Tuesday, December 30, 2014

What a year it has been, a round up!

Well it's that time of the year when bloggers are rounding up their popular posts, not so popular but still loved posts, giving their thanks and I suppose it is no different over here. This little blog of mine is still going strong. We aren't growing at an exceptional hare like rate but we are growing steady and strong like a leatherback turtle. My business name is growing and people are genuinely excited about what I have to share and show.
So to all of you that read and come to my shows and keep asking about the future of the shop,

from the bottom of my heart. 
You've made it a great year. 
While many bloggers have already whipped out the  tree and put away their decor, we like to continue enjoying ours until New Years. Seems like so much work to not enjoy it at all for a few days afterwards all the craziness.

Today, instead of just a popular post round up I thought I'd go back and go month by month and pick out what I thought was awesome to share again.


I also decided to whitewash the brick on our fireplace as I was taking down last years Christmas decorations

and although this project didn't go crazy blog wise it became my most repinned photo on Pinterest. I give you the crate shelf


ah the month of snow and cold around here. That meant more crazy projects, mostly focused in the kitchen this month

The much loved kitchen cart, that became the second most popular post EVER here, got mentions on so many sites it really is crazy. It even showed up on Domaine Home.

Then I got myself and my poor husband into building a plate rack so I had somewhere to store all of our platters in our small kitchen.

I also did a neat series last February about Inspiration and where we get it from. Everything from books, blogs to instagram. The link takes you to the beginning of the series.

March came and went in a pile of dust as we started our bathroom renovation.

Therefore moving onto 


Our top posts of the year were both in the dining room. You all enjoyed our spring dining room

and our Easter tablescape

brought us a lot of great fun regarding the spring show. There were many furniture makeovers, lots of pillow creating and general fun


yes you counted that right. 3 months later! It took forever to finish our bathroom reno but we got 'er done. and I love it, like super de duper love it.
Those shelves, the bees knees, that antique light, meeoooowww!

Our 2014 house tour was released with all the new and updated spaces

July and August

was filled with many posts about my love of gardening,

and our outdoor patio

and this blog also showcases a lot of furniture makeovers, this was one of my favourites of the year

I redid a few things in my office to make it function better including a little white makeover on this dresser


We adopted our new little baby. He may not be so little but he has captured our hearts and we love him dearly. Mr. Franklin got himself a home that needed him.

I found a fantastic idea on Pinterest and made over our garage doors into "wood" garage doors for 20 bucks. I made a believer out of Trevor with this one.


and loads of travelling through the states.


we painted our downstairs hallway black

and then we made it to December and you have enjoyed the tour of our Christmas home and the Christmas market

There were many other little things and even some big things but these are the highlights and I hope you enjoy re-snooping through the posts when you have time.

Have a fantastic fekking day all,
(a little obsessed with Mrs. Browns boys right now)


knick of time

Monday, December 29, 2014

A candlelight tour

Well as we wrap up these last few days of December and we all relax after the joy, sharing and eating I have one last Christmas related post to share. I believe there will be a wrap up to the year tomorrow with the best and most popular of the year.

Today I am sharing something a little different. In blogland, whether you realize this or not most of us are not photographers. We are always waiting for good weather conditions to take our photos and almost all blogs shoot during the day. Natural daylight is what works best and showcases our homes in the best light (pun intended) to be inspiring.

At this time of year and well I suppose most times of the year, most people "live" in their homes at night. So although you are seeing my home decorated and yes the changes that happen, you aren't seeing it when we are here enjoying every inch of it. 
We live in our home at night and I thought it would be neat to see what you would see if you were invited here for dinner some time.

I decided to do a little candlelight tour of our home. You'll have to imagine the music and that you have a drink in your hand but, you get the idea. 
I only did the main floor and the upstairs hall because we did have people coming over and  once we go into entertaining mode, I don't generally remember my camera.


Have a great day,

I'm off to work, think of me you lucky bums that are still off today


Saturday, December 27, 2014

Christmas Eve tablescape and a sale

Good morning everyone.
I hope you are all coming down from your sugar highs peacefully and that the visiting with family and friends has been lovely. I know many people still have a lot of visiting and dinners to attend. We have another family gathering tonight and then I think we are mostly caput for the rest of the holidays.
We hosted Christmas Eve dinner again this year and I thought I would share our tablescape with you all.
Of course on Christmas day as my mom mentioned something about gold as I was looking at my fork I had a total "Oh shit" moment. I have lovely gold flatware that is hiding under the shelf in the dining room and I totally forgot to use it with my gold themed table the night before. Oh well. It was still a great night filled with laughter and conversation and no one was any wiser about my forgotten flatware as that is not what was important.

the centrepiece that usually lives on the table is too big for a large gathering so i remove it in favour of something skinnier. this year i piled oregano and seeded eucalyptus on the table in between taper holders and simple glass candles and then printed out movie line gift tags and stuck them in the garland

 the actual centrepiece styling up the corner

I also wanted to pop in today to let everyone know that now that the extreme physical boxing day shopping is done to let you know that my shop along with many others I assume on etsy are having a boxing week sale

Have a great weekend everyone


Monday, December 22, 2014

Christmas Tour 2014: The Basement, better late than never

I know for some of you the Christmas spirit is dwindling with all the excess of decor, grouchy shoppers, long lines and non-stop holiday music. I, however am still getting my Mele Kalikimaka on. I had to postpone our basement tour this year as our tree stand was living at the Christmas market so we got our tree in the basement up quite late this year. 
The first day of December I had some people asking me if the basement tour was going up this year and I am sorry I made you wait so long.

my christmas elf baking in front of the fire on his plaid basement bed. franklin isn't much of a fan of laying just on the floor. right from day one he needed something underneath him so he has beds all over the house. This way he doesn't use our furniture and beds as substitutes unless we call him up

our lovely real fraser fir. our tree has some great smell this year. our tree last year did not have a particularly christmas-y scent so i am happy we got that this year.
we decorate this tree together and keep it pretty simple. most of the stuff is clear snowflakes i collect, secondhand, or handmade. we had some grain sack tree ornaments and trev's silverware ornaments left from the show so we added them to the tree.

in our cruise of kijiji one night last week we came across a very old set of antique glass santa ornaments. i went to pick them up and was just ecstatic of their beauty. they look just wonderful on our vintage style tree.

i was mid wrap so i just left some of my supplies on the table

our "fun wrap" for trev's and my presents from target again this year. the red and white foxes are super fun.

my sister-in-law found the old wood easel for me and i still haven't found the perfect piece to put on it yet so used an old wood stop sign for the time being

Well I think that's it for my tour this year.

Thanks again for visiting.


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