Lady of the 80's, and I Don't Care!  

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Yeah, some people laugh at me. I was saying just today at work how my favorite band has not changed since 1986. Yeah. So. What are you looking at? Wanna make something of it?

So, who is it you, like so many others, may ask. Ok, you might have been alive in the 80's, even may remember them fondly. But chances are you don't know the band I still love more than any other. Yeah, really.

They where so lovely and wonderful. The whimsy, the passion and the unfortunate maroon lipstick. I love the happy jangly guitars, whistful words and serious and tounge-in-cheekyness. I would not be where I am today if it weren't for them. My heroes.

It's the Mission. They are my favorite band, ever. Wayne Hussey has been a source of much joy and comfort over the, er, 23 years. Still fills my heart with bliss. I'd have to say 'Children' is one of the best albums. Though 'God's Own Medicine' is quite brilliant too. I love the Mission ( or the Mish ), and always will. Denise makes fun of me a lot, but I don't care. My love it true.

~ Melina.

Hey Melina, you forgot to mention how you were part of the fan club and how fans called themselves 'Missionaries'. The Mission World Information Service. HAHA!

~ Denise

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Feast Day  

Friday, August 28, 2009

Last night, we made a really good lasagna. Denise calls it a heart-attack on a plate. It is. We didn't eat any junk food all month, so we decided we would have a day of food as a treat for good behaviour. YAY!

We invited our friends from work over to help us eat all the good things. So, Rhonda and Kelly ate with us last night. That was fun. Kelly told us funny stories, one of which involved her believing she had no legs. She insisted she never had them, and was ' ok with it, I've lived with it for over twenty years, guys. Haven't you noticed, you've known me for years'? A lesson to enjoy yourself responsibly, folks.

It was fun, we also had brownies, chips and martinis. Very tired today.

~ Melina.

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Great Friends and a Sore Head  

Monday, August 24, 2009

We have some really great friends. I've noticed this recently because of all the support we've gotten through our Facebook fan page. The comments from people have really been encouraging! When starting a new thing like this Etsy shop it can sometimes feel like you are working away and not quite getting the rewards, but then you hear someone say they like your stuff and it is a huge boost!

We went out for coffee last Friday with our friend Kerry who also has an Etsy shop. It is so awesome to have
another friend who we can brainstorm with and complain to and generally hash out new plans. She is also awesome because she is always willin
g to drive us places we need to go. We are auto-challenged but she has a lovely vehicle is always there to bring us where we have to go.
And the BIGGEST reminder of how great our friends are came when Rhonda did the most amazingly thoughtful thing. We had been talking about a book I wanted to buy. She suggested that it could be at the library, but you see, the library and I have issues. I can't return things on time. I don't know what it is. Even one year that I worked at my University library, I still returned things late. So borrowing the book from the library was not a good idea. So what did she do? She got it out for me! She went to the library and said she'll just remind me a couple of days before it needs to be returned. How sweet
is that? It's already inspired a couple of pieces and I think she'll find one of them has a special name. ; )
On another note, I should mention Melina's accident. She concussed herself yesterday. Yup. We struggled through the Hurricane Bill rains to get into the cab and get to work. She was so anxious to get out of the rain that BAM! She whacked her head on the top of the cab door. There was blood and a hospital visit. She's fine now, mainly because she has a very hard head, but don't tell her I said so. Send her healing vibes as she still feels a bit woozy.

~ Denise

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Bags Bags and more Bags!  

Friday, August 21, 2009

It's time for me to do some new projects, as I just finished sewing a large order. I've still got the hand sewing to do, but I'm thinking about what to make. And can I just say, I so love bags!

Love them. At work, I'll browse bags and accessories on-line (don't tell my boss, wink, wink). I'll look on Etsy of course, Matt & Nat and Bluefly and other site. Love it.

There is a trend of bags being larger, and I like that. I'm the mom-type, and tend to have everything one may need. So, at 5 foot 4" I know I look silly at times with a huge bag, but I don't care.

One day I'll have an industrial sewing machine, and I'll be able to make bags out of thicker material. With lots of pockets and hardware.


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Taco Salad, an Expose  

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Ok, our favorite meal is taco salad, hands down. And, because we are awesome, we are going to share that meal with you.

First you take your veggie ground round, we use chick'n flavor. Saute with some onion, add taco seasoning. We use the hot, spicy one. Simmer 'til thickened. Set aside.

Finely mince 3 thin slices of onion, add to large salad bowl. Then wash box of cherry tomatoes and cut in either half or quarters. Add to bowl.

Tear and wash either lettuce or spinach, we use spinach. Add to bowl. Crush bag of baked scoops and add to bowl. Grate soy cheese, one block, and add to bowl. Toss till well mixed.

Open jar of salsa and Tofutti sour cream, and you're ready to serve. We do this in a very specific way. You put some of the salad on your plate, then put some of the ground chick'in on top with some sour cream and salsa. Eat and enjoy!!!

And you're welcome. : )

~ Melina.

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Yeah, I'm Still Goth  

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Mmmm, sort of. Ok, may not look it, most of the time - or ever, these days, but in my heart, still rockin' the black lipstick and big black mohawk. I do miss it. There are days I wish I could just goth out. Can really only do it at 'halloween' at work.

Oddly enough, banks don't want you coming to work looking goth. I am lucky that I work at the contact center, so you can have tattoos and piercings and stuff. I guess technically I could, but I normally just blend into the background. Really, I generally don't care what I look like. Maybe that's the problem. I'm a working stiff who just wants to get through the day.

I still love all the old goth trappings, but I wouldn't really want to do it everyday. Too much bloody work. And I like different things, not just the black, fishnetty, black eye-liner and hairspray. I love lots of different styles and love 'Lucky' magazine. Is it my youth I miss?

Well, I do still feel goth at heart. I'm goth on the inside. Goth is really a state of mind, not a uniform. So there!


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Machine Love  

Friday, August 14, 2009

Emerald 116

I just wanted to take some time and talk about my Viking Emerald 116. I love my sewing machine. I bought it last December in Truro, on our way to Moncton, at Mary's Creative Sew & Serge. Mary was awesome and stayed late, as we had a lot of trouble finding it. It's easy to find, but not for two tired and cranky Aquarians. I had done research on line and I knew that Viking was a good make.

Mary, it was the real Mary of the Sew & Serge, stayed late, suggested the
Emerald 116, and I love it and bought it. She was so nice. I highly recommend that store. Great service.

My Emerald is such a trooper, I really put it through it's paces. There is still so much I have to learn that it can do. I have to say, some of the gadgets scary me a tad. Automatic button-hole maker, plastic 'feet' and I still get sweaty when I've to change a needle. It's totally easy, just my worry that I'll accidentally hurt my lovely machine.

Now, if I were to come into lots of money suddenly, I would so get the completely terrifying Bernina 830. It's so..... got everything. And it's computerized. Ha! It'd take me a year to work up the nerve to use it. Maybe.

I so want to go sew now.

~ Melina.

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Eunice Kennedy Shriver RIP  

Tuesday, August 11, 2009


Well, she did one of the greatest things ever in my book. Special Olympics has a huge place in Denise and my heart. My sister, Melisa, is handicapped and is a Special Olympics star. She just competed in July's provincials and got two bronze metals. And all with a very ow-ie gallbladder. The gallbladder is now history.

I, and those who have experienced the wonderfully life affirming thing that is the Special Olympics, will always have much love for the lovely lady who invented it. Thank you, Eunice Kennedy Shriver. You so rock.
On the far right, the lady of honour.

Just wait till next year, no stinking gallbladder to hold her down, Melisa will RULE!!!

- Melina

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Harry Potter Night  

Sunday, August 9, 2009

We had a really good night out last Wednesday. Finally we were recovered enough to go see 'Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince' with our friend Rhonda. It was so spooky, her initials are R.A.B. If you've seen the film, you'll know she plays a very important role. HA!

It was planned to go right from work, what a nice way to start the weekend. We've so many gift cards for the movies, it's the one place we feel quite wealthy. We got extra large pops.

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Sometimes Things are Meant to Be  

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Melina and I have been roommates for almost 13 years. It may sound crazy but when you realize that we are like sisters it's more understandable. We really are family. So we were talking about how we ended up opening the Etsy shop. For some it seemed sudden but it was actually a long time coming.

Many years ago we tried to open a Witchy store. We put together a business plan and tried everything we could to get a government sponsored loan. It didn't work out. While we were doing the business plan we did various readings to see if we would have a business. The strange thing was they all said yes but were ambiguous about timing. At the time we assumed this meant the store was within our grasp. Within a few years of that we realized everything had worked out for the best. A life of retail, even as owners was not for us so all of those readings must have been wrong.

The thing is that in the years to come we were frequently told through divination like tarot and pendulum work that a business was in our future. What! That seemed crazy!

Until last year when a friend of ours started an Etsy shop. The timing for us was perfect. I had started doing chainmaille less than a year before after thinking about it for a long time. Melina had taken up sewing again and was loving it. Suddenly there seemed an opportunity for us to use our creativity as we had always been meant to!

Voila, Moody and Sanguine was born! Now we are well on the way to our dreams and we aren't looking back.

~ Denise

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