Monday, August 29, 2011

Plans Of A Different Kind

One of the non-crafty things I like to do is read. I have lots of reading that I do just for pleasure, (even guilty pleasures) that's for sure. But since my university days have ended, I also like to give myself reading challenges.

Reading challenges? Yes. Reading challenges. I don't mean "This year I will read more literary classics." They are more specific than that. For example, a couple of years ago, I decided I would read all the winners of the Giller Prize. I'm not in a hurry or anything, but I am working my way through them.

In fact, I only have two books left as of this past weekend. I've ordered these two from the library and will be picking them up later this week. (Fortunately, both are available on cd so I can carry on with my Christmas crafting while I indulge!)

It feels great to be nearly through them all. This is especially great since some of them were really difficult books to read. Difficult style, difficult subject matter, difficult emotionally. I'm not sure they were all worth it but the difficult ones do stay with me, that's for certain.

Now that I'm nearly finished this particular challenge, my next big reading list is going to be the Canada Reads winners. There is definitely some overlap and it's a smaller list, which makes it a bit less daunting, and I am so okay with that.

Another blogger I discovered recently is trying to read the Canada Reads Top 40 books. It's comforting to know I'm not the only reader out there who gives herself these kinds of challenges. Very comforting. ;)

So my question for you today: what do you like to read? What kinds of books call to you?

Happy reading, Michele

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Homesteading 101

Some of the fruits of my labours this summer:

A great batch of soap for the coming year.

And some home-made pickles. My first success with these babies.

I was hoping for a lot more produce from my garden this year but the weather in June was astonishingly bad and drowned my crops - twice. The fact that I got six jars of dills is a testament to my want to pickle things - I had to buy the cucumbers at the farmer's market!

Still . . . we got more this year than last. And I'm still stoked about next year with big plans for improvements, seed starting and weather precautions.

In the meantime, I'll take what I can get from our little urban farmhouse. It makes me happy, no matter how small.

Happy Tuesday, Michele

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

For Those Who Can't Have Cake

I made this little wall quilt for my Aunty Shelly's birthday this month.

So cute and so low in calories!

Happy Wednesday, Michele

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Off To The Garden

Callum seems to be a natural around the garden. He's very drawn to it - but that may be because it's got a little fence around it. Ha!

Whatever his reason, he is very helpful, like when checking on the zucchini.

Or tasting the chives.

Of course, things are lusher and greener and producing more now. (This pic was taken in June.) I'm grateful that he likes the garden and to eat garden fare. Not that he isn't a picky eater - no meat, thankyouverymuch. But what he likes are fresh fruit and vegetables. It could be worse!

On the crafting front, I made some really cute pot holders for my grandmother's birthday from a free Lion Brand pattern (that I can't seem to link to today). But here's a horrible picture of something completely adorable.

This crochet thing I've been learning this summer is completey addictive. I had to go out and add to my cotton stash just to keep up. ;)

Happy weekend crafting! Michele

Tuesday, August 09, 2011

No Excuse

Not even a lame one. Life has just been busy, in a lovely, social, summer kind of way. Plus we're living with a toddler and expecting a new babe in a few months. So the blog has been sadly neglected while we've been off enjoying life.

I have been crafting quite a bit, though, but loading pictures onto my aging laptop is becoming cumbersome and disheartening. And I like blogposts with pictures so I tend not to do too many that don't have them.

Even if it's just a lovely pic of the boy with cheeks very full of banana!

I will try to catch you all up on crafting and other life activities in the coming weeks. I'll be more diligent with the photos and get some details up of what's been going on.

Oh, and speaking of details, we've found out that we're having a healthy and big baby girl! Bring on the pink knitting, I say!

Happy summery Tuesday, Michele