favorite fridays.

window box vase diy.DSCN6151if you have been following my blog lately, you might have noticed that i write a post about plants at least once a week. 

DSCN6140and why not? it is summer, after all. :-)

this particular diy was one that was featured here before i began blogging on wordpress. the original inspiration for the window box came from urban outfitters.

“it is a fairly straight-forward project. what you need is:

1. wood

2. nails

3. a saw

4. small vases

5. stain (optional)

we chose not to stain our window box, only because most of the wood found around our home is natural or reclaimed. almost any color would look fantastic, though!

DSCN6142 DSCN6147 DSCN6148additionally, we wanted ours to look as imperfect as possible. in the end, if you are achieving for imperfection, this is a foolproof diy project.”

DSCN6131_2enjoy crafting!

p.s. today is my nephew’s 1st birthday! congratulations on turning a year old, little guy. :-) 

we love you more than anything!

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talkie thursdays.

when harry met sally (1989).

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i didn’t know what to expect with this 1989 comedy starring billy crystal and meg ryan. would this film be a stereotypical rom-com which meg is so well known and typecast for (sleepless in seattle, you’ve got mail)? i realize that she can, and does other genres of film, but in my mind she is a one trick pony destined for some romantic comedy where she is constantly in turmoil over an over-dramatic relationship. billy is of course remembered for some slapstick comedy of the 80’s (running scared, throw momma from the train, the princess bride). so the pairing of these two lead me to pre-judge this movie as a film which could only be enjoyed by one if they grew up in the 80’s and not in this day and age.

i was very surprised. i had known this was a very well received film in the past but didn’t think it would stand the test of time. let me say billy and meg are a together (even better than the meg and tom routine) and the way they play off of each other’s comedic style is great to watch.

these two characters (harry and sally) graduate from university and meet for the first time on a road trip to new york. the film periodically displays their lives as they bump into each other again and again, discussing their relationships, work, etc. finally, however, they form a friendship and now the question “can a man and a woman be friends without sex?” must be answered.

this comedy was definitely worth it. the jokes and lines may be old, but the delivery is perfect by these two and the film actually moves at great pace (something I find discouraging about most older films).

check it out!

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the story of ‘little green’.

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little green is the nickname of our home.

why? well because it is green and little, of course!

as of june of this year, we have officially owned our tiny abode for 1 year! huzzah!

i would like to celebrate by sharing our real estate story with you. are you ready? good. :-)

little green came on the market in october 2011. at the time, *g* was going to school and living in another province while i was working here and living in our new-build condominium.

i came across little green through a real estate website. not only was it in our price range, but it was also in the oldest, most expensive, and most desirable area of the city. while i thought that we could handle a little fixer-upper, i thought that this would be too much of a project. 

a few months passed until one day in february i called little green’s listing agent. she told us that renters were living there, and that it would take a few days to confirm a viewing with them. i said that we were going to my niece’s birthday party that evening, so if they were ready to show it that night we would come by, and if not, we would just pass on it. (normally i am not pushy about these things, but i thought what is meant to be, will be.) she called me back to confirm a time.

when we showed up to little green, it was nighttime. not a good start. another negative aspect? the renters were filthy! 

the home’s exterior had house numbers made of rusted sheet metal, and two doors that swung in opposite directions. the front step was 6 inches wide and was not nailed to the house. inside, the foyer consisted of an air mattress and and old television on a storage bin, the living room had filing cabinets blocking all of the windows and was lacking seating, and the main floor bedroom only had a bed and garbage bags as window curtains. the kitchen had a wall clock, yellow appliances that leaked blood when they were opened, and a table with no chairs. at least, i think that there was a table under that mess. i didn’t bother going into the bathroom. what i did see was covered in hair. 

the only selling feature was the upstairs loft. aside from having to use a ladder to access it, ‘g’ and i thought that it would be the most perfect master bedroom!

oh and the renters stayed during our viewing. why not?

after all of that, we loved the house. at least we loved the potential in it. it did have a newly poured and reinforced basement, new windows, a newer furnace, and many more costly updates. it really only needed cosmetic work and to be rid of those awful renters.

in the end, it was bigger, less expensive, and in a better neighbourhood than our condo, and it was a house. we put an offer in, and it was conditionally accepted.

two long and stressful months passed before our property sold. our home inspection went smoothly. however, we did somehow lose 100 sq. ft. when the inspector said that little green was actually only 650 sq. ft. instead of the advertised 750 sq. ft. …

all hiccups aside, we finally moved into our little green gem on june 1, 2012. it was wonderful, and has been wonderful ever since. it was most definitely well worth the stress, the oddities, and the wait!

next week, i will post pictures of our bathroom renovation. :-)

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this is little green before we purchased it.

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this is after.

we do have many more projects for the exterior. this summer we will replace the shingles and finish the trim, while next summer we will paint the entire exterior, add on a dining and mud room, and change the front yard into a rock garden!

do you have any house buying stories that you would care to share?

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date night style.

when *g* and i were first married, i used to fall victim to matching our outfits.

horrible, i know.

since then my opinion about color coordinating with your partner has changed, and i no longer think that practice is cute. in fact, i think that it almost looks more stylish to not match and at times even clash with each other’s outfits!

DSCN6971that being said, this is what we wore very recently on a date night.

DSCN6950 DSCN6962-1DSCN6974*g* wore a guess shirt, mexx pants, denver hayes shoes, and a gifted tie.

DSCN6968-1i wore a solemio asymmetrical dress, bloch bodysuit, lululemon leggings, jeffrey campbell wedge boots, and a coach purse. (the very same purse that taylor swift owns!)

DSCN6965-1 DSCN6961isn’t he just so funny?

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p.s. if you like what we’ve worn then you must explore my store! use the code “helloscarlettblog” upon check out and receive a 10% discount on your first purchase. :-)

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miles from nowhere.

it is now officially summertime! finally!

to me, summer epitomizes long road trips to distant locations.

when i travel down that path, i then have memories of being unknown, contented, and free. bliss. :-)

miles from nowhere is the perfect song to remind anyone of their past travels and (hopefully) future travels to come.

if you are the brothers bloom fan, here is a clip of cat steven’s song when it was featured in the film. i love it very much. <3

happy monday, everybody!

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