Instagraming February!

Hello hello!

I’m so happy that March is finally here. Although we’re expected some snow today, it still feels like the end of winter is near. This weekend, I’m trying to get my receipts in order to do my taxes (ugh) and I’m going to watch some curling tonight.

Anyway, here’s what I was up to in February:
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Started painting my kitchen Gumball Red! // Winterfell scarf complete! post here // Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles cookies for brother’s birthday // Dogs sitting in the front seat makes me happy // Double chocolate cheesecake for my dad’s birthday – recipe here // Lovely sunset // Picked up entertainment unit from IKEA. Took 2 hours to put together!  // Watched the 1914 film, Cinderella and became a bit obsessed with intertitles – post here.  // Painting other side of the kitchen // Spaghetti squash bake kinda based on this recipe // These snow banks are ridiculous // Rereading Bridget Jones’s Diary // Glossybox cupcake cups – post here // Another lovely sunset

What have you been up to this February? I love following new instagrammers. Follow me on instagram @Lesleylu and I’ll be sure to follow back! x

Project: Cutest Tea Cozy ever!!

005 I don’t know about you, but when the temperature stays below -35C for an entire week, I drink my weight in tea. I don’t know what it is but when I’m very cold tea warms me up in  a way that coffee never does. It has the same effect on me as soup. Since I’ve been drinking so much tea lately, I’ve started using my teapot. Before, I would just only want the odd cup so a teapot seemed excessive. Unforunately, by the time I got around to the second cup, the tea in the pot was often cold. Hmm….what to do.

I started to wonder if perhaps tea cozies were actually effective. I always assumed they were just for decoration. Since I have quite a lot of time on my hands (and a lot of yarn I need to use), I decided to search for a cute tea cozy pattern. This is what I found:

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How cute is this?! Honestly, it brings me such joy everytime I use my teapot now. I’m absolutely thrilled with it. Naturally, I found this pattern on Ravelry.

Also, although I have no scientific data to back this up, it does seem that the tea stays hotter for a lot longer thanks to the tea cozy. I’m now determined to make cozies for my mugs. Functional & fashionable! Who knew?

Are you working on any current crochet projects? I’d love to hear about them!

5 Minute Fix : Futon

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As you know, I moved into a condo this summer. It has to be said that all the decorating is taking waaaayyyy longer than I originally anticipated. I think when creating my critical path for home decor, I forgot to include things like breaks and recovery from exhaustion. lol.

I was very lucky that my parents bought me a new bed to celebrate purchasing my new home. It really couldn’t come soon enough! After 4 years, my futon was turning back to a full-time couch instead of a full-time bed.

However, once all the blankets and pillows were taken off, I realized that the futon was not that cute. It really didn’t go with newly painted and wallpapered living room.

It’s the worst right? It just looks sad. Originally, I thought I would purchase a new cover or knit a big blanket or something. After a couple of weeks of staring at it, I came up with an idea. A quick temporary fix to make it a bit more chic.

I decided to purchase a plain black fitted sheet. I thought it would at least mke the room more cohesive.

It turned out better than I thought. Even though black is so much darker than the maroon mattress cover, adding the black sheet seems to have brightened things up. It’s still really only a temporary solution since the back is not covered but as long as it’s against the wall, who’s going to care?

What do you think? What’s your best 5 minute home decor tip?

Current Crush Thursday: Fancy Knitted Socks

Current Crush Thursdays

This month, you can link up at The Wright Stuff.

Ever since I began knitting just over a year ago, I’ve been dreaming of creating a pair of pretty, fancy socks. I have to admit that I’m a bit intimidated about the double pointed needles so I keep putting it off. I’ve found with knitting and crochet that things are a lot easier when you break it down step by step but I’m still nervous about it. I’ve decided to make a pair soon because I’d like to give them out to my parents and brother for Christmas presents. I better start practicing. Do you have any tips?


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What are you crushing on at the moment?

Curbside Coffee Table

Twice a year, the citizens of Winnipeg put their gently used furniture on the curb with the hopes of finding it a new home. Even though I was looking forward to this fall’s curb swap I had no idea when it was. A couple of weekends ago, I figure it out when I drove by and saw items dotted along the front lawn down several streets. I was really hoping to find a coffee table because even though I need a lot of furniture, that was the one item I kept wishing I already had.

Fortunately, at around 8 pm on the Sunday, I drove by this coffee table. After about 10 minutes trying to figure out how to get it in my car (unscrewed the legs!), I had a new coffee table for my condo.

 

Even though there’s a few scrapes, it’s actually in really good condition. I also really love the detail that that goes around the entire table.

I’m undecided on whether I should paint it or not. Because I’m  not obsessed with the idea of painting it, I think I’ll leave as is until I love the idea of changing it. I’m open to suggestions!

What do you think I should do with it? Paint, leave as is or any other suggestion?

Current Crush Thursday: I Heart Doilies!

Current Crush Thursdays

Current Crush has been happening over at Framed Frosting where every week bloggers share what they’re loving at the moment.

This week, I’m all about doilies. I’ve never been a big fan of the traditional doily (outside of my Great Aunt’s home) but thanks to Pinterest, I’ve found a lot of really pretty doily items that I’m completely in love with.

Don’t you just love this doily rug? Thankfully, there are a couple of patterns on Ravelry so I can attempt to make my own for the new condo!

Source: ladiesandgentlemenstudio.com via Lesley on Pinterest

I love how sewing these doilies together makes a traditional runner seem so fresh and modern.

Source: u-createcrafts.com via Lesley on Pinterest


Doily lamp!


What are you crushing on at the moment?

Ready for the Weekend : February 17 Edition

I am so ready for the weekend I can’t even tell you. Is there anything you found yourself doing at work that you wouldn’t have even thought you’d have to do until you’re doing it? I find myself doing stuff like that all the time but the one thing no one ever tells you about Event Planning is the amount of boxes you haul around. I mean, it makes sense but it reallyisn’t something people talk about. Honestly, it is not uncommon for me to have my whole car full of boxes that I’m mailing, picking up or putting in storage. My trunk is always full of something because I don’t want to bring anything extra into the house. It might be a bit different because I’m home based but nonetheless, lifting heavy boxes is definitely part of an event planner’s life.

Take today for example. I got a phone call from the post office saying that I had 4 boxes ready for pick up.

Well there were 4 of them and they were big.
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and they were heavy (yes that’s >50 lbs.)
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But they’re full of pretty pashminas! So it was all worth it!
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Oh but look what I found in my mailbox when I returned from the post office! More boxes to pick up. Fabulous
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Seriously exhausting. Then I had to repackage some to ship off to other places. I really want to take a nap now and I just might have to do it.

Here’s what I got planned for this weekend (besides picking up those boxes):

1. Hé Ho!
I’ll be checking out our annual winter festival, Festival du Voyageur. Always a good time and this year, the weather is perfect!

2.  Finishing Damages Season 1 on Netflix
I’m obsessed but I’m so confused with this timeline thing that I’m not sure if I really like the show or if I just want to see how it all goes together.

3.  Knitting
The Missoni blanket lives! I’ve got my groove back with it but I do find it a challenge with the size 4 needles. My hands just start to cramp a lot earlier. Any tips?

4. Reading Mary Boleyn The Mistress of Kings
Finding this a bit dry at the moment. Not sure if I can muddle through

5. Creating this nail polish holder
Who am I kidding? This will never get done.

What are your plans for the weekend?


Ready for the Weekend : February 10 Edition

I had a meeting every night this week. Exhausting. Fortunately, I don’t have a lot planned for this weekend. Bliss.

1. Eating Red Velvet Cake from Lilac Bakery.
I usually make cakes for my parents’ birthdays but this week was so busy. I ordered this for my Dad’s birthday. It’s the best in the city hands down.

2.  Baking Sugar Cookies
I had no time to start it this weekend so I’ll be going full on tomorrow since they need to get to Edmonton by Tuesday!

3.  Knitting
I haven’t worked on my blanket in ages. Let’s get on it!

4. Reading Mary Boleyn The Mistress of Kings
I love my Goodreads European Royalty Book Club. Such good reads.

5. Creating this nail polish holder
I was hoping to get this done last weekend but I couldn’t find an exacto knife and I know my Dad has tons of them. I’m not sure I’ll be able to fit it in this weekend though. :/

What are your plans for the weekend? I kind of just want to sleep the weekend away but that always seems like such a waste.


12 Things for a Fabulous February!

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In December, I posted a 12 things list and it really kept me motivated during a hectic month. I thought that my overall resolutions post would serve for January and I have to say that I missed it. There’s just something about putting your intentions in print that makes it feel more urgent and achievable. So I’ve decided to create a 12 things list on the 1st of every month.

1. Make this.

2. Complete Fat Mum Slim’s February photo challenge. I caught on to it too late last month so I’m excited to do it this month. I’ll have to clean my desk before #22!

3. Workout at least 20 x this month. If I achieve it, I get to go to a massage at the gorgeous Ten Spa. Motivation indeed!

4. Review a book. I read a lot but I’m usually on to the next book straight after and into that new world.

5. Finish 1/4 of my ongoing blanket.

6. Complete Level 1 of Rosetta Stone Italiano. I have my first Studio session today. I’m a bit nervous about it!! Wish me luck. Io ho capelli castani.

7. Buy fresh flowers just because

8. Bake Sugar Cookies for my Brother’s birthday. He’s impossible to buy for and they’re his favourite. It’s pretty much guaranteed that he’ll get a box of these every year from me.

9. Watch Season 1 of Boardwalk Empire. I need to watch this show. I’m so behind. I think I have to actually rent it. :/

10. Get a pedicure. Spring isn’t that far away!

11. Make sock bun curls! The  donut bun thing I have from Sally Beauty doesn’t make the curls like the sock does. I really want to try it out.

12. Update blog layout. The side bar annoys me.

Ready for the Weekend!

I’m so excited for this weekend! I don’t have a lot on but I’m so looking forward to everything I’ve got planned:

1. Sunday Brunch with the girls
It’s been at least a year since I had brunch with my best friends. Our lives just got too busy and chaotic. It’s not like we haven’t seen each other but there’s no better way to catch up than over a girly brunch.

2.  Finishing my pillow

3. Reading our book club book for this month
Our current selection is Heaven is for Real. I have to have it done by Wednesday! Not something I would usually pick up but that’s the best thing about being part of a book club.

4. Using my new drill
I had plans to use it earlier this week but I didn’t have the right bits. 😦 I’ve found the right ones now though so I just have to pick them up and I’m good to go! 5. Returning to hot yoga
I haven’t been in two years. Yikes! I’m really looking forward to getting back into it.

What are your plans for the weekend?