Friday, November 16, 2012

Taking a break!

Just a short post to say that this blog will take a "rest" for the next several months. So many things to do, and so little am "editing" out some of my past adventures. Will be back at some point, but in the meantime, to keep up with more current "happenings" of "Nun of a Kind", and also "Sticks and Strings", please "like" my Facebook page. There you will be able to see what is new in the "sisterhood", and interact a little easier as well. Also, from time to time, there are special offers and "giveaways"...

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Happy Hallowe'en!

Hope that wherever you are, the upcoming news of a huge storm does not affect you, or the prospects of a "Happy Hallowe'en" for the little ones. Pictured here is Mr. Gracin, sporting his "pumpkin head" kidlid. His mother is a frequent local customer, and I thank her for sharing her photos of the ever photogenic Mr. G.!

Sunday, October 21, 2012

New additions to the "Brotherhood"....

 Crazy time around here! Lots of things that had little to do with "production", and more to do with family chores, etc. that consumed a LOT of time! However, getting back to normal, and listing the new items that have been waiting to have their fifteen minutes of fame....
Pictured above....part of the "O Brother" collection, for those customers who have wanted something for the men in their lives as well as their "Sisters".... "The Brother Grim", sporting a look to match his name. I can imagine him with a collection of books, perhaps along side "Sister Paige Turner", the reader...
The "Souper Mario Brother" is for all of those guys who love to cook! Perhaps he can make a visit to "The Chew" to visit my favorite "Mario" brother!!

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Another "Sister" joins the Order!

A plea for a chiropractor nun prompted the creation of this "sister"...."The Untwisted Sister"! She is gracing at least one chiropractor's office at the moment...wonder how many more "brothers and sisters" she can help straighten out!

Friday, August 10, 2012


 This is that wonderful time of year when fresh produce is plentiful, and our local farmers' markets are brimming with great fruits and vegetables. Some friends of mine in Ontario have been sharing the process of creating their unique gourmet preserves from field to table. Marilyn and Cathy, from Rootham's Gourmet Preserves   are at their busiest this time of year when truckloads of fresh goods arrive at their business. Here we see the cantaloupes arriving to the site...
 The beginnings of the process....preparing the fruit....
 The fruit diced up ready for the next step....
and one of the final products using the cantaloupe! You can find these products, and many more, in local farmers markets if you are in Ontario, at specialty stores throughout Canada, and at shows in Ontario throughout the season, including the "One of a Kind Show and Sale" in Toronto in November. Please visit their site to find other information and fantastic recipes using their products.
    I have visited their facility many times, and during one of the visits, they tested my expertise on the labeling machine. Think of Lucy Ricardo and the chocolate factory scene....very similar! But I promise, no product was hurt during my attempt to put the labels on the jar! Very proud of these ladies, their success and their products!

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Happy Canada Day!

 "I am Canadi-nun" stopping by to wish all of my Canadian friends a great day!
....and for my friends in the U.S., a wonderful 4th July! Yay, summer!

and on that note, will be posting now and again throughout the summer, with new additions to the "sisterhood". Please stop by my Facebook page to keep up with offers, new items on both "Nun of a Kind" and "Sticks and Strings" shop. Would love it if you could "like" my Facebook page...the best way to see any changes or announcements.

Enjoy the summer!

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Organizing a "Sister's" Jewelry!

 You know that you have too much stuff when.....
In an effort to "simplify", organization of what one has collected seems to be the key. As someone who likes jewelry (mostly costume!), I am forever looking for a great way to organize all of it so that it is easy to choose the item I am looking for, and so that things are not "forgotten" in a drawer somewhere...
  This lovely box has lots of compartments, large and small to store one's "bling"....
 This one is great because the sections swing out, and seem to have a number of different size squares for storing items of different sizes....
but this is the one I WANT! Just look at all of those great drawers! A place for everything! Earrings, bracelets, necklaces, scarves, all in one spot....with lots of extra drawers for future collecting!
The fellow at Home Depot looking at this item for other purposes was aghast when I blurted out "This is the PERFECT jewelry box!"
Probably not happening, but a "sister" can dream!

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

  Meet Mrs. Clarkson....a very special teacher indeed. Mrs. Clarkson lives in Joplin, Missouri, which was hit by a tornado on May 22,2011. The tornado destroyed a third of the town. The school at which Mrs. Clarkson works was completely leveled, as was the church. I recall seeing the news reports from the town after the disaster, and can only imagine what effect this devastation had on the community, and how they must re-live it to this day.
   Mrs. Clarkson loves to collect nun dolls, and her entire collection was destroyed, since it was on display at the time in her classroom. The families of the students wished to bestow upon her new "nuns" for her new collection this past Christmas. Two of the "moms" contacted me regarding "sisters" which would pertain to Mrs. Clarkson. She received these nun dolls at a presentation, along with a little gift from "Nun of a Kind" to help replenish her collection. Her new collection is displayed on the shelf behind her in the photo. I understand that every student in the class added a new nun doll/figurine to help the new collection grow. Mrs. Joplin is a very special teacher indeed, judging from the nice stories I heard about her! I am sure that she appreciates the caring student/parent community involved in making her personal loss a little less so....

Saturday, May 26, 2012

"The Leather Lady!"

 At shows, I am referred to as the "nun lady", so I am transferring this salutation to my friend, Karen, who could be known as "the leather lady" for the beautiful leather collections she creates! Karen Gunna, of Karen Gunna Designs presents her beautiful handmade leather creations at shows across Canada. This photo shows Karen presenting at the 'One of a Kind" show in Toronto this past spring.
 Karen creates a multitude of fine leather goods in her home studio, everything from handy change pouches, to large leather bags and knapsacks. She has some wonderful items for travelers, and her work shows her fabulous sense of style.
 One piece that I own is this little 3-zipper pouch. Karen uses one of these as her actual wallet, with cards stored in the middle compartment, change and cash in the other two side compartments. I am finding this piece to be very handy indeed, and store all of the cards that one seems to collect for airmiles, department stores, etc. They are much easier to find when I need them, plus the bright orange color that I have is very easy to find in all of the "clutter" that I seem to accumulate in my actual handbag!
However, my favorite piece of all is my red "Ella" handbag which Karen is sporting here. It has many zippered compartments on the outside of the bag, and a few on the interior as well. I receive many compliments when I carry this bag! So nice to have something made by hand than something mass-produced!
I hope that you get the chance to visit Karen at one of her many shows throughout the year. Unlike me, Karen is busy doing shows all year long, and across Canada, so you may have a chance to meet her in person, and find your own special 'Karen Gunna" creation. If not, please visit her website and enjoy "browsing" her fine work!

Thursday, May 17, 2012

More "kids" in "lids"!

Meet Mr. K. and Miss A. in their new "kidlids"! These little darlings sported their new toppers to go to one of their doctor's appointments. Born at just a little over 2 pounds, the babies are now just over 5 pounds each, and doing well. Their mother is a marathon runner, and will be in trouble once these little folk get their own running legs, if they inherit her love of running! :)

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Talented Artist....

 Recently, I attended the "One of a Kind" show and sale in Toronto as a customer, not a vendor. It was great to take the time to visit booths that normally I do not have time to do while "working" the show with the "Sisters". Odile Gova, of "Woollyfabulous" was there with her amazing creations. Odile is the master of everything, it seems. She is one of the most artistic people that I have ever had the pleasure to meet, and she is always "on to" something new, while still providing her classic loved designs from the past to her customers as well.
 Odile featured unique pincushions at this show as well as her beautiful brooches and pins. The pincushions are little works of art. I could not resist bringing one home. Some are perched at the top of a bottle, or "thrifted" item, to hold pins, buttons, etc.
 Odile loves to work with felted items, which she felts herself. Her signature use of the metallic zipper in her designs is beautiful, and adds that bit of "bling" to each of these pieces.
She is working with a new product now, as well, and has fun with her embroidery skills to further embellish the pieces. Antique buttons are part of many of the designs as well.

Perhaps you will get a chance to visit with this talented lady at a future "One of a Kind" show in Toronto. If not, please visit her shop, "WoollyFabulous" at "Etsy"!

Sunday, April 22, 2012

The Number "Crunch"....

"The tax man cometh", and Sister Calculata has been busy preparing her return. Our U.S. friends have had their deadline date come and go, so their annual job is hopefully done! Here in Canada, we have until the end of the month to face the dreaded chore.
  Are you organized, having your files ready to do your own taxes, or to bring to a tax preparer? ...or, are you more apt to have a shoebox overflowing with receipts, info, and various slips of paper in hopes that someone can make some sense of it all? I imagine that the tax preparation offices will be very busy with the last minute work this week here!

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Easter Dessert....

From the files of "Pinterest", my greatest find so far! This is a recipe which I have searched for, after having tasted it at a local tearoom. In my mind, I had "figured it out", but was glad to have an actual recipe to determine actual ingredient measurements, etc. Imagine my delight when I found this recipe "pinned" on Pinterest...appropriately called "Lemon Delight"....
    This recipe appears to have been successful....we will found out later when it is served. However, I am fairly certain that I did something wrong with the bottom layer.....thought that I needed more, so attempted to increase the recipe for this by an extra half. Seems crumbly....
  Second, I found out why the recipe says to add the icing sugar slowly to the cream cheese required for the second layer. We may not have had much snow this winter in our area, but believe me, it was snowing at the moment I added the icing sugar my way (all at once) to the recipe. I posted in my personal "Facebook" page about this fact, and it was amazing to hear all of the confessions of similar experiences...everything from leaving the top off the blender while preparing berries, to dropping a turkey, to having a pressure cooker explode splaying beets throughout the kitchen. I guess I am not the only "Lucy Ricardo" in the kitchen!
   My recipe was changed only in one other way, by preparing actual lemon pie filling rather than instant for the third layer. I believe this is how the tearoom version was prepared.  We will see how my lovely looking Easter dessert is received later on today. Amazingly, it does look like this picture...but looks can be deceiving! Happy Easter to you all!

Saturday, March 31, 2012

What I Learned from "Pinterest"....

If you have not yet discovered the "Pinterest" site, then please heed my warning. Do not attempt to visit this site unless you are prepared to find yet another internet "addiction". This site, which shows listings and information which other subscribers "post", is the ultimate "eye candy" for SO many interests. The beauty of this is that once you "join", you are then able to create your own "boards", and therefore can refer to them for the interesting material you managed to find.
   So far, I have found and "pinned" recipes, healthy and otherwise, great cleaning ideas, fashion, hairstyles (once again forgetting that I do not have the type of hair needed to accomplish these hairdresser will laugh the way she did when I brought in the picture of Oprah's hairstyle...), room decorating ideas, quilting, funny quotes and cartoons, and products/creations I would love to buy. Once you "pin" the information, "clicking" on that info will generally bring you to the original post, and to the tutorial, recipe, information that you would need to explore further that particular idea.
   Hint....Keep a timer by the computer when you gaze at this site and limit yourself. When the timer sounds, walk away from the computer...or re-set it for a longer period of time like I do! Happy pinning!!

Friday, March 16, 2012

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

"Sister Patty O'Lantern" once again coming your way to wish you the best of the day tomorrow on St. Patrick's day. For those who are Irish, and those who wish to be, no doubt there will be lots of green beer, and Irish tunes wherever you may be!

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Kentucky "Sisters"!

One of my very favorite plays is "Nunsense"....I have seen many variations of these plays, and some more than once. It is my "inner nun" that makes me want to join them on stage in these hilarious adventures that take place in every version. I am lucky that in some small way, I do get to be a part of these productions, in that several of the "sisters" from "Nun of a Kind", have been "gifted" to the talented players of these groups. Pictured here is one such group. Deb, the "Mother Superior" in the centre of the picture, contacted me a few weeks ago to purchase items for some of the cast of the show, being presented this week to sold-out crowds at their theater in Kentucky. The show was so popular that they had to add another performance! No wonder! Look at the enthusiasm in this group!
   The fellow in the background is the director, and husband of (dare I say it?), Mother Superior! (Deb....)  I can just bet that this little ensemble will be looking at some of the other versions by Dan Goggin to perform in the future! Thanks to Deb for sharing the photo, and the great story!

Sunday, February 19, 2012

More "Kids" in "Lids"....

Baby Gracin....adorable little smile

and Miss Lexa, beautiful little sleeper.....

Friday, February 10, 2012

The Collector!

Every year, at one of the shows at which I exhibit, I am visited by a lovely lady who purchases several "sisters" for her grandmother, who is unable to attend the show herself. This tradition began at the very beginnings of "Nun of a Kind", and Grandma has amassed several more than pictured here. She uses her collection to "gift" certain people in the family, if a certain name, hobby, or profession of a certain nun doll suits them, and has them placed around her home as decorations. Her granddaughter makes a point to visit the booth every year to add to the collection. This year, I added some "Little Sister" ornaments to the purchase for another little gift for Grandma. She has made earrings out of them for this photo!
Michelle (the granddaughter) explains the traditions that Grandma follows in "distributing" her "sisters"....

  After all these years we are finally sending you a group picture of Grandma and her many nuns.
I first purchased her a nun from the  craft show approximately 10 years ago.  This was the best gift that Christmas!  Each year we make a trip to the  craft show JUST for your Nuns, as we could not possible go a year with out one.
My Great Uncle Paul (Kay's brother) a former Jesuit Brother now lives in a long term care centre run by Nuns, has received Sister Superior and Sister Holy Mackerel (because you need fish for the soup).  They are very much enjoyed by all.

My Great Aunt Eileen, has Sister Holy Roller because we felt she needed a little good luck.
All the Nun's grandma has received now has a name of someone in the family written on it.  They are to be handed down to the family member she feels suits them the most.  Now that the Monks have arrived, we have a whole new set of members to assign them to....cause we can't leave out the boys :)

Grandma had worked on the ships as a cook when she was in her 20's. Had 5 children, 5 grandchildren and 6 great grand daughters.  She loves music, poetry, dancing and figure skating.

I hope you enjoy the pictures as they have brought much joy to our family....every Christmas it's a given she will get another, the fun is what the newest addition will be.

 This was such a great story to hear! Thanks, Michelle, for sharing certainly "made my day", and it was great to "meet" Grandma, at long last!

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Winter dreams...

 Although it has not been as "terrible" a winter as some of the past, it does not take much grey weather to infuse some "cabin fever". A trip south, to bask in the sun, or to an island, would be lovely right about now! However, like "Sister Gaye Paree", pictured here, planning a springtime trip to Paris would be ideal!
  Perhaps "Sister" would like to tour the City of Lights in these ever-so-practical stiletto heels....complete with "La tour Eiffel"....
  Thinking of you, Miss Meg, when I saw the photo of these shoes...

Sunday, January 22, 2012

The Beauty of "Props"!

A while ago, a very talented photographer contacted me regarding exchanging hats for photos. I was lucky enough to receive these photos earlier this week. I have posted them to my "Sticks and Strings" site, and have received two orders for this particular hat. I hope that the customers do not think that the baby pictured is included with their purchase! What a difference having a live "model" makes...and a very good photographer! Thanks to Theresa Brereton for her wonderful photos. Looking forward to more!

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Handmade gift....

As one who likes to create gifts for people, or purchase handmade as gifts, I was especially thrilled to receive this lovely glass pendant as a special gift myself! My son has started creating glass pieces, and I was lucky enough to receive this one, one that I had admired in photos that he had posted of his work. A special gift indeed....

Friday, January 6, 2012

Tis the season to....

spend more time reading! Now that the busy prep season of the fall shows is over, there is a bit more time to delve into more books than usual. Although I am a "book" person, I did receive an e-reader for Christmas, and must admit that I have enjoyed using it. Learned how to download books from our library, and know that having this device will make it easier to cart books on holiday, etc.
First e-reader book..."The Little Giant of Aberdeen County" by Tiffany Baker. Loved it.
Also read "Zero Hour" by David Baldacci. A great read as well.
....on to the next!