Randomness, here it comes:

March 13, 2014

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Clover and I went for a walk in the old hood this week, (only a few minutes drive). It’s so beautiful in Vancouver when the sun shines! Every time I find myself on a day like this, in a place like this, I feel like the luckiest girl in the world…and there are hummingbirds displaying.

Actually, walk is a loose term, always remembering that if you go down those stairs, at one point you have to actually hike up those stairs to get back to the car…but we can’t help it. πŸ˜€

Briefly wondered what those mysterious white spots could be on my African violet leaves, then it dawned on me: potato starch! I started to peel the potatoes over the sink right beside the little plants…DUH…lol.

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I’m starting to really love this boho, floopsy, gypsy, layered clothing look.

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The more I get into silversmithing and begin to understand the how-to of it all, the more I: a) appreciate innovative designs and craftsmanship, and b) shake my head at the unbelievably high prices some craftsman ask…especially when I know that a certain piece with the $300 price tag has about $50 worth of silver in it and took about one hour with simple techniques. What gives? Maybe it’s me.

I started a Pinterest board of the most beautiful jewellery just for inspiration. Don’t you just love Pinterest?

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I want a boat!

I really want a boat!

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Sharing with Nancy and the random bunch. πŸ˜€

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27 Comments

  • Reply abrianna March 13, 2014 at 8:10 pm

    I do like beautiful jewelery. That first picture is stunning.

    • Reply Veronica March 14, 2014 at 3:38 am

      Thank you Abrianna. I love beautiful jewellery too. πŸ™‚

  • Reply Patrice A. March 13, 2014 at 9:15 pm

    hi!

    thank you for taking me down the old hood
    it’s breathtaking beautiful!
    and
    i remember you saying that you are into linocut
    will you show some once?
    and
    not to make you jealous, but we have a sailing boat ;^)))

    Patrice A.

    • Reply Veronica March 14, 2014 at 3:37 am

      Hi Patrice. I’ll go work on some linocuts and see what I can come up with. I’m trying to learn reduction linocuts. We used to sail. My father built a 20ft mahogany sail boat called Polly G. But he got ill and no one was sailing and so he gave it to a dear friend in his will. I have a canoe at home but I love to Kayak. πŸ˜€

  • Reply Mascha March 13, 2014 at 9:39 pm

    Wow, the outfits are so amazing ans inspiring, I’d like to wear… and the jewellery.. (is it made for me? πŸ˜‰ )
    If I lived there, I would also want a boat. Hugs

    • Reply Veronica March 14, 2014 at 3:34 am

      Lol, I know Mascha. Sometimes I feel like I’m not living life to the fullest…you know, with these beautiful mountains and the ocean and lakes. I must try harder. πŸ™‚ Big hugs to you too.

  • Reply Claire March 13, 2014 at 10:47 pm

    I’ve always loved boho, gypsy clothes…
    And I love photos of boats/harbours, though I’m not so good out on the water…
    A great Random 5 and have a happy Friday πŸ™‚

    • Reply Veronica March 14, 2014 at 3:32 am

      Me too Claire, but somehow I don’t really wear it. I should try harder. Sometimes I’m not that good out on water too either. πŸ™‚

  • Reply lynn March 14, 2014 at 12:41 am

    very chic R5F post :-), this is my look but not as sophisticated or classy more the poor man’s boho, you do make me a tiny bit homesick with your waterfront shot which is drop dead gorgeous…I remember the wanting a boat, the desire runs in ones veins living so near a vast ocean or sea….

    • Reply Veronica March 14, 2014 at 3:30 am

      I get the poor man’s boho Lynn. πŸ™‚ I think that’s what I can afford too. More like faux Anthropologie…lol.

  • Reply Deb @ Frugal Little Bungalow March 14, 2014 at 1:26 am

    Amazing scenery…breathtaking. Potato starch, lol…reminds me of all of the times I would be peeling potatoes and then look down at my shirt and see specks all over it !

    • Reply Veronica March 14, 2014 at 3:28 am

      Oh no Debra, I can see how that happens if you peel towards you…lol. What are we like? πŸ˜€

  • Reply dawnsrays March 14, 2014 at 1:51 am

    It looks like you’ve had some really beautiful days to enjoy!
    I am glad that you solved the potato starch mystery. That would drive me crazy thinking the violets had some sort of leaf rot or something, ahhh
    Have a lovely weekend.
    ~Dawn

    • Reply Veronica March 14, 2014 at 3:25 am

      I know, how silly was that…lol. πŸ™‚ Hope your weekend is lovely too. πŸ™‚

  • Reply Nancy @ A Rural Journal March 14, 2014 at 2:30 am

    You are so talented in so many creative areas Veronica… your jewelry is amazing.
    I deactivated my Pinterest account due to lack of interest and just no time. Glad you are finding inspiration there. πŸ™‚

    • Reply Veronica March 14, 2014 at 3:25 am

      Aw, thank you Nancy. I know what you mean about Pinterest. It’s been a long time since I even looked at my boards but now I’m finding that having the images in one place is helpful. πŸ™‚

  • Reply Betty March 14, 2014 at 4:49 am

    I love the boho look too and wished I could find more around here in larger sizes. Also those necklaces look so pretty.

  • Reply Snap March 14, 2014 at 5:33 am

    Hi Veronica. Fun five. wonderful images. you live in such a gorgeous city and i giggled when i read “going back up” the stairs … yep! The boho look reminds me of hippie times. lovely jewelry. Happy Friday.

  • Reply Andrea @ From The Sol March 14, 2014 at 6:20 am

    I love the Boho, flopsy, gypsy layered look too, but on other people. I don’t think I could get away with it at my age. I already look pretty flopsy without adding the Boho and layers. And those stairs look pretty foreboding, but certainly doable … good for you.. I love siver jewelry, but I agree the price doesn’t seem to be right anymore. But, I still love it and the pieces you are showing are delicious. As for boats, you should have one … there is nothing like it πŸ™‚ Have a great week Veronica …

    Andrea @ From The Sol

  • Reply Cat March 14, 2014 at 8:37 am

    Hi Veronica,

    I took a silver & stone-setting course because I wanted to make exactly what I had in mind. And I figured how hard can it be? Working with silver is a little fiddly but not difficult and for the price of one ring on Etsy I set myself up with some basic tools. So I agree with you that some jewelry sellers charge what other people will pay, especially if their products come with stories and are “made with love” and “good intentions” and hint at bringing the buyer strength /peace/adventure/etc. Basic marketing really: (I heard about a study that said people will pay way more for the same item on places like ebay, if that item comes with a background story…) Sometimes, when you look closely at the photos you can see the bezel join or the bezel top has been banged up while setting the stone and the price is still really high considering the material cost and the manufacturing time. And I for one am not buying πŸ™‚ When I do see something spectacular and incredibly well-made then it is a different story!
    Cat
    p.s. love your pinterest board. and sailing is the best.

  • Reply Ida P. Krause March 14, 2014 at 10:20 am

    Gorgeous view of the Mountains and the Lake.
    That’s quite a trail of steps leading down and yes getting back up isn’t so easy anymore.
    I hardly ever visit Pinterest, just couldn’t seem to get into it for some reason. Besides I spend way to much time blog viewing to add anything more to look at.
    I don’t want a boat but sailing in one would be fun.

  • Reply diane March 14, 2014 at 1:29 pm

    I love the boho, gypsy and dare I say … hippie … look.
    I’m addicted to Pinterest .. I get so much inspiration there.
    We were boaters before my husband took ill …. big ole 42ft cabin cruiser.
    Have an awesome weekend.
    diane @ thoughts and shots

    • Reply Veronica March 15, 2014 at 3:12 pm

      You’re a girl after my own heart. πŸ™‚

  • Reply Sara v March 17, 2014 at 3:29 am

    Hi Veronica! I really love that boho look, but it doesn’t look good on me :-[ Blue lakes are wonderful a and so are violets, boats are so fun! I’m with you πŸ™‚

    • Reply Veronica March 17, 2014 at 7:34 am

      Yeah, not on me either, I think; although it does wonders for those last few pesky pounds. πŸ˜€

  • Reply daryledelstein March 17, 2014 at 6:02 am

    once you know what it takes/costs to do something/make something its hard to shop and not buy .. you must remember that in addition to the materials there’s the cost of the time it takes to make ….

    • Reply Veronica March 17, 2014 at 7:29 am

      That’s a really good point Daryl. Maybe I oversimplify things a little. πŸ™‚

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