Wednesday, May 28, 2008

My Latest Finds

I've been going vintage crazy as of late. Shopping for old things is like going on a treasure hunt except so much better! The above pictures are of some of my latest finds. Do you see a color theme going on up there? My new favorite colors are green and yellow but I've been having difficulty passing up the occasional blue item as well. The Hardy Boys books are for my son's room, for now they'll just be a decoration but maybe someday he'll enjoy reading them. The little cow salt and pepper shakers are vintage Enesco with their sticker intact. I also found a set of three blue Amish pattern Pyrex nesting bowls, some lovely tin canisters, two fabulous old wooden chairs complete with chippy paint and other great treasures that I love so much!
I must admit that I'm getting antsy about moving into my new home. Staying with my parents has been nice and I'm comfortable here but I long for a place of my own. Most especially a place where I can set up my collections and pretty things. I also desperately miss making art! I've been embroidering to pass my time but collage is my first love and I very much want to pick up a paintbrush. I've been so inspired since I moved to Nova Scotia and feel that I really need to get that inspiration out in the form of artwork.

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Farmer Me

With my farm girl apparel on (pajamas and rubber wellies) I thought I'd take a few quick pictures before darkness interupts my creative process. My husband, son, two dogs and I are all staying at my parents in the country while our new home in town undergoes renovations. I haven't had alot of time outside yet with a few rainy days and a little one to take care of but this evening the rain let up and out I went for a few minutes of visiting with the horses and some picture taking.
The above picture is of my parents back fields. Pretty isn't it? Their property ends a ways back behind the woods. The weather while wet lately has been fairly warm and I haven't needed a coat when venturing outside. The horses in the pictures following are my mum's old girls "Ambra" and "Sierra''. Ambra is an Arab and Sierra an Anglo-Arab. Liam loves the horses and really get's a kick out of stroking their necks and faces. His mummy is hoping he'll turn out to be a real little cowboy when he's older! I so look forward to teaching him to ride!

Monday, May 19, 2008

My New Home!

This is my soon to be new home. It's not exactly my dream house but It's old, it's roomy inside, and it's in a cute little town and I love that! As you can see it needs landscaping work done. I have plans for flower beds, some new trees, a driveway, a fenced backyard to keep my pups and my little bug safe and a vegetable garden in the back.

This is the street it's on. All of the houses are cute and old, there's a park at the bottem of the hill and according to the neighbors it's a quiet street.

Inside needs work. There is alot of work to be done infact. I love the staircase! We are going to paint the old floorboards rather than put new flooring over top to give it a quaint old country house appeal. Downstairs is going to be painted white while upstairs the walls are a creamy color.
There are three bedrooms upstairs. One for Oliver and I, one for Liam, and one for a future little someone. Downstairs there is a living room, dining room, a huge kitchen and a very large laundry room which is going to double as my art studio as it is the size of a medium sized bedroom. The ceilings downstairs are all very high which helps make the house seem even bigger inside. I love this little house!
We won't be moving in till the renovations are complete. My husband is working so hard on getting them done as quickly as he can. I'm sooooo looking forward to when I can start decorating with all of my vintage treasures!

I'm Back!

Well, we arrived in Nova Scotia safe and sound. I must admit it was a tad bit boring just driving and driving. There wasn't alot to look at along the way, whoever tells you a drive across Canada is a nice trip obviously hasn't done it themselves! The scenery became rather dull after we left the mountains behind us and didn't become interesting again till we were in Quebec. If you are visiting Canada don't leave out Quebec City! It's absolutely GORGEOUS! The
old buildings and cobblestone streets are so charming, I wish we had had the time to stay a little longer. My husband and I plan to go down there sometime in the future for a long weekend.

Liam was such a doll! He rarely fussed and was usually all smiles despite the fact that most days we were driving for hours on end. We had the portable DVD player going most of the time entertaining him with his very favorite movie Pride and Prejudice. Liam loves that movie and watched it so attentively.

Both of our dogs were very well behaved. They spent most of their time sleeping which isn't anything new to them.

My husband was just thrilled about my plan to tour Canada's Value Village stores (a usually great source of second hand goodness). Oliver has a slight case of second hand phobia and is never terribly happy about my need to check out each and every second hand store we come across. I visited a Value Village store every day on our trip, sometimes I was lucky enough to visit more than one. So of course all of my souvenirs for the trip are vintage! I found so many fantabulous deals! So many pretty things for my collections!

I am so happy our drive is now over and we're in my favorite Canadian province, Nova Scotia. I love it here and already feel so at home, as if I've always belonged here. I don't miss BC at all! I do however miss my husband's brother's family, especially his daughters and I hope they will one day be able to visit!

Nova Scotia is so different from BC. The people are friendlier here. The lifestyle is slower paced, people aren't in a hurry like they are in BC. There is far less traffic, I doubt Nova Scotia has ever had a traffic jam. The buildings and houses are mostly old here, most at least 100 years in age. Some are run down others not so much. But I like that, I like the character and history of Nova Scotia's architecture. BC is so new, I don't like new. I love the small towns and villages here. In BC there are more large cities where people rarely take the time to get to know one another. Yes, I am sure that this is where I belong.

As for my artwork and Etsy..... I'm going to put my artwork on hold for a bit. Right now I am staying at my parent's place in the country and all of my belongings are packed in boxes sitting in the hay loft of my parent's barn. I will continue to sell original art on Etsy. I have a ton of artwork that isn't yet on Etsy and I have located the box it's packed in so I can keep that all going. But making art right now would mean pulling out all of my supplies and then having to re-pack them once it was time to move into our new place which is too much of a hassle right now. So Etsy will continue to thrive :). I won't be offering prints for now, just originals.