Canadiana, Eh!

Remember that?

Well, that inspiration turned into this, my Canadiana bedroom!


Welcome, eh : )


Make an entrance…


Here, kitty, kitty…

Put in new laminate grey flooring.

(Replaced bright pink carpet!)


Took an old Ikea dresser and attached birch branches as thrifty handles.

(Great idea mom!)


Take a right turn and you will find the world!

Quilt made by my Nan, many years ago.

(Incorporates all the colours of the room together.)

Classroom map that, once upon a time, was used at my old high school.

Armoire love affair:

Purchased at the Antique Market in Waterford.

(Originally made in Montreal).

Painted, “key” knobs from Stratford, & filled to the brim with all my favourite clothes.

Vintage butter box.

Old barn farm door as headboard.

Side tables found on the road, repainted red.

Good as new!

Wake up in the morning:

A-OK kinda day!

This above all; to thine own self be true.

You maybe can’t tell, but my shirt says,

“Love that beaver.’

No joke.

And now, time to curl up with a good book.

Vintage is the new modern.

Don’t you think?



Halloween has always been my favourite holiday.

I love getting dressed on regular days, so getting into costume makes it extra-funtacular!

So, for this Halloween weekend, I want to share some of my previous costumes, and on Monday will debut my 2011 costume, which I think is going to turn out the best of all.

Now I said “my” costume, but I really should being saying “our”!

My wonderful boyfriend indulges me every year and lets me dress him up in anything to compliment my extravagant costume needs.

Halloween 2009

“This above all; to thine own self be true.”

Hamlet & Ophelia

Being a lover of Shakespeare, and an obbesssive Hamlet fan, I was thrilled when Johnny agreed to be my Hamlet!

Not everyone guessed what we were at first, but anyone who knows anything about Shakespeare and Hamlet can figure it out.  Works well as a couples costume (pretty orginal, I think) but you can make it work solo.

“Why, let the stricken deer go weep,
The hart ungalled play;
For some must watch, while some must sleep:
So runs the world away.”

“Alas, poor Yorick, I knew him Horatio.”

Hamlet is one of the easiest costumes to put together.  All black clothes, bought for extremely low prices at Value Village.  Nothing more than a little brown and black eye shadow to give him Hamlet’s self-deprecating attitude.  The cup with a skull on it came from the dollar store  – perfect match for the costume, and very practical for party use!

“There’s rosemary, that’s for remembrance; pray, love, remember: and there is pansies, that’s for thoughts.”

Ophelia is also a simple costume that is also easily put together.  I used an old scarf of my Mom’s with a flower print because it echos Ophelia’s speech (above) where the audience begins to realize she is insane, recalling types of flowers and their usage.  I made my face pale and used different blue eyeshadows to recall the image of her drowning in the river.  A silk/satin white nightgown completes the costume.

“This is the very ecstasy of love.”

And these are very excellent examples of last-minute costume ideas.  Perfect for the Shakespeare lover.  I think the tragedy goes well with the spirit of Halloween.

Check back tomorrow for another great couples costume idea!