Friday, October 2, 2009

Important Blog Update

Just a quick post to say that I'm discontinuing this blog and only updating my other one from now on. My other blog will feature both artwork and my personal stuff. I've found that I just don't have the time to keep up with two blogs so combining the two (like I had it when I first started blogging) makes more sense. So please update your bookmarks with the following URL...

http://curiouserandcuriouserdesigns.blogspot.com/

Happy weekend to all!

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

For those who've asked....

Here are some pictures of our new abode!

Above : The kitchen. The cabinets are a nice blue on the outside and a fabulous pale yellow on the inside. The curtain over the window is a bit scary (Lime green with a beach theme) but hey, I can't have everything now can I?

Above : I love the open shelving! I decided to only take three of my vintage Pyrex mixing bowls out of their boxes. We're only going to be here for the winter and I don't want to have to pack too much the next time around. Aren't my vintage tin canisters and breadbox fabulous?! Their my favorite tins, I also have a tiny one that matches that's not in the picture.

Above : The living room with the dining table in the background. The table and chairs as well as the large blanket covered chair were already here when we moved in as was the tall floor lamp sans lampshade (the lampshade is mine). This picture was taken from my desk which is facing the living room so that I can enjoy the incredible view.

Above : The blanket covered chair in the living room which has been deemed the dog's chair.

I haven't really done much with the bedrooms which is why I'm not going to bother showing them. So there you have it, our little winter retreat :)

A Tale of Two Couches

When we moved into our new home we were of the understanding that it was partially furnished. While the photos we saw of the house showed a decent looking couch or at least a couch that looked decent in tiny pictures, the couch that was in the house upon our arrival was far from decent. Not only quite possibly the ugliest couch I've ever seen, it was also completely worn out, torn in a number of places, saggy in the middle, covered in an entire dog worth of long white dog hairs and it smelled like a wet dog that hadn't been bathed in years. A definite runner up for the nastiest couch award for sure! Because of this I have been sitting on an uncomfortable wooden chair since we moved in. A seat which, suitable for eating meals on, is not a nice perch when tired and sore from a day's worth of cleaning, unpacking and furniture arranging. Well, those days are over! Our new comfy overstuffed piece of heaven is here and I couldn't be happier with it!!!!

Of course after the new couch was delivered it was my job to relocate the old couch to the basement. Which proved easier than one would think. While I'm only 5'4" and I have rather skinny arms this project took only about 5 minutes for me to do all by my lonesome. The teeny tiny front foyer with narrow stairs and an inconveniently placed half wall were challenging but it all worked out pretty well. Check out the pictures below to see how the couch removal progressed and to see our new happy comfy spot....

Phase one : The old couch is through the upstairs door.
Phase two : Ugly is now heading down the first flight of stairs.

Phase three : Um, well, this is the what do I do now stage.

Phase four : The wet dog has one flight of stairs left and it's outta here!

Success! Ugly is downstairs, never to be seen by my eyes again and here's my little bug trying out Mr. Comfy :)

Sunday, September 27, 2009

The Biggest Yard Sale EVER!

Friday's weather was blustery at best. The sky a dark blue turning grey with short bursts of sunshine quickly vanishing behind more dark clouds. Saturday was our planned outing and while we would have braved poor weather if need be, we were more than happy to see a clear blue sky greeting us Saturday morning.

The big event happened to be a gigantic yard sale held once every year. Spanning 70 miles of the island, people register their yard sales in advance to be included on a map that is available for free to anyone wanting one. This makes it a little easier for everyone to plan their day before hand.
Oliver and I stopped at as many sale sites as we possibly could throughout the day carefully selecting the ones that we thought might have vintage and antique items. Twice we made short detours to see lighthouses. The first was the Point Prim lighthouse which had a gorgeous red sand beach perfect for finding bits of sea glass. We walked on the beach a while looking for treasure and then made our way back to the yard sales. A little while later we stopped at the Cape Bear lighthouse situated on a cliff (pictured above and below).

My camera shy little bug was not very accommodating and hid behind me for each shot. Luckily for him his mummy needs to lose some poundage giving him more than enough space for a good hiding place LOL!
All in all we had a fabulous day, just look at some of the treasures (below) I found for next to nothing!
The chair is an antique that needs some work. I'm going to repaint it leaving the little ship painting as is because the little ship is what made me like the chair in the first place. The ship was painted by the elderly mother of the woman I purchased the chair from. It's very simple and folksy which I love! They had it in an old barn full of her paintings. The glass bottles are old, so far I'm unsure if they're antiques or if they're just vintage. I do know after some research that they were made by the Wheaton Company. The tin pictured was too pretty to resist priced at $1! These tins are especially nice for storing craft supplies. The bowl is an antique transfer ware wash basin, something I've actually been on the lookout for for a while. It is fairly beat up but it doesn't have any breaks or chips and the pattern is in perfect shape! The bowl is my favorite find of the day. Next we have a cute dog figure that has a similar finish to the vintage Japan dogs I collect. I don't believe it is a Japan dog but it's cute and it will look right at home with my other pups, it cost 50 cents. I also found a decent amount of scrap vintage fabric for only 50 cents and a very pretty pair of yellow curtain panels (not shown) covered in roses that only need to be cleaned and ironed and then they will be perfect for my bedroom windows! They cost a mere $3! The $3 also included a vintage floral bark cloth pillow case in perfect shape that I purchased for scrap fabric.


All in all we had a super fun day, spent next to nothing but still managed to bring home a good number of treasures and are looking forward to next year`s sale!

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

We're on the Island and Online!

I finally have Internet! It was hooked up today and we couldn't be happier! So now I can go on and on about how much I LOVE PEI! This island is fabulous and is in my opinion the most beautiful place in all of Canada. I will say though that I don't love it more than Nova Scotia, the two are pretty much equal in my heart.


The trip was long and boring but now we're here and here we hope to stay. The house we're renting is pretty straight forward and simple but the view is lovely and I've enjoyed being able to just walk across my lawn and wade around in the warm ocean water. I am keeping my promise to NEVER wear a bathing suit ever again! I have a skirt that is the perfect length for wading around in the water, so please don't try to imagine me wearing a bathing suit, it just isn't going to happen LOL! Not that anyone would see me as our beach is private but I would know and I couldn't in good conscience put the birds in the trees through the terror of having to see me in spandex :).


Our neighborhood is lovely and it provides Liam and I with plenty of wonderful places to go for long walks. PEI isn't short on gorgeous places to visit and I'm eagerly looking forward to seeing them all! Below are some of the pictures I've taken so far. You must excuse the poor quality of the editing. Our belongings haven't arrived here yet and Photoshop is on my other computer, not on my laptop so I've been editing my photos with an inferior online program which has not been doing the greatest of jobs. It seems that when I re size the pictures they get a tad bit blurry which causes me to have to sharpen the image which in turn makes them look a wee bit grainy and well, just not nice. I can't wait to use Photoshop again!

My new backyard! This is the view I see every day from my living room windows and back deck.

This is the view just beyond the trees bordering my back lawn. If you were to go outside this photo and a little to the right you would see a lovely little private beach where I have already tested the waters a couple of times. The water is warm even at this time of year! There are huge schools of little fish that nibble my feet when I stand still in the water. Crabs of all colors and sizes are in abundance and there is a blue heron outside my dining room window every day. I've named my new long-legged friend 'Albert'.

Because of my generosity with the wild bird seed my back deck has become the place to be for the neighborhood blue jays. It seems every time I look out the window there is anywhere from one to four blue jays pecking away at the seed I leave for them every morning.

Liam and I enjoy looooooooooooooong walks around the neighborhood. If we head left on our road we come across fields of grass, wild flowers and potato crops with incredible views of the ocean and the red cliffs of our fair Island. If we head right we pass a lovely old white church with a graveyard that dates back to the early 1800's. Past the church is a bay where there are fishing boats docked and steps away from that there is a wonderful red sand beach with plenty of shells and sea glass to be found.

A field and ocean view down the road from my house. The wind is incredibly strong in this area but I love it!
Another view just down the road from my house.
Liam enjoying another walk with his mum :)

Lobster traps steps away from the beach down the road.

Liam was not fond of the beach until he discovered the joys of making footprints in the sand. When he saw me make marks in the sand with my fingertips he stopped his fussing and said very excitedly "WOW!". The sand is such a lovely shade of red and is so soft!

Fishing boats docked down the road.
Stay tuned, more posts and pictures to come!

Monday, September 7, 2009

Internet Finally!

Last night's motel didn't have internet available which is why I was unable to make a post but happily tonight we're in a motel with free hook-up so here I am :) . The other night when we stopped in a small town in Ontario called Kenora we made the worst mistake a person can make while on a road trip. We paid for our room before asking to see it. From the outside it looked to be a cute little cottage. From the inside, a scary little hole infested with spiders and a rather unpleasant odor. It looked as if it hadn't been cleaned thoroughly in some time and the floors were sloping so much that when I tried to stand on one foot to put my socks on I kept falling over. In the morning I woke up extremely early took a VERY fast shower and as soon as Oliver had done the same we were out of there and on the road again. So if you are ever in a little town in Ontario Canada called 'Kenora' and you come across a motel by the name of 'Gayles'..... STAY AWAY!!!! Stay far away!

Currently we aren't sure what town we're in but our newly aquired motel room is clean, without spiders and bad smells and presently the only noise to be heard is that of our hyper active toddler who can't seem to stop bouncing off the wall's. Tommorow more driving will ensue.

Saturday, September 5, 2009

On the Road and in Calgary Alberta

(Photo of Calgary Alberta courtesy of TravLCox on Flickr)

We're finally on our way! And to tell the truth I'm not at all excited. I'm a live in the moment sorta gal and rarely get excited about anything until it's actually happening. Of course who would be excited about where I am right now? I'm sitting on the floor of our motel room in the dark so as to not wake my little Liam. The room is a typical cheap motel room that reeks of cigarette smoke despite the fact that it is supposedly a non-smoking room, yuck. But I have Internet here and the bed while uncomfortable is no where near the worst motel room bed I have slept on so I'm dealing quite well :) .

Thursday morning the movers arrived in their gigantic white truck and slowly loaded our stuff up. I say slowly because I've never seen anyone take so many breaks before in my life! They were very nice people though and they let Liam hang out with them in the back of the truck which he absolutely LOVED! The one man there was an older completely bald man with a rather loud deep scratchy voice and interestingly enough I did think he would have made a fabulous pirate in a movie. Liam really took to him and followed him around quite a bit chattering away. He referred to Liam as his little buddy and talked to him as if he were just that. He was definitely great with kids!

After the truck left we finished loading our car and were off and headed to Kamloops for our first day on the road. We arrived at my sister-in-law's house quite late and were very happy to get to bed after such a long and busy day. In the morning we visited with Maja, Ben, Peter and Justin for a while and then it was back on the road. Liam was really good most of the way and only started to fuss a little after we arrived in Alberta. Our portable DVD player took care of that though and with the aid of very old Disney cartoons referred to as 'Silly Symphonies' we were once again tantrum free.

So anyway, it is now very early in the morning and I'm tired so well, you get the idea.... good night (or good morning) I'm heading back to bed.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

I'm Moving ..... to Prince Edward Island!!!!

The title says it all! On the third of September I'll be on my way to my new home on Prince Edward Island, the most beautiful province in all of Canada! Oliver, Liam, Boo, Bingley and I will be renting an ocean-front house on two acres for about 6 months (or at least until winter is over). The below picture is the view we will be enjoying every day! Oliver has a job waiting for him as a plumbing estimator / project manager. We're VERY excited! Well, I'm excited to be going back home (back East, we're in BC at the moment). But I'm not so thrilled about the week long drive across Canada with a toddler and two dogs or about the packing I have to finish up. While we haven't been back in BC for long the short time we've been back has seemed like a bad dream. I'm just not meant to be here, I miss Eastern Canada soooooo much my heart aches. So we're all very happy and we are looking forward to more time spent in the land of Anne of Green Gables, lobster and red red earth.

The mosaic atop this post was assembled using PEI photos found on Flickr and created using BIG HUGE LABS mosaic maker.

Friday, July 17, 2009

My Reason For Being Away Sooooo Long



I know I've been pretty much offline for a while now. But I had good reason. A while back I was running up the driveway, tripped on lord knows what and went flying forward landing on my hands and knees. The fingers on my right hand bent all the way backwards (very unpleasant) and I scraped a good chunk of skin off my right knee. I went to the ER and the doctor and nurse that looked at my hand were 100% certain that I broke all of the fingers on my right hand but after seeing the X-rays they were surprised to find out that there were no brakes. Still it was the worst sprain they've ever seen apparently. So of course my hand swelled up (see above images) and was completely useless. I normally have very boney hands unlike what is seen in the above images. I can't even begin to tell you how much it seriously sucks to be a right handed artist without the use of a right hand! I did a little painting with my left hand but while it turned out just as good as anything I've done in the past it was very time consuming and terribly frustrating and I did decide to take a bit of an art break (and a blogging break as well). I now have the use of my hand again although my middle finger and ring finger won't straighten out anymore and are very stiff and do ache from time to time but at least I can use my hand again! My knee still hurts if I put pressure on it so I do have to be careful and I will most likely have a scar because so much skin came off. I was never one to show off my legs anyway though so I can deal with scars :) . The most frustrating part of this has probably been having to listen to people constantly go on and on about how I should try to exercise (by bending) my fingers. They just don't seem to understand that my fingers WILL NOT bend! It's not that it's hard, or painful, it's that they won't bend. It would be like trying to bend a brick with your hands. They are stiff as a board and the likely hood of my ever being able to straighten them is pretty slim. I can live with it though, I just hope that I don't develop arthritis in them (which is apparently highly likely from what I've been told). So that's my story. There have been a number of times that I've thought about how much I wanted to blog but was unable to type and now I'm happy to be back in action :)

Friday, June 12, 2009

For You My Love


This post is specifically for my husband Oliver who is away for a week building a barn and a fence for a friend. I love you sweetie soooooooooooooooooo much and I miss you muchly! Lot's and lot's and lot's of love to you!

Things I've Seen....

A wild Bingley on the prowl

An encounter with the famous 'Squirrel Nutkin' who happened to have a few choice words for me


A Robin's nest I found by the wood shed!


Tuesday, June 9, 2009

A New Hole Added

This is what I did to myself this past weekend. The earring in now is only temporary. It's long like that to allow for swelling. Once it's healed I'll get a shorter more normal looking one. While it did hurt quite a bit, it wasn't nearly as bad as I thought it would be and I took it like a champ :). Why do I like piercings? In all honesty I really don't know. Whenever I see people with piercings and tattoos I can't help but think they look especially beautiful. Maybe it's the artist in me. And as weird as it may sound, I happen to enjoy having a large sharp needle jabbed through my skin. I know, I have issues LOL! But there are many parts of my body that I would never ever pierce. Personally I prefer the ones that are located in places that will be seen, nothing too weird here :). I had this done at Adrenaline on Granville Street downtown Vancouver BC Canada.

Monday, June 8, 2009

My Two Little Boys

I sure do love my little boys! The furry one and the not-so furry one :). Liam and Bingley are very much like brothers. They play together, one always tagging along behind the other. They also fight like cats and dogs. Never so rough that they get hurt, but sometimes I feel like they are both little boys and not just one little boy and his little dog.

Photos I Photoshopped Today


Enjoy!

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Yesterday's Photos



I just thought I'd share some pictures I took yesterday while in my in-law's yard. Enjoy!

The Importance of a Soother

Yesterday while in my in-laws backyard I wanted to take my son's picture. Liam is a tad bit over two and while he can survive without his soother or as he calls it his 'soos', he prefers to have it in. So in a moment of stupidity I came up with the brilliant idea of taking his soos out so I could get some soos-free photos. And it went like this,

1. soos is in
2. Liam is de-soosed and immediatly the mouth opens wide and the whining commences
3. Liam follows me around the yard with mouth wide open
4. Liam points at soos with lip hanging low and threatens to start crying
5. Liam gives up and runs down the hill into the woods to live with the fairies where they most certainly will happily give him a soos. The End

Click on the picture to see it larger :)