Miel et Cannelle

Romans 8:38. Nothing can take away this joy.

Month: February, 2011

Electrolyte Disorders Votive Holder

This one goes out to my fellow nursing students. I went thrift shopping round two with Ligin today. We tried a new place and weren’t that impressed. However, I did find this awesome book:

I was destined to find this bad boy

Somehow I waded through the hodge-podge of musty sweaters and used pantyhose (people buy that?) to find a book on Renal and Electrolyte Disorders, which coincidentally is what we’ve been covering so far in Pathophysiology. About 50% of the book is on stuff we’ve covered already, such as hypernatremia, hypokalemia, etc. Fascinating stuff, really.

I knew once I flipped through it and saw all the pretty graphs, flowcharts and histology pictures that I had a purpose for this book: a new votive holder. And ta-da! After  about an hour of hunching over on my bedroom floor with my mod podge, I present to you my very own Electrolyte Imbalance Votive Holder:

Isn't it grand?

Sure to help you study--by candlelight!

In case you need to remember the structure of aldosterone

This votive holder features your favorite imbalances, such as: Hyponatremia, metabolic and respiratory acidosis and alkalosis, with a guest star appearance by the renin-angiotensin-aldosterone system!

Happy studying!


One step closer…

to opening my Etsy store!

I finished making this tutu the other night and finally took a picture of the finished product. I might make a few minor tweaks but I’m pretty satisfied with the result. I hope you like it!


Handcrafted tutu, elastic waistband fits 24" to 36" waist

If it sells in my shop I’ll definitely make more, and take requests for specific colors. This one is burgundy with some mauve accent.

All things to do with love

February 14th, 2011

8:30am: Wake-up call, way too soon

10:25am: Anatomy lecture begins

10:26-11:14am: Proceed to search for crafts on StumbleUpon and muffle my own laughter while browsing Regretsy

11:15am: Anatomy lecture ends

12:20pm: Andrew’s train should arrive

1:35pm: Andrew’s train does arrive

2:48pm: Andrew arrives at my apartment. We exchange Valentine’s cards and then leave for Shedd Aquarium

3:52 pm: We arrive at Shedd Aquarium in time to hear an employee explain to the man behind us in line that he “can’t purchase tickets for the water show in until the day of the show,” because they’re “live animals” and sometimes they “don’t feel like performing.”

3:53pm: Andrew gets excited about poison arrow frogs

4:01pm: Andrew gets excited about anaconda

4:05pm: Andrew secretly decides to make it his personal mission to photograph everything in the aquarium

4:35pm: Andrew finds a new buddy

4:40pm: After a billion tries, we get a picture of us together

4:59pm: I sneak a quick photo-op with my favorite little guy

5:05pm: Hugs and kisses

5:12pm: Andrew mourns the loss of his beloved Bears

6:15pm: We arrive at Adobo. Andrew scarfs down his chicken mole enchilada, then works on mine


To round out this little lovey dovey post, here’s one of my favorite poems by e.e. cummings:

i carry your heart with me(i carry it in

my heart)i am never without it(anywhere

i go you go,my dear; and whatever is done

by only me is your doing,my darling)

i fear

no fate(for you are my fate,my sweet)i want

no world(for beautiful you are my world,my true)

and it’s you are whatever a moon has always meant

and whatever a sun will always sing is you


here is the deepest secret nobody knows

(here is the root of the root and the bud of the bud

and the sky of the sky of a tree called life;which grows

higher than the soul can hope or mind can hide)

and this is the wonder that’s keeping the stars apart


i carry your heart(i carry it in my heart)



Sew much fun

Pardon the cheesy title, but I just completed my first two sewing projects today. I’m building up a store of handmade things in preparation of launching my own Etsy store. So stay posted because that should be up soon, provided I can keep up this level of crafting. Last night I started making an infinity scarf out of some of my Salvation Army t-shirts. Don’t worry–I washed them first! It actually came out pretty neat although I haven’t finished all the detail yet. I also decided to add a little flair to one of my plain headbands. If you know me at all you know that I am a headband fool. I wear them almost everyday as an alternative to ponytails because my hair tends to get in my face a lot.

My new headband!

I just used an old skirt and scraps from the shirts I used to make the scarf and after a little bit of logistics I fashioned a flower! I think it adds a little something special. I’ll probably make a few more to put in my shop so if you like headbands as much as I do look out for them once I launch my store. Let me know what you think!

Crafting Craze

I’ve been in a crafting frenzy lately. For the past three days, I’ve been on StumbleUpon (check the links) looking at craft sites and drooling over repurposed t-shirt fashions. So much so that today after class, my friend Ligin and I braved the freezing cold (and snow) to make the trek over to Salvation Army. It was her first trip (cute!) and I was on a mission: find cheap, reusable t-shirts, bedsheets, fabrics, etc. I just love thrifting. For $15, I bought: one absolutely adorable shabby chic bedsheet in perfect condition, 5 shirts, a brown leather belt (I just wanted it), a glass votive holder and a vintage book. I have a zillion crafts coming up and it would take me forever to explain them all–so I won’t. Suffice it to say that I will be having some great posts coming up, some tutorials and some shots of the finished products.


One of my finds–isn’t this pattern just fantastic?

In other news, I received a care package today from my mother dearest. We had found this dress on ebay while I was home for Christmas break and it finally arrived, so she sent it out in time for me to have for Valentine’s day.


I feel like a ballerina!

I don’t know if I’ll be able to wear it outside seeing as it was only 7 degrees the last time I checked. But, I told my mom that I love it so much that I’ll try and find a way to wear it. I’m not above wearing it over jeans. I’ll do it. So if you see some short little girl prancing down the streets of Chicago in a tutu over jeans and snowboots, give me a shout.