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Why I Love The Comox Valley, British Columbia!!

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I recently spent a wonderful week with my dad and his girlfriend Carol in their beautiful new home in the Comox Valley.  We had a truly lovely time and I got to meet some members of Carol’s family as well.  I previously lived in Comox for a total of 16 years of my life and my husband and I would love to return here and retire.  Here are just some of the many reasons I love the beautiful Comox Valley.

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The mountains and glaciers.

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The beaches.

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The farmers’ markets.

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The food and wine.  There are several wineries and artisanal breweries here in the valley.
The best part about the valley is that we will be able to renew old friendships and make new ones.  I will be able to be close to my family.  And one of the best things is that it rarely snows in the valley as it is a rainforest climate with short rainy winters and long sunny summers.  Here is hoping that the next year or so has my husband and I having a new Comox valley address.  Wish me luck!  Cheers, Michele

Ottawa Vintage Clothing Show!! What I Bought!

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So here it is finally, what I bought at the Ottawa Vintage Clothing Show.  It seem to take me ages to get around to photographing my new dress, although it only took me seconds to actually do it.

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This dress is a beauty.  I love the cut, the colours and the pattern. It is made by a Montreal company called Du-Mode which I actually have a few other pieces by.  It is 100% polyester, that miracle fabric of the 50s and 60s. It cost me $38.00 which is far more than I usually pay for a dress.  But I saw it right at the beginning of the show and my daughter convinced me to put it back.  So I wandered around for over an hour looking at lots of other beautiful things, but this dress was always in the front of my mind.  So at the end of our time at the show I went back and found it again.  I tried it on and it fits perfectly.  I love it so much.  I can’t wait to wear it once the weather gets warmer.  So what do you think of my find?  Cheers, Michele

These Are a Few of My Favourite Things!! Actors and Actresses!

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As I have said in a previous post, my husband and I love to watch movies.  Here is a list of a few of my favourite actors and actresses.  These are people I like for various reasons, either their acting and/or the various specific movies they have been in.

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  1. Simon Pegg   This British actor, writer and director is one of my favourites for many reasons.  He has stared in several movies that I have loved, including “Shaun of the Dead”, “Paul”, “Run Fat Boy Run”, “World’s End”, “Hot Fuzz”, and “Star Trek”.  He has done lots of other great movies, but these are some of my favourites.image
  2. Alan Rickman. I was very sad to hear of this man’s passing, he was an amazing actor.  I loved him in “The January Man”, “Die Hard”, “Love Actually”,”Galaxy Quest”, “Blow Dry” and all the “Harry Potter” series.image
  3. Jeremy Renner. I love this guy, very hot and I think a great actor too.  I love him in “The Bourne Legacy”, “Mission Impossible”, “The Avengers” and “The Hurt Locker”.                                                                               image
  4. Bruce Willis I love that wicked glint in his eye and I love him in the “Die Hard” series, the “RED” series, and just about anything he has been in with few exceptions.                                                                           image
  5. Matt Damon. I loved him in “The Monument’s Men”, the “Bourne” series, and “Good Will Hunting”.                        image
  6. Emily Blunt.  Such a beautiful and funny woman.  I loved her in “Edge of Tomorrow, “Wild Orchid”, “Dan in Real Life” and “The Devil Wears Prada”.                  image
  7. Judy Dench. Shows that growing older can be done beautifully, with class and style.  Loved her as “M” in the “Bond” movies, and the “Marigold Hotel” movies.  image
  8. Emma Thompson. I love her.  She was fantastic in “Love Actually”, “Sense and Sensibility” and the “Harry Potter” movies.                                                       image
  9. Rachel Wiesz I love her too.  She was awesome in “Constantine”, “The Bourne Legacy”, “Agora” and “About a Boy”.  I like her in many other movies as well.                                                                                 image
  10. Helen Mirren. She shows how growing older can be done beautifully and with a kick-ass attitude.  I love her in “The Hundred-Foot Journey”, the “RED” movies, “Gosford Park” and “O Lucky Man”. She is just incredible as a woman and as an actress.

So this is just a small sampling of just a few of my favourite actors and actresses.  Which ones are your favourites?  Cheers, Michele

Have a Very Merry Christmas!! Love to All My Followers and Readers!!

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To all the lovely people who have found me on the Internet, read my blog posts and even took the time to comment, I hope that this holiday season brings you all that you could wish for.  The love of your friends and family, a safe and warm place to share the joy of the season, good food, great company and even some nice gifts under the tree or in your stocking.  May you be happy and healthy and enjoy all the season has to offer.  Merry Christmas and  Cheers, Michele

Milou or Snowy to the Rescue!! Sweater Refash!!

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This refashion is inspired by my favourite thrifted sweater.  I was lucky enough to find this hand knit sweater that someone had stitched my favourite Belgian journalist/detective/adventurer across the front…Tintin!

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Here is a picture of the inspiration sweater, in case you hadn’t seen it before.  I figured that Tintin needed his best friend Snowy.  Or Milou if you read the french versions of the books.

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This new sweater began life as a boring V-neck sweater that I thrifted from Value Village for $4.99. I had been on the lookout for weeks to find the right one, I only wish that the knit was bigger so that I could use bigger stitches for the pattern. But this was the one I found.

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I first found the centre of the sweater and marked it with chalk. Then using the chalk, I sketched my Milou or Snowy.  Unfortunately I didn’t realize until after I started stitching that the that the picture I took with the sketched Snowy did not show the sketch clearly.

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I used this image from Google for the pattern.

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The yarn I used was also thrifted for $2.99 from Value Village. I just followed the stitch marks on the sweater and made looped stitches to create the pattern.

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And here is the final result. It took me about 10-12 hours to do the stitching, I know the results are not perfect, and Snow looks a little chunky, but I am very pleased with how it turned out anyways.  This refashion only cost me $8 and a relaxing bit of time watching Veronica Mars DVDs.  What do you think.  Love to hear your opinion.  Cheers, Michele

Another Big Thank You!!

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So after exactly two months in existence, I have made it to over 500 subscribers and over 1000 views to my little blog, I couldn’t be more thrilled.  Thank you to you all who have my blog such a joy for me.

THANK YOU, Michele

Leather, Leather and More Leather!

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I have a love affair with leather….jackets, coats, skirts, dresses, shoes and boots.  Handbags too.   There is something about it that I just love, and no I am not a biker or a dominitrix, I just love leather.  I think it makes me feel tougher, invulnerable some how, protected, like armour.  Just very stylish armour!   I also like vegan leather just as much as the carnivore leather.

So over the years I have thrifted a number of leather pieces, but here are just some of the jackets.

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Suede jacket.  $10.99 Value Village

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Vegan leather jacket.  $24.99 Value Village

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Red vegan leather.  $9.99 Goodwill

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Brown vegan leather.  $18.99 Value Village

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Brown Danier leather coat.  $24.99 Value Village

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Brown vegan leather.  $17.99 Value Village

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And my best find ever!  White Danier butter soft leather.  Priced wrong and on 50% off day I got it for $4.99!!!

Here is a link to a great blogger and her tips on cleaning thrifted leather and suede.  Check her out, she is a Canadian living in Berlin and has an amazing blog. http://awesomesauceasshattery.com