take your mama out all night

This post is dedicated to my mama. No, she didn’t die. She’s just really, really awesome. I’ll get to why in a minute.

Over the past few weeks, I have made some adjustments to the layout of my blog. These changes have been so subtle that many of you probably haven’t noticed. However, if you are the avid fans that I hope you are, and you did notice, then good for you! You get five gold stars. ;-)))

The reason why I give mention to the layout is because one of the modifications that I did make was to the top menu bar. I decided to get rid of it when I decided to close the (virtual) doors to the Hello, Scarlett Store. The store was launched around the same time that I started up this blog. In a way, I’ve always associated the store with my blog. Yet, over the past few months Canada Post has significantly raised their prices twice, coupled with a lack of time to photograph and post my merchandise, and eBayers who would lowball my items and subsequently not pay for them, I’ve had a declining interest in keeping the store open. That being said, if it wasn’t for my mama, the store would never have been as successful as it was. Each month I came out on top, and her items were always my best sellers. She made the Hello, Scarlett Store what it was, I merely put the finishing touches on it.

It felt awful to tell my mum that I would be closing down the store, but like any good mother, she understood why. However, this is not the end. I already have a pop-up shop in the works, and a revamped HS Store will be coming soon on Etsy. The new store will mostly feature handmade items with some leftover and vintage clothing from my original business.

So, dear readers, here is my latest prairie fashion video. It has many of the clothes that were once featured in the store, and many of which were supplied by my precious mama. Get ready!

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here comes the sun

IMG_1.jpg IMG_2.jpgIMG_3.jpg IMG_4.jpgIMG_5.jpg IMG_6.jpgIMG_7.jpg IMG_8.jpgIMG_9.jpg IMG_10.jpgEvery morning, Truman and I take a long walk down to and around the river that runs through our city. We are lucky enough to only live a couple of blocks away. While the paved path can become quite congested with people and animals, the dirt path that runs between its paved counterpart and the river itself is always empty. I let Truman off his leash, and together we explore it freely. On this particular day, our walk to the river was extremely overcast. Then, about half way through, the sun came out and rose over the horizon. It was magical. 

Our river walks are a ritual that have gotten increasingly longer with each passing day. Spring has officially sprung in Saskatchewan, and we are loving it.

Have a great weekend, friends.

Emory

(The above photos were taken with an iPhone 5C)

diy – patterned tea towel

IMG_8.jpgIMG_2.jpgIMG_3.jpg IMG_4.jpg IMG_6.jpgIMG_7.jpg I have been wanting to draw, colour, and/or paint fabric for quite some time now. At the same time, I could never bring myself to make a trip to the craft store solely for a fabric marker. I thought that it would be a waste of time and possibly money to undertake a project with a medium that I had never tried before. Then I remembered that I am an amateur blogger, and that even if I were to fail, I could still blog about my trials. Hello, opportunity!

That being said, I did not fail. What became two months of worrying about a simple DIY turned into literally 10 minutes of drawing. This project was fast and fun, and completely inventive. I am now on a mission to rid our home of our old tea towels and dish cloths and to replace them with inexpensive white ones so that I can draw all over them. I would highly recommend this project for those of you who feel like acting like an artistic child again. It is so freeing.

Emory

who will rescue you

IMG_1.jpg IMG_2.jpgIMG_3.jpg IMG_4.jpgIMG_5.jpg IMG_6.jpgIMG_7.jpg IMG_8.jpgIMG_9.jpg IMG_10.jpgLast Sunday, one of our local animal rescue organizations hosted a St. Patrick’s Day fundraiser. They chose a greenhouse as their venue, and although they were mostly confined to the lobby, with the amount of dogs and foster parents that were present they ended up taking over the entire building. My husband and I were skeptical about going, only because I have never been able to visit a shelter without leaving with a new family member. My own mother learned this the hard way when one act of volunteer work at the Humane Society turned into an adoption of a Saint Bernard named Dolly. I was worried that I was going to adopt a dog that day, while Geoffrey was worried that I was going to adopt a dog that day. Yet, we wanted to show our support for those animals that were looking for their forever homes. I put my own emotions aside for the afternoon, and we made our way over to the fundraiser.

What an amazing event. The volunteers had really put a lot of work into different ways to raise money for the organization. There were treats for humans and animals, merchandise, and a 50/50 draw. Each adoptable dog was dressed up in green and photographed individually for the website. The foster parents were all very friendly and encouraged you to ask about the available dogs even if you were not looking to adopt. The fact that the greenhouse also doubles as a pet store made it an even more fitting choice for a venue. My parents made it there before we did. Afterwards, my mum and I got to talk about which dogs we wanted to adopt. To my husband’s relief, we did walk away empty handed. I think the luck of the Irish was with him that day. He most definitely will not be so fortuitous the next time around.

Emory

i am sherlocked

IMG_1.jpgPlants and terrariums are my latest obsession in life. I’ve always had a brown thumb, so what I’ve learned about keeping plants was completely through trial and error. Nowadays, I tend to prefer succulents over anything else. They require the crappy, rocky soil that is found in my backyard, little or no fertilization, medium light, and a watering once to twice a month. All of those conditions are what my tiny and dark home provide. Terrariums are a whimsical and one-of-a-kind way to take your plant collection up a notch. I just adore them!

Can we talk about the series Sherlock for a minute? Fans and Cumberbitches alike will have understood the meaning behind the title of this post. If any of you haven’t yet seen the hit BBC show then I can only say one thing, go and watch an episode right now! I promise that you will not be disappointed. It has complexity, class, humour, action, excitement, murder, a sense of modernity combined with the old, and much more. And the theme song? It’s nothing short of brilliant.

Now let’s discuss this DIY that I have set before you. Highly inspired by this terrarium, I thought what better way to display my two latest passions than to combine them in a glass setting? So I went on eBay, ordered my supplies, and waited about a week for them to come from all over the world. It was incredibly easy, incredibly inexpensive, and incredibly fun. I have to say that this has been my most favourite DIY yet.

IMG_2.jpgThis is what you will need:

A glass container

Moss

Rocks

London phone booth

Magnifying glass

Sherlock book thimble

Smiley face pin

IMG_3.jpgInstructions:

Line the bottom of the terrarium with rocks. Lay down a bed of moss. From there, add the remaining objects and decorate according to personal taste and style. Don’t forget to put on your chosen show for inspiration.

IMG_4.jpg IMG_5.jpgIMG_6.jpg IMG_7.jpgWhat film or series would you like to turn into a terrarium?

Emory

 

  • Welcome, friends! My name is Emory. I am a wife and mother to three (two on earth and one in heaven). This is our life on the Canadian prairies.
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