Friday, 31 July 2015

Buildings & boats & blue skies in Blue Rocks

welcome friends

Not far from Stonehurst, home of the red fishing shed, is another quaint fishing community called Blue Rocks.

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Can you spot the photobomber in this picture? :-)

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This is one of the first buildings you see when you turn down the little road that brings you out to the point…

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br boat planter 

I used my telephoto lens to snap this picture of an artist hard at work…

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This is the coolest little shop. Lots of hand painted buoys and other wood pieces that you pay for by putting your money in a little box.

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Mini Me :-)

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Where do you want to go today?

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Lots of little houses that I’m guessing are used only used in the summer, they don’t look very warm!

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br red house

br weather vane

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A shed, not a house ;-)

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Two seagulls hangin’ out in a rock.

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You can’t have a fishing community without boats!

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Happy weekend!

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Wednesday, 29 July 2015

The red fishing shed

A few weeks ago, I came across this picture of a red fishing shed at


Being the curious sort that I am, I decided that I had to find this red fishing shed in real life. So after checking out the Lunenburg Farmer’s Market last Thursday, I headed out on my mission. And guess what? Found it!

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And I also discovered that Stonehust – home of the red fishing shed – is an absolutely charming little village that ends at the tip of a peninsula with gorgeous views…

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stonehurst tip buildings 

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If our offer on the lot falls through, maybe we’ll move to Stonehurst instead!

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Monday, 27 July 2015

Summer Fun in the house

When I got my cool buoy print from Minted, I also got one yard of fabric. It took forever to narrow down the choices to just one because there are a LOT of cool designs. I was originally going to go with something nautical, but then this colourful print by Simona Cavallaro called Summer Fun caught my eye. I love the bright & happy colours and the design – I think it looks like watermelon and sunshine and water and grass :-)

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Summer Fun (Also available in six other colourways)

While I was waiting for the fabric to arrive, I came across this little stool at a yard sale for $4.00, and just like that I had a plan for the fabric – turn this baby from dark & drab to bright & fab!


Now, keep in mind that I don’t have an iron, I don’t have a sewing machine (and if I did, I wouldn’t know how to use it), and I live 1.5 hours away from stores that sell the right kind of decorative trim to finish things off. So your expectations are pretty low now, right? Good ;-)

To be honest, Brian did most of the work – I was the brains behind the operation and in charge of transforming the legs :-) There are so many tutorials out there on how to re-cover a stool, so I won’t go into all the details. Basically, Brian removed the brown pleather cover, wrapped the remaining piece of foam with the cotton batting, stapled it on with a staple gun, and trimmed the excess.

stool collage

And then I forgot to take pictures of Brian stapling on the fabric. But I’m sure you can envision how that went :-) Meanwhile, I was on leg duty. I covered the brass feet with painters tape and then Brian screwed the legs into some scrap wood so they’d stick up in the air for easy spray painting.

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I had it in my head that the spray paint was a primer & paint in one, so I didn’t prime the legs. Then after I sprayed on a couple of coats, I realized that it’s regular spray paint and I really should have primed. But oh well, that can be a project for another day if the paint job doesn’t hold up. The colour is Key Lime by Rust-Oleum.

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Once the legs dried, I removed the tape and Brian re-attached them to the stool. And that’s it! I love the green legs with the fabric, and how the stool adds some colour and pattern to this very white rental house. It also matches my shoes :-)

pm stool from front

I was originally going to put it next to the front door, but the dogs going in and out would get it dirty in no time flat. So I tucked it into this little corner instead, which actually works out better because I see it more here than I would if it was by the door.

Love those green legs!

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Is it just me, or do the black dots look like watermelon seeds? :-)

pm stool from top 

pm2 through rails

stool before after

Thank you once again to Minted for the beautiful fabric – now I want Summer Fun everywhere in the house!

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DISCLAIMER: I was not financially compensated for this review. I received a sample for review purposes. The opinions are completely my own based on my experience. I will only review products that I would use myself or would recommend to my family and friends.

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Friday, 24 July 2015

Want to go on a holiday?

Me too! Let’s go here…

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dream home 7Designer: Barry Dixon | Photographer: Tria Giovan

This beautiful island cottage is in St. Barts in the French West Indies and was featured in Coastal Living. I’m green & turquoise with envy!

Happy weekend!

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