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Home Again, Home Again!

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Spy our wonderful trip to Jamaica for our 28th wedding anniversary is over.  It was an amazing trip with lots of sun and sea and fun with my husband, Will. We ate lots of great food, read awesome books in the shade of a tree on the beach.  We had the great joy to have our youngest daughter Maddy and our new son, Jesse join us for their honeymoon during our last week.  It was so much fun to see them.  Cheers, Michele

Jamaica Anniversary Trip 2016!!

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  So today we woke up to another beautiful day in Jamaica.  My husband and I are celebrating our 28th Wedding Anniversary away from the cold and snow of Ottawa.  Having a wonderful time!!  Lots of snorkeling and relaxing on the beach.

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Hope you are having a wonderful day.  Cheers, Michele

Bucket List/ New Year’s Resolutions! My To-do List For 2016 and Beyond

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With 2015 drawing to a close and 2016 fast upon us, I thought I would review my wish list of things to do in the future.  I know it may seem like I have completed lots of things on my bucket but, I still have lots of wishes left.  I think life’s to-do lists should be bigger than just the mundane of doing laundry and chores, it should encompass things that scare or inspire me.  So this list will never end, which is awesome, because then I always have the challenge of doing something new.

  1. Walk on the Great Wall of China.image
  2. Improve my French.
  3. Swim the Great Barrier Reef.????????????????????????????????????
  4. Write another book, a murder mystery this time.
  5. Go on an African Safari.  image
  6. Pet a lion.
  7. Learn Cantonese and Mandarin.
  8. Become a better sewer and tailor.
  9. Learn to play the guitar and piano better.
  10. Go to the Brandenburg gate.image
  11. Walk the moors in Scotland.image
  12. Go on an Italian food course in Tuscany and learn how to make traditional dishes.                image
  13. Write a cookbook of my family’s favourite recipes.
  14. Hold and love my grandchild(ren).
  15. See the lights flashing on the Eifel tower again in person.image
  16. Drink a leche con leche in Italy in a small cafe while I shamelessly people watch.
  17. Go on an archeological dig.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA
  18. Help with a genocide or natural disaster in a forensic autopsy technician capacity.
  19. Get my masters in forensics.
  20. Get a restricted and unrestricted gun license.image
  21. Sky dive.
  22. Learn to scuba dive.          image
  23. Make a Youtube channel.
  24. Snorkel in Hawaii.
  25. Live off grid in a farm-house that I helped build, with my own self sufficient garden with chickens and goats.
  26. Own a horse.
  27. Make a Zombie movie.  My daughter Madeline and I wrote a script on a long car ride.
  28. Downsize all my clutter.
  29. Go to St. Petersburg and see the palace.image
  30. Go on another World War I Commonwealth war graves tour and visit more battle sites and war grave sites.
  31. Visit the beaches of Normandy.image
  32. Go on another wine tour.
  33. Ride in a hot air balloon.image
  34. Visit again all the places where I have lived as a reminder of where I came from and how far I have come.
  35. See my children continue to grow and fulfill their bucket lists.
  36. Grow happily older with my husband.image
  37. Appreciate and not take for granted all the great things in my life.
  38. Read “The Hundred Books to Read Before You Die”.
  39. Learn sign language.
  40. Climb the pyramids at Machu Pichu.image
  41. Get another tattoo.          image
  42. Continue to thrift shop, collect vintage and refashion finds to wear them.
  43. Make more doll houses.
  44. Start knitting again.  And knit socks and mittens for myself.
  45. Take a wood-turning class.  And make a wooden bowl.image
  46. Take up cross-country skiing again.
  47. Do the New York Times crossword puzzle in pen….correctly.
  48. Keep up with my journaling.
  49. Write a book of our family stories to be passed down after I am gone.
  50. Leave  behind a legacy that is positive and meaningful.

I continually add to this list, but this is just a start.  Hope this bucket list inspires you.  Cheers, Michele

A Jumpsuit With Issues! Big Issues!!

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Since my husband and I will be going to Jamaica in the spring to celebrate our 28th wedding anniversary, I am always on the lookout for pieces to take with me.  I found this beautiful black and white strapless jumpsuit at Value Village.  It still had the original price tag on it for $99.99, but I snagged it for only $7.99, plus 30% off.  While it is beautiful, the big draw back is that it is a 4X and is huge on me, I had to pin it doubled over around my dressmaker’s mannequin.   This is a simple fix; a little elastic, a little patience and some sewing and it will be better than new.

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So after trying it on, I measured two pieces of elastic; one for the top in black in case it might show and one for the waistband in white that wouldn’t be seen.

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Then I just pinned them equally around the appropriate spots.

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I stretched the elastic to fit it and sewed it to the jumpsuit.

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Now it fits perfectly.  It is a wonderful piece to dress up or down.  What do you think of the results of another quick and easy refashion?

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The best part about this refashion is that when I was at Value Village and was struggling to find my 30% off coupon in my purse, a lovely lady who I had happened to meet before at VV’s saw my predicament and offered me an extra 30% off coupon that she had.  She told me that a while before she had been in line in front of me and since I had an extra coupon then, I gave it to her.  A classic and delightful example of what goes around, comes around.  Niceness does come back to you eventually, but sometimes it comes back when you least expect it.  Cheers, Michele

La Belle Fille. A Coin Refashion.

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I don’t just collect vintage handbags and jewelery, I collect coins from various places where I have travelled and fashion them into jewelry.  That way I have a permanent wearable souvenir of wonderful times travelling with my family.  Here is my most recent refashion, but I will post about others I have done in future posts.

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First I started with a pile of coins from various countries where I have travelled, and decided on this French 10 Centime coin, with this beautiful lady’s face, in which I had previously drilled two holes for a bracelet project but ended up not using because of a mistake in drilling holes in the coin.

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 Unfortunately one was in the wrong place and a bit too far from the edge, but c’est la vie.  I will work with it anyways.

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Then using a Dremel tool with a small abrasive head, I abraded all around the female head on one side of the coin.

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Once the abrading was done, I gathered the other things I needed for this project, two gold jump rings, a chain with a clasp, metal cutters, and two jewelry pliers; one flat and one rounded.

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I cut the chain in half opposite the clasp to allow me to insert the coin.  Then I added the two jump rings to the two holes in the coin, added the chain, and I’m done.

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I think this turned out very well and I am very pleased with the results.  Cheers, Michele