Cozy Memories

eclectic by nature

when life gives you lemons ...

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Sorry for the disapperance, even though it was for a couple of weeks only ... Late March was more hectic than it should have been. Let me explain.

Hubby got a promotion (yay ! I'm making it simple because it's a bit more complicated than that), but that means that he's going to work in another tribunal (he's a judge), in another town ... and fate chose for us ... this town is a big city, completely accross the country : 1000 km away from here. It is supposed to last 2 years, and the work days should be 4 days a week. Maybe 3 days at some point, but that's not sure. We will not move as a family, that'd be way more complicated than just him living there half week. I know it sounds silly, but we have moved so many times, took the boys from school to school, it is now time for them to have stability. So that is a big no no.

We were sure devastated by the (good) news (isn't it ironic, don't you think ?) but we tried not long after to see the upside. And the fact is that it kind of motivated us to tackle all the house projects we had been procrastinating. Small or big, we will tackle them all. One of the firsts was to "transform" the food/grocery closet. We removed a shoe rack from the closet, bought & assembled a shelf unit to put inside. We got a metal shelf unit too, for the kitchen, for me to have all the food that I buy in bulk, as well as the yoghurt maker, fruits, onion/garlic/potatoes, actually most of the things I use daily or almost, at my (easier & more direct) reach. I also hung the coffee essentials so that it cleared the countertop.

The baskets on the side are very practical. I also added the teas I bought at Lupicia. All in all, I've been trying to re-think many things (not only in the kitchen) for making my daily life easier. For instance, my vacuum cleaner was in the garage, which didn't really encouraged me to use it as often as it needed. I needed to open/close two doors & walk down/up three steps. Not very ergonomic. It moved to a more closer place, and is now really easier to reach.

I also got motivated to paint the front door, which desperately needed a new coat. We changed the toilet seat that was broken ... as well as one of the bathroom lights. Little by little, our House Jobs list is being crossed off. And it must be all done before summer is here. (because of the heat) April and May should be busy, I tell ya ! But the weather right now doesn't cooperate, we'll be getting rain all week long, ugh !!

And in the meantime, I'm also slowly but surely preparing things that hubby will need over there. Believe me, that is quite plenty. I've made lists, which I'm constantly updating. It's like sending our eldest son to college ... I swear. I do my best for using what we have already but we wil obviously need to get extra things. What a task.

I hope I'll have more fun things to share soon, but well, life's pretty full, and it ain't gonna stop soon. Thank you very much for stopping by today, I appreciate !

With love,

Sonia

FLORA pincushions

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Three new pincushions were just added to the shop. They are made of naturally dyed fibers exclusively, stuffed with organic cotton, and are so dainty & charming, specially together !

It'll be forever spring in your craftroom with one of these by your side !

The floral motif I embroidered with naturally dyed silks, is inspired by a stamp I had hand carved many years ago.

They can be found (they are available seperately) over here in the SHOP, where you will get much more informations about them, and where there are different photos.

Have a beautiful rest of your weekend. Thank you so kindly for your visit !

With love,

Sonia

happy equinox (+ rosemary desktop wallpaper)

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Happy equinox everyone, may it be Spring one or Autumn one ! (if you live in the southern hemisphere)

We bought a couple of flowers yesterday & sowed our very first seeds of the season, yay ! This spring, I went for cherry tomatoes (again), cosmos flowers (again), pink ipomoeas (I hope they'll make more leaves & cover more than the Morning Glories), and zinnias, which I hope will thrive !

Our Japanese maple, after a difficult summer, is making buds & leaves again. Phew. The buds are just starting to unfurl, they are so adorable & touching to see :

The rosemaries are in full bloom (I plan to have more, because it does well in the heat, and keep their leaves all year around, which is fantastic !), which is lovely to see.

This last photo above is available as Desktop Wallpaper in the Goodies section of the site. I hope you'll enjoy as much as I enjoy having it in my garden !

Have a lovely day ! Thank you for your visit today !

With love,

Sonia