Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Our Anniversary

Three years ago today I married my Love! I can't believe how much time has gone by and I'm so looking forward to the years to come. I hope you don't mind if I share some pictures from that day! We were married outside in a garden on a beautiful spring day.

Happy Anniversary, Patrick! I love you!

Monday, April 25, 2011

Happy Easter!

Happy Easter! I hope you all have been having a wonderful long weekend! Today we're going to our friends' place for brunch and I'm seriously looking forward to it. Have I ever told you how much I love big breakfasts? Well I really, really love them! Put this in front of me:

And this is my reaction:

This is my 'Home Alone' face that you may remember from this post.

Anyway, enough talk about food. I'm starting to drool. I actually started to write this post because I wanted to share with you a cute and quick recipe card holder (and we're back to the food). This actually goes back to when we were visiting family in Kelowna. My mom and I were looking through a cottage style magazine and we spotted a cute recipe card holder made from a fork. The next day I was telling my MIL about the idea and she started digging through some old things and pulled out my husband, Patrick's baby fork. It was the perfect size and to hold the fork she gave me a tiny little jar. They look so cute together.

All you need for this project is a fork, preferably an old silver fork, or something a little bit decorative and an old jar. I'm sure this has been done a lot and it isn't the first time you've seen this, but I really love how it looks and it is very useful! Plus, you could also use it to display pretty photos, like I'm doing in the picture above.

Anyway, time to get myself ready for that brunch. I don't want to be late! Happy Easter, everyone!

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Chalkboard Calendar

It's high time I got around to telling you about the chalkboard that you may have noticed in this post about a week ago.

It all started on our trip to Kelowna. One of my best friends sells Stampin' Up supplies and I was at one of her card making workshops. If you haven't heard of Stampin' Up before, you can visit the website here. After having a lovely time making some fantastic cards, I was looking through the catalog and I came across some chalk decals. I spotted a decal for a calendar that I thought would be particularly useful. We have been needing a calendar and this one would look so cute! Well, it just so happened that my friends mother-in-law had the calendar decal and wasn't using it so she gave it to me!

Now that I had the decal, I just needed a chalkboard. So happily, the next day I hit a few thrift shops with Dee (my mother-in-law) and found a frame that I could transform into a chalkboard. After I made my chalkboard, I applied the calendar decal and voila...

Here's the calendar in our cottage above the computer desk.

If you would like a calendar decal or any other Stampin' Up products you can order them through my friend Tamara's website. I've also got some little chalkboard jar labels on the way and I can't wait to get them!

I hope you've all had a fantastic weekend! We're finishing ours off with a campfire at the beach with some friends. I can't wait to have a roasted marshmallow! Mmmm!

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Bread Bakin', Butter Makin'

Yesterday was a bread bakin', butter makin' kind of day. And I loved it! It's been a while since I have baked bread, but I was inspired after reading the 'Small Measures' post over at Design Sponge. Ashley shared her recipe on how to make butter. I wanted to try it and what better way to try out your homemade butter than on fresh homemade bread! I used a Honey Whole Wheat recipe from my Martha Stewart Baking Handbook.

It was a delicious day!

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Kelowna Finds Part II

Good Morning, Lovelies! It is the prettiest morning here in Comox. I woke up to a delicate sliver of sunlight coming in through our bedroom window. It was so lovely and golden! There's sun! If I sound a little over-enthusiastic about the sun its because we are on the coast and the sun tends to be somewhat of a rarity at this time of year. Therefore, I am drinking in every minute of sunshiney goodness! It's delicious!

If you haven't been to visit my sister Kris' blog yet, do stop by! She and her husband just bought their first house up in northern British Columbia and they are already making some amazing improvements. They've just painted the living room a gorgeous blue-green colour and they've been putting up bead board wallpaper (like what I used here, on the back of my shelving). I wish I could be there to help and to see the transformation! It's so exciting!

Anywho, onto my Kelowna finds! This next item could be one of my favourite finds of the trip. After making stops at all our favourite thrift store haunts, Dee (my Mother in Law) and I made one last stop. I wasn't expecting to find much on this visit, though I was keeping my eye out for a nice frame I could makeover (more on that later). However, while we were browsing, my eye spied something wire-y, industrial and lovely. An old wire locker basket complete with a number! I snatched that thing up and would have hugged it if I wasn't concerned that it would cover me in cobwebs and snag my clothes! Not the most cuddly of items. I didn't even hesitate to take this one home. At $2 it was a steal, especially considering that these can be upwards of $40 if bought in an antique store. I was beyond excited!

I added a couple of cute tags to the basket just for fun!

The items in the wire basket were also brought back from Kelowna! I found a couple of terracotta pots and a lovely little honey jar that I have filled with some dried lavender for now. The ball of twine I got from my parents' garage- with their permission of course! :) Here's the honey jar...

Dee found this one for me. She knows my style! You can kind of see a bee hive and then below it says '1 Pound Pure Honey'.

In the first picture you can see a little, glass bell jar with a wooden stand next to the basket. I also found two of those at the Salvation Army. Right now, one is residing on my living room window sill with one of my terracotta pots. I am planning to start a couple of melon seeds in it.

You may have also seen a chalkboard in some of the first pictures, but I will talk about it in my next post!

By the way, thanks for the wire suggestions in the last post! Cords are so annoying, aren't they!?

Until next time,

Monday, April 4, 2011

Kelowna Finds Part I

I woke up this morning to a lovely robin singing his heart out on our fence post. It was much nicer than the shrill alarm that went off seconds later! I wish birdsong could be my alarm every morning. How delightful that would be!  Though, perhaps I would then begin to resent the birds for waking me. For now, I'll just be happy with the occasional wake-up call.

Today I thought I would show you one of the fantastic finds from our Kelowna trip. As I mentioned in the last post, I went thrift shopping with my Mother in law (it's sort of a tradition for us) and we were very successful! We found so many great things! On one trip to the Salvation Army we found an old carpenter's toolbox. It's a big wooden box, with chippy paint and old hardware. I knew I had to take it home. Actually, someone almost took it while it was waiting near the till for me. It was a close call! I wasn't sure where this ol' thing would go, but I knew that a piece like this would find a home in our cottage without much trouble!

Once I got the toolbox home, I found a spot for it at the end of our bed where it holds some pillows, or whatever else may land on it. I've been looking for a bench or trunk that would go here, but I like how this worked out. Oh, and here is the rest of our bedroom while we're at it. It's kind of a work in progress!

I'm thinking of painting some numbers on the front. Kind of like this... what do you think?

Our antique dresser is one of my favourite pieces of furniture! It was given to us by some family friends. So generous!

I've still got to do something about those wires. Any ideas?

Just for fun, I'll show you the before shot of our bedroom...

And after again, to leave you on a good note...

So that is part one of my Kelowna finds plus a mini tour of our bedroom. I'm excited to show you what else we found! Have a good Monday!
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