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Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Tips Tuesday - Back to French

Oh don't get too excited.  I did not go anywhere.  The post today is about nail polish, nail art and nail design.  So I did not go to Paris, instead I just did a French manicure for the month of January.  By the time I finished the polishing, I realized that it would have been a great
new year's eve party nail design.  Because we are still in the winter months, probably I don't need to get my toes polished.  For me, if I am doing my nails then the toes has to be done as well.  In other words I do the whole works aka mani pedi.  Honestly I don't even remember when was the last time I had been to a nail salon.  As you know, being a diabetic, I have to be careful with my hands and feet, more so the feet.  Well, the last time I was at a salon getting a pedicure, the nail technician aka nail person, nipped the side of my middle toe.  She was trimming the cuticle and she went a bit too far.  The bleeding did not stop for a while and she was getting worried.  Finally it did and I told her to just stop and just to the polish with no design and I left.  Sorry NO TIP.  It took at least a couple of months for the wound to heal.  Since then I have been doing my own spa for fingers and toes.  And I have to say that I do a pretty good job.  Not only does it saves money, it also protects me from infection, cuts, etc.  Here's some of the nail designs I have done lately and some are my favorites. I thought it would be nice to have some sort of names for each. 

New Year's Eve

Actually American

Daisy by Marc Jacobs - favorite summer holiday nail art

Christmassy

Christmas wreath - favorite holiday nail art.

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Slippers Saturday - Still searching

Living in Canada is definitely a bit different that our previous home in San Jose, CA.  First of all, I could get away wearing flip flops or sandals all year long.  Maybe with the exception of some nights that we go out and I need to wear shoes for a little warmth.  So when winter arrived, I knew I can't wear my flip flops are home because my feet gets cold very quickly.  I saw a pair from Walmart that I thought would be good only to find out that I pick the wrong color as it gets dirty easily and after I washed it, the shape all went wonky.  Thereafter, I have been searching for the perfect slippers.  I saw something cute, almost like a ballet slippers in navy blue with a pink bow.  It was OK for the first month or two then it got a little loose and after a couple of wash, it lost its shape and support.  Jeff suggested maybe I should just make one for myself using left over fabric at first for the prototype.  I followed his advise and I started searching for fabrics in my baskets.  Then I bought some insole from the dollar store and I made my own pattern using my used navy blue slipper.  I think I am comfortable with the process of making one but definitely need a lot of tweaking with the size and shape.  It is not perfect but I could use it around the house because it's comfy and keeps my feet warm.  Since it's a little wide, I added a couple of black ribbon so I can tie it tighter so the slippers won't slip off my feet.  There are definitely a lot of slippers at different store, the only problem is that some are so stiff. 



Thursday, January 11, 2018

Triangle Thursday - A new goal to achieve

After my visit with the Diabetes nurse, I now have to work hard to get my A1C lowered.  You might wonder how high is my result and what is the normal numbers.  So here's the scoop.  My A1C is currently at 7.2% and both my family doctor and nurse wants me to be at 7.0%.  When you look at this numbers you might say, that's not so bad, right.  My doctor says to me, " I know you can do it".  Anyway what can I do?  I know what I can do but the real issue is doing it.  LOL.  Now why the Triangle. It's my own reminder of what do I need to do to accomplish and get the right number.  It's really all about exercise (30 minutes a day), balanced diet and pay attention to portion and last is TP (Treatment Plan which includes checking blood sugar, sticking to schedule and taking medications).
It's not hard if you have been doing this for many years but as we all know, every now and then, you fall short on certain part of the regiment. This is a new year and it's a perfect time to re-evaluate and return back to taking care of me.  I am not making an excuse but last year we had so much happening in our lives that sometimes, health issues gets put aside just a little.  Did I mention that I got an Elliptical machine for Christmas?  Also just in case you don't have Alexa, she has certain exercise program that is good when you only have a few minutes to spare.  I really don't want to call it my new year's resolution, but another part of the TP is to keep weight down. It's really too bad because I had lost 6 pounds prior to moving here.  When the golf season ended and the cold weather keeps us indoors, between baking bread, sweets and yummy dinners, guess what happen to the weight loss.  OMG, you are so so right, it's BACK.  There's a certain threshold when I start to panic and start doing all of the stuff that I have been talking about.  I call it my scary numbers when I step on the scale. OK time to finish this post and get moving.  Wish me luck because I need all of what I can get.

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Monday, January 8, 2018

Mastering Monday - Bread or macarons

Just a reminder, there are still seven more days to enter my contest.  Check out the rules posted on my January 1 - anniversary celebration.  So far only two people have won therefore there are five more spots available to you.  Back to the topic of today - baking.  That is right, I am trying to master the making of the artisan bread.  One great thing about the recipe that I have found is that everything about it is easy.  I have made it four times and each time it came out perfect.  Now I don't want to make other type of bread, just this one but maybe next time make it either savory, like with garlic and rosemary or sweet like with cranberry and honey, or raisins and nuts.  But when it comes to macarons, I still have to do a lot to say I am comfortable with the process and results.  Although some of the ones I have done so far are not bad, I want to make the filling less sweet and the color brighter and the size perfectly shaped.  This can only be achieve once I get my Silpat mat.  Happy baking!



Saturday, January 6, 2018

Stitching Saturday - Back to sewing projects

Today is the first day I came back to the Yellowknife Yardage aka my sewing room.  It was a bit messy due to the holidays.  Although it did not take me a long time to tidy up, it gave me the motivation to do something small.  I did not know what to do with the empty candle holder. Shortly after the idea of making my own personal pin cushion was the final decision. If I have a few ideas/projects, I use a basket to place all the items I need to make that item.  This might include, fabrics, trims, notions, thread, etc.  It makes it easier for when I am ready to start making it.  Currently I have only a couple of basket with items in them.  One has the house slippers project while the other has a bit more complicated project - a jacket.  I found a second hand pattern at the Thrift Store and since I already have the fabric at home, it would make sense to practice with it.  Actually the fabric was given by my sister to me, to make her a dress a long time ago. I never made the dress, so now I am going to attempt to sew the jacket for her. LOL.  If she happens to read this post, I am sure she will say, "wait a minute, I recognize that fabric".  

#1 Basket for making house slippers.

My new pin cushion.

#2 Basket - short jacket for my sister.

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Wispy Wednesday - New Year New Hairstyle

Those racing stripes is really starting to bother me.  It was good that we don't have to go anywhere formal or a party or any event.  We have been just staying home as it's a little too cold for me to go out to even take a walk (what is that).  I called my new hairstylist to see if she could fit me in. Luckily she had a cancellation and I was able to fit it in my busy schedule. LOL.  The last time she did a little bit of burgundy tinge.  Actually I was surprised how it turned out and I think I will ask her to do the same next time.  For this appointment I just need to get the roots done and maybe a bit of a
wispy trim for my bangs as well as the ends.  Maybe I need to ask her to do a wispy cut all around. As the title of the post is new hairstyle, I could ask her to do something like some of the style I found.
I remember a couple of years ago, I told Jeff that maybe I would just let the grey grow out.  And this is his response, "Oh, I am not ready for you to go grey!" LOL  

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Monday, January 1, 2018

Mellifluous Monday - Happy New Year

Happy New Year!  Just from the title, you can tell that I am starting this new year with a bang.  A big bang of new word, that is right.  I am planning to use a big word to go with the day of the week for my post.  Hopefully I can find the perfect word that will fit the topic I have chosen for my post.  When I started my blog, I was telling my daughter of my idea of using a different adjective that would go with the topic for my post.  After a few months I thought, I would probably ran out of ideas and words to use.  Now I cannot believe that it has been seven years since I started blogging.  Although I don't have many followers, I still enjoy sharing what I have done with my retired life.  Whether it is my sewing projects, crafts, baking, and many others, I am still finding new things to post and always trying to remember to take photos along the way so I can share it on my blog. Since this is my 7th year anniversary, I was thinking of giving away 7 prizes to the first 7 readers/followers who will send a short email message. It is very simple, just one sentence describing what you enjoy reading on my blog. Send it to Cranberryportagebb@gmail.com



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