Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Makey Makey

Hello hello! 

 Canary & Co have finally moved to a bigger aviary. Ahhh, finally some room to spread my wings and and get up to some crafty mess-making. So I thought I would share with you some of my current creative muses as well as some that took place at the old nest. Heh heh, sorry if you are not appreciating all the bird puns. I blame Curious Acorn; whenever my blog hiatuses go on too long, she sends me a barrage of canary related puns on how I have to get back to my blog. 

Anyhow, so far today I've done some sewing (more on that at a later date) and attempted my first batch of homemade baby food. No, I am not an Earth mother; while I love farmer's markets, I ashamedly admit that I love out of season fruits and vegetables as well. I don't worry too much about the hazards of store bought things although I do love to cook. Mostly, Tilly is a hungry hungry hippo and baby food is expensive! So while I'm not an Earth mother, I'm feeling like a domestic goddess today. 

One of my most recent and finished projects was sprucing up a piece of furniture. In case you haven't noticed already, I love vintage. I also love French country style. There is a French antique shop near my house that I love to peruse from time to time. Believe me, I must be a glutton for punishment because everything in the shop is amazingly beautiful and exceedingly expensive. I drool the whole time and I always imagine the the shop keepers are whispering in French, "ugh, there's that girl that never buys anything."

Since I cannot afford real French antiques and since I loving doing things myself, I decided to try my hand at antiquing furniture. I started by consulting the great and powerful Google to learn how.  After watching a wonderful tutorial on how to do antiquing, I then set to work scoring the internet and local antique shops for the perfect piece. In the process, I'd like to think I've be come a bit of a pro on furniture names and styles. I finally decided on a hulking, break-your-back-carrying manrobe. It's a great art deco piece and perfect for giving a makeover. 

After showing Rhys the tutorial, he wanted to help out too which was good since I was still pregnant and wasn't really meant to be painting. I did, however, get to use the power sander and beat up on the manrobe a bit. I also picked the color; French blue, which seemed fitting. I have to apologize for the poor photos as the manrobe was in a tight space for photographing but I think you can still get the idea. I will include a better photo in a later post.



Now that it's done, the manrobe actually belongs to Tilly (the lucky duck!) though, I have thought of usurping it many a time. Let me tell you, it's love between this manrobe and I...and commitment; when we were looking at flats, a few had to be turned down because the manrobe wouldn't have fit through the door or up the stairs. In any case, it was a very fun experience and one that I hope to repeat. 


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  2. Better the mindset of an earth-mamma than a suburban housewife - one knows where food comes from, the other is a sheeple who only knows what Katie Couric and The View tells her.

    Better home-made babyfood than arsenic laden baby formulas made by the Chinese - yes, it has recently happened.

    Better home-made babyfood than chemical laden babyfoods - have you read the ingredients that are in baby cereals?!!

    Better homemade babyfood than Genetically Modified/Engineered Organisms in the babyfood - and yes, the bible specifically addresses eating foods (fruits, vegitables, and animals) that are GMO. For a good scare google "monsanto terminator X", if anything will bring famine to usher in the apocalypse this is it.

    Better organic baby foods which are proven to be more nutritious than non-organic foods.

    Better in-season produce, which are more nutritious than foods that require long distance travel and irradiation, and have proven to be less nutritious as a result.

    Better locally, sustainable farm grown foods than factory farm mono-culture farm grown foods - the factory farms are incredibly harmful to the soil and environment due to the overuse of herbicides and insecticides required for all mono-culture, factory farms - organic or non-organic.

    Better children raised in the dirt than raised by the tv.

    I'd rather be an earth mamma.

  3. Great work, my pretty little bird. Can't wait to see more. xox

  4. okay, i'm supposed to be on a blogging break. so your blog must be pretty enticing. i'm very impressed with your antiquing work. my husband was a painter for years, and his favorite thing was paint antiquing (he was quite good at it.) he would give your piece rave reviews!

  5. Oh, girl, your mother's blood sure does run through your veins! I could hear her voice all the way through this piece, starting with the very title.

    Thanks for sending you mom Tilly pictures to post for the rest of us. They sure do make her happy!

  6. Thanks everyone for your comments and kind words

    @Naimh, I am always in awe of your earth-mamaness. Earth-mamas are wonderful, I am just simply admitting that I'm not one. I think it's because I like cocacola and other unnatural things too much haha! Fortunately I don't think I'm the complete polar opposite of one either XD

  7. Yeah Canary, stop bashing us earth mothers. Make baby food, not war. I'm with Niamh. And if anyone else is wondering why we let Niamh chide us so, it's because we're related to her. And we love her deeply. Peace out.