Saturday, November 27, 2010

2. happening or existing by necessity: a necessary change in our plans.

I wish I could say I have a reason for waiting two weeks.  After that last post, things have definitely changed... Our home of 2 became a home of 3.  And not with a baby or a new pet, but with a16 year old.  With that said.  The newest post is Necessary: 2. happening or existing by necessity: a necessary change in our plans.

Vintage is very necessary. 

I picked up this amazing hat at the local thrift shop.  Paired with a pair loose knit scarf or wrap makes a perfect winter-warm set!

Being on a budget makes shopping based on a necessity rather than a want!  I have managed to pick up a beautiful vintage rabbit fur coat.  ($6.99 same thrift shop).  Before I continue on; If you were a fur harvester what makes your fur worth more, a fine silky coat?  What type of animal produces a fine silky coat?  A happy, well nourished animal.  While I do agree some commercial animals are not treated well take some time to Google, "Commercial Chicken Farm" and "Commercial Rabbit Fur Farm"  (make sure to use the quotation marks to ensure accurate images.)

Commercial meat rabbit farms are not a happy sight, but there are few images for commercial rabbit fur farming, and most of these images are NOT from Canada.  The majority of people who have house cats and dogs know the signs of a sick, unhappy animal.  They usually start with dry skin, course thin fur, runny nose, drippy eyes, etc.  You cannot have a quality fur coat from a sad, unhappy animal.  Death is another story, but its all or nothing folks; You cannot fight fur with a KFC chicken burger in your hand.  Be responsible.  Buy from a Native American Company that uses as much of the animal as possible.  Buy used.  And same with meat, buy from your local farmer, buy free range chickens.   Education is Key.

And to match the fur hat?

My used combat boots: super warm, super comfortable, super durable.  And being made for the Canadian Army the quality of craftsmanship is top notch. 

And in closing, the newest independent artist.  This woman is from the UK and specializes in Steampunk Couture.

 My first pieces will include these,  unfortunately my closet does not have any yet :(

Check out and buy her work on Etsy!
Have a great weekend, enjoy the snow, and any Christmas festivities in your town!  Keep the cosmic shift in gear and try something new!


PS. A little something special from SteamPunk Couture
A brooch for Sally.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

New Beginnings

Apparently there is a huge cosmic shift, a change in energy, the leaf is being turned over, whatever phrase you want to use.  I don't know if anyone else has noticed it or not, but it seems every slightly unstable relationship, whether it be with a family member, friend, or partner is changing (for the better).

People are standing up for what they need, leaving relationships, following their dreams.  I think this is the time, if any, that we all need to follow our hearts.  With this much going on in the universe, why not take part?

Like this woman,

 These two are my person favourites from her collection so far.  I met her at the Montreal Tattoo Convention, 2010.

She buys the silver in sheets, designs, and cuts it herself.  Another artist works with her do to the stamping; like the ring below.  And my first piece by her.

I bought a book today.  There is this amazing little bookstore in Smith's Falls on one of the back streets.  I don't know which street, or what the name of the bookstore is, all I can tell you is that the owner stocks her shelves with used books and the occasional new book she feels is too important NOT to own.  As well, none of the books are priced higher than $12.  But most stop at the $7 mark. 

The book I bought today was new, its called The Indian Luck Book

I'm not going to lie, I haven't gotten too far in it yet, but "There is a saying in India that if only hard work were needed for success in life, a farmer would be king." (pg.6)  And growing up a farmer's daughter I definitely have to agree with that!  So here to too Good Luck and jumping in with two feet!!


Thursday, November 11, 2010

And life goes on...

This week has been a week to remember.  Yesterday at work a Veteran came in to pick up a wreath we had displayed in the front window.  He was just like every other grandpa you see, except for his hat, "1944, Survivor of Juno Beach".  It looked like the typical American Eagle hat; in fact I had made a double-take to read it properly... and the other distinguishing feature, that again, required a double-take.  From the tip of his nose, to his lightly pink lips, the scar was barely visible.  A scar the size of a baseball, one time mangled, now healed and barely there.

Juno Beach


 They fought with their weapons, their hearts, and their loyalty.  Now it is our turn.  We need to fight with our hearts, our love, and our dedication to the future.  Doing something right doesn't feel good -- it actually feels great.  Do your best.  Others will follow.   

  And lets not forget, the military inspired fashion this fall... a time to wear red confidently!  My personal favourite is Number 1.  I love the clean classic look.