Thank You! You have Lightened Our Load!

Our moving sale has come and gone, and we would like to thank everyone who came out in support, and of course who helped us lighten our moving load!

THANK YOU!

This snippet of items we no longer need or use had the task feeling a little daunting at first…

Moving Sale

But my good friend, Julie came to lend a hand – we priced and labeled on Friday afternoon, and early Saturday morning the Mr. and I laid everything out. Thankfully our weather cooperated, and we were able to pop-up shop in the yard… so glad everything was labeled ahead with a price as people started to arrive by 8:00 AM!

A huge big thank you to Julie and also to my Dad for all your help! We are happy to put a ‘check’ beside this ‘to do’ on our moving list!

Thanks for stopping by!

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Holiday Shopping Event Count Down!

The count down is on!

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Audrey Would!’s first ever Holiday Shopping event is just a mere few days away! You can look forward to:

  • ‘Pick Your Ticket Savings’
  • Door prize draw for a gift basket filled with vintage goodies and local-fare treats
  • Cocktails by Clemens on Friday night featuring two of his favourite classic cocktails
  • Lots of festive, glam, and classic not-yet-listed pieces to browse!

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A portion of all event proceeds will be going to Toys, Toiletries & Toques so we can do our part to help others have a wonderful Holiday Season, too.

 


 

Don’t forget about Providence Farm’s Christmas Craft Fair on Saturday, and Kuz at Woodcote just down the street! This is the weekend to SHOP Maple Bay!

Find Audrey Would! (located near Maple Bay Elementary School) 

Looking forward to seeing you!

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Kale Chips! Where Have You Been All My Life?

Yes, I’m pretty sure you’ve all heard of, even tried, one of the hottest snacky options going these days. If not, I bet you’ve seen a million different pins tempting you to give them a try. What is it you ask? Why, kale chips of course!

Look at this rich, green tapestry of yummy goodness!

Kale Chips

So full of flavor, and they’re even good for you! Seconds, please!

Here’s a basic recipe, which of course you can add your own variations to!

FRESH KALE CHIPS

1 or 2 bunches of fresh Kale (Makaria Farm’s of course!)

Olive Oil

Sea Salt, flavour infused if you wish

Dried Garlic Flakes

Additional Seasonings of your choice

  1. Remove coarse stems from kale, and give leaves a good rinse
  2. Pat leaves dry, and tear into generous bite-size pieces
  3. Line cookie sheet with parchment paper, and toss leaves with olive oil
  4. Spread leaves out on baking sheet (or two baking sheets if necessary)
  5. Sprinkle with salt, dried garlic flakes, and other seasonings as you wish *we mix it up with Mrs. Dash, Herbes de Provence, and sometimes dried Chili Peppers for an added bite
  6. Bake at 300F for 10 to 20 minutes, until leaves are crisp *keep a close eye on them as they will burn quickly once they begin to dry out
  7. Remove and let cool for 10 minutes or so
  8. Note, kale chips are fragile, so minimal handling is a must – after all, you wouldn’t want to crumble all the goodness away, now would you?

ENJOY!

Do you make your own kale chips? What variations do you have in your recipe? Would love to hear what gives your kale chips sizzle and zest!

Thanks for stopping by! 🙂

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Photograph by Sheila Zeller

These Flowers Are Not Your Friend!

We had an incredible long weekend with awesome weather, so I was able to get out and tackle the extra greenery that wasn’t really invited to our garden plot.

Our side yard looked like this…

Overgrown Weeds

Yes, I hang my head in shame. 🙁

But it looks worse than it really was. These party crashers seriously seemed to pop up overnight!

Weeds

They look pretty in this photo, but trust me, they are not your friend!

These pretty weeds (what are they anyway?) cover the ground like a floral carpet, and before you know it, you’ve got wall-to-wall!

Well, not anymore.

Now our side yard looks like this!

Wheel barrel of weeds

Two heaping wheel barrels and this mini load later.

I know. Crazy!

And to keep the weeds down, Lush Eco Lawns will be replenishing our bark mulch with a very, very thick layer. I’d call that ripping out the carpet and replacing it with hardwood instead! 😉

How about you, are you battling the first weeds of the season? What are your weed control strategies??

Thanks for stopping by!

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Photographs by Sheila Zeller. Please link and credit if you choose to use!

 

The Cycle of A Thrift!

How was your weekend? All-in-all ours was pretty darned good since we were able to capitalize on the bright spots in our mixed bag of weather!

Saturday we wandered through the Duncan Farmer’s Market, stopping in for a chat at some of our favorite stands. When we popped by Makaria Farm’s stand, little did I know a very cool story was about to emerge.

This is my friend Heather, and you might remember her from my earlier posts, here and here.

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Heather McLeod, Makaria Farm

You see that little chalk board? We were together when Heather thrifted it back a few months ago. The perfect little stand. Small, fold-able  portable, well-made as in dove tail corners, solid wood well-made, and above all, farm stand functional. All that packed into one thrifted little find!

Where the cycle of a thrift comes in? One of Makaria Farm’s long-time customers and acquaintances happened to ask about the new addition, specifically, where Heather had gotten it. And when Heather said she thrifted it, the woman was able to pinpoint from where! What are the chances?

As it turns out, this little chalkboard had once belonged to her! And… she had originally acquired it on her own thrifting adventures many years ago!

Now, how coincidental is that?

I love this story. You just never know where a good thrift has been, or when you might see it again. And you can be sure, there’s a story behind every one! 😉

Do you have any thrifting coincidences like this to share? What have you got planned for the week ahead? Any treasure seeking adventures calling your name?

Thanks for stopping by!

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Photograph by Sheila Zeller

 

Guest Posting at Home Bunch: Putting A Pause In Your Day

Isn’t it interesting how time seems to be flying by? I don’t know about you, but my Spring feels like a blur!

Today you’ll find me over at Home Bunch taking you on a tour of one of my favorite places in the Cowichan Valley… a very tranquil, beautiful place where time checks itself at the door, and Spring does not pass you by…

Won’t you join me?

Home Bunch

 

A big thank you to Luciane for inviting me to be her guest today! I promise, this tour will put a pause in your day for just a moment. 🙂

Thanks for stopping by…

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A Little Salty… The Perfect Gift!

Natural Sea Salt

Looking for the perfect gift?

I bet your friends and family would love a package or two of this!

Natural Sea Salt

That’s right, handcrafted artisan salts from Vancouver Island.

Back in the summer we stopped by Vancouver Island Salt Company’s stand at the Duncan Farmers Market.

Duncan Farmers Market 2012

And finally got a chance to meet Andrew Shepherd, the genius behind the salts of this company. Until then we only knew him as @SaltyAndrew! Don’t you just love meeting Twitter peeps in person?

Well, since then we have been cooking up a storm with our infused salts, and loooving their flavors. We’ve gone through our summer purchase and then some! And these are just two of the infused salts you can buy. To see the full menu of salts, click here!

Where to Buy Vancouver Island Sea Salt

Not only can you buy local, meaning all over Vancouver Island, but these salts are available in Vancouver, the Gulf Islands, Calgary and Ontario, too! For a list of locations, you can find it here. Or you can order online here.

I’m pretty excited to share these local salts with you! Wouldn’t they make a great hostess gift?

And how about these cool little apothecary bottles?

Yup, another thrifting score! I was searching, and there they were… just perfect to store our salts in.

Mini Apothecary Bottles

So what do you think? Will you be shopping the salt this season?

Infused Natural Sea Salt

And will it be gifted, or for you?

You know these little packets would make the perfect stocking stuffer, right?

Just sayin’ 😉

Thanks for stopping by!

Photographs by Sheila Zeller

And Our Garden Continues to Grow!

Remember when I posted about the Heather our neighbour gave us? Here’s a little flashback in case you missed it. The yellow circles are where we planted them back in June.

And, here’s a look at them now!

They all survived! You can’t see the fifth one in the top, right corner, but it’s the same colour as the one in the foreground, and is also in full bloom

Here’s a close-up of my favorite one.

I love the colour!

But this is only the half of it. You see, this same neighbour has decided to dig up more plants, and pass them on to us!

Here the bins are filled with what he gave us, as well as a huge lily that was planted before this photo.

If you look at the spot circled below, we learned from all the watering over the summer, that it doesn’t drain at all. So this area turned into a thick mud bog.

I couldn’t stay on top of the weeds, and wasn’t sure what to do with this spot.

With the gift of more plants I decided to build another garden bed. Why not let the plants help with that excess water, right?

I moved Black-Eyed Susans to the new bed from the one on the left, and was able to add two mounds of our neighbour’s Dianthus in their place. Now that whole bed is filled with Dianthus.

For the rest of the water-logged area, sand was spread and then topped with fresh bark mulch.

But I made a mistake, and picked up black mulch instead of brown. I thought I could live with it, but I can’t! I’m going to mix some brown with the black for a more even blend, and spread it around further.

Our neighbour also gave us some Primula, which are planted along the same side as the Heather.

The Lily of the Valley border came from my Dad’s yard last year, and he’s planning to split some of his other plants up again this year. And… they’re destined for our yard!

The yard is slowly starting to fill in, and what’s so awesome, is most of the plants have been given to us!

Quite a few have come from hub’s parents as well, including all of these grasses that you see scattered throughout.

It’s a win-win!

Here’s my favorite part…

Now, I know you’ve seen this ‘Before’ photo many times.

BEFORE

But in order to appreciate the progress, it’s great to see what it looked like when we first moved in.

And compare that to what it looks like now!

AFTER

I find it so rewarding to see the yard come together.

On the note of rewarding, do you remember the sweet pea challenge I was having with my Dad? Well, stay tuned. I’ll be back with how that went!

THANKS FOR STOPPING BY! 🙂

Photography: Sheila Zeller

It’s Labour Day & A Giveaway ~ We’re Celebrating Something Special With You!

Clemens Rettich Business Consulting Ltd.

We have some pretty exciting news to share from our household, and since today is Labour Day, I thought it was a great fit. You see, my hubs has been writing a book. Can I just say, project. labour. intensive.?

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Did you know that Labor Day in Canada originally gave workers the chance to campaign for better working conditions or pay? Well, since hubs is a business owner, I don’t think that’s a negotiable here 🙁

Anyway, this weekend after months of writing, editing, rewriting, and all that goes into having a book published, the heavy lifting is done! We are so excited, because the book has just been published, and is up on Amazon! And tomorrow hard copies will be delivered to our doorstep! Can you imagine what it’s going to feel like to hold a bound copy of all that work in hand?

Here’s a look at the book…

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And a screen shot of it on Amazon, you know, just to keep it real!

Great Performances: The Small Business Script for the 21st Century

Want to know what it’s all about?

Book Description:

Is the dream of owning your own business crumbling under the demands of running your own business? Do you have employees? How is that working out? And how about difficult clients? Did you expect running your own business to be such hard work? Here’s how you can turn this around. In 3 Acts, Business Coach Clemens Rettich walks you through stories, tips, and strategies to take a business from Band Camp Performance and turn it into a Great Performance! Drawing from real-life case stories of small business failures and successes, Clemens gives you the nuts and bolts required to make your small business success a reality. Every great performance starts with a script or score: Great Performances is yours.

What other business authors are saying?

“I can’t stop thinking about what I’ve learned in this book, and I’m eagerly applying these lessons to my work. Clemens Rettich has delivered a virtuoso performance himself by writing Great Performances. Encore!”

Steve Yastrow, author of We, The Ideal Customer Relationship and Brand Harmony

Interested? Purchase here. 🙂 But wait, why not enter the giveaway? Clemens is offering you a chance to win a signed copy of Great Performances, hot off the press!

For us, like many of you, on this first Monday in September we’re taking the day to relax, and enjoy the company of family and friends.

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And so today I raise a glass to Clemens for all his hard work and dedication to seeing this dream come true, and invite you, my friends, to enter the giveaway below.

GIVEAWAY

Here’s how to enter:

[Please leave a comment back here noting each entry along with your contact info]

2. SUBSCRIBE to Clemens’ Newletter
3. FOLLOW Clemens on Twitter [Copy & retweet the below]
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Enter @ClemensRettich ‘Great Performances’ business book GIVEAWAY @sZinteriors http://wp.me/p1qlWC-3gy

4. If you already do the above, [please leave a comment here] to let me know 🙂

This giveaway is open to all readers, everywhere!

You have until Friday September 7, 2012 midnight PST to enter.

The winner will be drawn via Random.org and announced on Saturday , September 8th!

 Thank you for entering, and GOOD LUCK!!!

Giveaway is now closed. Thank you to all who entered!

 I hope you’re having an awesome long weekend 🙂

PS – Clemens says, now you get a chance to see him as more than the guy who drills and rewires my projects for me! 😉

Photo Credits: Clemens Rettich Business Consulting Ltd. unless otherwise stated.