Christmas Decorations and Christmas Jam

Hi Guys! Well, I got round to putting up the Christmas tree last weekend, and then made some little tweaks during the week. The first thing was to make a simple wreath and decorate my porch a little. We have lots of fir trees surrounding our house, so I cut a few fronds, grabbed a … Continue reading Christmas Decorations and Christmas Jam

Small Space Solutions and Fall Decorating

Sit awhile

Hi Guys! Still trying to catch up from my bloggy glitch where I lost most of my content (grrrr).  As you may know, we moved from an 1,110 sq. ft. townhouse to a 650 sq. ft. beach cottage (you can read about that here), so it's a continuous process finding places to put everything where … Continue reading Small Space Solutions and Fall Decorating

Coast Life: Moving to the Sunshine Coast

HellOooo. Well, I had this post on here in September, but I recently had a bloggy glitch and I lost a lot of my content! September was an exciting month! It was the month that we made a bold move from bustling Surrey, a suburb of Vancouver, to a sleepy coastal area known as the … Continue reading Coast Life: Moving to the Sunshine Coast

My (Almost) Vegetarian Life

vegetarian life

Hello everyone. It's been a few weeks! I've had some computer problems and a lot of my content disappeared. Grrrr! All that work gone 😦 A QUICK RECAP I used to be a huge meat lover. I was raised in an era where meat and potatoes was the dinner norm and snacks were sugary and … Continue reading My (Almost) Vegetarian Life

Ikea Hack: Patio Dining Set Makeover – Beachy, Greek Island Look

Hello everyone! Spring has been slow to arrive here in Vancouver ... and she still seems to be having a bit of a problem, but we are at least getting sunshine every other day (or so), which is nothing to sneeze at. It means that we can spend more and more time in our very-small-mostly-deck backyard. … Continue reading Ikea Hack: Patio Dining Set Makeover – Beachy, Greek Island Look

An Epic African Road Trip: Zambia to Uganda and Back in Classic Cars

Hi everyone! I’m so excited about this post. I was born and raised in Africa (Zimbabwe, to be exact), and moved to Canada in 1998. A few friends and family still live there and one of them, another Jane, and a group of fellow travelers, recently completed a road trip from Zambia’s capital city, Lusaka, … Continue reading An Epic African Road Trip: Zambia to Uganda and Back in Classic Cars

Table Makeover – Before & After

Dining Table Makeover - Before & After

Hello everyone! Over the last week or so, Hubby has been very busy refinishing our dining room table. We bought this table and five chairs at a thrift store about three years ago. This is what it looked like when we brought it home. Not very interesting, right? We sanded it and stained it a … Continue reading Table Makeover – Before & After

Chair Makeover in an Afternoon

Hello all. I love turning stuff nobody wants into something beautiful - or repurposing my own stuff. A few months ago we found this chair sitting next to a dumpster outside a thrift store. We had been looking for a chair for our bedroom and when I saw this one, looking sad and rejected, I … Continue reading Chair Makeover in an Afternoon

Weekend Project – Ikea Hack: Kitchen Island to Drinks Trolley

  Hello Lovely Readers and happy Monday!! It's raining here (again). We actually had a bit of a break on Saturday and we took the opportunity to visit lovely Lighthouse Park in West Vancouver for Good Life Saturdays. You can read about that post here. Over the weekend, my VERY clever husband turned our old Ikea … Continue reading Weekend Project – Ikea Hack: Kitchen Island to Drinks Trolley

The Craft of Keeping House

Clean House

Like many of you, I suspect, I grew up resenting cleaning. There wasn't much explanation on keeping house at home - my mother believed that it was quicker if she just did it herself. And she was probably right. But that didn't teach me anything. When I moved out on my own, I struggled to … Continue reading The Craft of Keeping House