Thursday, August 30, 2012

My 11 Random Things!

A long while ago, Amy from shared a post called  My 11 Things. I really enjoyed her post and at the end of it she invited anyone reading to join in! I thought it was a fun idea, so why not join in! (even though I'm about 4 months late!)

The Five Rules
1. Post these rules.
2. Post a photo of yourself and 11 random things.
3. Answer the questions set for you in the original post.
4. Create 11 new questions and tag people to answer them.
5. Go to their blog/twitter and tell them you've tagged them. 

I'm totally cheating and not making 11 new questions or tagging people to answer. I know how horrible! BUT if you are reading and want to join in, just go to Amy's post and you can answer her questions. They are pretty great questions! 

11 Random things

1. I have a mug collection, and it is probably the best mug collection out there. I love it.

2. Every few years I get really annoyed by my hair so I cut it all off and donate it to Angel Hair for Kids. Following this big hair cut, I generally love it for a month and then hate it for about 6, but it's for a good cause so I don't really worry about it too much.

3. I would really love to be a rapper, for realz. But I'm a white girl who grew up in the suburbs so I just don't think it's in the cards for me. 

4. I make to do lists about the to do lists I should make. Okay not really, but I'm obsessed. I will have literally nothing to do, as in, NOTHING and I will make a to do list just to feel busy. An example might be:
To do:
have lunch
go for a bike ride
have fun! :)
Wish I was kidding, but I definitely do this. And I definitely leave a lot of positive notes to myself, so "have fun" is one that shows up a lot. And often with smilies drawn. haha ohh yes, my life is this cool. 

5. I think I'm an amazing dancer. I joke about it all the time, but I'm serious (and I think my friends have figured out I'm serious). I think I could have been the next star of So You Think You Can Dance had I been trained! These hips don't lie people!!

6. I love leopard print so much. An unreasonable amount really. I own enough leopard print clothing to be covered entirely from head to toe in it. I own multiple scarves (one is purple leopard print), multiple shirts, multiple sweaters/cardigans (one of which is purple leopard print) two pairs of tights (one pair is green leopard print), a pair of flats, sleeping shorts, and more. It's out of hand.

7. Some people have a "dream car", but I have a "dream dog". I've wanted a mini wiener dog (aka mini dachshund) for at least 5 years, but I'm waiting until I'm less nomadic to own one. I even have my dog name picked out, he or she will be called Sir Newton Weeny Friesen. I will also dress it up as a hot dog for Halloween, and I don't even care how lame that is. 

8. I look up to Leslie Knope as if she is a real person. (She is the main character from the TV show Parks and Recreation, and Amy Poehler plays her, another, more real, role model of mine!)

9. I describe myself as a non-religious Mennonite, or 'ethnically Mennonite' and bug my friends to no end with how awesome I think it is. Most people from Winnipeg will probably understand what I mean by being 'ethnically Mennonite' but they probably won't understand why I think it's cool (just so you know, it's the food.. and the everything). 

10. If I'm lucky enough to live to 70, I want to dye my hair dark purple, and then a million other wild colours until I get bored of it! 

11: Kind of related to number 10, but I genuinely believe I will live to be exactly 100. (And I can't wait to get my letter from whoever the King or Queen is at that time!)


Now onto Amy's questions (my answers in italics):

1. What is your spirit animal? (This is mostly a joke. Roll with it.)
Pandas are my absolute favourite animal, but my spirit animal... hummm, monkeys probably!

2. What is your most embarrassing moment?
In high school a guy walked in on me changing and saw me completely topless, no bra, nothing. It was soo horrifying at the time. Now I can laugh at it, but I was SO embarrassed back then.

3. Would you rather have a tattoo of Patrick Swayze as a centaur or Chris Farley as a Chippendale's dancer?
Dang, this is a legitimately hard question. Probably Chris Farley, but I'd never really know if I'd made the right decision. 

4. What is playing on your iPod right this instant?
The Bends, by Radiohead. (So glad it wasn't One Direction.... not that I'd listen to them...)

5. What is your dream place to live? If money and practicality weren't issues?
Sweden! Always Sweden!! The country has always interested me. I would want to live in the capital Stockholm and it would be just fabulous! 

6. What do you want to be when you grow up?
I want to be three completely unrelated things.
- Environmental Engineer (This is what I studied in University. Lucky me, I actually want to do it!)

- Mid-wife (specializing in home births, because they are amazing!)
- A City Counsel Member, or an MPP, or MP... Although I haven't decided if I could actually do politics, people always seem to change their beliefs once they get elected and I'd be so sad if that happened to me.
We'll see, maybe I'll get to be all three!

7. If you could play any musical instrument, what would it be and why?
Fiddle! I juuuuuust started lessons, so I don't know if this counts. I used to play it as a young kid, and I've always wanted to get back into it and I finally am. 

8. If you had to wear one pair of shoes every day for the rest of your life, what pair would it be?
If I'm living somewhere without winter definitely my Gizeh Birkenstock sandels. If I am somewhere with winter, then probably my purple Converse. 

9. If you had to eat one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be? (Mine is donuts, FYI. Serious.)
Oh man, this is so hard. I'm a food phases person; I can eat something for a month straight but then the next day not even be able to look at it. So I don't know. If I had to pick, I think I'd say nachos, with LOTS of cheese and no olives. I tend to love them most frequently. 

10. Would you rather kiss a wookie or an ogre?
Wookie without question.

11. What is your favorite part about spring?
The smell after spring rain. It is so lovely and distinctly spring smelling. :)


That is all for the random facts of the day! If you are interested in joining in, please do go to Amy's post to grab her questions, and come back here to leave a comment telling me you did so I can read your answers!

Wednesday, August 29, 2012


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Sunday, August 26, 2012

Something 34: Camera Case

This week, I used my tutorial and made another camera case. Along the way I found a few things that didn't seem very clear so I'm going to add a bit of detail to the tutorial this week. Hopefully it will be slightly more clear! (I know that I said I would share more Project Life this week, but I'm going to save it for next week, because I was so excited about how this tuned out!)

This one was for a friend of mine who wanted one to use while travelling. It might be a bit bulky, but hopefully it works out okay for her!

I really love how this fabric looks on the case! And I think a darker colour is better if it's going to be moving in and out of different bags, this way it won't collect dirt etc. 

Also, I will have the camera case tutorial updated soon!
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Wednesday, August 22, 2012


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Sunday, August 19, 2012

Something 33: University Album, done!

I am falling more and more in love with scrapbooking the more I do it. It is just so important to me to capture all my memories! There is so much that goes on between a big moment or a holiday; I really think the day to day is worth capturing and remembering. During my 5 years of university I worked on this scrapbook project where I tried to include lots of pictures of 'big events' but also pictures of the day to day and just being with friends. I shared the first half here.

5years, 400 images, and I've got something I know I will be happy I made for MANY years to come!

and my favourite part is this whole projct, after I finished it I realised I had done this:

So happy to have this! Next week I'll be sharing updates from my Project Life scrapbook!

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Thursday, August 16, 2012

Art Attack!

We had a little art night at my house this week, and it was tons of fun! To summarize how it went, please see the comparison of art made below...

So, it turns out I might not be an artist. But you'd be surprised (impressed?) how long that little cloud took me. I had fun sitting there and painting for the evening though, and I ended up with a few little pieces that made me smile (and laugh).

I also had a bit of a genius moment when I realized we could use the egg carton to hold our paints! I'm sure that lots of people have done that, but I just thought of it, no help from Pintrest or anything! I felt pretty proud.

I really do love painting, even though I may not always love the final product, I still think its a great way to spend an evening! Going to art classes has officially make it onto my bucket list.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012


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Monday, August 13, 2012

Something (Monday) 32: Cake!

So I didn't post my 'Something' yesterday! Ah dang it. I don't even have an excuse, I just didn't get around to it. How lame!

I did end up making something new this week that I'd like to share though, even if it is a day late! I made a cake! I haven't baked in ages, so it was fun to whip up something to share with my room-mates. It was a bit crumbly and not super pretty, but it tasted lovely.

I also have a policy where I use as much icing as possible when I bake. Cake isn't so much tasty as it is a means to get icing into my mouth. I love the icing!

I promise to get this weeks 'Something' posted on Sunday!

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Sunday, August 12, 2012

Something Sunday - Oops!

Something Sunday will be a something Monday this week!
And it will be edible! 

Wednesday, August 8, 2012


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Sunday, August 5, 2012

Travelling - Yosemite National Park

I've got another Travel post to share with you all! This time, I've written a little review of Yosemite National Park, and the Green Tortoise Adventure Travel Bus.

As with my trips to Portland and San Francisco I went to Yosemite this past May. It was something that I had hoped to see in my time out west, but realistically I didn't know if it would happen. After finding out my Grandpa had been there many years ago and loved it, I knew I had to make sure it happened. Thankfully, I found the most awesome way of seeing it, the Green Tortoise Adventure Travel Bus.

I signed on for the Yosemite 2 Day (3 nights) trip right away, and I was not disappointed. Aside from the actual Park being amazing, the food was good, the drivers were fun, and the whole trip felt pretty seamless!

Its important to note that this is no ordinary travel bus/tour company, it is super unique and awesome. The bus is set up so that there are no normal seats inside but instead there are some bench seats and a big mattress in the back, along with some bunk beds. Its pretty hard to explain in words though, so I've added this video from the green tortoise site:

The general layout of the 2-day trip I signed up for was this:

Leave around 9pm and sleep on the bus overnight 
Arrive at Yosemite early and stop around 8am to make/eat breakfast 
Head into the Yosemite park for 9ish to hike all day!
Meet back at the bus to head to the camp ground around 4pm (the camp ground is not in Yosemite Park, but the drive there is only about 30 minutes and it is an absolutely beautiful drive)
Make/eat dinner and hang out around the camp-fire till you fall asleep! (if you don't have a tent you can sleep on the bus, but you must bring or rent a sleeping bag)
Head back to Yosemite for another day of hiking
Meet at the bus around 3pm to drive to see the Giant Sequoia trees!
Hike around the Trees for an hour and a bit
Meet back at the bus and drive to a near by park to make/eat dinner
After dinner you get the option of visiting the oldest bar in California!
Head back onto the bus around 12am before driving back to San Francisco (we arrived back in SF Monday morning around 6:30am)

Me and some new friends eating the Saturday morning breakfast together (and enjoying the coffee!)
The first day I (along with some new friends) hiked up the upper Yosemite falls trail (round trip estimated to take 6-8 hours). I only made it up about 2/3 but most of the group made it up to the top. What I did see of the trail was absolutely amazing. I don't like using the word regret, but I really do regret not going the whole way to the top of the trail! I was afraid I would feel so sore the next day, but in hindsight I know I wouldn't have!! Oh well, I'll just have to visit again to finish the hike. If you don't enjoy long hikes I would still recommend this trail, but I would suggest stopping at Columbia Rock. The views at Columbia rock (about a 1.5 hour hike round trip) are really beautiful, and well worth the effort.

View from Columbia Rock
At the beginning of the Upper Yosemite Trail
I think this is about half way through the trail
The second day we decided to hike the Vernal Falls trail (round trip estimate to take 3 hours). I'm happy to say that I did make it to the top of this trail, and I am so glad that I did! The hike was relatively easy until the final incline. The trail takes you very close to the falls so you get pretty soaked from the mist, and the stone stairs are covered in water. We were lucky to be there on a super hot day, so the mist was a welcome break from the heat, however I did find it a bit scary walking along the wet stairs. Even though I was a bit scared, I'm so glad I went all the way to the top. As expected the views were absolutely beautiful, and the rest at the top of the falls was perfect!

Almost at the top of the falls!
Trying to save some friends from toppling off the top!! 
After returning to the bus after the amazing hike, we headed straight for the Giant Sequoia trees! I had been looking forward to seeing these trees for soo sooo long! They were absolutely amazing, and seriously huge. I could have stayed and stared at them for quite a while. My only disappointment here was that there were so few. I had been imagining a forest full of massive trees, but due to logging (a long time ago) there are only about 10-15 left on the main trail. They almost look funny dispersed between the normal sized trees.

Me with the amazing trees!
Finally after all the hiking and tree visiting and beer drinking (forgot to take pictures of the bar!) we hopped back on the bus to head back to San Fran. I will admit, when I first saw pictures of the bus, and realized we were all sleeping so close, I was kind of nervous. But by the end of our 2 day adventure it felt like we were all old friends! Piling in the back to go to sleep on Sunday night felt totally normal and there was plenty of room for everyone.

A somewhat fuzzy picture from the very back of the bus
Bottom line: this trip was amazing in every way and I would highly recommend it to anyone!

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Something Sunday 31: Ipad Cover

This week I made an Ipad cover for a "craft swap". It was fun to do a project using batting again (the material used in the centre of quilts).

The theme of the swap was birds, so I was glad to find this fabric at the local quilt shop. I was hoping to sew a bird image, but I ran out of time. This fabric did seem pretty appropriate though, so I was happy!

Here is a picture of the whole 'swap' package. I made the owl case last week, and I also included some bird covered cards!

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Wednesday, August 1, 2012



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