Monday, April 14, 2014

Making a Feather Garland 2: DIY

I loved my first feather garland so much that I made a second one.
First, I separated out the colours I wanted, in this case, pink, red, turquoise and blue. For some reason, I'm crazy for red and pink together, clashy or not.

Then I cut myself a length of fishing line (or clean nylon thread), it's hard to see the thread, so I didn't post a picture of it. Mine was about three feet in length.
I then put a big blob of hot glue directly on the feather tip.
While the glue is still hot, I place the fishing line across the blob. 
Wait a second for the glue to harden, and repeat with the next feather.
It's so easy, yet looks really cute when it's all done.
I didn't keep the letters up, the garlands are still in place though, adding a little punch of colour for the gray days.

Evidence of Spring: Places I Go

It's here.... sort of! Spring is gradually coming to Southern Ontario. Lake Erie is still frozen so closer to the lake the air is cooler and there is still snow on the ground, but it's not freezing cold and that's something.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

No more self-improvement

I constantly say "my next plan" or "my new project" and my mind is always buzzing with a million ideas. 
I read a lot of motivational sayings and lists of things you should do to enjoy life (not because I don't know, because I like to remind myself of the important things). Here's the problem with all this "making the most of life" and "appreciating the small moments" and self-improvement, community improvement, self-esteem improvement..... it's starting to hurt my head (I mean, literally, it eats at me if I don't finish a book... I feel like I'm not accomplishing enough). 

I think we can so immerse ourselves in all the information out there on what we need to be doing, that somewhere along the way, we forget what we're doing and the whole thing becomes a giant to do list, one more part of the self-improvement craze that leaves us feeling unsatisfied and in my case, a bit like a failure.

The more things you find for yourself to do, the fewer things you're probably doing well, the more I feel like I'm not doing enough. The more I find for myself to do. Until, really nothing ever gets done, I just stress about all that needs doing. It's like a compulsion. I'm sick of it.

And I'm not even saying what I want to say particularly well at this point, but that's okay. I'm not gonna stress about it.

And here's a picture of Weetzie with wings
We did these collages at a Teen Photo Night. I look ridiculous but it was fun.

So, my last plan, my last verbal "to do"... No more plans.
A hiatus from projects. I don't have to be "doing" all the time. Constant busy-ness doesn't make up for mistakes I made in the past or guarantee I won't make more in the future. 
It's just busy-ness. It's just stressful. And what am I hanging on to that for?

My brain feels better already.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Why I don't do outfit posts

1) I only wear cute dresses one a day a week... Sunday
Not a dress, clearly, but a Sunday... actually, I AM wearing a dress. It's just really short! Oops.
I wear my dresses with pants, always.
2. My hair is ALWAYS a mess

3. I basically only wear pineapples
4. I'm not energetic enough to do them right
Pink necklace from Old Navy, sweater from I don't know where, Old sweatshirt from old university, track pants currently residing in the trash.

Monday, March 31, 2014

Art in the Scrapyard

Not this weekend, but the one before, a friend of mine came to visit from Owen Sound. The weather seemed like it would be nice, so I thought we could actually tour Dunnville, my town, which I love despite its weaknesses. We started at the Port Maitland pier... and we more or less finished there as well. It ended up being way too cold, for the amount of clothing we were wearing. The wind was brutal that day. I manage to snag a few pretty pictures though... so here they are.
Candra is a true photographer... she's laying ON THE PIER surrounded by ice and snow to get the photo she wants.
And yes, she's sitting in a dryer in the middle of the scrapyard, because it was the obvious thing to do.
There is Art everywhere you go, if you remember to see it.

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Gage Park Green House

Did you know there's a little green house tucked away in Gage Park in Hamilton? Admission is free. It's small but pretty and a welcome get away in the cold winter months.
It's funny how we can often miss the pretty sites right in our own neighbourhoods. Sometimes you don't have to go faraway to take an adventure.