Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Wellness Wednesday: Strawberry Picking :)

Hi All,

This post is going to be about one of my absolute favourite early-summer activities: Strawberry Picking!!!

I decided to make this a Wellness Wednesday post because I believe that it contributes greatly to my wellness! What could be more health promoting than picking fresh fruit, out in the sunshine with your mom. Good for the body and good for the soul! 

I've been strawberry picking for as long as I can remember. Mom would take my sister and I out to the patch and we would wander around, eating berries, getting them all over our face and clothes and maybe add a couple half eaten ones to the bucket.

I soon became a much more efficient picker and I can remember picking my weight in strawberries most summers growing up! We like to freeze them and have them in smoothies all year round.

Look at those delicious berries! We are truly blessed with beautiful berries here in southern Ontario :) Mom and I managed to pick 22 quarts between us that morning!

And I'm sure that more than a whole quart went to each of our bellies before the end too!

Strawberries and rhubarb are just the start of my summer fruit picking- I'm looking forward to cherries, blueberries, raspberries, peaches, nectarines, pears, plums and really anything else I can get my hands on! Can you tell I have an obsession?

Do you like picking your own fruit?

Hope your having a wonderful Wednesday!

xo erin

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Summer Sides Sunday: Black Bean & Corn Salad

Hi All,

I thought I would call this Sunday "Summer Sides Sunday", a name created most ingeniously by my mom for all of these side-dish posts that I've been doing. And I figured that after a winter of soups and roasts that I haven't really shown you much of all the sides that I serve with these things, and especially all of my favourites with all the seasonal vegetables on right now!

So today's salad is another cold salad favourite that is always kicking around our fridge in the summer to go with dinners and lunches and that is Black Bean & Corn Salad, which you can imagine has both black beans and corn lol.

Black Bean & Corn Salad

1/4 cup Balsamic Vinegar
2 tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1/2 tsp each salt, sugar, pepper, ground cumin & chili powder
3 tbsp cilantro chopped
1 can black beans (rinsed and drained)
1 cup corn kernels

This is really as easy as gathering the ingredients and putting them all together.

I like to mix the vinegar, oil and seasonings first, to make sure they're incorporated.

Then mix in the corn, beans and cilantro.

and Voila! A very flavourful salad that goes with everything. It lasts for about a week or so in the fridge and I find it gets better with age as all the flavours marinate together.

And while I was mixing this up, mom was making some infused olive oil, using some chopped fresh basil from the garden and some sliced garlic, which should be good on salads or over fresh asparagus!

mmm I love summer!

Hope you are having a lovely Sunday and if you want, let me know what your summer favourites are in the comments!

xo erin

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Vintage Playsuit Sew-a-long: Post 1 Pattern and Fabrics

Hi All,

So if you didn't know, I joined the Vintage Playsuit Sew-a-Long, which is a sew-a-long hosted in the month of June by Girl with the Star Spangled Heart. It's a very open sew-a-long in a 'chose your own adventure' style, where everyone picks their own pattern and you share your sewing progress with the group through your blog and the flickr group

As you may notice it's nearing the end of June, and I have yet to post anything about a playsuit...  I've kind of let that slide quite a bit. I know I know, I'm sorry, I'm a horrible sew-a-long companion, but nevertheless I am here and I promise that I will finish this playsuit by the end of June!

I'm thinking that I'll do this in a series of posts over the next couple of days. In this first post I'm going to show you the fabric and pattern I picked.

I've chosen this lovely pattern, I think it's from the 40's.

I want to do view A, the one on the right with the little bit of bare midriff :)

Naturally when I heard about the vintage playsuit sew-a-long I looked through my collection of vintage patterns and instantly fell in love with this one and had decided that I had to have it, when of course, I took out the pattern and realized it was only instructions.

So this is going to be a bit of a pattern drafting project as well, and I'm thinking that I'll do my next post on the pattern drafting, another on making the muslin and any alterations that I have to do, and then a final post with my finished fabric. Which I have chosen to be this lovely cotton fabric:

I love this fabric, with the gold over the top and almost a grecian style motif! Maybe an unusual choice but I thought it would look pretty cool when it all came together!

So you can look forward to some playsuit posts coming up in the next few days and I'm excited to catch up with the group and see where everyone else is in their progress!

This is going to be fun!

xo erin

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Want a Button? Pin-Up Girls Buttons!!

Hi All,

I just realized that this is an extremely long over-due post. If you've been over on Beverly's blog, or if you have recently checked out my sidebar, you may have noticed a couple shiny new buttons!

How COOL are these!! Beverly designed them and I turned them into buttons. So far we have one for Boob Camp and one for the Pin-Up Girls pattern, so you can proudly display your bra-making accomplishments!!

So if you are a Pin-Up Girl (by making one of the patterns), or if you have survived Boob Camp- then TAKE A BUTTON!!

I made them in two sizes so that they will fit whatever format you have on your blog.

The Life of a Fairy Bra Mother

The Life of a Fairy Bra Mother

And here is the one for Boob Camp

The Life of a Fairy Bra Mother

The Life of a Fairy Bra Mother

This is a pretty big technological achievement for me lol, so I'm pretty proud of these buttons!!

I hope you all enjoy them!

xo erin

Monday, June 16, 2014

Mom Monday: Anchor Applique Sweater

Hi All,

Today is a Mom Monday, meaning that I have a project from my mom!

This one was pretty simple- an applique project on an old sweater that had a stain.

You know when you have an old sweater that you like and that has potential, but it's a bit boring and has a stain right down the front? well here is a wonderful solution to that problem.

Mom started off with this sweater- simple white, thin, cable knit- and of course with her love of all things nautical she was like "this needs an anchor!" - so she printed a clipart anchor off, and cut it out of a thin light denim and iron-on adhesive.

Then simply ironed it on to the front (covering the stain), and then did a little zig-zag around the edge in a matching thread to fully secure it.

It gave a really neat finish, and doesn't it look so cute!?

My sister modeling it!

So there is a really quick and simple sewing project, especially if you're looking for something that you can whip up quick and enjoy!

Hope you're all having a marvelous Monday!

xo erin

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Supper Sunday: Quinoa and Black Bean Salad

Hi All,

I thought I would continue the trend from last Sunday and show you another salad. This salad is a summer staple in my house, and there is usually a batch of it kicking around in the fridge at all times for lunches or to serve with dinner.

It's super simple to make and doesn't have anything in it that spoils quickly so it lasts for quite a while in the fridge!

Quinoa and Black Bean Salad

1 1/2 cups dry Quinoa

1 can of black beans (rinsed)
1 1/2 tbsp red wine vinegar
1 1/2 cups cooked corn kernels
3/4 cup chopped bell pepper (about one large pepper)
1/4 cup chopped cilantro (although I didn't use it in this batch)


5 tbsp fresh lime juice
1 tsp salt
2 tbsp chili sauce (sririacha sauce)
3 tsp ground cumin
1/3 cup olive oil

Cook the quinoa according to the instructions on the package, cool in the fridge.

Mix black beans and red wine vinegar together and let it sit while you make the dressing. Make the dressing by mixing all the dressing ingredients together in a bowl.

Mix the cooled quinoa, black beans, corn, peppers, cilantro and dressing all together. Bam- you have a lovely summer salad.

This is SO easy and I've had a lot of requests for this recipe before- as I said it is quite a household staple! And to top it off it's very healthy too!

Hope you are all having a wonderful Sunday!!

xo erin

Friday, June 13, 2014

My New Ombre Hair!

Hi All!

So as promised here is my new hair! Blonde Ombre!

It's not quite as dramatic as some of you might have expected from this sneak peak I put out on Monday. :p

I didn't go the full blonde! - Just the tips!

I have always really liked the look of ombre or dip/dyed hair, if you remember back in January I did purple manic panic (semi-permanent) dye on the ends of my hair, which was a little disappointing since it didn't really show up in my dark hair, washed out within 3 washes and dyed pretty much everything around me purple...

So then I got thinking that if I wanted to do a colour on the bottom I would have to bleach my hair first, which lead me to thinking about what blonde would look like on the bottom. I also pulled some inspiration from one of my favourite YouTube stars Zoella- who may or may not be the cutest human ever with some of the coolest hair ever.

And figured I would try this myself!

So how did I do this?

Well first I dyed my hair from about my collar bone down with this light ash-blonde hair dye

Which turned my hair a light brown colour- To do this I put my hair into sections with these little clear elastics so that it wouldn't get everywhere.

This picture is before the second round of hair dye, you can see the line from the previous colour a few inches above where the elastics are set for the second colour.

Then I put the second lighter hair dye in (it was the lightest you can go - which is what my sister uses for her whole head) but I didn't leave it until it was white, I took it out while it was still a more golden blonde.

Then Voila! you have ombre hair, I suppose you could do this with as many steps as you want, these two steps were enough for me, and I think that it looks pretty nicely blended, although you might want it more blended if you have pin-straight hair, or else it might look like horizontal stripes.

This was some of the best light for pictures- I find in bright sunlight it gets washed out in the pictures (but even more noticeable in real life...?)

And I love how it looks when I have it up in a hair elastic! Because I tend to wear my hair up a lot, since super long hair is not always the most convenient thing.

So it was pretty perfect for me, since I'm a total wimp and wanted to be able to just cut off the dyed part if I didn't like it-  I feel like this will be sticking around for a long while! I feel a bit more stylish now :) 

Do you guys have any great experience with hair dye? I do my mom and sister's hair all the time, but this was my first permanent hair dye venture and I have to say I'm pretty pleased! :)

Hope you all have a great weekend!

xo erin