October Blogging Challenge! Day 17: Outfit of the Day!

Slightly late with my post, as usual! :’) Yesterday’s October Blogging Challenge prompt was Outfit of the Day! Perfect timing too, as it happened to coincide with the Sweetest Day of the Year ~ well according to the internet! Apparently Sweetest Day is all about giving candies to loves and friends, and I thought that was cute. We definitely need more LOVE and sweets in October!

So I used Sweetest Day as my outfit inspo! The dress was my very first ever Lolita dress from Bodyline which I thought would fit perfectly! Can never pass up an opportunity for frills and sweets!

Dress: Bodyline

Tights: Ardene

Jumper: Thrifted

Shoes: Thrifted

Bag: I believe off of Wish a couple of years ago. Was a nice surprise to find a bunch of sweets I had stashed in there! Apparently I haven’t used it in a while!

Accessories: The cake slice headband and donut brooch were made by me, and then various other trinkets, and of course the Ring Pop!

And just for fun, a surprise Sugar vs. sugar attack!!

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October Blogging Challenge! Day 15: Thankful Thursday

I try my best to keep my blog and my life as upbeat and sunshiney as possible even when it’s really tough! That said, this week has been a CHALLENGING one and put my life view to the test!

We’re all at month SEVEN of the pandemic and I think it is really taking a toll on all of us lately. For me, I miss my family so much (even though they pop every couple of weeks when they pop in for groceries), work is difficult and people seem to be at each other’s throats, the news of the world is hard to watch, and I just miss having that freedom to do little things on a whim. I’ve broken down a couple of times this week ~ but then come back to reality…

I AM very fortunate (and I know others sadly aren’t in the same place). This IS temporary. We WILL be okay in the end!!

But painful weeks like this have made me truly think about all the things I am truly THANKFUL for and what brings me back to my happy place! I find it important to list out the things that brighten up my day and it doesn’t take long before it is LONG!

  • My cat ~ she always knows when I need an extra cuddle
  • Rainbows ~ they always seem to jump out at the most necessary time!
  • Family
  • Internet friends!! <3 No matter what, they ALWAYS brighten up my day.
  • Creating! Shutting out the real world and being transported into a magical world of my own creative mind and seeing what comes out in yarn, felt, drawn form!
  • My happy little house
  • Being healthy!
  • Positivity and happy moments! Lots of them to come 🙂
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Sunday Snaps for the end of summer!

Tomorrow is officially the last day of summer! I’m very excited for all the changes autumn will bring! It certainly looks like autumn here already. Just in the past day the trees have all started going from green to orange and leaves are falling! Yay for crunchy leaf piles!! I feel like autumn is really ENERGIZING me and I managed to accomplish a lot this week.

I’ve been trying to get outside as much as I can and saying hi to the friendly neighbourhood animal pals. These guys were having a blast with the leaves:

Sugar is definitely entertained watching the leaves fall from the window as well:

I’ve also been in a cleaning mood, and reorganized the closet today. Time to pull out the toasty warm cardigans again!

Did a ton of creating as well ~ I’m so glad to be back at it! Spent a lot of time knitting and getting caught up on the 2020 Mood Blanket:

Sugar and binged a bunch of Studio Ghibli Films! Didn’t realize that they are on Netflix now so it was a huge treat.

Which inspired me to make a Totoro feltie! Here he is in progress (while watching Arrietty sew in The Secret World of Arrietty):

Bought a Hello Kitty Perler Bead kit so also been tinkering with that a bit too ( you can get your own here!):

My parents were in town this week as well, so I had the privilege of babysitting my sweet pup Heidi, who lives with my parents at their cottage. I’ve missed the heck out of her this year so it was nice catching up!

The rainbow blanket has been great for some of the chilly nights we’ve been having lately ~ and I love it! Bye summer, see ya next year!

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Things I’m LOVING this September!

Pretty sunrises, fawns, Nescafe Rich instant coffee, knitting, watching Superstore on Amazon Prime, the smell of fresh baked bread, wearing cozy sweaters, cuddling with Sugar on chilly nights, the long weekend ahead, pretty face masks, and of course good health!

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Summertime catchup! Let’s find rainbows again!

Happy September! This year has felt like 15 minutes and 15 years at the same time. Some days, I feel like I’ve just been sitting in my little pink house watching time tick by. But I just looked at my pictures over the past 3 months, and wow I accomplished more than I thought!

We start off with some not-so-great COVID haircuts! Hey, it was the thing to do :O.

Like pretty much everyone else, I got on the bread baking bandwagon!

I’ve become OBSESSED with this recipe from Bread with a Side of Butter! I’ve probably made it at least 30 times (not an exaggeration!) The roughest month was in June when I couldn’t find yeast ANYWHERE and I had to do without (wasn’t about to spend $40 on Amazon – ahh!) This recipe is incredibly easy and you can whip up the best bread you’ve ever had in just a couple of hours.

The lockdown was great for my creative pursuits… until you couldn’t find yarn anywhere either! Amazon kept running out of my colours for my Mood Blanket! I made it to about 130 days, and unfortunately it’s a bit stuck right now. Probably something to pick up in 2021… Or maybe just stick under the bed never to think of this year ever again!

Did a splash of painting!

Sugar has got very comfy with me being here 24/7. I think that she is the one that needs the break and I don’t see her for hours sometimes!

Not sure I would be getting through this thing without her! I said previously I was going to talk about my mental health a bit (something I’ve never opened up to about to anyone).

My work has been even more crazy than usual. I’m trying not to complain, as I’m VERY grateful for still having a job as many, many people are unfortunate to have lost theirs. But 10+ hours a day of working alone for 6 months has been HARD. Then on top of that, I decided to take a few classes (including MATH – which I’ve somehow fallen a bit in love with shhh!) and the combination of everything completely fried me. July and August were ROUGH for me. Probably not a day that I didn’t bawl my eyes out at the littlest thing. I was going through the motions of work, but didn’t really care about anything. I completely lost interest in my hobbies as well, like all of the colour had been sucked out of me.

Fortunately the classes are done now, and I ended up dropping a couple I had registered for in the fall because I don’t think I can handle it at this point (maybe in the future!) AND THAT’S OKAY. My boss and I ranted about a bunch of stuff, and that helped a ton! I’ve learned to not take everything so seriously and I’m in a really good place once again.

I’ve been spending a lot of time outside to escape the day to day grind and just see people (from a distance, of course!) I’ve learned to watch the sunrise and try not to worry so much!

I’m absolutely one of ~those people~ who gets blown away and fills up my phone space with sunrise pics. Looking back on a calm happy morning fills me with joy. Everything is going to be okay. I feel like I’m becoming my happy fun colourful self again and see the colour in everything!

This has definitely been a year to remember and forget in many ways. Continue to stay safe everyone!

xoxo Erika

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