Wednesday, December 4, 2013

I'm backkkk

Hey everyone,

After much contemplation and wise advice from my Mr C and my great friends, I decided to keep Purple Umbrella as a personal blog.  I felt my work blog wasn't "Janet" enough, you know what I mean? It just lacked my crazy stories, random food pics and of course, random sound effects (wooohooo!!).  Anyways, this blog will mostly be for my friends, and people who randomly stumble upon this blog (a big hello to you!).  If you know me well you know I love telling stories all day long... :P  I guess this is just my outlet for doing just that...

Last week was American Thanksgiving and I had the pleasure to spend the whole week with Mr C.  We renovated the house and finally finished painting! Did I tell you the house is now an awesome shade of "Perfect Taupe", "Raffia Ribbon", and "Sandstone Cove"? I'm not sure if it's normal to feel so much love towards paint colors, but I can tell you I just sigh like a love stuck school girl.  I'll have to post some before and after pictures of the renovations.  I'd say we are 80% done, but we still need to finish up the stairs and the hallway.  Who knew hardwood would be so difficult to finish? It's been 6 months :P yikes.  Anyways, during that vacation, we also had the chance to do some yard work.  Unfortunately Mr C stubbled upon a hornets nest in the bushes.  Those crazy bees chased him all around the front lawn.  It ended with 0-1... Mr C being the 0, along with a bruised forehead. Strangely enough, I had avoided the leaves around that bush because I felt there was something there... :P The bees didn't get me, but the compost did! The bottom of my compost bag broke in our front lawn.. I was horrified.  lol, what do you do with compost all around you??? Use leaves to scoop it up of course. ;p

Black Friday came and went just like that.  We were originally going to line up for Wal-mart, but as many of you are aware it's crazy.  I'm kind of glad we didn't go line up, but part of me still wonders what it's like to have a mac. lol.  I did pick up towels at Macy's, that's as exciting as it gets :P

That's about it! I'll try to post more food adventure pics soon.  I've missed them!

Take care, catch ya later!


Monday, November 18, 2013

New blog

Hey everyone,

My new blog ( is up and running.  It will mainly focus on my needle felting and paper crafts. If you're interested please stop by :)

I may pop back and forth and keep this blog as my personal life blog.  What do you guys think?



Wednesday, November 6, 2013

CAS(E) this Sketch #52

Hey everyone,

One last post on this blog before I make the big move.  I'm still on the fence whether to have two blogs--  one personal (cooking, everyday adventures) and an Etsy one.  What do you think?

Anyways, I recently got my October Studio Calico kit and I was blown away by the stamp set and the supplies.  Everything was well cordinated and beautifully packaged.  I've been having some creativity block recently, so while surfing on Pinterest I found this website called CAS(E).  They come up with a card sketch and you create the card using their layout.  I was pretty excited and made this card with some of the supplies in my October kit.  This is what I came up with.   I'm so obessed with mint greens and oranges this Autumn.  I think it's such a funky color combination! 

Enjoy and have a wonderful day :)

Thursday, October 31, 2013

New blog domain name

Hey everyone,

Just stopping by to wish you a Happy Halloween! Hope you eat a lot of candy and have lots of fun.

Btw, I'll be changing my blogger URL soon so in case you follow this blog please update your bookmarks and or feeds!

My new URL will be and I'll be changing it next week :)

Take care!


Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Needle Felting Ducks

Hello everyone,

A big sorry for the lack of updates! We've been pretty busy doing house renovations etc.  I'm glad to say that we've kind of settled down now so I can get back to the good stuff (needle felting, blogging, crafting!).  At least my craft room is up and running! We finally painted it a beautiful shade of grey (Behr's Dolphin fin).  If you look closely it's in the background of my pictures below.  It's my favorite spot in the house (it's also the warmest place because it gets all the sun light).  I just love needle felting there.  Here's a sneak peek at what I've created so far :) They are large versions of my small needle felted ducks. They'll be going up in the shop soon so please stay tuned.  The little grey girl duck is my favorite.  Isn't the bow darling?! :)

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Needle Felted Mushroom & heart keychain

Hey everyone,

How's it going? Not much happening on our end of the world.  The weather in Washington is nice and hot.  We've been hiking quite a bit and I'm enjoying the outdoor activities.  I'll need to dig up all those pictures and write a post about it soon.  We hiked up Mount Si and also Rattlesnake Ledge.  Both are beautiful places and I can't wait to go back.

To all my Toronto people, I hope you are all safe and sound.  I saw pictures of the rainstorm and noticed major flooding of the highways.  Wow, when it rains it pours huh?

Nothing new on the crafting front.  We are in the midst of another move so I am slowly packing up my paper craft items... tear.  :P No worries though, I've been needle felting in between color selections and home renovation research.

Since I love hearts I decided to make this cute little heart keychain.  

Also continuing with my happy needle felting series, I made this little happy mushroom ^^

Take care! Janet

Friday, June 28, 2013


Hey everyone,

Yes! Friday is here and let's enjoy the hot weather shall we? :)  I heard that it's been really hot in the East coast for a few weeks.  I'm so happy that summer has arrived here in the West coast! Yippie.  I love the hot weather and the sun.  

I spent the afternoon coming up with some new needle felting friends.  I also made a delicious summery pasta dish, but you'll have to wait until the next post =p.  Take care friends.  Have a wonderful weekend.

How is everyone spending their weekend?