Hats and Hat Pins

June 6th, 2014
 
 

These photos are of my attempts at being creative with two old felt/wool hats I bought at a thrift store. I made both the feather and skull hat pins out with some feathers from the craft store, ribbon, and some beads I had. 

 
 
 
Since I've become very sun protective these days I've been looking for fun ways of decorating hats.
 
 
 

Here is my skeleton Greg is modelling another hat I blinged up for the Summer.

Ghost Pepper

May 27th, 2014

Signs Of The Fun Things To Watch And Movies To See In Toronto

May 20th, 2014
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

Game of Thrones The Exhibition

May 19th, 2014

On Saturday May 17th I attended the Game of Thrones exhibit at the TIFF Bell Lightbox here in Toronto. While waiting in line to get in, there was an opportunity to sit on the throne so to speak.

 
Matthew is clearly the Hand of the Queen
 
 
The exhibit included many of the costumes
 
 
and jewellery worn on the show
 
 
Joffrey and Cersei from the Purple Wedding
 
 
Tyrion
 
 
There were a lot of props displayed
 
 
including many weapons
 
 
This is the crossbow Joffrey pointed at Margaery Tyrells head!
 
 
 
Arya's "needle"
 

There were costumed actors to add to the fun

 
Ned Stark and Daenerys Targaryen
 

Was a bloody good time!

I think I took well over 100 photos in the hour that we attended. The event included a virtual reality booth to ascend the 700ft Wall.  Matthew, Lisa, and Tracey lined up for it, while I was more content to be viewing everything on display and reading the numerous story boards and drawings from the past four seasons. I definitely felt it was worthwhile for fans of the show, but I was glad we had tickets (thank you Lisa) and did not have to get in through the "rush" lines. 

 With so many photos taken it was hard to choose, which ones I was going to share today. This is even more true because I'm not a very good photographer so my pics really do not do the displays justice. Still I'll definitely post more in future blog entries. Game of Thrones is one of my fave tv shows so I may just add entries dedicated to my favourite characters, their costumes, and props.
 
 
Happy Queen Victoria Day!

Abstract and Water

May 16th, 2014

This photo belongs to my creative and wonderful photographer sister Diane. The photo was taken a few years ago at Centre Island in Toronto, Canada.


Dolls From The Past

May 13th, 2014

One of the more interesting exhibits at the Historic Bouvaird House in Brampton Ontario, in my opinion, is their vintage doll collection. The dolls range in age from the 19th century through to the early 20th century when you begin to see the large scale manufacture of toys for children. The sign below explains this in more detail and includes a photo of a child with a doll circa 1880.

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

These are just a few examples from the doll collection and the child's bedroom display. I realise that some people find dolls especially vintage ones a little creepy, but I like them. Perhaps I like them because they are a little eerie. There are many stories of haunted dolls from all cultures, but Bouvaird House does not have a haunted doll story, instead it has a haunted crib. If you scroll back up to the top the crib in question is pictured. If you want to you can read about the hauntings of Bouvaird House or see more photos of the house and its various period rooms by clicking the link, which will take you to my other website.

Wordless Wednesday

Signs Signs

Mama

May 11th, 2014

Forever in my heart xoxo

Buckle My Shoe - A Book Review

May 8th, 2014
Book Cover Buckle My Shoe

I recently underwent abdominal surgery, which has left me laid up and recuperating at home. On the one hand I have been experiencing a lot of cabin fever as the weather is finally starting to warm up, but on the other hand this time of recovery has allowed me to indulge in some much needed relaxation.

For me relaxation is synonymous with reading a good book and Maureen Flynn's Buckle My Shoe, which was on my must-read list did not disappoint.

The story presented in Buckle My Shoe, including the characters are for the most part a work of fiction, however the settting is based around the very real Marlborough Hotel located in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. The hotel has a rich history that includes tragedy and many eerie ghostly happenings over the years.

The protagonist is a former Winnipeg police officer turned hotel security guard. Steve Ascot is a likeable fellow despite his view at the outset that ghosts are the things of imagination, as is fellow hotel employee Penny who makes a good foil for his character. I enjoyed getting to know them as well as the other characters that make up this spooky murder mystery. In fact I wouldn't mind revisiting Steve and Penny even if only in a small token way in some future novel -> *hint * hint Maureen Flynn.

The book is well paced, and a good combination of ghost lore, drama, mystery, and romantic tension. It managed to hold my interest throughout to its suprising conclusion, and certainly gave me a few hours of much needed escape.

I would like to offer the author some constructive criticism as this is her debut novel, but truthfully I really cannot think of any to give. This is not a horror novel (as a warning to those who might prefer that genre) but if you enjoy a good spooky mystery story this book is for you. Was very much a treat for me to read!

Book ordering information:

You can purchase this book directly through the author's website here:

http://maureenflynn.net/
 
McNally Robinson in Winnipeg, Mb - The link below will take you directly to the spot in their site where book can be purchased.
http://www.mcnallyrobinson.com/9781894717816/maureen-flynn/buckle-my-shoe#.U0gGZbfjhkR 
 
Or from my Publisher Pemmican Publications in Winnipeg
http://pemmican.websites.ca/Pemmicans-Catalogue.page?CategoryID=47723

 

Update May 2015 - Click here for a new website devoted to Buckle My Shoe