just a smidgen

watching the sun rise

and getting all productive..

and thought I would bring you

High Octane Bulletproof Coffee

.. breakfast in bed anyone??

i love this..

and while you’re sipping that coffee, check out this new recording..

{ you’re welcome }

High Test Bulletproof Coffee
 
Note: I think we added a wee bit extra mushroom spores than measured here.. that's where the creamy, rich colour comes from:)
Author:
Ingredients
  • 2 cups prepared coffee
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil & butter ghee
  • 2 tbsp hydrolized collagen powder
  • 1 tsp reishi mushroom spores
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
Instructions
  1. Measure all ingredients into a blender, then blend on low, gradually increasing the speed to medium and blend until a frothy.
  2. Pour into two mugs and serve.
  3. Makes 2 servings.

Coming soon…

Love,

Bella & Smidge

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In a previous post, SAVOIR, PENSIR, RÊVER. TOUT EST LÀ I dreamt of living in my very own home, having that peace and stability would mean so much. I sometimes feel like a bit of a traveller in life these days,  setting up camp until I am on the move again.

But.. in the meantime, I have gathered together a space that belongs to me, that speaks of my family, my loves and my life. The blessing is that the interior pieces will go with me wherever I am. I know.. I know.. they are just “things” { I’ve been called the “keeper of all things ” } but being inspired visually, they are my creation of a place that feels more like home every day. This place brings me joy and my heart sings when I get to share it with others.

In my little kitchen, now, the colours blue and white play together, creating a sharper contrast than the uniformity of my Christmas neutral shades. The floor in this room of my rental apartment is quite cold, as it’s right above an unheated garage, so I’ve been looking everywhere for an affordable solution.. staying “on budget” is my mantra when it comes to decorating. I have been eyeing this Lohals Ikea rug for some time and love how it warms up my room. The fur throws on chairs you may recall were from Costco, I’ve seen many versions that fetch prices much higher than these.

I love to sit at the end of the table on the white wooden chair looking out to the aspen trees.. imagining I am out in the countryside. I pull close the fur throw covered chair and my puppy Bella curls up on it beside me as I work, write, edit photos or blog.

Table throws or runners seem to be replacing the standard table cloth and I can see why. They’re an inexpensive way to add colour but also allows the beauty of the natural wood table be shown.

The blue and white jug is from Homesense, the butter dish from a local potter I love, the plate’s from Anthropologie and the white strainer with blue and white dishtowels are from Ikea. My favorite pieces are the flow blue china dishes I picked up at a local antique shop, discounted because they were no longer part of a set. The little Vintage Chippy Teacup Candles I made were picked up at the same time. they were featured on Buzzfeed.

Another vintage bowl, owls from Anthropologie and few favourite cookbooks are on my wire racks. Once when I came home at dusk I saw a beautiful owl resting on the peak of my home above the front door. Maybe the owl is my spirit animal?

My white flocked magnolia still grace my “sideboard” (a white metal locker shelving unit from IKEA). They’ll stay here for a while longer before being replaced with something for spring, maybe pink flowered twigs or simple green leafy branches.

My baking cart hasn’t moved or changed, I still love my wolf pup picture. She reminds me to stay strong, even when I feel small.

Down a few stairs to my living room ( where the serendipitous wedding took place a few weeks ago) you’ll find all sorts of places for the eye to wander:

It’s graced by my favourite chaise designed by the lovely Jane Gelinas and my acoustic guitar that made it’s way home again… and fur throws.. lots and lots of them to cuddle in!

You may remember this home-made bulletin board .. this is my version of a Gratitude Journal, I love photography so it’s a way to display highlights of my life, my friends, travel and occasions. It brings me peace whenever I wander past.

My newest pieces of art { my white buddha } is getting framed as we speak. This shop coincidentally has a smaller version of this exact frame. I’ll be making a smaller bulletin board for my kitchen, or maybe a chalkboard, I can’t quite decide.

The more modern book shelf { on sale at 4Living years ago } is filled with neutral loves..a sea shell, an elk, books and candles and the photographs that were taken down to be replaced by new memories.

{ the little sugar bowl has dog treats inside }

I don’t play the mandolin.. that is my son’s newest adventure

Just around the corner is my buddha and a rainbow of books and family photos that get changed up now and then.

Yes.. I have a television, mostly for Netflix or movie watching and music. Otherwise it doesn’t seem to get turned on much these days. The painting is one of two of my mother’s original pieces.. they are my favourites. This meadow of flowers was hung on the wall at our cabin for a long time, just looking at it transports me back to the summer and time with my family on the water or in the garden.

Dawn from Peridot helped me “map out” a plan for my living room. A few pieces came from her shop, almost always on sale, I’ve learned to wait for sales.  The side tables arrived in her store with a bend in the legs, so I picked them up for a great price and just turned them sideways. The rug was a treat to myself for a real estate sale last year, ordered from Pottery Barn, it brings a lot of life and light into the room.

I love these gold Luminara candles! They were steeply discounted from Pottery Barn after Christmas because they were gold { ! } and were scratched. I plan to top them up with some gold leaf when I have a moment. At night they come on automatically and look so real and add such a calming peaceful presence to the darkened room.

In this wee corner is my white Ikea slipcovered love seat, the place I curl up with my dog Bella every morning for coffee while I read or watch the sun rise through the trees.

I’ve just bought “The Untethered Soul” and can’t wait to start on it tonight.

So..

“This is a place where I don’t feel alone
This is a place that I call my home”

.. and it’s home for my kids when they visit and especially home to this little Puppy, Bella, who asked to be in a photo so that she could say hi.

Love,

Smidge & Bella

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hope rises

hope
rises as the
sun warms
the
sky
so too
my
heart
lifts

without
warning
without
proof
or just
cause
it simply
sits quiet
beside
me-
smiles
felicitous
at my
surprise

then turns
its
face sky
ward,
sunward,
forward
basking in
the
luxury
of new

possibility

of
moments
inexplicable waiting..
just
there-
can you
see them
too?

they
follow
the lift
of the
sun’s
wandering
path

drift
in on
the
fresh scent
of melting
morning
air that
tiptoes
through
my
window

beckon
singing

February 11, 2016

sometimes

after a long struggle to understand-

hope

taps us on the shoulder

and we look around,

surprised

to find our familiar friend’s

returned

yet again

she arrives-

carried in

on the softest of

morning air,

buoyed by

the serenity of watching

the sun

rise..

our heart, too,

begins to

lift

gives a nod to the end of the struggle-

to comprehend,

the desire to

know

replaced with a more integrated state of just

being

Love

and blowing you all kisses this morning,

Smidge

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To know, to think, to dream.

That’s all.

Sometimes my mind just slips away, right in the middle of a conversation-

not intentionally..

I just disappear for a while, the wheels are turning in my mind and

I dream

{ no, I wasn’t ignoring you }

I’ve made vision boards before, but now this blog has become my “vision board”

a place where I hope to manifest my dreams.

On days that are a bit rougher than others.. I try to shift my energy into something more positive.

So tonight..

I have been thinking about the sort of home I’d like to live in.

I feel like it is time to be a bit more specific,

especially when I fell in love with

the exterior of a home in the U.S.

+

the interior from another home that sold in this city last December.

{ yes, I may have to knock on their door to see if they’re interested in selling }

So, I joined the two homes together tonight.. because I can and I did.

Welcome to my little home.

Step inside out of the cold.

Note the leaded glass windows, I’d pull up my chaise lounge so I could watch people go by while sipping my morning coffee.
and this would be just right space for my table..

And now.. the kitchen { this as where I really got excited }

that’s the same kitchen island I have.



Note to self: a farmhouse sink.Do you see the little quote written on the white brick below?

and the bottles that spell MOM and … ?

“Where the windows are breathing in the light,
Where the rooms are a collection of our lives,
This is the place where I don’t feel alone.
This is the place where I call home.”

They are lyrics from this beautiful song..

That Home and To Build A Home by The Cinematic Orchestra

{Note: the cello! }

Note the lovely details..




Right off the kitchen is a little room for snuggling and reading, sipping wine.

The powder room.

Time to go upstairs.

Check out the ensuite bath, I love the contrast between the white trim and the paint.




There’s even a balcony off the master bedroom!!


Let’s head downstairs now..

This space would be perfect for my music, painting, photography.

Note: another brick wall.
The guest bath.

and finally, a laundry room/yoga/meditation room.

To know, to think, to dream.

That’s all.

The rest is up to the

Universe

Plus a little hard work on my part 😉

Love,

Smidge

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it is too easy to become overly

focussed

and

to plan each day-

~ imagine ~

if we

just let go, decided to

watch for those other

moments-

that let in

easy beauty and joy

we could groove a while..

accompanied by

the

sweetest of smiles,

the grace-full timbre of lyric voice

and soft guitar chords that lull

the wind

we could ignite a

smudge of sage

then braided locks of

mother earth’s sweet grass-

its scent of

love, kindness and honesty

eddying round

then

make a plan to

revel in

the mercurial glint of

capricious humor

that can outshine-

outrun, outkick

that

wind

yes..

each day is a miracle..

of the soul

if you look for it

 Love,

Smidge

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