father’s day ideas

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On Sunday, June 21, 2015, it will be Father’s Day. I don’t know about you, but I’m not ready for it this year. I’ve only just begun to look for gifts for the father figures in my life. While I was doing so, I came across this website. An outfit packed in a trunk? A waterproof notebook? Copper mugs? Hammock? These all look like some amazing ideas!

33019266_001_bIn the meantime, did you know that your father was a hipster? Or so says this article from the UK version of Urban Outfitters. It’s hilarious. Please, give it a read.

What are your plans for this upcoming holiday?

<3

Emory

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how to: brew pour over coffee

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About a month ago, I came across a ‘how to’ video on Kinfolk Magazine’s website. It showed viewers the steps in brewing the perfect cup of pour over coffee. You can see it here.

Having been a barista and manager of several coffee shops for several years (I did go to university after all), I am always intrigued on all things related to coffee and tea. Any coffee lover has probably at some point in their lives wanted to own coffee brew system at home for single cups of coffee, and I’m not talking about K-Cups.

I’ve been scouting out several different coffee brews, but have never known which one to buy, nor how to use them. Urban Outfitters has several, and I may just resort to their website to supply me with a pour over set.

After the video ended, I said something like, “Whoa, that’s a process.”

Geoffrey, who was sitting at the table behind me, replied, “How to make the perfect cup of coffee. One, wake up at the crack of dawn. Two, start growing your own coffee tree.” And so on.

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The video was actually very informative, and although there are quite a few steps, the entire process doesn’t actually take that long. Watching the barista go through the directions has only reaffirmed my desire to own a coffee brewer. If you would like to learn more about the making of coffee, from planting the seeds to how it gets to you, visit here.

Do you have any pour over coffee tips for me?

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Emory

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lay lady lay

3.jpgIn anticipation of our new home, I’ve decided to get rid of all of our bedding for both our master and spare bedroom, and start from scratch. We’ve owned the same duvet, pillows, covers, you name it really, since we first started living together over four years ago. Some of it was actually from before then. Yuck. 

After putting off the daunting task of buying all new bedding for a few months, I made it my mission to set aside an entire day looking online for the perfect set. Or two sets, in this case. What I initally thought would take a mere morning, turned into 9 hours of draining internet searches, followed by one purchase that I gave to my mum in exchange for her buying me something different, and a trip to IKEA where we purchased the remainder of our items. Success? Sure!

The above photo is the inspiration for our spare bedroom, which can be seen in this post. Below, are my bedding choices.

Master Bedroom:

post3American Duvet Cover and Shams

post4Texas Pillowcases

post2Cross Throw Pillow

post1Military Blanket

Spare Bedroom:

bedCoverlet and Shams

$_57Fisherman Pillowcases

$_12Deer Throw Pillow

$_12 (1)Military Blanket

Next time, I’ll need to find a more convenient solution. Where do you shop to purchase your bedding?

<3

Emory

have you seen haveheart

Reindeer5Christmas is but a few weeks away, which means that it’s time to start getting together your presents. Because Christmas isn’t about family, friends, and sharing the love. It’s all about getting gifts and seeing how far you can push yourself until you snap. Right?

I’m going to try and have a few DIYs this month, in honour of the season. This time of year is particularly taxing on wallets, so why not try to make some of your gifts rather than spending and arm and leg on that special someone? After all, you only have two of them. How will you be able to make that delicious holiday meal if you’re missing your appendages? 

Reindeer3That being said, I’m also going to make sure that these Christmas crafts are extremely easy to make! But would you really expect anything different from little ol’ me?

Reindeer2So for the first December DIY project, I made the most beautiful Reindeer Plates for HaveHeart Magazine. Largely inspired by similar plates that I saw on both Pinterest and UO’s website, I thought, ‘Well hey, those look quite fun. I could make my own version of that.’ Spoiler alert: they are! Plus they make great jewelry holders, serving trays, or general decorative kitchen plates. They’re just the perfect gift.

Reindeer1This is what you’ll need:

Toy reindeer

Plate(s)

Crazy glue

Paint (spray or acrylic)

Reindeer7To read up on how to construct a Reindeer Plate of your own, please click here. Enjoy!

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Emory

close the laundry door and tiptoe across the floor

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Oh, Pinterest, you slay me. You are the cause of my late nights, and the inspiration behind my latest endeavours. I turn to you for warmth and comfort, and you never cease to lift me up when I am down. I hope that our relationship will continue to grow, our bond deepen, and that you will never leave me. I think that I love you. Does anyone else feel this way?

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I never gave much thought a Laundry Room before planning The Little Barn. In fact, our last one consisted of an old washing machine in the middle of our bathroom, sans a dryer. However, our new Laundry Room is quickly become the most diverse and important space of our new home. Isn’t that funny? This room has to function as a Mud Room, Office, Closet, Dog Room, Greenhouse, and Laundry Room, in addition to having access to the crawlspace beneath our home. Tall order. The size? 11′ x 9’10”. Can we do it? Yes we can!

Here are my reigning finds on Pinterest that are making me excited to create (rather than cower away from) this multi-functional space. I call the style primitive-meets-farmhouse-modern.

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Emory

  • 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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