5 fresh free crochet patterns to warm up your winter

I’ve recently rediscovered a love for crochet. Not that I have much time to count stitches or anything with this adorable yelling toddler of mine and a million animals needing food and breaks (so, so needy!), but I like to think I will get at least two projects done this winter. Maybe even before Christmas! Below are some ideas (with free patterns!) that I’m a little obsessed with at the moment. Hopefully they inspire you to get out your hook and whip up something warm.   … Continue reading

Ice shoves no longer — caves being destroyed some time this week

An iconic and beautifully rare scene on the shore of Crystal Beach is about to be destroyed. People flooded the area this past weekend to view the ice shoves at Crystal Beach on Lake Erie. Of course, as in any large crowd, not all went according to plan and common sense was not at its peak. A senior citizen broke a hip after slipping on the ice, emergency vehicle access was blocked by the many illegally parked cars, and by Family Day, the caves themselves … Continue reading

Directions & map to the ice caves at Crystal Beach added!

After noticing a lot of traffic to the site looking for how to get to the ice caves on the shores of Lake Erie, I’ve added a map and directions for your reference on my post from the other day! Hope you’re having a great Family Day! Don’t forget to comment and leave a link to any pictures you took at the ice caves. I’d love to see them!   You might also like: Ice shoves on Lake Erie at Crystal Beach – just wow. … Continue reading

Ice shoves on Lake Erie at Crystal Beach — just wow.

One of the coolest things to happen in this region in a long time has cost us absolutely nothing. It’s a totally natural wonder, one I’d never seen until this past weekend. If you live here, you should definitely go see it while you can. UPDATE 1: See the bottom of this post for directions on how to get there, and a map! UPDATE 2: Ice caves were evacuated February 17, 2014 due to possible ice fractures. Please see this Erie Media write-up for more … Continue reading

Snowed In / Cruisin’ for a Bruisin’

I know I promised productivity, but that’s proven tough this week since getting my second crappy cold in less than 2 months. I am very slowly getting my first sewing project done on our new machine, however. And Miklos painted what will become the nursery. So stuff is happening, gradually. Here’s a very good song with a theme many of us are familiar with tonight: Stay warm, and if you have pets outside, please bring them inside. This polar vortex is unforgiving. How are you … Continue reading

DIY: Christmas wreath in less than 10 minutes

Things are — very gradually — getting festive in the Comma House. Christmas, as you might have heard, is expensive. I’d rather do something myself than spend $60 on a decoration we’ll have up for a month or two, tops. Therefore, this weekend’s super quick and happy project was… Materials: 1 plain, cheap wreath with no adornments from Michaels  — $9.99 + 50% off = $4.99 for 11″ diameter All purpose burlap — we used a 12 foot length but you can use more/less Pine cones, … Continue reading

Toronto neighbourhood toques, anyone?

This collection of community-themed toques and tops from the City of Neighbourhoods line at Tuck Shop Trading Co. is unique and fun. If you’ve lived in Toronto or currently live there, you might like to represent. That’s what the kids say these days, right? Repre… sent? The toques are $35, which is a good price for a hat in Toronto and terribly unreasonable anywhere else, but since they’re such a neat theme, it might be easier to ignore the tag. What do you think? Do … Continue reading

Lemons to Lemonade: From Flood to Ice Bucket

This past week with all the back-and-forth freeze-and-thaw (so many hyphens) a window well flooded in the back yard. The water then found its way into a crack in our foundation and into the laundry room, which I found Tuesday at midnight. There was a lot of water-bailing that happened that night (and a thank you goes out to Miklos’s dad for stopping by to help us out). A couple of buckets were left full of water and froze over.  Today I turned one over … Continue reading

Windmills and Pinwheels

Suddenly remembered the photoblogI had a couple of years ago (or maybe just a year ago?) and hit randomize a few times.  Came up with this shot I can barely remember taking.  Got the Miklosmobile stuck the snow that day.  Was it the Kia?  Might’ve been the Kia. Share the post “Windmills and Pinwheels” FacebookTwitterGoogle+PinterestStumbleUponE-mail