Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Coastal Christmas in our New Home

It has been awhile! Since last spring, we renovated a house, sold a house, bought a house, packed, moved, and then unpacked. It has been both exhausting and exhilarating. Now that this house feels like home, I'm ready to refocus on being inspired and creative. I could honestly put up Christmas decorations starting Nov 1st (is that crazy?)... but I wait a little. Here's a glimpse of our coastal Christmas even though I'm drinking candy cane lattes rather than cold Corona.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Craving Summer Colour

With the snow melted, the breeze a little warmer, and the sun a little more of a palpable presence on my skin, we're on the cusp of a long awaited summer season. The yard needs our attention desperately.  My indoor palm tree got a jump start and has some new bright green fronds. I'm tempted to buy some flowers for the yard, but we're headed for at least one last frost. Instead, a wardrobe update with colourful summer colours always helps me wash away the dull grey of our incredibly long winters. There's nothing like wearing bright coral or turquoise to lift the spirits!

Lanscape photos my own, fashion photos from Pinterest.

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Beach Party Birthday Cupcakes

How adorable are these beach cupcakes? My parents showed up with a big box of these delicious treats to celebrate my birthday.

They are too cute! With fondant fringed beach towels and brown sugar sand, CakeStar did an amazing job creating these cupcakes! They were gluten free and velvety.

Our cats had flowers sent to the restaurant during dinner too. Haha! My husband told me they requested spring tulips.

Spring is right around the corner. I'm eager to fill the house with fresh blooms and do some baking. I am in love with these sand dollar cookies from Sweet Sugar Belle.

And I found a great tutorial for making beach themed cookies by Montreal Confections.

Mmmmm! Lemon sugar cookies, key lime pie and cold refreshing sweet tea will be in my kitchen this summer for sure.

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Awaiting Spring

I'm yearning for the sweet smell of hyacinths, colorful lilac and magnolia trees in bloom, and fresh cut flowers in every room of the house. But this cold and snow is unrelenting! Some tulips from the florist and coconut scented candles are helping me shake off the winter blues. A pedi would make a nice pick-me-up too, although I'm laughing at the thought of wearing flip flops. Oh, how my tkees are calling for me!

Fruity salt water taffy makes me think of the beach and summer boardwalks. Yum!

Saturday, February 15, 2014

The Last Few Months...

It has been almost four (!!!) months since I have given some love to my blog. Shortly after my last post in October, Tammy, our little bundle of love needed to move onwards. She enjoyed 16 joyous years - a whole decade more than she was expected to live due to her heart condition. Her soul was always full of spirit. I know she's now dancing with her soulmate, Bear.

Then, Roo had major surgery. He was a stray who had spent more than a decade living on the street in our neighbourhood. His teeth - every one of them - were fractured or damaged. He now doesn't have a single tooth, but he is completely pain free and enjoys slurping up his daily buffet of moist cat food.

As soon as Roo healed, we got a call from the vets. A gorgeous one year old orange kitty who had been living in a ravine was looking for a home. He has a frostbitten ear and a large scar above his left eye, which you can't see in this photo. Of course we'd take him and love him forever. I've officially become the Cat Lady. We named him Kona which means "golden coast."

The holidays were packed with Christmas cheer and celebration. My parents' tree and home during the holidays is always a source of decorating inspiration.

This is our coastal Christmas tree. Not the greatest photo, but it's the only one I can find. I'll have to do better next year. It was gorgeous and this photo doesn't do it justice.

If you are looking for a stunning DIY coastal Christmas decoration, here is what my beautiful friend, Sarah, made for me. I was blown away. She painted the backs of clear decorations (on the inside) with turquoise paint, then inserted our monogram (which was created by my other beautiful friend, Erin, and her husband, Dave) on a transparency. Then, she filled them with sand and shells. They are so gorgeous and beachy, that I want to keep them out all year.

It feels good to be back and to rekindle my creativity!

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