Monday, July 30, 2012

word predictions

I'm making a linguistic prediction. That's right. I've even consulted my magic 8 ball and it has confirmed it:

The all knowing Magic 8 Ball
 Wait for it...

I predict that the word RAD is about to make a linguistic come back. For those of you who were tried and true, die hard "rad" fans, you know those of you who kept it real, you're in luck.

You will no longer be dating yourselves. Nope, you are about to be ahead of the curve.Way to go. Mad props to your trail-blazing self!

And why do I think that "rad" is about to make this big come back? Because of the upsurge of it about the blogosphere:

Jamaica Makes
Elise Blaha

So you see, it's only a matter of time before "rad" will find it's way into a home or conversation near you! And let's face it, that's like, totally rad!

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Coffee & Vacation

Before I begin, I offer this disclaimer: I am trying out blog posting from the blogger iPhone app. So far: I'm not a fan of the fact that I can't tilt and type sideways. These manhands of mine like the bigger screen for texting and would also appreciate the bigger screen for blogging.

Sigh. Life is difficult for yours truly!

Ok but enough of that. Let me tell you about my current love of morning coffee. I know you're excited to hear about it aren't you?

Long ago (wow, really long ago mow) I used to slog coffee for the mega giant coffee co: Starbucks. In fact my late teens and early 20s were defined by my barista days and I'm grateful for many of the things I learned during this time. Namely, how to make a wicked dry cappuccino, that it's eSpresso not eXpresso, and most importantly mad coffee tasting skills (which have turned out to be super useful with wine too).

Which is why the suck that is our home coffee maker is the bane of my coffee existence. If ever there were a BAD or EVIL coffee maker out there, it would be this one!

Why you ask?

Because it makes atrocious coffee. And no, it is not the human maker that is producing this sucky excuse for coffee and I know this because I make great coffee at work. My colleagues, provided that they like strong coffee, all love my coffee, even when I use drivel coffee,much inferior to the beans I buy for home.

So while on vacation I've been in a quandary over this coffee (ok I'm being melodramatic here people for the sake of creative license, you can all relax my knickers weren't in some crazy knot over a cuppa joe). Suffice to say, vacation coffee has sucked ass.

Until yesterday, when I remembered that I am NOT at the mercy of the suck coffee maker, I can take my coffee fate back into my own hands. I have a bod. Oh yes, my old faithful friend, purchase with my staff discount back when the idea of making coffee at home just seemed, well like bringing work home with me.

Ah, sweet coffee, you make vacation better!

Monday, July 16, 2012

when crafting projects go bad

This is the story of how one of my crafting projects almost burnt down our new house.

Yes. You read that right!

I've been drooling over this style of project for ages:

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Can't be that hard, right? I could totally do that on my own. I consulted with my craftiest of crafty besties, and the next thing I knew, Jen and I were hauling dresser drawers off the side of the road, and building up my drawer stash for the project. Thank you Quebec for having moving day and for big garbage day collection. Free drawers! Oh yeah baby.

So we collected 7 drawers of varying sizes, all for my dining room wall. Paul wasn't to thrilled by the idea, but a little canoodling and coercing and he came around.

So I set to work:

I sanded the drawers and then I painted them:

Mental note... when a spray paint can says wear a mask, it's probably a good idea cause the fumes get pretty nasty after the 3rd drawer!

In fact, I tried spray paint and regular paint. Even though spray was more fun, regular paint worked better and in hindsight I would have just used good ol' regular paint but I thought that maybe it wouldn't stick to the drawer properly. 

Plotting design layout:

Thankfully Silvie came out to help me with this project and so she was there to help me with this step (and all the others prior to the big accident... don't worry, I'm getting to it. I'm such a tease, I know). Anyways, Jen had suggesting tracing the boxes on paper and figuring out the arrangement beforehand. She's a smart girl that Jen. And Silvie is a patient girl. Because we moved the boxes about quite a bit before we agree on this arrangement. 

Before I go any further, I'd like you to notice box 6 (the top right hand rectangle) because this is the guilty party. This box is responsable for our near downfall...

Choosing just the right look:

Paul keeps telling me that Laval has everything except Ikea. And he's right. Except that a bunch of crafting stores are closed on Sunday. WTF. Hello, crafty suburban moms? I don't get it. But I digress...

I started with scrapbook paper because there are just so many great scrapbook papers but ultimately bought bigger sheets because the seams were smoother. Plus I found some fun Euro stamp themed paper that I build my colour scheme around.

After measuring the paper we lined the boxes using regular old white glue and a ruler to smooth it out. 

Then, a day later, after Silvie left (just so we're clear who was and wasn't involved in the near disaster), Paul and I started hanging the drawers using wall anchors and screws. The measurements were tricky, mostly because my husband has this thing about things being straight (I’m more of an eyeball it measurement kind of girl).

Paul's got a level and measurements, and all that... 

And then KAH-BLAM! We screw into the wall, right in the middle top section and hit a wire. There were sparks. And it wasn't just any wire. It was the dryer wire, which is double the normal voltage. The drill bit is blackened and we're freaking out. The dryer stopped working, we immediately turned the fuse off and called the extended family, looking for advice and help.

Thankfully we are blessed with a very generous and handy cousin Mark, who came over the next day, to cut into our new wall and assess the damage. 

Alas, this is a story with a happy ending (of course it is because I wouldn't be writing it otherwise). The damage was small and easily repaired (read, we don't have to rewire the house). We now know that our wiring is ridiculously close to the gyp-rock. As in right behind it. So we will now proceed with caution EVERY time we go to hang anything on our walls.

And what happened with the rest of the project you ask? Well, I am tenacious and Paul is patient, and in the end, it was done:

Voila, final product:

For now I’ve decorated the drawers with bottles I’ve been collecting over the years. But I have a plan... Yes, I remain undaunted, even in the face of near catastrophe! The plan is looking something along the lines of option a:

DIY these "milk glass" bottles by swirling paint inside of bottle to coat
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Milk glass bottles. Probably just white so that they pop from the background but blend with the wall. I want colour but not absolute chaos!

option b:

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Or I'll tint the glass with a more see through look (again, probably in white)

option c:

simple and zen
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I could also use (alone or in combination with the other paint), simple white rice paper to recreate a look like what is above, but simpler.

At the end of the day, not only am I very thankful that our house is fine, but also that Paul wasn't hurt in the process. Really, it feels like while the incident was just a crazy case of bad luck (who expects the wiring in the middle of the wall)? I also feel like someone was watching over us because really, honestly, I could be writing a very different story today if we weren't so blessed.

Monday, July 9, 2012

the burbs: not so bad after all?

So... herein is the post in which I eat my words a little bit.

I whined and complained and generally went about the whole move to suburbia about as ungracefully as I possibly could. Yeah. Me and a cookie cutter house in the burbs, I was SO not dealing with it that well!

But here's the thing. It's been about a month and so far it rocks!  Wanna see why?

Water people. Water. Just around the corner from me! I miss the ocean but this is decent compromise. And we discovered a park where we can canoe! Awesomeness. 

We've all found just the right perch on the stairs. Mayla has adopted the same step as I have as the best seat in the house to watch the world go by!

I've been inspired to do some fancy schmancy baking again. Why? Because my kitchen is AMAZING and I just wanna spend time in it admiring how lovely it is!

We FINALLY finished redoing the table and chairs. Woo hoo. Next up, a teaser... it involves this and will go in the dining room:

Best part of the project so far? Spending a lovely day together with a friend. Yay for crafting with others!


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