Sunday, September 26, 2010

Another thing that happened on Wednesday

Another thing that happened on Wednesday:

Kyle and I had our wedding featured on a wedding blog, The Perfect Wedding! Check it out here.

Photo by the wonderful Jan & Rosanne of Orange Passion Photography

(FYI: It's in Dutch, but Google translate will give you the gist of the text)


Have you ever noticed that when you ask a question, the universe often comes back with the perfect solution? Not to solve big life issues, of course, but little things. Like one day you mention how you'd like to learn more about Killer Whales, and the next time you turn on the TV there's a documentary on about them. Or like when I asked about How long is too long for a party table and then Outstanding in the field struck the blog world seemingly within minutes.

Anyway, today is one of those days. Or, more specifically, this Wednesday was one of those days, but I have a backlog in my blog reader due to three days without electricity - More on that later.

Because today, only a few days after stating that we need to remedy the couch-wall situation, I saw this:

DIY: Laurie's Herringbone wall design over at Design*Sponge

Now let me tell you why this is perfect:
1) It would bring some much needed pattern into this room
2) Although the measuring and taping might prove time-consuming, it looks fairly easy.
3) It saves me having to do the things I hate most about painting: cutting in and madly trying to get the coat on evenly, which seem to be skills which elude me completely.
4) And, when we move out of here, it will be similarly easy to cover because, again, I won't have to cut in. (Although it may be harder than usual to cover evenly.)
5) It's flippin' Chevron, Y'all. Its gorgeous.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

New house!

I finally found my memory card reader and was able to take a few photos of the new house! (By which I mean the living and dining rooms, because those were the only presentable rooms at the time I had the whim to pull out the camera.)


We need a coffee table! And yes, the walls are the same colour as the couch. We will need to remedy this.
The 'black side' of the living room

Door leading into the vestibule/mudroom/front entry - almost all the doors in the house have the sweet old knobs and keyholes!
Every time we open this door, Luna thinks it's walk time. She was begging to go out here.
Table and chairs left behind by old tenants. They're not in the best condition, but  I have some ideas for making them over.

The corner windows make the front of the house crazy bright, all day - probably my favourite thing about the house!
I think this light fixture is the coolest. It just needs a liiitle bit of help. 
Living room looking into dining room, Entry on the right. Like I said - Crazy bright!
 I have lots of little projects in mind for making this sweet little house (however temporary) homelike. Soon, chickens, soon.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

The gnocchi catastrophe 2010

Ok. So this is how it all went down.
This week was Italian week over at the Kitchn. And they kept posting all these delicious-looking meals. One of them being this gnocchi recipe.

I bookmarked it, thinking 'huh. four ingredients! I can do that!'. And yesterday, my first time being able to cook properly in over two months, seemed like a great opportunity to try something new and exciting.

I don't know what happened really. I just know that about halfway through, in potato-flour dough up to my eyeballs, I decided this had been a huge mistake. And then I couldn't decide which would be worse: for it to be so delicious that I'd be tempted to make it again, or so disgusting that all my efforts were for nil.

The result was the latter. Whatever doughy mess it was that came out of my kitchen, it was not gnocchi. not even close. I followed the recipe to a T, except that my dough was so very sticky that I had to add somewhere close to twice the recommended amount of flour just to be able to handle the stuff. And then once it was cooked, it just tasted like flour.
This ain't a photography blog, clearly.
On the upside, the goat cheese-tomato sauce (which I also made from scratch, loosely based on this recipe) was very yummy.

Friday, September 10, 2010

coffee + little shows of love.

We are mostly unpacked in the new house! Today, for the first time since our big move, I was able to make my own coffee. I can't think of anything better than coffee from a french press (Sorry, Tim Horton's. My love lies elsewhere).

I made it, and the opened the fridge, hoping against hope that Kyle might have picked some cream up from the grocery store, but knowing how unlikely that was since he hates the stuff himself. And lo and behold, there it was!

I picked a good man, I tell ya.