27 July 2012

Been another while...

Hi all...

This is going to be a quickie, but I felt compelled to share with you something that I found to be amazing inspiring and inspired. Margot Austin blogged today about the late great Ray Staples...as I have commented to Margot on her blog, Ray is quite possibly the reason I became a designer. She was a straight shooter who wasn't afraid to design, and as you will see in Margot's post, if that meant bullying then so be it! She was a phenom and a wonder and designer or design aficionado alike would be remiss if they didn't know who she was.
Head on over to Margot's blog to see what a wonderful and inspired tribute she put together...
From Margot Austin's blog and her Pinterest
Thanks Margot!

23 June 2012

Oh Hey!

Wow! It has been over a month since my last post and in a strange and totally unplanned twist it was a year ago today I started this here blog. It has been a busy year with lots of change, a few ups and downs, lots of love and a whole lotta laughter.

My oldest daughter has graduated college and is currently living back at home but for how long no one knows. My middle daughter is just finishing junior kindergarten and has not quite come to understand that school finishes next week for the summer, and my baby turned three.

I have been busy at the gallery with clients, artists and growing the business. I have begun doing freelance CAD work for various professionals, done a couple of home staging jobs, expanded my business into another community in partnership with a designer there, and am knee deep in committee work helping to build our community's new brand and loving it. I have also been doing some speaking engagements on customer service and sales to some emerging artists and entrepreneurs. I have been a busy busy bee.

I have thought a lot about this here old blog (I can say that now that it's a year old) and where I want it to go what I want to use it for, and how. Do I have that all figured out just yet, not really, but as time progresses more and more reveals itself to me. For the moment I am happy in my life and where it is taking me and when I can, I will stop by to give you all an update or to give my two cents on whatever meets my fancy.

I haven't even really been on pinterest much lately...that is how busy I have been. But I did find this today and thought it rather appropriate...something we as women need to remember.

original source and via House of Fifty Mag on pinterest
Also my lovely daughter has started a blog as well...and if I do say so myself she's pretty darn good. check her out here at Cait- Off the Beaten Path.

I thinks that's all for my one year anniversary post...which once again was just a fluke that I happened to log on and happened to decide to post and it happened to be the exact one year today...too funny...and perhaps a bit of a sign...no?


19 May 2012


I just wanted to pop into today to give you an explanation, since those of you who have been kind enough to read this here blog may (probably not...but maybe) be wondering where I got to.

Well I am here, and all is well, health has returned to normal and of that I am so very thankful. the process of healing was an interesting one in that the side benefit was having the time to reconnect with my kids, my mom, and my husband. In so doing I have disconnected from the blog, blogging, and the world of blogs. The few that I have sent to my email I read because they are there, but this is the first time in ages I have logged into blogger and looked at my blog roll. 

It is the start of our season here in Muskoka and with the sun shining and the temperature sitting at 27 degrees our corner of the world is heaving. Those of us who own businesses up here have been busy for weeks getting things ready; stock in, stores organized, product displayed all for this most important starting weekend, and it is proving to be one for the record books.

As far as my input into blogland, as you well know there has been none. And the reason is I have not felt that I have anything to add, share, or give voice to in a long time. I haven't felt interesting, or engaging and so as I would in the real world, when I have little to add, I add little. I am not one to talk, or in this case type just for the sake of talking. I have, in a very real sense, felt empty. And though this sounds bad, it really really isn't. I have been living a very full interesting, complex life since my last post, but nothing in this life has inspired me to action on the blog front.

from my pinterest

Where will I go from here? I am not sure. Will this little corner of the blog world still exist?...I think so. I trust that at some point in the near future I will feel inspired and with a voice again, and then I will be back at it. But until then, I am here, I am well, and I thank each and every one of you who reads this post. I am checking in though very infrequently, but checking in none-the-less.


21 April 2012

Been awhile...

I haven't disappeared literally, just figuratively I suppose. Healing and recovery are going well, but not being out in the world is becoming difficult. I am struggling with motivation and inspiration...I should say I was, because over the last few days things have turned a corner for me.

Let me explain...before the surgery and the cyst that precipitated the surgery I was active and in the middle of my weight loss journey. I had lost 40lbs and had about 40 to go. When the cyst was discovered I felt fine and continued to live my active life, but not long after the diagnosis something happened that left me in pain, a lot of pain. A trip to the hospital to a deaf audience it would seem and they felt it was a bladder infection though there was no pathology to support this. No-one wanted to hear about the cyst and no diagnostics regarding it were done. We know now that if they had they would have discovered that the cyst had moved, and twisted, a torsion cyst, which can be quite dangerous. I suspect that if that had been discovered, the surgery would have happened long ago and recovery would be a thing of the past, but c'est la vie. As it was I left the hospital with antibiotics and went about my business. The pain receded and we presumed the 'infection' was gone. I started to exercise again but again was met with pain. I stopped exercising and waited for a few days then tried again to the same outcome, so for the six weeks leading up to the surgery I did not really exercise. This ended up having a very negative effect on me both emotionally and physically. I gained weight and the tiredness I experienced pre weight loss returned. Now my recovery has been a bit more difficult than I anticipated, in that while I physically feel good, I am so very tired much of the time, and I still cannot do much activity. I always thought I hated running, but did it because it was the best way to burn calories...turns out I miss it so very much and now that the weather is turning I am dying to get outside for a run.


Anyhow tired, lacking inspiration yada yada yada...Then last week a friend of mine posted to Facebook about a tough run she'd just had and how she ended up walking half of it. She was disappointed in herself and I thought why is she disappointed she got up a 5am, got out the door on a very windy cold wet morning and ran 10k...ummm hello...hero? So as I sat here that morning thinking about her post I thought 'by jeez if she can do that then the least I can do is lace up my runners and get on the darn treadmill'...so off I went and walked a half hour...I realized I had been stuck in a mode where I felt that if couldn't do what I wanted to do (run, yoga, weights) then why bother with anything at all...silly really but that is in the past.

Then on top of the wonderful motivation my friend unknowingly provided me (I did later message her a thank you and some encouragement) I caught a segment of Ellen interviewing Tom Shadyac a Hollywood producer and director. I didn't see all of his interview but caught that he was promoting a new documentary called Happy

During the interview Ellen asked Tom about his move from his Hollywood mansion to his mobile home...this caught my attention and while I was then distracted by a child in need, when I had time I settled down with my laptop and Google'd Tom Shadyac, what I came across was a documentary he made called I Am. I watched it last night and highly recommend it ( It will explain the move from the mansion).

I have once again found my inspiration, in the people around me and the world at large and cannot wait to get on with things.

I hope your weekend is full of inspiration, love, happiness and health!

Happy Weekend all!

4 April 2012

Happy Wednesday!

Hi all hope you are having a stellar week...Here, I have no complaints. Recovery is going well, all pathology came back clear so life is slowly returning to normal.

So as I often do on Wednesdays I thought I would share with you where in blogland I visited today...

However before I do this I have to share my new favorite beauty product. Now, I am not a slave to makeup, I wear very little; a little blush, sometimes a nude eyeshadow, occasionally eyeliner, and always mascara. My only other must have is that I cannot stand to be without my toenails polished. When I was in hospital that polish had to come off and I could not wait to get home and get polished. My darling daughter Cait was kind enough to paint them for me as I was not able. She even went to the store and bought a new sweet blossom pink colour by Joe Fresh. Last week I decided to paint my finger nails which I almost never do and since my toes were blossom pink by Joe I thought so should my fingers...I am in love with this nail polish. It goes on smooth, wears well, dries fast and does not smell horrible. I am officially an addict :o) My sweet husband even went  back to buy me a few other colours.
Okay...now back to our regularly scheduled program...

It was a bit quiet out there in blogland this morning, but I came across a few great posts I thought I should share.

Blair from Delights by Design just finished tearing through (literally) Steven Gambrel's book and has shared the images that were at the top of her pile. I am pining away for this stairwell...

Designwali asked Shannon from 8Foot6 'Where's your colour at?' Hop on over to see what Shannon has to say, and to see her fantastic photo's.

Sue at The Zush has stumbled upon some fantastic TOMs ballet flats for her Wednesday Wants post.

Tim over at Design Maze is looking forward to summer and sharing some great outdoor furniture by Brian Gluckstein.

And finally Heather Bullard is doing man stuff...and enjoying it!

There you have it! Where I got to in blogland today and some musings about nail polish (and I was not compensated in any way for this)...Happy Wednesday all!

3 April 2012


Today I read two blog posts over at Huffington Post. Both were on the same topic...a 7 year old who has identified himself as gay. Both were written by his parents, one his mother, one his father. Both were wonderful.

Amelia writes about the first time her son verbally identified himself as gay and the moments since. It is an eloquent account of how she is managing this realization and it's early onset. She talks about how she and her husband are simply accepting that this a part of their son just as his love for Lego is a part of his seven year old self. Amelia's husband Dave has written a blog post in response to many comments to Amelia inquiring about how he is reacting to his 7 year old sons revelation. Dave is also eloquent, understanding and non-judgmental. He says "I don't see how a father, or any parent, can look at their son, the one they've loved since before the child was even born, and upon hearing him say, "Dad, I'm gay," turn their back on him."

I had to share these posts because Amelia and Dave are parenting role models. Regardless of whether you believe a 7 year old is capable of identifying his or her sexual orientation, the heart of the matter is showing your children love and respect and acceptance.

via my pinterest, original source
Thank you Dave and Amelia! Loving the children in your life is the easiest and most rewarding thing in life.

Happy Tuesday all!

30 March 2012

Friday fancies...

So a week has passed already...time flies...hope the pace keeps up or I'm gonna get bored.
Today I thought I'd share a favorite space in my home...
Every day I pass by a corner of my home that I love, it sits atop the stairs, houses an old armchair and a bookcase I picked up long long ago when I was a single gal on my own. I love this bookcase...I always have, I always will.

As you can see it is not styled, the books are just forced onto the shelf however they happen to fit. The top is full of family photo's and little treasures are found on each shelf...maybe this is why I love it. The chair was bought from Habitat for Humanity's Re-Store here in Muskoka (honestly the best you will find...it is worth traveling for) the fabric is so bad it's good. I nursed my youngest in this chair during her late night feedings. This is the chair I curl up in when I cannot sleep and the chair I read to Isobel in when we have to put Lilah to bed before her (they share a room). My two cats curl up here at night and sleep together, and I often perch on the arm of this chair to peruse the bookcase for a good read.

This corner is one of my favorite spaces in my home. It is not designed, nor styled, but a reflection of how we live, and the things we love. I hope you have a space in your home that you love as much I do this.

Happy Friday All!

26 March 2012

I'm Back...

Hello all! How've you been? I am here 4 days post op...home and doing well. Struggling to sleep comfortably, but with the ability and expectation to nap during the day it's all good.

I wasn't sure when or what I was going to post when I got back to it, so I spent some early morning hours thinking about it, and settled on sharing some of the things I missed on Pinterest while I was out of the loop...
The biggest thing is that they have adjusted their terms of service which I am happy to report. Not gonna lie, I was worried I would have to leave this shangrila and thrilled that the powers that be listened to the concerns of their users and worked to allay their fears.

As I scanned recent pins this morning I came across this pin from Rue Magazine

via my pinterest, original source
This chair would be of such comfort to me right now...absolute perfection...I love it in white!

Then there was this beauty from ModCloth

via my pinterest, original source
I am down ten pounds since the day I went in for surgery...crazy, but soon enough I might like to try out this sweet vintage vibe for myself.

And finally...some words of wisdom to leave you with...
via my pinterest, original source

Happy Monday all...enjoy the beauty of each day...but most importantly the day that is before you!

15 March 2012

What I've been up to...

So time is ticking along here and it is now one week to my surgery. I have been busy trying to get everything organized at the gallery for my absence. Bookkeeping up to date...filing done...and a new and exciting venture (more on that at some point in the future) organized and running before I vacate for a while.

On the home front I am feeling a little lost without a project on the go, but am loving the revamped laundry and bathroom. If you missed the reveal you can see it here.

On the blog front I have discovered a few new blogs that I am crushing over. I happened upon Heather Bullard Lifestyle Blog I think while I was checking link backs on my pinterest. I fell head over heels for her beautiful photography, and was excited to learn of her new online magazine Souvenir going live next week.

One only has to look at some of the images on her blog to know that the magazine will be divine.

See for yourself;



I then hopped over to the Souvenir Facebook page to check out some of the contributors and found a host of other bloggers sooo worthy of following...my blog roll is almost getting too much to manage but I cannot stop myself.

Happy Thursday all...and if I miss you tomorrow have a glorious weekend...supposed to be stunning up here in Muskoka...can't wait!

10 March 2012

Time to lighten the mood...

Happy Weekend everyone...

Things have been a little heavy around here lately, and so it is that today I thought I'd share some of my favorite pins from Pinterest.

via my pinterest originally from here

via my pinterest originally from here

via my pinterest originally from here
 Just so you know this was an unintentional alliteration; bowls, bottles and books :o)
Have a beautiful weekend!

Note: There seems to be a lot of discussion surrounding Pinterest, their policies as well as the idea of copyright infringements, so in an effort to keep things very clear, I will now link to my pin board but also to the original source the image was found. I have been spending a lot of time going through all my pins to make sure they link back to their appropriate source, and where they don't I've been deleting them...quite sadly sometimes. Pin wisely my people, make sure the link back is live and correct. 

7 March 2012

Make him famous...

I was going to do my semi regular Wednesday post where I share where I have been in blogland, but something much more important came my way today;

I always wanted to be someone who changed the world. Did you?

I always dreamt about making a big difference to the bigger picture. Did You?

My change to the world has been in raising smart compassionate, caring, powerful young women, but every now and again something comes along that raises the stakes just a little, compels you into action however big or small, and the video I am attaching has done just that.

A video that will take less than 30 minutes of your time, but has the power to change the world, by harnessing the power that social media can provide...one united voice. A voice so strong and so powerful that all the world can hear, with a message so provocative that all the world will see...and a call to action so clear that all the world can act.

My question to you is what will you do? Will you be compelled to act...how will you act? My first act is to share, to use every social media device at my disposal to spread this message. To make Joseph Kony famous so he may be held accountable for his atrocities...wonder what I'm on about...sit back, take a half hour and watch the video...I bet it will move you!

Blog, Facebook, Tweet, Pin...make him famous...together we have such power.

Update...there are many a naysayer on this topic, but from where I sit this is the truth, Joseph Kony is responsible for these atrocities. He continues to reign terror on the children of Africa. These children have no voice, no choice and no advocates. He must be stopped. Whether you choose to financially support the Invisible Children organization or not is not the point. Awareness of this individual and his crimes is the point...and sharing the message costs nothing.

Love and kindness to all!
Happy Wednesday.

6 March 2012

Dare to dream...

So I am not a designer label girl...I blame that mostly on my budgetary restraints, but a girl can dream right?

Yesterday I got an email from Kate Spade informing me of the 3 day 75% off sample sale. And so what is a girl to do?...she has to follow the link.

I thought I'd show you what I would have purchased if a) I fit into anything on offer, and b) if I had the finances.

all images via Kate Spade
 An so it is that I dream...but what a happy pretty dream it is...and I look mighty fine in it too!

Happy Tuesday all!

5 March 2012

And finally...the reveal!

So...after a long journey the bathroom and laundry room are complete.

First I have to say thanks to my dad. The usual deal is that he does the construction and I do the finishing, however with all that has been happening round here, he did it all from start to finish. He hates all that finicky fluffy stuff, and he hunkered down and did it for me. He wallpapered, he sanded, he painted, he even hung pictures...bless his heart...I am one lucky girl and I cannot thank him enough...it looks great!

Just in case you forgot just how bad this space was, below is a quick before,or you can have a look at the original post here,

And this is what the laundry room looks like now....wait for it....

So a recap of what happened here. There was an old laundry sink that went wall to wall where the washer and dryer now sit, and the washer and dryer were along the wall where the shelves are now. It made for a very awkward space and the sink area ended up being unusable space that just collected all the crap that  a household can create.

We removed the sink and relocated the washer and dryer to this corner...they just fit...as in perfectly, as if it was meant to be.

 I needed to accommodate for proper storage, so we put up adjustable open shelving, which works well for storage of cleaning supplies, as well as a place for us to store all our small appliances, and the every day tools. I chose open storage because I know how we live and if we had closed storage nothing would get put away :o)

I am really happy with how it turned out.

Now the bathroom...first the before shot...
Ugly tile, a blush colour sink, wall to wall mirror and a lovely fluorescent tube light.

And now it looks like this...

Here we (and by we I mean my husband and father) removed the ugly tile and put up bead board panel. A coat of a deep turquoise I had kicking around, a new sink we bought more than a year ago, a few other accessories and voila! A marked improvement I would say.

So there you have it...two steps closer to being done this house...don't ask how many more...too many to count.

Happy Monday all!

3 March 2012

I've been tagged...

First I would like to take a minute to thank everyone who has sent messages, or commented on my last blog post. The positive energy is wonderful and very much appreciated. Thank you!

So the game of tag is taking over blogland and I was tagged by the lovely Meg over at Nutmeg and Company. Thanks Meg. Such a fun game. The rules are as follows:
  1.  You must post the rules.
  2. Answer the 11 questions the tagger has posted for you and then create 11 new questions to ask the people you've tagged.
  3.  Tag 11 people and link them in your post.
  4. Let them know you've tagged them.
Now I'm gonna cheat a little; Most of the blogs that I follow have been tagged already (it has been wonderful to read the responses to their given questions) so in an effort not to create annoyance over fun, I'm not gonna tag anyone this go around. What I will do, is link to some of my regular reads so that those I probably would have tagged will get their due.

Back to the game...Meg had some good questions, so here are my answers:

What is the best thing about blogging?
Other bloggers, their supportive nature, how much they share, and the genuine welcome you feel when you become a part of this world.

What is the best thing you cook?
I don't cook...my husband does all the cooking (lucky girl I am). If I cook, my current specialty is a vegetarian version of Classic Taco's from Clean Eating magazine...I promise you will not miss the meat! Honest!

What project are you working on in your home right now?  
I am presently trying to finish the main floor bathroom so I can finally reveal it and the laundry room which have been the main household focus for the winter. Just waiting on the finishing touches now before I reveal...thanks for hanging in there :o)

Which room in your house reflects your style the most?
What is my style? I truly do not know, but I guess my kitchen is the room in the house I like the look of the most right now...even though it needs a complete reno eventually.

What makes your house a home?
The people in it...and the mess they make :o)

What is your favorite fabric?
White cotton denim...If I could, I would have my furniture in slipcovers of white cotton denim...then I can add any pop of colour I want whenever I want just by changing the throw cushions, and throw blankets...wouldn't that be lovely?...I often say I dream in white...but alas I have a blue denim wearing husband, kids and pets...not happening any time soon. 

Chocolate or Vanilla?
If we are referring to Ice cream, vanilla, everything else would be chocolate! If I am not dreaming in white, I am dreaming in chocolate.

What was your childhood nickname?
I would not normally share this, but in the interest of the game...Toaderella...my full name is Jodi...which my dad always shortened to Jode...and then it became Jode the Toad...then after complaining that I was being treated like cinderella (I wasn't but I was a grumpy kid being asked to do something I didn't think I should have to do) the name morphed into Toaderella...and stuck...ugh!

When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
I don't recollect what I wanted to be when I was young...(funny sidebar my little Izzy is insistent right now that she wants to be a Queen when she grows up), but as a teenager I had set my sights on being a lawyer...now I am so far from that I laugh.

What is your favorite season?
Fall...I love that time when the subtle chill sneaks into the air and you get to put on jeans and a sweater and wear great boots...I love the sound of crisp leaves beneath your feet, and the fresh scent to the air...and Autumn in Muskoka (where I live) is a riot of beauty and colour.

How much time in a day do you devote to blogging?
Sometimes none, others I will spend a couple of hours planning and writing my post...and then I read, re-read, and ponder what I have written and whether or not I think it will be remotely interesting to someone else...then I hit post and hope I don't lose followers :o)

So There you have it...a little more about me. However if you use the nickname ever there will be a price to pay...just sayin :o)
As promised here are some of my regular reads
Lisa Roy
Life Begins at Thirty
10 Rooms
the Marion House book
little thing called life
Strictly Simple Style
The Design Pages
Better After

Happy weekend all!
And once again thanks for all the love.

28 February 2012

Coming Clean...

Hi all! So I didn't lie when I said things would be sporadic here for the next little while, but I hope you will all hang in with me as I sort things out.

**Warning...long post no pics.**

Today I thought I would fill you in on what is happening around here, the good, the bad, and the ugly.

I think sometimes we get sucked into creating a facade of our lives on our blogs and I want my blog to be honest and authentic to me and who I am. Life is not always a bowl of cherries and things happen that change you either for a few moments or for a lifetime. Perhaps in sharing I can strike a chord with someone else and help them to feel a little less alone, or scared, or sad.

If you have been following along you will know that I am scheduled for surgery at the end of March, however I have not explained what is going on, so I thought I would do that today.

Still with me? Okay...

So last November after working out, I felt a weird sensation in my stomach/belly area. I just figured I had worked out my abs particularly hard and went on about my business. This sensation became present after each workout, but because it was not painful I thought little of it other than 'isn't that weird'.  Fast forward to end of December and one night laying in bed I started feeling around my belly and noticed a rather large lump (I'd say at the time it was about the size of an orange). Now, I had just lost 40lbs so my initial thought was 'maybe this is what one's insides feel like and I just never knew 'cause I had so much fat'. I kept tabs on it for a few days and it didn't go away. Then one night I woke in the middle of the night and it had moved locations...now this was weird, and I thought okay this is not right...time to see the doctor. By this time I would say the lump was about the size of a grapefruit.

As I waited in the doctors office I had a full out anxiety attack...what if I was imagining this? What if it was nothing and I was wasting this busy doctors time?...What if it was something?...What is it, what will happen?...Fear overcame me from both directions and it took everything I had in me not to cry. Enter the doctor. Now my doctor is wonderful, we always say he cares but not too much. He is not an alarmist, if things are fine he's quick to tell you that, and if he is concerned, he is calm and confident and takes appropriate measures. His look was of obvious and immediate concern as he palpated my stomach. Yes there was definitely something there...he palpated a few more minutes trying to get his bearings, and then said he wanted to do a pregnancy test...I joked that if I was pregnant I had some explaining to do as my husband had taken care of things a year ago...not pregnant was the verdict which I knew, so now the real fear set in. What was this? What could it be? What did my future now hold? Well on to the hospital the following week for a CT scan, then back to the doctor immediately following the results...always scary to get that call 'I want to see you right away'. End result I have a cyst the size of a small football and growing. Immediate concern is ovarian cancer, and we will not know until we remove the cyst. On to see the gynaecologist who stems the fear a lot by saying he is fairly certain the cyst is benign...whew! Now we just need to get it out. Thus the surgery. The surgery may result in a complete hysterectomy, but they won't know exactly what they are dealing with until they start...so that is the long and short of things. The details...but what about the emotion of it all...

Well let me tell you the two weeks between seeing my doctor, getting the CT scan and going back to my doctor was hell. I went through every emotion imaginable. An overwhelming fear crept in...what if I was going to die? It seems melodramatic now but at the time the fear was real, palpable, and paralyzing; I have three beautiful girls I need to see them grow up, I need to be there for them. I have a loving husband, I need to love him for a long time. I need to be with him to raise our children, I can't leave him alone to do that. Over those two weeks, I would sing the girls to sleep fighting back the tears. I would then sit in my dark bedroom for a moment to gather myself before returning to my husband. I tried so hard to keep it together, but had moments of losing it, and thankfully have a husband who  handled me in a kind loving way. No one talks about that time in a diagnosis. Nobody talks about when you don't know anything, but fear everything. No one addresses that, but it is real, it is valid and it happens. Whether the prognosis ends up being positive as in my case or not, there is still that period of time when you don't know and have to process the best and the worst case scenario. I'm here to acknowledge that, and to let anyone else who goes into that space know they aren't alone, they aren't overreacting, and they aren't being melodramatic. These are real and justified feelings.

Okay...so now to the present where things are good. I had a little set back a few weeks ago when I was afraid the cyst had ruptured and spent the afternoon in hospital. An unrelated infection it would seem. All looked after now. Pain has surfaced and that has kept me sidelined for a while, but seems to be managable now, so I can return to light exercise...thank goodness. The weight has been creeping back on and that is the last thing I want going into surgery where I will be recovering for a few weeks with no serious exercise. So the next three weeks will be spent getting back on track, being as healthy as can be so that I can minimize my recovery time.

Moments of fear for the worst still surface now and again, but I trust my doctors when they say things look good. I feel good, I feel positive, and am thankful for a loving and supportive husband, family and friends.

Wishing each of you health and happiness!

23 February 2012

Oh Hey!

Hey all...

I am still unplugged sort of, taking some time away to be in the real world, but I've been popping in now and again to see what's up.

I will try to get you some photo's of the laundry room as it is pretty much complete (and it looks fabulous!), but have been waiting for the bathroom to be done. I have not been well and am struggling to complete it. Fingers crossed I can check it off the list soon.
The date for surgery has been handed down and it will be the end of March. So until then I will be laying low, taking it easy and things here will probably be sporadic. The blog will probably come to life again during recovery as I will be bored out of my gourd having to sit still. I promise in a future post to share the whole story behind all this, but for right now I am focusing on family and business.

In unplugging I have fallen head over heels into a new book. The author Cathy Kelley weaves a wonderful tale in the book Just Between Us about the trials and tribulations faced by one family, and the struggles to face their realities individually and as a family.

I have also been spending a little bit of time cleaning up my Pinterest boards, and making sure each of my pins correctly links to the original post/website etc. It has be laborious, but oddly calming. It has been interesting to see the common thread woven through the things I post...themes start to emerge and these themes make some things perfectly clear. I love Pinterest for this very reason.

Happy Wednesday all! See ya round!

17 February 2012

Still unplugged...for the most part

I am enjoying my time away, but thought I'd pop in to say hi, and catch up on a few of my fav blogs....and poke my head into pinterest as well.

Hope you are enjoying your week...wishing you a happy weekend and encouraging you to unplug and activate.

Oh and my laundry room and bathroom reveal will hopefully be along next week...I am so happy to share the afters...it has taken long enough.

Cheers, and Happy Family Day (Monday) to my fellow Ontarians!

13 February 2012

Bored and in need of a break...

Do you every get bored of the internet?

I have... and so I am taking a little sabatical. There is lots going on in my world right now that needs my attention, and so I will be off the grid for a bit...I don't know how long...could be a couple of hours...couple of days, or a couple of weeks...hopefully when I pop back up you will all take a peek. In the meantime I will leave you with a couple of my favorite pins from the last week.




Have a great week...and Happy Valentines All!

8 February 2012

Happy Wednesday!

Wow..time flies and here we are at Wednesday again.

It is a good one out there in Blogland people! Full of colour, design inspirations, and art.
If you haven't already check out these posts;

Check out the stunningly delicate work of artist Diem Chau over at Designwali here's a peek, but head over to see more of this beautiful work.

Jen over at Rambling Renovators once again manages to inspire with a great shot of the bathroom...the door is amazing...go look!

Elizabeth over at Mustard Ceiling had her husband Alfred post today about their kitchen remodel. A small change here has made a big difference.

Shannon Fricke has some wonderful inspirations for using colour in the home...wish I was so brave...I chicken out every time...fingers crossed I carry through with the turquoise in the powder room.

It is Surf's Up with Kerri at Driftwood Interiors as her husband has added to his collection of surf boards and her daughter is coveting a new one as well...I think they are perfect decor pieces, fun and funky.

Finally head over and see why Sue at The Zhush is inspired by Swedish design...who wouldn't be?

Hope you've enjoyed your Wednesday in blogland as much as I have.

Happy Wednesday all!

7 February 2012


I have spent a lot of time reflecting of late.
I am working my way through  a bit of a health issue that has had me in knots for the last few weeks, and wondering what the future will hold and am I prepared for it.

An appointment with the doctor yesterday allayed some fears but surgery is in the near future and so I continue to plan out the best pathway to maintaining a business and a home through that. I am lucky though, I have a wonderful husband who has been an amazing source of support. My mom is my little angel and so I know all things on the homefront will be well under control. The business will fall to my husband and while I know it will be fine, I feel bad that it will all be on his shoulders for a short while as I recover. I also have an amazing friend who let me offload onto her this weekend, and I am grateful for her loving support now and always.
As I plugged back into blogland this morning I found it interesting that I was not the only one out there reflecting. Shannon at 8foot6 posted a beautiful self portrait and questioned if we need a plan to grow up and be successful. Jen at Rambling Renovators is reflecting on parenting as it is becoming apparent that her daughter may be 'gifted'. She feels ill equipped as a parent sometimes, and was wondering what if anything she should do to help her little one along?

Infinity Rings (69) by Michael Zarowsky- new to the gallery (as in today!)
 With Spring around the corner (hopefully) it seems natural to be thinking of life, growth and moving forward...What have you been reflecting about recently?

3 February 2012

Late to the game...

I might be late to the game here, but I just read the January issue of House and Home (thanks BlogPodium for the copy!) and just have to say WOW! to Tommy Smythe's spread.

House and Home
 We all know and love Tommy as Sarah Richardson's sidekick, but not often do we see Tommy's own design work.  In the January issue he is front and centre with a stellar Victorian Makeover. If you don't have or can't find a copy of the magazine, check out the House and Home website for the photo gallery.

The kitchen above with it's three tone cabinets, and wonderful pops of red (look at that lantern!) is perfect for the home and the family living in it. Do I need to say anything about that floor...OMG!

While I am not a fan of it all, the zig zags on the walls in the bathroom are bit out there for me, much of the rest of the house is a study in tastefully bold as far as I am concerned.

House and Home
What do you think? Should we be seeing more of Tommy's work, or he destined to be Sarah's right hand man?