Award

Award

I wanted to take a minute and say…
to:
 Liz from Wallpaper, Alcira from the Nero Chronicles, Julie from Brown Eyed Belle, Cassie from
Hi Sugarplum, Sara from a Dose of Pretty, and Jennifer from a little luxe.
These lovely ladies have bestowed me with this award.

And I’m sorry but until now, I’ve been a bit of a …
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when it comes to this whole thing.
 I haven’t exactly been following the rules because I mostly think…

But, I also think that sometimes, following the rules just make sense.
So…here’s my list of 7 things about myself, starting with the personal stuff.
1. My wedding was featured in Canada’s national newspaper the Globe and Mail in a series called Catch, Match, Dispatch {i.e. babies, weddings, and deaths.}

My caterer tipped off the newspaper about our ‘story’ and here’s the very condensed version.
I was teaching grade 3 {that’s another one, I was a teacher for 11 years} and had a very special student, her name was Natasha.  From day one, this girl totally had my heart.  She was/is bright, independent, funny and so very self-assured.  After a few months in my class, I found out that her mother was very ill and tragically, she passed away mid way through the year.  I spent each day after that trying to be the friend and teacher I knew this sweet girl needed.  I reached out to her dad and let him know that I would be there in any way I could.  Time went by and I found myself increasingly attached to this sweet soul of a girl; we spent countless lunches/recess talking and I think I just became her friend of sorts. After a year her dad invited me to a thank you BBQ- and here’s when the story becomes a happy one…2 years later, Natasha’s dad and I were married and with Natasha as his ‘best kid’ we became a big happy family.  A year after that, I legally adopted Natasha and since then we have added 2 more little loveballs making us a very blessed family of 5.  This single event was most certainly the turning point of my life.  6 years ago I was a single girl living in the city with my dog and now I’m a mother of 3 and couldn’t be happier. 
And now with that serious tid-bit out of the way, here’s the frivolous stuff.
2. I’m happy this award calls for 7 things because I love 7’s- I actually have a bit of a thing for numbers {I can remember every phone number I’ve ever had and almost always wish at 11:11} and have ones I like and don’t like. I was born on the 7th month of the 7th day and weighed 7 pounds and 7 ounces so I figure, 7’s must be lucky. 
3. My material must haves for a happy life include: pink, an Internet connection, wine (and it has to be in a good glass,) chocolate, cheese, bread (with butter not oil,)  mint chocolate chip ice cream, olives, corriander, coffee (born and raised on instant and shoot me, I prefer it,) TV, books (my two favourites are Love in the Time of Cholera and Valley of the Dolls,) fabric/furniture/clothes/decor stores, blogs, a good climate with all 4 seasons, a hot bath (I have one every night,) a house that I love that’s filled with pretty things to look at, jewelry (specifically diamonds,gold, rings and bracelets;) cute coats/purses/clothes/shoes, art, paper to doodle on.

4. My dirty little secret involves my home.  If you were to walk in, you’d see most things in place and the rooms looking pretty put together but here comes the secret, I could care less about unseen spaces.  My closets, drawers and dressers are uniformly a mess.  I don’t know what it is but I could give a hoot about things you can’t see so if there’s something sitting on the counter (which makes me crazy) I just open a drawer and chuck it in.  I’m working on this one though and would love a little more organization in my life so we’ll see.
5. If there was such a thing as a job for someone who loves to search for things on the Internet it should/would be mine.  I love the hunt. When I was planning my wedding, it was all things wedding.  When I was having my kids, it was all things baby names/baby care and now, its all things design.  I just love searching for things and researching online- seriously, if I could get paid just for this, I’d be rich.  I never tire of it and get a thrill every time I find the perfect item/image/must have/name/product/fabric/anything.
6. I was born in Vancouver and lived there a few times over the course of my life but for me, my heart is and will always be in Prince Edward Island. I have spent every summer there since birth and it’s just a magical place for me.
7. I think I must be a hopeless romantic (and very nearly ended up as a wedding planner) because I seriously have a permagrin on even when I’m watching the stupid Bachelor..which also reminds me of another, I love cheesy reality tv- can’t help it. 
I think that pretty much sums it up.
Oh and a little extra one because I just ran the spellcheck, I have no idea how I was a teacher because I am the world’s WORST speller.
And now on to the good/hard stuff. 
 I’m suppsed to pass submit a list of blogs I love and honestly, I think was/is the part that made me kind of hesitate about the whole thing.
I just hate picking favourites and there’s like a billion blogs I love.
Anyhow…I need to suck it up and just pick some so here are a few of my favourites at the moment.

 The Alternative Wife
Simply Seductive 
Brown Eyed Belle
The Nero Chronicles
Peppermint Bliss
 Little Bits of Lovely
Haute Design
Sketch 42
 Escapade
Dress Design Decor

The Marion House Book
Little Blue Deer
 Breakfast at Toast
 Inspired Design
 Things that Sparkle
Look Linger Love

And before I say toodles…
{and PS, that’s another me fact…I love cheeseball words/sayings/phrases}

…to every reader who takes the time to read this little blog of mine.
Kisses to all of you!

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48 Comments
  • Chassity (Look Linger Love)
    Posted at 14:34h, 13 January Reply

    This post is rocking my heels off too. It was so good that i didn’t immediately scroll to the bottom to see who was on your list πŸ˜‰
    The story of how you met your family just left me with a sweet peace. And a confession, most of my hidden spacea are a complete mess too πŸ™‚

    So so honored to be among your favorites. May sound silly but it means so much πŸ™‚

  • Alcira Molina-Ali
    Posted at 14:36h, 13 January Reply

    Christine, this is jawdroppingly amazing post — it truly is.

    You’re such a sport to have begrudgingly played along (as we all did, I think — she winks!). I’ve discovered so many beautiful things about your soul I suspected all along in these lines.
    What a story you have, what a blessing.
    And how funny to hear the PEI connection. I was so obsessed with all things “Anne of Green Gables” as a kid that I twisted my parents arm until they actually (would you believe it?) agreed to travel to PEI to visit Lucy Maud Montgomery’s home. It was unforgettable, what a beautiful place.
    Thanks for adding me to your list πŸ˜‰ I think I’m pretty burned out on 7 things about me, so my one post will have to do, but I appreciate it all the same.
    Have a nice weekend, Alcira

    nerochronicles.com

  • Design Blooms
    Posted at 14:47h, 13 January Reply

    Loved reading about who you are-your story is incredible. What did you teach-just curious. What an AMAZING person your daughter must see you as in her life!

  • A Perfect Gray
    Posted at 14:50h, 13 January Reply

    congrats on your award and lovely story about your wedding. you are one lucky gal, indeed!

    donna

  • Erica
    Posted at 14:50h, 13 January Reply

    What a great award! I LOVE this!!
    Number one brought a tear…
    Crazy things good and bad happen for me on 7’s too.
    Thanks for sharing lovely.
    xo

  • Blondie
    Posted at 14:54h, 13 January Reply

    Congratulations on your award! I’m going to check these blogs out right now. Kori xoxo

  • designstiles
    Posted at 14:56h, 13 January Reply

    Your story about the best kid is beyond touching. I swear I teared up. And what do you know, I was raised on instant coffee too and most coffee drinkers think I’m nuts for still preferring the “fake stuff”.

    And your whole 7’s thing is pretty crazy cool.

  • Christel @ Captivated by image
    Posted at 14:58h, 13 January Reply

    This story of yours is such a good read, I loved it! Your so honest, such an inspiration and this award worthy. How you met your husband is like a fairytale, good material for a moviescript. Thanks for sharing this:)

  • things that sparkle
    Posted at 15:00h, 13 January Reply

    You officially made me tear up reading a design blog. Christine, that is just the most special story. Natasha is so lucky to have you in her life, and you hers. Who would’ve thought a little design blog award would be so special, for you and yours readers.

    And as for the award for TTS, thank you thank you thank you. As Chassity said, it seems silly, but it does mean so much. xo

  • Brittany {Gallery No. Eight}
    Posted at 15:02h, 13 January Reply

    Beautiful post!!! You do indeed have a lovely story about your wedding πŸ™‚

    Best wishes!

  • lark + linen
    Posted at 15:07h, 13 January Reply

    The story on how you met your husband is so sweet.

    Also, i’m a secret mess too!! My drawers are a complete disaster, but everything on top of my dresser is a pretty little pile of perfection. Too funny!

  • Ruthie{Look~Learn~Love}
    Posted at 15:08h, 13 January Reply

    I loovveed reading your 7 things. Of course #1 stole my heart – you are all so blessed to have found each other. #5 I also love to hunt for things on the internet especially images. I ‘google’ everything, it’s just so much fun! Thanks for playing along, I really enjoyed getting to ‘know’ you better through it πŸ™‚

  • Jillian
    Posted at 15:11h, 13 January Reply

    what a wonderful story (#1) it seems like it was all meant to be! congratulations on the award and thanks for sharing those 7 (+) things. xoxo jcd

  • Allison {Live Love Small}
    Posted at 15:27h, 13 January Reply

    love hearing more about you and your story is so touching. congrats on the award.

  • Kerry
    Posted at 15:31h, 13 January Reply

    Thanks for sharing a little bit more about yourself Christine! That really is such a great story about your family! πŸ™‚ I love it!

  • Vanessa@decor happy
    Posted at 15:36h, 13 January Reply

    I loved learning more about you and hearing the story again of how you became a family! Yes, you surely are the internet Queen and I’m sure there is someone out there who would pay you for it! I’ll have to check out some of these blogs now.

  • Rachel @ Little Bits of Lovely
    Posted at 16:09h, 13 January Reply

    Christine, I loved learning more about you in this post and the story of how you met your husband is beautiful and so, so lovely. Thank you so much for nominating me, I am in very good company πŸ™‚ Have a brilliant day! xx

  • Kelly Krugh
    Posted at 16:12h, 13 January Reply

    I’m so glad you received this award and you shared 7 facts about your life; what an amazing story! It makes me so happy!

  • Nuha Sofiyan
    Posted at 16:41h, 13 January Reply

    The story of how you met your husband is so sweet! Sorry to hear about Natasha and your husbands loss though. AND we have the same birthday! July 7, yay!

  • Tobe @ Two Tall Blondes
    Posted at 17:15h, 13 January Reply

    LOVED reading this! congrats on the award, and thanks so much for sharing your fun facts πŸ™‚

  • Sketch42
    Posted at 17:24h, 13 January Reply

    Aww thanks hun!

  • Stacey
    Posted at 17:32h, 13 January Reply

    I tend to break the award rules too:-) However, i’m happy you decided to follow the rules today-it was great reading this and learning more about you! Congrats on the award too-well deserved!!! XX

  • Kim@Chattafabulous
    Posted at 17:35h, 13 January Reply

    What a sweet story about how your lovely family came to be. And my closets are messy, too, and I couldn’t care less!

  • Wendy
    Posted at 18:07h, 13 January Reply

    Cristine, I read every word!… thanks for sharing! πŸ™‚

  • Savvy Gab
    Posted at 18:25h, 13 January Reply

    What a fun read!! You write beautifully and your story is fascinating. Your facts were fun and easy to relate to (messy drawers (I don’t know that anyone has organised drawers!), reality tv, internet searching obsession, PEI)

    Totally get the PEI connection! Lived in Montreal all my life but spent all my summers in NB right accross from the ferry (not a bridge back then!) and spent a lot of time in PEI. I was madly obsessed with Ann of GG one summer after visiting her house and insisted on wearing this heavy AOGG costume dress everyday for the rest of the summer! I had even bought her a present that I left on her bed because I was convinced she still lived there.. Wonder what they did with it!

    Anyway Congrats!

  • Wallpaper
    Posted at 19:30h, 13 January Reply

    Beautiful story about how you met your soulmate!!! You have an awesome blog,love it and it was super easy to nominate you!!

    Hey I noticed your birthday, does that make you a cancer? Just asking because I am one!!

  • Mary Kathryn Wells
    Posted at 20:18h, 13 January Reply

    this blog has been my favorite ever since i found it a few months ago (i mean my FAVORITE of all the design blogs i read), and now, reading the first item in this post, i just think it / you are infinitely more amazing.

    (and this comes from someone who works in public K-12 education and does interior design as a hobby on the side, so i am serious when i say this make me love you and your blog infinitely more.)

  • Danielle
    Posted at 20:25h, 13 January Reply

    Aww. I normally cannot stand awards but I actually like this one! Thank you. I may even follow the rules and post about it. But only maybe πŸ™‚ Ha.

    PS – I ALWAYS say that I would wallpaper everything if I could. I would also store everything in mason jars. But I (sort of) do that already.

  • {av}
    Posted at 20:31h, 13 January Reply

    Thank you so much for sharing so much of yourself πŸ™‚ I love the story of how you came to be the mother of three, wow! I am with you in the surface organization…whenever anyone comes to visit, they’d never know what would terror would encounter them if they opened our closet! haha. Congrats on the award–very well-deserved! xoxo {av}

    P.S. Can’t wait to see your Friday’s Fancies πŸ™‚

  • Virginia Blue - Director Blue Fruit
    Posted at 20:33h, 13 January Reply

    What a story! That takes the award for the most fabulous way to meet a partner, let alone your bloggy award which is muchly deserved. Thoroughly loved reading this honest list!

  • Andrea
    Posted at 20:38h, 13 January Reply

    I received one of these awards too, and neglected it. Now I’m kicking myself! What a great post. I had no idea you were born in Van. I always thought you were born/raised in TO. Who knew? I wish I could have made it to your wedding =(

  • Connie @ SogniESorrisi
    Posted at 21:13h, 13 January Reply

    What a wonderful story about how you, your husband (and your daughter!) met. xo

  • Lissa @ After Adornment
    Posted at 22:14h, 13 January Reply

    #5 I’m the exact same!!! If enough of us get together and invent the job…then there may be a need for it! I’ll research how we can get it done…hahaha.

  • THE ALTERNATIVE WIFE
    Posted at 22:38h, 13 January Reply

    Awh thank you, sweetie! Totally cheered me up πŸ™‚ And I loved getting to know more about you. Have a wonderful weekend! xoxo

  • Cara
    Posted at 23:02h, 13 January Reply

    Christine,
    Your #5 is seriously SO EXACTLY ME! My husband tells me that I am the best researcher and should find a job researching…any ideas??

  • barbara@hodge:podge
    Posted at 23:10h, 13 January Reply

    What a wonderful post Christine. What a lucky girl Natasha is! As for your online research, wow, it shows. I am too impatient πŸ™‚ Lucky you to have spent every summer in PEI, would love to go there sometime. Thanks for giving us a glimpse into your world.

  • escapade
    Posted at 23:36h, 13 January Reply

    Awww – I loved hearing ‘your story’ – so sweet! (+ I’m so happy you included the newspaper clipping!) You looked absolutely beautiful btw.
    Really fun to learn a little more about you! xo

    + a BIG thank you so much for the award! What a fantastic group to be included in!

    xo xo

  • Leah
    Posted at 23:55h, 13 January Reply

    Congrats on the award!

    Luvs!

  • Lee Oliveira
    Posted at 06:39h, 14 January Reply

    Congrats on your award.. Definitely going to check out the other..
    Love your blog
    Lee x

  • Designwali
    Posted at 06:47h, 14 January Reply

    What a beautiful storey.Your blog is fantastic and I’m glad you know how fabulous you are!

  • Debby
    Posted at 07:40h, 14 January Reply

    Christine, congrats on the much deserved award and thank you for passing it on… I am flattered. I love your story… it’s so wonderful and they should make a movie out of it. It is funny how life works out. You were destined to be in your daughter’s life! What a difference you have made for her. I could just copy your answers and post as my own… love mint choc. chip, coffee, the bachelor is my guilty pleasure and I too have messy drawers/closets! xo

  • Simply Seductive
    Posted at 09:02h, 14 January Reply

    Congratulations on your award and thank you for sharing your wedding story and other insights about you with us, Christine. I will certainly check out the other blogs that I am not familiar with… thanks for the mention!

    All the very best,

    Linda, xo

  • Julie (brown eyed belle)
    Posted at 09:45h, 14 January Reply

    Excuse me while I completely melt over that love/wedding story. I am such a hopeless romantic and reading that just made my day so happy. You are such an amazing woman, Christine. I’m glad you decided to play by the rules with this one πŸ˜‰

    XoXo,
    Julie

  • Daniella
    Posted at 09:57h, 14 January Reply

    Awww, what a lovely story about you and you husband! Thanks so much for the award, very sweet of you πŸ™‚ Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

  • Naomi@DesignManifest
    Posted at 10:58h, 14 January Reply

    love love love your story! Wow. Love happens in the most mysterious ways!

    PS- thanks so much for the wallpaper suggestions! Where (what vendor) did you buy Beware the Moon Ostrich from?

    Thanks!

    Naomi@designmanifest.com

  • Marcus Design
    Posted at 12:38h, 14 January Reply

    Wow!! What an amazing story about you and your hubby, it’s better than a scripted movie!! Such a wonderful story. Thank you for sharing your personal story with us. And reading more about you is so much fun πŸ™‚ Love your 7 things!
    Nancy xo

  • Carissa @ the Fabulous Design File
    Posted at 15:48h, 17 January Reply

    What an amazing story! I have chills! (in a good way, not a creepy way!!!) So romantic.

  • eclecticrevisited
    Posted at 20:23h, 18 January Reply

    wow, I have tears in my eyes…..
    you must be a very special person in your (now) daughters life…and your husbands..well, and the rest of the kidlets..
    thank-you for sharing that bit of personal information..my day is brighter…
    maureen

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