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November 13th, 2011

a perfect sunday evening

Hello friends! I know I keep coming back and sharing not-so-exciting/informative updates, skipping over all the details of new-home-ownership, but sometimes one just gets caught up in the simpler moments.

perfect sunday nightSuch as a Sunday night filled with cottage magazines, local wine, and making your first monkey’s fist knot! A perfect quiet night here in Bayside. :)

Buuuut, I promise to get my buns into gear and get posting about more home-related things, such as:

  • The Move-In (gotta get on that, it’s been over a month!)
  • A Halloween 2011 recap
  • Things being painted white, white, and more white
  • An inspiration board or two for upcoming projects
  • How freakin’ excited I am for our first Christmas in our first home!

All good things coming your way! Stay tuned! xo

*tutorial on the monkey’s fist here!



October 17th, 2011

the big move

Oh hey! Did you hear?! We’ve vacated Ontario for our more coastal home of Nova Scotia! For my friends who read the site regularly, that was my attempt at sarcasm (as it’s all I’ve talk about for the past month). For those who haven’t visit BB in a while, it’s a genuine update!

It’s true, we have said farewell to Toronto and our almost six year tenure there, and headed for greener (or at least oceany-bluer) pastures. Home buying in Nova Scotia is muuuuch easier on the wallet than home buying in TO, and it was time to be closer to family and our roots. You can read the oh-so-fun details of first-time home buying here. And yes, that was a hint of sarcasm there too, but in all honesty the challenge was very fun.

So the move! HA HA HA! Can we start with the u-haul situation? Being a bit of a collector *cough hoarder cough* , I knew that I was to at least rent the two bedroom truck for our one bedroom apartment. And that should have sufficed, right? Well, let’s see. We gutted the rooms (with SO MUCH HELP from the best friends EVER! xo):

empty living room and kitchenyucky beige

(that last one is a photo of a previous [HIDEOUS] wall color that I at one time actually chose. Info on that here.)

mark and lady

And even without our bbq, my sun lounger, 2 muskoka chairs, 2 occasional chairs, a bookshelf, and my bike, we still managed to finish like this:

packed to the brim

A few children of the 90’s and one blessed word for you: Tetris. We got ‘er done. I wasn’t too broken up about parting with some of our wares (though my bike is being shipped), and really, it wasn’t what was in the back that mattered: all my most precious cargo was in the cab with me.

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We said a late night goodbye to 406, and we were on the 401 headed east by 10:30 pm on Wednesday night (only 12 hours behind schedule! WOO!). We were to make it to Halifax by Friday at 9 am for our pre-closing inspection.

poutine and redbullvikki uhaulgas

Trading off driving shifts, one motel stop, and lots of fuel (of both the Redbull and petrol varieties), we managed to haul our @$$es cross country. A note to all small girls who apparently hug the shoulder when they drive: driving a 14 foot u-haul is freakin’ terrifying. Ya think that is a placid look on my face in the photo above? It’s pure and honest fear. Keeping your eyes straight ahead also wasn’t easy when you were passing visions like this:

quebec countryside

And keeping your eyes locked in the forward position is particularly stressful when you’re passing visions like this:

october 6th NB snow

Snow. Huh. Well, hello to you too, Maritime provinces.

But the October 6th snow soon cleared, and we pulled into Halifax at about 4:30 am on Friday morning, just in time to catch a couple z’s before closing. Things started to get a little bat-sh*t crazy at the end: both Jeff and I had our respective “I can’t do it anymore” freak-outs (his after 8 straight hours, mine after 20 minutes), and we both saw something fall from the late-night sky that was reminiscent of the meteor from The Blob. We checked the news and found nothing reported, so I guess we’ll chalk it up to McDonald’s-induced hallucinations.

bayside, NS

And welcome to Bayside, NS. Our new home. Closing day was toooonnes of fun (I’m a sarcastic Sally tonight!), with things like this greeting us as pre-closing surprises:

no hot water

“Nooo! We don’t need a hot water heater. Please, take it with you when you go”. A misunderstanding which was figured out by Tuesday (thank God for our little black kettle [love you Jo K.!]).

But really, it was all worth it. The insanity of the pack, the motel with no hot water (hey, just realized that repeating trend now!), and even the sadness of saying goodbye to the Toronto chapter of our lives: it’s all worth it to be home, to be with family, and to sit with an evening coffee enjoying this:

our view

Welcome to Bayside, Nova Scotia: the new home of Vikki, Jeff, Ziggy, Lady, and Buoy Bird. We can’t wait to share the adventure with you! xo

September 19th, 2011


Holy smokes, it’s been a whole year. Happy Birthday, Baby Blog! Where did the last year go? For a year old blog, you’re not doing too bad. We’re still taking baby steps, but you’ve provided me (and hopefully others) with lots of joy and inspiration.

Upon reflection, I wish I had been able to give more to you in your first year. Seeing as your sustenance is content on my house and home projects, and seeing as modifications to said house/home came to a bit of a stall over the past 9 months or so, I have had the guilt of not keeping you properly updated and full.

However, all that is about to change. For your first birthday, Baby Blog, and to all your followers, I have a surprise for you:

we bought a house!

That’s right!!! We have bought our first ever home! Internet, get ready for some mad, mad content!

dining room collagedining room view

Jeff and I decided last fall that this past year would be our last in Toronto. Since day one we always knew we would move back to the east coast to be close to family, NS friends, and our roots. We have spent the past year saving, hunting, and imagining the possibilities of being first time home owners, and now those possibilities are becoming realities.

kitchen collage

Let it be known: buying a house is hard, HARD work! Especially when you are buying a house in a different province. And especially when you are buying a country home. Well inspection, water inspection, septic inspection, house inspection… luckily Jeff and I were prepared to jump through all of these hoops having been raised on quasi-country plumbing, and due to our crazy determination to find our perfect country starter home.

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We have bought a house on the ocean, 20 minutes outside the city of Halifax in a place called Bayside. We call it Heaven. A small two bedroom bungalow, with loads of yard and a view that is TO DIE FOR, we are ready to settle in and see what this homeownership thing is all about.

bedroom collage

In the coming months you can anticipate many, many, MANY projects, renos, updates, and, I’m sure, funny little surprises. Isn’t that part of the fun of buying an old house by the ocean: coming across unique finds and challenges? Little house by the ocean: we’re ready for ya!

bathroom collage

I thought the year anniversary of Buoy Bird’s launch was a perfect time to tell you, the world, about “the biggest purchase of our lives”. This home will be so intrinsically tied to Buoy Bird that I don’t think I’ll have any choice but to be blogging much, much more. Of course there will be plenty to do whilst settling in (like, I don’t know, making money to pay for said biggest purchase), but as soon as I get rolling on projects, I will be sure to share them with you, my faithful followers. I will likely take some of the blogging pressure off by limiting my copy and upping my photo-sharing, just so I can keep you all up to date and maybe finally turn Buoy Bird into the blog I always wanted her to be: one full of projects, heavy home renos and decor, lots of inspiration, and info about building a home that we love.

outside collageoutside

Jeff and I both feel so blessed to be making this move at this point in our lives. It truly could not have been done without the support of our families. Thank you to both Mamas and both Daddios: we are so grateful for all that you have given us and taught us. We will never forget this, and we are indebted to you forever. Plans are already in motion for construction of the Humphrey-Chew retirement cottage-by-the-sea on the backside of the property. ;)

the view

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And as for all other family and friends, thank you for your love and support. The past 6 years in Toronto have helped us to learn that home truly is where the heart is, and our hearts are wherever our friends and families gather. We hope to fill our new home with friends and family, laughter, food, inspiration, and love. You are always, always welcome in our home.

So, Buoy Bird and friends, this is our gift to you and to ourselves. A beautiful house that we will build into a home. I can’t wait to share it all with you!

If you’d like to check out a 3D rendering that I’ve put together of the house, click here. It’s been temporarily decorated on the rendering to some degree, but I’m sure things will be moved around again and again. And if you would like to check out my Pinterest inspiration board (holy crap, I *heart* Pinterest!), click here. Seaside cottage, here we come!

NOTE: All furnishings in the above photos are NOT OURS, but that of the previous owners. Though if they want to leave us their piano, we’d be ever so grateful ;)

March 23rd, 2011

the big news

Snow!? Seriously? Lots and lots of SNOW!?! Ugggggghhhh…

…but I digress.

So, I mentioned on Monday that you may have noticed my little “home design” blog being particularly light on the “home design”, and stated that there is a reason for that.

Well, the reason is: WE’RE MOVING BACK TO NOVA SCOTIA! Ahhh, just saying the words makes me think of salty-aired mornings and family within a two hour drive.

Now let’s not jump the gun: we’re not moving YET. Jeff and I decided last October that we would have one last (awesome) Toronto summer, heading back to the ol’ NS in September/October of 2011. So far, so good, as we’ve started saving, scouting, and getting the word out to close family and friends.

Guys, we couldn’t be more thrilled. Toronto has been an amazing chapter in our lives, teaching us patience, open-mindedness , and lessons in growth and happiness . It’s just time to “go home”. We always said TO was never a *forever* thing, and after 5 years of schooling, working, partying, and living to the max, we’re ready to move on to the next chapter. This includes buying our first home (YAY!), buying our first car (DOUBLE YAY!), and really settling into our chosen careers.

So with this decision I guess I started envisioning the future, and put a lot of current home-updates on hold. Don’t get me wrong: I haven’t “checked out” of Toronto living yet. Jeff and I just both decided that it might not be as fruitful to keep bringing things *IN* when we shortly plan on moving *OUT*. So the little apartment has been pretty much the same; no major changes (although I am DYING to paint the bedroom white… we’ll see).

What I can share with you are some of the pre-existing projects around the house! I always forget that I made these things before Buoy Bird’s launch, and have to remind myself that although they are not “new to me”, they could be “new to you”! So on that note, here’s a little project I whipped up sometime last year: a MUCH needed jewelry rack!jewelry rack wide

My earrings were everywhere, and with two very mischievous kittens always looking for something to bat around, I had to figure out a way to get my precious (and not so precious) gems up out of kittens’ reach.earrings upclose

I can’t remember if I saw this idea online, but I do remember seeing something similar done with chicken wire when I featured Freedom Clothing Collective! If I could populate my jewelry board with their beautiful wares, I would be an even happier lady.

I used 1/8 inch pegboard to start. I had a great old frame laying around, so after painting each item white before assembling (always best for cleanest results), I glued the pegboard into the frame, and voila! Many little holes for my earrings to hang from! I also needed storage for long necklaces and bangles, so I decided to add a few small knobs to hang things from.knobs

Here is the back of the pegboard to show how the knobs are attached. One of the knobs worked from the back to front (right hand side), and because I didn’t have anything to cut the too-long bolt with, I just used a stack of washers to take up space.screw backs

I also added a small white box to the lower corner of the whole unit, to store things like stud earrings and loose pendants.little box

I attached the box in a similar fashion to the knobs.trinket box screws

A quick piece of hanging wire on the back, and my jewelry rack was in business! It has become much more filled up since its inception, so perhaps a chicken wire version will soon be in order!jewelry rack long

And how could I not feature this: the sign which hangs next to the rack (and above the toilet):if you sprinkle

“If you sprinkle when you tinkle, be a sweetie wipe the seatie”! We had this sign in our camper when I was a kid , so when I saw it a couple years back in a roadside gas stop, I had to grab it. Not only do people get a kick out of it, but it’s a worth while reminder too!

Well, I hope you guys enjoyed the project, and we would LOVE to hear your feedback on our big decision. We are certainly going to miss many things about Toronto (mostly people!), but look on the bright side: you’ll have a cozy place to stay when you wanna get away to the east coast (which I will be pressuring you plenty to do ;) ). Much love to all our friends and family, both in TO and in NS; we appreciate all your love and support, and we love you!

***Linking today’s post on Faded Charm’s White Wednesday, Savvy Southern Style’s Wow Us Wednesday, A Beach Cottage’s Good Life Wednesday, DIY by Design’s Swing Into Spring, Debbiedoo’s Blogging and Blabbing Newbie Linkup, and My Backyard Eden’s Make It Yours Day!


March 15th, 2011

please give.

Please, if you made an extra $15, $25, or $100 today (I did), donate to the animals in distress in Japan. So often these helpless creatures are forgotten, and the Animal Rescue Site is one of the most reputable services, making sure the money gets right to the victims. Give today and help a little soul; they’ll send you slobbery air-kisses of thanks :)help animals in Japan

Thoughts and prayers to the two and four legged souls of Japan. xo

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February 13th, 2011

friend love!

I forgot! I wanted to say a big THANK YOU to my gal Alison for the shout out over at Reunionized! Ali is probably one of the most hilarious, fun gals I’ve had the pleasure of meeting, so finding out she is a fellow blogger only made my love for her deeper. LIRE Ali!!! xo

February 9th, 2011

inspired by love.

They say that sometimes you have to wait for inspiration to come before you act. That inspiration is here. Here’s a sneak peek of what’s to come over the next SIX DAYS here on Buoy Bird! Check back everyday this week for new, love-inspired posts! sneak peekxo :)

January 7th, 2011

i’m sick, but i can still attend a party…

A Linky Party, that is! Now, my blogger pals know what a Link Party is, but I can hear some of my not-so-blog-savvy friends and family saying,” What the heeeeey is a Linky Party?”

A Link Party is an event hosted by a blog on a particular day of the week where the author invites their readers who are also bloggers to link back to their related posts via the host site: the sharing usually runs amongst blogs of a similar vein; sometimes the link party is based on a certain topic, sometimes it’s wide open. It’s a fabulous way to share and find new blogs, help your fellow blogger gain new audience members and generally, to make new friends!

So, as I wasn’t feeling the post-building vibe all that much today, I revisited some of my older posts, and shared them in various link parties for my first time! Check out the Link Party Hosts below:shabbynestbuttonCOAS-Party-Pick-up-Button2featureyourselffridaybuttoncopyLook at MeHopefully see you later this weekend; Buoy Bird needs to lay some fresh tracks!

January 7th, 2011

buoy bird down

Oh, she’s a sick little bird :( I am so sorry I haven’t been around, even after my promise of being around once the holidays had passed. I am ill. Not hospital-ill, don’t worry; just sore, sick, unmotivated, living on the sofa-ill. I can’t complain too much, as this doesn’t happen to me very often: I guess my germs are more about quality than quantity.

Trust me, I am feeling RIDICULOUSLY motivated about 2011, so there is plenty to look forward to. I just have to get over this little mole hill, and we’ll be good to go. In the mean time, I CAN share with you some nice news: my girl Jenn over at A Home in the Making just gave me a Stylish Blogger Award, and I couldn’t be more flattered! Thank you Jenn; love like that coming from a bright, creative, and talented person like you means the world to me. I intend to give out my own set of Stylish Blogger Awards, so stay tuned!

I also wanted to say a HUGE thank you to all my amazing friends who came up to me over Christmas, complimenting me on this blog! Jeff and I were gobsmacked at how many of you mentioned it in just one night that we were out at the pub. I am flattered and humbled; I had no idea I had such a supportive audience! Hearing your words makes me want to just keep giving you more and more, so please, come back soon and we’ll celebrate 2011 in a creative and inspired way!

Enough words: here’s something pretty to look at!pond

Ahhh home. Ain’t it pretty?

December 15th, 2010

reface: buoy bird christmas style

Soooo, ya know how Facebook’s new layout shows tagged photos of you along the top of your profile? Well, I kind of pimped out my profile now that I switched over…FB Screen Shot Hey, if the real estate is there, why not use it! :)