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Happy New Year Everyone! Let’s hope it will be filled with lots of good things!

Today was the first day back to school for my Little Man. He was happy to go back especially to show off his new haircut (we had to nearly shave it off as a result of the dreaded L word, yes LICE!). We are over that now I am so happy to say!

I am happy too to be back in our routine. I am a little anxious for my Little Man as he was having a bit of trouble at school towards the end of last year (it is a little weird to say ‘last year’)… However, I am hopeful that all will be well especially as the school is being great about stepping in and helping. I like the Principal a lot.

My Little Lady is back at her daycare where she frequents about 3 days a week while I am at work (REAL work – not artsy at all – but I must say that I do enjoy the ‘conservative’ part of my working life as it adds a different element to it).

So while the Little People were not with me today, I was very productive and made an order for some new supplies. So happy about that! Love the anticipation of awaiting some new supplies with which I can create some new lovely jewellery. Here is a small infusion of colour for you to brighten your day.

We finished making the birds!

So going back to the start of school today. Jivan and I read together for about 20mins and it was a good beginning to our day especially as the book we read was by one of my favourite children’s writer and illustrator Lauren Child. I love Charlie and Lola. We read “I Am Too Absolutely Small For School“. Really enjoyed it!

Can you see Lola’s imaginary friend Soren Lorensen below? How sweet!

Now must dash. Thanks for having stopped by. Leave me a note of you like. Must put my legs in action to go pick up the Little People.

Enjoy the rest of your day!

xx

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I follow some blogs and wish I had more time to follow all the other great ones found out there! I love discovering lovely things and imagine my excitement at seeing these calendars in one of Erin’s – Collage Collage – posts.

I have been wanting to go into Erin’s store to browse and have a look at all the lovely things she has and maybe make a purchase or two. For me seeing, touching and experiencing lovely things make me happy instantly. There is beauty in this life and lots of it so why not enjoy it when we can?

So, through this post from Erin, I also discovered Poppytalk who also created the online market Poppytalk Handmade – fabulous! I wanted to apply for their boxing week and valentine market but alas, me not ready yet! But soon, soon….

I have been so busy with work, home and family lately (especially as the little lady has been ill for the best part of this week). Sniffles and coughs all around the house! I am excited though about creating more jewellery and have also signed up for a basic silversmithing course starting in January (my birthday present to me – you know, the 30 mark. ahem…)

Here’s some things that cheered me up this week:

Dolores modelling one of my designs.

My little man’s creation which I discovered one morning. He loves to draw and paint. In fact each morning he spends at least 45 mins doing just that before school. And, I am so happy to see that my favourite colours are influencing his palette!

And the cloth shopping bags I got at the craft sale I took part in. I don’t remember who made them, forgot to pick up a card of hers… but they are so well made and bags which I would rather keep to use in the summertime.

Now must go and start thinking of making some chicken soup for the little ones and the hubbie.

x

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As I was thinking of how to title this post, ‘trudging along’ came to mind first. I thought it too depressing and thought ‘blogging along’ would sound a little more positive.

I like winter, I like rain, I do like the cold if I am dressed properly for it and have nice clothes to look forward to wearing… but alas, I am only human and the dreary dark short days do get to me at times. Nearing to Christmas is a time when I miss my family and my thoughts become melancholic and the sort… I think you  know what I mean… I am happy though when my little man brings me cute things from his art class…

aren’t they just too cute??

and I am making some jewellery as presents for friends and family…

It is really fun trying out different styles – just love the colours! What do you think?

One of the shops down the street is stocking some of my designs – it’s quite exciting – I will take a picture tomorrow and show it to you.

xx

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We had a fantastic craft sale – it was cosy, friendly, filled with great items and lots of people came.


Our table at the sale – Melina of Palomaria and I shared a table. It was great as our creations complemented each other and the table looked great!

Lots of people were interested in our jewellery – it was really sweet to have young girls ooing and aahing over them! It is quite satisfying to have your work appreciated because sometimes I am too close to it…

and here we are, Meli and I. We had a lot of fun together! Glad to have her as a friend.

Here is Meli’s work. Beautiful. You will have so much fun visiting Palomaria’s Etsy shop.

I want to thank all my friends who came to see me there and everyone who supported us in this sale.

I want to continue creating and slowly but surely I will. Time is the issue as with all mothers who juggle work, kids and home… however, there aren’t any deadlines to creating and so I will continue!

xx

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I think I am ready for the craft sale which starts later on today – yay!

I want to share a few things that put a smile on my face this week…

We made vegan one bit brownies – so yummy – recipe taken from Cara Roth’s blog

I had to keep my neck warm this week with all this cold weather…



A book that lifts my spirits…


It is called “I will make miracles” by Susie Morgenstern, illustrated by

Jiang Hong Chen – It is truly magical looking towards a better world, an ideal world!

And, I finally decided on how to package my creations…

I had some tags made at MOO, they did a fabulous job! What do you think?

and a necklace I picked up during my flea market trip…


And here is a taster of what will be on sale at the craft sale…

and here is a reminder of time and place…

see you then!

xx

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Vancouver is COLD, very COLD! Everyone is talking about it as we are not used to this weather here. It has a bite and if not dressed appropriately, I can honestly say that you will suffer!

I am sitting cosily in our old, drafty beautiful home with the fire roaring up the chimney and me looking forward to a day of running errands and some jewellery making tomorrow.

This past weekend was busy and we saw some good friends three days in a row which was a real treat. Little man got to play with some of his favourite friends and got a bit over excited I must say. It was a little challenging trying to calm him down… and little lady is really enjoying the company of all the little people around her.

Little man has been constantly talking about his school friend and having a play date with him. This school friend, MC, has already been over once and little man has been wanting to go over to MC’s house for a play date. He could not stop talking about him on Sunday, so much so that we ended up seeing them in Costco of all places… another school mate was there, S, and the three boys took a ride on the cart with some hearty laughs…

and yes I do go to Costco from time to time… but I am disliking it more and more these days especially if I find myself there on a weekend. It is CRAZY and not fun at all!

Look at the snow in our front yard – well trodden over by the little people. Oh, what fun!

The lovely fire that is heating up my freezing feet…

The beautiful late afternoon light while I am pushing the little people in the swing (not today’s early evening sky though, mind!)

and lastly, I just want to share these beautiful mini cameo earrings (the cameos need to face each other though! :o) – I just love them!

The craft sale is this Friday. It is exciting and daunting at the same time. I hope it will be successful for all!

Hope to see you there!  If you are on Facebook, this is their page.

xx

ps Melina will be taking part in the sale with me!

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Around this time of the year I miss my family a lot. It gets colder out, the days get shorter and warmth, love and support are needed more. I am lucky though to have some family and good friends I can rely on and vice versa.

So, this week so far has been good. My little girl is turning 2 tomorrow and let me tell you she is right on cue for the terrible twos. My son wasn’t so much, he started a little later at three! However much it is challenging and sometimes my voice is cracking because of you know what, a moment of joy creeps in at the most unexpected times and I am thankful, oh so thankful for everything beautiful around me.

Look at this beauty Jivan created in his class – I took a picture because I love the colours but also for the title as “lighting and thunder” are words that I would use to describe my son, along with loving, smart and witty!

I donated a few earrings today to our friend Astra who is organising a silent auction at the St Vartan Armenian Church. Apparently there are LOTS of great items for grabs, so if you are into jewellery and accessories (as am I) please make your way to the church on November 27. It is free, includes hors d’eouvres and dessert. What else could a girl ask for? oh, they also have a few men’s items and all the proceeds goes to charity!

These are the earrings I donated

They are really pretty. I am very happy with how they turned out. Any feedback is welcome though!

All my senses were tickled today – apart from the eye candy above my taste buds took me back to my childhood. A little Armenian birdie told me that Jack at the Mediterranean Store on the Drive makes really good Bastirma. So off I went to Jack who suggested I get 100 grams to try. Try it I did and I tell you it was YUMMY! You have to be careful though not to eat it right before a first date as you will stink of garlic and the sort ;o)

Here is a picture for you – it doesn’t do its taste justice

Tomorrow is Remembrance Day and a holiday here in Canada…

I hope the end of your week will be filled with good tastes and laughter.

xx

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Hello all you lovely people out there!

Do you remember when I mentioned here that my friend Meli and I will be taking part in a craft sale at the end of November – yes it is true and here is the funky flyer!

and remember about the crochet flowers that I was making…

They are really a joy to make and pretty quick – I have made them into brooches and if I get the time to make more then I will be selling them at the sale and at a very reasonable price too! I love the colours – these were made with a yarn that has silver sparkle in it – very beautiful.

And of course, getting ready for the sale (don’t ask me where I get the time to do all this because I don’t have the time to do it but as it gives me so much joy I make time to do it – does this make sense at all?)… so going back to the beginning of this sentence… In the midst of getting ready for my sale, I want to share the following picture with you…

Yes, I agree, beauties aren’t they? I love them so much!

Anyhow, must get on and deal with all the things that need to be dealt with.

be well

xx

 

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Hellllooooo!

I want to continue telling you about our NY experience… We arrived on a Thursday and on the Friday I went off to meet my friend Nicole for lunch. After catching up over a delightful lunch I went off to a warehouse I found on the internet where one can buy all kinds of vintage jewellery… NY was hot and humid and I loved walking the streets and experiencing the city at its best (well warm weather was certainly welcome after the temperamental Vancouver climate).

I did not have much time as we had an early dinner rehearsal at 4pm for the wedding and here I was on W. 36th Avenue at 2:30pm not knowing how far the dinner venue was but I had to see this warehouse! So, I walk in to CJS Sales and am welcomed by the owner Carl Schimel – He was a bit skeptical at first as I did not have a business number but he did let me browse… and let me tell you, that place had a lot of beads, crafts, cabochons ALL OVER THE PLACE and I would have needed AGES to find the things I was looking for… Here are a couple of pictures to show you what I mean…

And these pictures are only one corner of the warehouse… I spent about half an hour and did manage to buy a few things which I am so excited about making – will show you as soon as they are done… In case you are wondering I did get to the dinner rehearsal on time, in fact I was one of the first people which does make for a pleasant change! and this is after trying to haul a taxi thinking that I was late but little did I know that taxis change over at 5pm and it seems that starting from 3:30pm most of the drivers do not want to take on new passengers…

So, after spending a wonderful time, we left NY on a Monday morning when the rain was torrential and it was extremely hard finding a taxi… It was interesting to go through the experience of waiting at the corner of the street in East Village protected from the rain by that awning of a shop and trying to get some taxis to stop… don’t want to be back there at that moment, but all in all, ok I am going to repeat myself now, WE LOVE NY and we will visit again soon, we hope.

And on this note, just want to let you know that  I am waiting for new jewellery supplies to start some new designs – and it looks like my friend Meli and I are going to take part in a craft sale on November 27, very exciting and more on this later…

Next time, I am going to tell you about a house – or rather the special things that happen in front of that house…

See you then!

xx

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I don’t know what has happened lately – it is BUSY, very BUSY… Little man started school, as per my last post, and instead of life easing up a little it has created the opposite effect. However, we are happy and healthy and that is what is important isn’t it?

We just celebrated Thanksgiving in Canada and it was a long weekend spent with loved ones; family and friends. I was really touched by a phone call from a friend who was at another friend’s house on Vancouver Island and she had to call me to ask me to post some more pictures of my crochet as they were talking about crochet and other forms of creativity and they wanted to see my work. It instills a little more confidence in me when someone else appreciates my work, don’t we all want to have people admire our work and say nice things about them – I love doing that about other’s work.

So, Alix and Chantey, here are some pictures of my crochet which I don’t think I posted on this blog yet and if I already have then please forgive me. (btw, Chantey is a great artist – more on this lady later – and Alix runs Green Room Yoga in Vancouver)

Crochet bag – from Attic24

I think I have shown you this scarf before – again from Attic24

Some of my own creations – neck warmers

and finally, a cushion cover!

I will be back soon with lots of new jewellery – I am having great fun making them, well at least when I find the time which is not very often these days and her is a sneak preview!

Stay well until we next meet!

xx

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