Monday, June 30, 2014

Miss Travel McTravelson ~ Niagara Falls, Ontario

When I lived in Ontario I spent a weekend in Niagara Falls for dance competition! :)

It's a great little town. I had been there when I was a kid, it has become a lot more commercialized since then!
There is a Ripley's Believe it or Not and tonnes of bars, clubs and restaurants.

 Makin' dinner on the drive...

I LOVE cherry blossom trees. While I was on this trip I decided to get my elbow tattoos of the flowers. Still love them - 3 years later :)

 I went for breakfast at the Flying Saucer Cafe!
So delicious! Busy - but good food and cute atmosphere! 

 The fast way down to the falls...
 Also, the crazy way...


Fun weekend! :)


Sunday, June 29, 2014

New Lot at the Shop!

Well, I must be starting to feel settled...
I re-opened my shop!

I'm not gonna lie, I didn't know if this day would come...
I am still very homesick and had no desire to craft for a long time.
It was weird.

But now I am back at it!
I even did a test run of The Summer by the Sea Market in Parksville, BC last week. 
It went pretty good!
My artwork and painted shoes were getting lots of fans!
This week I am frantically trying to make my skirts to fill up my market stall!

So, here are the first things posted to my shop!
Yay me!

lots of colors to choose from!

Go check it out!


Friday, June 27, 2014

DIY ~ Cinnamon Vanilla Lip Gloss

Today's DIY is something I do all the time!
I am a die hard chap stick/lip gloss fan!
I use it constantly and my favorite is Vasaline!

petroleum jelly
butter knife
red lipstick
glass microwavable bowl
plastic empty paint pots

First take some of your Petroleum Jelly and put it in your glass bowl.
Microwave on high for 30 second increments stirring in between.
When it is half melted put a sprinkle of cinnamon and a dash of vanilla in.
Also one flake of your red lipstick.

Mix well.
Finish melting.

Cut your paint pots off the rod so you have separate containers.
Fill them up with your melted mixture and let set for an hour.

That's it!
Now you have little pots o' lip balm to use!


Wednesday, June 25, 2014

This Is How I Cook: Homemade Salsa

This is a really quick and easy salsa I whip up all the time.
I made it for my Margarita Party and all the ladies were raving about it I thought...
clearly I should share it with my blog buddies :)


- 2 large tomato
- 6 -8 sweet cherry tomatoes
- 1/2 purple onion
- 1 green onion
- Handful of fresh cilantro
- Salt & Pepper
- Onion powder
- Food Processor or Blender

FIRST: Wash all you vegetables.

SECOND: Cube your large tomatoes, purple onion and green onion and throw into your food processor. Add your cherry tomatoes, spices and cilantro at the same time.

THIRD: Blend until it's the consistency you want. I like mine to be completely mashed together so it looks like chunky soup. :)

Ta da!
Add taco chips and serve!
**I've also used this same recipe for Bruchetta and melted cheese on top! mmm...


**this is a repost from April 2012***

Monday, June 23, 2014

PL Peek ~ BC Forestry Museum, Duncan BC

On the way back from Victoria last weekend we stopped at the BC Forestry Museum in Duncan, BC.

I haven't been there since I was a kid, but there was a great Groupon online that I bought that made it half price!

They have some amazing old forestry equipment,
tonnes of super interesting photos and stories about how the logging industry got started in British Columbia and on Vancouver Island. 
It was so interesting!

God I am terrible at selfies! LOL


Best part of the whole adventure was...


I was like a kid in a candy store!
It was so exciting!!!
I loved every second of it! 

GREAT day!!!


Friday, June 20, 2014

DIY ~ Beautiful Ballet Bows

In the spirit of using stuff I have, refashioning and wearing things I don't normally...I made these super adorable ballet flats!

Years ago I bought a pair of those Dr. Scholl's foldy flats.
I didn't love them much cause I thought they looked cheap and flimsy.
Then, while browsing Pinterest, I found this cute little DIY!
Light bulb moment!
I dug out my little flats and fixed em up.

Here's how I did it!

You will need:

- pair of ballet flats
- sewing pins
- silk ribbon
-stitch ripper
- sewing machine
- scissors
- lighter or matches

Take your stitch ripper and remove any embellishments off your shoes you are upcycling!

Cut 4 equal pieces of ribbon. Peak one end of each piece.

Using a lighter or matches, very carefully slightly burn the edges to prevent them from fraying.

Pin the ribbon in the spot you would like it on each side.

Using your sewing machine, sew ribbon into place. You can hand sew it if you don’t have a machine.


Tie and enjoy! :)

I just love them.
What an upgrade!!!
Bet I wear them now... :)


***this is a repost from March 2012***

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

This is How I Cook ~ No Egg Cookies

Today I was a little bored and wanted to use up some of my baking goodies.
So I thought "Why not make cookies?"
The only issue was, I used all the eggs for a fantubular breakfast feast! Whoops!

I googled it and found this lovely and super duper easy recipe HERE.
It had some awesome reviews and they were completely right.
This recipe is a winner!!!

  • 1 cup butter or 1 cup margarine
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 cup boiling water
  • 2 cups quick-cooking oats
  • 1/2 cup raisins (optional)
  • 1 1/2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips



Step 1: Beat butter or margarine, sugars and vanilla until light and fluffy.

Step 2: Add flour and salt, mix well.

Step 3: Dissolve baking soda in boiling water and add to mixture. Stir in rolled oats, raisins and chocolate chips.

Step 4: Drop by teaspoonful onto greased cookie sheet. Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 10-12 minutes.

Step 5: Don't over cook. Makes 3 dozen.

(There are no eggs in this recipe, I didn't forget to type it down).


***this is a repost from  April 2012***

Monday, June 16, 2014

PL Peek ~ "My" Beach

There is a stunning beach right down the street from where I live right now. I have been going there since I moved here...
(can you believe it's almost been a year!?!)

Here are a few photos of "my" favorite little spot!

Summer is coming again!!!! YAY!