Monday, 31 August 2015

自作の絵にフレームを作って飾る。嵐、夏は終わった?Putting my paintings. A storm, the end of summer?

去年のクリスマスマーケット用に描いた小さな絵 (10 cm x 10 cm) の売れ残りに夫がフレームを作ってくれたのでて飾りました。

I asked my husband to make frames for my small paintings (4" x4"), which are actually leftovers from last Christmas market. 


So I put them like this. Aren't they good there? By the way, your order is always welcome! lol. 
Other pieces (paintings, furniture, jewelry and more) are on the link below. Please check it out!

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Well, while I was getting a bit lazy for my blog, the summer has gone!?  I haven't even written about my friend's pool party yet, but the temperature right now is 15 c and heavy rain. Chilly~~~~!!
We are okay with rain because we had lack of water for whole summer due to no rain at all. flowers and lawn were dead and wild fires were everywhere.
However, it's bit too extreme! A big storm hit metro Vancouver in past weekend.


We had no power in the village from Saturday morning. Wind was so strong and the streets were messed by tear down brunches and leaves. 
We went to see if the farmers market were running anyway. It was a bit before noon, the venders were taking down their tents and about to evacuate from the storm. We barely caught a vegetable farmer and got some of nice veggies and fruits.
After that we had nothing to do without electricity including Wifi,  and tuned out that we had even no connection of cell phone at all so headed to the city to seek power. The way to the city was very messy with big bunches and fallen down trees. It took long time to reach centre if the same city. 


Fire fighters were very busy. I though that that chaos happened because of the country side but actually 500,000 customers of BC hydro had no power in all metro Vancouver including Downtown Vancouver. Seattle seemed to have the same problem.



Though it was like that, here was still peaceful rural area, we couldn't help stopping by a flower farm to get a nice bunch of flowers.  lol.  One bunch was $5. cheep!

We spent almost all day in the heart of Langley where had power and all businesses were running normally. And when we got back to our house in the night,  the power was back for us. However, some other areas, even some part of downtown Vancouver had no power till Sunday night. 

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We went to a reclaimed furniture, and art sell at a private house on Sunday. We got some nice goods. I will introduce them later on here. 


After that we went to a restaurant in Langley airport for lunch first time. It was nice greek food.


The air port was apparently for small planes. There are a pilot school and plane museum there too.

This iconic old plane was beautiful! 


And also stopped by a nursery to get some plants and a pot for interior. (I will post pictures of the when I arrange them nicely later. )

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The bouquet was displayed nicely.

Even summer has gone, our strawberry is still doing good!


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Monday, 17 August 2015

お家改装、小物編。House renovation, small things.


Our house renovation is still continuing. As we, only 2...well, only my husband the most of time, is a worker for the renovation, so it would take forever. Lol.
Anyways, since our riving room/ kitchen area is becoming clean looking, the old ugly door even more stands out. However, we plan to exchange whole door in the future when we add some space there. So we don't want to spend money on it. On the other hand we know that cosmetic of door is very effective to the entire of ambience so...


We found a solution like this and made it in one day! It was kind like instant procedure, like faux as just covered it by ply wood though, but the atmosphere improved a lot. 

A picture above is the process from left to right. Painting was my job as well.

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And an area rug. It took so long time to finish. 
When you have very specific colour and size/shape preference, it would be faster to make it by yourself than looking around every shops. Well, it turned out that was not so faster, lol. Anyways, One things for sure is that you can end up getting what you wanted, I guess.


I bought soft, thick cotton-ish cord for piping for 20m, and used left over yarns to crochet it spiral.


As well as I had no recipe of it so I had to learn by trial and error. The first attempt turned out that  was too round. I realized it when it became much bigger than the picture. 

So started over again with much longer shape...


And finally became almost exact shape that I wanted to. The best part of hand made like this is that you can use the same materials with others, like pillow covers or so, to get matching colours. When  you manage to stick with your colour scheme through the house, it would become very sophisticated. 

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The top shelf of it was a mantle of a fire-place in our former house. When we had fire-place makeover there, my hubby's cousin cut the tree form his property and gave it to us. And my brother who is a furniture maker finished it up from raw material. If you bought this tick of nice wood,  it would be very pricy. We didn't want to give up on it so we made similar one (like a box) for that fire place when we moved out that house. 


Since we have no fire-place in this house (we have a nice iron-ish stove), we made it into a display shelf. That white part is a iron fence for gardening. By the way, a small house on top of the shelf is also made by my husband. He made it as a bird house but he feels it too good to put outside. 

It's so slow but we really enjoy making our house nicer and nicer day by day. 

gorgeous sunset


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Wednesday, 12 August 2015

最近作ったジュエリー。シルバーをあっと言う間に奇麗にする方法。My latest handmade jewelry. How to clean silver at no time.


I have been into our house renovation for a while and was like of forgetting jewelry making. So I tried some. A pale blue cotton crochet necklace. This is the first attempt of tear drop shape and It should be improve better though. 

It became bigger than I pictured but it's light like a feather. Looks summerly. 

And two pairs of earrings. They are also summery. White and crystal are easy to coordinate, right?

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Silver things would be dingy by oxidation. I used to use a silver polishing cloth to clean them but it took some time and difficult to clean small parts. 


My Native Canadian's bangles was dingy like that. 


I polished them with baking soda and drips of water in my hands,  and rubbed then few seconds. Result of it was above! It was so easy.  A chain above with the crochet necklace was also darken by time but I rubbed it with baking soda for less than 10 seconds and washed away. It became shiny as brand new chain. Baking soda is such a versatile thing. I use is as my mouth-wash to keep my teeth white, fresh breath, and cavity prevention. I can use it as kitchen deodorant and as cleaner too. How convenient! If you use it as mouth-wash, you better use food quality one. I buy organic one. 

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Well, our strawberry suddenly regain again now! They are 3 year-old since we planted and they had produced only tiny berries like blueberry size before. However, now they stated to give us a lot of  proper size of berries. I thought that the season for them was gone though. Is that because of this unusual climate in this summer?

The sunset sky form a couple evenings before. It's been over 30 digress again.


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Monday, 10 August 2015

美しい海辺のひと時。One beautiful evening at the seaside town, White Rock.


On Friday evening, we wenn to White Rock where the seaside town in the next city from us. It was spontaneous decision so we din't have any reservation though. 

Charlie Don't Surf という変な名前のレストラン。

The weather was fabulous so it seemed like all restaurants' patios were packed alone Marin drive.  However, we luckily got a patio table in this funky restaurant called Charlie Don't Surf -funny name!-.

All restaurants on the street have this this kind of narrow patio there. Dinning outside is very common in Canada.

This Tuna tataki salad was fantastic!

Took a walk to the pier after dinner to enjoy the view which was changing by the minute. 

After sunset I found that a bunch of sea gulls started landing on the water. I wondered if they sleep like that? 


Before we got back to our car, we stopped for ice cream. This big one was a single scoop! There was double and triple scoops on the menu so I wanted to see how triple scoops look like. lol.

It was an ordinary yet so beautiful summer evening. 


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Wednesday, 5 August 2015

田舎生活、ロングウィークエンドにした事。Country life. Long weekend.


It's so cool today! The temperature suddenly dropped to 15 degrees. It's bit too extreme but it's also typical BC weather.


Well, I'm going to write about ordinary days of my country life , basically what we did on Sat and Mon in the long weekend of BC day. 
We went to my brother's place for the house party on Sun. It was so much fun so even made me forget to talk any It was great to catch up with bunch of friends! 

Speaking of country life, when we drove through a place like that, we couldn't help singing
 "Country roaaaaad~ take me hooooome~♪" lol.

Relaxing cows. 

In the Saturday morning...

We went to buy some eggs to nearby farm by bicycles.

So cute! But eggs were not form this guy. lol


We also stopped by a farmers market to get some fresh organic veggies on the way back,

And went out again for the flowers. We have a very fashionable florist in the village.

On Monday...


We walked by the art gallery where held an art event. Many local artists showed their works. (I want to be a part someday!)


And stopped by a cool hat shop to get this. A must item for country life? lol. A cow-girl hat for myself! Here is very small country village but we have some very sophisticated/fashionable shops. 


We went for biking to our favourite trail in the evening. The end of the trail is always breathtaking. However,

Look at this difference! Left pic was the day and right was before. I didn't know that the tide can be this big difference in the river too. Big beach showed up. 

Canada geese were about swim away.


And this river side mansion where has the magnificent river view exclusively! I wonder if it was a hotel? Too gorgeous for a private house?? 


Around 8, we felt, well, I felt bit too much trouble to cook at that time in the night of the end of the long weekend, lol, so we stopped by a pub for dinner. I had never been to pubs by bicycle before I moved to this village. Then took a picture of sunset as well before we go back home. 



This is an organic lavender lemonade syrup which is given by the lady next door. Very tasty.

Even a day (days) was (were) nothing special but as long as you appreciate every single small happenings you would be just happy. 


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