Friday, March 27, 2015

living by the sea: the dining room & kitchen

Last time, we took a peek at the rooms down the hall in our home by the sea. Today, we're looking at what my dining room and kitchen used to look like! 

This carpet - ugly, right? Well, when you flipped up the rug, there was a clear indicator that the carpet used to be brown, not greenish yellow. Still, the room is a good size!

The kitchen hasn't changed - except a coat of paint on the walls and a good scrubbing from ceiling to floor. I have plans to paint the cupboards, but my husband and I can't agree on what colour. I want to go white (and replace the counter tops) but he likes dark cupboards. We may end up leaving it until we get to Phase 2 of our renovations in a few years.

Did you see that sliver of a glimpse of our living room? We'll check it out the next time. It's one of my favourite places to be, now that it's undergone renovations!

Thursday, March 26, 2015

living by the sea: our front entry

A year ago we purchased our home and immediately set about changing things! Over the next little while I'll be posting some before shots. Our not-so-little home by the sea came at the right price, but looked like it belonged to the wrong decade! Yellow walls with a dusty rose door, and oh that delightful carpet! It didn't just stop at the front entrance. Our entire home was filled with old, dusty, smelly carpet, which we promptly tore up the first weekend we owned the house.

This red carpet goes through most of the basement, but we're not ready to renovate it yet. The carpet is in really good shape and doesn't look too terrible if I keep it vacuumed. 

The carpet on the stairs up to the dining room came out right away, but that is the only thing we've done to the entrance as far as renovations are concerned. It's the only space on our main floor that remains untouched right now, but we have plans to fix it up this spring.

More of the tour to come later!

Thursday, March 19, 2015

our wedding day: a small glimpse

Our wedding day will forever be cemented in my mind as one of my favourite days. We had such a fun time with family and friends, and we (finally) became Mr. & Mrs.! It was the start to a beautiful, wonderful life. The following are just a few of my favourite shots from our day, all taken by the talented Simon Reid.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

A Post-Storm Update

Hello friends!

It’s been a long while since I’ve said much of anything here on the blog. Life has continued on in typical Island winter fashion. I am up to my ears in snow, patiently enduring this season and eagerly awaiting the next. I’ve never been much for cold or snow, but I do relish the opportunity to curl up on the sofa with a good book or some handwork to pass the winter months.

Speaking of handwork, I took a mini-hiatus from the Shop over the Christmas holiday in order to build up some stock again. Since the Etsy show in September, I had been working almost exclusively on customer orders and unable to get ahead with some ready-made product. Happily, I have been able to build up a good stock over the last month, although truthfully January was quite a dry month (not just for me, but in general for shopping!) In January, I introduced headbands and infinity scarves to my line up. Something “bear-y” special will be making its way to market this week, for a fun February introduction.

Since late November, our lives have been in an adjustment stage. I left my full-time job for a part-time position that allows me to stay home more often. It has been a blessing to be home so we can eat dinner at a decent hour. I feel rested and on top of my housework. It has freed us up to spend time together in the evenings, rather than the schedule we had been keeping, which involved eating late dinners and heading to bed shortly after from exhaustion.

PEI is in the middle of clean up from Winter Storm Neptune. What started out on Sunday as a storm with a predicted 30 cm snow fall turned into a two-day blizzard resulting in 86.8 cm of snow! The Confederation Bridge was closed completely since Sunday, which rarely happens, and only opened this morning again. Not that anyone could get to the Bridge anyway—plows were also pulled off the roads on Sunday. They were allowed back on the roads last night and have been working very hard to clear all that snow so we can all get back to our regularly scheduled programing. Shayne parked his truck at the end of the driveway (wise man!) so this morning when he went to work there was only a little bit to shovel out. However, our road was the only one plowed between here and his work, so he had to turn back. He’s gone again, having heard that a couple of coworkers made it in. I imagine he’ll spend the bulk of his day in a tractor, blowing snow from the farm and surrounding homes. Schools were cancelled in advance to allow time for clean up. Who knows if they will be operational tomorrow yet! There’s another storm predicted for Thursday; this time they say we should expect 10-15 cm of snow. Our little Island has received more than 8.5 feet of snow in the last three weeks! It’s a little crazy! However, we didn’t have any real winter weather before this so we’re just getting it all at once.

So, in recap: I live in Canada and it’s winter. During the winter, I hibernate, try to stay warm, and make pretty things.

Spring will come again, as it always does, with all the busyness of fieldwork taking my husband away from me for another crop of potatoes. I’ll enjoy this winter season as long as it lasts, because it keeps my best friend close by!

Hope you are all cozy and warm!

Friday, November 21, 2014

Weekend Reading & a Few Short Sentences

Cavendish, Summer 2012.

For your weekend reading: (Be prepared. They both hit me straight in the heart.)

// on hospitality, by creating space in your life for others.
// on over-committing because you don't want to become irrelevant.

It's been an emotionally charged month. We said good-bye to a beloved grandmother. We spent a lot of time with family. I'm starting a new job on Monday. All the emotions, all over the place.

Busy, full life. I am thankful for this season but also look forward to quieter times. Perhaps they are ahead? I'm digging my heels in for time to slow down.

I may crave adventure but I dislike change. Can you relate?

Friday, August 29, 2014

A summer of friendships

This summer has been pretty great. Getting married and settling into our new home aside, our schedule has been jam packed with spending time with friends. You'll hear no complaints from me! Adding in a quick trip to Ontario this past weekend, we really have been blessed to spend so much time catching up and hanging out.

We said a sad goodbye to our dear friends Emil and Karisa, who have started their own adventure in California as first year teachers! They were able to spend half the summer on PEI and were instrumental in the crunch time before our wedding. They've started their own blog, which you can follow here!

Just before Shayne & I left for our whirlwind trip to Ontario, Bethany and Bridget came back! They are both teachers at our local Christian school and had gone home for the summer to visit family. We are so glad to have them back!!

I love this picture of Kar, Vern and I in our Sunday best. :) We had a sleepover on Saturday night, sort of like old times!

At the end of our trip we were able to squeeze in a quick visit with Brian and Martine - friends who got married in Holland last year (you can read more about the wedding & our trip.) Ach, it was so good to spend even just one night with them again. Our busy schedules don't always allow for long phone calls but we can catch up pretty quickly when Martine and I get to talking!!

So, our busy summer full of friendships is drawing to a close. We had a great time and made a lot of precious memories! Campfires, road trips, sleepovers, and late nights. That's the stuff summers are made of around here!

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Branding for Sarah by the Sea Shop

The day has come. The logo has been created, tested by marketing professionals, stared at for hours, tweaked and tweaked again, and I'm finally taking a deep breath and jumping in!

Throughout this process, I spent a long time researching logo and branding tips. I wanted my new logo to incorporate my love of navy and grey, as well as a nod to my Island life.

When it came down to design time, I knew what I wanted but couldn't explain it to my designer friend accurately enough. After designing a mock-up for her to look at it, she turned around and told me if I could do a mock-up, then I could probably handle the rest on my own as well. She was right - and her encouragement gave me the confidence to plunge head first into properly crafting this logo of mine. Thanks to a ton of tutorials (picture me googling every five minutes "how to _____ in Adobe Illustrator")!

So - what do you think?
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