The year that was in food

I wanted to cook more in 2014. I did. Here’s the food I made or grew and remembered to photograph…

What to do with souvenir bookmarks?

As well as being Canada’s “most magnificent bookstore” (according to the late Allan Fotheringham), Victoria’s Munro’s Books also has some of the most beautiful bookmarks around. I have a nice collection that I’m aiming to recycle or repurpose as part of my decluttering mission. So, what to do? I thought I might collage a shoebox with them, which I could then use to store other memorabilia. Not a bad idea. A friend suggested some others: Make, a fan, a floor-to-ceiling stripe on my wall, a bracelet. And that’s without even checking Pinterest! Many possibilities…Munro’s tells me they have some new colours in too. Tempting, though contrary to the decluttering mission.

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Knickknackery

I’m on a decluttering and organizing mission. Twenty-five hours and counting on this project since the new year. At least eight boxes of paper recycled, a shelf of books donated, a half dozen pairs of pants, etcetera. I’m already noticing how much easier it is to put things away and my place feels much calmer and less distracting – a virtuous circle. As a reward, I spray-painted this cutlery organizer I found in an alley and used it to display some treasured knickknacks. Bonus: it makes for less cluttered shelves elsewhere.

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Belated xmas craftiness

Magnets made with Urban Source stuff…

 

Experimenting with sealing wax from Opus…

What I learned…Had to try a whole bunch of different things (cutlery, various pieces of jewellery and knicknacks) before finding something that made a good impression in the wax. Finally settled on a brooch and an earring. The wax doesn’t stick, unless the pattern is intricate, as in the rectangular example above. Made a big mess, burned a finger, but had fun.

Long unfinished screenprint and embroidery project – finally done.

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Well, not finished here but somewhere I have a picture of it completed and framed. Screenprinted image is by Raymond Sheppard and comes from More Adventures of Pip, by Enid Blyton (1948).