Saturday, April 12, 2014

~finding my groove again, party decor and bunting~


hello friends,

Sometimes we plan a blogging break, other times life just comes along and knocks the stuffing out of you! That’s how it’s been for our family this past year, and I’ve wondered how much to share here, in my “happy place“. 

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But this crazy thing called life does happen, and if there is one thing I know to be true from this past year, it's that we’re all dealing with something! 
A sorrow. 
A challenge.
 A story. 
Your story.
We all live in this real world. And sometimes that is just plain tough.
 So I’ll try and give you a little snapshot of this past year in our family.


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 my three kiddos

Early last year a longtime favourite verse was so impressed on my heart, 
“Be still and know that I am God” {Psalm 46;10}
Little did I know how meaningful those words would become in the months ahead.

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In early January 2013  my 19 year old daughter became very ill, and deteriorated quickly.  She was ultimately diagnosed with ulcerative colitis, an inflammatory bowel disease. There is nothing more devastating as a mamma than watching your child become sicker and sicker and not knowing what else to do. It has been a slow journey back to health, a journey we still find ourselves on. As some of you may know my daughter is developmentally disabled, so this brings with it some extra challenges. 

Hot on the heels of her illness crisis, my 17 year old son sustained a concussion playing volleyball. It ended up putting him out of school for the remainder of the school year, and out of sport for even longer. It was a tough, tough time, we adopted a cautious approach to his recovery and are so blessed to see the way he has fought his way back.

We muddled our way through all this and it seemed everytime we were about to draw a deep breath, something else was around the corner:  injury, water damage and repairs, rear ender....

 I started to enjoy a “normal” day for what it was, just plain old “normal”
I didn’t need extraordinary or wow, just normal!

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We were feeling pretty worn down and looking forward to a fresh new year.

 This January “courage” was the word on my heart. I wasn't sure how I felt about that. I didn’t want to be courageous anymore. Hadn't I been courageous? 
I wanted peace. rest. refresh!
 Anything but "courage"!

In late January I underwent major surgery, not at all how we pictured 2014 starting. I am doing great, but it will be some time yet before I resume my normal activities, like hauling furntiure!!

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The amazing thing is, when life just keeps coming at you, you truly are stripped bare of pretence. My faith has been shaky at times, but surer too. I have gotten to know people a whole lot better by being a little more real with them. I don’t understand it all, or any of it really, but I have known God's grace through this time, sometimes just for the next moment. And that is enough.


There have been bright moments along the way! 

Our daughter graduated high school in June 2013,  and we were involved in advocating to get a new adult program started in our community, that she is now a part of.

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We had a fun little teaparty with her friends to celebrate.

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It was so much fun putting together a girlie teaparty, using mostly vintage and thrifted decor items.

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the vases, linens, cake stand, tea cups, and mason jars were all thrifted goodies I already had. 
I love these mirrored balls.

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vintage china teacups

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and lots of yummy treats

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bunting made from pretty vintage linens

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Yes, I’m still in love with stripey paper straws! We served lemonade in these mason jar mugs.

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We also celebrated my Dad’s 70th birthday western style:

You can see I had a bunting thing going with these celebrations! This one I made from bandanas. 

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we used bandanas to wrap the cutlery too! Yup, we used a lot of banadanas!

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painted mason jars and white baby’s breath blooms

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a sheriff’s badge for the birthday boy

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those mason jar mugs again, with cowboy black and white straws this time!

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We vacationed on the beautiful Oregon coast during the summer.

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gorgeous unspoilt beaches

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and epic sandcastle building…

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We got to visit with extended family, and I participated in a couple of vintage markets.

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Although I have not been blogging this past year, if you follow me on
you will know I have stayed connected. 
This creative world that we share has been such a lifesaver to me when I’ve needed a break, to just soak in the beauty and creativity you have shared, and for that I thank you all!! There have been many days I have opened instagram to find just the words of encouragement I needed for right then in that moment.


These past few weeks I’ve been sewing up some pillows and making raggy bunting and it is just so energising to be creating again!! Thanks for sticking with me and here’s to lots more beauty and creativity ahead! 

If you’ve made it to the end of this post, I hope that in sharing some of the “real” stuff in my life this past year, that you leave encouraged.

“His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me” 

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Tracey
xox

Friday, April 26, 2013

~barkcloth and vintage fabrics~


Hello friends,

Well we are enjoying a couple sunny days here in Vancouver, still seeing our fair share of rain but the sunny days, they are just awesome!

 Life just looks a whole lot better when the sun is shining!


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Today I wanted to chat with you about barkcloth. 
Have you heard of barkcloth?

 I hadn’t until a couple years ago when I met Ms L and her amazing collection of barkcloth fabrics.

Wikipedia describes barkcloth as “a soft, thick, slightly textured fabric, so named because it has a rough surface like that of tree bark. This barkcloth is usually made of densely woven cotton fibers. Historically, the fabric has been used in home furnishings, such as curtains, drapery, upholstery, and slipcovers. It is often associated with 1940s-through-1960s home fashions.”


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Now Ms L has been collecting vintage fabrics forever and when my friend, Colleen of Vintage Home, set up for us to pay her a visit, I was all there!

Piles and piles of barkcloth and other vintage fabrics, all laundered and ironed and neatly folded. 
Ms L purchases barkcloth drapes and painstakingly unpicks them and cuts them into pieces of fabric.

 She told us of one pair of vintage curtains that when unpicked had money sewn into the hemming. 

Wish I knew the story behind that! 
Who sewed it in there? 
What were they saving it for?


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Just look at this gorgeous emerald brocade…

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I was really along just to take a look, but couldn’t resist and came home with a little stash!

 I plan to make some pillows for my beachy living room, I’ll show you once they’re done!

Tracey

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Tuesday, April 9, 2013

~weathered wood and beachy inspiration~

Hello friends,

Today I’m missing summer and I thought I’d post some inspiration photos from last summer.

These were all taken while we were on vacation on the beautiful Oregon coast.
I hope you enjoy them, especially if you’re also longing for summer days again!


I got to play around with weathered wooden chairs and gorgeous hydrangeas.


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Such a pretty colour…

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A perfectly weathered fence by the beach.

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I just love all the nautical elements down by the ocean.

weathered floats

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rusty old crabbing baskets

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canoe ride anyone?

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Stairway dappled in the sunlight... 

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don’t you love the driftwood stair rail?

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Hope you enjoyed this little piece of summer!

Tracey


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Thursday, April 4, 2013

~blossoms in a bucket~


~Hello friends~

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Well our spring break is truly over and it’s back to early mornings and schedules and work!

We were blessed with an incredibly long warm patch, blue skies and sunshine, and with that the trees all burst into blossom.


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Of course I had to bring some of that blossom goodness inside,
 so off we went, clippers in hand.


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Sadly I don’t have my own blossom tree, but I had scouted one out on a vacant lot, 
so I cajoled my youngest to come along for the adventure, 
just in case it included climbing fences.
Ahem!

Which it didn’t. 
Pity.
 I love an adventure:-)


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We came home with armfuls of gorgeous spring blooms, and they were pretty white blossoms to boot.

So I plunked them in a big old bucket on my chippy farmhouse table.


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And then I clicked away....


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Sunshine and spring blossoms, doesn’t get much better than that.


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There was enough left to fill up a couple aqua mason jars too, pretty!


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So now it is raining again, and it seemed like the perfect time to post some pretty spring pictures.


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{Oh yes, and there was a fair bit of this going on around here too!}


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Hope you’re seeing some signs of spring where you live too!

Tracey

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