Thursday, 21 July 2011


i've had the invite for weeks. i've just logged on. bad. idea. we're two weeks out from getting married. i'm dreaming about things i can make.

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things to print: 

things to knit:

things for the kitchen:

good things to know in life:

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Friday, 15 July 2011

things i am liking.

diy wedding tutorials online.

water bottle wrappers
fan programmes
centrepiece ideas

international shipping from key retailers.

williams-sonoma (warms my kitchen-loving heart)
banana republic/gap etc (hello sale, how are you?)
shutterfly (you make gifts oh so easy!)

reading excellent books.

the glass palace : amitav ghosh ( three generations of incredibleness set in east asia in the first half of the 20th century)

any human heart : william boyd (the diaries of a man from childhood until death, so alive to me that i'm still wondering about him)

planning projects for my post-knee surgery recovery (note they are all possible to do sitting down).

pull through wrap
mirrored candle holders 

nai-nai dishcloths (these are by far my favourite, in fact, they may warrant their own post entirely!)

guessing where we are going for honeymoon (this is a complete surprise to me, le boy is taunting me with his knowledge).

martha's vineyard 
luxury carribean resort
savannah, ga 

Wednesday, 13 July 2011


so i haven't been on here much lately, mainly because my post would consist of me chatting aimlessly about how busy i've been, but not actually able to show you anything for that busy-ness. and alas, i'm working to stay positive, so surely moaning online isn't the best solution?

and so in the spirit of staying positive, i want to tell you about how god has been keeping me humble these last few weeks.

i am a do-er. and a fix-er. and a get-stuff-done-er. and when there's as much going on in your life, as there is in mine, very little of those 'identities' are satisfied. but i'm learning (again) that my identity is not in what i've accomplished at the end of each day, but in how i went about my day. did i take time to meet with my friend who's shortly (tonight!) leaving? did i connect in a marathon skype session with one of my lovelies far away? did i meet with my god and ask him for his will and his way and his priorities?

i've been using some new resources in my prayer life recently and it's been so so so good. i'll keep testing my system before i share but one thing that i've been inspired to do is list my gratitude - my thanks for the day. i take whatever i can to get a line on the page filled. it's good to remember all the blessings he's bestowing on me moment by moment. and i've been using this calendar to pray for my (almost) husband. this has been good to focus my prayers on character attributes and skills that are so important, but often escape my daily recognition.

this morning i had a dream that NOTHING on my pre-wedding list was accomplished. that i decided to take a nap (a nap?) on the afternoon of our wedding and i somehow slept through my hair appointment, and woke with less than 15 minutes to spare before the ceremony. it was slightly panicking, but i woke up and remembered that my maid of honour will be sure to keep me to time, and that we'll get exactly everything accomplished that should be accomplished. this wedding is not about how perfect it looks, it's about the covenant we are entering into. a difficult, but important lesson for this do-er to remember.

Tuesday, 5 July 2011


not much to say today. it was a weekend filled with all good things. meeting up with new friends for a double blind date - so much fun and such a blessing! planning our wedding ceremony. celebrating a friend's milestone birthday. saying the first farewell to one of the loveliest ladies i know.

we're a month away from the big day. it's feeling really real. work's been very busy. there's so much to get done. like pack. and move. attend weddings. play rugby. and eat. but i'm sticking to my goals so far. so that's a minor victory!

i'll leave you with a very cute video i saw online today. impressively, it was shot on a mobile phone.

Splitscreen: A Love Story from JW Griffiths on Vimeo.

it's tuesday. i've just enjoyed an iced coffee break with a girl who shares my heart. i'm remembering that everything will get done. 

Friday, 1 July 2011

oh canada.

happy canada day! i have such fond memories of this holiday, the true first signal of summer. school had usually let out only days before, and you knew that two months of bliss stretched before you.

childhood memories of canada day include:
  • strawberries and cream at the retirement home down the street, what a great way to include the residents in the community! 
  • the canada day parade that went down the main street of our small ontario town - which we just happened to live on and therefore always had a front row seat! 
  • fireworks at the fairgrounds 
  • parties at our neighbours (notice the canadian spelling?)
  • swimming at the golf club 
  • bbq
i love my homeland. and i miss it. but the sun is shining here in the UK and i'll go past the canada day party on trafalgar square...there are a shocking number of us over in here :)

i leave you with marvellous's favourite 'alternative anthem' and my favourite show produced, rather ironically by this american life...all about canada.

happy canada day!