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Thank You! You have Lightened Our Load!

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

MOVING SALE! Vintage Items in the Mix!

MOVING SALE! Vintage Items in the Mix!

Yes, we’re having a MOVING SALE!   There will be some vintage pieces and some bigger items in the mix… Pop over to our ad on Used Cowichan to have a peek at the list! Hope to see you, even if it’s just for a chat and…

Holiday Shopping Event Count Down!

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?

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…

These Flowers Are Not Your Friend!

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… Yes, I hang my head in shame. 🙁 But it…

The Cycle of A Thrift!

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

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 Little Salty… The Perfect Gift!

A Little Salty… The Perfect Gift!

Looking for the perfect gift? I bet your friends and family would love a package or two of this! 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. And finally…

And Our Garden Continues to Grow!

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!

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

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.? Kurt Knock Photography Did you…