Bamboo Pen and Touch After a long day of work, I was greeted by a strange box outside my backdoor. It was addressed to me and I was very curious….? Once inside, I quickly opened up the box to discover an amazing belated Christmas present from my wonderful friend, Jenelle! Too bad she is so far away (living in the whimsical land of Canada), otherwise I would have given her a BIG hug!!!! She knows I am enrolled in the Graphic Design program and start my classes this Monday, in fact. Crazy! So, she bought me the most amazing piece of technology….the Bamboo Pen and Touch. This little thing is going to be SO useful in my classes and assignments. It can do all sorts of wonderful lovelies: edit pictures, draw, paint, doodle, make personalized cards by creating embellishments and borders, digitally handwrite greetings and even play a few games. I am touched by her thoughtfulness and generosity…..thanks my dear friend! If you are interested in design or photography, be sure to check out this new tool. I’m sure you will be finding it very useful, I know I will!  *note: photos are not my own... read more

Vintage Peach  Our little store (well, technically its a booth, but who wants to get technical anyway), Vintage Peach, has been up and running for a few months now. It has been quite the adventure! We’ve been selling a lot of fun things and still have tons to choose from. This project definitely takes up a lot of time and attention. We have to constantly be on the look out for cute finds, as well as visiting the shop to make sure all is well. Although, we have been a little absent lately. Every time my husband and I toss the idea of maybe shutting it down for a while, a wave of sadness comes over me. I feel so inspired when I discover cute vintage shops, thrift stores, flea markets and yes, even yard sales. I am more certain then ever, that Vintage Peach is where I want to put my time and energy. Of course, it’s hard to do when you working another job, but things are about to change again and I’m excited to see what’s in store. If you are all about reusing old things to make use for them in your lovely home, come visit us! We carry vintage treasures from across California and  handmade lovelies for the crafty heart! If you have ever paid a visit to our little shop, let us know what you think! If you are interested in specific items, don’t hesitate to contact us. We have A LOT in storage! *note: Some items may have been sold. There have also been more items added to the shop, so be sure... read more

Limelight Foto A couple months ago, my husband and I made a trip to Canada. While we were there, we were asked by a sweet friend of mine if we would mind getting our pics taken. I almost felt guilty for saying yes, because I knew just how wonderfully talented she was. It was sheer joy to have her take our pictures! As an aspiring photographer, it’s so nice to learn from others with similar passions and talents: the use of different equipment, techniques and overall ideas. She was so easy to work with and we felt totally relaxed. Her personality is bubbly and you can’t help but feel yourself around her (I’ve also known her since 6th grade). If you are in the Red Deer, Alberta area be sure to give Limelight Foto a call for all your photography needs. She specializes in wedding and lifestyle photography! You will love her, promise! ... read more

Snapshots For Christmas this year, I was spoiled by my husband and brother in law. They both pitched in to get me a new wide angle lens for my camera. I’ve been wanting one for a while, but knew it would take me a while to save up. I was so happy when I realized I could put it to use sooner than I thought….thanks boys!  I’m trying to fill my walls with my own snapshots. Although I have a few images from various things, I like to have some stuff that is a bit more personal besides pictures of my husband and I and our family. I love photography and design, I am super excited to start my design classes and hope to create more amazing images. Can’t wait to see where that takes me. For now, I will enjoy the simplicity of  picture taking and not get too crazy with graphics (yet!)   I have an obsessions with old houses, particularly old Craftsman or Victorian homes. The architecture and design are beautiful, down to every detail. Recently, I captured some pictures of the Carson Mansion while up in Eureka, CA. This historic Victorian mansion is beyond words…it is a picture of perfection! Although I took a lot of snapshots of the home, I decided to frame the little details. The Large doors and the hardware alone were unique in design. I also took a quick snapshot of an antique phone booth as we were walking down the street from the mansion. It was just too cute! I did a deep black and white effect on the images... read more

Coombs While I spent my time up in Northern California this Christmas with my husbands family, my family back in Canada had the pleasure of driving out to British Columbia to see some more relatives. I admit, I missed out and was a wee bit jealous! But they all had a great time and I am thankful for that.  I have often been part of those long drives across the Rocky Mountains, passing through the amazing Vancouver City and catching a ferry across the ocean to end our trip on the gorgeous Vancouver Island.  I have many fond memories of my time there. One of my favorite things to do while on the Island is paying a small visit to the enchanted Old Country Market. I am in love with the eclectic trinkets, beautiful dish-ware, delicious international foods, baked goods and imported gifts! Not to mention the dozens of other cute boutiques surrounding the market and the goats on the roof. I always seem to leave with something new (thanks to one of my Oma’s) and a big scoop of my favorite expresso ice cream. I’ve been coming to this place since I was a little girl and I hope to continue paying little visits every now and then!  If you ever venture to that part of Canada, be certain to check out Coombs! I know everyone has there little get-a-way tucked somewhere in the world, I would love to know what yours might be? ... read more

New year, a new calendar  So, I did a lot exploring and found myself  a little desktop calendar for this new month and new year (come to think of it). I found a few cute ones, but only one made the cut.  I don’t know what special events will be marked down on my calendar this year. I know there will be some exciting things in store, which I can think of even now and it makes me smile.  There are so many things taking place in my life right now. Who really knows what can change or stay the same. Each day brings new challenges. I find myself struggling to balance all of it. Sometimes I spread myself too thin and lose sight of that light at the end of the tunnel. But like all things, the dark fades away and you begin to see again. It’s funny, you never really grow out of being afraid of the dark. Or do you? Maybe as a little girl, I was afraid of the physical presents of it. Always wanting the door left open with the hallway light on. Now, as a grown woman I fear the unknown and what the darkness entails: the what ifs, if onlys, could haves and would haves in the midst of madness. The thing is,  it doesn’t matter how dark it gets,  the smallest of light chases it all away. A new hour, a new day, a new month, a new year. Focus on what matters…the light, which is all things good and worthy of your undivided attention. ... read more

Scalloped Sweet Potatoes with Vidalia Onion and English Cheddar I love this! I contributed a side dish during our Christmas dinner with my husbands family. I wanted to do something that wasn’t too typical and looked a bit impressive…as though I’ve been cooking forever and knew exactly what I was doing (only my husband knew otherwise)! I was given this recipe and had the opportunity to just go for something new! It was my first time preparing the dish and was a bit leery as to how it would taste and look. It ended up being  a very simple and extremely complimentary side to the delicious ham that was also being served! This is sure to be a recipe I might just have to hold on to it…it’s just too tasty to let go!  Note: You can easily substitute the Vidalia onion and English chedder with a simple white onion and American cheese. Can’t mess it up too bad! For the recipe, just click here! I am no expert at fancy cooking, so trust me when I say that you can do this! You’ll even feel very domesticated afterward! Let me know if you give this a go, you don’t have to wait until next Christmas to try it either! ... read more

Hello 2011 Happy New Year to all my dear friends and family! I still stand in awe. I can’t believe it’s the start of a new year again. Seems so soon. I feel that the past year has been full of unbelievable blessings and a lot of struggles. I feel like my life has spiraled out of my control the past few months. I’ve had a lot of not so fun things take place, but I realized something as I said goodbye to 2010 and started into the next year.  Hope. I’m usually all for big New Years Eve parties, with friends, food galore, staying up all night playing games and watching movies. This year we decided to seek solace in the mountains with a couple good friends of ours. There, we stayed in a humble lodge, cooked a simple dinner and waited patiently for the clock to strike 12. It wasn’t anything extra exciting, it was perfectly ordinary. And as I could hear the world all around shout Happy New Year, exchanging kisses and partying hard, I closed my eyes and slept in peace. I need ordinary. I saw a million stars in the midst of a  black sky and heard nothing but silence in the dark of the mountains. It was frightening almost. Then, I heard it. The sound of hope. I feel that I have endured a lot the past week. So much, I was ready to bury my head and disappear for a while. But there was this still, small voice that told me I could do this. I could wake up the next day... read more

Print Blocks During our trip to Northern California, during our holiday, we decided to hit up a few shops in the old historic downtown. Eureka, California is not only a beautiful area surrounded by trees, mountains and ocean, but the town itself is full of all sorts of cute little stores, amazing architecture and coffee shops. My kind of town, really: great for the outdoors and indoors. They also have amazing thrift stores to boot!  Note: Check out this SUPER cute shop, Shipwreck. You can click here for more fun pics of their cute shop as well! If you love local, handmade goods among vintage treasures, you will appreciate this store!  We visited one of my husbands favorite thrift stores in the area off of the 101. We were drawn to a box of mix matched print block letters. The wheels in our head began to turn and we decided to take a few home and do a little project. With a little glue, it’s amazing what you can do! Now, we have a few decorative pieces for our home and possibly our little store! For 50c each, you can’t go wrong.  So, what did you think? Your comments would be most appreciated! ... read more

Mock English Toffee This is the first year I made these delicious treats. I think they are going to be a traditional holiday treat for now on! They were a big hit with family and friends and are now one of my husbands favorites! This is the easiest recipe and takes no time at all. I got this recipe from a wonderful cook book I bought with a compilation of year old recipes…those are the best!  Mock English Toffee Unsalted Saltine Crackers 2 Sticks of butter 1 Cup Sugar 12 oz Milk Chocolate Chips Sliced Almonds Preheat oven to 400F Layer crackers on cookie pan lined with tin foil Melt butter in pan and add sugar Bring to boil, stirring constantly for about 3 minutes (liquid should turn brown) Pour mixture over crackers and spread evenly Bake for 6 minutes Follow with Chocolate chips, spreading evenly Sprinkle almonds on top Cool in Refrigerator till set Break apart when cooled and enjoy! I am sure you will love the results of this easy, but delicious recipe! Let me know if you give this a try and how it turns out!... read more
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