Friday, October 31, 2014
Jasmine tea in a golden cup is exactly what I think a Halloween witch would have on a perfectly gloomy, creepy, sinister day like today.
I think there's a bunch of people who will recognize this Royal Winton cup and saucer, which was coveted by me at many, many family dinners and gatherings over the years.
Thursday, October 30, 2014
I found this teacup at the annual antiques show at the Bracebridge Memorial Arena several years ago. It's Shelley, and the shape is Dainty.
Five minutes later, I found another one just like it.
But, jeez, aren't they pretty? The tea tastes great out of it (only drinking out of one) too. PC orange pekoe today.
Wednesday, October 29, 2014
Here's what's funny. It was only last night that I realized that my Photobooth app takes pictures backwards, like in a mirror. Not fully certain why I never noticed before. I clearly know what the piano behind me looks like in real life.
Why last night: I was taking a photo of meself, all ready for the Choir Halloween event, as Annie Lennox in her HIV/AIDS fundraising album gear, in which she wears a t-shirt with the word SING on it. Behold, GNIS.
The primary reason I felt that I actually looked pretty good was that I got served at the bar right away. Never happened before at that bar. Being a middle-aged woman, clearly outside the target demographic, I typically have to wait and wait just to be noticed by the attractive young servers. Last night, with the bar being extra crowded, BOOM, got served pronto. A young beauty made eye contact with me right away and took extra care with my draught. The lesson? I may try wearing a crap-ton of makeup again sometime. Especially when I'm thirsty.
Here's Annie, my style icon, with her letters facing the right way (image from Earthtones.org).
Tuesday, October 28, 2014
This teacup is, again, Shelley, and again one of my favourites. It's shape is Regent; I wish I knew the name of the design - anybody? The cup and saucer are two parts of a trio, and and the Regent shape has a lot of simple Art Deco designs like this one. Some more great examples: here, here, and here.
Obviously, I didn't actually start the Etsy shop I said I was going to in February. Shortly after I posted, two things happened that greatly reduced my time for such projects: 1) my husband broke his ankle. Badly. And 2) I got a ton of great freelance work (doing stuff for very nice clients), which ended up getting extended again and again, lasting until the end of August. Plus, I started to think as I gathered things together to sell, that with my pack-rat tendencies (still wouldn't call myself anything like a *cough* hoarder, right? *cough*), it was just a bad idea.
Thursday, October 23, 2014
Wednesday, February 19, 2014
|Is it actually possible that I could give up and sell one of my Dainty Blue Shelley teacups (this one is exceptional because it's footed, and that is very unusual for the Dainty shape)? We shall see.|
"Catch and release" means that with great joy and enthusiasm, I have a tendency scoop up a treasure – like a teacup*, for example – from the Sally Ann, or Goodwill, or a garage sale, or an antique show, hang onto it for awhile (like a month or twenty years), and then gently release it back into the Great Material Continuum** (or hang onto it forever). Now, via my upcoming Esty shop.
I'm thinking of opening a little Etsy shop. I've got a lot of beautiful stuff that I don't have room for, and it seems that beautiful stuff is always going to make its way into my home. It's always easier for me to let go of "stuff" if it's going right into someone else's hands.
I spent the afternoon going through cupboards and little wee boxes of treasures. Once I get it rolling, I'll post a link here.
*Note that I didn't pick up this epic Shelley teacup at Goodwill or a garage sale; I found it
at the annual Antiques Show at the Bracebridge Arena a few years ago, the source of many treasures.
**The Great Material Continuum explained
Okay, I can't help myself; here's a sampling (silver is pre-Twinkle).
Tuesday, February 18, 2014
My ebullience and enthusiasm, both results of my improved arm and shoulder mobility, have gotten me into a bit of trouble over the past week.
First, I injured myself doing the dolphin pose during a shoulder-shape-up yoga workout. Very, very dumb. I will never do one again. I was feeling nice and loose and simply overdid it. Hurt my shoulder (in a different place), and wing, and neck.
Next, again with too much enthusiasm for improving my upper body strength, I tried too many times to hang and pull-up from our chin-up bar. This morning at physio I discovered that I haven't done myself any permanent damage. Just feels a bit like minor whiplash.
The good news from my physiotherapist: no big permanent damage done. Just keep on keepin' on. Okay, can do.
On the way home, I had a long, quiet walk in the fresh snow, which is one of the very best ways to improve the day.
Then, got some work done and sent off, and did some reading through a lovely, heartfelt, fabulous blog called Sublime Mercies.
I recommend both as ways to improve today.
Saturday, February 15, 2014
How I'm improving today:
Spending the day with Charlie, with a mind to both quality and quantity of time.
We started off our Saturday morning with this list of chores. Note that he's a great kid, but he's normal, which meant he objected to doing chores – strenuously.
And, just as I'd hoped, he then put equal if not more effort into doing those chores. Including dumping the compost into the big, disgusting bin in the underground parking garage.
The fact is that once this kid gets going on a task, he, like his dad, puts everything into it.
Next, we had lunch, including dessert, and now we're heading out to see a movie in the movie theatre.
|Charlie chose the movie, "Nut Job"|
What you can do to improve today:
Hang out with a family member: your kid, your mom, your dad, your partner, your sibling, your aunt. Spend not just quality time, but quantity.
It improves the day for you (I've received three hugs today already, omg!), but also for your person.
Hope you all come up with a nice way to improve today.
Update: If your kid begs you to climb up with him on all of the gigantic snow hills, do so. Especially when he tells you, "Mom, it'll make you feel like you're on top of the world!"
Thursday, February 13, 2014
|The winter sky is just the bluest!|
Wait, am I the only person I know who still says "hair dresser"? Should I be saying "stylist"? Probably.
Back to her day; she was late, she was wearing a towel so her wet hair wouldn't ruin her (gorgeous) outfit. Then, as she tried to get the music going in the salon, one thing after another went wrong, with the cord, the blaster, the ipod, some little attachment, an inappropriate phone call, and on. Fortunately none of this had to do with my hair.
What I did to improve today
But what I was able to do to improve today was to try to turn her day into a better one. Sitting in the chair with my lank old hairdo wasn't putting me in the position to work miracles, but that's not the point. Just improve today, right?
All I did was chat her up, remind her of how good she always is with my hair, make her notice how nice she looked, tell her how good she had made me feel last time I was in (when I was sad and mad).
It seemed to work. Both she and I were happy with how my head turned out, and there were lots of laughs and smiles, and another fellow there managed to get the blaster working well in a different spot that was making everyone happy.
What you can do to improve the day (if you choose to pay attention to my ideas, and believe me, there's no obligation):
If you notice that someone's having an off day, show them some extra consideration and pay them some attention, even in a small way; in fact a small way might be better than a big way (less creepy; more natural).