acreage video tour

Hello! Today I am publishing a video tour of our new acreage. We have neither had the time nor money to make any real improvements to the interior yet, so I thought that it would be a great idea to document it now before we do! That way, I can see the changes over the years to come. It will also allow you guys to have a better understanding of our latest home. :-)))

I will add that received a few messages with my previous post regarding everything going wrong. What I failed to mention was that our home was actually a foreclosure, which means that we bought it in “as is” condition. This made us very nervous, but at the same time we would not have been able to get it as quickly as we did or for the price that we did. So, it was a gamble (but one that paid off in the end).

Enjoy the video, lovely people!

Emory

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a week of valentines: hearts and stripes pillow diy

HeartFlagPillow11There’s nothing more difficult than choosing a suitable handmade Valentine’s Day gift for your male significant other. The two go together like fashion and mathematics. They just don’t jive. 

Each year I view this as a challenge that I am more than willing to take on. I scour the Internet in search of projects that I think my husband would enjoy receiving as a gift. Then I work my magic, and attempt to put a Valentine’s Day spin on it. A manly gift adorned with hearts? I accept! 

Pillows are something that almost everyone enjoys. Burlap pillows are even cooler. Authentic American writing and memorabilia is a guaranteed fit for any man cave. Top it off with some hidden girly additions on one side and you’ve got a recipe for an amazing gift that is strong enough for a woman but made for a man.

These are the materials required to make your own Hearts and a Stripes Pillow:

HeartFlagPillow3Authentic Potato Sack/Burlap Material 
Fiber Fill
Fabric paint
Paintbrushes
Thread
Needle
Scissors
Scrap wood

Steps:

1. Measure and cut the burlap to the desired size for a pillow. If you’re using a sack, try to leave the sewn sides in tact. This will make things much simpler in the long run!

HeartFlagPillow42. Place a scrap piece of wood underneath the side of the material that will receive the motif.

HeartFlagPillow63. Using the fabric paint and brushes, begin decorating the pillow.

4. Once you’re done that, set it aside and let it dry.

HeartFlagPillow85. After the paint has dried completely, sew the three sides of the pillow together if they are not already done so. Then stuff the pillow to the desired thickness.

6. The final step is to sew the last side together. Once you’re done that, you’ve completed the pillow!

HeartFlagPillow12HeartFlagPillow10Is this not the coolest gift ever?

 <3

Emory

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joanna + jason | prairie shoot

J+J 03 J+J 05J+J 08When I was first asked to do a photo shoot for Joanna, Jason, and their little bundle of hopping joy, Spring, I was told that they wanted it to look very prairie.  I knew that wouldn’t be a problem, since the city that we live in is surrounded by such topography. The day we met to do the shoot, Joanna told me why she wanted to embrace the flat landscape. I learned that not one member of their little trio was originally from Saskatchewan. In fact, two of them were born in America.

J+J 13J+J 15J+J 23J+J 24J+J 16J+J 20While most Saskatchewanians tend to disregard the bleakness that Joanna so insisted on showing off, I felt as if I were caught somewhere in the middle fervour and rebuff. Only within the last couple of years have I begun to embrace life on the prairies. The land is quite often overlooked and undervalued, and yet, if you are willing to truly see it for what it is, it can offer such diversity, intensity, and motivation from many different perspectives.

J+J 25 J+J 30J+J 35J+J 36 J+J 38 J+J 46 J+J 48J+J 49J+J 51J+J 52J+J 54J+J 57J+J 60This photo shoot was such a great time spent with two lovely people, and the happiest (rescued) dog. When your job doesn’t feel like work, that’s when you know that you’ve really discovered something special. The Saskatchewan landscape brought us all together that day, not to mention the fact that that each one of us was now from the prairies.

J+J 63 J+J 65 J+J 64<3

Emory

finding my dream home.

eb0dbf557aa41048c90be5ba223e31b5(Image via Pinterest)

Whenever I tell someone at work that we are building a home, without fail, the first question that they always ask me is, “Is it your dream home?” 

The rest of the conversation plays out like this:

Me. Laughing. “No!” I say.

Them. “Oh.” Awkward silence. “So, um … when do you think it’ll be done?”

shot0069_originalI wish that I had a better response to that inevitable dream home question. Truth be told, I find it such a ridiculous thing to ask me. It’s actually quite similar to asking a newly engaged or married person if their significant other is their soulmate, and acting disappointed if their answer isn’t a resounding yes.

So what exactly is a dream home? In my mind, it’s an idea that is either fictitious, or else attainable but only for that specific stage in a person’s life. Why? Because in the end, dream homes are fleeting. Sooner or later, we all want something different, or something more.

Now I can’t be expected to go into a rant every time that I am asked about this so-called dream home of mine. What I can do is summarize a few points that I have come up with in regards to this topic. So here we go:

shot0072_original1. First of all, I’m only 28 years old. I can’t even plan the next year, month, or week of my life, let alone my forever dream home.

2. Secondly, I’m the breadwinner. I’m not sure if that has anything to do with it other than I just like to keep reminding my husband that he makes less than I do. ;-))) I suppose what I really mean by that statement is that right now I simply can’t afford to build the perfect house.

3. Thirdly, my dream home (at least at the moment) would be quite unrealistic. To summarize, it would involve a very old and very derelict mansion. It would also be haunted, but with nice spirits and not evil ones. It would be filled with secret passageways, and each room would be incredibly big, dark, and not overly furnished. Basically, it would be modelled after the house from the film that I have been obsessed with since birth. The hill house from Clue

4. Fourthly, and most importantly, is the fact that I don’t know where I want my dream home to be located. Only twice in my life could I say that I actually loved the city that I was residing in. The others I either didn’t care for, or only grew fond of once I moved away.  Even though I’ve lived in Switzerland, Australia, and in 4 of Canada’s 13 provinces and territories, I have yet to come across a place that I want to call home for the remaining years of my life. 

It’s as simple, or not so simple, as that. 

What is your take on building or finding a dream home?

<3

Emory

the truth about acreage living

12Both my husband and I thought we were acreage people. I lived on one when I was a child and can remember all the fun that my siblings and I had in the country. My husband spent his teenage years on one as well, up until his second year of post secondary schooling. When I was in university, we moved back to an acreage. My parents have been there ever since, and my husband and I have been living with them off and on over the past few years.

Many of you joined our roller coaster ride in our 5 month search for an acreage of our own. While we didn’t end up settling on one, we did purchase land in the country. Do you know what? I think it’s a blessing in disguise. It’s funny how you may think that you want something so badly, and go after it in full force, only to realize that it’s not what you wanted in the end. Living on an acreage at this stage in my life has made me realize that. All of our jobs are located in the city, on top of which our free time is also spent there. With no desire to spend our days off mowing the lawn, and no children to speak of, the only good thing about living in the country is the peace and quiet, and having space for our animals. I’m hoping that therefore our city-sized lot outside of the city will be the best of both worlds for us and our animals. At least for right now.

14Not everyone will share this opinion, just as I don’t expect them to. Some people are made for country life, like my mum. While she would probably whither up and die in the city, there are days when she, too, needs a break from it all. This was an email that I received from her one Sunday morning.

“So here’s my day so far…. Ben (dog) left a dead mouse in dog room. Two puncture wounds. Then he was sniffing dead grass. Grass went up his nose and he started choking. I pulled it out of his nostrils. A handful. The graham wafer broke while feeding the donkeys and Mama (donkey) bit my finger. Bleeding. Sam (mini horse) ran into page fence. Got his head stuck. Ripped hair and has two nasty holes on his face. Mesa (kitten) has climbed a tree and can’t get down. And it’s only 10:30 (am).”

I think that acreage living is suited best for children or individuals who either do not work away from home, or do not work at all. Those who fall in between can also make it work, but you had better like rising with the sun and going to bed at sundown. If you do, I applaud you.

<3

Emory 

13Above are photos that I have taken over the summer while living on my parent’s acreage.

  • Welcome, friends! My name is Emory. I am a wife and mother to three (two on earth and one in heaven). This is our life on the Canadian prairies.
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