Personal Blab, Ink & Reverie, Wish List Wendesday and Art

Personal Blab, Ink & Reverie, Wish List Wendesday and Art

A few things.
1. I feel like I owe you all a little explanation as to why this…
…has been on a little bit of a hiatus.
At first, I had planned on keeping my personal stuff related to this pause as just that, personal but after a week has passed, I feel like I somehow owe you at least some explanation as to why I haven’t been talking #projectdreamhouse as of late.
The long and depressingly short of it is that my husband lost his job last week.
It blows…in every possible way.
Mostly because this was the job my husband has been waiting years for and he loved it…he was so so happy and seeing him that way, made me happy.
Because he’s literally the most optimistic person on earth, he is taking it all in stride and I’m trying not to let my personal devastation over the ambiguity of what’s going to happen with the new house business cloud his sunny outlook.
He swears the new house is still happening and I so want to believe that it is…I’m trying…really, really hard.
For now, we’re looking at different options…the most likely one is that we keep renting the existing house on the lot out until things get settled and then make a decision.
I’ve learned over the years that most times things happen for a reason and one of the potential thoughts on this track is maybe that lot wasn’t perfect for us after all…when hubs a new job as he always does (because PS, he’s the hardest working amazing sales guy in the universe…PSS, the roller coaster ride that is working in the telecom industry makes me want to blow my head off) we’re talking about the possibility of building a ‘spec’ house on that lot and then selling it, along with our current house so that we can afford a bigger lot that makes more of my dream house possible.
So…there are options but I really have no fucking idea what one will end up happening…or when…or how.
For now, I’m trying not to stress about it and just really attempting to face each day as it comes.
The sun will come out as they say…..
As a silver lining to this whole things, sweet man is at home with us and it’s really so so nice to have him here (don’t get me wrong- I need his ass back to work but in the meantime, enjoying the help and company) – partly because it’s allowed me to focus alot of my own jobs.
2. On that note, I’m SO excited about what’s just around the corner for this blog…I’m re-branding folks…in a large way.  
Stay tuned because thanks to Erika, things are about to get pretty swank around these parts:))
3. Also, I’ve been doing tons and tons of design work lately, which is super duper awesome.
4. And because I have more than 5 minutes to rug together with an extra set of baby entertaining hands near by, I’ve been doing lots and lots of painting.
#projectnordic is about to see this 36×48 lady arrive at her door…

Excited about that one.
Also, a fabulously sweet client named Shannon emailed me a picture of one of my pieces in her home…

…which totally made my day.
5. And speaking of day makers, my Stephanie Vovas photograph arrived and well….
…smitten doesn’t really cut it.
6. Now…and still on the topic of art…and because it’s Wednesday…
Blog Series- Wish List Wednesday
…first, I’d like to add this SV to my collection of one…
If you haven’t already guessed, I luuuuuurrrvvvvv her work.
Next, I posted this picture on instagram a few days ago…
…and was inundated with questions about the artist.
I did some research and found this guy…
He’s a local Toronto artist and holy Mother tits Therese…LOOK!!!!
An employed husband would help.
Finally, I was reading MFAMB yesterday as I do everyday and was blindsided in the best possible way by Jenny’s newest work (which you can buy here…if your husband is employed…or you are etc…but crap, just checked and these are all sold out- no surprise there…lots of other brilliance up for grabs though) …
depth  22 x 30 Β 
void  22 x 30
abyss  22 x 30
pop rocks  22 x 30
I can’t even…
These are just too good…almost makes me angry…and frustrated…and jealous.
Mostly they make me sky high though- stunning artwork right there.
And I think that’s it for today.
As always, thanks for reading and making it to the bottom of my often long winded posts.
You guys truly light up my life.
Real styles.
  • my favorite and my best- MFAMB to you
    Posted at 09:53h, 13 November Reply

    you are such a champion of other people. it’s refreshing and lovely.

    chin up though, you have such a gift for interiors and such a strong creative mojo that i fully expect you to out-earn your husband sooner than later. no offense to your husband.


  • Hollie Cooper
    Posted at 10:21h, 13 November Reply

    Everything will work itself out & I am in agreement with Jenny!

  • Andrea
    Posted at 10:37h, 13 November Reply

    Ugh! I was so sorry to read this news! Last week I had a frantic text from a friend saying that 1 in 5 people at a sister company were being laid off-Blair is fine, thank goodness, but for a fleeting moment, I thought my vet days were about to return in a big way. I’m also brewing up some home based business ideas that tap into my more creative side. I’m sure everything will work out brilliantly, and just remember, there are lots of jobs in Calgary πŸ™‚

  • Anonymous
    Posted at 10:45h, 13 November Reply

    Christine swearing just belittles the blog and your reputation. JMHO

  • Designwali
    Posted at 10:50h, 13 November Reply

    OH no..sorry to hear about this. Sending positive karma your way…and I’m certain you guys will have your dream house plans up & going again!

  • Rebecca { MyDarlingHouse}
    Posted at 11:11h, 13 November Reply

    The telecom business is a vicious one! But I agree with Jenny, you are amazing at what you do and I’m sure you will be swimming in money like Scrooge McDuck in no time!

  • Leah
    Posted at 11:18h, 13 November Reply

    well, that sucks! so sorry to hear that happened. I know things will work out b/c you are one talented, beautiful person and there’s no way your hubs could be any different! thinking of you!

  • Dale S
    Posted at 12:46h, 13 November Reply

    I generally lurk around these parts, but am really sorry to hear the news about your hubbie’s job – and hell that warrants a few curse words πŸ™‚ Cannot wait to see the SV photo framed and hung!

  • Kimberly of Kimberly Lewis Home
    Posted at 12:52h, 13 November Reply

    Sending positive thoughts to your families way! xoxo

  • alison giese Interiors
    Posted at 12:57h, 13 November Reply

    I’m sorry to hear the bum news. I was in sales in a past life – great $$ opportunities, but often it seemed feast or famine. I have no doubt all will be well, and you are blessed to have the design work you do.
    Er’thing helps you live the dream.


  • mrs. V | Chez V
    Posted at 13:14h, 13 November Reply

    Chin up lady! You oodles of talent and style and I am sure you guys will bounce right back as before. Feeling you though. The mr. lost his job over a yr ago and is still looking for a comparable sales gig. For now he is grossly UNDER employed but at least something is better than nothing so I understand your feelings of frustration over halted plans. I had been in a holding pattern for the last yr with any design projects but finally I just said *eff and decided to see one thru for the ORC link up. Sort of a design on few dimes gig but oh so worth it to get me mentally through this seemingly unending limbo we are finding ourselves in at the moment. Sorry for the long dissertation. All of that to say that I relate keenly.

  • Amy
    Posted at 13:37h, 13 November Reply

    I thought, for sure, you were gonna say you signed some sort of deal for a grand reveal of the finished project and that was the reason for all the sudden secrecy. You are so talented and just when you seem too perfectly perfect to follow anymore – you open up with wit and honesty and relatable reality. Thanks for not candy-coating your wonderful, beautiful ideas and images and life but instead being genuinely fabulous and therefore more inspiring than ever.

  • Elizabeth @ The Little Black Door
    Posted at 14:19h, 13 November Reply

    Hang in there sister. My hubs is in the same boat. Was unemployed for quite a while and now under employed. Life in limbo is no fun and causes more white hair that I care to count, but you two have the right attitude and I’m sure things will turn around quickly. Stay strong!

  • InteriorGroupie
    Posted at 15:21h, 13 November Reply

    Ugh. Sorry for the bad news. Sounds like you and him can overcome pretty much anything that comes your way. Good luck to him and his job hunt.

    Posted at 17:36h, 13 November Reply

    Oh poop. Hate hearing news like that:( I hope that someone out there realizes what a talented and hard worker your husband is real soon. Meanwhile enjoy the family time with Daddy home….and keep doing wonderful things in the design industry. You are very talented!

  • trio
    Posted at 19:47h, 13 November Reply

    Sorry to hear about your your husband’s job. Unexpected change can be hard to wrap you mind around when you have a young family. You’ve got such an amazing positive outlook and so many pluses in your corner to see you through this. You are so right – everything happens for a reason. Perhaps holding out for the lot you want will bring that court yard back to the table. Enjoy having extra hands around the house.

  • Anonymous
    Posted at 08:47h, 14 November Reply

    LOVE your new piece for project Nordic and those pieces by MFAMB! I agree with what has already been voiced here: Thank you for keeping your blog real, and with such great talent in one household, surely something amazing is right around the corner for you all.

  • Dianne
    Posted at 09:23h, 14 November Reply

    It’s always hard when our dreams are on the line. However the house you are in is the dream house for many people. Enjoy it and your family. All things happen for a reason. xo

  • aLena
    Posted at 10:35h, 14 November Reply

    Christine I can’t even imagine how you feel .. but I love that you’re both already thinking plan B and trying to be as optimistic as possible about the whole ordeal Honestly though, sometimes the plans you have don’t work out, only because you are destined for something even greater! Really hope this is the case for you guys … your hubs seems like a true hustler so I know you’ll be back with something even better soon!

    I’m really really really sad though that the dream house will be put on hold for a while… I’m desperate to see how incredible it will turn out!

    Sending lots of love and well wishes your way,


  • wjbdesigns
    Posted at 12:51h, 14 November Reply

    Your attitude is as inspirational as your ideas. Looking forward to getting back at it, as soon as you feel comfortable with whatever course you see as being appropriate… Stepping stones πŸ™‚

    Kind regards,

  • Anonymous
    Posted at 17:35h, 14 November Reply


    1. I am so sorry about your husband losing his job. Life can be sooo tough sometimes. I’ll keep your family in my thoughts and prayers. In the meantime, enjoy your extra help!

    2. Dear anonymous, you’re the fing worst. How about this: 1. signing your name to your anonymous comment. 2. if you don’t have anything nice to say dont say anything at all. 3. how about trying on a little compassion… having your spouse lose their job is not only incredibly stressful, in this case… it means that her dreams that seemed to be a reality are now on hold. 4. I’m sure that you are st. anonymous of off color language and have never dropped an f-bomb when life hands you lemons. I suggest that you remember your harsh judgement the next time you are truly disappointed with life’s uncertain events.

    3. Christine, I don’t know you… but you should know that from what I have gathered from your blog; you is kind, you is smart, and you is important! So is your husband and good things are on the horizon.

    Keep dreaming and making those plans.

    (notice I signed my name)

  • Jen @ RamblingRenovators
    Posted at 20:45h, 14 November Reply

    I’m so sorry to hear this Christine. But I know that life will present you and your husband other opportunities and you have the talents to get your dream home back on track. Enjoy the extra time you have together – its great that Jasper will get lots of one on one time with Dad!

  • Kelly
    Posted at 07:55h, 15 November Reply

    I’m saddened to hear of your husband losing his job. I can say from personal experience that when unwanted change is foisted upon you it is extremely difficult and very uncomfortable but 5 years later, you’ll likely say ‘thank heavens that happened.’ It forces you to grow and become strong in ways you never were and you open doors that you never would have looked at twice before. Having what we want can make us soft; having what we don’t want can make us better people. Good luck with the journey and have faith. It will get better.

  • Julie
    Posted at 09:33h, 15 November Reply

    Oh, C….I’m so sorry to hear this. I hope that it doesn’t take long for an amazing opportunity to knock at his door. I too believe that everything happens for a reason but that doesn’t make things easier, not knowing how it’s all going to play out. xo. Your new pieces are amazing, simply amazing and I’m super happy to hear that your designing some fab places! Keep up the great work!

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    Posted at 15:59h, 18 November Reply

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  • Barbara Matson
    Posted at 12:27h, 21 November Reply

    I am so sorry my friend to hear that. How crummy, especially after having a job he really liked! I was there last year, hubs has a job now, not his dream job. Still hoping the dream job comes along. I have to work teaching full time to afford to live in this $#%@& expensive city. And we are still renting πŸ™ Not what we planned but we roll with the punches, right? Good luck to your hubs! And to your design career that seems to be working out for you! And why wouldn’t it? You have such an incredible eye and daring style!

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