Thursday, 26 February 2015

Badass Shirts

I got a pretty awesome gift for Christmas.  A friend of mine took some nice high-res images of some of my favourite Batman images and printed them onto iron-on transfers so I could make my own shirts!  It's pretty safe to say that I'm completely hooked and might soon be overrun with my own novelty t-shirts.  The process was really easy and they turned out super well!  I just got some cheap t-shirts from Old Navy (I don't typically like their plain t-shirts, but these Vintage style V-neck Ts are really nice and light and fit really well.  Plus, they were like $6 each.) and we ironed away!  Easy-peasy!

This one is the back cover of The Killing Joke.

And of course the front cover of The Killing Joke - looks amazing on a shirt!

This one is my favourite cover by my favourite artist - Dustin Nguyen's cover for Streets of Gotham #19.

This one is also from The Killing Joke - my favourite panel ever.  Oh Alan Moore, only you could break down the push-pull relationship of Batman and Joker in a couple of panels and a few word bubbles.  "You had a bad day and everything changed."  (Check it out here if you can't read all of it, or aren't familiar with it.)

And just to break out of the Batman corner, I'm now the proud owner of a Hilarious House of Frightenstein shirt!  Don't see that everyday!

So yeah, you can expect to find me in homemade t-shirts forever now.  Beware for all my clever quips to end up on a shirt.  Hipster asshole status confirmed in

Monday, 23 February 2015

Treats of the Week - Chilly and Chili

It's cold out.  Like really cold.  And I know I'm a giant whiner, but I don't care.  I'm too cold to care.
  • In order to stay warm I spent a good portion of my weekend on the couch eating yummy chili.

  • Zack Snyder released the first image of Jason Momoa as Aquaman and I am SO ON BOARD.

  • I went to a trivia night on Saturday night and even though we didn't win (still kicking ourselves for some of those answers!) it was a great time!
  • I have been listening to this song constantly - like I literally listened to it four times in a row the other day.  I am obsessed and am in desperate need of an open sunroof with this blasting.

  • I ventured into the Banana Republic Factory Store the other day.  I'd heard mixed reviews about their stock but I was really impressed!  I managed to take this dress home with me for $37 - now I just need an event so I can wear it!

  • There was no court at work last week which meant that I got all kinds of other work done while I was hanging out at my desk, plus I spent the week in my slippers, which should always be an option in the workplace.

  • Anna Kendrick and Lupita Nyong'o were killing it at the Oscars - definitely my favourite looks.  And yes, these are from my phone when I was frantically looking up images to text to people for red carpet commentary.

  • Yet another screencap lurking on my phone - I love Wrist Soiree's stuff and can't wait for these new pieces to go up on the site.  I am loving those sparkly star bracelets!

And now time to continue my regularly scheduled time watching TV in bed.  Stay warm out there, friends!

Wednesday, 18 February 2015

Winter Thrift

Lunch breaks in the winter mean a lot of wandering around thrift stores and antique markets for me.  I like to clean off my car and get it warmed up with a little drive and I like being able to wander around instead of just sitting at my desk all the time.  I took a trip to Brydges Street Antique Market the other day and even though I wasn't in a shopping zone (i.e. - we were closing in on payday and there were no funds for random thrifting!) I still took lots of pictures to remind me for next time and to show you guys!

(So I wrote this post like a week and a half ago, then I went back and got some of the stuff so it's been updated!)

I probably need all of these Canadian pennants for my Canadiana collection, right?  (I went back for the one on the top right!  Can't wait to add it to the wall!)

And maybe this Western plate too.  I have an unhealthy obsession.

I love vintage Fisher Price stuff and have many fond memories of playing with this A-frame cottage.  I would love to have one again (you know, for me, not for Vivian) but this one wasn't in the greatest condition so I'll keep looking.

Sigh.  I've had my eye on this bad boy for like a year.  I love it so much, but do I $70 love it?  I just don't know.  One day, my love.

Always more Pyrex than I can handle.  I really need to settle on a few patterns or colourways that I want to collect and go from there.  Otherwise I would just end up wanting everything.

I have the large mixing bowl in this pattern, and this itty bitty little pinch bowl was just so darn cute!  (This one came home with me too - how could I resist?!)

Oh, why hello there flamingo tray.  I might just need to circle back for you.  (Oh yes, flamingo tray.  You came home with me.  Now to find just the right spot for you to live.)

This little find was from a few weeks ago at Value Village. I just spotted the colours way at the back of a shelf and thought "Hmm, I wonder if that's a Disney thing?" Lo and behold it is, and I'm awesome.

I assume it was meant as an ashtray with those wavy edges, but I'm using it to hold my 19 Crimes wine corks.

As much as I enjoy winter treasure hunting, I can't wait to feel the sun and do some yard sale-ing again! 

Tuesday, 17 February 2015

Treats of the Week - Pancake Tuesday

Yeah, apparently today is Tuesday.  I realized too late yesterday that it was Monday (for some reason my head doesn't always process that long weekend = Mondays that feel like Sundays) so you get your treats on a Tuesday!  Between storms snowing me in, terrible drives, massive amounts of shovelling, and general freezing times I've about had it with the winter and am considering just hiding in bed for as much time as possible.  So here's a quick post so I can get back to bed!  Treats!

  • I have a little blurb in a magazine article, which was pretty exciting.  You can check it out here.
  • One of the MTO officers at work thought I needed a souvenir so he gave me this bolt with the worn threads since it wasn't needed as an exhibit.  Random, but that's what I live for.

  • Quiet times on a couch with my blanket and a coffee are always awesome.
  • I went to see Kingsman: The Secret Service on the weekend and it was pretty fun!  I was expecting cheesy fun and it delivered in that respect.  Plus, sexy Colin Firth.  There was one part at the end of the movie that bothered me, but it is slim pickings for theater movies this time of year so I will take what I can get!
  • While in court the other day, I had a justice of the peace who kept coughing and just couldn't quite clear his throat.  Since I'm so darn good at my job I dug around in my little case and handed him a package of Fisherman's Friend which please him so much that he actually uttered, "Madam Clerk, that was awesome" on record, therefore making it official for all time.
  • The SNL 40 special was pretty darn fantastic - I can't decide what was my favourite part, although I always love me some Sean Connery on Celebrity Jeopardy!
  • @hotdudesreading is an Instagram account that knows the goods.

That's about all my brain can handle for today, friends.  Have a week!

Monday, 9 February 2015

Treats of the Week - Tahiti Treat

Very exciting news, people.  Apparently Tahiti Treat - that delicious and elusive fruit punch pop - is back on the market.  I haven't found any yet (I hear there's some in Forest!) but I am on the hunt and recruiting people for my quest.

Other treats this week...

  • I love my fellow Ham Cats at GOMI, especially when our fearless leader Party Pants posts things like this...

  • I've been watching Master of Sex (almost done the first season!) and I am really enjoying it - especially the super clever title sequence!

  • I always love it when strangers will give me their Canadian Tire money, even if it's only 15 cents!
  • I finally got around to watching Blade Runner for the first time - nerd cred intact!
  • This is the kind of thing that makes me laugh in a grocery store.

  • Lazy times on a couch with a blanket and reading make for a lovely weekend.
  • I shook things up for this weekend by making pizza instead of ordering it all the time!  Artichoke, spinach and tomato!

  • I had some good luck thrifting this week - almost too good!  I'll do a post soon!

  • I got my other London plates hung up on the Wall O London - I should be the City of London's employee of the year for this.

  • These are not good at all.  If you find a bag of them you should probably just bring them straight to me so I can dispose of them for you.  It's really for the best.

Friday, 6 February 2015

Pictures that live on my phone

I am a pretty big texter.  I love how quickly you can get information back and forth.  I love how you can stay in touch with someone all day even if you're not really saying much of anything.  I love how jokes can play out over multiple messages or you can volley a joke back and forth long after it's stopped being funny.  And I love, love, love having the perfect picture to send to someone to drive a joke home.  That's why there are certain pictures that just lurk in my phone - waiting for the perfect moment and the perfect person.

This makes me laugh every. single. time.

When someone is having a bad day and you want to be supportive but also mock them.

When someone is having a good day and you want to be supportive but also mock them.

Bad breakup?  In the middle of a movie/tv marathon?  Starting a new book?  Jay-Z is always appropriate.

"So, how was your day?"  "Ugh, long and hard."

Time for another inane boycott!

I'm sorry, are you not hopping up and down excited over Jurassic World and Chris Pratt and the raptor gang?

Shortly after writing this I learned that I can texts gifs, thereby completely changing my texting game much to the chagrin of my friends. Consider yourselves warned.

Wednesday, 4 February 2015

Outfit of the Day - Multipurpose

Because I try to keep a pretty small wardrobe I try to use pieces in a lot of different ways and have outfits that be worn to different things.  I like having multipurpose outfits - things that are dressy enough for work, casual enough for not at work, pretty enough for going out - all at once.

Today was kind of a crappy day (picture me scraping off my car in the parking lot after work and having my entire driver's side windshield wiper FALLING OFF, which I then had to wedge back together and hope for the best as I drove home with my gas light on in the snow.  So yeah.) but at least my outfit was cute!  I love this outfit - I feel like it's totally multipurpose.  Classy enough for work, but I still feel cute and sexy and comfy in it.  All the things!

This striped dress from Old Navy had been feeling a little short and I felt weird about wearing it on its own.  I like breaking it up by having the knotted chambray shirt.  I feel like being more covered up on top balances out the shorter skirt?  I don't know, it makes sense to me.

I am still loving those wedges from Maurices too - they have the most satisfying clicking sound when I walk in them.  Plus with the black tights and (a little bit) short skirt it makes me feel like my legs are super long.

I think it's important to always have a few outfits in your arsenal that make you feel good and are easy to throw on - this is definitely one for me.  

And just because I felt like my makeup was looking semi decent and I never end up with pictures of my actual face in these posts you all get a real selfie.  Because what is the internet for if not rampant narcissism?

Chambray shirt - Target (Merona)
Dress - Old Navy
Tights - Joe Fresh
Boots - Maurices
Glasses - Versace (my only fancy thing)

Tuesday, 3 February 2015

The Wall O Canadiana

I know - it's hard to believe it, but it actually happened.  After spending far too much time agonizing over how to frame things I just kind of snapped and threw things up on the wall.  There's still a bunch of smaller stuff (like my postcards) that I want to frame, but I think I'm going to get a bigger floating style frame for those and call it a day.

So behold - the main Wall O Canadiana!

And the smaller (and also incomplete) Wall O London, Ontario!

Even though they're not quite complete, I'm pretty happy with how they turned out!  The London wall has my sketches of the London Armouries, Middlesex County Courthouse, London Airport, and Eldon House, along with a Middlesex County Courthouse decorative plate.  I have two further plates that I still need to get hangers for, but I'll get around to that.

I'm not crazy about the coloured mats now that they're on a blue wall, but that can easily be swapped out at some point.  The important thing is THEY'RE ON THE WALLS.

Over on the other side, we have the full Canadiana effect.  I was spending way too much time trying to arrange small bits of things in these old wooden frames I had gotten at thrift stores and was generally making myself crazy.  The problem with the frames (even though I liked the look of them) was that there were no mats, so everything just looked messy.  For the bills in the frame I just put some linen-like cloth in behind as a backdrop and arranged things as best as I could.  Done deal.  My vintage LCBO price guide is just hanging out on a binder clip because that's how I roll, yo.

The decorative trays are just hung up with 3M picture hanging strips - they work so well!

I had also been planning on taking apart that sheet of stamps and replacing them on a nice dark background with a big white mat or something, but in the end I just trimmed up the sheet and shoved it in a frame.  Points for presentation, obviously.

Now, a lot of bloggers will tell you that the proper way to make a gallery wall is to make paper forms of all the things you want to hang and then fuss around and hang them on the wall until you're perfect satisfied with the balance of the wall and then go to town hanging them up.  I do not follow the same process.  I start with something large in the middle to anchor things (in this case, it was our dear Queen) and then worked out from there, just eyeballing what looked somewhat decent and trying to mix up the round and square shapes.  So much thought.

I wasn't sure if that old Wink ad ("Should Wink be allowed in the basic bar?") would end up here or behind my bar.  Then I remembered that I don't have a bar (yet) nor am I anywhere close to having a bar so I think it's safe to live in here for now.

I'm really happy with how it's shaped up - even though I still have things left to hang.  It makes me happy seeing all of my little treasures all hanging out together - and it's pretty much exactly how I wanted it to turn out.

I took down the shelves that used to be to the right of the window in this room.  The asymmetry was making me crazy and I didn't use the frames for anything particularly useful.  Now I figure I can wrap the Canadiana around the corner of the room there, so it's nice to have some room to grow.

Like I said, I figure I'll get a large-ish floating frame for that corner so I can put a bunch of my postcards in there without worrying about mats and stuff.  

I know some people think you should only have one gallery wall in a house, but I don't subscribe to that rule.  I love the feeling of being surrounded with things that have a story, things that I tracked down in one way or another and that I love.  One of my favourite things in the world is when I'm in someone's house and notice something interesting and get to hear the story behind it.  Fill your homes with stories, guys!