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!

September 29, 2010

Wednesday Wonder - Mary For Mayor

My sister is running for Mayor of Ramara Township.

Mary said:
"I just feel there is different things we can be doing in the township and I just want to get out in the Ramara Township and see what the people want."

What the people want.

Too often we find that politicians have their own agendas.

I generally don't talk politics.
Political conversations often grow into heated discussions. In my experience both sides voice their opinions and neither is able to convince the other to change their opinions or views. 

Recently there was a vote held in Canadian government. It doesn't really matter what the vote was for - but on the news, I heard that one of the politicians from Nova Scotia was not going to vote the way his party wanted him to. Why?  Because he was going to vote the way his constituents wanted him to.  Well, isn't that why we vote people in to office in the first place? and why do so many of those elected forget that so quickly?

If I lived in Ramara Township, I would vote for Mary.

I am proud of my sister.

If you live in Ramara Township, I hope you vote for Mary.

September 28, 2010

Teams on Tuesday - Oh Canada!

The Oh Canada Team is a group of proud Canadian Etsy sellers who love to promote and support our shops and designs. Our team is friendly, helpful and talented!

Click here to find quality items from the Oh Canada Team for sale on Etsy.

Artists featured above are all members of the Oh Canada Team.

September 27, 2010

Monday Memories - Music and Song Triggers

This morning I opened my iTunes and the first song that started playing was There's a Kind of a Hush by Engelbert Humperdinck.

I was immediately taken back to planning for my wedding!

We had trouble coming up with a First Song for our wedding day and when then-not-yet-hubby and I heard There's a Kind of a Hush by Engelbert Humperdinck playing on my 8-track player, we immediately knew it was the song for us!
Funny how the song doesn't remind me of the actual wedding dance eh?  It reminds me of the moment we chose the song. I can tell you where we were, what we were doing, and all that.  :)

What music or songs trigger your memory? 

Share some of your good memories in the comments below!

September 25, 2010

Vintage Love Saturday - Dutch Tiles

 Vintage Love Saturday - Dutch Tiles

These beautiful Dutch tiles are available in my etsy shop Vintage And Such.

I have quite a few other Dutch items in my home and it was hard to make the decision to part with these - the colours are so vibrant!

I'm proud of my Dutch heritage and hope these tiles find good homes.

Thanks, too, to Southern Lady's Vintage, a fellow vmteam member for this Saturday's theme for vintage!

September 11, 2010

Its Shinerama time!

Looked out my window this morning and grabbed a shot of the beginning of
in London.

These enthusiastic Western students weren't even the first I'd seen . . . I'd already been out and about and had the stickers on my tshirt to prove it!  But you know I couldn't let them leave my front door empty-handed ~ that would defeat the purpose of what they're doing!

Shinerama is the largest post secondary fundraiser in Canada for the Canadian Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (CCFF). Cystic fibrosis (CF), which affects the lungs and the digestive system, is the most common, fatal, genetic disease affecting Canadian children.

Thanks to all the students in all the post-secondary institutions across Canada giving up their time today to help raise funds for Shinerama.

September 08, 2010

Wednesday Wonder - Knitted Wrapping Paper!

Is this not the coolest wrapping paper you ever saw??

I love it!!

And only $1.50 a roll!  And it's not a small roll either!!  The label says "17 in x 40 sq ft (43.1 cm x 3.7 m 2).  The roll is 17 in long and when you look at the end, there is .5 cm of paper around that cardboard centre! and it weighs a bit too.

As you can see from the photo - it's from Michaels!  And I was even able to use a coupon! So I saved money and didn't even pay the full $1.50 a roll.

And it inspired me ... see?  I made this cup cozy to match the design on one of the rolls.

Now ... here is the thing ... do I have to save this paper and only use it on handknit gifts? 

Maybe I'll use it to wrap the quality handknit items that are purchased from ennadoolf.etsy.com ~ now there's a great idea!

September 07, 2010

Teams on Tuesday - We Knit

The Etsy Knitters Team
EtsyKnitters is a group of knitters from around the whole globe. The only prerequisite to join is that you have an Etsy store with 25% dedicated to the craft of knitting. So grab your needles, yarn and pull up a chair. We are here to share knowledge, discuss both the usiness and pleasure sides of knitting, and promote knitting in Etsy and elsewhere. We must all be smiling KNIT-friends!

Click here to find quality items from the Etsy Knitters Team for sale on Etsy.

Artists featured above are all members of the Etsy Knitters Team.

September 06, 2010

Monday Memories - Labour Day ... School Days

Okay, this photo wasn't taken at school, but it is at a desk!

I don't remember much about Grade 1, but I do have a couple of distinct memories from the primary grades.

One is the cloakrooms at the back of the classroom ... just a coat and boot area that was walled off from the classroom, but no doors at either end.  And one rule:  No Talking In The Cloak Room.

Of course, that's where you gather to take off your coat and boots at the beginning of the day when you're seeing all your friends, right?  So what do you do?  You talk!

And I did.  And I got caught.

That was back in the day of corporal punishment.  The days of the strap.  No, I didn't get the strap, but I do remember my teacher telling me to hold out my hand and she touched it with a ruler.  LOL  I bet she barely touched me.  But to me, it was so traumatic.  I mean, I was such a little goody two-shoes!
Well, I still talk too much now so I guess it didn't scar me for life eh.

What are your earliest memories of school?  Good?  Bad?  Leave them in comments (though you're probably limited word-wise).

Hope everyone had a great Labour Day today!

September 04, 2010

Vintage Love Saturday - Kitsch-y Crafts!

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

These vintage craft books have such kitsch-y covers!

I love them!

As a kid I used to love going through books just like these and figuring out what could be made from the odds and ends in my house.

That was before recycling, upcycling, and refurbishing were popular words.  Back then, it was make do with what you have because very few people went out and bought things. It might not be so bad that we are returning to that way of thinking ... and using new tags such as recycling and upcycling to make that a cool thing.

These books, among others, are available in my shop VintageAndSuch.

Are you looking for rainy day activities for the kids?

Are you a teacher looking for recycling ideas?

Do you run a Guide or Scout Troop/Unit and want to teach recycling?

These books may just help you along your way.

Thanks, too, to Southern Lady's Vintage, a fellow vmteam member for this Saturday's Kitsch theme for vintage!

September 01, 2010

Wednesday Wonder - Beautiful Fiber Creation

Isn't this BEAUTIFUL?

I was visiting the Art Gallery of Ontario and this beautiful fiber creation was in the gift shop.

I ♥ love ♥ it.

Soft.  Feathery Soft.  Soft Colours.

Just ... beautiful.