Small Apartments: Tomiko’s After Living Room

I have been trying to post these “after” photos of Donatello and my living room forever. You know how it is- even though we love our space, it’s never quite perfect enough to post photos. I admit, I took these photos for Airbnb! I always planned to take some more, but now it will never […]

Cactus-Themed Items for Your Home

grand pointe cactus, monique monique tricot

From what we’ve seen on instagram and pinterest, cactus- and unicorn-themed things are all the rage these days. I haven’t been into unicorns since I was about 8 years old, but cacti are a whole different thing. Tomiko and I first saw cacti when we visited Arizona around 1993, and we were awed by the […]

Happy Kawaii Dryer Balls

Ever heard of dryer balls? I hadn’t until recently mostly because I try to air dry my laundry as much as possible. Sometimes though, the large items such as bedding need to go in the dryer in the winter. Using dryer balls helps fluff and aerate tumbling laundry. As usual, when I found out they […]

DIY: Hourglass Baby Quilt with Appliqued Dachshund

Hourglass Baby Quilt with Appliequed Dachshund

A few weeks ago, my best friend from grade 5 had a baby, so of course I had to send something to her in Finland! I sewed this hourglass baby quilt in various shades of yellow and green, since my friend didn’t know if she was having a boy or a girl. A variety of sunny yellows […]

Small Apartments: Arranging a Small Balcony

Small Apartments: Arranging a Balcony

In December, Ryan and I moved into a two-bedroom apartment with a small balcony. We haven’t been able to truly take advantage of the balcony because of the Canadian weather. Over the May long weekend, however, I set everything up and have been enjoying sitting out here any time of day. We have space for […]

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