I am spending this weekend with my husband’s family. Whenever we are all together for a weekend like this, the general pastime is playing cards. Sometimes we mix it up with a board game, but generally we just sit, chat, … Continue reading
Apresento-vos um casamento muito especial.
Os noivos não eram portugueses, mas fizeram questão de ter as cores do azuleio português presentes no casamento assim como representado a palavra “saudade” que só em português existe!
A noiva levava uns sapatos lindos, que combinavam perfeitamente com todo o ambiente envolvente!
Em memória aos avós que não estavam presentes, a Eve Marie, fez uma homenagem linda.
Colocou no bouquet as fotografias dos avós e no acto de votos disse muito saudosa
“Vavó and vavô would be very happy to be here to see this day.”
Sea, blue sky, light, lots of color, nostalgia and Portuguese art!
I present to you a very special wedding.
The bride and groom were not Portuguese, but made sure to have the colors of the Portuguese azuleio present at the wedding as well as represented the word “saudade” that only exists in Portuguese!
The bride wore a beautiful shoes, which matched perfectly with any surroundings!
In memory of grandparents who were not present, Eve Marie, did a beautiful tribute.
Placed in the bouquet photographs of grandparents and the act of votes said very nostalgic
“Grandma and Grandma would be very happy to be here to see this day.”
It’s been a long while since my last post, but what can I say? Weddings are time-consuming! They also eat up your creative energy so that you have no inventive juices left to apply to the rest of your life. The good news is, that once the wedding is over, there will be no need for secrecy and I will be able to share everything I’ve been working on!
Today’s post will cover a wedding-event that is already over, and that I actually had very little to do with; my bridal shower! Four of the most amazing women on the planet threw me a shower at the Lodge of the Nordic Spa Scandinavian baths.
In keeping with the rustic and woodsy venue up in the Gatineau hills, the girls used birch trunks, pine-cones, and fresh flowers to decorate the room. Flickering tea light candles set it all off beautifully. As an incredible useful keepsake / guest book. Ashley created a custom cutting board where guests could leave me a note.
Lisa laid out a brunch buffet that was healthy AND delicious, including:
Croissants and jam
Smoked salmon with cream cheese and blueberries
Veggies and dip
Cheeses and crackers
And of course there was cake, made by the creator if our delicious Baby Shower Dinosaur cake. It was very sweet and full of fresh strawberries and butter cream. Perfect for Summer.
When asked by my Maid-of-Hour Kaitlin if I wanted alcohol at my shower, I responded something like “Ummm yeah! A party without booze is just a meeting.” … so there were several drink options for guests to choose from. A fresh and fruity white wine sangria in a bottomless punch bowl, ice water, coffee and tea, and champagne mamosoas garnished with a lovely strawberry for a toast!
There was also special “Eve-Marie’s Bridal Shower” red and wine available, made especially for the occasion!
I was mercifully spared embarrassing toilet-paper/blindfolded/purse raid type activities. The games we played were cute and entertaining.
First up was He Said She Said, where guests had to guess whether Liam or I had written various responses to relationship questions. This was really cute for the guests and me as well, as I hadn’t read Liam’s answers.
Ironically, the girl who got the most correct was a coworker of mine who had only ever met Liam once for all of 5 minutes. She got to take home a bottle of wine as the winner!
During the gift-opening portion of the party, we played Bridal Shower Bingo. Guests wrote in Bingo card boxes with what they thought was wrapped up in the mountain of presents. As I open each gift, they crossed off a box and the first to make a row won a bottle of wine. It was nice that everyone had something to do other than watch me all my awesome gifts. Yay presents!
For a little something for the guests to remember us by, Julie HANDMADE adorable, scented soaps! Each was wrapped up with a pretty tag that read “From Eve’s Shower to yours”. Honestly, how cute is that! Now when I go to friends and families houses, I spot the soaps on display in their bathrooms and it makes me really happy inside.
So I got gifts. The guests got gifts. But I couldn’t let my girls go without getting anything! The time and effort my friends put into this party was very touching, so I wanted to give them something special to let them know how much it all meant to me. Since we were all going to spend the rest of the day enjoying the hot-tubs and saunas of the spa (where you walk around in bathing suits and robes) I got each of them and my mom …. and myself, custom-made dressing gowns from Comfy Clothing store on Etsy.
I love how they turned out, and they will come in handy when we are all getting ready together on the Wedding Day.
A GIGANTIC SURPRISE for me at the shower, was my oldest friend from elementary school, who now lives in the US, showing up completely unexpectedly. I was entirely thrown! Yelled something rude to her, almost strangled her with a hug, and then cried and laughed a lot.
All in all, I am a very spoiled lucky girl.
Mr. Fiancé and I got started assembling our second set of invitations last night. These are for the larger (wine themed!) reception we are hosting back home after our (Lisbon Coast!) destination wedding. We only got a third of the way done, but it was a solid start and we should have them ready to go in the mail by the end of the week.
There was a marked difference in our competence, organisation and ability in performing the task from our first round of (Ocean Flourish) invitations. This is all becoming old hat now. For instance; wine is an absolute necessity.
We also have another great tip for you. It is pretty much common knowledge that numbering your RSVP cards is a great idea. In case of illegible or completely absent (yes it happens) guest names, a small number at the back of the card corresponding to the name can be a life saver. But does this really look great?
No. No it doesn’t. Not that very many people will notice, and none that do will care at all. But. Still. It made me sad. I pouted over four or five of these until my brilliant betrothed, in a stroke of pure genius, came out with “why don’t you just number the envelopes?“
NUMBER THE ENVELOPES!
How is this not out there yet? It’s the best idea ever! The secret-code numbers can be hidden in a fold of the RSVP envelope, which is sure to be returned (as they are pre-addressed and stamped), where no one will see it unless looking for it, and the cute reply cards remain completely unmarred!
I knew I was marrying him for a reason.
Its Friday afternoon, we are about to quit the week, and it’s time to meet our latest foster kitten! This is Olivia and she is now up for adoption at the Ottawa Humane Society.
Olivia is an 8 month old kitten who came to us with a small amount of cat-cold and a lot of shyness. She has always been very friendly and gentle but used to spend much of her time hiding under the bed.
No longer. She has fully recovered and is now a fun, confident, feisty little girl with a sweet and quirky personality. She is Miss. Congeniality, loving to hang out with everyone she meets; human or feline . She loves to play and will make a toy of anything .. especially toys.
Really Olivia is the perfect pet. Very quiet and neat, full of kitten energy, but super cuddly and attached. She got along amazingly well with our two adult male cats, and would do very well in a home with some cat-sibling for company. Plus, look at that face!
Olivia is a sweet little girl that we will miss having at home.
Our house always feels empty without a foster in it, and as kitten-season approaches I’m sure it wont me long before we are full of them again. Still, we always like to see our last cat happily homed before we accept a new charge, so if you are interested in adopting Olivia, please contact the OHS or visit her at the Pet Valu – Southgate (call 613-523-5536 ext: 258).
Ta da! Our dinning room re-decorating is done! To see the sad neglected room it was before, click here, or take a look at these Before & Afters: Lets take a tour … Almost the very first thing we did was to replace the chandelier. This four pendant champagne-bubble one was a steal for only $90 at Costco. We took forEVER making sure the pendants were at the right length and level with each other, but overall this was a cheap easy update that instantly shot the room into this decade. Our cream-coloured dinning table set has to stay (for now) but got a mini-makeover with a new table runner from Marshalls ($13), a candle holder centre-piece from Bouclair Home ($40) and some lovely rose scented RANDIG pillar candles from Ikea ($20).
The wall clock got another re-working, and is now a mirror! The time keeping doohickey was broken so Mr. Fianncé removed it. Luckily, the FRACK vanity mirror is the exact same size as the clock face, so I was able to disassemble it and glue directly over the old clock. Now the mirror just looks glitzy and reflects back the soft light from the chandelier. I love how the white of the clock pops against the grey walls. We went one shade lighter than the colour in the Entryway; this is Frost Grey from Dulux ($50). For ‘art’ adorning the left wall, I had three pictures we took on our trip to Turkey printed and placed in white RIBBA frames ($60). Here, from left to right, you see Istanbul Bosporus Fisherman, Cappadocia Fairy Chimneys, and the Travertine Pools of Pamukkale. The curio cabinet posed the biggest challenge of the whole room. So much fragile glass to remove, so many nooks and crannies to paint, drips to catch, hardware to paint. But in the end the dark wood is replaced by fresh white and the piece fits within the space. Liam really took a fancy the decorative ball (from Marshalls, $25) and I liked that it mimics the Entryway chandelier, linking the two spaces. The Bay window got a lot of attention and is now my favourite spot in the house! We nabbed a great deal on a curtain rod ($30) with pretty acrylic finals at Bouclair. The curtains are FERLE from Ikea ($15) and were perfectly hemmed by my awesome mother (thanks mom!). The cushions are from all over the place, none of them above $15. I considered making a seat cushion with fabric and foam, but opted for a more natural looking RENS sheepskin throw ($40). Its also a little reminiscent of a room we stayed in in cave hotel in Turkey.
I am so happy with the results. The room finally looks finished and lived in, I think I achieved the ‘light but warm’ feeling I was going for, and the minor electrical upgrades will certainly add a bit of value to our home. Until we can afford a more major renovation, I’m sure our dinning room will serve us well. I am certainly excited for our next dinner party!
This is Princess, our latest foster cat. Princess came to us with a slight cat-cold and spent a pleasant few weeks in our home. She was a little shy, but very snugly and sweet. When she had stopped sneezing, we dropped her off at the Ottawa Humane Society with best wishes for a happy future.
But it turned out that Princess was not ready to go up for adoption. She was suffering from an extreme form of gingivitis that was making her gums red and inflamed. She came back to us with a course of antibiotics and a warning that cats with this condition usually get put down.
Princess is two and a half years old! We took her back knowing that we would do everything we could to keep this tragedy from happening… while at the same time giving her as much love as possible, just in case.
After lots of drooling, a few vet checks, yet anther course of antibiotics, and a month of daily teeth brushing, the inflammation in Princess’s gums has completely receded!
Princess is now available for adoption at the Ottawa Human Society (ask for shelter number A164784). Whoever become’s this little girl’s forever family should take very good care to keep up with her teeth brushing, but otherwise she is absolutely a perfect cat. She is warm and cuddly, neat, funny, and got along very well with our two adult male cats. She can be a bit of a wallflower at first (hugs the walls) and she likes her peace and quiet, but is very affectionate and playful.
We had Princess for a long time, and under pretty stressful circumstances. We become attached to all the cats we care for, but the ones who need you most are the ones who leave a little deeper stamp on your heart. We miss Princess in our home already, but the feeling of having had a hand in her recovery is incredible. To be surpassed only by the knowledge of her having found a loving forever home.
Good luck little Miss.
Our dinning room redecorating is under way, and as the paint dries on the walls I am doing what I can to update the furniture as frugally as possible.
That means reupholstering our hand-me-down dinning chairs. I’m not in love with the cream finish, but they are in great shape all-around, and I was hoping re-covering the seats would freshen them up. I found home decorating fabric for $7 / meter at Fabricland and bought 3 meters (more than enough for 6 seats). Here are the other tools I needed:
- lint roller (optional)
- staple gun with small staples or tacks
- Scotch Gaurd
Step 2 Cut the fabric to size by using the seat as a guide and leaving a 3-4 inch margin all around. You want to have enough fabric to pull up and under the the seat, but not so much that it becomes cumbersome to work with. Once you’ve made one square, use this piece as a template to cut enough fabric for each chair.
Step 3 Iron out each piece of fabric for a neat crisp result. Worst step ever, I hate ironing.
Step 4 If the fabric of your seat is tatty, you should remove it and upholster directly over the foam. My seats where in such great shape that I was able to upholster right over it. I did give them a good one-over with the lint roller, just so dust and cat hair wouldn’t be trapped inside my dinning room for all eternity. Obviously this is optional.
Step 5 Lay the fabric upside down on your workspace, and centre the seat upside down on the fabric. Starting from the middle of the top edge, grab the fabric and pull in up and over the backside of the seat. Secure with a staple. Next, do the same thing on the bottom edge; then one side and the other. Work in the counter-part manner along each edge of the seat until you get to the corners.
Make the fabric taunt over the cushion, but be careful of pulling too tight. If you depress the foam of the seat, you could end up with dimples everywhere you have a staple.
Step 7 Trim and staple down any excess fabric from the underside of your seat, and snip away frayed edges. It may also be a good idea to staple a scrap pieces of fabric to the bottom. This way if you ever need a colour sample, or need to test an new cleaning product on the fabric, you will always have some handy.
Step 8 Once all of your seat cushions are covered, it is time for a very important, and often overlooked step, Scotch Guarding! These chairs are going in the dinning room. You know, where people dine. Unfortunately, people don’t always dine so elegantly and spills do happen. You don’t want to have gone through all this work just to have your beautiful new modern fabric all nasty and stained by next Easter. Buy a can of fabric protector at the hardware store, lay out the seats on a drop cloth, and give them two good coats.
Step 9 Reattach the seats to the chairs and enjoy!
Not an overly dramatic difference, but the chairs certainly have more personality now; well worth the $30 and one afternoon spent. The new fabric is much more modern with its ikat-esque print, and the grey and blue colours will help tie in other elements being put into the dinning room. It also has a nice metallic sheen that doesn’t photograph well but I think will look great with the chrome accents of the new chandelier and curtain rod.
Basically I’m just really excited to see this room-makeover come together. Off to do a second coat of paint!
I am a sucker for theme parties, even when that party is a wedding. Themes help unify all aspects of an event and give direction to every decision from colour palette, outfits, food selection, to what kind of favours to give out to guests.
Once Liam and I get back from our destination wedding, we are throwing a cocktail party for our more extend family and friends, as well as all those who could not make it to Lisbon. A little music, a lot of dancing, a chance to celebrate our marriage with everyone; I’m really looking forward to it!
Working with the decor of our venue, Sidedoor Kitchen and Bar, as well as its reputation for excellent food, the theme for our Reception will be something deceptively simple:
Food & Wine!
I don’t plan on taking the theme too literally, you wont see vines draped over everything or tables covered in plastic grapes, but it certainly inspires a lot of fun stuff:
This Mood Board is quintessential Eve & Liam, I love everything on it and want to put most of it in my mouth right now. I’m not sure which of us is the bigger Wino or Foodie; we both love fine food and a good drink A LOT.
Practically, the food part of the theme will come out in the fact that we will serve food. Creative I know. Sidedoor‘s famous tacos will be passed along with other sumptuous canapes, and what could be better than a late-night build-your-own gourmet poutine bar? Nothing on Earth. I’m also tempted to try my hand at making DIY flavoured sea salt as favours (tutorial to come?). The wine half is a bit easier; I’ll do something with corks but will mostly use the red wine inspired wonderfully rich dark purples and plums in the invitations, flowers, and linens. Come late September, these colours will be perfect for our early Autumn evening party.
We are just about ready to move on to our next renovation! … which is more like a redesign. We aren’t demolishing the ceiling or putting up mouldings, mostly just updating the fixtures and painting. This is largely because we have bigger plans for the room in future (like busting out the kitchen wall, custom built-ins, and hardwood floors). There is still quite a bit to do, including softening up the Bay-window with curtains, dressing up the walls with some artwork, and if I can find a rug I can afford, it would be great to have one to help define the space. I’m not in love with my dinning table (which was a hand-me-down from a neighbour) but it is of great quality and in excellent shape. Reupholstering the chairs will help at least update the set.
The old-fashioned chandelier will get replaced, and I’ll have to fix my mom’s old clock which stopped working shortly after we updated it. I’m not sure about painting the curio cabinet, it’s the only dark wood in the space, but with all that glass it seems like a lot of work. We’ll see.
And of course I’m painting the walls grey! Going two shades lighter than the colour in the Entryway. The vent cover, electrical outlets, and dimmer switch will also all be updated. I’m very excited to turn the Bay-window into a cosy little nook with a seat and cushions. Our home backs on to farmland, the binoculars are for spying on the
neighbours wild turkeys, deer, and fox out there. The cats also love to sun themselves and do their bird watching here.
As far as design goes, I’m thinking lots of white and light blue for an airy feel. I’m hoping to take this rather stark room and create warmth by layering multiple fabrics and textures. I’ve been really loving the clean light-but-cozy feeling of Nordic/Scandinavian design lately, and will take a bit of inspiration from there. Here is what I have so far, it is mostly cushions;
We’ve bought a few things for the space already, like the new light and a curtain rod that was 50% off! But we can’t really get started for another two weeks. Family is coming for a visit, bringing along their dogs and babies, being very welcome but unconducive to pneumatic nailers and wet-paint. With this plan in place I am dying to just dive in but will have to hold myself back and realize that even this simple ‘renovation’, like all the others, will take time.