Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Friday In Review

What a busy weekend! It feels absolutely fantastic to be able to sit down and relax for an evening.

Instead of yammering on about photo after photo, I decided to post a whole whack of little shots from Friday. They are shots from our road trip home and Colin and Therese's rehearsal supper. Hope you enjoy the eye candy.

Happy Monday!

Friday, August 27, 2010

Mini Me

I was so excited last week when one of my favourite crafty blogs, Elise, announced her latest class:

Guess who starts the workshop on Monday?! Me, me, me! I can't wait to get my minibook craft on. I'm pumped to learn some fun tips and techniques. It'll be so nice to unwind after this weekend's craziness:

Daniel's brother's getting married tomorrow, and we just got back from the rehearsal supper. We're spending the evening at his dad's house, prepping ourselves for tomorrow's big day. Daniel's in the wedding party, so I'm going to chill with his step-mom in the second row. We'll be rockin' out as dates for the day :) Hopefully I can share some pics with you next week... but for now, have a great weekend!

Happy Friday!

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Vay-Kay Oh-Four

It's another installment of my "vay-kay" posts! There's one more after this guy...

The big game. The whole reason why we went to Toronto. Daniel's two favourite teams, Manchester United and Celtic FC, came to a Canadian city. How could we resist? I'm so glad I could thrill the little boy in him :)

Daniel has a Celtic jersey, and a Manchester t-shirt. He decided on the jersey, and when we arrived at the Rogers Centre, there was someone selling Manchester caps. Guess who got to wear a cap with her pretty tank and capris? I haven't worn a baseball cap since junior high. It's been a while... and it's not pretty :) Oh, well... the things you do for those you love!

Here's a peek at the ginormous scoreboard:

The game in motion:

The two of us, and the infamous cap:

Post-game shot of ManU's coach, Sir Alex Ferguson:

The loudest Scot that I've ever encountered... follow the giant red arrow:

The beautifully lit-up CN Tower:

After the game, on our way back to our hotel, there was the biggest group of people ever chanting "United". We had to make our way through the throng to get to the street. It was a bit intense. Good thing they were all in good cheer... I was glad that they weren't the losing team :)
We took a couple of videos as we made our way through, but I'm not sure what the language is like in them, so I'd really rather not share. Here's a pic of the crowd, though:

I hope you enjoyed a peek at our game. Have a peachy Thursday!

Here's a lovely song for you to chill out to:

Music Playlist at MixPod.com

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Vintage Love

I created a little cluster of vintage goodness over our kitchen sink this week. I picked up these three paintings last month, hoping to paint the frames a nice glossy white. I was silly, and didn't check them out closely. Long story short, these bad boys are staying in their original frames as is.

Now that I have the paintings up on the wall, I'm kind of enjoying their goldy vintagy style. A little "grandma's house" circa 1981, but I can deal. I think I may be an old lady inside, anyway :)

Hope you're having a lovely week!

Happy Wednesday!

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

It's DIY Time!

What a pleasant surprise for a Tuesday! It's a brand new DIY feature :)

Today I made some pretty candle holders. I am decorating for my brother-in-law's rehearsal dinner on Friday, and I need a lot of inexpensive candle holders. I was brainstorming last night and came up with this idea, using materials I already had. Chances are, you have a variation of each of the items, too!

Here's what you need:

  • tealights - preferably yummy strawberry rhubarb ones that you've been itching to use :)
  • jam jars - I used the short Mason jars... I picked them up for preserves last fall
  • your favourite pair of scissors
  • adhesive - I used my handy Dotliner, which is basically a dispenser of little glue dots
  • vellum, or any translucent paper, like wax paper, or even a scrapbooking overlay
  • * You can also use a ruler, but I like to freehand all of my cuts... I like a little character *

Measure, or eyeball the height of your jar. Make the paper at least an inch taller than the jar. Cut along your line:

I like to put the adhesive on the paper as opposed to the jar, so it won't leave any residue for further use. So... apply the adhesive to one side of the paper or vellum:

Wrap the vellum around the jar and place your tea light inside:

Place the jars in the perfect location, light the candles, and enjoy!

If you don't want the lines of the jam jar to show at the top, use a flat bottomed glass instead. This should get rid of the shadow for you.

This is the easiest, quickest little project to do. You don't have to be crafty, and you can use them anywhere. It's cute on a shelf, or in your bathroom, too. Just make sure, as with any candles, that there's nothing above the flame that could catch on fire.

Try this DIY out! It's such a fast way to set a pretty table.

Happy Tuesday!

Monday, August 23, 2010

Pretty Little Things

My mama is wonderful. She's always on the hunt for things for me, usually before she even looks for herself. She's the most selfless lady I know, and I'm blessed to have her as my mom.

Look at her latest treasure! She found an antique canister set in my favourite colour! I almost squealed when she showed me :)

Mom found the canisters at a sale to raise money for a local museum. She paid less than $10 for them! Isn't that unbelievable?! I can't wait to display them on my counters. I cleaned our place all afternoon yesterday, so our kitchen counter has a nice space waiting for them.

Have you found any awesome goodies lately? Do tell!

P.S. There's a peek at our girl-y kitchen in the background. Husbie doesn't mind, so it's turning into a pretty shabby chic zone... Mmm, mmm.


Don't you love coming home from a long day at work to find a big batch of chili that your darling cooked up? Throw a handful of cheese on that bowl and we're good to go. I'm so spoiled :)

Happy cook-free Monday!

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Etsy Banners

Any votes on which banner to use for my Etsy shop? It's re-opening next week!

Friday, August 20, 2010

Polyvore Loves

It's that time of the week again... Polyvore Loves!

I decided to go with a nice little transition outfit this time around. This ensemble would be perfect for these unpredictable weather reports - strolling on a warm day, or a picnic on a breezy afternoon.

I adore the combination of the grounding navy in the tunic and flowers, and the burst of hot pink in the zippered leggings and super cute flats. Seriously - those are darling. Add some punchy stripes in your tote and you're good to go!

I love me some denim! I've been looking for a denim shirt/blouse/tunic/dress all summer long, but no luck. I am hoping that the perfect piece will show up in the fall, preferably at a price that will make my pocketbook smile. Here's to hoping!

Happy Friday :)

just for fun

just for fun by littleohme featuring Tory Burch bags

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Vay-Kay Oh-Three

Can you believe it? I've made another vacation post!

Remember that vacation? The one back in July? Well, we took a little trip to Toronto. A big trip squished into a little time frame. Here we go, boys...!

On day two, we walked down to the CN Tower. I'd never seen it in person before, and Daniel had only seen it from the outside. It was time to take a ride on the wild side!

Here's what was waiting for us on Front Street West:

Can you believe the size of that thing? It reminds me of a ginormous mosquito stinker. Either that or the Jetsons... depends on the day :)

From the top (well, the top-ish: we didn't pay the extra gazillion dollars to go up another twenty feet) there was a terrific view of Toronto:

Our Converses liked to hang out on the glass floor:

"Through the looking glass..."

It's the Rogers Centre! You'll see more of that in the next vacation post, since we went to a soccer game there that night!

Speaking of soccer game, a random group of guys stopped us and wanted to get their picture taken with Daniel. He was wearing a Celtic jersey, and they all had Manchester ones on :) They were the two teams that were playing that night....

Here's a peek at the water-edged side of T dot O:

There's your whirlwind tour of the CN Tower! I took a video while on the elevator going down, but silly me: I turned the camera sideways. Sideways camera equals sideways video. I did that a lot on the trip. Bummer!

Happy Thursday!

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Three Years Ago...

... I married this sweetie.

Daniel and I had our third anniversary yesterday: August 17th. We had a date night tonight with sushi and a movie... we celebrate every day :)

Happy Wednesday!

Monday, August 16, 2010

Makes Me Smile

Every time that we drive up to my parent`s place, we go past a teensy little car lot. In the lot, there is one fantastic car. In one fantastic colour. I eyeball it every time we drive by, dreaming that the car could one day be mine.

The last time we took a drive, Daniel stopped and I took some photos of my dream-mobile:

It`s the best car ever! I hope you enjoyed a peek at its pretty corners!

Happy Tuesday!

Sushi Love

Doesn't this make you hungry?

My latest fave at the Saturday farmer's market: Oka Maki Sushi. This booth is run by the sweetest lady and her husband. They're brave - offering their adventurous wares in our not-so-adventurous town. But, surprise: it's a huge hit!

I'm not very bold yet, but my favourite is the California roll. It's a delicious combination of crab, avocado, and cucumber. Mmm, mmm. Every Saturday that we're both off, we head to the market for a package or two of this delicious stuff, made right on site.

Here's the kicker: Oka Maki has a new restaurant location that's opening tomorrow! We'll be swamped all day, but we have plans to head there Wednesday to celebrate our anniversary. I can't wait to share some shots of their new location!

Do you like sushi? If so, what kind?

Happy Monday!

Week in a Glance

I hope you had an absolutely lovely weekend!

Here's what's coming up for you this week:
  • Sushi love - current and soon to be current
  • My dream car - some glam shots :)
  • More Vay-kay posts: parts 3 and 4
  • Our anniversary - it's tomorrow!
  • A pretty wedding shower - it's tomorrow, too!
Hold on to your hats, boys and girls! It's going to be a great week!

Happy Monday!

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Mmm, Mmm Good.

It's recipe time!

Have you ever looked all over for a new recipe, only to come up with one on your own instead? I made a delicious slow-cooked pork roast this week. I found some inspiration on Tasty Kitchen, and went to town, making the recipe my own. I hope you love it, too!

Before we get started, first things first: marinate your pork roast over night. I don't care what marinade you use, whatev. It's all about the tender flavour, baby!

Slow Cooker Pork
1 large pork roast, or 2 small
1 can whole cranberry sauce
1/2 cup orange juice
1/4 cup white sugar
1/4 cup molasses
2 tbsp mustard
1/4 tsp all spice
salt & pepper
2 tbsp cornstarch
2 tbsp water

Mash the cranberries and mix with orange juice, sugar, molasses, and all of the spices. Remove the roast from the marinade. Place it in the slow cooker and pour sauce over the top. Cook for 3 hours on high, or 6-7 hours on low.

When pork is cooked, remove from slow cooker. Measure 2 cups of the liquid and place in a saucepan. Bring to a low boil, and add your combined cornstarch and water. Stir constantly until thickened. Serve on the side of the roast.

Enjoy - and have a great weekend!
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