Archive for the ‘Purchase’ Category

A New Necklace

I found this lovely necklace on Etsy and have to share it with you.  It’s called ‘Swooping silver bird necklace’ from seller lunetmuse.  Lunetmuse is also Canadian, which is a perk.

I bought some earrings for my wedding too, but you don’t get to see those yet.

xo Saree



Handmade Beginnings – It’s About Time!

I’ve had this book, ‘Handmade Beginnings’ by Anna Maria Horner, on my wish list forever.  I love all the projects on Anna Maria’s site, so I went for it and bought the book this past weekend.  I know exactly what I want to make too.  Remember those new fabrics I was showing off from Innocent Crush, Habitat, and Heath? I want to make something along the lines of this quilt:

It won’t be for awhile since I’m still working on the zig zag quilt for L and time seems to be slipping away lately, but I am looking forward to working on it.

I also wanted to mention the other book I bought.  It’s called ‘A Red Herring Without Mustard’ by Alan Bradley.  This is the third book in a series about a young girl, named Flavia de Luce, who loves chemistry and uses her knowledge to solve murders.  The first two books are ‘The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie’ and ‘The Weed that Strings the Hangman’s Bag’.  These are pretty easy reads, but they aren’t predictable.  Flavia is a likable character and even A likes these books too, so it isn’t just for a female audience.

Those are the latest additions to my library.  If you haven’t heard about ‘Handmade Beginnings’, I suggest giving it a look.  I also recommend Alan Bradley’s Flavia series, and for more books I’ve read/I’m reading/I want to read, have a look at my Goodreads profile on the sidebar.

xo Saree

Home Renovations

A and I bought our first home, built in 1923, in December 2009.  It isn’t located in our preferred location, but it was within our price range and is in a nice old pocket of downtown.  Because we are just starting out though, we didn’t have a lot of extra money kicking around for renovations.  Fortunately, our house is in pretty good shape and nothing really ‘needs’ to be done to it. Also fortunately, our parents were very generous at Christmas and we were able to buy appliances for our new home.

The first changes we made didn’t happen until the summer/fall of 2010, when we painted the living room, den, and master bedroom.  The only room in our house that we would consider ‘done’ is our living room.

The time has come for us to actually renovate, though.  The grout in our shower is cracking and allowing water to get in behind the wall.  Since we will need to re-tile the shower, we are taking the opportunity to change the tile in the bathroom, get a new sink and vanity, and all new taps/faucets.  Here is what the bathroom looks like currently.

The shower (behind the door) and the walls have the same light blue flower tile.  This tile is also on the ceiling in the shower.  Unfortunately, the wall tile does not even slightly match the floor tile, which is a blue gradient with flecks of brown.  It is ugly.  The vanity is also big and ugly.  So, tomorrow our contractor is coming to switch out the shower and wall tile and replace it with white subway tiles and a black bullnose cap.

Our new shower fixture is from Home Depot:

We also got a new vanity, sink, cabinet, and faucet from Ikea:

We plan to remove the old medicine cabinet and replace it with a long horizontal mirror, to make the bathroom feel larger.  The ugly floor tile will stay a little longer, until we build up some more savings.  I also bought some fabric from Robert Kaufman’s Night and Day 3 Floating Zinnias in Ivory to make curtains.

I’ll let you know how our first reno turns out.

xo Saree

New Fabric Has Arrived!

I got my order from Fabricworm today and I’m so happy with the fabrics I selected.  I got Habitat, Innocent Crush, and Heath.  The colours look great together.  I’m not sure when I’ll get around to making this quilt, but I love looking at the fabric!

xo Saree

New Fabric Alert!

Lately I’ve been trying to use up the fabric I already have, instead of buying more.  It was going pretty well too.  I made a couple of quilts out of my stash and it was smooth sailing.  I was looking at the beautiful fabric coming out and saying to myself “that’s lovely, but I don’t really NEED to buy it”.  All this changed though when I spotted three fabric lines at Fabricworm and I knew my fabric diet was over.

The first line that tempted me was by Anna Maria Horner.  I read Anna Maria’s blog and she is a really talented fabric designer.  She also makes beautiful clothing and quilts.  The line I bought is called Innocent Crush and I bought a fat-quarter bundle.

The second line is brand-new from Jay McCarroll called Habitat. Jay McCarroll will be familiar to you as the first season winner of Project Runway.  I don’t really follow Jay’s work, but I saw this line and had to get my hands on it.  I bought a half-yard bundle.

Finally, Alexander Henry has come out with a line called Heath, which features a lovely pattern available in 6 colours.  I chose the Charcoal colour and bought 3 yards of it.

At this point in the post, I hope you are thinking “those fabrics would look nice together”, because that is my thought.  I think Innocent Crush and Habitat would be perfect together in a quilt top and I want to use Heath as my backing fabric.  That’s the plan.  I can’t wait!

xo Saree

Moby Dick Sweater

I was browsing Design*Sponge in December and saw this post for a gift guide- revenge of the nerds.  Being a nerd, this gift guide was right up my alley.  I spied this awesome Moby Dick sweater from Out of Print and had to have a look on their site.  Out of Print has a wide range of book covers on sweaters and t-shirts for men, women, and kids, and the purchase of a shirt/sweater sends one book to a community in need! Living in Canada, the fleece Moby Dick sweater sounded super comfy so I placed my order.  I’m so glad I did.  This has quickly become my favourite sweater.  Check out Out of Print and I’m sure you’ll find a favourite book cover to wear.

xo Saree

CSA Food Box

Since the New Year, A and I have been trying to eat more healthy and consume less ‘stuff’.  This isn’t a resolution, and would have occurred anytime of year, but the decision just happened to occur following New Year’s.  We had already banned the purchase of meats since the summer (although this doesn’t prevent us from eating meat if we are at a restaurant or someone’s home) in order to decrease the impact that our consumption has.  Following the holidays that saw us buying a lot of food for Christmas dinner, house guests, and a New Year’s party, we decided to take a week and a half and not buy any food at all (no restaurants and no groceries) so that we could eat all the leftovers we had.  We also made a dent in the pantry.  Finally, when that was complete, we went to the farmer’s market and bought fresh produce and eggs, to keep us stocked up.  That week and a half saw us only spend about $40 at the grocery store getting things like broth, sour cream, and crackers.

This brings us to the present.  Last week I went online to research the CSA farms with shares available in our area for the winter.  The two with websites were ManoRun Farm and plan b organics.  ManoRun seemed to have a few winter shares, but I think we may have been too late to buy in.  As for plan b, their site included an online ordering form and we were easily able to order our shares.  We decided to get the regular 1-2 person box and skipped purchasing the local box (our thinking being that we would get the local produce box when we have entered the local growing season).  The boxes are available for pick up at a number of locations and there was one very near to our house.  The boxes are placed outside at the pick up location once a week for 4 hours (Tuesday 5-9pm in our case), which is a perfect window to make a pick up after work.

The first box was picked up last night and here is what we got:

1 butternut squash, 1 avocado, 1 bunch of kale, 1 grapefruit, 6 onions, 2 pears, 4 apples, 1 bunch of living basil, 1 head of romaine lettuce, about 20 carrots, apple cider

When you order your box with plan b, there are a few options besides size and local vs. regular- you can also choose weekly or biweekly delivery, add eggs to your order, add apple cider to your order, and make substitutions.  You can make up to 5 substitutions for $3 per box, and I was tempted to do this since I have an intolerance to white potatoes, but didn’t want to spend an additional $3 per week to get the potatoes removed (A will happily eat any potatoes).  Fortunately, this box was potato-free! Since we didn’t pay for the apple cider as an add-on to our box, it’s inclusion was quite a nice surprise as well.  In fact, as you can see from the picture, A was so keen to try the cider (prepared Jan. 13th), that he managed to drink some while I ran to get my phone for the picture.

We are now on our way to eating better, one step at a time.  There are a lot of blogs that have helped with inspiration, as well.  For inspiration of your own, check out the blog “Crackers”, which I’ve linked to on the sidebar.  It has gorgeous photos, local field trips, and many ideas.

xo Saree