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!

December 26, 2011

The Time You Have Spent

The Time You Have Spent
(author unknown)

The time you have spent as a volunteer,
Be it half a lifetime or just a year.
Will have it's effect on such far reaching ways,
It can never be measured in hours or days.

But we want to say thank you for doing your part,
For giving your hand and giving your heart.
Thanks for the smiles when you wanted to weep,
For the camping trips when you couldn't sleep.

For car pools and nosebags and sit upons,
For lighting the way to the outdoor johns.
For running and phoning and meeting and waiting,
For hiking and swimming and roller-skating.

But thanks more than ever for years yet to come,
When someone remembers the job that you've done.
And memories brighten a young women's face,
In some other time and some other place.

December 10, 2011

Work Sock Cup Cozy

Is it possible that I inspired this?

Bernat now has a "Work Sock Cup Cozy" pattern.

And it's been a few years now that I've been selling my Work Sock Cup Cozy in my Etsy shop ennadoolf.


My design was even featured in Canadian House & Home magazine in December 2010!
So when I received my Bernat email that features their yarns and patterns yesterday, do you blame me for thinking that maybe I inspired their new pattern?

It's not the same as mine - and I must admit that I think mine is a better design since the centre part is easier to hold ... because after all, you will be holding the cup.

What do you think?

December 04, 2011

Free Pattern - Trefoil Cup Cozies

As I was knitting cup cozies I thought about all my Girl Guide leader friends and decided to design a cup cozy they could use!

This pattern was published in the Winter 2011 issue of the Canadian Guider.

Trefoil Cup Cozies

 If you have any problems knitting this pattern, leave a comment on  this blog with your email address and I'll contact you - we'll work it out!  ☺

 
If you don't knit, but would love to own one of these cup cozies, check out my ennadoolf shop on etsy. 

(to contact me, leave a comment on the blog, or contact me through my etsy shop ennadoolf)

Knit a Sweater in 80 Seconds!

LOL

Okay, maybe it wasn't quite knit in 80 seconds, but this video shows a sweater being knit in 80 seconds - very cool!


Enjoy!

November 29, 2011

Squeaky TV set!

Connected to our tv we have all those little speakers that make up a surroundsound system - not something I ever would have thought we'd need but apparently a necessity where hubby is concerned. ;-)

Those little speakers are cool when sounds travel around the room and really do add to the movie experience for lots of different movies. 

They're a bit of a pain in the butt for different noises too - like a doorbell on tv always seems to come through the speaker closest to our front door.  How did they do that? And sometimes other noises only come through certain speakers so I think there is a noise in the kitchen or coming from the bedrooms.  [sigh]

Part of the sound system is a black box that sits on the floor - it has a proper name but it has something to do with the bass sounds.

What does all this have to do with a Squeaky TV set?

patience.  :)

We noticed that during certain shows or movies our tv squeaked!  It was so odd!  It wasn't always the loudest show.  And seemed to be random.  It was an odd squeak.  Maybe the speakers in the tv?  Maybe the tv was broken?  Hubby didn't seem to notice at first ... so I made sure to point it out to him.

When my daughter comes to visit, she will sometimes bring her cat so that he can run outside. We have a few toys here for when he comes to visit.  And the toys are on that black box.
See that mouse in the basket in the photo?  Well, it squeaks.  And apparently the vibration from the bass unit is enough to cause it to squeak!  And it squeaks whenever the black box vibrates!  LOL

Mystery solved.

November 23, 2011

Vintage On Sale! Black Friday / Cyber Monday Sale

Vintage On Sale! 

Black Friday / Cyber Monday Sale

Members of the Vintage Market Team on Etsy
are having sales in their shops.

Click this link to see a list of participating shops
and their coupon codes / sales details.

VintageAndSuch is offering
15% off
with coupon code VMTEAMBFCMSALE
(that's a long one - feel free to copy/paste!)

November 16, 2011

What is SSK to you?

I ran an errand at lunch today and passed by a parked car and the license plate was ### SSK  (#s not important to this story!)

My first thought was SSK - Saskatchewan!

And then immediately after, my thought process changed to Slip Slip Knit!

Yep, I was thinking knitting even when I wasn't knitting!

And for those of you that don't know, SSK is a combination of stitches used in knitting ... often used for airy or lacey patterns or when decreasing stitches.


November 14, 2011

THE SCARF PROJECT - Made with love. Worn with Pride

THE SCARF PROJECT
Made with love
Worn with Pride


Here is the scarf I sent to them:


They hope to have to have 2,500 uniquely hand made scarves by February 1, 2012. These scarves will be proudly worn by every athlete, coach, and volunteer attending the Games and will become the symbol of our country’s support and celebration of our Canadian Special Olympic athletes.

November 13, 2011

Stand Up To Bullying

November 13th - 19th, 2011
is the ninth annual
Bullying Awareness Week

The theme: "Stand Up to Bullying!"

"Everyone has the right to be respected
and the responsibility to respect others"


November 09, 2011

More Vintage Newspaper clippings

Remembrance Day is November 11th.

Here are more newspaper clippings from my father-in-law's scrapbook.





November 07, 2011

Vintage 1943 Newspaper Clippings

Remembrance Day is November 11th.

We came across these vintage newspaper clippings from 1943 - my father-in-law saved them in a scrapbook.






I knit this poppy last year in remembrance.

November 06, 2011

SALE!! Oh Canada Team!!

That's right!  Members of the Oh Canada Team on etsy are having a SALE this week!

Shop now for the holidays!

Patterns And Such is offering 20% off!

Use Coupon Code HOLIDAY at checkout to receive 20% off!!

November 05, 2011

October 29, 2011

What the Heck was That?

Years ago I had a "What the Heck was That?" moment.

I was driving in our city and I saw a helicopter overhead carrying something large underneath it ... I watched the news that night, and searched online and in newspaper print and saw nothing to explain it.

Everyone I asked had not seen it.

I was SO curious but eventually forgot about it.

Until last night.  On the news, they talked about how local farmers could not get onto their wet fields to put in the seed for their winter wheat.

So they were seeding using a helicopter - and suddenly!  There it was!  That image from so many years ago!

It was something like this:



Apparently, farmers sometimes use helicopters to seed their fields, or use it to fertilize their fields.

Mystery solved.

October 18, 2011

Hallowe'en Almost Here

Hallowe'en is almost here.

Do you decorate for Hallowe'en?

Do you decorate MORE for Hallowe'en than other holidays?

Do you make your own decorations?

Leave a comment; let us know what you do!

October 13, 2011

SALE for I Love Yarn Day!!

Shop at PatternsAndSuch and save 20%
with the coupon code BLOG20
(expires Oct.16/11)



To celebrate I LOVE YARN DAY
we have created coupon code
BLOG20
to receive 20% off in my PatternsAndSuch shop on Etsy
from October 14-16, 2011

October 02, 2011

October ...

October ...

Fall Leaves

Cozy Nights

Aromas of baking filling the kitchen

Sadly signalling an end to summer but bringing promises of Thanksgiving, Christmas, snuggly hats and mittens, Girl Guide winter camp (indoors!) and all else we look forward to with the changing of the season ... while fondly remembering the season past.

September 28, 2011

Where in the World .... ?

Where in the world have I shipped to?

The answer, my friends, is in the sidebar of this blog!!

Simply scroll down and watch the right hand side of the page!

You'll see a list of Countries, as well as the states in USA and the provinces in Canada!

Selling on Etsy, truly is an international experience!!!

Visit my shops now
- ennadoolf  for Quality Gifts for Men, Women, Teens and Children
- PatternsAndSuch  for Patterns for Plastic Canvas, Knitting, Sewing and Craft Supplies and more!
- VintageAndSuch  for Vintage Military, Housewares, Collectibles & Treasures


September 27, 2011

Girl Guide Cookie Contest!!

Contest Details

We know that you love Girl Guide Cookies! Now we want to see just how much! Get Girl Guide Chocolatey Mint Cookies and enter our “Thinking Outside the Cookie BoxContest! Show us your creative and crafty sides by submitting a craft made out of, what else but Girl Guide cookie boxes (and/or their contents)! We want to see crafty murals, mosaics and more!


Prizing
The contest will offer prizing for two separate submission categories: submissions by GGC Members/Staff and submissions by our fans and supporters (non-Members). One winner from each of these categories will be selected by an online voting system open to the public. Each will each receive:

•A $100 Sears gift card
•5 boxes of Girl Guide chocolatey mint cookies
•Girl Guide merchandise
•Special mention on our blog as one of the craftiest Cookie lovers of them all!

Click Here for More Details!!

September 20, 2011

Girl Guide Mint Cookie Time!!

Watch for local Girl Guides with Mint Cookies!


Over the next few weeks, mint cookies are being distributed across Canada.

Girl Guides will be selling cookies in local businesses, malls, door-to-door . . . and if you know a Girl Guide (or a Spark, Brownie, Pathfinder or other member) then contact them to buy your mint cookies direct!

September 08, 2011

Crochet and Knitting on TMZ ! ! !

Crochet and Knitting on TMZ ! ! !

Yes, the staff on TMZ said it!

They were discussing that Rosé wines were making a comeback - "everyone is drinking Rosé now!" one staff member says.

"Are they gonna start Crocheting too?" asks Max, and then he mimics knitting motions and says

"Get Ma Knit On"
I think we need to send him a pair of knitting needles, some yarn, and a link to How to Knit on YouTube. 

September 05, 2011

Tutorial - Small Tags for Handknits

Tutorial - Small Tags for Handknits

I wanted some small tags to attach to some of the handknits I make for my etsy shop ~ ennadoolf ~ and thought I'd try Shrinky Dinks.


My local Michaels store only had one kind of Shrinky Dinks in stock, so that is what I bought.

They are the "bright white" ones with both sides being shiny - no rough side.
That means I could only use permanent markers on them, not colouring pencils.
 
I cut out several shapes in various sizes.


cut shapes

All of these photos were taken on my cutting board where you can see the 1 inch squares to give you an idea of sizes.

I figured that the items would shrink to about 30% of their original size.

The Shrinky Dinks sheets were 8 inches wide x 10 inches long, so I cut the sheet into 3 pieces - each 8 inches wide and using 1/3 of the length of the sheet.

before - in inches

before - in centimeters













I shaped many of the corners so that they would not have sharp edges.
And I cut some circular shapes too.

Decorate each piece as you'd like - with pictures, words, etc.

If you plan to punch holes, do that now.  Remember the hole will shrink too.

I punched holes using both a 1/4 inch and a 1/8 inch punch.

ready for the oven
after the oven

in the oven ... starting to curl and shrink

in the oven ... about half time
 
after - in inches

after - in centimeters