Dish Towels, Napkins & Coasters

Hello and happy Friday!! Is it Friday already??

Well, I’ve been pretty busy this week. I made these lovely napkins with a fringe on each end. I really love the effect and they are great for everyday use.

And then I experimented with these coasters – after getting a tutorial from I Heart Naptime’s Blog. Click here to visit. Thank you Jamielyn!

For some reason, I didn’t think cloth coasters would be very stable. But, as you can see by the wine glass, they are great.

Now all I need to do is add wine!
Also made this dish towel this morning. I like it so much I might make a wall hanging. 

It started raining today and it rained so much my backyard now looks like this

 If this keeps up, the ducks from across the road will take up residence!

I hope you all have a great weekend!
Talk to ya soon.
Jane


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Aquarium, Soup Bowls and New Napkins

Hello lovely Lifeology-ers!

Every morning, I have been walking my dogs around our neighbourhood, and I must confess that I am really enjoying it. The weather has been so mild – certainly nowhere near the winter temps of past years. It’s been averaging about 10 deg. C. It’s been a little foggy but for the most part, it’s been dry which is a bonus in rainy Vancouver.

This weekend, Mr. Lifeology and I went to the Aquarium! It’s been, oh, about 16 years since I last went and I had forgotten how fascinating it is.

We saw beautiful Jelly Fish

The tail-end of an Anaconda 
A Caymen Aligator – yikes!!
A giant turtle

Who was clearly bored by the whole thing

A green snake
Or two
An electric eel – handsome fellow, yes?
And these funny little guys!

A couple of Stingrays
My, what big eyes you have!

Marmasettes – so cute!
A flamingo
Parrots
Otters playing together – so mischevious!

A beautiful dolphin

African Penguins – they look like little school children, don’t they?

And a couple of nosey seals

Afterwards, we sat on a bench on the Stanley Park Sea Wall and enjoyed the peacefulness of the afternoon

The next day I found these cups that I think will be perfect as soup bowls

They are bigger in ‘real’ life than they look in these photos. We bought 4 – 2 of the grey and 2 of the yellow.

I also experimented with a new napkin. I love the fringe – it’s the first time I’ve done napkins like this and I like how it’s turned out. Tomorrow I’ll have a set of 4 for my Etsy store – $20-ish for the set.

I can see myself using these a lot!
See ya soon!
Cheers.
Jane


The January Cure

Well, it’s Monday morning. It comes around really fast, doesn’t it?

This past week, I’ve been following along with Apartment Therapy’s January Cure. You can visit their site here. It’s kind of a mini spring clean and has sure made me feel good this past week and got me out of the winter blahs a bit. This week focused on the kitchen and organizing the pantry, fridge and cupboards. Unfortunately, I was so enthusiastic about getting it all organized, that I forgot to take ‘before’ pictures, but here are the ‘after’ pictures of my lovely organized kitchen.

My pantry – now I can see exactly what I have. I bought peanut oil last week only to discover I had a full bottle in the pantry!!

Kitchen cupboards

Pots & Pans
Fridge

We have a new recycling system in our area this month, so I organized it all for easy sorting
And then I rewarded my self with a lovely bunch of daisies 🙂
I’ve also been following Dr. Oz’s diet plan for this month. It’s only for 10 days and it’s affordable and the food is delicious. You can find the plan here. I just started yesterday, so don’t know if it’s working yet! I’ll post my success (or lack of) next Monday.

I’ve been making tea towels for my Etsy Shop. They are so cute, I made some for myself also and for gifts for my neighbour.

Today I want to make some coasters and pot holders, but first I need to clean up my work room and reorganize it.
I hope you have a wonderful Monday! 
Cheers!
     Jane

Summary of Month 2 of My Happiness Project – Marriage

happy marriage

Well, the 2nd month of my Happiness Project – working on my marriage – kind of worked and kind of didn’t.

I did manage to nag less, but when I got frustrated or angry, I was still yelling.  I had resolved not to do that and I hadn’t quite managed to achieve that – yet.

When thinking about happiness in marriage, I have an almost irrisistible impulse to focus on my spouse, to think about how he should change in order to boost my happiness. But the fact is, you can’t change anyone but yourself. This past month has put the focus on what I need to do in order to have a happy marriage and, overall, I think I have changed enough to achieve that. Or at least now I am aware of it every day.

When you give up expecting a spouse to change (within reason), you lessen anger and resentment, and that creates a more loving atmosphere in a marriage.

I am happier in my marriage? Since I’ve stopped focusing on the small things that used annoy me about Mr. Lifeology, and letting them go – yes, I am, overall, happier.

Next – Work

– Spend more tme on my Blog

– Focus more on growing my own business and my Etsy Shop

– Ask for Help

– Enjoy Now

I really don’t want to work for anyone but myself anymore, and so this month I’m going to concentrate on growing my own business. I have learned so much in the last two years about fabric paint and heat setting it so that it doesn’t fade when washed – and I have some great new ideas.

I can’t wait to get started!

Cheers!

Jane

Sunrise on the way to work

A New Year!

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Happy New Year eveyone!

Did you see the New Year in? We managed to stay awake until 10:30 :). I didn’t even wake up at midnight when the fireworks, honking of horns and pot-banging took place! It’s been a long year.

I gave up making New Year’s resolutions a long time ago, because I never really stuck to them. But this year I have a few things that I’m determined to improve on and do more of:

1.  Save more money

2.  Entertain more often

3.  Have fun.

Those sound like something that I can achieve. They also sound like fun … well the 2nd two, anyway 🙂 and I guess having more money leads to fun also.

Mr. Lifeology and I want to make this year a year of trying new things and finding new hobbies. It seems we got into a rut of spending our leisure time, in the colder months anyway, wandering around malls. Honestly! What made us think that roaming around a mall is entertainment? There are so many wonderful things to do and places to see in Vancouver – and we intend to find them.

Cheers for now!

Jane

Sunset in mirror

A Whirlwind Christmas

Jasper 2014

Hello everyone! I hope you all had a good Christmas and New Year.

We went to Edmonton where our children are and what a whirlwind trip it was – in the middle of winter no less! We couldn’t get any time off from our respective jobs, but I got off work at 2pm on Christmas Eve and we attempted leave as close to that as we could. It soon became obvious that we had forgotten how to travel because we had to go back a few times to get stuff – like winter boots and winter jackets! It’s much warmer in Vancouver than it is in Edmonton, so we’re not really used to packing gloves, hats, winter boots and things, but that’s no excuse! We were just plain disorganized!

Things finally got underway at about 4pm and we spent some hours commenting on the lack of snow over the Rockies.

No snow 2014 No snow2 2014

Usually by this time, everything is completely white!

At around midnight, we stopped in Hinton, Alberta and slept for 5 hours or so, and then continued on our way. We got to Edmonton at around noon on Christmas Day. After a brief period of freshening our tired bodies up, we sat down to the business of gift-opening

My daugher had bought us all stockings as well as Christmas gifts which was fun.

Presents

It’s always wonderful to see the pleasure on people’s faces

Opening presents

Alex & Na-mee

Mat

Tori's present

After we opened all our gifts, the preparation and cooking of Christmas dinner got underway. It seems that the men cooked the Turkey

Mat & Alex2 making breakfast Mat & Alex making breakfast

And the girls took care of the vegetables

Na-mee & Clare

Clare
I think quite a bit of wine had been consumed by then 🙂

In the end, a beautiful Christmas dinner adorned the table

Xmas turkey Xmas dinner2

After stuffing ourselves silly and drinking some more wine – we had some family love

Alex & Jane

Alex, Clare & Mat

Finally, the lack of sleep and the long drive got the better of us and we went to bed. The fun continued downstairs with my camera

Na-Mee, Clare & Lisa2

All in all, it was a wonderful evening with good food, good company and lots of laughter.

Candles

On Boxing Day, and our last day in Edmonton, our kids took us to the famous West Edmonton Mall. Of course, it was chaos, being Boxing Day, and there were wall to wall people, so it wasn’t long before we left for less crowded places. We split up – the kids going to other stores and Mr. Lifeology and I going for a drive. Mr. Lifeology lived in Edmonton in another life and so he showed me all the places he frequented.

All too soon, it was over and Saturday saw us packing up and leaving Edmonton. We stopped in Hinton for coffee and supplies and settled in for the long drive home.

Hinton 2014

We spoke too soon about the lack of snow and it wasn’t long before we were driving in this

Snow Storm 2014

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Snow - 2014

Driving through Jasper National Park was magical. We came across and frozen lake

Frozen Lake2 - jasper 2014

A beautiful emerald green river of glacier water

River2 - Jasper 2014

And some Elk

Elk - Jasper2 2014 Elk - Jasper 2014
We took a little detour through Jasper Village. Very Alpine-like. Unfortunately, the only photo that turned out well was the one of the Steam Engine!

Steam Engine - Jasper village 2014

We got home that evening around 8-ish after a wonderful Christmas.

Angels

Talk to you soon!

Cheers!

Jane