in september.

Leaf.jpgIs anyone else on the same page with me when I say that each month just seems to fly by? As I predicted in August, September was a very hectic month for me. Let’s recap what exactly happened:

PTPI revealed to you guys that I was starting up my own vintage, handmade, and clothing store. With only a few days from the grand opening, I am still hurriedly trying to get last minute details together.

1.jpgThis month I introduced you to one new, one recycled, and one recipe from a lovely guest blogger. The theme this month was apparently sweet treats, but would you really expect anything else during the end of a long, hot summer?

11.jpgWe went on a small road trip where I visited my first antique mall. I bought many amazing vintage items, most of which are now available in my store. We also took Holly and Truman along with us, and made it a proper family vacation. :-)

DSC_0667I reviewed yet another dream cabin of mine, and showed you my inspiration for our mudroom and living room.

10.jpgI finally revealed the progress of The Little Barn, which admittedly was long overdue. It’s by far my favourite (and only) house we’ve ever built.

tom-hardy-with-pup-on-new-film-animal-rescue-1I reviewed a hit song and offered another version of it, an incredibly good movie starring Tom Hardy, and most recently, this film.

4.jpgI discussed what it was really like living on an acreage, and then scheduled a photo shoot with our pet family in the countryside.

9.jpgWe also had a flower-inspired shoot here.

5.jpgLast, but not least, this was my latest, and one of my cutest, DIY posts.

1.jpgSee you in October!

<3

Emory

the trip to italy review.

Unlike previous movie review posts, I am not going to talk this one to death. If you like laughing and traveling, then you will like this film. 

The Trip To Italy is the sequel to The Trip, and is every bit as good as the first. Actually, it’s a hair less (not to be confused with hairless, although they have undoubtedly aged a bit), only because the prequel was such a simple yet refreshingly brilliant concept that took most audiences by amazement. While the element of surprise has been eliminated from The Trip To Italy, it’s originality and cleverness remain intact. If you liked the first, be sure to see the second!

Here are a few great clips from the film:

On aging and rejection.

On The Dark Knight Rises.

Let’s start this week off right! Happy Monday, friends!

<3

Emory

P.S. Happy birthday to my beautiful sister!

cactus flower

4.jpg 8.jpgDuring our last trip to Edmonton, Geoffrey and I went on a massive shopping spree for new clothes. We never shop for outfits in our current city, so when we are able to get away, we always make sure to squeeze in time to do so then. This last time I had apparently went flower crazy. Without realizing it, I bought a floral crop top from H&M, a floral skirt from Forever21, and floral leggings, again, from F21.

6.jpg 2.jpgMaybe it’s because I was so damn happy to be in Edmonton that I subconsciously wanted my blossoming soul to match my clothing, or maybe because it was the middle of summertime, or maybe its because I bought these items on two different trips to West Ed Mall and didn’t put two and two together. Or two and one together. Whatever the case, it doesn’t really matter. I bought three great items from some amazing stores for under $50.

7.jpg 3.jpgWhat happens when these happy accidents occur? Put your flower outfit together and go and have a photo shoot with your husband, who is also adorned in H&M clothing. Because baby, it’s an Indian Summer and let’s enjoy it like two cacti in the sweltering sun.

5.jpg 1.jpgHave a great last weekend in September, y’all!

<3

Emory

 

the little barn dance

1.jpgAn important matter has recently come to my attention. I have never showed any of my amazing readers photos of The Little Barn’s construction site! Not once! How did this happen? I have been freely discussing moving since January, and blogging my room ideas for our new home on a weekly basis, yet I have not been including photographic updates on our property.

The last time that any of you saw pictures of our lot was on June 4. That was nearly 4 months ago! Actually, that is a bit of a lie. I have been giving my Instagram followers little peeks of TLB. So maybe you should all join the @hello_scarlett_blog bandwagon already. It’s time to get back on the wagon!

Ok, enough chit chat. I’m really excited to present to you the progress so far. So dust off your computer and smartphone screens, get settled in your seats, and most of all, get ready to do The Little Barn Dance with me!

01.jpgWe officially received our lot on June 30. After spending Canada Day there with Holly and Truman, we had to wait nearly a month to have our mortgage and building permits approved. After that, we went out there one day with Ellie, and saw that not only had all of the trees been cleared away, but the screw piles and septic tank were put in, and we had a foundation! That was the day that we felt as if we really were building a home.

2.jpg 3.jpgThe contractors worked away at the foundation for the next week, and put up some pony walls. The flooring came next, and drawing out each wall on the main floor. Passerbys kept asking them if they were building a garage.

4.jpgAfter the walls were drawn out, it took only a few days to erect them. At this point, the bathroom, mudroom, spare bedroom, and pantry are all framed. The kitchen and living room walls are still laying down. Progress!

5.jpg 6.jpg7.jpg8.jpg9.jpgAfter the framing of the main floor was complete, the second floor went up merely days later. Now our neighbours were asking if it was a church that was being built. I have to agree with them. It’s divine.

10.jpg 11.jpg13.jpgThe addition of the roof occurred over a few days, and the windows and doors were installed in only one. The photos of our house, as you see it here, were taken just this past weekend. The metal roof, soffit, and fascia, should be installed by the end of next week, as will our electrical and plumbing. By then, our home will be approximately 50% completed!

02.jpgI love our Sunday drives out to the lake to check on The Little Barn. I’ll never forget turning the corner and seeing for the first time our house with a second storey. It was such an imposing structure standing so tall against the trees. It was so shocking and gratifying at the same time. I was so proud of our new home, and so grateful for all of the positive reinforcement that we had gotten from my side of the family, friends, coworkers, and even our contractors so far. What started off as a somewhat rocky affair has now turned into such a natural and smooth housebuilding experience. We have honestly been blessed. Maybe it is like a church after all.

<3

Emory

address stamp DIY

5.jpgNow that I am not operating under the Hello, Scarlett Store anymore, and my new store has a permanent address, I figured that it was time to have some stamps made. Maybe it’s the library worker in me, or maybe it’s just a weird fascination, but I love stamps. I’ve been collecting them for a few years now, and with any order that I mail out to my customers, I use no less than 6 different stamps. I think that maybe it’s why I often get reviews of ‘packed with care’ or ‘beautifully wrapped’. I feel they just add so much uniqueness.

Making your own address stamp is really quiet easy, albeit extremely time consuming. In the time that it took me to find the appropriate stamps, bring them back to my store, separate them, rearrange them, figure out their placement, and glue them back together, it took around a total of 4 hours. I could have just purchased a self-inking stamp from Staples where you input your name and address, but where’s the fun in that? Plus, it would have prevented me from making a cool little logo.

Here are the steps in stamp making 101.

2.jpg1. Purchase enough letters for your name and address. The smaller the type, the better. I got mine from Michael’s, as each little set was only $1. I needed 9 complete boxes of fonts and 1 box of numbers.

3.jpg2. Arrange the fonts and numbers to spell out what you’d like your stamp to say. Get creative, but also try to keep them relatively the same size.

3. Using a hot glue gun, begin to form rows with the stamps.

4.jpg4. After your rows have dried, glue each one together using either left or centre alignment.

1.jpg5. Voila! Now find some blank sheets of paper or envelopes and start mailing your loved ones! After all, it’s so much more exciting to receive a letter over an email.

<3

Emory

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