06 August 2013

I am a Horrible Blogger

I'd like to apologise to my followers for being as AWOL as I have been. Personal things have taken over my life, and have left little time for blogging. When you add in the two jobs I am currently working, my life has been more than a little crazy.

However, I am going to do my best to keep up with my blog, and keep posting.

Love and good wishes to you all,

27 May 2013

House Planning and Storyboarding

I've been living in my cute, little country house for almost two years now, and while a lot of the behind the scenes things have gotten done (electrical, plumbing, etc) I'm still waiting to get my hands on what I consider to be the "fun" stuff: the cosmetic makeovers of each room.

I have a number of decorating magazines (which I did exceedingly more entertaining than Cosmo) and so many ideas floating around in my head that I don't know where to begin. I decided to start by thinking of a theme. I love farmhouse, country style, and blue tones are a favourite. So I decided to start there, and keeping those in mind, I created a storyboard for each room. I'm going to take you on a storyboard tour of my little country house!

The entry that we use is in the kitchen.

This space of the house is HUGE (17'x17') and it needs to be multi purpose: entry way, eat-in kitchen and laundry room. (Note: not a lot of basements in 200yr old houses.) I wanted a space that would be bright, cheerful, and well organised. I think it's going to look great when it's done!

The powder room is next, and while I most love it as it, I REALLY want some good storage in there, and have some nice plants to keep it bright and cheerful.

We have a LOT of changes we want to do to the living room. We want to put in a set of French doors and add a small wood stove.

Since we'll be adding those, it doesn't make for a lot of space, so we won't be keeping a couch or love seat in the room, just chairs. We also have this thing to deal with:

The Mr got this piano for free online, and it is in a horrible state of disrepair. We looked at it, and about the only way to fix it will be to paint it. So, I'm painting it yellow.

This is the plan for the dining room. Neither The Mr nor I are big on formal spaces, so I'm going to give this room a family, farmhouse style makeover. The chairs and table legs are going to be painted white, and the chairs are getting recovered with a fabric I found that matches the green paint that I want. It will be a while before I can paint though, as all of the walls need to come down to replace the hideous wallboard with proper drywall.

The main entryway to the house opens right to the stairs heading up, and needs to do double duty upstairs to house linens and other house supplies. Storage in this house is at a premium.

I'm also hoping to add in a window seat upstairs with storage space for cleaning and pet supplies.

I LOVE my plan for my bathroom. It's a little more luxurious than most of the spaces in the house, but since we have a huge soaker tub in there, it seems fitting.

Finally, there is the guest room. I always love a little bit of kitsch, and since I miss the wilds and mountains of where I grew up in British Columbia, I thought that I would pay tribute to that here.

The room gets a lot of sunlight, as it faces the east side of the house, so I'm not worried about it being too dark in the room with the scheme I've chosen. The Mr looked at me like I turned a little bit purple, but it always comes out really nicely from my head when I translate from idea to function.

The other rooms in the house are the theatre room, the Disney room, the Master bedroom, and The Mr's office. I gave you a look at the master when I posted the preview, and I didn't create a plan for the theatre room or office as those spaces belong to The Mr.

Here is the Disney room:

I absolutely adore this room. This is my haven, my space, where I can sit and enjoy all of the things I love so much about Disney.

Anyway, this is what I have been up to over the last few weeks. If you're looking at redecorating, I really recommend completing a storyboard so that you stay focused and see what your ideas look like when they are put together. You may find that what you had doesn't work, or that it looks even better together than you thought it would. I have to say, that doing this has helped The Mr better understand just where my head is at when I talk about what I want to do for the house. Plus, it was a lot of fun!

Ta-ta for now!

13 May 2013

My Super Nerdy weekend

was away all weekend, spending time in the city for my first ComicCon! I consider myself to be a bit of a powernerd, and I've always wanted to go to a comic convention. Since flying to San Diego was out of the question, I went to a local one to help the lovely Miss E sell her wares at a booth.

I had every intention on trying not to freak out, but that flew right out the window when I saw the first costumes. Oh my goodness, they were amazing! People spent to much time, energy, and creativity on their favourite characters. Not surprisingly, I think my favourite was a Mad Hatter costume. 

It was close to Disney quality and extremely well done. As I was dressed as Alice from Alice in Wonderland, I thought we made a cute pair!

I went to a number of celebrity panels where they did Q&As. The one for Levar Burton (who was on Star Trek TNG and Reading Rainbow, if you didn't know) was hilarious. My eyes were watering from laughter!

I was also able to go to not one but TWO panels held by Nathan Fillion and Jewel Staite, who are from a show I love called Firefly. At the first panel they cut the questions off before I could ask, but I was able to get my questions in the second time around. I was pretty excited. 

I think the absolute highlight came at the very end, literally as I was leaving. I headed home early on Sunday, I wanted to get some time in with my MIL as it was Mother's Day, so Miss T (who was also a booth babe) and I headed out to my vehicle. Out behind the building I noticed a guy in a hat and sunglasses. After a closer peek, I realised that it was Nicholas Brendon, who plays Xander on Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Kevin on Criminal Minds.

I have recently finished watching the full series' of Buffy and Angel, and I love both of those shows and the characters. Xander's character in Buffy, I think, is the glue that holds the show together.

I could see that he was on a break, and I didn't know if I should go up to him. I was about to walk away when I decided that to ask him for a picture because when was I going to have another chance to do so. Besides, the worst that he could say was no.

He didn't. I went up to him and immediately apologised as I realised that he was on his break, but I asked for his picture. He said yes, and immediately pulled me in for a hug. (The man is a great hugger.) The lady he was with, Jacqui, was exceedingly lovely and offered to take pictures for me. Miss T loves him from Criminal Minds, so she also got a picture. She was dressed as Snow White which lead to a short discussion about Disney Princesses in which I may, possibly, have snapped at him for calling Cinderella's dress blue. (I REALLY need to start remembering that not everyone is as huge of a Disnerd as I am.) Anyway, he ended up being super nice, even though I accosted him in the parking lot behind the con, and I'm so happy I got a chance to say hello.

So, there you have it, that was my super nerdy weekend. I loved it. I'll be back soon with another post, but for now, let me leave you with a few of my favourite costumes.


05 May 2013

Where Have I Been?

Sorry, folks, time seems to have gotten away from me. So much for posting a couple of times a week!

I'm currently between jobs, and I have spent the last month getting my house into some semblance of order. You don't realise how much junk you have been carrying around with you until you stop looking at it, and start dealing with it.

Slowly I've been turning my little country house around, including making inspiration boards for every room. I'll just give you a sneak peek as I'm knee deep in decluttering all of the things that have been sitting in boxes since we moved into the house.

I'll be back later this week with a proper post, but I hope you've had a lovely weekend!


02 February 2013

One Dress, Three Ways

I love dresses. I always advocate on their behalf just because they are so easy! Put it on, and you're done dressing for the day! Adding anything else to the dress after putting it on is just like adding sugar flowers to an already iced cake.

I think a key to a good dress is that is is multifaceted. When I look for a dress, I want to be able to mix up all of my accessory pieces that go with it, from my ever expanding cardigan collection to earrings to shoes! I have been looking for a cherry dress for about four years. Yes, there are a bunch of them online, but nothing that really struck my fancy until I found this dress from Modcloth:

I absolutely adore it, it is everything that I want in a cherry print dress! The main thing I was worried about was how was I going to style it? I jumped on Polyvore and put together three different ways to wear this dress.

Cherry Green

This first outfit I wanted to play off the green stems in the dress. It is so easy to go all white or red or add in other cherry accessories, but I wanted to really see what I could come up with, especially since I want to add in more green into my wardrobe. I think everything works really well together, and gives you a little bit of that kitsch feel that I love without over doing it. Yes, this is almost Christmas inspired, but you could just say you were celebrating early.

All in the Black
I also wanted to try pairing the dress with black. It goes really well together, and up here in the Great White North I think it's going to be quite a while before we see any sign of Spring! A lovely warm pea coat, hat, scarf and tights will keep you warm and make the dress wearable year round (not that it would stop me anyway.) And you know how much I love my Disney, and sparkles, so I added in the Mickey earrings for some cute! I know, I'm really a child at heart.

In the Blue

Finally, I wanted to try something a little different so I chose turquoise for my colour theme. I think the combination is a little unexpected and the pop of the blue is a great touch. The shine in the satin shoes, the bracelets, and the earrings, and the sparkle in the bolero makes this a great nighttime look.

So, there you have it: one dress, three ways. As soon as I can possibly manage, I'm am going to be ordering myself this lovely thing, and trying to see if I can put together any of the same outfits!

In other news, I'm in a huge "need to change my surroundings" mood, so I'm going to paint as much of my house as I can convince The Mr I can paint. I've somehow managed to convince him to let me change the bathroom from yellow to purple! I'm so excited!

I will talk to you soon!