Monday, June 2, 2014

Garden: 2014

Well, the garden is finally in! Here's a pic:
Yes, there are weeds growing in the rocks and there isn't much else for greenery, but it's going to be good I tell you.

The plan was super simple this year:
Nothing crazy. I guess I didn't plant anything new which is a bit lame, but it's going to be fairly low maintenance and (besides the flowers) is full of things we'll actually eat! 

Dave made some new pea fences from plastic trellis and bamboo sticks, which should make picking peas way easier. The last ones were metal and scratchy. And they're actually being used as a temporary fence to keep a certain puppy out of the garden area (and another dirt patch which is to be a patio at some point). And since we're talking about a certain puppy, let's look at a picture:
Aww. How have I not plastered this blog with pictures of our adorable puppy? His name is Murphy and he's now six and a half months old! I'll have to do a Murphy post pretty soon so I can brag about how great he is!

Friday, February 7, 2014

Choices, choices

I have an upcoming trip where I will be visiting a Tiffany & Co. store. Woooo! Out of all the things we plan to do, this one is near the top of my list, of course. So I've been online window shopping to help narrow down my choices. I've been saving my pennies...or nickels, I guess...and need to pick just one of the pretty, pretty pieces you see below.



1. Ziegfeld Collection pearl earrings - I'd truly love a real pair of pearl earrings. Totally classic and I think I'd wear them quite often.
2. Tiffany Locks heart lock and bracelet - I love wearing bracelets and this is a beauty. I like the simple oval and round links and the heart lock is perfection. My love of heart-shaped jewelry will never wane.
3. Tiffany Locks heart lock pendant - Yep, another heart. I think this would look really nice on a long chain.
4. Tiffany Notes pendant - I love the script on this bar pendant...and the little diamond is also just lovely.
5. Tiffany 1837 cuff - Plain and simple. Cuff bracelets are perfect because they fit like a dream. It would look good with anything.
6. Atlas cuff - The Roman numeral design is a classic Tiffany's design. This is a new piece and I seriously love it! I'm pretty sure this bracelet would be happy on my wrist. This one is definitely a contender. Edit - This is a men's bracelet (oops!)
7. Elsa Peretti open heart pendant - Also a classic. This has been on my wish list for a while. I have several heart necklaces already, but I believe you can never have enough!

I'd love to know your opinion. Which one would you choose if you were me?

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Wish list - no. 3

I'm back with another wish list. Yes, my birthday is long gone, but Christmas is just around the corner. And I'm pretty sure wish lists are for anytime! So this time around, these are lovely things I want just for me:
1. These Black garnet gold vermeil stud earrings from leahalexandra.com are so pretty. Love the shape. And you can't go wrong with black and gold! Plus they're handmade in Vancouver. Bonus!
2. Oh Kate Spade. My love for KS handbags has not waivered one tiny bit. This Cedar street luciana bag (in garnet) from katespade.com has me head over heels I tell you. Love the red, the size, and the classic style. So good!
3. I can't get enough of polka dots. And in black and white, they are perfection. This Polka dot silk scarf from anntaylor.com is a beauty. You could wear it with so much and it'll never go out of style. Polka dots forever!

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Wish list - no. 2

Hello again! I'm back with more wish list items. This time it's all about fabulous black and white stuff for my kitchen:
1. A super cool cutting board for my counter. Yes, I already have one but I LOVE this one. I'd just actually use my other one to cut things on and this one would be for making my counter pretty. It's called the lines cutting board from seventytree.bigcartel.com. I love that it's graphic but still simple. 
2. I seriously dig this bowl. I think it would make a fantastic centerpiece for my table. It's called the satellite bowl from momastore.org. I love a bowl that isn't a solid bowl! 
3. This is a vase but I want it for a plant pot. I really like the brush stroke look. It's actually hand painted so I suppose it's not a look, it's real brush strokes! It's called the agnes vase from normann-copenhagen.com. Totally cool.
4. A sweet little notecube with a sweet little pattern. It's called the cube notepad in small squares from saturday.com. Perfect for beside the phone for a message...or a love note!

Fun stuff, hey? I love black and white and think all of this would look absolutely perfect in my kitchen.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Wish list - no. 1

Oh, hi. It's been a while. How are you? Good. Ya, I'm doing just fine. Okay, now that we're acquainted again after my long absence, let's get to what you've been wondering for so long now...what exactly do I want/need/love...because isn't that what this fine little blog is all about? Here's the thing. My birthday is coming. And if you think about it, Christmas isn't too far away. So we wouldn't want anyone, such as my wonderful husband, thinking that there's absolutely nothing that I want/need/love, right? Oh no, we can't have that.

Well, my friends, this may only be the tip of the iceberg but here are some pretty gold things that I'm coveting right around now:
1. Yes, I still love Kate Spade. And I really love this spade hinge bangle from katespade.com. It's classic. And it would look just darling on my wrist.
2. This amazing statement necklace couldn't be prettier. The black, the gold, the teardrop shapes...it's all so good. It's called the jet petal collar necklace from whitehouseblackmarket.com. And it's on sale!
3. Oh, Michael Kors. I loved him on Project Runway! And it's a given that he's a seriously good designer. I love this black and gold buckle bangle from michaelkors.com. Perfection.

Yes, I need a little gold in my life. Silver and black are awesome together, but wow, black and gold together is a pretty, pretty sight. 

Stay tuned for more wish lists coming your way. Because there's always more that I'm wishing for!

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Guest Post: Dave Loves Comics!

In the immortal words of my Best Man...Do you want to see my comic collection?!?!? I've been collecting comics a very long time. Actually, it's been over 20 years now! Until recently, I've always said I collect comics, but in actuality, what I am is a comic reader. I'm not worried about the worth of the comics I have, or that I don't have any golden age gems, or that I may not have every single issue of a certain run of comics. What I love are stories. And for some reason, what I love most, are superhero stories.


The Longbox Closet
I'm on holidays right now, and one of the things I've been wanting to do for a while is open up all the longboxes above to organize, catalog, and appreciate what's inside. It was a big job that I needed an extended period of time to tackle, so this seemed like the perfect time!


Here's the start of the unpacking. As I began sorting my comics, it brought back a lot of memories of not only the stories within the pages, but the stories around where, when, and how I found some of them. For example, many of my early comics were bought after earning $0.25 per 10 minutes of massaging my dad's feet, including The Original Ghost Rider #1. Another favourite story came when I found out Superman's powers were changing to some sort of energy being. At the time, I was just collecting JLA. I was young and grabbing more than one title was costly, but I just had to follow the story leading to Superman Red/Superman Blue. I would ride my bike from the Husky to McGirr's, and sometimes to Abraham's or Paramart to find the next piece of the story until I came to an issue that was nowhere to be found. It was hard to figure out where the next issue would be because it seemed like a random crapshoot on where the Superman comic would be that week. I searched all around town to find the copy of Action Comics I was missing. I went to the usual spots, and then started just going to any business I could find that sold magazines or books. It wasn't at the Rexall, or Treasure Island. Then I went into the basement of Harper's Pharmacy, and there it was!!!! I could finally read how the battle between Superman and the Atomic Skull would turn out. (He won...Superman always wins!)

One box down!
Once all the longboxes were unpacked and put in the various piles, I could tell that my biggest stack of comics was JLA/Justice League. However, Action Comics was a close second, and when you tally up Superman, Superman: Man of Steel, Adventures of Superman, and many, many Superman mini-series, trades, and specials, Superman was wayyyyy ahead. Other large stacks included Daredevil (one of my current favourite titles), Green Arrow, Superman/Batman, and everything Kevin Smith has written.

The series of photos below show my entire collection of comics. Totalling over 2830 in number. With comics from friends like Sol and Jon, auction finds from my father-in-law, some from Kelly's grandma's attic, and other old comics I've picked up along the way, it's well over the 3000 mark. That is a lot of reading time! That also doesn't count the hundreds of comics I've read digitally on my computer, and on my iPad!





I love comics, I love reading comics, I love talking about comics, but most of all, I love a good story.

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Art on a ledge

My kitchen/dining room art has arrived and it's framed! Finally! Each piece came in the mail one at a time and I got them all framed one at a time. I had them done at Michael's and they did a fantastic job. And the 'M' is a vintage 50's marquee letter that I ordered from Etsy. I had bought a RIBBA ledge (actually two) at Ikea in February in anticipation.

So here's what it's vaguely going to look like...try to imagine it hanging on the wall, not sitting on the floor:
So??? Does it look good? I need the truth! I love each piece but once I saw how big the biggest piece was, I wondered if it's too grand for a picture ledge. I set it out on the floor roughly how I'd arrange it on the wall to see if I like it before putting the five holes in the wall that it'll take to hang the ledge. Since the London print and the tree print are fairly big pieces, the plan is to attach the tops of the frames to the wall using 3M velcro picture hangers (which are the bomb, by the way). Then I don't have to worry about them falling off.

Just so you can see how cool the London art is, here's a close-up:
I seriously love looking at it! And here are the others:
Also awesome, in my opinion. If you think the whole idea of this on the picture ledge is completely uncool, I need to know! I really love a grouping/gallery for art and I really dig picture ledges, but does that make it good? 

Please tell me your thoughts! Go for it? Rearrange it? Don't do a ledge? I try to put a lot more thought into decorating in hopes that I will be happier with stuff and keep it longer. But now I'm constantly doubting myself. Ack!