizers. What happened to good old fashioned washing of the hands?

Anyway, that was what I had to get out of my system today. On a positive note: I made it to the gym tonight just in time. I feel great! (That’s code for I’m heading to bed this minute)

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Amy Butler's "In Stitches" hanging toiletry bag

So since I'm all excited about school and will be living in a dorm for the first time in my life I'm trying to think of all the things I might need. During my undergrad I always lived off campus and so I knew what ever I used at home I would need in my apartments. But now I'm going to have to downsize drastically and one of the things I'm going to have to get most used to is communal showers/bathrooms (I shudder at the thought). Anyway, the point is I bought Amy Butler's book In Stitches about three years ago and remembered seeing a hanging toiletry bag that I thought would probably come in really handy for dorm life. I've been working on this sucker for 3 days on and off, well more off than on, and I'm having a bit of trouble on the bottom inside lining of the bag. Once I conquer that bit, I'm thinking an hour more and it should be done. Then I can take pictures of it and show it off in all it's glory.

One thing that I don't like about the patterns in this book is that she has a list of all the materials you'll need for each project, but the amount of fabric that she has listed is incredibly exaggerated. As a beginner I take her suggestions as truth and buy all the fabric she suggests, but when I'm done with the project I have SO MUCH fabric left over. Seeing to the fact that I'm not rich right now, that's wasted money because I don't have plans for the left over fabric and I'm not much of a "stasher". On the contrary I LOVE getting to the bottom of a product and the satisfaction of knowing that none of it went to waste, but that's off topic. Anyway the point is that for this project (hanging toiletry bag) when I went to Fabric Land for the boning and Timtex I got the nicest lady, which is unusual because I always get snooty older ladies who laugh at my sad attempts at sewing, and of course why am I even trying if I don't know what Timtex is, sorry again off topic. Anywho, this lady suggested how much she thought I needed just by looking at the picture of the toiletry bag and actually she also mentioned that all of Amy Butler's patterns ask for incredible amounts of fabric (as she rolled her eyes and said, "Oh yes, Amy Butler, that young designer"). So she saved me money plus the fact that the material I'm using for the bag is coming from a pillow case I bought at Value Village.

On another topic completely, I now have only 29 lbs to go to hit my goal weight. :)

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Blah....

Today is not a good day. I'm feeling really down I guess and listening to depressing love songs is not helping! But I can't make myself turn it off. Anyway, along with complete boredom comes the strange urge to take random pictures of myself on my crappy MacBook camera. So I just added it on here and as you can see from my eyes today is one if those self pity filled days. I have one at least once a month and then I'm over it and on I go to a new day.

I guess I'm just really starting to feel the distance between my boyfriend and I. I think I'm just being a big baby because we talk every day on the phone and see each other at least once a month. But for the five years that we have been dating we basically saw each other almost every day. But then in October of 2008 I had to move back home for financial reasons and we are now a long distance relationship. And although I try hard not to think about it or just be happy that we do communicate as much as we do, it's really hard for me. And now that I will be moving to Toronto for at least four years for school, who knows how much longer we'll be apart. It stinks ultra bad (lol).

Wow that sounds so depressing, lol, I'm sorry guys. Okay let me try to end this on a happier note...nope I got nothing right now. I'll try again tomorrow.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Not for the faint of heart

Every summer, in the city where I grew up and am living in presently, around June and July there is an infestation of Fish Flies. They are the most disgusting insects I have ever laid eyes on. They cling onto everything: store fronts, cars, roads, people! So even if you don't want to, you end up stepping on them and hear the "crunch" as you're killing them with every step. And although this should make me feel good since I loathe the nasty creatures it just makes me feel like vomiting. I have such a huge phobia of these insects, it is not even funny! I swear if one EVER landed on me, you would be able to hear my screams in the next continent! So needless to say I wish they would go away and never come back! Or more realistically once I leave for Toronto, I will never make this city my home again. I'll visit but not make it my permanent residence.

Monday, June 22, 2009

YEAH ME! (x1)

Weight loss update:

I've lost 3 pounds...booooo. But my boyfriend is down around 7 lbs, YEAH HIM!!!

The next blurb you may or may not find silly. Right now I am living 2 hours away from my boyfriend, so we end up seeing each other usually 1-2 a month. So we made a promise that we will be at least 5 lbs thinner each time we meet. So far he has beat me and I, sadly, couldn't even do 5 lbs. BUT this only means I just have to try harder.

Life update:

So....last time I said I had a feeling I would have something exciting to share with all of you? Well it has come true! I applied to a professional school in Toronto and I got in :) Which means I start a new chapter of my life come January 2010. SO EXCITED! A bit anxious about having to do the whole study/exams/sleepless nights bit again but Lord knows I DO NOT wish to work as a cashier for life. Not that there is anything wrong with it, but it is not for me.

Life is looking up again and the sun is shinning on my world.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

UPDATE UPDATE UPDATE UPDATE!

Hello all!

I am SO sorry that I have all but abandoned my poor blog. I don't even know what happened, but one day I just didn't feel like blogging and so it continued until today.

BUT I'm back :) Everything is going "well", I have finally managed to score a job, is it a job I actually want? Absolutely NOT, however I'm just thankful to have one at all. I actually just started last week and so far I think all the people there are very nice, but isn't it always like that at the beginning? haha.

Also, I want to brag, lol, that I won (!) a $25 gift card to MAC cosmetics from a contest two of the makeup "gurus" were having on YouTube. YEAH!!! (Doing a little dance) And yes I know $25 is not that much when getting things from MAC, but I'm extremely happy non the less. Plus the fact that I'm super, and I mean, super broke and I wouldn't have been shopping at the MAC counter at all if it wasn't for this gift card. So YEAH! I'll let you all know what I decided to buy once I get the card.

One of the biggest news is that my bestestest friend ever is finally coming back home, after abandoning me for almost 5 months! lol. I'm so excited to almost have her back, she won't be back until next week Wednesday. At which time I will make her go with me to Kelani class, cause I'm dying to try it out.

That last sentence brings me to another topic. So I've been dating my boyfriend for five years going on six (an eternity! lol). And from the time I started dating him I've somehow managed to gain THIRTY EIGHT (38) pounds!!! That's right people you have read that correctly! Needless to say, it's totally unacceptable and I am making a vow to lose all that weight in a healthy way. So starting yesterday I am on a full blown weight loss plan. Let the games begin!

YAHOOOO...my mail just came and I got a letter from one of my penpals!!! Kathrin if you're reading this, I LOVE getting your letters!! :)

Anywho... I can't concentrate on writing this blog post anymore because my hands are itching to open Kathrin's letter. I'll be writing more frequently, trust me, because I have a feeling I will be able to share some very good news with you all soon. Keep your fingers crossed for me!!!

Monday, April 20, 2009

Installment Numero Tres

The third installment of Etsy Undiscovered shops, Enjoy!

1.A Book of Daydreams - Blank Pocket Field Journal - Illusions by earthenelements.etsy.com


2. Bruce 3- Black & white photo -8x10 by mlvsphoto.etsy.com


3. Rose Blossom Earrings by AjsJewels.etsy.com

Update

Lately I don't feel much like blogging, I don't have anything fun to share I guess. Also my creative jolt has gone somewhere and I can't seem to find it. So if any of you know where it is please let me know.

So I'm hoping that my boyfriend gets his co-op placement closer to me. He had his interview last week so I'm crossing my fingers that he gets the job. If he does he'll only be 45 mins away from me. YEAH!!!

Oh and another update.... I finally sold items from my ArtFire store!! TWO in the same week. You can't possibly understand how exciting it was for me.

Sadly, that is all for now friends. No more news....ma vie c'est tres triste. And yes that last phrase might or might not make any sense, I forget all my French...jaja

Oh and I was cleaning out my computer the other day and I completely forgot I had this image. I can't remember where I got it from but I love it. Enjoy!

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Installment number two

Here is the second installment of undiscovered Etsy stores,

First we have beautiful prints from bandeau.etsy.com, including this amazing Pretty Mermaid print,



Second on the list is a cute set of Apple Green Rose earrings from safarisandrainbows.etsy.com



Lastly an adorable shooting stars necklace from linhlovesyou.etsy.com,



Enjoy! :)

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Undiscovered Etsy Shops

Ok so the thing is that I have two Etsy shops and two Artfire Shops and I've yet to sell anything on any of them! I love looking at all the cute things people make on these sites and am amazed at how creative people are. I also run into shops just like mine, tons of cool stuff for so cheap and not ONE sale. It must be so discouraging for those people, and so I think I'm going to attempt to showcase cool things I stumble upon on Etsy or ArtFire. The catch is that it will only come from stores that have had no sales or little sales. Maybe I'll be able to share an undiscovered gem with you :).

This weeks finds are....

from ruffydrier.etsy.com, a Learn To Live screen print, 9x 13"


uprootstudio.etsy.com, a 14x 11" print




from BezalelsTree.etsy.com,
an adorable set of earrings :)


And finally, from ChristinaRTC.etsy.com, a mini stuffed ninja, because really, who doesn't need one of these on their desk? So cute!



I hope you like them and find them as interesting as I do, and if you'd like to make these people's day, buy a little something from their shop. I'm sure they would appreciate it :)

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

My 5 year old sister's "Make Up Look"

Alright I just needed to share this because it is too cute! I was definately never this good when I was five years old. Never mind acutally trying to sneak into my mom's bedroom to use her makeup. haha.

And in case you are all wondering, no the little girl does not wear make-up everyday. She wanted to make a how-to video for fun because her sister has a make-up channel on youtube, so they did it for fun.

Monday, March 23, 2009

The Samuel Musical

In case you haven't noticed yet, I love supporting local business, arts and music. And I am so happy to announce a new indie band based in London, Ontario: The Samuel Musical. Their new song is titled Would You Love Me and is amazing!

Not only that but my friend is in it! YEAH KELLY! So please, please go check them out on their myspace page. And if you would like to support them and other London musicians just pick up a copy of the Oh! Compilation One CD, offered by the Open House arts collective. You can find the CD at Grooves, on 353 Clarence St in London, ON, for only $5.99!

And not only do I love them but so does The London Free Press,
"All 12 tracks have something that makes me want to shout, but right now I'm thinking of the six magical minutes it takes for The Samuel Musical's Would You Love Me to swell like a symphony and then slowly fade away in sound and emotion. It doesn't hurt that the Musical's Sam Allen is the nephew of Lambeth fiddler and Canadian country music hall of famer John P. Allen."
Go check them out!

Saturday, March 21, 2009

PIF of the Week!

I'm going to start a new weekly blog which will showcase a chosen PIF of the week item! I just learned about this, although it seems I am way behind, it is a Pay it Forward gesture. Essentially I post something for the listing fee (ie. $0.20 on Etsy) and the buyer only pays for the listing fee plus the shipping. The only catch is that the buyer now has to either post a PIF in their store or simply do something nice for someone else that week. Easy as pie!

So without further ado, the PIF item of the week....


Repeat Transfer Patterns Bedroom and Bathroom Designs- Unique brand bedroom and bathroom design repeat transfer patterns. The patterns in this sheet include hearts, flowers, love birds and shells.

Description: Suitable for embroidery or fabric paints

Size of pattern sheet 56 x 43 cm (22 x17")



Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Art Fire, Art Fire, Art Fire!

Hey guys I just wanted to let you all know about this new site I have found. Art Fire lets you sell your handmades without limiting the number of items you post and no listing fees.

If you want a verified account, it's $8.93 CA/month as part of their stimulus package. But there are only 326 spots left! After these spots fill the verified accounts will go up to $25.50 CA/month.

What I especially like about this site as opposed to, you know the other site (E***), is that EVERYONE gets to be on the main page. As items are posted they are featured on the main page, no extra charge!

So go check it out! If you think it's for you don't forget to fill in my name as a referral: Bodega.Alfaro or simply click on Register on ArtFire.com

Monday, March 9, 2009

Guatemala City, Guatemala made me homesick

I wanted to have a real bathroom with a roof! And to not feel like I was in danger everywhere I went in my relative's neighbourhood. I felt eyes on me all the time, and it was soo different from my experience visiting Mexico. There I felt welcome and at ease and enjoyed being there. I'm sad to not be able to say the same of Guatemala City. I don't know if I would give it another go. I mean I visited other little town and villages near Guatemala city which I enjoyed very much.

How about a Canadian Etsy?

Okay so really this has been bothering me for some time. As much as I love Etsy and all, I think I need to find a Canadian alternative.  I've posted things on my Etsy store and I would love to give my Canadian friends a break, but if I lower the price then that applies to anyone who purchases my things. And so what I'm proposing or asking is... we Canadians should start our own Etsy-like site! One where I can browse and not have to think conversion rates. Just be able to say "oh $1? Amazing...why yes I would love to buy that". Know what I mean?

And if anyone out there knows of such a thing...please tell me where to go.

Saturday, March 7, 2009

Lighting Tea Bag by Wonsik Chae

I thought I would share this very cool idea. It's basically a tea bag that emits light through the chemical reaction between the fluorescent molecules in the tea bag and a chemical intermediate put in the cup.



Lighting Bag by Wonsik Chae from Takashi Yamada on Vimeo.

Friday, March 6, 2009

It's only okay to lie to protect someone's feelings

When asked if I think if they have the ability to do something, and even if I might not think they do, I may say yes. Because sometimes all one needs is the support of someone else to believe in one's self.

Especially if I know that that person is delicate in the sense that other's perception or thoughts really impact their choices or decisions.

I don't lie this kind of lie often, I use it sparingly, but at times it is necessary.

Monday, March 2, 2009

I'm like a firecracker I make it hot...

I saw the cutest pattern for a handbag on Burdastyle the other day and since it is my boyfriend's little sister's birthday soon, I thought it would be perfect as a gift. I had some fabric laying around that I picked up for cheap at my local thrift store and a just make up a swatch and came up with this combination. I absolutely LOVE it! I think it came out very, very well for my very first attempt at a purse ever! What do you think?


PS. Title of my blog makes no sense at all because I didn't know what to name this one, so I just named it according to the song playing on my itunes....can you guess what song these lyrics are from? ;)

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Spring Slouchy Hat

I finally finished my slouchy hat. And although I have no true reason, I just can't bring myself to like it. Which is so sad...Usually I carefully select the projects I make to avoid disappointments, but this time I don't know what happened. I mean it came out, but I'm just not feeling it. Maybe it's because lately I just don't feel inspired or motivated to make things. I was looking forward to wearing this hat on my trip next week to Toronto, but I just don't know anymore.
I think I need a job to make myself feel like a citizen who contributes! I feel so freaking usesless!! Come on people hire me!

On another note, I received a letter today summoning me to jury duty. This should be interesting...

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Knitting Needles

There is this slouchy hat that I've really, really been wanting to knit for about about a week now, but I didn't have the needle sizes that the pattern called for and since I am jobless at the moment I have NO money. What's a girl to do? Make my own set :). I went to Rona bought a wooden dowel and made my own. The dowel was $0.45, and it tooks me about 30 mins to complete the 5 needle set. That, friends, is pretty much the best deal ever!
And of course as soon as I finished them, I started my hat!

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Rosary

My boyfriend has a rosary hanging from the rear view mirror of his car. He's had it for a number of years but last summer the Jesus fell off of his cross and we finally found him underneath the driver's car seat. Since that rosary has sentimental value I thought it would be nice to make him one to put in his car so that he can put his older one away as a keepsake. I've been telling him that I would make him one for a while now so I decided today would be the day.

I went to a local bead store, which by the way is way too cute! And I got a great bargain! She had many of the things 50-75% off so the rosary in it's entirety, including a crimper, only cost $30. That includes a sterling silver crucifix, and a sterling silver Madonna rosary centre. Plus the lady working there was so nice and showed me what I would need to complete it, since I have zero experience in jewelry making, not counting of course a macaroni necklace I made in grade one.

Personally I think it looks amazing and I hope my boyfriend likes it too.

Book Cover Number Two

Our family friend came to pick up the book cover she had "ordered" from me and loved it so much she asked me to make another one. I was going through the fabric I had in my bin already and came up with the cutest colour combination. It reminds me of the movie Marie Antoinette. All the pink and the pearl button at the end of the ribbon bookmark. I think next time I'll put the bookmark just to the right of the centre so that when it's folded in half, the ribbon is not in the way.
I think I might make some for my etsy shop but without the handles, which were requested by our friend. What do you think?

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Ipod Nano 4th Generation Case

Post number 2:
I got a sweet, sweet ipod nano for Christmas from the most wonderful boyfriend in the world. I wanted something cute to put it in to protect it from the 1000 items that are always in my purse. And so I made one, of course. It's made of felt and a strip of leather....and that's about it! It cost me a whopping DOLLAR to make, so I must say, it was a deal. Plus it's way more personal than those skins you can get at the stores. Loves it!

Corset TShirt

The other night I was having one of my insomnia nights and so I started clicking around YouTube and found the cutest tee ever! It's called the "Quirky Corset Tee Shirt" and I loved it so much that of course I had to make one! So I went to my local second hand store and found a nice shirt that looked like it had hardly been used, paid $3 for it and did my thing. What I love most about this shirt is that you can wear it "right" side out or "wrong" side out. Two looks with one shirt. Amazing!
Adrianne Lee's tutorial is so easy to follow and the results are so awesome! This tshirt is a gift for someone but I'm definitely going to make one for me too. And I apologize for the horrible pictures in advance.


Monday, February 16, 2009

Wall Decal

Sometime ago I saw this tutorial on Threadbanger on how to make wall decals and since I am super broke at the moment I decided to give it a try. I looked up lots of ideas on the net and finally found one I think is gorgeous. I found it on flickr on decorette's photostream so I grabbed a roll of contact paper we had around the house and went to town. It took me pretty much forever because I kept erasing it and redrawing it but I think the end result is amazing.

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Fabric Book Cover

A family friend received a bookcover as a gift and wanted another one but the lady who made them is no longer making them so she asked me to make her one exactly the same. So I took a look at it and just made up the pattern, I think next time I'll add a ribbon bookmark. But overall I think it came up pretty good! :)

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Brassy Apple Contest

Brassy Apple has a cool contest going on. Help her name her new apron creations and if your suggestion is picked you win one of her ultra cool aprons! Check it out!

Grocery Bag

I just finished my newest creation! A reusable grocery bag :). It's upcycled from fabric sample swatches. So cool! Extremely sturdy and I'll be putting up for sale in my Etsy shop soon. I just have to take some professional looking pics first. 
I love how well it turned out!

Saturday, February 7, 2009

Damn it doll

I thought I would share a gift I made for someone for Christmas. I know it's a little late but still I really like how it came out. It's a damnit doll. I saw some on the net that were just so cool and so I made one of my own. Here's the poem that goes with them:

Whenever things don't go so well...
And you want to hit the wall and yell...
Here's a little dammit doll
That you can't do without.
Just grasp it firmly by the legs
And find a place to slam it
And as you whack the stuffing out
Yell, "DAMMIT! DAMMIT! DAMMIT!"

I put a little "wth?" on his little leg for emphasis! haha. Now I just have to ask the recipient if it's been used yet...hmmm...
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Damn it doll
Originally uploaded by lizsmail_00

Thursday, February 5, 2009

New Etsy Shop

I finally opened up an Etsy shop!! So far I've only posted transfer patterns, but soon I will have greetings cards and other knick knacks! Take a look.

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Messenger Bag


I saw the coolest bag on ThreadBanger a long time ago on one of their podcasts and so I finally decided to make my own.

Basically it's a messenger bag made from an old men's suit jacket. I bought mine from my local second hand clothing store.

I think it turned out pretty good even though I completely forgot I needed the sleeves to make the shoulder strap and had already used that fabric to make a Christmas present. So I only had one sleeve left and I decided the best thing to do was just cut it into strips and zig-zag stitch it all together. I reinforced it with the stitches and then used that as the strap.

I'm actually really happy with the results. Although mine came out pretty big, it loo ks small in the photo but it basically covers half my body. So I think mine is more of an over nighter bag that happens to look like a sweet, sweet messenger bag! Jajaja.

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Photography

 
I just wanted to share this picture my brother took of things on my desk.  I love it. 

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Bag front


Bag front
Originally uploaded by lizsmail_00
Ever since reusable shopping bags became available in grocery stores I have been buying them with the best intentions. Everytime I buy a new one I make a promise to myself to remember to bring it back with me the next time I go shopping. That's works out 2% of the time I go out.



The other day at work I saw the cutest foldable reusable bag. But the price was crazy expensive so I came home and started looking up patterns. Well I finally found the perfect one for me on the craftster website. So I made it and I think it came out pretty good. Of course it's not perfect but hey at least I have no excuse from now on. I will always have it in my purse and that way it will never be forgotten. But I think the best part is, is that it's washable!

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Balkan Contest

Ok so I found yet another contest ! This time the prize is a sweet project bag and cool scissors. Super easy to enter!

Go check it out. Goodluck!

Monday, January 12, 2009

Vampire Craze

Ok I really, really need to get this off my chest. I've tried too long to be polite and civil about this...so here it goes.

TWILIGHT SERIES SUCKS SERIOUS ROTTEN EGGS!!!

First, I confess that I fell for this scam, I allowed myself to be dragged in. All the girls at work were going on and on about it so I read it, ok fine I read all four books. And yes I bought all four books too, wasted about $75 of my hard earned dollars on trash.
Secondly, you must be asking, if it was so bad then why DID you read them, no one made you do it. My answer to you is, I just wanted to see Bella die. Come on Edward just give the whining baby what she wants already. Let it be done....oh no wait....even then it STILL doesn't end..oh Lord.
Thirdly, ok, ok they are semi addicting, and for someone who enjoys reading more serious books, these were a nice break. This is serious "fluff". But what I don't understand is the absolute OBSESSION teen girls are having over this series. I work in a bookstore and these girls are dragging their parents all over the city to get these ridiculous books for them. Then getting mad when they find out that the series is sold out. Oh let's not forget the ridiculously overpriced hoodies, tshirts, BANDAGES, bookmarks, posters, stickers, bags etc etc etc.

Come on people wake up from your comma. I did. It's harsh.

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Buffalo Soldier


Keeping with my handmade Christmas, I made a poster for my boyfriend's brother as a gift. Of course I put my Bamboo Tablet to good use (which by the way I'm in love with). He's a Bob Marley fan and so I decided that it would be the perfect poster to put together for him. I threw some textured background, a splash of colour and the lyrics to Buffalo Soldier. I think it turned out very well, but the true test is if he'll like it. I'll find out in a week when he receives it.

Hip Hostess Apron Giveaway!

The Apronista is giving away a gorgeous apron from The Hip Hostess. All you have to do is pick which is your favourite and post a reply. That's it!

Hurry though because the giveaway ends THIS Sunday (Jan 11)

Goodluck! :)