Monday, October 31, 2011

Happy Halloween everyone!

What a wonderful day and evening that was!  I hope everyone had a blast too.  Here are couple of pics of outfit and the pumpkin.  I was all dressed up from morning and didn't take it off until 10 pm.  Hey, I even vacuumed and tidied up the house in my outfit!  Fun, fun, fun. :)

Mr. LongFace

Thursday, October 27, 2011

First DIY project - Lacy Arm Warmers final post

There you have it.  My lacy arm warmers are finished and I can't wait to wear them.  I will debut them tomorrow as I'm taking my little girl to a Halloween event in neighboring town.

To finish them I added lace trim to the top and the bottom of the arm warmer as well as bows and purple jewel.

You can see the lace trim in the picture above at the top of the warmer.  I added the same trim at the bottom, right behind the bow to join the lace and the rest of the warmer in a clean way.

Here is the final look.  It was a pleasure to work on these, it was a perfect beginner project.  I can't wait to start my next pair.  I'm thinking velvet and I'm thinking top to bottom laces. Should be fun.  Thank you for going through this journey with me. :)

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

October show and tell II

I have quite a bit to catch up on.  It was a crazy busy weekend with family and Halloween preparations, I had no time to work on my blog.  On the positive note, I have finished my lacy arm warmers and as soon as I take some pictures today I will post them. 

In this post I want to share couple of latest acquisitions: the crackle nail polish and my first corset.  I'm very excited about both.

First I'll show you my corset.  It's not a real one though, as it doesn't have laces in the back or a strong bone but it's tight and it will do for now.  I wanted one for the longest time but I had problem with yo-yoing weight and was feeling apprehensive about what size to pick etc.  Finally I thought enough is enough and now I couldn't be happier.  I'm definitely going to be adding more corsets to my corset family in the near future.

I bought this corset at Hot Topic.  At the price of $39.99 CA it was a perfect starting price.  I know there are other, more elaborate corsets out there, probably better quality and by the same token more expensive but this one was perfect for the beginning.

Now for the nail polish.  This is the silver crackle I got from O.P.I. for Sephora.  It is called "Blasted Silver".

I picked black to go with my silver for the most dramatic effect.  The black is also by O.P.I. for Sephora and the name is "What's the Tire Jack".

And last but not least, here is my nail art.  I realized after I bought both colors that I really wanted mostly black nails and should have really gotten black crackle with silver underneath but I decided to work with what I got.  The only way to get mostly black was to paint the top with crackle polish and leave the tips black.  I tried the other way around but realized I preferred black tips.  I will still get black crackle polish and maybe couple of background colors such as deep red, purple and of course silver.  You can get really creative with these and being a creative person this makes me very happy.

Friday, October 21, 2011

Friday Outfit - Layering Tights

Today I felt like going all black except for the tights.  I wanted a new look so I layered red tights with pair of fishnets.  I have to say I thoroughly enjoyed this combination.

Also, this morning, I ordered two pairs of Demonia shoes.  Let me tell you.. I LOVE Demonia footwear.  I discovered them a while ago and been drooling ever since.  I have never ordered shoes online however, and they don't have a local shop so I was a little hesitant to take the plunge.  After going through all the local stores this fall and finding no shoes of my liking I decided to give in.  I can't wait to have them in my hand!

Thursday, October 20, 2011

First DIY Project - Lacy Arm Warmers Part 2

It's time to work some more on my arm warmers. You can see the first part of this project here.  I would be finished by now, but last night we had a wicked rain storm and lost the power for most of the night.. I would have still sewn by the candle light but my little girl was freaked out so we just went to bed.

Anyhow... I managed to attach my main lace and the filler to both arm warmers.

I used the jar to stretch the fabric as I was working because if I didn't, my hand wouldn't fit through once it was done.  Remember this is my first sawing DIY project?  Yes, well I didn't realize I needed to stretch at first and ended up ripping everything apart and starting from beginning.  Have to stretch tight fitting fabric first. :)

I also attached the smaller lace to the top of the arm warmer.  That gives it a nice finish at the top.

This is what they look like right now.  Tonight I'll be adding the bows and jewels and hopefully tomorrow I can model these for you. :)

Made the bows myself, not difficult to make at all.

Got the jewels at Fabricland.  They will make a perfect addition to these arm warmers.

I've been having so much fun making these, I'm already thinking of other styles I could do.  I'm definitely going to attempt making ones that are laced up.  I'm thinking of different fabrics and other colors I could add.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Spread my joy - Product review

Whenever I'm impressed with something I bought, I feel compelled to share my happiness with others.  It's not fun keeping it all to myself.  This time I'll be talking about wine and eye make up.

When I'm done with a bottle of wine I like to go to the wine store and pick out something different, just to taste what else is out there.  When I saw the bottle of "Apothic Red" what intrigued me first was their gorgeous looking red label, and yes you guessed it, Apothic rhymes with Gothic. Ha ha ha.. On the back it reads "blend of Zinfandel, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot creating layers of dark, red fruit complemented by hints of vanilla and mocha."  The description was very intriguing indeed and all considered I decided to take a bottle with me home. 

Let me tell you, I was never happier with the lame reasons I had to pick this wine.  I was totally impressed.  For the price of $15 CA this wine does it all.  It's smooth and flavorful, each sip is totally satisfying. Definitely a bottle to try if you haven't already. Cheers!

The second product I want to talk about is the Urban Decay eyeshadow primer.  I'm always on a lookout for a good primer because eyeshadow on me tends to crease.. a lot.   Looks like not only I found a good product but one that I'll be sticking with .. for good.   I have to thank my sister for this, since she was the one that recommended it to me and boy, was she right!

They have several different kinds from matte to shimmering champagne, and shimmering champagne is what I got.  They all have special names and mine is called "Sin".  Not only it works wonderfully as an eyeshadow primer (absolutely no creasing, like they promised), the little shimmer looks like an eyeshadow in itself.  I totally love this.  At a price of just over $20 at Sephora, it's not cheap but definitely does it's job.  Besides, only a tiny amount is needed so this tube will last a long time.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

First DIY Project: Lacy Arm Warmers

For a while now I've been wanting a pair of unique and lacy arm warmers.  After looking around in all the local stores and visiting all the Halloween sections I still haven't found what I was looking for and decided to make my own.  I have never made any piece of clothing in my life so this is my first.  I have to say I'm having a lot of fun with it and I just might catch this bug.

I wanted these to be warm so I started with a pair of long, brand new and never used black socks.  They were perfect and fitted snuggly.  I cut the feet off and whoila.. we got the back bone. 

For the lacy ends I went to local Fabricland and got two types of lace.  The wide one is the main piece that will fall over my hand and the smaller, more narrow one will be sort of filler on the top of the wider one, right at the wrist. I will also add the smaller one to the top of the warmer as a nice trim.

Here is the first step.  Attaching the wide lace to the back bone with pins.  I'm having so much fun with this.  I'll be debuting these on Halloween night with the rest of my black outfit.  That is if I can wait till Halloween night.. :o  I also made some black bows and found some awesome purple jewels at Fabricland to go with these warmers.  More on that in next post. :)

Monday, October 17, 2011

Pumpkin pie and stripey things

We had a little renovation going on in our house today which made it for a crazy, head spinning day. Besides my new living room floor, couple of other things made me happy:

 The pumpkin pie I made the night before.  Tis da season.  I just love pumpkin pie and I can't wait to go to the pumpkin patch next weekend and get me some fresh pumpkin flesh.  And bake some more pumpkin pies, of course.

My new coat and red stripey tights.  Gotta love stripey things. :)

Saturday, October 15, 2011

The skirt, the chase, the victory

Yesterday's outfit was elegant.  Today I wanted it to have fun.  It was all about the skirt which I got yesterday at thrift store.  I had to work hard for it and here is the story.

I was at the local thrift store looking through the skirt rack, searching for something new and exciting that I still don't have, when I saw this skirt.  It was long, white and frilly.  It was perfect.  I loved it at once, but for some reason I left it hanging and decided to finish looking through the rack before grabbing it.  Dear friends.. don't ever do that.  I learned that the hard way.  When I turned around the skirt was gone.  It. Was. Not. There.  I was heartbroken but I saw the lady that was right behind me and I knew she took it.  I followed her around the store, waiting for her to go to the fitting room and prayed that she will leave the skirt behind.  I felt like a stalker.  The woman was in the company of her friends, all of them looking for Halloween costumes.  She was going in and out of the fitting room, trying on different outfits and this skirt remained high on her list.  Yes, I was eavesdropping... just a little..  This went on for a good half an hour.. maybe longer.  I was ready to give up.  I was ready to just buy what was in my cart and get the hell out of there.. heartbroken due to my stupidity.  And then, when I was about to take my sorry exit, I saw the skirt hanging on the rack ... abandoned.  I must have grown the wings.  I got there in an instant and I grabbed the skirt so fast I caused the nearby gentleman's eyebrow to raise.. just a little.

The moral of the story is: don't be silly; if you like it, take it.  Most importantly though.. never give up.

Black blouse with frilly trim - The Shoe Company (I was quite surprised to find such a lovely blouse there.. I went there to find shoes.)
White frilly skirt - Value Village
Black boots - Walmart couple of years ago
Fishnet arm warmers - Hot Topic
Choker - put together by me with pendant from Michaels

 This skirt was drawing so much highlight it was hard to photograph so I had to take a separate pic away from the light source.

Friday, October 14, 2011

A Little Bit of White

I had so much fun yesterday, I decided to do it again.  Here I am in my favorite white blouse, long black skirt, fishnets and high heel sandals.  I got this blouse couple of weeks ago at Susy Sheer.  I love its square bust line and the ruffled collar.

Square bust white blouse with ruffled collar - Susy Sheer
Black skirt - Value Village
Fishnets - Walmart
High heel sandals - Transit many years ago
Cross choker - Value Village, their Halloween section, gotta love it

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Thursday Outfit

Today is another first for this blog.  I'm posting my first outfit and you get to see me for the first time. Nice to meet you!  Once again, this is very exciting.

Black blouse - Value Village
Black skirt - La Chateau
Fishnet warmers - Spirit Halloween (Adorned with black bows from Hot Topic)
Dark purple nail polish - Just a little Dangerous - O.P.I. for Sephora

Silver cross.  I got this from my Mom as a gift.

The purple/black thigh highs were featured in yesterday's blog and the sandals I got many years ago at Transit.  Both are holding up great! Ha ha

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

October Show and Tell - It's all in the Legs

Here we go.. My first show and tell post.  This is exciting!

While my daughter was in school, I decided to take advantage of my free time and treat myself to a little shopping.  I was mostly interested leg-wear, make-up and nail polish.  You probably don't know but I'm crazy about pull ups, tights and thigh hi socks, so lets talk about legs.

When I saw these I had to have them.  These bows are so cute! - Bought at Hot Topic

I'm a tall woman but they go on nice and high and are very comfortable.

Zebra pull ups have been on my list for a while now. - Bought at Hot Topic

Fishnet pull ups with big flowers.  They got my interest. - Bought at Hot Topic

These ones were giving me a lot of hard time to photograph.  They kept showing blue even though they are purple so I had to play with Photoshop to show the right color.  Thigh Hi socks - Bought at Ardene

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Red, red wine

I love red wine.

There was a time when I drank exclusively white wine but for a while now I'm hooked on red.  I just love the deep, rich flavor and the aroma.  My favorite way to end a busy day is to have a glass of red wine while watching a paranormal show or searching youtube for new alternative music.  Doing that relaxes me and helps me sleep better at night.  And don't worry, I don't drink the whole bottle, only half a glass or such. Just enough to relax but not enough to get tipsy. I know that moderation is the key.

I have a special goblet for my red wine ritual.  I've always liked drinking wine in dark goblets and I have a set of dark purple ones that I just love.  For a long time however, I wanted to own a black glass goblet and couldn't find one anywhere.  At the beginning of the Halloween season this year I finally spotted a black goblet that was perfect although quite pricey.  I got it at one of the card shops at the mall and it cost me just over $12 CA.

Because of it's price and because this is my all time favorite goblet, it sits in a special place in my office and no one but me uses it.  And what if it breaks one day, you ask?  That will be a sad day indeed.  I will cry a tear or two, wipe it away with a handkerchief and start searching for the new one.

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Gargoyles Unleashed

Today I want to talk about Gargoyles. I've always been fascinated by them and have few in my house.

Architecturaly, a gargoyle is a carved stone grotesque with a spout designed to convey water from a roof and away from the side of a building.  Architects often used multiple gargoyles on buildings to divide the flow of rainwater off the roof to minimize the potential damage from a rainstorm. A trough is cut in the back of the gargoyle and rainwater typically exits through the open mouth.  Besides being used as water diverting fixtures, gargoyles are also made as free standing decoration figures and are said to protect homes from danger and harmful or evil spirits.

The term Gargoyle originates from the French gargouille, originally "throat" or "gullet" and similar words derived from the root gar, "to swallow", which represented the gurgling sound of water.  It is also connected to the French verb gargariser, which means "to gargle".

A French legend alleges that St. Romanus (AD 631–641), the former chancellor of the Merovingian king Clotaire II who was made bishop of Rouen delivered the country around Rouen from a monster called Gargouille or Goji. La Gargouille is said to have been the typical dragon with batlike wings, a long neck, and the ability to breathe fire from its mouth. There are multiple versions of the story, either that St. Romanus subdued the creature with a crucifix, or he captured the creature with the help of the only volunteer, a condemned man. In each, the monster is lead back to Rouen and burned, but its head and neck would not, due to being tempered by its own fire breath. The head was then mounted on the walls of the newly built church to scare off evil spirits, and used for protection.1

I have couple of Gargoyles sitting right in front of the main entrance.  They've been with me for many years now. 

Stone Gargoyle 1

Stone Gargoyle 2

 This little guy below I recently purchased during the Halloween sale.  He is absolutely adorable and is proudly sitting on my office desk, right beside my computer monitor.  Even though he is considered Halloween decoration to many, he is not going anywhere after Halloween season is over. 

I call him Cheeky


1. Wikipedia

Friday, October 7, 2011

Hamilton Cemetery Visit

Today I went for a walk in the cemetery.  My first walk in many, many years.  When I was a kid, my cousin and I used to visit local cemeteries quite frequently.  I can't say why, but we found them eerie and intriguing.  Sometimes we would bring flowers and place them at stranger's grave.  Sometimes we would tidy up a gravestone that appeared to be not visited and neglected.  Sometimes we would just take a walk.

Cemetery I used to frequent with my cousin. It's in a little town of Chodecz in Poland
Chodecz cemetery again, row of tombs
 Reflecting on my younger days, I decided to visit the Hamilton Cemetery, the oldest municipal cemetery in Canada.  I've wanted to come here for years, but somehow never did.  Am I glad I finally broke that barrier.  It's absolutely beautiful there and despite being a graveyard, Hamilton Cemetery beams with life.

Almost as soon as I entered I was approached by a ground keeper who saw me staring at a tall and ornate grave stone.  He was a chatty fellow who loves his job.  I guess we share the interest in darker aspect of life.  He told me the main building which was built between 1855 and 1862 originally started out as mortuary chapel and caretaker's home.  Today it is administrative headquarters for all Hamilton Cemeteries.  Apparently people say it is haunted and even one of the TV shows was trying to get inside but City didn't give the permission.

Main building

From beginning my focus was to get to the crypt I saw from the street.  It's situated on the hill and clearly visible from behind the gates.  I had to see it up close.

Sanford family vault
Senator Sanford was a first local person to produce ready made clothing.  Back in 1800s clothes were made by a tailor and Senator Sanford's store was the first one where one could come in and buy clothes from the rack.  He brought an architect from New York City to build this vault.  The figure on the top is the Greek Goddess of Hope, pointing her finger to the sky.  This is a real beautiful crypt.  The back of it once had a historic stained glass window but sadly it's been vandalized.

More pictures:

This tomb was partially open

This was a place of burial for the whole family.  One side listed all the children that were buried here ages 6 months to 4 years.  That was really heartbreaking.

I even captured some Canadian geese.  This one was clearly trying to say something.

Getting down and dirty. My favourite boots were shiny and spotless when I left the house. Gotta love it.

I only had an hour today to look around and I only covered one part of the cemetery.  This place is very big.  I will definitely come back for some more in the near future.