• Emory Ann Kurysh

    Hello, friends. My name is Emory. I am a blogger, online store owner, prairie girl, vintage fashion lover, wife, and writer for HaveHeart Magazine. Welcome to Hello, Scarlett!

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eaves, soffit, and fascia, oh my

IMG_6404Hey guys! What did you get up to this weekend? I actually had both days off, which is very rare for me. I decided to use the time that I did have away from work wisely. I got tons of errands done, visited with my family, went to a local food event, took the dogs for tons of walks, checked on the progress of our lot, and spent much needed time with my husband. I really couldn’t have asked for more.

IMG_6405Today is the day that I’m actually going to reveal to you all the color of the roof and the windows that we have chosen! I must admit that after the initial window post I seriously reconsidered what we did pick. Most of you suggested that we go with the option of the red roof and the red windows. While I know that would have been a beautiful option, we didn’t go with those colours in the end. 

Scan-beige-brownSo what did we choose? The brown roof and the sandstone windows! I think that this will be better for us merely because each cabin that I do strive to model ours after seem to have more muted tones rather than more vibrant ones. Even though our home will be new, I want it to look as if it has existed on that spot for decades. I prefer it to look weathered over sparkling.

IMG_6403That being said, we still had the decision of what color of eaves, soffit, and fascia to choose. We found an old barn that is similar in color to what our new home is going to be, and brought along our samples. We ended up picking more brown tones for the three materials. I think by limiting the number of different colours that are going into our exterior, it will only aid in pulling the overall house together.

I can’t wait to see the finished product! Are you excited as well? 

Have a great week!

<3

Emory

sea of love

1.jpg 2.jpg3.jpg 4.jpg5.jpgLast weekend my husband, sister, sister’s children, and I spent the day at one of our provincial parks. The sun was out and it was a cool 23°C (73°F), but that didn’t stop the little ones from stripping down and playing on the beach. Ellie was the bravest, and spent a good few hours in the lake practicing her front and back strokes. We had a huge picnic, spent some time playing in the park, and all came away successfully burnt and tired.

Yesterday was Ellie’s 6th birthday. Similar to last weekend, we spent the day at the beach in a provincial park. However, this time we went to “Emmy’s Beach” as my niece likes to call it. It was incredibly fun, and a very different party from last year. And with good reason! So much has changed within our family over the course of one year. What didn’t change is that the people who love Ellie dropped everything and came together to spend the day with her. If only we could always get that special treatment as we grow older. Oh, to be 6 years old again.

<3

Emory

a blogger’s dozen: daniela’s seed and nut crackers (two sweet bakers)

ImageProxy2.mvcHey guys! This week I was going to do a super long write up about my guest blogger Daniela and her amazing site, but then I realized that everything you need to know about it is in her blog name (and ad). Two Sweet Bakers is a blog that features the most delicious and the most healthiest recipes! Well, maybe not the most in the entire world, but really, who can claim to have that title? So until it is proven to me otherwise, I am giving it to today’s guest blogger. I just know that you will love this treat today. What are you waiting for? Try it out for yourselves!

Emory

ImageProxy.mvcSeed and Nut Crackers:

2 cups (300g) mixed raw nuts – you can use seeds as well (I used cashews, hazelnuts, almonds, walnuts and sesame seeds)

1 egg

2 tbsp water

1 tsp coarse sea salt

Steps:

1. Preheat the oven at 360°F / 180°C. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

2. Put the nuts in a blender or food processor and blend till the mixture resembles crumbs. Alternatively you can use a knife and chop the nuts till they resemble crumbs. This will take some time but it is still effective.

3. Add the egg and water. Stir until the mixture comes together in a quite stiff dough.

4. Place the dough directly on the lined baking sheet. Press the mixture with your hands to form a rectangle, about 0.1 inches (2-3 mm) thick. If the dough sticks to your hands, cover the dough with a piece of parchment paper on top. Now press on the parchment instead of directly pressing the dough.

5. Spray some water on top of the dough and sprinkle with sea salt.

6. Bake for about 10 minutes. Always keep an eye on the oven, they burn easily. Leave to cool, slice into rectangles and store in an air tight container. Enjoy!

ImageProxy1.mvcMy food blog is all about simple, healthy, all natural food. Sometimes I get my inspiration from the leftover ingredients I have. When I had two bags of mixed raw nuts in the kitchen, I had to do something with them. The solution? Make seed and nut crackers which have a generous sprinkling of sea salt on top. Yum! These crackers could easily become a pantry staple. They require wholesome ingredients and are super simple to make. These crackers taste amazing and are super filling so hooray!

Daniela

A Blogger’s Dozen is a series that was launched in 2014. If you would like to be featured in a post, as well as have free advertisement for that month, please contact Emory at helloscarlettblog@outlook.com. Be sure to send any food-related ideas that you may have. Hello, awesomeness!

 

mesa the cat

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I know, I look pretty cute in the photo. While I haven’t begun English show jumping yet I am getting myself accustomed to (sleeping on) the saddles. Next step the irons. Oh wait. I haven’t actually been near any of the horses yet either. They haven’t let me outside. I’m working on them. Well my story so far. My momma and brothers and sisters left me. And I couldn’t find my way back to the hay barn. The grass was too tall. But the next day after hearing my plaintive mewing – sheesh I was thirsty – I was scooped up made a lot of fuss over and I am living in some kind of hacienda. Cool slate tiles are perfect for sliding across. The wood beams are perfect for climbing. Two other cats are kinda grumpy. A little black noisy barking chihuahua and a whole lotta huge black dogs. I hear they are called Newfoundlands. I like to nap on them. Speaking of nap … I think it’s that time. Oh yeah I’m called Mesa. Peace. 

- Mesa (written by MaryAnn a.k.a mum)

window, window, wind i say

house 2I have been waiting impatiently to begin posting our trials of choosing the finer details that will eventually go into The Little Barn. Last week I began with this post on the overall look of what we will be striving for. I suppose that I could say it’s a mixture between reclaimed, vintage, modern, and rustic. I received such positive feedback from all of you. Even though I don’t always respond to comments, I do receive and reread them over and over again. Really, you guys are the best. Thank you so much.

You may be thinking, “What’s with the title, Emory?” Well I always try to come up with witty titles for my posts. You know, to draw you in but to make it lighthearted as well. I didn’t just want to call it “The Little Barn: Windows” or “Dust in the Window” or anything else along those lines (although that latter one is kind of clever). When I used to do the baby talk program at the library, we had one rhyme that went,

Wind, oh wind, oh wind, I say,

What are you blowing away today?

Scarves, oh scarves, oh scarves, I say,

I’m blowing my scarves away today.

For some reason it just stuck with me, and it’s all I could think about when I was trying to come up with a line that had “window” in it. So I changed “wind, oh” to “window.” Hey, that’s what a four-year bachelor degree with Honours will get you.

house 1Ok, now to discuss these windows. This has been one of the more taxing decisions in building our house so far, and one that I have been thinking about for nearly two months now. Before Little Green was even on the market, I constantly thought about the possible colour coordinations of our roof and windows. Because we chose a white metal roof for LG, I wanted to go with a different colour. The plan all along was to go with metal clad wood windows for The Little Barn, and so any roof colour was an option. When we found out that we would be saving thousands of dollars by choosing vinyl windows, we began to consider going down that route instead. However, what stood in our way was that:

1. I really, really did not want white windows.

2. Going with coloured vinyl windows was not really an option since any scratches would reveal the white underneath.

3. The only other base colour besides white was more of a beige/sandstone tone and our contractor told us that it probably wouldn’t look attractive.

I went back to considering metal clad wood, but was completely lost, once again, as to the colour of the roof. A few days ago, our contractor came over and told me that we had only one day to decide what colour of windows, roof, soffit, facia, and eaves we wanted since he wanted to order it all the next day. I nearly lost it. With Geoffrey’s help, I got him to draw up some sketches of colour options. I went back our consideration of vinyl windows since they did offer us more flexibility with cost and the fact that we could match our roof to our windows.

Here were our best options:

Scan-white-white1. White vinyl windows. White metal roof.

Scan-red-red2. Red vinyl windows. Red metal roof.

Scan-grey-white3. White vinyl windows. Grey metal roof.

Scan-beige-brown4. Beige vinyl windows. Brown metal roof.

While we did choose a colour combination in the end, I would love to hear your thoughts on which one you would have chosen. I will reveal what we picked next week!

<3

Emory

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