Monday, 24 December 2012

Merry Christmas

Hope you all enjoy your holiday doing what's most important to you with family and friends!

And now, wise words from a Canadian philosopher.

Friday, 21 December 2012

Double Christmas Trees!

So, holy cow.  It's Christmas.  I suppose I should be prepared for the time period between Vivian's birthday and Christmas to go by in the blink of an eye every year, because that seems to be how it goes.  The last week has been pretty insane with last minute shopping (including a trip to the states), putting up the tree, wrapping presents, work being wacky, Vivian getting her 2-year molars, etc., etc., etc.

So I thought I would get some pictures up of the trees now before Christmas is over.  Of course, Christmas trees are notoriously difficult to photograph, and even more so when you have a crappy tree, but here goes.  You might remember my gloriously tacky white Christmas tree from last year.  I got a bunch of disco ball decorations last year, then beefed them up with some Boxing Day discounted decorations and a few boxes of 50% off ones I got this year.  Nothing too fancy, just kind of colourful and nothing breakable.  I put it in the kitchen again this year to keep it away from Vivian if need be, but she hasn't paid too much attention to it other than to say, "Nice tree!"

 And yes, I used one of my vintage sheets as a tree skirt, of course.

I also decided to get a mini-tree for Vivian's room to help keep her away from the main tree and to have a place to put any ornaments that didn't really go with my other tree (because I've become that person) and so there was something at her level that she could play with.  I got it in the states at Target for $8 and I think it's a really cute idea for kids rooms.

Again, nearly impossible to take a picture, but it's pretty cute.   And you can see her new Hello Kitty ornament in the lower left there.

All in all, I'm pretty ready for Christmas.  I always say that Christmas comes when you run out of time and money and I'm definitely at that point.  I'll try to get some pictures of Vivian for a more proper Very Vivian post before the big day on Tuesday!

How goes your holiday decorating?  Are you as glad to see this week done as I am?

Thursday, 13 December 2012

What will be under the tree for Miss V.

So it seems like every other blog in the world is posting holiday gift guides lately, so I thought I would share what will be waiting for Vivian under the tree on Christmas day in case you needed some last minute ideas for the toddler in your life!

The big Santa gift this year is this kitchen.  And I'll be honest, it's mostly for me.  It's a beautiful white wooden kitchen that will stand the test of time without being a giant piece of ugly plastic in the house.  Normally I don't care about kids toys blending into decor, but with something like this that will be around for years, I really wanted to get something that at least looked nice.  She'll also be getting dishes and food to go with it.

I love Melissa & Doug toys, and with Vivian's fascination with locks, I knew the next two toys had to be on the list.  The latches board is something that I would normally look at and think "I bet I could make that!" but then I see it on sale for less than $20 on Amazon and decide it's definitely worth it to buy one.  

This Melissa & Doug doorbell house is soooo cool, I'm really hoping that it isn't too advanced for Vivian.  The house has 4 doors that each have a corresponding key and doorbell, then it comes with people to live inside the house.  It gets bonus points for securely attaching the keys to the house so you don't have to worry about losing them.

I picked up a set of play tools for Vivian from the Superstore way back in the springtime when they had a bunch of stuff on clearance.  I think it was like $7 or something.  Incredibly, I've managed to keep it tucked away until now, so she'll be getting it for Christmas.  She loves to grab a screwdriver whenever I'm fixing something, so I can't wait to see what projects she tackles with these.

The Little People house is kind of one of those toys that everyone has.  Vivian loves playing with an older version at mom's house, and I remember playing with the Tudor-style version that was out when I was a kid.  I picked this one up at the Superstore too - on sale for 50% off, so for $25 I kind of had to pick it up.

Okay, you can also file this under toys that are actually for me.  But it's a little Wonder Woman in a little invisible jet!  It's too adorable.

And who says that the Super Friends can't live in a purple house?  The Justice League can totally operate out of it.

These dolls actually really surprised me.  I've seen them on shelves before, but thought they were too old for Vivian.  I thought the dresses kind of snapped on and were hard plastic, but they're actually a soft, rubbery material.  My sister got Vivian the Cinderella one for her birthday and she loves carrying her around.  Blair has all of them, so apparently they're a hit with little girls.  And they're cheap - I won't be getting Vivian this big set, but you can get an individual doll for $5, so they're great for the stocking.

Those are basically the highlights - of course I have way too much stuff for her stocking, but stockings are the best part!  And she's just way too easy to shop for this year - anything with dolls or Toy Story or Hello Kitty or cars is right up her alley.  Of course I'm pretty sure that she's going to see the kitchen first and have zero interest in anything else under the tree, but that's okay.

What are your top toddler toy picks?

Wednesday, 12 December 2012

Christmas Faves

It's that time of year when you can basically watch a different Christmas movie every night of the week.  Christmas shows and movies always make me super nostalgic, so I thought I would share some of my faves with you guys!

A Christmas Story

When I was a kid, this movie was such a mystery. We never knew when it was going to be on or even what it was called. It was always just something that you would stumble across one day and then freak out because that "you'll shoot your eye out" movie was on. It always reminded me of The Wonder Years because of the voice over too. As time went on, it became a cult classic and then TBS started airing it for 24 hours a day and you could find it on DVD everywhere. It may not be so mysterious anymore, but it really is a classic.

The Family Man

What?  A Nicholas Cage movie? I know, but hear me out. I love The Family Man, it's one of those sweet overlooked movies that isn't really a Christmas movie but kind of sort of is. Plus it has Tea Leoni who is pretty much always awesome.

A Colbert Christmas

If you haven't seen Stephen Colbert's intentionally cheesy and amazing Christmas special, I strongly recommend that you do so.  Full of guest stars and awesomeness.

Mickey's Christmas Carol

With so many great versions of A Christmas Carol out there - from the old black and white Alastair Sim version, to the Muppets to Scrooged, but there's a special place in my heart for the Mickey Mouse version. 

Care Bears The Nutcracker

I could be wrong (but I doubt it), but I believe we actually owned this movie on VHS back in the day, which no doubt meant a few too many viewings for my mom's taste.

Christmas Vacation

Definitely one of those "must watch every year or else it doesn't feel like Christmas" movies.


Just the happiest, goofiest movie ever.

How the Grinch Stole Christmas

Of course.

What about you?  What are your holiday faves?  Even though they aren't really Christmas movies, I always want to have a Lord of the Rings marathon at Christmas time.  Since they came out at Christmas, they're forever associated with it for me!

Tuesday, 11 December 2012

Very Vivian - Happy 2nd Birthday!

So it was Vivian's 2nd birthday on Saturday and the party was about as successful as it can get when a bunch of toddlers are involved.  The main game was to keep it low key - balloons were scrapped because it would just end in fights, food was kept simple with pizza and cake.  The whole idea was just to get through a couple of hours with the least amount of screaming possible.  Luckily Vivian is pretty social and really likes having other kids over to play, even though she sometimes has a hard time sharing.

Decorations were basically kept to me scribbling on the chalkboard walls.  Super artistic and fancy.



And the cake was just from the grocery store with Toy Story and Hello Kitty candles.


Vivian was very spoiled by her friends and family.  My mom got her some new dressup clothes, a shopping cart with some play food, pajamas and a new housecoat.  The idea was that she could wear her new tutu since C was wearing one too, and Blair was quick to put on Vivian's princess dress.  Vivian being Vivian decided to wear the housecoat instead with the play high heels.  She was the Hugh Hefner of the party.


Blair was more than happy to wear Vivian's princess dress though.



Vivian is quite the little hoarder (she takes after her uncles) and spent much of the party dragging her new presents down the hall to her room.

vivian edit

My biggest tips for having a 2 year old's birthday party in a somewhat small space?  Put toys away beforehand.  Since I knew that the new toys would be the ones in demand anyway, I went around earlier in the day and packed away a lot of toys that don't get played with as much, as well as toys that might cause fights.  It seemed to work pretty well - I didn't notice any major fights over anything.  I also made sure to have lots of little sippy cups and stuff for the kids.  Also, you probably don't need as much food as you think.  I had waaaayyyy too much food - but better to have too much than not enough, right?

Other than that, it was all about trying to keep it simple and for the kids.  There are so many beautiful, amazing party ideas out there (damn you, Pinterest!) and while I had grand ideas for beautiful garlands and themes, when it came right down to it, that wouldn't have been for Vivian.  When she's older and can appreciate themes and decorations more, I'll go that route.  But for this time having some cute plates and napkins was more than enough for her.

Now I can finally get around to putting up the Christmas tree!  I decided last year that I won't put up the tree until after Vivian's birthday each year for that she can have a definite birthday before getting into the craziness of Christmas.

Any toddler birthday tips or tricks?  Or disaster stories?

Monday, 10 December 2012

I give way too much thought to most things.

So it was Vivian's birthday on Saturday (blog post to come, I promise) and we're rapidly closing in on Christmas.  This means that I've had kids stuff on the brain - it's constant Googling for different toys and games, and of course Vivian maintains her monopoly on the TV.  So I've given in to my natural urges of overthinking everything and have given way too much thought to the following things.

I got the girls, (Vivian, Blair and C) these Disney Princess baby dolls for Christmas.  They're pretty cute, and are a good size for the girls to play with right now.  Blair is right into the Princesses, and Ariel is her favourite, so that's what she'll get.  Here's my question though - WHY DOES BABY ARIEL HAVE LEGS???  She wasn't born a human, she's a mermaid.  Give the kid a tail.  Continuity, Disney!
Vivian loves Mike the Knight.  And as far as kids shows go, this one isn't the worst.  I mean, Mike is super annoying and a jerk most of the time, but that's how kids learn lessons in shows.  Here's my issue - Mike's dad, the king, is always away doing something, but that minstrel guy is always hanging around.  I'm just going to say it - Mike's mom is totally doing the minstrel.

Toy Story is on pretty much constantly at home right now.  Vivian loves Toy Story 2 and 3 the best, since those are the ones with Jessie in them.  And after many (many, many) viewings, I've figured out what bothered me about the movies.

In Toy Story 2, Woody has Jessie and Bullseye come home with him to be Andy's toys.  Now, we know that Jessie and Woody are collector's dolls from an old TV show, but Andy doesn't know that.  There's mention of Woody being "an old family toy" so that's why Andy has such an out-of-date toy.  When he finds Jessie and Bullseye, he just calls her "Bazooka Jane" or something, so he obviously doesn't recognize her from the original show or anything.  Then in Toy Story 3 when his mom asks about getting rid of them, he refers to the toys as being junk - obviously this is just meant as a surly teenager line, since he does love the toys, but he doesn't seem to realize that they are valuable in any way, so he must not know who Jessie is.  But, when he gives the toys to Bonnie at the end, he introduces Jessie as Jessie and Bullseye as Bullseye.  So how the hell does he know their names?  Does one of Jessie's pull-string phrases say her name and Bullseye's?  If he did look up who they are, then he would have realized how valuable they are, right?  Seriously, this has been driving me crazy.  Here's the clip - if you want watch it without welling up, you're stronger than I am.

I know, I know.  They're just kids shows, I shouldn't give it so much thought.  Whatever, I overthink things.

Have you ever come across something like this that just drove you bonkers?

Monday, 3 December 2012

Very Vivian - Vivian's Perfect Day

Right now, an ideal day for Vivian involves the following...

  • A Hello Kitty shirt - she insists on wearing one every day
  • Eating some Kraft Dinner
  • Drinking milk or water out of a big girl cup
  • Watching Toy Story with her Buzz Lightyear and "Yee-Haw" (That would be Cowgirl Jessie, obviously)
  • Snacking on popcorn
  • Pointing things out in the Wish Book
  • Oohing and aahing at Christmas lights
  • Going to sleep holding the DVD case for Toy Story so she can look at all the characters


Yes, Vivian has her first real obsessions - Hello Kitty and Toy Story.  The best thing about having a kid who loves Hello Kitty?  Hello Kitty is on everything.  The worst part?  Hello Kitty is on everything.  It's a delicate process walking this kid through a Walmart or Superstore right now.

It's Vivian's birthday this coming Saturday, and of course she is having a combination Toy Story/Hello Kitty birthday party.  Hopefully I'll be able to post lots of pictures - but apparently I'm out of photo space on my Blogger account (something has happened, because I see that this problem has hit a lot of other bloggers) so I've had to find some backdoor tricks to get photos to load.  Which is why I haven't been blogging much lately.

What were your kids first obsessions?  Or your first obsession as a kid?  I had quite the extensive collection of Smurfs when I was around Vivian's age.

Sunday, 25 November 2012

Very Vivian - The worst winter baby ever

So we got a little bit of snow last night.  Not a lot, just a dusting.  So of course I had a little girl oohing and ahhing out the window at the snow and demanding that she get her coat and kitty boots on.  Then we had to fight about snowpants.  We were at the local parade yesterday and she refused to wear snowpants then too, but I managed to get her into some fleece-lined jeans.  In this picture I managed to talk her into some splash pants.  Then we had a fight about whether or not she should wear mittens, and I finally got her bundled up as best I could and sent her out the back door.

This was the face I got about 30 seconds later.

She was not impressed.  The snow was sticking to her kitty boots, covering the kitty faces.  So she was trying to brush the snow off, but then the snow was sticking to her mittens and that made her mad.  She was really not impressed with the whole thing.

So the first snowfall and we've already got a problem.  Looks like I'm in the market for some snowpants that don't have a bib on them (I think that's her main problem, but I could be wrong) and for some snow boots that don't have kitties on them to be covered in snow.  And some mittens that won't let the snow stick to them.  And a bottle of booze for me.

It's going to be a long winter.

Thursday, 22 November 2012

Open It Up

I have this one weird cabinet in the kitchen.  It's separated from all the rest by that weird little sliver of wall (I'm sure it helps keep the ceiling up or whatever, but I still hate it) and chills out above the dishwasher.  It was obviously added after the other cabinets, since it's super cheapo laminate and the rest are wood.  I'm assuming the previous owners added it to make the dishwasher seem less weird.  (The dishwasher is a portable one, but they ran water pipes over to it, so it actually doesn't need to move anywhere.  It's kind of weird, but whatever.)

So it bothers me.  It's just there, all by itself.  I did have my casserole dishes and stuff in it, but then on Sunday I thought I would do some re-arranging.

See, I've been reading (and flagging and dog-earing and making notes) in the new book from Young House Love.  It's awesome - makes a great Christmas gift if anyone needs one for someone.  And one of their suggestions was having some open shelving in the kitchen.  So I started out by moving my vintage stuff into this little cabinet.  (Well, mostly vintage.  The stuff on the top shelf isn't vintage, but it's pretty.)

Then I took the doors off to have a nice little open shelving area.

Now, I love the idea of it, but it's still pretty U-G-L-Y.  I'm thinking about attempting to paint/line the inside of the cabinet to give it some contrast - what do you think?  It also drives me crazy that it doesn't go all the way up to the ceiling.  I mean really.  Whose idea was it to leave like 2 inches of space up there?  You can see where I couldn't reach with the paint roller when I painted the kitchen.  Stupid cabinet.

At least I get to see my pretty vintage stuff out in the open though!  Although I keep forgetting that I did it and think that I've just left the cupboards open.

Any suggestions on brightening up the inside?  Just paint it all?  Line it with paper?  Fabric?  Fur?  No, that would probably be crazy.

Monday, 19 November 2012

Very Vivian - Switching it Up

First off - I'm changing the Vivian posts.  Instead of posting on Fridays for Vivian Vendredi, I'm just going to post about her (at least) once a week as "Very Vivian".  Because of the way our schedule is now, Fridays are tricky for me to blog on, so you'll just get your weekly dose of Vivian some other day!

In other switching it up news - since Vivian decided to wake me up at 6:30 Sunday morning, I had some time to get some things done around the house.  I decided that Vivian's room had been driving me crazy long enough and it was time to do something about it.

Something about her room has never quite worked for me, and I could never really realize what it was.  Then it finally clicked - I had way too much storage space, and not enough stuff making use of that space.

Here's one side of her room - mostly being taken up by my childhood desk.  The problem with the desk?  There's nothing in it.  All her clothes are in the orange dresser.  So while it's a lovely, romantic notion of mine to have my childhood desk filled with my childhood books in Vivian's room, it just didn't make sense for her.  When she's older it can move back to her room, but for now it was just taking up space.

Her closet was a similar story - lots of room for stuff, but nothing to go in it.  Lots of extra blankets and sheets, but to be honest I could easily move those to the linen closet.

The other side of the closet is even worse - two whole dresses hanging up.

Then her crib on the other side of the room - positioned so she can't grab at the curtains or reach her hoodies hanging on the back of the door.  And yes, Vivian is still in a crib.  She will remain in the crib for as long as humanly possible.  She can still be sleeping in a crib when she's 6 for all I care.

Pretty blah, and not a lot of space to play.  And with her birthday and Christmas fast approaching, I thought switching things up before the new influx of toys would be good.

So now I have this happy camper...

 First thing was clearing off that desk and moving it out.  Of course I got all impatient and dragged it down to the basement by myself.  I moved the crib to that side of the room, and added my little bookcase beside it for a few knick-knacks and movies and stuff.  I believe that bookcase was in my room as a baby, so it's much more fitting in here.

And of course the other side of the room has her tent!  It's from IKEA a few years ago - she was super excited to have it set up and started throwing all her babies and blankets in right away.  Can't wait to be able to replace that monster old TV in there too.

And for a little video evidence...

Improvement, right?  I'm thinking about putting a little Christmas tree in her room for the holidays too - has anyone tried that with a toddler?  I would love to do that felt Christmas tree idea that's floating around on Pinterest, but not sure if I would actually get around to it!

Tuesday, 13 November 2012

Everyone needs a good box

I stopped in at a different thrift store last week - the South Side Thrift Store on Southdale Road in London.  I've been meaning to check it out for ages so when I had some time to kill on Friday I made my way over there.

All in all it wasn't a bad shop, but I didn't see a whole lot that caught my eye.  I did spy this almost as soon as I walked in though...

It's a cute little jewellery box type thing - it's actually probably a man's valet I suppose.  I love the little handle on it and the details at the corners - it's like the tiniest campaign dresser ever!

 Gotta love that harvest gold interior!

I don't really have anything to put in it though, since I have an abundance of jewellery storage and a lack of jewellery, as well as a lack of the effort that is required to actually change jewellery on a regular basis.  I've been wearing the same necklace for a year, and will continue to do so until it breaks.

What do you think?  It's pretty cute for $4, right?  What's your favourite way to store your pretty sparkly things?

Monday, 12 November 2012


Back when I was doing my purging, I came across an old notebook that contained a list of movies I used to own on VHS.  See, back in the day VHS was king and I loved having lots of movies to watch in my room and to fall asleep too.  Then DVDs took over and I was left with a bunch of movies that I never got around to re-buying on DVD.  At one point during another purge, I just threw away all my old VHS tapes.  They were taking up too much room and I knew the odds of dragging out my VCR to actually watch them was slim to none.  But of course I wrote them all down in case I wanted to re-buy them one day.  The list made me smile to remember all those movies that I used to love, but now haven't seen in years.  Let's review, shall we?

Road Trip - One of those movies that I wasn't crazy about the first time, but later grew on me.  What can I say, I'm a sucker for stupid comedies.

Freddy Got Fingered - Speaking of which, I love Freddy Got Fingered.  Where's my LeBaron anyway?

O - There seemed to be a lot of Shakespeare updates when I was in high school.

So I Married an Axe Murderer - A classic.  If you ever hear me refer to a kid looking like an orange on a toothpick, I'm quoting this movie.

Out Cold - I didn't realize until recently that this movie starred a young Zach Galifianakis, along with one of the London brothers (I can never tell them apart).  I loved this movie and thought it was hilarious, I wonder if it holds up today?

Dragonfly - I always really liked this movie with Kevin Costner.  It's one of those movies that kind of has a bit of everything - a little romance, a little mystery, a little kind of reminds me of Frequency.

Idle Hands - Love this movie!  Devon Sawa, Seth Green, a young Jessica Alba, it's everything that was great about 1999.

Orange County - While I never thought that this was a perfect movie, I do love Colin Hanks.

The Mexican - Even though this got pretty crap reviews, I always thought Brad Pitt was pretty hilarious in it.  El Camino!

Labyrinth - A classic.  Who doesn't love David Bowie in stretchy pants?

Center Stage - This is one I should definitely have on DVD.  My sister and I used to quote it pretty heavily. "I'm all splotchy!"

Signs - I have a soft spot for old M. Night, okay?  Signs is a damn good movie.

Ferris Bueller's Day Off - In high school I used to watch this movie every day.  Young Matthew Broderick is the cutest thing ever.

Vanilla Sky - A mind trip, to be sure.  I do love Cameron Crowe movies though.

Legally Blonde - Where would we be if Elle Woods never taught us how to bend and snap?

Mars Attacks! - I love the inherent cheesiness of this movie - and the young Natalie Portman as the first daughter!  She's always awesome.

Skipped Parts - A random little indie gem that I loved with Jennifer Jason Lee and a very young Mischa Barton.

How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days - Don't we all love this movie?  Our love fern!  You let it DIE!

Clerks - Kevin Smith's classic.  It's always been a dream of mine to go to Jersey and see the real Quick Stop.

Whipped - Another kind of random indie movie with Amanda Peet.  I looovve me some Amanda Peet.  I wouldn't mind seeing this one again just to see if it's actually any good.  I always thought it was pretty funny.

Mallrats - This one I actually have re-bought on DVD!  Love me some Jason Lee.

Slackers - Okay, more Devon Sawa.  You can never have too much Devon Sawa.  Bonus points for a young Jason Segel.

Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back - Again with the Kevin Smith.  I miss having Kevin Smith movie marathons!

Bring it On - I may or may not have spent an entire day once watching all of the Bring it On movies.  The first is still the best though.  This isn't a democracy, it's a cheerocracy.  Well you're being a cheer-tator, Torrence!  And a pain in my ass!

Heartbreakers - Jason Lee in a non-Kevin Smith movie!  It's actually pretty funny, Ray Liotta is great in it.

Go - Oh I love Go.  It's like Pulp Fiction's little sister.

Boys Don't Cry - Not all goofy teen movies on this list!

Sugar and Spice - And we're back to the goofy teen movies.  You know, because sometimes cheerleaders have to rob banks.

Romeo + Juliet - Didn't we all want to be Claire Danes?  Leo has never looked yummier than in R+J.

The Mothman Prophecies - This scared the hell out of me when I saw it for the first time.  I love those eerie, based on a true story kind of horror movies.

The Ring - It's a terrible idea to watch this movie on a VHS tape.

Super Troopers - I don't want a large Farva, I want a goddamn litre of cola!

Dogma - Yes, I enjoy Kevin Smith.

Indiana Jones Trilogy - I always liked Temple of Doom best, then The Last Crusade, then Raiders.

I am Sam - Such a sweet, sad movie.

Jawbreaker - Oh I loooovvveee this movie!  So dark and twisty, and Rose McGowan is so awesome.

Laws of Attraction - Can't beat the Beek!  It's actually not a great movie, but I love Shannyn Sossamon.

Drop Dead Gorgeous - This movie is amazing, if you haven't seen it you need to check it out.  I love the whole mockumentary style, and the cast is just amazing.

Chasing Amy - Yay KS!

Fast Times at Ridgemont High - Here's a confession - I've never been crazy about this movie.  I always thought it was only okay.  Feel free to throw things at me.

Blair Witch Project - I still love this movie, it's still good and creepy.

The Princess Bride - Sigh, one of my all-time favourites.  I have it on DVD now, of course.  As you wish.

Nightmare Before Christmas - I could never decide if this movie should be watched at Halloween or at Christmas.  Thoughts?

Return to Oz - One of the all-time creepiest weirdest movies ever.  I always loved it as a kid, but in that way that I was also terrified of it.  If you've never seen it, you need to watch it.  Those wheelers will mess you up.

Grease - Grease is one of those movies that I loved in high school but have since grown to hate it.  Ugh, is there a more annoying movie in the entire world?

Pecker - Awww, I wouldn't mind watching this again.  Edward Furlong and Christina Ricci.  It's awesome.

The Good Girl - An awesome movie with an awesome cast.  Love Jennifer Aniston in this.

SLC Punk! - Woo!  More young Jason Segel!

I know that there were more, but I had already upgraded to DVD at the time, so I didn't bother to write them down.  This of course doesn't include the movies that I remember having recorded onto blank VHS from the TV (I can remember The Craft and Conspiracy Theory off the top of my head)  It's funny how many of these movies I would have completely forgotten about if I hadn't written them down.

What about you?  Any old high school favourites you've kept around for old times sake?

Sunday, 11 November 2012

Vivian Vendredi - These boots were made for being worn constantly

 What is it with kids and rubber boots?  Vivian is obsessed with hers, I can barely ever get her to wear anything but.  I suppose it's mostly because she can put them on and take them off by herself, independent little devil that she is.

Luckily it hasn't been quite cold enough yet that she's needed to wear winter boots.  Which is good, because I haven't bought her any yet.  I'm hoping she'll take to the winter boots as well as she has to the rubber boots though.  I'm already planning on hiding her rubber boots until spring though, just in case.

 Any recommendation on winter boots for kids?  I figure I'll get her an Uggs-type of boot for the arena and stuff and then her heavier winter boots for playing in the snow.  She has kind of a fat upper foot area and flexes her foot a lot when you put shoes on her, which can make boots tricky.  I've been looking at the Crocs winter boots because they seem to really open up, so that might be good.  I'm open to suggestions!

Tuesday, 6 November 2012


The best part about thrifting is that you never know when that perfect thing will come along.  That awesome find that you would have never expected in a million years.

So back in the summer, my friend Jenn and I were at Heist and we found this amazing set of vintage shot glasses.  Vintage shot glasses with bowling pins on them.  And vintage shot glasses in the original packaging.  Are you dying?  It's a Rumpus Set!  Love it so freaking much.

Jenn was the one who walked out with the set that day, picking it up with the intention of giving it to someone   as a gift one day.  I assumed she would give it to a friend of hers who is a huge fan of The Big Lebowski, but that sneaky lady gave them to me for my birthday.  She's so tricky.

But wait - it gets better.

Then on the weekend I decided to check out some thrift shops in Sarnia to get some variety.  While stopping in at the Bibles for Missions Thrift store, I couldn't believe what I saw!

That's six tall tumblers and two low ball glasses that perfectly match my shot glasses.

It's insane.  I was so freaking excited, I practically danced out of the store.  They were all priced strangely though - some were marked at $1 each, some were marked at 50 cents each, and some were marked at both.  I asked the lady at the counter if there was a package price for them and she said let's do 50 cents for each glass for a grand total of $4 for the set.  Freaking sold.

Sigh.  Such an awesome find.  But there's more!

I also stopped in to check out Value Village.  Now I've said before that VV can be a little pricey, and this time was no exception.  I did find this awesome vintage Pyrex casserole dish though, and even though it was a whopping $9.99, I couldn't leave it there.  I might have walked around the store hugging and petting it.  I might have whispered "My precious" once or twice, I'm not sure.

Isn't it pretty?  The colour and pattern are amazing - apparently it's the Blue Horizon pattern.  I love the mirror image of it all.

The third find came from the Habitat for Humanity ReStore.  And holy crap - is the Sarnia store ever amazing.  Huge amounts of furniture.  It was seriously at least twice the size of either of the London locations.  If you're looking for a piece of furniture, check there.  I must have fallen in love with about four desks and at least half a dozen dressers, as well as a couple of vintage armoirs.  There was an unbelievably cool $10 leather chair, but some lucky bastard had already laid claim to it.  Damn.

Anyway, while I didn't walk away with anything big, I did find these funny poodles.  I know, they're weird and hideous, but I think that some spray paint will modern them up a bit.  And for $4 for the pair, I thought it was worth the risk.  The cashier rang them in as $4 each though, and I was pretty quick to correct her.  These are definitely $4 poodles, not $8 poodles.  Obviously.

So that was my thrifty weekend!  Anyone else find any good deals?  There's a new antique market in town that I've been dying to check out.  Always nice to try a new location to mix things up!

Monday, 5 November 2012

Vivian Vendredi on a Lundi - Halloween!

Yes, it is nowhere near being Friday, but here's your Vivian Vendredi.  I was waiting to get her Halloween pictures and then get it scanned in so you could see the little butterfly in all her Halloweeny glory.  She had a great time for Halloween, even though it was terrible weather.  We only made it to 5 houses, and it took about 3 houses for her to get the hang of the whole thing.  One thing I've learned from trick or treating with Miss V?  She doesn't like to share.  She's gotten really mad at me for trying to sneak a Smartie or chip from her.  The girl likes her treats!