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Meet Joni!

I’m really excited to introduce the newest member of our feline family – Joni! We adopted Joni two weeks ago and this lovely lady is adapting nicely to her new home. Right now she is hanging out in our bedroom separated from our other cats but I think she is almost ready to meet her […] Read more…

Winter, we need to break up

I am done with winter. Done! We need to break up.I know I don’t live in the coldest part of the country but c’mon -40 is just mean. It’s days like today when I worry that summer will never come. Okay, I’m being dramatic. We have a giant icicle forming on our roof. It looks like a […] Read more…

Projects for 2015

While I definitely have a lot of small projects that I want to knock off this year there are some big ones I don’t want to let slip. Here’s my project to do list for 2015: Master Bathroom de-blanding Our master bathroom is so builder boring it hurts. It’s time for some love including updating […] Read more…

Streets of Paris Quilt

Now that Christmas is over and this quilt has been gifted I can finally share my Streets of Paris quilt! My sister in law loves Paris and when I found these two fabrics I knew I had to make her a Paris themed quilt. I collected all the different fabrics over the course of a […] Read more…

Learning to knit

I’ve tried to teach myself to knit maybe 5 times in my life, and every time I’ve ended  up getting frustrated and throwing my knitting across the room (usually scaring the crap out of a cat). Three  years ago I vowed to never try knitting again. So…yeah, I decided to try knitting again. Why would […] Read more…

Finished Deck

Phase one of operation backyard oasis is complete – the deck! I’m really happy with how well this turned out. Neither Chris or I had ever build a deck before or really anything more complicated than, well, a fence. Surprisingly we had a lot of fun working together and while it was really tiring I […] Read more…

Building Fences

Good fences make good neighbours right? I have to say, I really like my neighbours and a part of me is really sad that we put up fences as our impromptu backyard parties now require walking around the block (sigh, so much effort).  If you move into a new development and you’re lucky enough to […] Read more…

I see a red door…

Our front door has experienced it’s forth colour overhaul in it’s very short life. Four?? Yes, I know…it’s a little nuts. Here’s what happened: Our door started it’s life as a boring white then one day our builders sent painters by to paint the doors, but they brought the wrong colour so the door became green. […] Read more…

Light Fixture Found

I am happy to say that after hour and hours (and hours and hours…) of searching we have finally found THE light fixture for our dining room. The Glass Orb Chandelier is the perfect mix of modern and fun and is exactly what we didn’t know we were looking for. Also, West Elm is officially my […] Read more…