So, this blog world has crept up on me sort of slowly and insidiously and I'm at the point where I can actually say that I'm officially a recreational blogger. Will it ever take over my life? No, I love my job! But... I do sometimes find that there's a whole little blog world that I'm now a part of and my non-bloggy friends don't quite understand.
For instance, the blogosphere is powerful and I find that often a great idea is echoed in many different blogs because many of us follow one another or keep in touch in some way. Today's post is self-indulgent in the way having that brownie or extra glass of wine is indulgent... but isn't that just what we need sometimes when the weather has been cold for soooooo long?
It's also surprisingly difficult to do, but I'm going to follow the example of another brave blogger and tell you all ten things I like about myself. Keep in mind that this is hard because we're all taught to be humble. Yes, we live in a society that applauds humility, but rewards confidence. So why don't we challenge ourselves to be both?
I'm ashamed to say that I could probably more easily compile a list of things I need to improve, but isn't that a little sad? I think this will be a great exercise and I challenge you to come up with your own list and share it.. or not. Either way, I think it will be highly liberating.
And because I initially felt nervous to choose ten things I like about myself, I'm going to go a step further and choose fifteen!
1. I'm smart. I wish there were a way to say it without being braggy, but I don't care because I am really freakin' smart and it's one of my best qualities. It helped me in school and it helps me at work. I even think it directs me socially because I seek out people who challenge me.
2. I am creative. I have always had a knack for creative endeavours and I like to make things myself.
3. I have a great sense of humour. I've always been a little bit of a clown. I loved making my friends laugh in school. As an adult, this translates to a sarcastic, silly, uncensored sense of humour and I really like it.
4. I'm really good at camping and being in the outdoors. I'm surprisingly resourceful and I do well in quasi-survival situations. I think I could survive a zombie outbreak.
5. I choose friends (and significant others) well. This may not feel like a skill, but I'm exceptionally proud of the friends I keep.
6. I care. I care about people, animals, causes... you name it. I am really committed to leaving the world a better place than when I found it and I genuinely want the people around me to feel loved and special.
7. I am persuasive. I am really good at getting people to see my side of things and this helps me at work... and a lot with Corey. ;)
8. I am a natural leader and I manage to take charge even when I'm feeling shy.
9. I don't have any grey hair... Isn't that amazing???
10. I am a natural motivator and giver of great advice. Ask my family and close friends!
11. I am an achiever. This list is a perfect example... I felt like I couldn't do it, so I pushed myself to do 50% more.
12. I have never read 50 Shades of Grey... I am inexplicably proud of this fact.
13. I cook. Maybe too well at times, but Corey and I think I'm a fabulous cook... with the one exception being an almond and mustered encrusted chicken dish, which we never speak of.
14. I am brave enough to speak in public even when I'm nervous... and to have taken an unedited selfie for this post after working a 15 hour day!
15. I am fun! I love games and laughs and all sorts of antics. I feel like Corey and I will have a fun life!
And here's the part where I challenge you to think of ten things that you really like about yourself. Do it! It's empowering. If you're feeling brave, list your ten things in the comments below. And, if you need inspiration, check out what some others have said. :)
So, do you guys remember that amazing Terrarium Workshop I attended a couple of weeks ago? Well, I wasn't joking when I said that it had left me with an unhealthy obsession with open terrariums and I couldn't wait to make more. Add to this, the fact that we've been
These ones also contain sea glass and rocks that we collected while on holiday, so they feel extra special.
I think they look especially nice in the milk glass vases. The backdrop of our wedding venue is a solarium filled with cacti. We think these will make pretty table decorations for our wedding, as well as the perfect compliment to the venue!
I was recently looking for an old post from last year and I felt myself getting frustrated pretty quickly. It made me realize that if even I can't find old posts, it's probably nearly impossible for you! In an effort to make this a little easier in the future, I have reorganized the headings to include photos and links to specific posts under each topic. This way, you can quickly find and select a specific post you may be searching for. Not all posts fall under one of these specific categories, but most do.
I'm hoping this makes it easier for you to browse and enjoy our old posts and projects. We would love to hear what you think of the new organization! Good? Bad? Not seeing what you're looking for? You just don't care? Don't be shy!
I am loving this trend of wearing large geode slices, amethysts and druzys as necklaces. My grandmother collected rocks and fossils and I have many items from her collection (and some that I collected myself) to this day. I was totally that nerdy kid who found stones and minerals on the beach and polished them in the rock tumbler that she got for Christmas. I actually also had a kit to make jewelry out of the stones I collected and in hindsight, I think I was not so much nerdy (okay, still pretty nerdy) but also a little ahead of the times! I told Corey the other day and his response was "What's a rock tumbler?" Go figure!
Anyway, everywhere I look lately, I see the gorgeous and oh-so-chic statement necklaces made of geodes or similar formations and I LOVE LOVE LOVE them!
You know how you get that weekly email from Pinterest entitled
One of my favourite blogs, Bower Power also ran a sponsored post this week by jewelry designer, Paige Sargisson. My favourite item on her website was hands down the gold and diamond agate necklace (below) for $590.00.
Etsy and put together a round-up of necklaces in a similar style.
Sources: 1. emma gem shop $31.34, 2. Avant Garde Design $30.00 , 3. LH Jewelry Boutique $64.00, 4. Lulu Crystalline $41.00, 5. Njuu $34.00, 6. Cindy Lou Who 2 $29.00, 7. Bubu Ruby $36.00, 8. Vintage Pinch $48.99, 9. Le Honey Pot $30.00
Beautiful, right? Still, my favourite find was this teal sliced agate necklace (below) by Lea Marie Designs and listed for $44.00. I think I like her designs best because she offers longer chains, the 14k gold plating around the edges add a luxurious touch and this necklace looks much more expensive than it is! I also love that this particular seller photographs each individual necklace, so you are buying exactly what you see and not something similar.
We're not really in the market for more furniture, but thanks to my updates from The Listings List, we have found another gem. (Thanks A LOT, Aleysa! :P) We saw the add below and the chair looked suspiciously familiar...
Some of you may recall the Siesta Chairs we purchased for the new/old house, which were designed by Ingmar Relling for Westnofa. Finding these chairs was such a treat and they were listed at $295, which was still a steal!
Still, when we saw the brown leather Westnofa chairs listed for just $25 each, we decided to check them out. We can always sell the black ones again and let someone else enjoy them. We checked right away to ensure they were authentic, since there are so many knock-offs circulating. Immediately, Corey found the stickers.
The chairs were in very good condition (one with arms and one without that resembled our black chairs) with the exception of some wear in the leather and a little spot of white paint on the arm chair.
Here's a closer look:
Not wanting to damage the leather, I gently scratched off as much paint as I could.
Then I dabbed it very carefully with a cloth soaked in some mild soap suds, which removed any traces of white immediately, but left me with a troubling dark spot.
It scared me a little because the leather looked damaged in that area and the spot was pretty obvious.
Luckily, some TLC (aka leather conditioner) made it disappear. We also conditioned the wood, which was pretty dry and dull...
And now we have two gorgeous brown chairs in the living room. I had actually always wanted chairs this colour.
We may sell the black ones or we may keep them for the family room since they're seriously the most comfortable chairs ever!