r-anne-dom : a place for me (anne) to leave random blog posts.
Such as:
..knitting, sewing, and other random activities pursued
..Girl Guides of Canada : yep, Guiding Lives Here
..the 4 shops on Etsy : one features quality handmade items; the second has lots of patterns, & crafting supplies; the third is stocked with Vintage; and the fourth is guiding flowers.
Enjoy the r-anne-domness!

August 31, 2010

Teams on Tuesday - Vintage

The Vintage Market Team on Etsy

The Vintage Market Team is a collection of shops that sell on etsy.com and are committed to supporting vintage and the professional skills of vintage sellers. We embrace and support new Etsy sellers and help them strengthen their presence on Etsy!

Click here to find quality vintage items from the Vintage Market Team for sale on Etsy.

Artists featured above are all members of the Vintage Market Team.

They are: tasticlife, hatchedinfrance, funretro, AntiquesGaloreGal, jherrmann, VintageAndSuch, DovelySells, HeyChica, AccessoryAddiction, daisytoad, HornetsNestVintage and takapitcha

August 30, 2010

Monday Memories - the Drill Press and Pin Cushions

Tools are wonderful things. 

They make life so much easier.

It's just a matter of knowing which is the best tool for the job.

Like when I was making these pin cushions.

The first thing you need to do is to put small holes into the caps from water bottles.

This is so that you can insert an elastic and tie it.  Hm, maybe I'll do a tutorial in a future post and show you what I did.

Anyway, we were watching tv, my hubby and daughter and I, and I was sitting on the floor with a sharp object and making the holes in the caps. It was tedious work.  I used the sharp object and I would twist and turn it ... ee-ee, ee-ee ... it was a bit squeaky.  After 15 minutes or more, during a commercial, my hubby and daughter, almost in unison asked what I was doing.  So I showed them the finished pin cushion and how I had to make little holes in the caps.  Then I proudly showed them the 1 or 2 I had finished in those 15 minutes or more.

Then, again almost in unison, they asked "why don't you use the drill press?".

My response was ... "wha...?"

So they showed me the drill press.


I finished another 20 or 50 caps in less than 5 minutes!!

The drill press was the right tool for the job.

Definitely not the squeaky sharp object that I can no longer remember what it was ... just that it went ee-ee, ee-ee ... because it was a bit squeaky.

Do you think I should have these tiny pin cushions available in ennadoolf.etsy.com ~ leave a comment and let me know what you think!

August 28, 2010

Vintage Love Saturday - Women of Unifarm Cookbook

Vintage Love Saturday - Women of Unifarm Cookbook

This blog post presented by my vintage shop on etsy: VintageAndSuch

I don't even know who the Women of Unifarm are or where I got this cookbook!  But I love it!

If I'm looking for a recipe, there's a good chance this cookbook will have it.  The cover and inside pages can attest to it's use!  See the stains?!  :)  That's a sign of a good cookbook!

From the inside first page:
A good Cook contributes more to the Health and Pleasure of Human Beings than does any other effort or profession.

Compiled in 1971, by the members of Women of Unifarm in Edmonton Alberta, there are recipes to cover every type of meal or snack or dessert. I thought the date might help me remember where I discovered this treasure, but since I had not yet visited Edmonton by 1971 it doesn't seem like I picked it up there. It will remain a mystery that my memory will not unlock.

Truly a good all-round cookbook.

Thanks Women of Unifarm, whoever you are!

Thanks, too, to Southern Lady's Vintage, a fellow vmteam member who started this Saturday theme - I can't wait to see what's up for next Saturday!

p.s. there's even a phone number written on the cover of my cookbook, and I obviously wrote it and I have no idea who's number that is, lol!

August 25, 2010

Wednesday Wonder - Hostas and Rose of Sharon

My Hostas and Rose of Sharon bushes are in full bloom this week.

I'm not much of a gardener - there are probably as many weeds in my garden as flowers - but I do enjoy the blooms of these wonderful perennials.

You can own a piece of my garden!
Photos available here.
Bookmarks available here.

August 24, 2010

Teams on Tuesday - WWWG

WWWG Team on Etsy

The focus of the WWWG team is to support the shops of Etsy grandparents. We will have competitions and challenges, promote our shops in treasuries and come up with creative ways to be a visible and active team.

WWWG = Wild Wise and Witty Grandmamas (and we have one or two grampa's too!)

Click here to find WWWG team quality handmade items, supplies and vintage treasures for sale on Etsy.

Artists featured above are all members of WWWG.

They are: JNPottery, beadbarnsupplies, junebugjan, jonikay52, rorolee, Gamut, circleinthesand, QuiltSewPieceful, sagewest, ennadoolf, BethPeardonProds and jewelrybyvicki

August 23, 2010

Monday Memories - Earliest Memory

What is your earliest memory?

And can you validate that it's truly a memory and not something from books you've read, movies you've seen or other people's experiences?

My earliest memory must have been traumatic because I *do* remember it! And my brother, who has been documenting our family tree and former residences and such, can validate that we did used to live on a farm with a driveway that had a small not-quite-a-creek crossing it that was dry most of the year but would probably make a mud hole each spring.

And that is the set up for my memory:

We're in the car, probably coming home from church.  Because I'm in a pretty dress and I have Brand New Shoes on!  I doubt that we were able to receive Brand New Shoes very often.  But the car got stuck in the mud.  My mom carried my baby sister who'd be about 2-3 months old.  My dad carried my toddler sister who would be about 15-16 months old.  That meant ... you guessed it.  I had to get out of the car and Step In The Mud with my Brand New Shoes. 

And I would have been just over 2  1/2 years old so that's a pretty early memory.

And you can see how that could be traumatizing?


I'm sure my older brothers were just fine traipsing through the mud!  Funny how I do not revere shoes now! I am not a shoe-aholic at all. I guess that incident cured me of ever having that issue eh!

What is your earliest memory?

August 19, 2010

Wednesday Wonder - Wish Book: Joy. Wish. Inspire.

My post is a day late. I had it all typed up and the power flashed off.  So I went to bed.  LOL

But the Sears Wish Book arrived Wednesday!

It just seems so early.

I suppose it comes around this time every year, and I do like to start thinking about gifts for others.

This year, I love the cover!

Joy.  Wish.  Inspire.

We try to bring joy to others.
We wish the best for others.
And we hope to inspire others to do the same.

It must now be time to prepare my shops for the holiday season ...
... visit Patterns and Such if you need inspiration or patterns to make hand made gifts for those on your list
... visit ennadoolf to purchase quality hand made gifts
... visit Vintage and Such for one-of-a-kind vintage items for the hard-to-buy for people on your list

Joy. Wish. Inspire.

August 17, 2010

Teams on Tuesday - FAST


EtsyFAST incorporates artisans from all over the world who are using their hands to turn various forms of fibers into beautiful artworks, wearables, and supplies.

We encompass all forms of fiber arts ~ this is the common bond for all members of EtsyFAST.

As a team, EtsyFAST works toward spreading the word about Etsy and Fiber Arts through the joint efforts of the members.

Artists featured above are all members of EtsyFAST.

August 16, 2010

Monday Memories - 35 mm Cameras

I thought I'd add Monday Memories to my blog! I hope you enjoy them ~ and feel free to leave a comment with your favourite memory!

First:  35 mm Cameras

I thought I'd start with this because I met a young lady of about 12 this summer who was using one!

She was in the dining shelter at Guiding Mosaic 2010 (an international Girl Guide camp) and as I glanced over, I noticed she had the back of the camera wide open.  I immediately realized it was a 35 mm point and shoot camera and I have to admit that with all the technology and gadgets that were at that camp I never thought I'd see a 35 mm camera.

Assuming she was having trouble loading it, I headed over to help. 
That's when I saw it:
   the film. 
In the camera. 
oh no.

Quickly we closed it and I explained how she must never open it unless the film is inside its container.  She said she'd come to the end of the film and didn't know how to get it out.  Now I assume all this was explained to her before she left home, but too much information at once maybe?  So I showed her how to press the little button and rewind the film.  And how suddenly its so easy to wind because it's done.

Luckily it was dark in the dining shelter so I said it was okay to peek to be sure the film was back in the canister. We marked it with a sharpie so she'd know it was the first roll.  Then I explained how her photos might be gone. How the light would hit the film, even the rolled up part and that it possibly ruined her pictures. She was okay with it - she has more film.

I used a Minolta X7A for years and have embraced digital technology. I was glad that I was able to help the camper ~ I'm just not sure how many people would have known how to rewind that film?

I never did get her name and wonder how her photos turned out?

August 11, 2010

Wednesday Wonder - The Great Outdoors

I thought I'd share with you some of the photos I've taken over the past few months.

As a unique way to share my photos with others, I've added some to my shop - ennadoolf - as bookmarks!

Affordable Art!

August 08, 2010

Book Review - Organizing from the Inside Out

Organizing from the Inside Out

By Julie Morgenstern

This book was recommended by someone who said it was especially good for creative types. I immediately searched my local library online and reserved a copy!  I dove in when I got home, then had to set the book aside to work on some knitting and sewing.  How appropriate, eh.

I can say that it really was helpful!

Useful ways to help me organize myself and my stuff.  I have given lots of thought to where things belong and am going through the process of deciding where things should be. I'm not quite ready to actually dive in and rearrange everything yet - that will come. What I've learned and think this is the most important point for me: don't rush it.  Plan it out. Decide what works best for you.
It's good to read to find solutions to my organization issues as well as learning new ways to be more organized.

Definitely a helpful book ~ check it out from your local library soon!

And if you need bookmarks to keep track of the hints, tips or suggestions, be sure to check out the bookmarks I've added to my shop ennadoolf on etsy.

August 04, 2010

Wednesday Wonder - S W A P S ! !


What are they?
Small mementos or crafts that Girl Guides and Girl Scouts will trade with each other.

I attended GM2010 (Guiding Mosaic 2010) the international camp hosted by Girl Guides of Canada where 9 countries were represented by wonderful girls (young women actually!) and women.

I love to give away the swaps I made - I had the Girl Guide stamp issued by Canada Post in 1960 and laminated it along with the camp logo.
And often I would be offered something in return. 
These are the swaps that girls and women worked so hard to make prior to camp - in some cases, they made hundreds of them!
There is so much thought and hard work that goes into each one.

Thank you everyone!

August 03, 2010

Teams on Tuesday - Shopping Mall Monday

Shopping Mall Monday is such a great idea!

It is hosted by Tools are for Women too!


I've only recently found Rory's blog but the title in itself was enough to grab my attention!

Then I see the cool Shopping Mall Monday concept and I just had to share.

Besides, tools ARE for women too!