Before and after: our condo

Note: I’ve been “sitting” on this post in drafts forever (at least a year since the most recent photo below) that it’s kind of ridiculous. Currently, our place looks nothing like it does below, LOL. But I love the how I have photos from when we moved in and it was empty and far more…

“I feel so accomplished” or something

My BIL is the first person I ever saw wearing Nike Flyknit shoes. He bought them years ago, it seems. They look very comfortable but otherwise weren’t much on my radar. Afterall, when it comes to athletic shoes, I only keep pouring my money into runners and they will have to suffice for the rare…

Art around the house: Crafty again

The last time I was crafty on a big scale, it was for a big party for me and NPY. Now, I’ve done it again. Second bedroom: Gallery wall After years of accumulating “art cards” (post cards, five-card KORT sets from IKEA), Canada Post special edition stamps and other paraphernalia, and the like, I finally could…

I got a monogram embosser, so now what?

I have long wanted an embosser and 2712 Designs has a Groupon offer every now and then. The first thing I purchased from them was a self-inking stamp for me and NPY for the nearly zero letters we mail out. Haha. Then the embosser was recently on offer and I nabbed it. I was looking for…

I got a smartwatch and, for the first time in years, a watch tan

Since I am so “anti”, I eschew the idea of getting a “push gift” but I did want to mark my return to work after 52 49 weeks away with something new and incentivizing. I have every intention of biking to work instead of walking and thought a commuter bag would be my “back-to-work gift”…

Crafting lately: personalized colourful wood growth chart

I had a few choices when it came to a growth chart for E. BIL saw this when it was a work in progress and kept wondering why I didn’t designate a door frame and mark heights off there like we all used to do it. Because when you live in a condo, you don’t…

Advent calendars I have purchased this year

Earlier than expected and exceeding my expectations, my 2015 David’s Tea AdvenTea calendar arrived shortly after I ordered it earlier than the general public. It’s beautiful. In the past years, the advent calendar has been bulky, more than twice the thickness of this year’s with the teas spanning both “pages” when you open it up…

Madonna Rebel Heart Tour in Vancouver

After a long deliberation, my sister decided in the summer to get for my birthday (back in March) concert tickets. She gave me a choice: Janet Jackson’s Unbreakable World Tour or Madonna’s Rebel Heart Tour. It wasn’t too difficult a decision. Janet Jackson would be in Vancouver in August when I wasn’t sure I would…

My massive KETTO haul

When I was in Quebec in 2012, it was by sheer luck that I came across the KETTO Boutique after I picked up my race packet at the nearby running store. After browsing around and was quite overwhelmed by how much I wanted, I came away with one greeting card of the KETTO geisha. I know, so…

Latest obsesssion: Perler beading

I have a new obsession. It just kind of came on. I have admired the 8-bit treatment of everything from animated characters to subway maps for a while and then I started seeing Perler bead creations. It isn’t anything I’m familiar with from my childhood and it did exist way back then as it is…