Sunday, November 28, 2010

Shop sale!

Are you struggling to finish up your holiday shopping? Here's a little incentive for you. Everything in my Ratgirl shop is 20% off right now. Just enter coupon code RATGIRL20 at check-out.

Happy shopping!

Monday, September 13, 2010

There is a pony in the Apple store.

I'm dedicating this post to my brother-in-law, Deutsch. Deutsch collects Apple products and mesmerizes family and friends with them, most recently the Ipad.

Deutsch, would you notice if there was a pony in the Apple store?

This is a bit of a lengthy blog post, but so's totally worth reading to the end!

That photo up there was borrowed from Frank Chimero and I found it via the Hello Adorable blog.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

books and more books

For those of you who know me in real life or if you've been reading this blog for awhile, you know that last year I got the most awesome job in the world...teacher-librarian in an elementary school. I can't even tell you how great it is to be surrounded by books all morning and to see kids genuinely excited about books. Yeah, it's pretty great.

I had the good fortune of stumbling upon the loveliest blog this morning. It's called Bookshelf Porn and the name is just so fitting! Please, do yourself a favour and go browse through their archives. You won't be disappointed. So much booky awesomeness awaits you there. Like pretty shelves arranged by colour.

And rooms you'd want to spend a rainy afternoon in.

How could anyone want to buy an e-reader after seeing a beautiful website like this?

(all images from

Friday, August 20, 2010

current obsessions

There's only a couple of things I'm currently obsessed with but I'm crushing on them hard.

#1: The most beautiful handmade bags by Dazzling Lanna

Seriously, I want every single thing in her Etsy shop.

#2: The farmers' market
at the farmers' market
There is nothing like fresh, local fruits and veggies from one of the 3 awesome farmers' markets in our neighbourhood. I've started giving myself an "allowance" before I go, otherwise I'll end up spending way too much and buying one of everything. Current favourites: peaches, raspberries, and zucchini.

#3: Versus
Last Friday, Paul's band Soft Copy opened for Versus and Polvo at Lee's Palace. Late Fri afternoon Paul got a call from Richard Baluyut of Versus asking if he'd fill in on drums for them that night because their drummer had to go back to New York to be with his wife who was having a baby. Despite the short notice and no practice, he agreed to do it. I should mention that Versus is one of Paul's all-time favourite bands so this was quite a thrill. Anyhow, I was blown away by how well he did! I've been listening to the Versus album "The Stars are Insane" ever since.

Searching around for Versus videos on YouTube led me to find that someone actually recorded the show at Lee's! So here's Paul playing one of my favourite Versus songs "River". I remember thinking how he absolutely killed this song when I was watching it live and now watching it back again, I am even more impressed! Best part....around 3 min 43 when the drums really kick in again and all the rolls and cymbals are out-of-control! And if you look closely, right at the end of the song it looks like Fontaine (bass player) nods to Paul as if to say, "nicely done!". Hee! I'm so proud! Exclaim magazine and Chromewaves blog both said he did an amazing job filling in. He even got to go to Montreal the next day to play with them for that show too!

Monday, August 16, 2010

new stuff in the shop

I've been a busy bee over the last couple of weeks trying to get some of my new designs photographed and put into my Etsy shop. Here's a sneak peek at a few new goodies you can find right now in the shop!

I still have a few more pieces to photograph and other designs ready for baking, but with the crazy intense heat I just can't bring myself to turn on the oven for an hour. As soon as things cool down a wee bit I'll get those finished and photographed too.

Friday, August 13, 2010

learning to sew

After years of wishing I knew how to sew, I'm finally going to do something about it. Carla and I both signed up for Home Ec, an online sewing class. I think it runs for 5 weeks with a new project each day. Intensive, yes. But luckily the lessons will stay up on the blog for a year so I can work away at them at my own pace.

I'm hoping to get started on the first project today...table napkins. I just have to pre-wash my ric-rac. I didn't even know you had to pre-wash trim but I've already learned that from the course. Yay!

I've been squirreling away vintage fabric, mostly vintage sheets & pillowcases, for years in hopes that someday I'd learn how to sew and be able to make something wonderful from them. Here is the stash I've collected, all freshly washed and ready to become something amazing!

The only problem is that I'm a bit afraid to cut into them!

Friday, June 11, 2010


Wow, have I really not posted since March? How did that happen? Is anyone still out there? Hellooooooo???

So here is an update of random things that are on my mind/exciting me these days....

#1. I'm doing a 2-week Creativity Bootcamp course to kickstart my creative side which has been a bit sluggish since the winter. It started on June 6th and runs until the 18th and I'm having so much fun doing the assignments each day. Well, except I skip the journalling part of the daily assignment because I'm not really the journalling type. The course is completely free so if you think you might want to play along, here's the link.

PS. I'm doing mixed media collages each day but you can choose whatever medium you wish. Maybe I'll be brave and share something I've made during the course but so far I'm too shy...just enjoying the process and the structure that forces me to do something crafty everyday.

#2. My new favourite blog is Daily Squee, which I swear is even better than Cute Overload! My cousin is going to love this website!

(both pictures from Daily Squee)

#3. I finally bought a pair of black Saltwater Sandals for the summer. Like most shoes that I obsess over, I've been visiting them online for oh...about 3 years. I don't know why it took me so long to finally buy a pair...they weren't even all that expensive. I'm so glad I did...I've been living in them since I got them back in May. They are sooooo comfortable and I get compliments on them all the time.

My new shoe obsessions are as follows:
Clarks--Vanilla Cream


#4. Paul's band (Soft Copy) got into the North by Northeast music festival! And not only that, they somehow managed to get on an amazing bill with Best Coast from L.A. and The Soft Pack (also from LA, I think)! I soooo hope I'm able to get in to see them. I have a feeling this show is going to fill up early!

The Soft Pack (Holy crap...Paul's playing a show with a band that was on Letterman!!!!)

Best Coast (catchiest song ever!)

#5. How friggin' awesome is this sewing machine?

(photo via Button Lust)

That's it for now. I'll try not to stay away so long this time.

xo Krissy

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

crafty commercial

How cool is this commerical?!

(found via craftzine blog)

Monday, March 08, 2010

lovely weekend

Hooboy, did we ever have some lovely weather around these parts over the weekend! What about you? Were you lucky enough to see the sun and shed some layers? I have to say, even though this winter has been very mild and snow has been scarce, I'm still craving the spring and urging it to please hurry up and arrive already. All the grey days we've seen over the last few months have been a bit depressing.

But enough of that talk...the weekend was awesome and Torontonians came out in droves to enjoy the sunshine. I think 85% of the city's population headed to Queen St. West (as did we). The sidewalks were packed and everyone was smiling.

We started our day at Darkhorse at Spadina & Queen to enjoy a pretty (and delicious) coffee. I'm a wussy coffee drinker so mine was a soy mocha latte. So yummy!

Then to west Queen West and up Ossington to stroll through the endless string of wee galleries. We saw some so-so stuff but also some really great stuff too. Awol had a fantastic show by an artist named Caroline Larson. The colours and textures in her work were really inspiring! Purple On Grey was my very favourite (scroll down to see)...the gradation of colour is so pretty.

Then take-out at Jean's Vegetarian followed up by an evening of knitting (making Noah a doggy sweater...about 3 months too late) and flipping through an issue of Craft magazine that Tania generously passed on to me. A very nice day, indeed!

I hope you had a nice weekend too. What did you do?

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

dreaming of dresses

On Sunday, Paul helped me tidy and re-organize my studio and along the way I found a few things I'd long forgotten about. Things like my inspiration scrapbook which I started a few years ago after being inspired by Tania's scans of her scrapbook. It's funny, I've always clipped little things I loved from magazines but for some reason never affixed them to any surface for future reference. I'm so happy I finally got the idea to take this (seemingly obvious) step because it sure was fun to look back and see all of the lovely eye-candy I saved.

I scanned one page but because it's a large book, I had to do it in two separate scans. I tried to match them up the best I could so if some of the images look a little off, that's why.

I love all of these dresses. The lacy white ones near the top, that bold architectural yellow one at the side, and that gorgeous robin's egg blue at the bottom right. They reminded me of some great dresses I've been seeing around the web lately and have fallen deeply in love with.

First, the Devonshire Dress from Modcloth.

This second one is Alexa Chung for Madewell (via Wikstenmade)

And this last one almost breaks my heart, that's how much I love it. From Shipley & Halmos (via Wikstenmade)

I really need to stop reading so many fashion blogs and start subscribing to blogs about...I don't know...power tools or something.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

this and that

Just finished reading this

(Sooooo good! Could barely put it down.)

Loving this

(I've been visiting this dress online for months and now there's just 1 left. I almost bought it but the reviews make me question if I'll love it as much in real life. Isn't it darling, though?)

Listening to this

(That's Paul's band. It's a great song but the video is pretty awesome too.)

Craving this

(I read this list of the best croissants in the city and now I can't stop thinking about them!)

Tuesday, February 09, 2010


Here's a little peek at what I'm feeling super inspired by right now.

I'm all about this mish-mash of bracelets stacked high on the arm.
(both pics Refinery 29)

And I love these new interpretations of the friendship bracelet. Aren't these so cute? (photo from

(photo from

What's inspiring you lately?

Monday, February 08, 2010

Matt Galloway!

Yay!! Matt Galloway has been chosen to replace Andy Barrie when he retires from hosting Metro Morning next month. They announced it on air this morning. I'm so happy...such a great choice!

And like a lot of people commenting over here, I'm hoping for Kevin Sylvester to replace Matt on Here and Now in the afternoon. Fingers and toes crossed!

Monday, February 01, 2010

Andy Barrie

Today on my drive into work I was listening to Metro Morning just like always, when host Andy Barrie announced he will be retiring from the show on March 1st. I couldn't believe what I was hearing. The announcement came without warning, just seconds after blowing out the candles on his birthday cake live on air.

I love Metro Morning and I can't even imagine the show without Andy. It's how I've been starting my weekdays ever since I moved to Toronto in 2002. Andy is a big reason why I love the show. He's such a fantastic interviewer, a really feisty guy, and so down-to-earth. He really connects with his audience. He's never been afraid to let the audience in on his personal life either. He's talked openly about dealing with Parkinson's and the death of his wife, Mary last year. He often talks about his daughter, his mom, and even his dog on air. It's like he's part of the family!

Four or five years ago, I heard on Metro Morning that Andy would be at Doors Open at the CBC building. It happened to fall on my birthday weekend. I remember Paul asking me what I wanted to do for my birthday and I said "I want to see Andy Barrie!"

When I met him I was so excited and nervous! He was so sweet and funny....he said something along the lines of, "Why so excited, I'm not Britney Spears!". When I nervously asked if I could get a picture with him, he gave me the biggest hug. And that's the picture you see up there. I'm so happy I have that.

I hope he has a wonderful retirement and enjoys sleeping in well past 4:00am for the first time in fifteen years. He certainly deserves it!

Toronto loves you, Andy!

Saturday, January 23, 2010

soft copy

Paul's band Soft Copy has a new album coming out and it got a really nice mention on John Sakamoto's Anti-Hit List in today's Toronto Star! You can read it here.

In other news, I went to Shop for the Cause 2 and got a super cute dress by Damzels in this Dress, which is a local design company. They have a fun shop in Leslieville. It was a really good deal...$12.50. I also put a bid on something in the silent auction and I've got my fingers and toes crossed that I was the winning bid! I don't want to jinx anything so win or lose, I'll reveal it later. If nothing else I drove the bidding up to a higher amount which is good news all around really since the money is going to such a good cause.

That is all. Hope you're enjoying your weekend!

Friday, January 22, 2010

emergency fund raiser for haiti

Toronto folks:
Nathalie-Roze is organizing a sale to raise money for Haiti. I've donated some ratgirl merch and a ton of other local designers have donated items as well. I hope you'll come out, show your support and take home some fun goodies too. When Nathalie-Roze organized the first Shop for the Cause after the tsunami in 2005, $16,000 was raised!

The details:
Shop for the Cause 2
Queen East Presbyterian Church
947 Queen St. East (corner of Queen & Carlaw)
Sat. Jan. 23rd (tomorrow!)
11:00am - 5:00pm

see for more info.