Monday, February 28, 2011

Champagne birthday

Today -- the 28th -- I'm turning 28.  I feel like that makes my birthday extra special this year.

I have been spoiled rotten by friends and family all weekend -- including a homemade dinner of pulled pork and french onion soup at my parents' house. The meal was capped off with the delicious Boston Cream cake you see above. (Thanks Mom!)

I've taken the day off work and plan to relax, watch movies, cuddle with my cats and have a sushi dinner with my fella tonight. Heaven!

I'm still alive

It's been awhile, gentle readers. But, I have an excellent excuse: my fella and I are moving back to our hometown in a little over 2 weeks. Our new place is way cheaper, closer to my work, and closer to most of our family and friends. It's also about half the rent of our current home in Toronto. 

We've been pretty lucky with our beloved Toronto apartment -- it's amazingly clean, well-cared for, and functional. However, our new place is...well, let's just say it's going to need a bit of spit and polish before we move in. My brain has been swirling with plans with how to make it a home.

My first idea: mismatched dining room chairs. I plan to replace my current matching set with a bunch of charmingly different chairs, all painted in neutral white. Something like this:

Second, I've been obsessed with this simple balsa wood sculpture thingy since I saw it on Design Sponge last week.

I'd like to use the same materials to make a big Finnish star that we can hang in our new bedroom. They look very complicated but are actually very easy to make.

I'm also working on knitting a pouf for our new living room. (I wrote about my obsession with these way back in September). I'm probably about halfway finished the knitting, then I have to assemble and stuff it. When it's finished, I hope to have something like this:

So, as you can see, even though I haven't been blogging up a storm, my creative juices are stewing. Stay tuned for the finished products!

Tuesday, February 1, 2011


Behold the newest object of my desire: a 3-foot-high orange ampersand.


Why would I want a giant "&" symbol, you ask? I have no idea. But if it weren't $125 plus shipping, it would be mine in a heartbeat. Methinks a little DIYing may be in order. 

For those of you who can afford this beauty, you can find it here.