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Happy New Year!


Can you believe it that it will be 2012 in few days time? I can’t wait for the new year to begin and to give my house a good clean after the holidays, toss out the tree, organize paper work, compost holiday blooms and “start over”.

2012 will be a good year I’ve decided. Not that 2011 wasn’t but I really look forward to the new year. So much so that I’ll redo the 365 project. I missed taking the daily photos this year and can’t wait to start again.

This will be my last post this year, sweet readers, but I’ll see you again next year.


~ B.

The World


When we moved our plan was to somehow bring the world map from Wille’s old room with us. We had spray glued it on the wall behind his bed and figured we’d be able to peel it off. No such luck though, it was stuck down too hard and stayed. We kind of missed being able put pins in the places we’ve visited so when I found this smaller map at the local charity shop I got it.





The map started out with pin pricks in the corners where the previous owner had had it on the wall.

I got a homosote board and L-shaped wood trim to cover the edges (and the pin holes) from the local lumber yard. I then proceeded to paint the board so the brown wouldn’t show through the paper. I actually painted both sides of the board (and just used regular wall paint) so the board wouldn’t bend from getting wet on just one side.




After the paint had dried properly I screwed the board into the wall and covered it with wallpaper paste and stuck down the map.

To be honest I’m not sure if this is the best way to stick a map down because I did get some creases. I kind of blame it on the fact that the map is used and was a bit wrinkled to begin with and it’s not a huge deal anyway.



After everything was dry I mitered the edges of the trim and used construction glue to attach it to the board on all four sides.



And of course, Mini was there to give me a paw. Still to do, the funnest bit, adding the pins!



Look what I got for Christmas!

I’m not usually a fancy coffee drinker. As a matter of fact I used to prefer instant. Lately though I stopped enjoying it and I missed that nice cup in the morning on weekends so figured I’d trade up. When mom asked me what I wanted for Christmas I started researching capsule machines. I liked the idea of the capsules because I don’t drink a whole lot of coffee so instead of having a bag that will only be good for so long I’ll have fresh coffee every time with the little capsules.

My criteria for the machine was that it could make a mean cappuccino and quite a few could do that. I also wanted it to be a normal shape (not an orbe, an oval or a spaceship). Of course I also wanted it to be white which kind of narrowed it down to the Nespresso Lattissima+.

L.o.v.e it! Even Wille had a cappuccino and quite enjoyed it. Thanks mom!

As a bonus I bet my friends will prefer after dinner coffee now as opposed to before when instant was served. They can select an espresso, a lungo, a cappuccino or a macchiato and a variety of grand crus. Very fancy indeed.