Button-spiration: Lace Button Earrings

Aren’t these lace button earrings wonderful?! I love that they make a nice shabby chic style accessory. And of course, super simple to make too! Find the original tutorial on the Evie S. blog. All you need to make these are: two plain buttons, lace, earrings studs, and a hot glue gun. Cut a circle of lace larger than your button. Then simply wrap the lace around the button, gluing the edges on the backside. Let glue cool. Then glue the earring studs on the backside of the button. And you’re done!

lace button earrings

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How Grows the Rest?

Yes, indeed, the How Grows It? post was really just part one of our yard. Here’s the remainder. I’ve saved the herbs for last. Some we enjoy fresh and others we simply dry for use throughout the year. In fact, last year, we dried so much sage that we’re still using it (and we put sage in lots of recipes). So here’s a peek at the rest of the garden:

Lovely, lovely dill! I've been enjoying the dill the most this year, on grilled cheese sandwiches, in salads, in mac'n cheese, in salad dressings, etc. So tasty!

Lovely, lovely dill! I’ve been enjoying the dill the most this year, on grilled cheese sandwiches, in salads, in mac’n cheese, in salad dressings, etc. So tasty!

Bunches and bunches of chives!

Bunches and bunches of chives!

Minty, minty, mint!

Minty, minty, mint!

First time growing oregano since we moved back from B.C. Doing pretty good so far.

First time growing oregano since we moved back from B.C. Doing pretty good so far.

Our sage container, not doing as well this year as last, but not too bad.

Our sage container, not doing as well this year as last, but not too bad.

Thyme plants doing well!

Thyme plants doing well!

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Four Fab Finds: Beach Dreams

I’m daydreaming about beaches this week. Maybe one day, say in October, I’ll find myself on a beach in Jamaica one day, Mexico the next, and a Disney private island… yep, we’re all booked on a Disney Cruise for this fall! Eeek! Western Caribbean here we come. In the meantime, I’ll have to satisfy my beach dreams with some beautiful Etsy finds:

1. Sea Urchin Wall Hanging by Star Home Studio

2. Summer Kaftan by naftul
3. Sea Glass Earrings by Cindylouwho2 (Peacock Jewellery)… fellow Etsy Alberta teammate!
4. Sand Dollar Photography by gregoireprint… another fellow Etsy Alberta teammate!


sea urchin wall hanging


1. Sea Urchin Wall Hanging by Star Home Studio

kaftan dress
2. Summer Kaftan by naftul


sea glass earrings

3. Sea Glass Earrings by Cindylouwho2 (Peacock Jewellery)

Beach sand shell photo
4. Sand Dollar Photography by gregoireprint

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How Grows It?

Time for a little garden tour! Of course, I can’t keep up with documenting the growing out there, so these photos are at least a week old, but you’ll get the general idea of how things are going.

First a peek at how it all started this spring. Here are our three main garden beds in May, after the first planting.

First a peek at how it all started this spring. Here are our three main garden beds in May, after the first planting.

Here are the main beds back at the beginning of June. Some bits of life starting to sprout up here & there.

Here are the main beds back at the beginning of June. Some bits of life starting to sprout up here & there.

Here are the main beds in full swing now. A green jungle with lots of yummy food being produced. What a difference a month makes!

Here are the main beds in full swing now. A green jungle with lots of yummy food being produced. What a difference a month makes!

Climbing beans are journeying up the trellis with a few blossoms.

Climbing beans are journeying up the trellis with a few blossoms.

Pea blossoms are so pretty. We've taken a few bowls of tasty sweet peas and snow peas into the house (and into our bellies) since this photo was taken.

Pea blossoms are so pretty. We’ve taken a few bowls of tasty sweet peas and snow peas into the house (and into our bellies) since this photo was taken.

Carrot jungle

Carrot jungle

Green onions needing some serious eating. Poor fellas have been a little neglected.

Green onions needing some serious eating. Poor fellas have been a little neglected.

Loaded with tomatoes! So juicy and sweet!

Loaded with tomatoes! So juicy and sweet!

Our precious broccoli. Or broccolini to be more precise. Lots being harvested off of these each week, and we've even begun to pull off the leaves and dehydrate them for our "super green" powder.

Our precious broccoli. Or broccolini to be more precise. Lots being harvested off of these each week, and we’ve even begun to pull off the leaves and dehydrate them for our “super green” powder.

Squash beauties with the cutest little squash and biggest blossoms right now! I always enjoy watching these gals grow.

Squash beauties with the cutest little squash and biggest blossoms right now! I always enjoy watching these gals grow.

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Button-spiration: Bag Lady

I’m waaaaay overdue for a Button-spiration post. Have you missed them? I certainly have! Today, finally, a little button love with a simple project. Who can resist a button bag? Certainly not me. In fact, I’m thinking that a trip to Value Village might be in order to find an old purse that I can spend my evenings embellishing with buttons galore. Find the original post on Burkatron.

Button Bag

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All the Perks

Bubblegum Belles Perk Package

Within days of making my contribution to the Bubblegum Belles Artisan Collective Truck, I received an awesome package in the mail with some of the perks! Best kind of mail day! I’ve been proudly “toting around” my Bubblegum Belles cloth bag and every time I see the magnet on the fridge, I’m filled with the excitement of this project. Check out my previous post about this awesome artisan hub on wheels.

There’s still a ways to go to pull off the funding for the project. As of today, there’s 17 days left and about 34% of the money raised. 32 wonderful folks have already committed to donating over $9,000!!! Which is so awesome! Thanks to all those who have stepped up. Let’s keep spreading the word, and growing that donation amount so that we can expand the unique experience of our creative culture in Calgary!!

The amazing list of featured artists has grown. In fact, sounds like space in the Artisan Collective Truck is filling up. Really talented group of local artists and designers (proud to be included among them)! Some super fun shopping opportunities coming up in the future when this project hits the road!

So pop over to the Indiegogo campaign page and take a moment to donate (and score some great perks of your own)!

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Our Week (so far)

A fairly regular, if not weekly, post to share photos of random moments in our lives. No particular rhyme or reason to them, just things we’ve done, or small bits of our lives I’ve finally taken notice of. Thanks for popping by and taking a peek into our week, so far:

Isn't he just adorable?! Trying to capture some of the more simple moments with Sammy these days. He spends multiple times a day looking out the window, waiting for daddy to come home. If he thinks he hears hubby's old truck pull up, Sam climbs up on the couch to look out the window. Partly excited to have daddy home and partly excited to watch daddy park his truck and trailer.

Isn’t he just adorable?! Trying to capture some of the more simple moments with Sammy these days. He spends multiple times a day looking out the window, waiting for daddy to come home. If he thinks he hears hubby’s old truck pull up, Sam climbs up on the couch to look out the window. Partly excited to have daddy home and partly excited to watch daddy park his truck and trailer.

The big experiment this week was homemade rhubarb ketchup. Turned out super tasty and processed a bunch of jars. Now they're sitting on our pantry shelves, thus beginning the preserve season. Actually, Marcus started us off by picking radishes and asparagus. Shelves will slowly start to fill from here on out. Find the recipe for the rhubarb ketchup on the "My Living Nutrition" blog (http://mylivingnutrition.com/2013/06/29/homestyle-rhubarb-ketchup/)

The big experiment this week was homemade rhubarb ketchup. Turned out super tasty and processed a bunch of jars. Now they’re sitting on our pantry shelves, thus beginning the preserve season. Actually, Marcus started us off by picking radishes and asparagus. Shelves will slowly start to fill from here on out. Find the recipe for the rhubarb ketchup on the “My Living Nutrition” blog (http://mylivingnutrition.com/2013/06/29/homestyle-rhubarb-ketchup/)

We had a surprise harvest of garlic scapes from our garden (pretty sure hubby must have slipped them in at some point since he's growing them for his CSA customers). We also harvested our first tomato of the season!! The vines are loaded and this hot weather is helping them ripen in record time (insert proud tomato growing mama smile).

We had a surprise harvest of garlic scapes from our garden (pretty sure hubby must have slipped them in at some point since he’s growing them for his CSA customers). We also harvested our first tomato of the season!! The vines are loaded and this hot weather is helping them ripen in record time (insert proud tomato growing mama smile).

So this happened finally... It's probably looong overdue, but converted Sam's crib to a toddler bed. He's been ready for a while, but this poor mama, hasn't been. Don't want my baby growing up, but looks like I can't stop it ;-)

So this happened finally… It’s probably looong overdue, but converted Sam’s crib to a toddler bed. He’s been ready for a while, but this poor mama, hasn’t been. Don’t want my baby growing up, but looks like I can’t stop it ;-)

Simple pleasures... green smoothie in the morning. Made from 1 banana, 1 cup of coconut milk, and 2 cups fresh spinach from the garden. Never get tired of fresh veggies from the garden or all the tasty fruit in season right now.

Simple pleasures… green smoothie in the morning. Made from 1 banana, 1 cup of coconut milk, and 2 cups fresh spinach from the garden. Never get tired of fresh veggies from the garden or all the tasty fruit in season right now.

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Our Week (so far)

I’m sorry the posts have been few and far between lately. Everyday seems full just trying to keep up with the basics. Add in a decent sized garden that demands daily attention, fresh food that needs harvesting (& cooking, eating or preserving), and plenty of random extra appointments, errands, & phone calls. Plus hubby is crazy busy now that his urban farming business is in full swing. On top of all that, add in my mom who is staying in a long term rehabilitation centre and my brother & his wife out of the country. Oh, and Marcus’ grandmother of 91 years of age, passed away. Ya… we have been stretched thin, with only tiny breaks here & there.

It’s not all bad. I’m truly thankful for the time we get to spend in the garden (and in the sun). Also, thankful for the little adventures Sam & I squeeze in. Sadly, blogging has not been high on the list of to-dos. I don’t really see an end to all the craziness soon though. All your patience is appreciated. Maybe I can at least get back to some fun button posts soon. Even that would make me feel a bit better.

For now though, a post to share photos of random moments in our lives. No particular rhyme or reason to them, just things we’ve done, or small bits of our lives I’ve finally taken notice of. Thanks for popping by and taking a peek into our week, so far:

I feel like hospital blankets always look the same. Been spending a lot of time at a hospital-like-facility where my mom is having to stay for an extended time. Did I tell you she took a bad fall at the beginning of June? Broken arm and broken pelvic bone. Long road to recovery. Seems like kind of a lonely place, so we're trying to visit as much as we can.

I feel like hospital blankets always look the same. Been spending a lot of time at a hospital-like-facility where my mom is having to stay for an extended time. Did I tell you she took a bad fall at the beginning of June? Broken arm and broken pelvic bone. Long road to recovery. Seems like kind of a lonely place, so we’re trying to visit as much as we can.

Finally treated myself to some lovely new Birkenstock sandals! Sooo purrrrdy! I bought my last pair over a decade ago. It was high time to treat my toes. Lovin' the colour!

Finally treated myself to some lovely new Birkenstock sandals! Sooo purrrrdy! I bought my last pair over a decade ago. It was high time to treat my toes. Lovin’ the colour!

Brewed our first batch of sun tea this week! Nothing says summer to me like seeing a jug of sun tea brewing on the deck. Want to make your own batch? Grab a glass jug, fill with water, drop in a few tea bags and set it in the sun for a few hours. Chill. Enjoy!

Brewed our first batch of sun tea this week! Nothing says summer to me like seeing a jug of sun tea brewing on the deck. Want to make your own batch? Grab a glass jug, fill with water, drop in a few tea bags and set it in the sun for a few hours. Chill. Enjoy!

Sammy and I headed down to the Bowness stampede pancake breakfast and parade. He LOVED it! Pancakes dripping in syrup, waving at each group in the parade, saying "yahoo!" a million times, and "thank you" each time candy was thrown his way. We scored A LOT of candy!! Sugar high and super crash all in the same morning. True Stampede spirit at its best! Can't wait to head down to the Stampede grounds later this week. Deep-fried-everything here we come!!!

Sammy and I headed down to the Bowness stampede pancake breakfast and parade. He LOVED it! Pancakes dripping in syrup, waving at each group in the parade, saying “yahoo!” a million times, and “thank you” each time candy was thrown his way. We scored A LOT of candy!! Sugar high and super crash all in the same morning. True Stampede spirit at its best! Can’t wait to head down to the Stampede grounds later this week. Deep-fried-everything here we come!!!

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Let The Crafty Times Roll!

Picture this: a pimped out food truck that doesn’t serve up food, but acts as a mobile art & craft store, selling the wares of local Calgary artisans at festivals, outdoor markets & community events. Seriously? YES!!! Seriously! This is the concept behind the Artisan Collective Truck by Bubblegum Belles. I think it’s truly brilliant! To make this stellar idea a reality, Pam of Bubblegum Belles, has launched an official Indiegogo campaign to raise the funds to help pull it off. Please, pretty please, check out the campaign page and consider donating any amount (there’s lots of donations levels with plenty of fun perks). What an amazing way to grow the unique experience of our creative culture in Calgary!

Not only are hubby and I excited to be able to contribute to the campaign (we REALLY want to see this project take flight or rather, “hit the road”), but I’m also thrilled to be included among the growing list of artists who want to be a part of the collective. Yep, one day, you’ll be able to see a selection of Bubblegum Sass items, among other great local talent, all within a stylish ride. Wheels make things just that much cooler, don’t you think? Haha… really it’s about being able to reach that many more customers and introducing them to the awesomeness of local handmade goods!

Sounds like a ton of fun, right? I’m excited, as you can tell. Let’s get this truck rollin’!

*You can follow along Pam’s journey on her Instagram feed*

Artisan_Collective_Truck_logo

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In The Kitchen

There’s lots of time being spent in the kitchen these days. It’s not the weather that’s keeping us in there, it’s just the season. Growing season means lots of preserving to do. Chopping, freezing, drying, and boiling. Repeat. So how about a little peek into the kitchen over the past couple of weeks?

It's rhubarb season which means lots of pie making. Some in the freezer, some in our tummies, and lots of extra rhubarb frozen & waiting to be made into things (like ketchup, salad dressing, and muffins)

It’s rhubarb season which means lots of pie making. Some in the freezer, some in our tummies, and lots of extra rhubarb frozen & waiting to be made into things (like ketchup, salad dressing, and muffins)

A new weekly chore, harvesting fresh herbs from the garden (only just learning how to "properly" dry herbs... I've always removed & chopped leaves before drying, but apparently that's not the best method). Always learning.

A new weekly chore, harvesting fresh herbs from the garden (only just learning how to “properly” dry herbs… I’ve always removed & chopped leaves before drying, but apparently that’s not the best method). Always learning.

The first official harvest from our garden: dandelions blossoms, lilac blossoms, thyme, oregano, sage, dandelion greens, chives & radishes (that didn't make it into the picture). This was from last week. This week our harvest included LOTS of lettuce & arugala, ALL the radishes, and the first of the broccoli. Green onions are calling too!

The first official harvest from our garden: dandelions blossoms, lilac blossoms, thyme, oregano, sage, dandelion greens, chives & radishes (that didn’t make it into the picture). This was from last week. This week our harvest included LOTS of lettuce & arugala, ALL the radishes, and the first of the broccoli. Green onions are calling too!

The sweet smell of bubbling dandelion syrup filled the house one evening this week. Now there's a beautiful jar of it sitting in the fridge, waiting to be poured over some yummy waffles one morning!

The sweet smell of bubbling dandelion syrup filled the house one evening this week. Now there’s a beautiful jar of it sitting in the fridge, waiting to be poured over some yummy waffles one morning!

Hubby was at his first Farmers' Market of the year with the YYC Growers & Distributors. He brought home these beautiful flowers from Seed + Soil. They make the kitchen such a happy place.

Hubby was at his first Farmers’ Market of the year with the YYC Growers & Distributors. He brought home these beautiful flowers from Seed + Soil. They make the kitchen such a happy place.

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