Archive for the ‘OT Weekends’ Category


OT Weekend: Sun Salutation

June 19, 2010

Since Monday is the longest day of the year, I thought today would be a great day to show some off topic sunshine pictures in honour of the day we get to see more of the sun than usual… assuming it isn’t raining of cours.

Enjoy the pretty nature!


OT Weekends: Books

June 12, 2010

This off topic post is actually slightly on topic. I love sewing and I also love books so I thought I’d share with you my recent sewing/style book purchases from a local secondhand bookshop that I try to avoid simply because I spend too much money there

 Survey of HIstoric Costume:

This is a textbook style book showing clothing from ancient times to the middle of the 20th century. It reminds me of a book I used to borrow from the library for extended periods of time when I was costuming back in highschool. I’m glad to finally own a book like this.

The Sari – I spent time in India and fell in love with the sari while I was there. Sometimes I wish I was daring enough to wear one in Toronto, but thus far I’m not. This book discusses the history and politics of the sari which are far more complex than I picked up on while I was there so I am looking forward to learning all I can.

 Style Deficit Disorder – I also enjoyed roaming Takeshitadori in Harajuku. While most of what I saw fell into the category of things I could not really imagine wearing myself, there were elements of everything that I found fascinating and bits and pieces that I could imagine incorporating into something that was more me. This book discusses the different fashion lines that have appeared and disappeared over the years. I’m looking forward to reading more.

Fashion, Desire and Anxiety – And finally I decided that it was time I read a bit of fashion theory that puts what we wear in some social context.

I’ll let you know what I learn.


OT Weekends: Rocks and Trees

June 5, 2010

I am not sewing right now. Right now I am off camping with a group of Girl Guides up north (okay not so far north) in the land of rocks and trees.

So I thought I’d share some pictures of rocks and trees from around the world. I’ll number them so you can feel free to take guesses as to what country or part of the world they are from.






Have a great weekend!


OT Weekends: the fleetingness of good bubble tea

May 29, 2010

I am a foodie. I am a foodie married to a foodie so together we’re kind of scary. On multiple occasions we have caught ourselves sitting at one restaurant raving about the food only to start raving about other good food we’ve had and what good food we should have soon.

We also have a deep love for bubble tea and much prefer going out for bubble tea on a saturday night to going to a bar even though the J-Pop commonly heard in bubble tea shops isn’t quite to either of our music tastes.

So when we moved to our new place, we were very excited to discover a classy looking little place a few blocks away that served bubble tea and pan asian cuisine including some fairly decent sushi.  The tea was excellent with the pearls hydrated perfectly: not too chewy and not frozen like I’ve experienced on unpleasant occasions in the past. They even had a  high quality chocolate milk tea that I have yet to find elsewhere in this city.

The place was called Soban which according to the results of a google search is classical Chinese for “a small table.” I suppose this makes sense as it seemed like a good place for a small meal or a snack… or just bubble tea.

We finally had a late night place to go in this city and I felt the most at home I have felt since moving here. We began  to bring friends to this place and raved about it to others, inviting them to come soon.

Well, when we came back from our trip on  the weekend, we arrived in town late and decided to go to our little corner bubble tea place.

….Only to find that, without any warning, the place was dark and the name sign was gone. There was a note on the window that I could not read but the one that I could indicated that a Crazy Wings would be opening soon.

Now I don’t have anything against wings. I know they’re quite popular and I’ve even enjoyed them in the past… but right now I am too saddened by the loss of my bubble tea place to consider giving it a try.

When you want bubble tea, the best wings in the world aren’t going to quench that desire. So the quest has begun for a new late night hang out. I will let you know when I find it.


OT Weekends: Out of Town

May 22, 2010

It’s a long weekend here in Canada and I’m probably not going to get much sewing done as I’m off to a wedding in Montreal.

When I got married a couple of years ago, I surfed the net for ideas. My favourite site was Offbeat Bride. Authored by Ariel Meadows Stalling who wrote a book of the same name, it’s all about the fun, non traditional things people decide to make part of their weddings these days. The advice is great, but my favourite part  is that she profiles some truly spectacular nuptial parties. The dresses in particular tend to be just fabulous to look at.

I leave you with one of my favourite photos from my little wedding. The dress is McCalls 4444


OT Weekends

May 15, 2010

I know I don’t blog enough to really justify this, but I also know that I rarely manage to get out a blog entry on the weekend. When I have a free weekend I tend to spend it sewing rather than blogging about sewing. So, while I’m sitting it my sewing room stitching away, you can be entertained by some of my other interests.

This first one is inspired by the more traditional off-topic posts of the blogs of olde. I mentioned before that I’d hired a sewing room boss for myself. Here she is assisting me in various ways.My pattern laying technique is carefully evaluated.

She tests the all important play factor of a spool of thread.

Assuming her rightful place on my sewing chair.And she is unexpectedly colour co-ordinated with our couch.