Sunday, July 24, 2011

Getting Crafty with Analogue

Last weekend I decided to make a frame so I could display my instax mini photo's I've been taking.  I saw the idea on  One Sheepish Girl's blog post, who got her idea from Talia Christine's blog.  I tackled the job by taking one of my old canvas frames from art school, and taking the canvas off.  I spray painted the wood outside (note: do not spray paint when windy, it is a pain in the butt!).  Next, I bought a picture hanging kit and screwed in hooks along the sides, and used hemp twine to string across.

I have been thinking about doing the 52 week challenge with the instax mini, but haven't totally dedicated myself yet (maybe today I will), so I haven't labelled any of my photos yet.  Most of them were taken in the rockies when I was away at my sister's wedding.

Also, last weekend I decided I wanted to start drawing and painting again, so I went to the local art supply store and bought myself some water colour pencil crayons that I have always wanted, a moleskin type drawing notebook, two paint brushes and a small pen.  I have yet to draw in the book, but I'm saving it for my next week off which is coming up the beginning of August!

Monday, July 18, 2011

First Time Fire Jamming

I belong to a little group that gets together every few weeks to spin poi, hoop, and other flow toys.  We decided it would be a fun idea to go down to a more secluded beach area and do some night time spinning.  I have never spun fire before, even though I have two pairs of fire poi and a fire hoop.  It's always a struggle to find a good place where it's safe to spin, and where you won't cause a scene where you may get in trouble. 

Last night was amazing!  I tried both my hoop and poi.  I went with the hoop first, which has 6 wicks on it.  It is quite intense with the flame.  It's going to take me some time to get used to the weight of the hoop, and the handholds (because you don't want to grab the wicks).  Anyway-I didn't burn myself!  Yeah!  Next I tried the poi, which again, I have to spin my kevlar wicks more when they are not on fire to get used to the weight and feel of the chains.  Lately when I spin I used my sock poi with the swivel handles.  Fire poi (cathedral wicks) make fabulous fire noises when you spin. 

We ended up staying out late on a work night and got to bed at 1 am, and then couldn't sleep because we had so much adrenalin pumping.  We're definitely doing this again before the summer is out.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Final Chapter of Harry Potter

I love HP by Tea Time on the High Wire
I love HP, a photo by Tea Time on the High Wire on Flickr.

Tonight Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 will be played at midnight at select theatres.  I'm not going, but I'm contemplating going to the Starlight Drive-In tomorrow night so I can watch both parts back to back!  Like I said, 'contemplating.'  I hate crowds, and also wouldn't get any 3d affects if I go to the drive-in.  I'm actually a little excited about the movie coming out.  I first remember hearing about the books.  I was working at the local town library as the teen reading coordinator, and saw one of my co-workers reading an article about the next Harry Potter book coming out (might have been Chamber of Secrets).  Back then, it didn't seem to have the huge hype is has now.  I walked over to the indie bookstore run by a older British lady, who tipped her glasses and  looked down at me over the lenses as she told me that the books 'weren't her thing.'  I read the book pretty fast, enjoyed it, and continued to keep reading the series.  The Prisoner of Azkaban really won me over.   Anyway-I love the Harry Potter hype.  Maybe I will start to re-read the books, and also listen to the last book that I have on cd.

 Luna Lovegood Quibbler Necklace!

 Luna Raddish and Butterbear Cork necklace

 Platform 9 3/4

 Deathly Hallows

 Harry Potter book protector

 Golden Snitch

Here are a few gems I've also bought off Etsy!  Check them out.

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Week in Review

On Monday V and I did our Lake Louise Gondola trip where we saw 2 grizzly's and a black bear.  We had a buffet lunch there, and then did our 6 hour hike at Lake Louise to the Lake Agnes Teahouse, Little Beehive and Plain of 6 Glaciers.  We had a late dinner at Melissa's Restaurant.

Tuesday was a day of travel, driving back to Calgary at 4 am, keeping a close eye for crossing animals.  Flew into Hamilton for noon (but was 10 am Calgary time).  After a power nap, and being reacquainted with the angry kitties, we walked over to V's house for his 32nd b-day dinner!  I gave V a Kobo reader for his present (touch screen).  We ate chinese food, then brought the dogs back home.

Wednesday we both loafed and rested, and then started to attack the basement, with removing a desk and bringing in a new desk and organization shelf.  We did lots of cleaning and purging.  Later V went to his soccer game, and I went and picked up some needed groceries, and checked out two of my holds at the library: Twin Peaks and Everything is Illuminated .  I also had two parcels arrive in the mail: Science of Sleep and a book I won through called Never Knowing .  The book is a psychological thriller, which isn't really my reading style, but I'll give it a shot.

Thursday-I decided to tackle my hoarding problem with collecting clothes.  Seriously, I'm sure people see me all the time and wonder why I am wearing the same clothes-when in fact I have I have 2 closets filled with 5 bins of clothes, plus more hanging.  I also have an obscene vintage coat collection I cannot part with.  I filled 2 garbage bags with clothes to drop off at value village.

Friday- Is my do nothing day pretty much.  I watered the garden, planted some sunflower and asparagus seeds, read outside, wrote in my journal, and hugged all the animals as they slept.  Dropped off 120 film at Henry's, bought Instax film, hit up Starbucks, went to Michael's to buy a corkboard.

Sat/Sunday-Tonight I'm looking forward to watching True Blood!!  It's boiling outside today, so I may not be doing much.   I did some yoga this morning, and really need to snap some photos for my Unraveling course.  I think I'm going to make a special frame for my Instax photos.
 (This is a photo of Bodhi.  He was hiding in the goldfish shower curtain, as we washed the dogs because they had rolled in something smelly again in the backyard).

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

I'm Back!

We returned home on July 5th from a week in Canmore Alberta.  I was out there for my little sister's (26) wedding in the mountains.  It was quite the week-it feels like I'm squishing so much in one post (we had over 400 pictures taken).  As soon as we had grabbed our luggage at the Calgary airport, I spotted my uncle, aunt and husband who were apparently on the same flight.  As I walked towards them, I also spotted my mom, b/f and two brothers.  We got in contact with my sister, then split up to all get our rental cars.  We met at my sister's apartment, which was a little tricky to find.  Did you know that all of Calgary's neighborhoods have similar street names?  Like, for example: pagoda st, pagoda ave, pagoda cross, pagoda dr...  Seriously, who thought of that!  Our GPS was also having trouble picking up signals at certain points.  Calgary is so new and modern.  I was happy to leave there actually, because all of the cookie cutter houses and box stores were depressing me.  After lunch, we made one stop at the Chinook Mall-to Blacks.  I bought an Instax Mini Camera to snap photos with (I later bought a roll of 120 film for my holga in Banff-what a picture fest this trip was).

There were lots of highlights to the trip, but I'd have to say the wedding, and then the last day of hiking at Lake Louise were the big days.  My sister had a gorgeous outdoor wedding at a golf course looking towards some snow covered mountains.  The majority of her guests flew across the country (about 80 people at the wedding).  We all got luggage tags with a maple leaf on it as gifts on our tables. 

The following day we met up with V's sister and fiance, who also live in Calgary and drove out to Canmore to see us.  I was definitely tired after a night of eating, and dancing in high heal shoes.  We drove to |Banff for the day, which was crazy since it was Canada Day.  We walked the streets and visited little shops with fossils, had lunch, walked to the local lake, stopped by the park to see the festivities, and then headed off to the Gondola at Sulpher Mountain.  It felt like winter at the top of the mountain.  Later in the evening I met up with my sister and husband to watch the local fireworks.  I wore three layers of shirts because it was so chilly.  It was probably the most eventful Canada Day I've ever had-and I enjoyed seeing people waving flags, watching the parade, and eating red Canada cake at the park.

I went on a few different hikes.  
Day 2-We went to Johnston's Canyon in Banff Park.  It was about a 4 hour round trip to the Inkpots (special pools of water with vibrant blues and greens, surrounded by a valley and mountains).  We saw 4 caribou and a rather friendly crow there.

Day 5-Due to excessive tiredness, we headed to Canmore's Grassi Lakes trail.  I was pleasantly surprised!  We came across little waterfalls, smaller pools of water, mountain goats, and rock climbers. 

Day 6-Off to Yoho Park in the pouring rain!  We stopped at Lake Louise and contemplated what to do, luckily after grabbing a date square and coffee, the rain subsided.  We went on the Emerald Lake, only the find out that the trails were closed from aggressive black bears.  I was pissed, and actually wanted to hit the trails anyway, but we snapped some photos and went site seeing at Wapta Falls, Natural Bridge, Takawka Falls.  At Wapta Falls, we saw the Alpine Rescue fly in and almost landed on us.  We think someone had a broken ankle.  

Day 7-Favourite hike!  We went to Lake Louise, first to the gondola (which I totally recommend).  The gondola cost about the same amount as the one in Banff, but you get a buffet breakfast or lunch, and you get to see bears in the wild!

Afterwords, we did an extraordinary hike to Lake Agnes, where we stopped at the tea house for a black tea (some type of earl grey) and tea bisquits with strawberry jam.   It took about an hour and a half to get to the tea house, all hiking on an incline.  After we were rested, we decided to make the most of the day and continued on towards the Little Beehive and 6 Glacier hike.  Such amazing views we had being that high.  We came across lots of snow, and awed over the glaciers.  We also got to see a bunch of Hoary Marmots which were living in the rocks near the glacier.  They were adorable and reminded me of beavers.  Our hike exhausted our legs and knees; by the time we got back to the car it was 8:30 pm.  (we hiked for 6 hours!).  We drove towards Banff and stopped off at Melissa's Restaurant for veggie burgers and fries that were quite tasty.  I snapped some instax of the restaurant named after me, and then we headed home to pack for our early 7 am flight.  

I have to say, out of all the exotic places I've been-the rockies is my favourite place to visit!  I love hiking and adventuring outdoors.