Wednesday, November 23, 2011

comtemplating kitchens

 Kitchen looks that I love:

Photo Sources: Image 1, Image 2, Image 3, Image 4

As you can tell, there's a bit of a theme going here. What can I say, I just love white kitchens. I know some people aren't big fans of the white and prefer darker looks, but for me the kitchen should be bright and cheery. It's the one place in the home where I absoluty want a fresh, clean look.

Even more exciting!? Guess what I'm getting in our new kitchen that has me all excited: a spice drawer. 

 This isn't the exact drawer, but you get the idea! I'm excited. Yessiree! And you would be too if you saw my (our) spice collection.

Monday, November 21, 2011

35 by 35 updates

Ok, this is where my 35 by 35 list is at the moment. As you can see, it's looking good in some areas, not so in others!

1.Complete the One Little Word project

One Little Word 2011: In Progress
2. Learn how to use Photoshop Elements
3. Get better at shallow Depth of Field photography
4. Sort through my digital photos & edit/store them better (at least those up to Jan 2011)
5. Learn to bake bread
6. Make my own incense
7. Learn 5 new origami folds for my ornaments

new butterfly


8. Learn how to make 3 new origami card products
9. Expand my etsy shop

It’s not a huge expansion but I’ve started doing stationery which sells relatively well!

10. Build a crafty partnership with a friend
11. Watch my middle brother get married

April 30th 2011
12. Travel to Sweden to visit with my lovely exchange student sister, Camilla (because it’s LONG overdue that I visit her)

Ok, I went to Mexico instead… but with a dear friend!

13. Nurture creativity in my artsy-crafty friends (this is sort of unmeasurable, I know, but I mean just to keep encouraging them and bolstering by being attentive and support of their creative leaps of faith).

See various blog posts…

14. Get back into shape (work on knee injury and return to Nia or Yoga)

I tried the Insanity workout... it's insane enough that I think it counts! 

15. Make my own soap for 2012 (meaning make enough, cure it, and have enough of it ready for 2012)
16. Work on art journaling (try to create 1 art journal page/week)

in progress, doing well but not blogging about it regularly. started the every day art journal challenge for June

17. Make my own organic vanilla extract from organic vanilla beans and organic vodka

Done, and currently steeping

18. Discover 12 new musicians I love (1 a month?)—I’m open to suggestions here people!

19. Read 12 non post colonial literary novels! No pulp. Nothing about India. (Ok, I can read those too, but 
they are above and beyond the 12 non po-co novels)
  • 1.Yoga Bitch
  • 2.Faery Tale
  • 3.Sweetness in the Belly
  • 4.Lullabyes for Criminals
  • 5.Bluebeard's Machine
  • 6.Pilgrim
  • 7.Lamb
  • 8.The Help
  • 9.The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time

20. Read the news at least once a week. It’s shameful that I don’t and I can’t let my irritation of current affairs continue to be an excuse for wilful ignorance!
21. Visit the Montreal art museums as least 3 times in the upcoming year

22. See at least 5 live shows (small, big, music, comedy, theatre… doesn’t matter)
  • Sarah McLachlan,
  • Straight No Chaser,
  • Great Big Sea (in July)
  • Craig Ferguson: Just for Laughs festival
  • Montreal Burlesque Festival
  • The Tea Party

23. Drag my butt out to at least 1 Moth inspired Montreal storytelling slam!
24. Go on 1 shopping trip to the states for fabric. Yes, you read that right!
25. Buy & learn a new tarot deck
bought and working on learning the Thoth tarot 

26. Finish our wedding scrapbook
27. Learn how to make my own veggie Vietnamese spring rolls and peanut sauce
28. List all the table linens Viv and I made in my etsy shop
29. Do something special to celebrate 5 years with my partner
30. Read Anna Karenina

31. Learn to cook 3 Indian & 3 2 Ethiopian dishes:

1=Ethiopian Spicy Tomato Lentil Stew

32. Finish painting my very first large painting/canvas

I'm halfway there and have been for a very long time! 

33. Learn how to paint with a palette knife
34. Go cross country skiing
35. Remember to make more time for my husband, my marriage, and enjoying the every day moments of our life together

chevrons? really?

I have a confession: I hate chevrons.

Seriously. I don't get them and yet, they're EVERYWHERE on the decor/craft related interwebs. Headboards, chairs, and walls, oh my lord... ick! Don't get me wrong, I'm a big fan of the geometric. I love me the squares and circles. But I hate the whole chevron wall thing. Nothing makes my inner decor loving self groan more over a bad fad than chevrons.

It's true. And I'm sorry if that offends you. It's me, not you. I swear!

But then my friend did something that made me change my mind, a little bit. Just this once chevrons might actually work for me and I'm not just saying that because she's my friend and I'm proud of her amazing work (cause if I was just saying it, I wouldn't bother blogging about it, you know)?

She made this and I love it:

Chevron Chaise (in progress)

Paul doesn't know it yet, but I'm trying to figure out how I can make it work in our house. I suspect it might be too classy for the design look we're going for. Would it be wrong of me to revamp my entire home decor scheme in a particular room, just so I can snag this piece?

Friday, November 18, 2011

funky house numbers for suburban homes

These days it's all about the house.

I feel a little like I'm becoming obessessed with home decor, but that's ok because I not so secretly love it!

This is what our house looks like as of last weekend:

our house is a very, very, very fine house, with 1 cat in the yard...

A bit of a pisser was the discovery that no one told us about the brick house number upgrade. Who knew, apparently you have to buy your own house numbers when you build a house. But I like to think of it as an opportunity to funkify (yes, that is a word in my world) our suburban home.

I'm thinking of something like:

Image sources : image1, image2, image3, image4, image5, image6
And before you point out that door number 6 (the lime green 5) is just bound to get stolen by rascaly hoodlums who steal things like garden gnomes:

Gnome Hoodlums!
Rest assured that I've thought of that and would cement that sucker down!!! I ain't no fool who is gonna let another bratty drunken 20 year steal my garden props!

Ok, back to my wiser, older, home owning self!

What do you think of the numbers? Which one would you pick? I'm partial to options 2 and 6. What say you?


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