Saturday, October 17, 2009

last chance to see

selection of ebb and flo jewelry available in the Place des Arts shop

It's that time of year again! A time for feverish activity prepping inventory for the christmas boutiques and craft fairs. I arrived home with 200 feet of argentium wire for crochet and my desk is spilling over with bead soups in the making.

The shop at Place des Arts in Coquitlam will be re-stocked as a Christmas boutique for opening on November 12th. This means a compelte change over for all my stock so if there's something you've had your eye on this might be the last chance to see/buy in the V3H ....

Please check out the slide show above.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

a little night goth music

black as night

mesh cuff in black wire crochet pattern

... and perhaps sir would like some Cult to go with it?

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

bog soup

bog soup, originally uploaded by ebbandflo_pomomama.

OK, not bog soup but a soupy hint nonetheless.

Hands up who ends up with leftover roasted veggies from the sunday dinner? What happens to them?
Am I guessing garbage?
Well, no more! SImply liquidise/blend the leftovers with some stock and voila! roasted veg soup ..... in an instant.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

time to get with it

eye eye

black wire crochet spooktacular earrings from ebbandflo

Meh! We 'did' the pumpkin patch yesterday, finished off the Thanksgiving dinner so I guess today it's time to get with it for Halloween.

I'm planning some nice gothic pieces in black wire for autumn/winter anyway but these polymer clay eyeballs (from valeriebeads) just screamed "use me!" from my bead box.

so i did!



Sunday, October 11, 2009

fallen leaves

Happy Thanksgiving - it's my first as a Canadian so yes, we'll be doing the pumpkin, sweet potato stuff etc (but i do draw the line at turkey).

BTW, about turkey - local readers might like to know that Thrifty Foods at Suter Brook will take christmas orders for turkey and have it available for pick up prior to christmas. This solves my traditional "racing around for the christmas bird" dilemma.

.... but back to thanksgiving. It might be a family occasion but I would quite like mine out of the house for a while so I can finish the housework. Also, since no close family are nearby, we haven't been riven with arguments over whose Thanksgiving dinner(s) we should attend. That doesn't seem to be quite such a brilliant part of the tradition, eh?

.... and we're importing family this year for christmas.
voila! problem solved

PS: i'll be out and about (or oot and aboot) looking for maple leaves to clad in fine silver again - tis the season for maple leaf painting)
out with the slurry

Thursday, October 08, 2009

beachcomber - ocean inspired

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my own copper beachcomber

a great wardrobe staple which fits equally well with open necklines and turtle neck tops

Behold! I have listed new beachcomber necklaces on Etsy thus breaking my summer silence.

There are two versions available, one in copper with lots of amber and the other in silvery tinned copper presenting an altogether cooler slant on Fall/winter fashions accessorising.

Beachcombers are inspired by the ocean, they are nets full of beautiful sunken treasure brought to the surface. They fit right in with this season's trend to bold statement bib necklaces and satisfy the OOAK craving for uniqueness. No two beachcombers will look alike and no placement of beads will mirror another.

Tuesday, October 06, 2009

no holding back?

We had a mini break in Whistler this weekend. When I say 'we' I mean me and the Wee Guy, just the two of us.
We drove up after school on Friday, unpacked and then went for an 'upside down' dinner, ie. dessert first, courtesy of Cows Ice Cream.
The next morning, following a leisurely breakfast over Treehouse in PJ's, we took our Tree Tops Trek along suspended walkways thru temperate rainforest alongside Fitzsimmons Creek at the base of Blackcomb . (Many thanks to Vera for her excellent guiding, and being sensitive to the fears of her junior guest viz. being eaten by cougars). In the afternoon we took the Whistler Gondola to the new Peak to Peak cable car which links the two mountains in 11 minutes of a smooth and not-at-all white knuckle ride. Hint: choose one of the silver cars for a glass floored viewing experience.
What a wonderful weekend! :) and what a total step out my personal comfort zone!

Last year I wrestled with some tough decisions regarding genetic testing for a particularly nasty hereditary syndrome. Lynch Syndrome would have guaranteed me, at best, losing significant internal organs, or at worst dying prematurely from cancer. There's nothing quite like the threat of imminent demise to make you take stock of life. I was no exception - see below for mine;
  1. I could have passed faulty genes on to the Wee Guy.
  2. As a relatively mature mummy (in age, not outlook), the 15 years or so left for me with the Wee Guy would IMO not see him comfortably into adulthood.
  3. I had been wasting a lot of time waiting to do things as a couple and thereby missed a lot of incredible life opportunities.
I did some deep thinking and decided get on with living ... whatever.
peak to peak excitement

'Out' with the waiting around for other people in my life and 'in' with taking responsibility for seizing my day. As a part of a couple it had been much easier to sit back and wait to do things 'together' but it's also more difficult to motivate for two on a constant basis. What should be a pleasure soon becomes another resented item on the never-ending spousal 'to do' list. No more procrastinating! No more opportunities missed! No more hanging around for the knight on the white charger .... and no more second best either.

It might only have been a weekend break but I discovered that I can still make my own spontaneous moments (after all these years), I am (still) brave and resourceful, and I (finally) don't have to wait for someone else.
Henceforth I will be a blur of opportunity-seizing action (!)

PS: the test results were negative :)

Sunday, October 04, 2009

i AM canadian

i AM canadian, originally uploaded by ebbandflo_pomomama.

Yes, that's my citizenship card in my hand.
I feel mighty fine.

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