social saturday

all miscellaneous posts related to the social aspect of the blog

Social Saturday | December 2

view of a bare tree on a foggy moody november day

Welcome to December, dear Reader!

Lately I’ve been…

Thankful For: A long warm fall. It’s strange to have come this far in the season without snow, but I’m enjoying these warmer days.

stack of secondhand books

Reading: I have come across so many good second hand books lately- books have definitely been my spending weakness this year! I found Absent in the Spring by Mary Westmacott, which was Agatha Christie’s pen name for her books outside of the murder mystery genre. I liked this one, though the cover description didn’t reflect the story at all! The version I got was published in the 1970’s (the story takes place in the 1930’s) and they made it sound like an adventure and romance. It was not like that at all; it was more of an introspective, psychological story. I like Agatha Christie’s writing, so it was fun to read something different than a murder mystery.

I also found a copy of The Curated Closet by Anuschka Rees! I’ve been wanting to get this book for years and was so happy to find it second hand. (At this shop “Found Goods” in Innisfree, AB– if you are ever in the area, definitely check it out!) This book is the one that jumpstarted my own closet refresh and overhaul over the past several years. If you are struggling with your wardrobe, I recommend this one.

felted elf style baby bonnet and matching boots with toadstools embroidered on the side

Loving: Baby clothes. I have a nephew now, so I’ve been sewing some things and buying others. It’s nice to have a reason to make baby items. This felted elf bonnet and matching boots are one of the cutest things I’ve ever made.

vintage artwork bookplates and book page ornaments

Crafting: Christmas ornaments! It’s December now, so that means it’s time to decorate. This year I’ve been trying out some folded paper ornaments of different styles. These stars are very easy to make and you can follow the tutorial here. (Ps. Don’t worry- I only craft with books that have been damaged and are no longer readable!) If you’ve been thinking of Christmas crafting, then here are some of the other ornament ideas I came across on Pinterest. (and some other craft ideas in there too!)

The other thing I’ve been making is bookplates. I had a lot of fun designing these with vintage artwork, and have added them to my Poshmark shop.

Well, that’s what I have been busy with lately. I wish you a lovely start to your December!

Social Saturday | September 9

bowl of tomatoes from the garden

Happy Saturday everyone! It’s been a while since I posted, except for the duckling photos last week, so here’s some of the things I have been up to this summer…

photo art cards and baby felt mary jane shoes

  • Years ago I printed a bunch of my flowers and scenery photos, but didn’t really want to have an album full of them. So, I stamped and punched and stitched them, turning them into cards and postcards. It was the perfect way to use them!
  • I also made yet another pair of baby shoes, for another newborn in our church. Baby shoes are so hard to make because they are so tiny, but so easy to make because they don’t take very long from start to finish!

new and old water bottles and harvest apples

  • After about 12 years of using my old water bottle, it was finally time to get a new one. It looked like it had gone through a war, and the paint was flaking off around the top, which didn’t seem particularly healthy, so I got a new one with a stainless steel top edge. It’s also insulated, and has been so nice for keeping my water cool during the hot months! Anyways, I just wanted to share because I thought that my old one was a good example of “Use it up… Wear it out… Make it do… Or do without!” #zerowaste
  • I’m not sure what variety of apples these are, but we picked quite a few and froze them to use for baking this winter.

bible covered in black and pink floral and tan gingham fabric with a yellow ribbon and patterned endpapers

  • My Bible had seen better days, and the cover was falling off, so I decoupaged it with fabric and put in new endpapers. Not professionally done, by any means, but it was fun to do, and now my Bible is hopefully ready for the next 10 years.

a cream coloured tote bag hanging on a closet doorknob and a green and cream floral quilt on an antique bed with lace pillow shams

  • I sewed a new little tote bag. It’s just a simple bag without any gussets, and is perfect for rolling up to tuck into my purse for a day out shopping.
  • I got a new quilt for my bed. I loved the one that I made out of vintage sheets, but because it wasn’t 100% cotton, I found that I often overheated during the night. I was originally looking for a white quilt, but couldn’t find anything in a soft white. When my mom found this green and cream floral one by Laura Ashley, I knew it was the one!

Well, that’s what I’ve been up to the past few months. I didn’t plan to take a break over the summer; it just kind of happened, but I’m planning to blog more this season. I hope you are all doing well, and have a great weekend!

❤︎ Nicole

Social Saturday | September 2 (Ducklings!)

a khaki campbell duckling wrapped up in a cloth being held

I don’t know why I didn’t post these photos back in June… I didn’t even sort and edit them at the time, but they are too cute to leave languishing in a folder!

My mom got Khaki Campbell ducklings this year, in the hopes she can raise them for eggs. They are almost fully grown now (though still a few more months before they are laying), so it’s fun to look back and see what they looked like a couple of months ago.

duckling getting into the water and drinking water

khaki campbells splashing in water tray

khaki campbell ducklings playing in the grass

holding khaki campbell duckling

duckling splashing in water

khaki campbell ducklings outside

holding a khaki campbell duckling

 

Social Saturday | June 10

pink tulip bouquet against a white wall

Happy Saturday, dear Readers. I haven’t done a Social Saturday post for ages, so these photos are from the past couple of months. Lately I’ve been…

Loving– Flowers, flowers and more flowers! First tulips, then lilacs, irises, roses and soon peonies…it’s such a pretty time of year.

pink and red sculptural tulips in a white vase in front of a white wall

Reading – I just finished David Copperfield by Charles Dickens and enjoyed it immensely. I listened to this version here. My favourite quote from the book is this one, which is such a great example of Dickens’ wonderfully wordy descriptions that I had to share.

“The pigeon-pie was not bad, but it was a delusive pie: the crust being like a disappointing head, phrenologically speaking: full of lumps and bumps, with nothing particular underneath.”

Making– While I’ve been listening to David Copperfield, I’ve been busy sewing up a storm. Some projects have turned out well, others not so well. It’s all learning experience. And soon I’ll have a few new pieces for my summer capsule wardrobe.

fabric for sewing projects and a snake plant bloom

ps- my mom’s snake plant bloomed! Apparently, it’s pretty rare for them to do so. 

Watching– I was reminded of the Peter Rabbit show we watched when I was a kid and so I searched out a clip of the introduction song. I love absolutely everything about it so much- this is my childhood in one short clip.

thrifting and tea parties

Finding– Thrifted treasures! My sister and I went to a bunch of garage sales and thrift shops and found so many goodies, including a Beatrix Potter calendar from 1979 (This one was a gift from my sister. I could actually use the calendar next year since it will fall on the correct days!), some vintage books, bamboo purse handles, a Jadeite mug, some blue and white transferware dishes, wooden rulers (I can’t pass up a good wooden ruler!), and (not pictured) some wooden crates.

Thankful For– Tea parties! This picture is from one earlier this spring. It’s nice to have an occasion to pull out all the teacups and linens.

Well, that’s all for now. I’ve been up to my ears lately in renovations, so I’ll probably be working away at that this weekend. I hope you are doing well and that you have a wonderful day, whatever you have planned.  ❤︎

woodland tulips and daffodil blooms

Social Saturday | February 18

diy book stand made out of three pieces of wood and then painted white

Welcome weekend (and long weekend to my fellow Albertans)!

Lately I’ve been…

Reading this cookbook, Traditional Meals for the Frugal Family by Shannon Stonger. I tried a few of the recipes (her beet and sweet potato soup is amazing!) when I got it from the library, and then liked it so much that I bought it. All of the recipes are gluten free, and can be made to accomodate other dietary restrictions as well.

cookbook and a cup of tea and an envelope sealed with a wax seal

Oh, and while we’re on the topic of books, Jenni Haikonen, one of my favourite artists, recently compiled this lovely list of her favourite botanical books.  

One other book related thing you may find interesting is this site Anne Manuscript. They scanned every page of the original Anne Of Green Gables manuscript in L.L.Montgomery’s handwriting, and it’s so interesting to peruse.

Loving lighting a candle in the evenings when I read. It adds such a nice atmosphere. I never used to remember to light my candles, but then I put my matches right beside the candle, so now it’s so easy to light it…who knew that something that simple would remind me to use it so much more often!

I also tried out my new wax seal kit. The wick in the wax didn’t want to light, but I managed to melt enough to make a couple of seals, and the stamp is so pretty! It really makes the mail so much more elegant.

beeswax pillar candle lit and sitting in front of a mirror so the flame is reflected

Making a few little projects here and there. Firstly, the bookstand (in the first picture) for my bedside table. It perfectly holds my few “current” reads for easy access, and is so much tidier than the haphazard stack I inevitably end up knocking askew.

I also created these little 4×4 scripture memory cards to put out on my shelf. I stop often throughout the day to read the current verse and I hope to be able to memorize them all!

scripture memory cards with floral watercolours, leaning in a little easel sitting on a shelf

Watching YouTube, as always. I pretty much don’t watch movies anymore, but one of my favourite YouTube channels, Crows Eye Productions, released this great fashion history video featuring a scene from Pride and Prejudice which I really enjoyed! They plan to make more!

Eating these tasty Protein Truffles by Joyous Health (I decreased the cinnamon to 1 tsp.) I’ve been enjoying them in the afternoon, paired with a delicious cup of Genuine Tea’s Cream of Earl Grey.

Thankful For the Family Day long weekend. I have no plans, but it’s kind of nice to not have plans and just go wherever my projects take me!

I hope you have a lovely weekend, dear Reader!

calligraphy practice sheets

ps. here’s my latest calligraphy practice sheet- don’t look too closely at the ovals!