Tuesday, April 14, 2015

I'm coming back!

Well friends, if you used to follow my blog, then you know I struggled with keeping it up.  At first I blogged daily.  Then a few times per week.  Then it got so spaced out, I felt kinda bad.  Eventually I made the decision to just quit cold turkey.  Too many things to keep up with that blogging felt like an unnecessary ball to juggle!  It was a bit of a relief honestly.  It was nice to just not worry about it all.  Not feel guilty for not posting.  Not think, "I better grab my camera" every time I went to do something remotely creative!

But if I'm being open here, I did kinda miss it!  It was a fun community of fellow bloggers and readers that were so validating and reassuring.  It's nice to get recognition for your hard work, creativity and for all the little things that go into creating a "home" out of your house.  Blogging helped me stick to tasks, get projects completed and created interactions with like minded people internationally.

Over the past 3 and half years I haven't blogged - with the exception of one post, informing my little audience that I was done with it all.  I did make it clear that I might come back though.  I often thought about it.  My house actually looks like a different home since you've seen it last.  Several projects in the last few years have kept me busy, however I didn't photograph them along the way with the intent of sharing.

However, we've recently sold this home and are moving to a new place!  A great home with a great location and lovely footprint.  It's just really in need of an overhaul!  I can't wait.  I kinda thought I was done with big reno's but I'm actually looking forward to it!  I also have a slower work season coming up (wedding photographer) so I'll have more time on my hands!  My husband and I have allotted some dedicated renovation time and money, so I got to thinking, this might just be a great recipe for blogging again!

Soooooo, we move in May 15th and all the crazy chaos of renovations will begin!  I'm not promising a perfect schedule of postings, but I promise to post a couple times per week to keep you all in the loop!  It's gonna be fun!

p.s.  thanks so much for all the sweet words and pleas i've received over the last few years, asking me to return to blogging.  So sweet to think you guys missed me!

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Where Have I Been???

A few years back, I followed tons of blogs.  This was when barely anyone knew what Pinterest was.  So in order to get amazing ideas, diy's, inspiration, recipes, etc.....one had to search the many talented and diverse blogs out there.  I was a fan.  Loved it.  So much in fact, I thought.....hmmmm, maybe I should make one!  But would anyone know I existed?  Would anyone actually care??  Would anyone read it?

Well, to my surprise YES, many did!  It was so much fun to share and create ideas.  It helped me stay motivated to get little projects done, as I was excited to share, and get feedback.  It's a truly beautiful little community.

I also had the goal of potentially having my house featured on a "HOUSE PROUD" segment on the Nate Berkus show, that aired at the time.  I thought maybe if I post enough, finish enough projects....etc, etc.....I could submit an application.  But to my massive surprise, within 2 mths of starting my blog.....the Nate Berkus show contacted me!  Say what?!  So flattering.  So, of course, I got to fly to New York, meet Nate, have my home featured, and do a cool diy segment on his show!  I was crazy, sick nervous, but it was such an amazing experience.

I came home and went back to blogging.  It was still really fun.  But, if I'm being honest....it became a bit of a chore.  I felt like I couldn't balance my work (photographer), my 3 kids, my husband, my projects, my blogging, fit in time for exercise and friends and just the normal stuff.  So, after about 9 or 10 mths, I just quite cold turkey.  Thought I'd take a few months off.  Thought I'd get back to it.  Didn't want to delete it or decide for sure it was done.....didn't want to make it final.  But, eventually I just decided blogging wasn't for me.  Realized I had accomplished my original goal, which was the Nate Berkus segment!  I wasn't blogging for money, so figured it didn't serve it's purpose anymore.

Over the last 2 years that I've been M.I.A, I've gotten tons of emails and had tons of comments from followers asking where I've been?  Will I return?  Tons of people still asking me decorating advice, asking about specific paint colors, asking if I still like my white hardwood floor, etc, etc!

It's been really surprising and flattering that so many people followed my little blog along the way and actually missed me!!

So, while I'm still not ready to blog again and not sure that I ever will be....I just wanted to address this in a post to answer the questions in one dose!

No, I will not be answering decorating questions or responding to comments.  I don't often read them, so I wouldn't be responding in a timely fashion.  It's just easier to say I won't, then to disappoint and annoy people!

What have I been doing?  Work, family, friends, life....  The same as the rest of you!  My photography business is still doing great and keeps me working full time for about 60% of the year and part time for another chunk and then I typically get a couple months of winter off, which is awesome!

Have I been working on my house still?  Yes of course.  Just because I don't document it, doesn't mean I'm a different person!  Still diy's, projects, repainting, refinishing....changed out my hardwood, created a pallet wall....etc, etc....  I would love to share it with you all one day, and maybe I will!  Just not sure at the moment, so don't want to commit.

So for now, that's all I wanted to ramble on about!  Thanks for reading, for all the support over the years and for wanting me back!

Until next time......

Thursday, December 01, 2011

diy display cabinet

well, it happens every fall.  i finish editing weddings and i start to think about my house again and all the things on my "to do" list.  last week, i was sitting in my living room, looking across at my kitchen and decided i hated looking at my microwave.  although, i really like my kitchen, i would do it completely different, had i the chance to start over.  but with the budget we had at the time, and the existing layout, we couldn't do much at the time.  

one thing, i never liked, was staring at the microwave :(
so my brain got to thinkin'
what if we pulled it out, stuck it in one of the large pantry cabinets, and created a display shelf in the process???!!

fabulous idea, i think :)

so, we went from this:

to this:

nice right?  i was originally wanting to add glass doors, but haven't made the trip to IKEA yet!  not sure what options they'll have in the size and finishes i want, but at least, i don't hate it exposed either!

we have a large pantry cabinet next to this microwave cabinet, which was in serious need of decluttering/organizing....so....the microwave has moved into this space...

all we had to do, was remove the doors, line the back of the cabinet with some leftover wallpaper, and voila!!

we have to figure out some way to plug the hole in the cabinet, as we needed that originally for the microwave cord....

now time to buy new wine glasses, b/c i'm missing some and these aren't so pretty anymore! :)

a great way to add some visual interest, hide a not-so-pretty element, and repurpose an exisiting space for NO MONEY - love that!

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

25 ways to wear a scarf - brilliant!

yesterday a friend of mine shared this youtube video on facebook and i thought it was so brilliant, i wanted you to all take a look!

very cool....

courtesy of wendy's lookbook

Monday, November 21, 2011

chewy molasses-spice cookies...yes please!

i stumbled across this recipe on the front page of msn a month or so back.  it's from 
delish, who featured it from martha stewart

i thought it sounded delicious and very fall/winter like, so i tried it out.  i have to say it didn't disappoint.  i love when a recipe is actually as good as it sounds and as the picture looks!

felt, i better share!


  • preheat oven to 350'
  • in a med bowl, whisk together 2 cups flour, 1 1/2 tsp bkg soda, 1 tsp cinnamon, 1/2 tsp nutmeg and 1/2 tsp salt
  • with an electric mixer, beat 3/4 cup butter and 1 cup sugar until combined
  • beat in 1 egg and then 1/4 cup molasses
  • reduce speed to low, gradually mix in dry ingredients, just until a dough forms
  • roll dough into balls, approx 1 tablespoon.  roll balls in shallow dish containing approx 1/4 cup sugar.  coat evenly
  • arrange balls on baking sheets.  bake one sheet at a time.  bake 10 - 12 mins.  

you can bake two sheets at a time but they will not 'crack' uniformly

sooooo good, crispy on the edges and soft and chewy on the inside.....do NOT overbake


Tuesday, November 15, 2011

beach house feature

i've decided to create a new kind of posting titled "beach house feature".....b/c occasionally i come across a gorgeous beach home and i just have to share it with you all!

so check out the lovely interiors of this gorgeous home....

all images courtesy of "great interior design"

stunning, right?!

we can all dream, sigh...

Tuesday, November 08, 2011

a lil of this, a lil of that...

so sorry, i've been missing in action here the last week and a half!  life gets busy sometimes and unfortunately blogging can take the backseat.....

but, i wanted to remind you all of the giveaway i have going on still, by 

my lovely sponsor is:

so, what have i been up to you ask?  not an exciting answer....just work, kids, etc!
our wedding season for shooting has come to an end now, so i'm just trying to finish up editing as quickly as i can, so i can devote myself to all the 'stuff' i put on the back burner for the summer/fall.

i want to paint my bathroom, and my entrance! 

something along these lines, for my bathroom...
benjamin moore - constellation - AF-40

check out this lovely zebra rug from west elm!

i decided i really needed a big area rug in my living room and this was going to be it!  of course we only have one west elm in canada.  and it's not calgary.  of course they won't ship rugs from their online store.  so i call the store directly.  of course, they don't have the largest size i want.  they do have a slightly smaller one, which would work too.  but of course, they're out of stock.  so now i'm on a waiting list for about a month! :(
but so pretty, it'll be worth the wait, i think!

 i also need/want to get out of my boring cooking routine!  my sister in law has this book, (i think) and she's always making something amazing looking....so i might copy her!

as well, it's now chilly in our part of the world :(
we have a little dusting of the white stuff in a few spots still!

i like this pic above, but don't worry, we're not looking quite like that YET!

however, the weather is a little more bearable when you've booked your winter vacation!
this year, we're headed to hawaii, with some friends!  we're trying out the big island, b/c we've never been there before!  

i can't wait!  however, i'm going with a lot of very skinny friends!  so i've been working by butt off for the last 3 weeks!  unfortunately, not really feeling/seeing any differences yet!  honestly, it's blood, sweat and tears for every ounce i lose!

oh well, i'll just keep at it....sigh!
can you sense my frustration?! 

and last but not least, yesterday, i decided to go through my closet and make a little room, by doing some decluttering.  i decided to follow the rule, "if you haven't woren something in the last year, then toss it or donate it"
seriously felt so good.....so much more room and 3 bags to donate....phew!
that whole thing about how most of us wear 20% of our clothes, 80% of the time is super accurate with me, so why hold on to old stuff, right? 
not to mention, you then actually can see and remember all that you have and "wear" more of your clothes, b/c they're accessible!
i recommend it!

ok friends, like i said....no fabulous 'home' post, just some ramblings....

Friday, October 28, 2011

"best of blogland" fridays!

oct. 28th, '11 - welcome to another edition of:

awesome dresser transformation! decorchick

pretty wax paper chandelier decor adventures

craft room reveal - impressive! the ivy cottage blog

beautiful diy headboard! designing by numbers

those were a few highlights!  
have a happy weekend!

Thursday, October 27, 2011

ikea table - customized!

i'm sure many of you are familiar with the amazing decor/inspiration blog, apartment therapy!
well, yesterday they posted some awesome customizations to a good 'ol IKEA table...

i thought it was such an awesome example of how an inexpensive item, can not only be customized, but look pricier than it really is!

check it out:

for the photo sources, please head on over to the original post at apartment therapy!

Tuesday, October 25, 2011


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stating which item is your favorite and would like to win

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that's it.....winner will be randomly drawn when i reach 430 followers!

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