Welcoming 2014

I hope the new year is off to a good start for you! I'm just getting back into the swing of things after a couple of weeks in Canada with my family over Christmas and New Year. It was a bit of a whirlwind, as visits home usually are, but it was great to be there. Cold and snowy, but beautiful, and thankfully we missed the really bad weather.

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I'm also happy to be starting the new year with a new stockist! I was super excited to send some of my bobble tea cosies and trivets to Mosey, in Melbourne, Australia just before I left for Canada. It looks like such a lovely shop, doesn't it? They also have a web shop for those of us who can't make it there in person.

Photo courtesy of Mosey, used with permission.

Photo courtesy of Mosey, used with permission.

As for resolutions, I haven't really made any. But I do have a few goals, some new and some I've been working away at for a while now, that I hope to accomplish this year. Though I will also make an effort to not be too hard on myself if I don't get everything done within a set time frame. We have to make some space for life too, after all.

Here's to good things for 2014!

Before and after

Here finally are some pics from our renovation. What started last January as "let's redo the bathroom" turned into literally gutting the whole apartment as there were so many other things that needed fixing. Starting with plumbing and wiring (which was dangerously outdated), we also had to dig up the floors to replace cracked sewer pipes running under the building (we're on the ground floor), and after finding some pretty nasty mould, discovered that there was no drainage at the back of the building, so had to install that as well (thankfully the mould problem is taken care of). I'll admit it was hard to see the end.

But the end did come. What we got out of it was a beautiful, big, new kitchen that we moved from a tiny room at the back of the apartment to the dining room at the front (now our favourite room), a new, ever-so-slightly bigger bathroom, a guest room/office where the old kitchen used to be, new closets with plenty of storage in the bedroom, and new wood floors throughout (since we couldn't salvage our old parquet floors). 

I should clarify that we didn't do any of the hard work ourselves - we had a really lovely contractor, and he and his team did a great job. We are so happy with the outcome and are (still!) slowly but surely putting on the finishing touches - this weekend's project is to finally put some proper shelving in the "little room", as we call it, and make it a usable workspace/studio. Months later we still can't get over the changes and love our home more and more every day!

Building an empire

Well, maybe not an empire, but I at least decided it was time to diversify and move my eggs into some different baskets. To this end I opened my own online shop, to link to from the blog/website.

I used Tictail  to make it, which is free to use unless you want to add options like your own url, discount codes, etc. (I'm sticking with the basic version for now), and is also pretty user-friendly. I even edited some code all by myself (!) to make it look more like the rest of my website, and I'm really happy with it. Still some work to do, and no sales yet, but "if you build it they will come", right? 

 

 

Summer staycation

We decided to stay in Iceland for our summer holidays this year and drove north to spend some time in Húsavík with H's family. It was a lovely time, and I got to visit some places I hadn't been to before. I'm always so struck by the beauty of this country.

(Click on the pics to see the whole gallery) 

Alas, back to work and reality tomorrow. How have you been spending your summer vacation?