Monday, June 20, 2016

Summer Plans

Our family is having a unique summer experience.
8 weeks.

It's completely thrilling and exciting and slightly terrifying all at the same time.
I'm dying to see the architecture and taste the food and hang with the kids and do nothing.
But it's daunting to be together for so long and what if they fight and please don't let us lose anyone.

June has been a whirlwind.  
Since we don't get back till August 23, I've packed 
summer into one month along with end of school.  
And now I do need a vacation.

We've been to the dentist and optometrist.  Haircuts are done.
School supplies bought.

A pile for each kid with a list of what we need to add in fall.

Our itinerary has been booked for quite awhile.  It's hard to be spontaneous with a family of 6 when it comes to sleeping arrangements.  We can be pretty easy going about our activities though.

We will be packing carry on luggage only.
A challenge, but fun.  The kids are all backpacking,

and I am suitcasing.

We will be staying in:
a village north of Florence
a village south of Lake Garda
the Cinque Terre
Northern Ireland

The first time they flew they were pretty excited.
And that was just on the bus to the airport...

They've flown once since but not on a big plane and not across an ocean.  
I can't wait to watch them experience everything!
The countdown is on...we leave in ONE WEEK TODAY!

I will be blogging as much as I can and instagramming even more.
If you'd like to follow along you can find me on instagram at:

Monday, June 13, 2016

More Red Barn Finds

It's that time of year again!  
Red Barn sale, spring's what I found.

Let's have a look.

1.  London book...I liked the cover and thought it
was fun since we'll be seeing London this summer.

2.  Fishing rods...I have a little collection going.  
They need a new corner so they're more visible.
$2 each

 3.'s cute and fits my look!


4.  Flour says Lake of the Woods on it.  
(I'm not convinced this is my LotW but still...)

5.Squirrel and acorn salt and pepper...seriously?  
Cause they're hilarious and made me laugh. 

 6. Sewing basket...a few years ago I searched for weeks to find Sofi a sewing basket.  They were all ugly and plastic and $60.  I finally found her something but when I saw this one I decided to put it away for the day Cate wants to sew.

7.  Filing cabinet...I hemmed and hawed a bit here.  I love it, but I didn't want to pay full price and they wouldn't haggle.  It is just one of those pieces that you don't see often though. 

And it's insides are all working so I can file stuff in here for real.
I'm not sure I'll get it filled before our trip but I will show it to you once I get organized.

Pop in next week and I'll tell you where I'll be hanging out this summer!!

Monday, June 6, 2016

Sarah's Room

Well it's really not fair to blog Sarah's room ahead of her sister Maddie's, but since Sarah had to wait awhile...and since my photo issues goes.

Lucky me, I got to come in and arrange a basically empty slate.  The walls were freshly painted and Sarah had purged and sorted her things.

My first task was to figure this wardrobe out.  I really wanted to use it as a bit of a room divider.  Sometimes standing a piece of furniture in an unconventional way makes a room a bit more fun!


By sticking this unit out of the wall rather than flat against it, it gives Sarah a nice little private spot and also provides some extra wall space that's perfect for hanging her special mementos.

And on the other side it gives a hallway vibe to her entry which feels unique.

On the inside there's plenty of storage including things she needs close at hand to grab and run with...purses, scarves, cheer gear...all that fabulous 15 year old loot.

On the end of the wardrobe, I was able to use these adorable hooks for hanging Sarah's jewellery.  

And as an added bonus, I used the top of the wardrobe to store pretty stacks of books.

Talk about a lot of bang for your buck!

Sarah's make up table got located by the window to take advantage of the natural light.


Her sewing drawer collection was hung to store sweet treasures.


Love these!!
(And love her dad for hanging everything!!)

Her desk nook got filled and organized all tidy.


 And there you have it.
A pretty room for a lovely girl!!

Monday, May 30, 2016

Workshop Makeover

It is so much fun for me to get to sort out a creative space!
I had the privilege of working with Joy the other day.  She is super talented and makes the most fantastic stuff for her business, Garden Candy.

Joy needed her workshop organized.
She has loads of cool stuff and best of all, tonnes of great containers to store it all in.


We set to work one space at a time.
 I often find that tackling an easy, obvious job first helps get the ball rolling and gives you a sense of accomplishment.  An easy start in this case was sorting paint.


There was also a whole lot of wood to deal with which we sorted and stored in this corner unit.


When you have something unusual to store, it helps to think of it like a similar household this case we "filed" the wood just as we might have done with paper.

Once the easier jobs were done, we moved on to the desk.


This took a bit more time but it's important for Joy's work space to be functional and efficient.

The last job was the work bench.  This involved a lot of sorting of screws, nails and such which as you can imagine, is time consuming, but in the end is well worth the effort.


We used jars and cute containers (Joy made that SEEDS box!) to house the wood working items.

The last touch was to add this table as additional work space for projects. 

I am completely in love with this room and can't wait to see what Joy creates in her new space!!



Monday, May 16, 2016

A Rant and a Room

I hate technology.  
HATE it.

I've been trying to blog for 2 weeks now but have had countless issues with my computer.  Me and the spinny rainbow spend more time together than me and my husband.  I literally keep a book with me now so I can read it while I wait for the spinny rainbow to stop.

The biggest issue seems to be with photos and WHY in a world where I can speak to someone across the world face to face in real time I cannot seem to move a few photos to a blog I do not know.

Well, I do know.  It's mostly me.  Since grade 9 computer class I have been allergic to computers.  Every time I touch one something goes wrong.  Perhaps I have a wacky electrical force.
I'm sure that's it.

Anywho, while I cannot manage to load 10 photos in less than 3 hours, what I CAN do, is fix up a bedroom.  So let me show you Sadie's revamped space.

Sometimes it's just fun to have a rearrange and a sort and a few new items!


 First I sorted through her clothes and put all the long items on one end so her new hamper and all her Barbie items could fit underneath.


Then I moved all her American Girl dolls and accessories to one shelf for 
easy access as they are her current favourite. 



I freshened up her skinny shelf by using her white boxes on it along with the monkey frames.  Keeping one colour scheme can brighten up a space.

The art area got sorted and Sadie got a new garbage can and a file box for her colouring books.


She also got a new dresser and it got moved to where her shelf had been.  
Oh - the plant and mirror are new so cute!!


My favourite new finds are this art though.  
How sweet is that monkey!?

And now Sadie's room is fresh and fun and in a peaceful state of order...

and I have managed to finish a book while I blogged this!