Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Moved In...

...But not unpacked. Not fully, anyway. But maybe 3/4 done. I am stalling on some of it until my parents come next week and help me paint. Whew, moving is exhausting, so I haven't posted here in awhile. Sorry! But welcome to my new followers!
After we finished moving all our stuff in (and cleaning too, because it was really messy here!) I got to work right away on making my renos. I started sanding down the mantel that was painted black, to reveal the natural wood underneath. I'll stain it a bit darker when I'm done painting. I also got right to work pulling down the ugly trellis and wallpaper border in what we have dubbed "the ugly room." It's now ready for some painting. We figure someone was watching a design show and saw some things on it and decided to put it all in one room

The ugly room in all its glory (before they moved their stuff out).
Yes, this is actually part if the same room. You may be looking at these pictures and scratching your head. I was too.

This is when we found out we were getting the keys to the house a day early. Yay!
Getting to work on the first day, sanding down the mantel to bare wood again.
The doll house they left behind....

Do you ever feel like you have memory loss problems when you are unpacking? I do. I start unloading something, get sidetracked to another room, which leads to unpacking something in another room, which eventually leads you back to the first room where you see your origainal project and the cycle starts again. Eventually it all gets done though.

Well, I am pretty busy for the rest of the week, so I won't be posting much, but I will hopefully be back again next week with some (hopefully) amazing before and after transformations. Stay tuned!

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Moving Day

Sorry for the scarcity in posts. We're moving today and I expect it to be a loooooong day. I'm not sure when we will get our internet hooked up again, so it may be a couple of days before I talk to you again. Have a good weekend!

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Wild Hearts Can't Be Broken

What a film! Our family watched this show many times when we were kids. We quoted it for years ("She is not the star of the show, I am!") I watched the show for the first time since I was a kid tonight and it inspired me to make a treasury on Etsy. Check it out here!


We get possession on Friday and we have actually started packing. It is going to be a long week, living amongst these boxes. The excitement is almost too much to handle.

Thursday, March 17, 2011


Some of you who are facebook friends have already seen most of these, so just disregard. I like to take pictures of doors, so I thought I would share them. I took these on our different travels and explorations. Enjoy!
(india. well this one is more like a window.)
(ireland. happy st. patricks day!)
(new york)
(haha, portugal again)
(ok, portugal had some pretty cool doors. this one dates from the 1300s)
We've had some pretty good adventures on our travels, some scary ones too, including me tackling a guy who stole my backpack on a train, getting involved in a gem smuggling scandal, being stranded 50ft in the air in a subway train, numerous earthquakes (one of them 8.3 in Colima, Mexico), passing out in monsoon-flooded Kolkata, and witnessing volcano eruptions and a hurricane. Maybe I'm disaster prone, but it sure makes for good stories!
What are some of your travel stories?

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Thrift Store Finds and Spring Planting

I finally started some seeds this weekend. I've been putting it off until we moved, but I couldn't wait any longer. I've got some tomatoes, spearmint, lemon balm, chamomile, and lupines started. I'll wait to start others until we are settled.

I got some cute clothes at the thrift store the other day. Normally, I don't get too excited about clothes unless I'm making them, but I thought these were super cute.

These cardigans are perfect for work. Half the building feels like a sauna and the other half is freezing, so it is nice to have something you can take off and put on easily.
Annnnd, a nice pair of tweed pants in a herringbone pattern.
I'm going to have to hem them, because they are too long. That never happens to me!
I also got his beautiful duvet cover. It is reversible with 2 different flower patterns. I'll take better pictures when we are moved and set up.
I also got a lacy bed skirt. Once again, I'll take a better picture when we are all moved in.
This post is linked up to a Beach Cottage!

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Shower Curtain Makeover!

Ok, it's more like a complete replacement, but there is a crafty element to this.

Here is the current shower curtain in the house we will be moving into in less than two weeks:
Kinda ugly. So I bought a white shower curtain from Canadian Tire, sewed some eyelet lace to the bottom and tada! I like how it turned out: (It really is white, I just didn't have my flash on in this picture so it makes it yellowy)

Simple but chic. I can hardly wait to see what it looks like in our new place.
Here are some of the inspirational photos I've found around the web. Sorry, I don't know where they all came from.

I also scored some sweet deals at the thrift store today. I'll write about them some other time.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Battle Mountain/Fight Lake

I was looking back through some old pictures and I came across the pictures of the backpacking trip my husband and I took through Wells Gray Park a couple years ago. This place is so beautiful that I wanted to share it with you.
We spent a weekend, hiking to Fight Lake and then we made a day trip to climb up Battle Mountain. It was cold up there! We made the trip at the beginning of August and there was snow at the top.

Here I am at the beginning, getting the trail information. Looking fresh and ready for adventure. I really didn't look like that just a few hours later, into our long hike.

The land was like a fairyland. It seemed so untouched. I think we saw one other person on horseback in the distance the whole trip.
It used to be perma-frost up there, once upon a time. But now there is a few inches of water on the ground in most places. That meant a LOT of mosquitoes.
Wild lupines. The wildflowers were stunning.
That little bump is our tent. This is where we camped for the weekend. If you have been reading my blog for awhile, you might already know that I am terrified of bears. I couldn't sleep the first night for fear of them. We had no bear spray, axe, gun, etc.. that would protect us from a bear attack and all I could think about was that bears could smell food from 17km away. My only hope was too tame a bear with my animal whispering skills, if it decided it liked our tent.
It is scary to think that if something happened, we were a days hike from any roads.
Oh ya, I'm a wizard.

Wildflower meadow. It makes me want to wear an old fashioned dress and spin around in it with my hair down.
On the hike up Battle mountain. There were alpine streams and flowers. It was so magical.

While we were on top of the mountain, a thunder and hail storm came up. I really don't like being on a mountain peak in a lightning storm. We got down in a hurry after taking a few pictures.

It was so cold, the hail didn't melt for days!
My choice of footwear, I didn't bring anything else. I love sandals and I hate hiking boots and socks, so there. Actually, I am glad I wore those sandals, as my shoes would have been soaked as the ground was a giant sponge soaked in water.
Battle mountain from our campsite.

What a beautiful land we live in! I hope you enjoyed these photos.
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