I love this "vintage" Damzels dress. Back before Rory & Kelly had the store, they had these amazing studio sales that were just like a big dress-up party. I used to help out and this was a big favourite one year which got tried on over and over, but it didn't fit anyone.
I mentioned that I bet there would only be one woman who would fit into the dress and it would be meant for her - turned out that was me!
The spare room is on the right as you come down the hall from the living room and is just before the kitchen. I have all sorts of crafty little ideas for this room, but I have a lovely roommate who wanted to move in early and so the projects will have to wait until it is uninhabited again.
I want to panel the headboard with some padding and lovely fabric stretched over boards that fit into the gaps in the Ikea bed I got on craigslist with the mattress for a total bargain.
I want to paint all the wood in the room: the untreated pine shelf and bed, and the Ikea "birch effect" dresser (which was found around the corner also courtesy of craigslist), and the already painted shelf.
The chair found on the sidewalk got a mini but not quite permanent makeover from a couple of pillow cases but needs to be spray painted and recovered.
But what colour do I paint all these things - do I make them all the same colour? That seems boring. What should get an accent colour - the dresser? That seems like the wrong thing to draw attention to (maybe what it needs is an upgrade).
Oh and that rice-paper blind needs to go, but I don't know if I can deal with the thought of making more curtains! Perhaps what I need first is a colour scheme.
I like the blues, purples, greens, rusts and yellows in the Van Gogh Irises and also in the sweet little switch plate.
I guess it's just as well I have a few months to mull it all over.
Corn bread is one of my all time favourite things, and since I can't eat traditional corn bread, or really bread of any kind (thanks to that pesky wheat allergy) I decided it was time to make some myself. I actually tried to do this last year and made something the consitency of concrete.
Time to try again! I've been wanting to try out the babycakes nyc recipe which I discovered on design*sponge, but I don't have any xanthan gum handy so I gave this recipe a whirl instead.
I replaced the milk with rice milk and the vinegar with lemon juice and then I realized the only oil I had was of the olive persuasion (I am so not prepared for baking). But I was very excited to put good ol' homer into action!
I think my gas oven runs too hot and clearly olive oil is not the way to go, but this turned out not half bad - especially with a little agave!
I'm Jessica and Marcel has been my trusty side-kick for the last 20 years. He knows all my secrets so I try and keep him happy. We like to: take pictures of all the loveliness that surrounds us; take naps in the afternoon; make/unravel jewellery; read books in a sun beam; learn to cook; and try to make our rental on the main floor of an old Victorian in Toronto's Little Italy look nice/kill mice.