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New Store Colours :)

New Store Colours 🙂  I just wanna see if putting this here will work for the other stuff I want it to link to.  Sorry for the interruption… I expect there will be more.

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Laugh out loud fun!

Grown Up Girls! When was the last time you got together with your girlfriends and laughed so hard you cried?!
Now you can experience that incredible feeling of laugh-out-loud fun with our trivia card game – About Us, Grown Up Girls Edition.
Created with fascinating research involving women 18 and up, and populated with little-known facts about female trailblazers, it’s a wonderful way to spend time with your besties! A fun gift for grown up girls of ALL ages, too!

They will be available next week! Get yours and have a great time with your BFF’s and a bottle of wine… or two 😀

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Sorry Folks

I haven’t updated this page in ages.  I’m going to have to do some major editing of this blog and its previous posts.  As with most small businesses things change, some items stay and some things are no longer available.  If you are interested in anything I currently have for sale at the store please go to my website, sherrysonmain.ca, it’s in its infancy right now but is being worked on, or go to, and like, my Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/SherrysonMainHomeDecorandGifts/

I’m sorry for the confusion but sometimes life gets in the way or sometimes I’m just lazy.  😛

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Finally, I’m updating!

Yes folks, it’s been quite a while since I’ve done anything with this blog and I’m very sorry for that, things got in the way. But here I am again and doing my best to get caught up.  I’ve created a new website that I’m also working on.  Please, DO NOT order anything from this blog, instead go to sherrysonmain.ca not everything is uploaded yet, but I’m getting there! 😀

Well, that’s it, short but sweet.

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Victoria Day Weekend in TO

Warning:  This is a VERY long monologue post about our long weekend.  Come along on our journey… if you dare 😀

Brian, the Mr., and I have a life much like everybody else’s, we work.  Literally day and night.  Me, here at the store during the day 10 – 5 (weekends are reserved for soap and candle making), Brian has the night shift from 7 – 7.   I get up as he is getting home, I get home, we eat and he heads out.  Well, late friday for the Victoria Day weekend, or May 24 if you prefer, he decided that we need a long weekend too.  So rather than heading north like everyone else, we headed to Toronto!

We arrived late Saturday morning.  Since we were going to be staying at a friends over the weekend and he was out doing his thing for the day we had lots of time to just wander around.  First thing we did was take a stroll through the Eaton Centre.  We stopped at the fountain to watch the water shoot into the air.  We watched as the pool slowly filled up to overflowing, then it drained, then we waited for the woosh of water hurtling itself into the air… What we saw was NOTHING  😦   Apparently it doesn’t do that anymore.  Boo, that was the whole fun of watching the fountain, the anticipation waiting for the great gush of water, a geiser if you will, rising not once, not twice, but three times into the air at heights of, I believe, over 80 feet! Anyway, we toddled on to brows some shops.

Even when I’m not here in the store, my head is, so I’m always looking for inspiration for displays and such, so it was fun to see how the “big boys” do it.  There was a store that sold handmade soaps etc. in the mall so of course I had to check that out!  I have never been in this particular brand of store, I’d only ever seen their website.  They have a fantastic concept and they have some unique ways of displaying their wares, but I just didn’t like the smell.  Maybe it was just a certain fragrance that I’m not partial to or a combination that just wasn’t right for my nose but I unfortunately I couldn’t stay very long.  And, I read their ingredient lists.  All this time I had this image that they were the be all and end all of luxury bath items. 😦  Anyway off to continue our stroll.

On the trip from MoFo to TO the zipper on my “good going out on the town purse” broke, and since I haven’t had a new purse in years, I decided to buy a new one.  I know, I know, I SELL purses, but you know the story about the shoemaker… well just think of me that way 😀  I knock around town with this really old bag that I call the “Black Hole of Calcutta”.   Generally anything that goes in it never sees the light of day again.  I’m serious!!!  Somehow I had managed to lose my garden shears in there!  I couldn’t find them for about 3 months, I ALWAYS put them back in the same place so I honestly have no idea how or why they were in my purse!  So we stopped in one bag shop.  Nope nothing in there that I liked, so we went across the mall and there was another shop with bags and luggage, took a poke around and some of the bags were already on sale with another 25% off on top of that!!!  SWEET!!  Tada!!  Mama’s got a brand new bag!!  😀

My new purse!

Well we criss crossed our way through the mall then out onto Young Street, the longest street in the world.  Wow, has it ever changed!  I remember spending countless hours in the arcades with Brian.  Yes, yes that was many, many moons ago since I’ve worked in Toronto and even more since I lived there, but still, have I gotten THAT old!?!  Now there are tones of places to eat, side by side by side and a Brick store…. a BRICK store on Young Street of all places!  I was completely lost on a street that I used to frequent.  Thank goodness Brian has a great sense of direction because I was all turned around, I couldn’t even find the Pickle Barrel while almost standing on top of it!  The only place I recognized was the Zanzibar Tavern and if you don’t know the Zanzy then you probably don’t want to know, so that’s all I’ll say about that! 😀

Now I have very, very bad knees, and for me this was a LOT of walking so Brian hailed us a cab and we went down to Queen Street since our friend Garth doesn’t live too far away from there.  We toddled along Queen for a bit, then since time was getting on and we were getting a bit dry we stopped in at the Friar for a drink.  You may think that we live in the stone age, but neither Brian or I have a cell phone.  We were supposed to give Garth a call before heading over to his place to be sure he was home.  Well seems there is no such thing as a pay phone on the streets anymore so I asked our waiter where we might be able to find one.  He told us there weren’t any but kindly let us use the house phone to make our call.  Our timing was bang on because apparently Garth had just gotten home about 5 minutes earlier 🙂  So now it’s off to Garth’s apartment for a comfy sit down and chin wag.

Now Garth is an aficionado of beer and he had just returned home from a beer fest in the States.  While he was there I very sweetly asked him to bring me home something nice.  He did!!  This is what he got for me that is not available in Canada.  Cool eh!

Yum :D

Yum 😀

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Pretty cool, huh?

He also had a little gift for Brian.

Brian's new old sygmoidoscope :P

Bet ya can’t guess what this is

You may not recognize what it is right off but as soon as Brian opened the box he knew.  Yes, dear readers, it is a Sigmoidoscope!  Garth’s father was a physician and this was one of his instruments.  Years ago Brian was helping Garth clean out a shed and they came across this packed away.  Brian had commented on how cool it was and Garth had remembered.  You are probably thinking that that is kind of a strange gift to give someone, but trust me, not to us.  Brian is a Registered Nurse and I have some medical background in my past too so it is absolutely PERFECT and it will take pride of place with Brian’s hearse collection… don’t ask, we are strange folks 😀

Garth made us a lovely spaghetti dinner and we spent the evening sprawled out on his couches and watched the ball game and listened to people shooting off fireworks.

Sunday morning came and Brian and I got up, had coffee and figured out what to do.  We decided on going to the Distillery District and, as luck would have it, there was Artfest at the Distillery going on.  They had just about everything happening.  We listened to some musicians, watch a glass blower, saw a $110 pepper mill (no, it wasn’t made of gold either, just wood), and all kinds of things.  These are a few of the pictures we took as we walked around of some of the original brewing stuff, trucks, kegs etc.

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As we walked past one booth there was a woman wearing a coat and tunic that both Brian and I commented that it looked really nice.  We stopped back later and had another look and talk with her.  It was made of boiled wool in a waterfall style.  No buttons or pockets and because it was made of boiled wool it had just raw edges so there was nothing to take away from its simple elegance.  I tried one on and LOVED it and Brian said it looked good on me too.  Unfortunately I just couldn’t afford it 😦  And, stupid me, I didn’t even think to get the woman’s card or anything but Brian did read that she’s from Loretto so I’m in the process of trying to track her down 🙂  No I’m not a cyber stalker, I just really, really liked the coat!  We went to The Beer Hall at the Mill Street Brew Pub and had a glass of their very own Root Beer that they brew on site.  It was really tasty and they gave us a little plate of mini muffins to nibble on too.  😀   After we left there we went back towards Garth’s place and stopped at a pub called The Ballroom a place where you can eat, drink and bowl!  We didn’t bowl, but we did eat and drink and watch the start of the ball game on one of there many tv’s.

Garth’s apartment overlooks the AGO and there is a little park that we could watch people play with their dogs from the balcony.  With it being Victoria Day weekend people were firing off fireworks.  Well, as I was out on the balcony I heard some guys yelling at each other, so me being naturally kind of nosey curious and being 19 floors up, I thought I’d just take a peek to see what all the hubub was about.  There were two groups of guys just yelling and huffing and puffing at each other then they just turned and walked away.  Then suddenly there is this big bang and a ball of blue fire that one group had fired off at the other group.  The part that really shocked me is nothing came of it.  Both groups just casually walked away from each other, no shouts or anything… the guys who were fired upon didn’t even run away!!  Oh well, I guess that’s Toronto.

The noises from the fireworks continued on until finally it got dark enough that we could actually see them.  Way across the city we were able to watch the fireworks from about 5 different places along the skyline and somebody down in the park set off a few that we were able to watch a little closer.  They were pretty but they just don’t have the oooh aaah factor when you are looking down on them but they were still nice to see.

Anyway Garth made us some Lillian Lasagna for dinner.  Lillian is Garth’s mom, and her lasagna is like no other lasagna you’ve ever had.  Next time you make it try this… instead of using ground beef substitute it for pepperoni… Sooooo Goood!!  Tired out and with a full belly, we hit the sack.

Monday was another walking tour of the city.  First we hit China Town.  Wandered along the street and Brian said that finally I’ve found a place that suits my calling… Asked him what he meant and he said it’s the only place that people walk slower than me!!!  LOL,  The Nerve!!   We saw a sign for breast enhancing massage and Brian wondered if they were hiring!!  We saw all kinds of stuff that was hanging in the windows, some of it we recognized as chickens or ducks, but some of it I have no idea what they were!  There were these florescent orange things with a large balloony part with these smaller tentacle type things hanging down… I don’t think I’d wanna put that in my mouth!!!  Ewe!!!  But hey, each to their own.  We went to one of the Chinese malls and browsed in a pet store and Brian bought me an air plant 😀  DSCN3713

We continued our walk over to the Kensington Market.  We stopped for a bite to eat at a place called Tempelton’s (I think) where even before you order the waiter brings you a big bottle of nice cold water and glasses.  It was very much appreciated as it was a very warm sunny day.  As we were enjoying our meal on the patio, Brian was once again mistaken for Alan Rickman!!!  Yes folks, it’s not the first time this has happened when we have been out!  Hehehehe, when the guy said “Hey, are you Alan Rickman?”  Brian just put his finger to his lips and said “Shhh”, the guy went away happy figuring he saw a star I guess. 😀  Maybe Brian should work on his British accent, ya know, just to enhance the effect.

Neither Brian or I see the resemblance, do you?

Alan Rickman

Alan Rickman

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Not Alan Rickman

We finished up there and headed off again, finally making our way to Queen Street again where we took a break to rest my knees at the Horseshoe Tavern.  Cummon, when you are on Queen you’ve just gotta stop at the Shoe 😀  Since time was winding down we had to get back to pack up and go out with Garth for a good bye drink and dinner at the Town Cryer before heading home.  Now, I don’t drink beer but I’ve always wondered what Cider tasted like.  I didn’t want to order a glass only to find out it was yucky and not drink it.  Garth asked the waiter if he would give me a couple of samples to try and he did!  They were both nice but the one I decided to have with dinner was called Liefmans Fruitesse.  Turns out this really tasty fruity drink is a beer after all!  Brian and I are going to see if we can get it ordered in at our LCBO in MoFo (they really don’t have much of a selection) to enjoy on our patio during the hopefully hot summer to come.  We finished dinner, thanked Garth for putting us up, putting up with us hugged and were on our way home.

Now the one thing, THE ONE THING, I wanted to bring home with me was some Baklava (insert drool here).  Usually, there are shawarma shops all over where I’ll pop in, get two of each variety and bring them home to slice off little bits and savour.  The one shop that Garth told us about was closed on the monday when we went by (we couldn’t find it earlier) and the second one had moved or something, so no baklava for me… yes, I am very pouty about it too.  😦

While we are away, our good friend Jeff, takes over the role of “Critter Sitter”.  He comes into the house to make sure the cat, Cleopatra, bunny, Of No Particular Name, and birds, Coco, Moe and the Babies, are fed, watered and entertained.  We always try to find a little gift to bring back for him to say thank you for the great job he does.  Well, this whole time wandering through town, we kept an eye out but didn’t find anything that was appropriate.  Luckily as we were on our way back to Garth’s place to pack up, we passed a place that sold the most beautiful Geodes, Fossils and stones.  What caught my attention was this large Dinosaur Skull in the window with a  sign saying “For The Person Who Has Everything” so of course we had to stop in.  Now Jeff has a lot of stuff, but I don’t think he has everything so we didn’t get him the skull, but we did get something dinosaur related.  We got him some Coprolite!

Coprolite

Coprolite

So when I saw Jeff on Tuesday when he gave me back the keys to the house I said to him “Sorry buddy, we looked and looked for something for you but this time we got you (I said a different word here) pooh”.  He just shrugged his shoulders and said “oh well”… nothing much upsets Jeff.  I said “no really, come here, we got you pooh!”  and handed him his little gift wrapped in white tissue.  Well, he grinned and laughed and knew what it was right away and thought it was a pretty cool gift!  FYI, for those of you who aren’t aware, Coprolite is fossilized Dinosaur Pooh.

Anyway, we got back home worn out but happy to have been away doing something completely different for a change.

Thanks for coming along on our trip.  I hope you were able to enjoy it vicariously through my writing 😀

Sherry

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2013 in review

I thought this was pretty cool, and its all thanks to you, my readers, so I thought I’d pass it on 🙂

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 9,300 times in 2013. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 3 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

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Yar!! Pirates are Fun…

But some people are Poohs!!

Beware, this post has a lot of pictures and video… 🙂

About 10 years ago, a friend of ours took Brian and I to our first Renaissance Faire, and we’ve been hooked on Faires and Festivals ever since!  As a matter of fact, for six years, little old me played the part of Saphyra, Queen of the Fairies, with Brian attending me as my Herald Barwinkle at Fairy Fest in Guelph.

Saphyra, Queen of the Fairies

Saphyra, Queen of the Fairies

Barwinkle, the Herald

Barwinkle, the Herald

Well, this past long weekend was The Pirate Festival in Milton.  Brian and I spent Sunday afternoon trying to get some friends to join us for a wonder filled day of seafaring, swashbuckling, and merry making.  Finally with a look of both fear and excitement we had a taker.  Great, we’re leaving at 8am.  Well, at 7:30 am we get the dreaded phone call… “I’m bailing on you”… interesting turn of phrase wouldn’t you say… Bailing on a pirate festival!! (snort)

Now I know that when you talk to people who have never been to a festival, you get generally one of 3 reactions, fear, confusion or just a glazed look.  BUT, once you go that first time, your in!  I have never heard of anybody who has gone to a festival and said “Meh”.  So this is my attempt through photos and videos of our day at The Pirate Festival, to show all the Poohs out there what you are missing.  🙂  Now on to some good clean, and dirty fun!!

Our day started out with a good coating of sun screen.  These are outdoor festivals so sunscreen is a must!!  We showed up at the gates in plenty of time to watch the gate show.  Most festivals have a play that runs throughout the day starting with the first scene at the gate before you get onto the grounds.  The rest of the scenes are played on various stages on the fair grounds.

The entrance gate to The Pirate Festival

The entrance gate to The Pirate Festival

Don’t forget to grab a program as this will tell you where and when to see the multiple different acts that are going on throughout the day.

For us, the first order of the day was to hook up with old friends!

This is Mistress Sparsgood aka Sharlene Wegg.  While not on stage Mistress Sparsgood sells all kinds of wares needed for a good, or even not so good captain to outfit his ship.

Mistress Sparsgood

Mistress Sparsgood

She sells her wares in direct competition with Mr. Sparsgood aka Douglas Wegg.

Mr. Sparsgood and Donald

Mr. Sparsgood and Donald

Then there is Mad Mary aka Christine McLeod, who run about like a, well, like a mad woman to the point of having to be tethered.  She managed to break free, but Brian caught up with her!

Brian reeling in Mad Mary

Brian reeling in Mad Mary

And then there is Jeff Blakeney whom we see almost on a daily basis as he lives here in Mount Forest.  Jeff is the guy who got us into this in the first place.  We all started out as patrons together before becoming actors at Fests and Feasts.  Jeff has taken it a step farther and become Fredrick Drick one of the Drick Brothers, a comedy style juggling group along with 2 other friends Andrew Humphries aka Aldrick Drick and the brains of the operation, Dave Cossaro aka Cedrick Drick.

Fredrick Drick

Fredrick Drick

There were plenty more friends but either I/we neglected to take photos or we were just too  caught up in the day to remember to pull out the camera.  Oh well.

We took in a few of the stage shows.   This is Zoltan the Adequate as seen in the picture below.

Zoltan the Adequate

Zoltan the Adequate

Zoltan does Poi “fire spinning”.

This was the very first time I have ever been called up to the stage as a patron.  Zoltan read my mind!!  Brian didn’t get all of the bit, but basically Zoltan asked me to think of something special to me, write it on a slip of paper and then rip the paper up.  You will see the rest. 🙂  

Here’s our friends The Drick Brothers performing one of their bits.  

And for your viewing pleasure, another 🙂  

Then there is the Mud Show!  This is where the dirty fun comes in 🙂  An unique version of Muckbeth is played out in MUD!!!  These are our friends Chris Kerba, Nick Brodie and Chris Reed, of Eclectic Revival and Queen Sully!  How much more fun can it get!

The beginning of Mudbeth!

The beginning of Mudbeth!

The 3 Fishes

The 3 Fishes

The fight scene

The fight scene

The bows

The bows

In the end Nick always manages to end up in a mermaid costume 🙂

What a pretty picture :)

What a pretty picture 🙂

Not only were we able to catch up with old friends we met some new ones!!  Meet Steve Santini.  Steve is an escape artist and the star of “Deals From The Dark Side”.  We met Steve and his wife Vera when we went over to their booth to look at their instruments of torture… no really… Steve collects Medieval Torture Devises.  Anyway, we just got to talking and hit it right off!!  They even invited us out to their home to see the 3rd floor dungeon (the collection), have a few drinks and a bbq.  You can be we will be taking them up on their offer ASAP… although I’m not sure who what will be on the menu 🙂  They are really sweet people 🙂

Steve Santini

Steve Santini

Have you ever been hugged by a dragon?  I have and I gotta tell ya, he’s a GREAT HUGGER!!

Hugged by a Dragon!

Hugged by a Dragon!

Here are just a bunch of random pictures of us having fun!

Mistress Sparsgood in the Brig!

Mistress Sparsgood in the Brig!

Jeff aka Fredrick Drick

Jeff aka Fredrick Drick

Brian

Brian

Me

Me

Me and "Skully"

Me and “Skully”

Brian in the Stocks

Brian in the Stocks

 

The Bone Throne

The Bone Throne

The Bone Throne take 2

The Bone Throne take 2

Of course we had so spend a little time in  the Captains Keg… it just wouldn’t be neighbourly if we didn’t!

Another new pal

Another new pal

What are they looking at?

What are they looking at?

Then there is the pub sing.  I was having waaaayyyyy too much fun so I didn’t get any good picks or video… my bad 🙂

The Pirates McKenna

The Pirates McKenna

And of course we did come home with some Pirate Bootie 🙂

This is Brian’s new Steampunk Pocket Watch 🙂

Front

Front

Back

Back

Open

Open

And I got an Ear Dragon!

My Dragon

My Dragon

So that was our day at The Pirate Festival!  We had way too much fun, a few drinks and lots of laughs!!  But now you may be asking yourself, why did she subtitle this post “But Some People Are Poohs”?  Well, it’s for you Shelley… yes, I know you are reading this!!!  You, my dear girl are The Pooh in question!!  Brian and I wanted you to see all the fun you were missing by “bailing” out!!  Hehehe… now I’ll be waiting for a phone call 🙂 bwahahahaah!!!

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