Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Fun photo

A couple of weeks ago after my photography class started, I wanted to use my new tutu (it's so cute and polka dotted and I made it!), so I set all the settings on my camera and had Adam take photos of me. For some reason my camera was taking really blue photos (I've reset it now and it seems to be better), but I edited it a little (can you believe that...remember when I was posting sideways photos because I didn't know how to turn them around??) and it's a little better.

Tomorrow I'll post some photos that I took of Sarah (and she took of me in my tutu again :)) with my new camera. I love it.

Have a great evening!!

Sunday, March 01, 2009


I can't find the cord for my camera, so I didn't even take the photos of my stuff. I have scrapped a little on a banner that I'm making to teach at the store, so I'll have more stuff to post when I find the cord.

I went to the store to get the fabric for the skirt and didn't find exactly what I was looking for (I did end up buying one fabric) and then fell in love with all the Amy Butler heavy weight fabric. I was trying to decide what could be made with it, and I was thinking an apron and a baby sling. So we'll see if I can find a free pattern for a baby sling and then I might attempt it.

I'm taking Colin for x-rays after school/work tomorrow and then going to yoga, so I definitely wont' be posting anything tomorrow.

Hugs ~ Cate

Saturday, February 28, 2009

6 more random things

Maybe it's because it's way too late, but those random things about me seem lame, but since I've already posted them I'll leave them and post better ones.

1. I'd say 80% of my clothes come from American Eagle Outfitters. The other 20% are mostly Roxy, Billabong, Gap and Lululemon. Almost all of them I've bought on sale.

2. Sarah McLachlan has been my favourite singer for over ten years. And the Barenaked Ladies have been my favourite band for over 15 years. I'm sad that Steven left the band, but am excited to see what he does on his own and what the band will do without him.

3. I'm addicted to the Bubble Bazinga widget on my dashboard. My high score is 187500 and that had me in the top 1000 players at first. Now I'm number 1139.

4. I'm also addicted to the Flickr Interestingness widget. I've favourited a ton of photos from it.

5. I've been up for almost three hours and still don't feel tired. I think I'm going to start watching a movie to see if that will put me to sleep. I haven't left my bed except to get my laptop though. :)

6. In that three hours I think I've gone pee at least three times and have actually gotten Colin and his friend to go to sleep. It's normal that they try to stay up all night, so I'm happy that they're sleeping.

6 Random Things About Me

Heather tagged me forever ago (January 21st actually...Colin's 15th birthday) and I'm finally getting to it now. Chloe woke me up barking over an hour ago when some cats were fighting outside. One of them was my parents cat, Belle, and Chloe barked until I got up and let her in. Now Chloe's happily snoring away and I'm wide awake. So what better time to do 6 random things about me??

1. I was born in Germany (West Germany actually...but that doesn't exist anymore...I think that's kind of cool). I am a Canadian citizen. I don't have a passport...because I lost my "Registration of Birth Abroad" card. So I now have to get a "Landed Immigrants" card so that I can get a passport. I think that's stupid when I'm a Canadian citizen and do have a Canadian military birth certificate. So I'm procrastinating, but Adam and I are going to Florida in November and so I really have to think about getting one soon.

2. Every time I hear the Our Lady Peace song "Innocent" I think of being at the Tsunami Relief Concert a few years ago in Vancouver with Tracey, who lived in the Maldives at the time and experienced the Tsunami. Raine Maida was at the concert with his wife Chantal Kreviazuk and he played the piano and sang that song and the whole crowd sang the chorus with him (We are, we are all innocent, we are all innocent, we are, we are, we are all innocent, we are all innocent, we are , we are all...). And then it reminds me of how much I get sad that our news never covers things around the world (I don't think a 30 second news "story" counts as covering it) unless it affects "Westerners". How are they now? Have they rebuilt already? Will it take years to rebuild? Do they still need us to donate money?

3. I watched a documentary called Sharkwater the other day and it made me feel good about not liking fish. Not necessarily because they're bad for you (which they are starting to be because of all the mercury in the water), but because of the way some kinds of fish are caught. There's lots of "waste" caught and killed (not necessarily on purpose) and I don't like that. I think that eating free range meat (because they're treated better) or kosher (because it's supposed to be killed "painlessly) is better.

4. I bought this awesome soap at yoga called Dr. Bronner's Magic Soap in lavender scent. I seriously think this stuff is magic! I put it in a Bath and Body Works pump so it comes out foamy (I just put about an inch in the bottom of the container and then filled the rest up with water). I use it on my hair and my body. I haven't been using anything else in my hair (no conditioner or other products at all!!) and it doesn't get frizzy anymore. I washed Chloe with it a couple of days ago and she's still super soft. And I wash all my yoga clothes with it. I really love the scent of lavender now too. And it's vegan.

5. Even though I'm not a vegetarian I saw a sticker on someone's water bottle at yoga a few weeks ago that I can't stop thinking about. It said "Wings Are for Flying, Not Frying". I personally don't like eating meat off of bones, so it's appealing to me partly because of that, but I just love the idea of "Wings Are for Flying"...it makes me think that we can do anything we want.

6. I love hot yoga. I love the studio I go to. I love most of the teachers. I like that they all have different styles. Some push you more. Some are super mellow. Some always have insightful things to say that make you think the rest of the day. Some are so dang flexible it makes me excited to see how I will progress (I can't believe what two months has done already!). I didn't think I would like the "meditation" part of it, but I do! I love staying in savasana and feeling the sweat drip down and ignoring it. It really does get easier if you concentrate. I've read about teacher training and am in awe of them. They go to 11 classes a week (two a day Monday-Friday and then one on Saturday with Sunday off). One day I want to try two classes. I just don't know if I want to go in the morning and evening, or two in a row.

I promised Jenn that I'd post some stuff I've made lately this weekend, so look for something on Sunday (if I can find my cord for the camera so I can download the photos that I will hopefully take tomorrow...and I have Photoshop now so hopefully the photos won't be sideways anymore...if I can remember how to rotate them). There's a cute mini album (I think it's cute anyway) and some projects I've made at my Stampin' Up club meetings (I have the best Stampin' Up demonstrator that I'll introduce you to on Sunday) and I really want to sew a skirt tomorrow. I think I might head on down to my favourite local quilt shop (a perfect place for all things Amy Butler...heaven!!!!!) and get some fabric to sew this skirt. They ordered the pattern for me a few weeks ago and I've been dying to make it, but none of the fabric I have has been jumping out to me.

Have a great weekend!!

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

So, it's January and that time of the year for setting goals, making resolutions and picking a word of the year. It was harder this year for me to think of a word, but I think I'm going to go with 'balance'. I've been going to hot yoga and I figure that's a good word for yoga, but also just for life.

I get weekly email updates from Lululemon and when I was reading the email this evening I saw that they're having a life coach come to the store in Victoria next Tuesday to talk about setting goals. They even have a section on their site where you can record and track your goals. I think that's an awesome idea and how cool that it's right there and easy to use.

I hope you're having a great week! And the photos from the last post were taken with Adam's Nikon fisheye lens as well as this photo from Seattle last May. I LOVE this lens!!!!

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Surprise, suprprise!!

I decided to update my blog. I've been trying to decide if I want to continue blogging because I'm horrible at it, but I love reading everyone else's blogs and thought that if one person likes to read mine, then it's worth it.

I've been spending the weekend designing a couple of classes for the store. I'm hoping to have them done by tomorrow night and if I do I'll snap a couple of photos and post them.

The snow is pretty much gone now. There's still big piles in parking lots where they cleared the snow and piled it high. I'm so glad that it's gone. I like the snow for a day or two, but that's about it. :)

And I've started going to yoga classes. I LOVE it! I'm doing Bikram yoga (or hot yoga). I'm humming and hawing about doing the 30 day challenge that starts on January 19th. The idea is that you go to 30 classes in 30 days. So if you want a day off you have to go to two classes on one day. It was a challenge drinking enough water at first, but now I think I have it down. And I can definitely tell that my flexibility has improved since I started going. Adam has even been to a couple of classes with me and enjoys it.

Adam and I went to Seattle again in November (the end of November). We went down to go to a Seattle Seahawks game. The game was way more fun than I thought it would be. And this time we decided to go up the Space Needle. I do not like heights and was not looking forward to the elevator ride, but it wasn't bad at all. And the weather was so nice that I started watching the game in my tank top. Once the sun set below the stadium it cooled off fast though, and I was happy to have a warm coat.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Do you sew?

I forgot how much I love sewing. I haven't really sewn much besides a straight line in about ten years, and nothing with a pattern (I've just measured and made up patterns myself...which is easy if you're just sewing curtains or simple aprons), but last week I decided to sit down and sew a couple bags that I had the patterns and fabric for.

They are both sewn with Amy Butler fabrics and even though they are both different I love them both!

This bag is the Birdie Sling. It's so big and comfy to carry. I seriously LOVE it!

This bag was a pattern at my favourite local quilt shop, Satin Moon Quilts. It was so easy to make and only took three hours from the time I started cutting until I had sewn the last stitch. The other one took about 13 hours, but the cutting out was a good chunk of that.

I hope you have a great day!! I joined a Stampin' Up club and we made a super cute mini book at our first get together, so I'll finish it up and share it in a few days.

Tuesday, September 02, 2008

Back to School

Colin just went off to bed and I realized that I didn't get a photo of him on his first day of high school! He seemed to have a good day and tomorrow he goes to all his classes and finds out what he needs to buy for his classes. He's in art this semester (we thought it would be computers) so I can imagine the fun things we'll have to go buy for that.

I'm having a scrapbook garage sale at my place a week from Saturday (September 13 10-noon for you local girls) and I was going through my kits last night and taking them all apart. I had the paper piled up and then all the embellishments piled up. After I was done I looked at the pile of embellishments and realized that I felt like a kid on Halloween with all my candy dumped out in front of me. There were so many fun chipboard alphabets and packages of buttons and ribbons and other fun stuff.

Anyway, off to finish watching 90210.

And just because I can't do a post without a photo (but I haven't taken many lately), here's Colin with Chloe last winter. She loves cuddling!