local shop. local spot.


I spotted an Oh Dina! DIY Flower Crown Kit at Lady Luck Boutique in the Hydrostone market and decided to give it a try. And although I do not have an occasion for my creation, it was a lot of fun. I think these kits would make a great gift for little and big people or it’d be a perfect accessory for a flower girl. They’re easy to make and the kit comes with enough flowers and greenery to make your crown any way you want.

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Thank you Miss Margaret Maye (my niece) for modelling.


And to TOP it off… Nicole McInnis of Oh Dina! is a local gal. She’s a milliner with a background in historical costuming from Dalhousie University and Fashion Design from Ryerson University’s School of Fashion. She teaches crown making classes – how fun would that be for a bridesmaid or birthday party?

For those who roll their eyes at anything DIY, don’t worry, Oh Dina! sells stunning crowns already made – you can find them at shops like Lady Luck or on her Etsy store. There’s no excuse… we can all wear flowers in our hair.IMG_3119

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Good night, room. Good night, moon.

We did a little bedroom update this weekend. I’ve decided it is time to declutter and to do so, I need to rethink the space I have.

I ordered the book the life-changing magic of tidying up – the Japanese art of decluttering and organizing by Marie Kondo because true to its name, I have actually read several life-changing stories from people who have practiced what Ms. Kondo preaches.

And without even reading the book, I knew the first place to start was our bedroom. It’s small (11’x12′), the ceilings are sloped, it lacks a closet and the window is low to the ground. Luckily we have a spare room that holds all of our clothes (aka. worst guest room ever), but dressers are like gold in an old home so I wanted to maximize the space by getting a bed frame with storage underneath and a big dresser for linen and extra bedding. IMG_2627 IMG_2628 IMG_2629 IMG_2630 IMG_2632

To do so I knew I needed to purge and the first thing to go was the bookshelf full of books (gasp!) As much as I love my books, why do I need to fill my small space with so many? It looked cluttered and led to side-sweeping, rather than walking along the foot of the bed.

Good riddance warped shelf and secondhand dresser*.

Sadly however, the Ikea assembly party is over and I now have a much bigger, messier project ahead. Remember that guest room I mentioned and all those books? Here’s what it looks like now: IMG_2625

At this point, everything from our bedroom, the linen cabinet, the hallway dresser, my office and the bathroom are going to be dumped in this room for strict evaluation and hopefully, over time, I can sort it all out and donate/sell/toss a bunch of it and allow this guest room to be the most lovely guest room it can be.

What about you? Any good tips on purging and/or organizing? Want to buy some used books? I plan to start an online yard sale so stay tuned!

*Disclaimer: The secondhand dresser did not go far… it moved one room over to my office but who said purging was easy?! IMG_2634psst. If you like what you’re reading, please subscribe and share. xomeg

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  • Ikea’s Fjell bed frame with storageHemnes 3 drawer chestHemnes nightstands (already owned) and Valby Ruta rug
  • Paint colour (already painted): Benjamin Moore’s Touch of Grey, which is actually more lavender than grey and looks great with the red and dark brown wood.
  • The lamps are from Homesense (2 years ago)
  • Window shade from Sears (6 years ago)
  • Clock from L.L.Bean (4 years ago)
  • Chair from Wicker Emporium (6 years ago)
  • Dish from J.Crew (1 year ago)
  • Bedspread from The Bay (9 years ago)
  • Quilt made by my aunt!

hey, soul sisters

There’s something special about sisters. 05thebrownsisters_ss-slide-ZKLJ-jumboScreen Shot 2015-03-30 at 1.47.07 PM

Forty portraits in forty years

Jill (younger sister) sent this to Erin (older sister) and me the other day. Forty Portraits in Forty Years is a photo series by Nicholas Nixon of his wife and her sisters every year for forty years– I can’t stop looking at these photographs! In all honesty, my first reaction was sadness because I quickly scrolled down watching them age in 10 seconds. Yikes, life is fast! Once I read the story behind the project and looked slowly through the photographs, I totally fell in love with the series. In 1975 social media did not exist, which means special moments captured on film were usually only shared with your family and close friends. It amazes me that people started things and kept them going for their own preservation … Who imagined, forty years ago, one photograph would start something special and circulate all over the world? Here are some excerpts from the article in The New York Times Magazine:

Throughout this series, we watch these women age, undergoing life’s most humbling experience. While many of us can, when pressed, name things we are grateful to Time for bestowing upon us, the lines bracketing our mouths and the loosening of our skin are not among them. So while a part of the spirit sinks at the slow appearance of these women’s jowls, another part is lifted: They are not undone by it. We detect more sorrow, perhaps, in the eyes, more weight in the once-fresh brows. But the more we study the images, the more we see that aging does not define these women. Even as the images tell us, in no uncertain terms, that this is what it looks like to grow old, this is the irrefutable truth, we also learn: This is what endurance looks like.

With each passing year, the sisters seem to present more of a united front. Earlier assertions of their individuality — the arms folded across the chest, the standing apart — give way to a literal leaning on one another, as if independence is no longer such a concern. We see what goes on between the sisters in their bodies, particularly their limbs. A hand clasps a sister’s waist, arms embrace arms or are slung in casual solidarity over a shoulder. A palm steadies another’s neck, reassuring. The cumulative effect is dizzying and powerful.

The sisters’ privacy has remained of utmost concern to the artist, and it shows in the work. Year after year, up to the last stunning shot with its triumphant shadowy mood, their faces and stances say, Yes, we will give you our image, but nothing else.

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If we start this summer, Erin will be 78 when the project wraps up. Doable. We’ve already been unknowingly practicing. SistersSisters2Sisters1Sisters3Sisters4Sisters5

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Photographs of the Brown sisters by Nicholas Nixon are curtesy of The New York Times Magazine

oh baby it’s cold

Have you heard about the ice bucket challenge?

I will admit, I was really hoping to avoid this. Stay under the radar but throw my kid in front of the camera, after all, it is for a good cause. And for some reason, I can’t get enough of these videos. Good or bad amateur or pro, they all make me laugh.

Anyway… as the challenge appears to be tapering off… I got nominated by my sister-in-law Rachel (and to be fair, I kind of asked for it. It was my uncle who nominated my dad who nominated my son who nominated his cousin who nominated his mom (Rachel).).

But, since I already made a donation to ALS.ca, I decided to donate to another cause which does not get as much attention: Choroideremia

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The CHM Ice Bucker Challenge – Freeze Blindness

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I’ve chosen CHM because a friend of mine has Choroideremia, which does not just effect himself but his whole family. And speaking of his family…

I need to pay-it-forward and nominate someone(s) else.

Sarah Overmars I nominate YOU!

and to my mom, Theresa Rushton … who has made me do things I didn’t want to do, I nominate you too.

Good Luck, you have 24hrs.

A few things about the video I need to mention … since I am not redoing it

  • I really do hate the camera… can you tell?
  • I also really hate being cold and caterpillars.
  • I did it in my tub because the kids at the at-home-daycare were in the backyard next doorish and I didn’t want to be a bad influence.
  • The information I speak about is above the video, not below. Oops.
  • I still call my best friend by her maiden name … which I stumbled through. Stage fright. Overmars, you know who I am talkin’ about.
  • I put the ice in the bucket about 20 minutes before I shot the video just to cool the water down. I also did 50 push-ups while I waited to warm myself up.

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summer lovin

Yesterday I really caught the summer bug. I think I was actually hot, outside! The leaves are starting to come out and flowers are finally blooming so, in celebration of summer and the fact that we have a backyard worth using this year, I have created an inspiration board. Lets have more BBQs this season friends!


A. Pigeon Toe Pleated String Light Set / B. Endeavour bracelet / C. fly by off-white bird feeder / D. Go Porch Swing / E. Marimekko Ahonlaita Picnic Bag / F. Bose Free Space® 51 environmental speakers / G. Retro Fan / H. Mon Oncle BBQ Grill / I. Goblets and pitcher / J. The Luna Sandal / K. Beach Towel / L. Prana Estelle Hat / M. Beach tote with mat / N. J.Crew Tank and Bottoms / O. high gloss white windmill / P. Kamada Joe BBQ / Q. the Solair Chair / R. Pink Flamingo yard ornaments / S. Tropica Stripe Beach Umbrella / T. Swan Pool Float / U. Striped Terracotta Pots / V. Neon Soccer Ball / W. Your Own Thing tee / X. Brass Herb Markers / Y. Pendleton Throw / Z. Whisteria Lanterns

psst. Not tagged in picture is the bottle of Sanpellegrino Aranciata

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