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Thursday, September 26, 2013

Which Witch?

I'm sure I read a book by that name when I was in primary school, but I can't find any mention of it online. There is one published in 2001 but I have to admit that I am way too old for that to be the book of my childhood. Shall have to research further as I remember liking that book a lot!
It's Fall at last, and that means Hallowe'en is almost upon us. Poppet has decided to dress as Wednesday Adams this year so we'll head out on the weekend to H&M in search of appropriate garb. I think I can manage some fairly average braids if I use lots of goop, her hair just isn't long enough and she doesn't want to wear a wig.
It seems fitting that I finished a custom order today which is bang on theme. A lovely customer back home requested a witch, and we decided a cape and hat were very necessary. I went for a Hogwarts-styled hat as it will be easier to post. Here she is, I'm so happy with the way she turned out!

What does October mean to you? Do you celebrate Thanksgiving?
We haven't adjusted to that concept just yet though we're happy to pick some apples and do some baking. We'll figure out how to cover our landlords' house in cobwebs yet again real soon (they never seem to mind) and it's almost pumpkin carving time as well.
Happy Harvest Season to you!

Sunday, September 22, 2013


It's a little bit chilly today, we're heading for a top of 11 degrees. Yay!
I really love this weather (if you hadn't picked up on that already) and we're looking forward to some cold walks with hot chocolate and are planning some apple picking in the coming weeks. Apple pie season!
Husband and I are also seeing lots of great comedians in the Just For Laughs comedy festival. September is so busy, we've booked our babysitter for 10 nights! October will see us staying in and catching up on Dexter, we're only up to the end of season 3. I know, so much left to go.
The slow cooker has been pulled out from the back of the cupboard and I feel like baking something, but today I need to get a bit more work done as I plow my way through the Christmas orders. I've finished up a new Superhero, and am working on a Rudolf today.
Last week I dropped off a sizeable order to a new stockist in Toronto. Here are some shots...

So much cuteness! If you're interested in purchasing any of these Poppets just contact Beadle. You will also find lots of other lovely handmade in Canada bits and pieces in Cherie's store.
Back to the sewing machine for me! Have a great day.

Sunday, September 15, 2013


I'll start this a big apology for the lack of posts.
Poppet commenced Grade 3 a few weeks ago and things are going swimmingly. The school administration made an effort to separate her from the personalities who caused her so much grief last year and her confidence is already on the up as a result. She has the same teacher but many different classmates and is very happy so far. Relief!
We are still having lunch together twice a week and are cherishing the down time. We have half an hour on these days to play UNO and do puzzles and just hang out. TV and other gadgets are banished and it's a real pleasure.
Poppet has also started formal piano lessons (instead of her mother bungling along teaching her in a very haphazard way) and she is enjoying them immensely. The work we've already done means she doesn't have to sit down and learn the true basics. Her teacher encourages a bit of experimentation along with traditional practice which is exactly what we're looking for.
On a 'grown-up' note, we've been thoroughly enjoying the Toronto International Film Festival (despite the colds we've had since the get go). Each film we saw was excellent but special mention goes to "Prisoners" (Hugh Jackman is always worth the effort) and "A Field in England" (an English experimental piece which we adored). We are a little weary and footsore but are on the other side of the festival now and have promised ourselves that we'll see even more films next year. It's never enough!
Next week we'll be hitting the Just For Laughs comedy festival (back to back, September is an exhausting month!) and we are looking forward to seeing Janeane Garofolo, Sarah Silverman and Hannibal Buress. And lots of others. Somehow we will get through it. It's a hard knock life!
This weekend the Polish Festival has been on literally at the end of our street. The neighbourhood shuts down and the biggest Polish festival in North America takes over for two days. Highlights include the fastest ferris wheel I've ever seen, a lot of non-Polish things like Malaysian food and Panpipe musicians, street performers and all the Polish hotdog, borscht, pierogies and vodka you can manage. It's a lot of fun but it does feel like the same album has been playing on repeat since 11am yesterday morning. A whole lotta trumpets and oompa-pa. Only two hours left to go!
Here are some shots from our weekend. Look at that sky!

Poppet spent this morning doing maths (or "math" as they call it here) and the afternoon tracing some of her favourite comic artists. I'm just about to take a Guinness and steak stew out of the slow cooker for those meat eaters in the house and I even managed to make a vegetarian version for me. Tomorrow I'll turn the leftovers into pie. Hooray for leftovers!
Summer is almost over and the leaves have just started dropping. Looking forward to planning our Halloween celebrations and picking some apples. Fall is by far my favourite season, and it hasn't truly occurred in my hometown of Perth since I was small. Shall stock up on some organic hot chocolate and marshmallows in preparation for those chilly afternoon walks home from school.
Oh, and I have an ENORMOUS amount of custom orders to plough through over the coming months. This makes me very happy indeed. I have some photos to share for sure.
Til next time...


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