I moved from a 2300 squre foot home into 1000 square foot condo. When the decision was made for us to sell the house I wondered where I'd store all my stuff and to be honest, spent more than a few nights awake mulling over this question. But now that I am in a condo, I have to say that I don't ever want to move back into a house again. Why do I love my condo? Well, here's a list:
- it is newly renovated, has beautiful crown moulding throughout and a brand new kitchen
- It is painted the most luscious warm blue hue that I am in love with
- It has a wood burning fireplace -- why did I ever think gas was okay?
- so easy to clean and keep clean
- smaller space means I don't buy what I don't need and this means less clutter
- the building is so safe and I feel better leaving Alyssa alone.
- all the rooms open up into the deck. I am looking forward to having coffee out there in the summer!
- the master bedroom is awesome and it has a bay window and glass door opening up into the deck. When the light shines in, it is so fresh and airy.
I love my new place....and it is so close to everything, including work!
I love being home and doing "homey" things --- things I did not enjoy doing at the townhouse. Today, I mopped the living and dining room and the hallway. I used Murhpy's wood solution and I must say, it looks awesome!
I also cooked some stir fry for lunch. Nothing fancy. I bought some cut up veggies from Kin's in the mall by my house.....this mall is so close and has everything -- a Safeway, a Starbucks, a bank, a bottle return depot, a Japanese restaurant, a Thai restaurant, an L.A. Grill, even a dentist. I really don't need to go far to get what I need.
Then I used my marble mortar and pestle (thank you mom!) to mince some fresh garlic.
I then heated up about 2 Tbsp of olive oil in a skillet and sauteed the garlic.
I had marinated some beef in an Asian sesame marinade the night before, added the beef and veggies to my skillet and voila! Delicious stir fry.
The marinade for the beef is easy to make. For best results, marinade your beef or chicken the night before so the flavour sets in. Here is the recipe:
Asian Sesame Soy Marinade
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1/4 cup sesame oil
1/4 cup soy sauce
2 tablespoons lemon juice
2 tablespoons fresh grated ginger
1 clove garlic, minced
We ate the stir fry with some quinoa and it was delicious and filling!
I was able to play with more of my stamps and ink this past week. There is still some unpacking to do...I have to search for tools that I know I own (like punches, etc) and sometimes I find things, sometimes I don't. I need to unpack all my craft boxes and put things away properly. At the moment, they are still stacked in their boxes in my storage room. But I have enough of it out that I can create some cards -- and that is what I did this past week.
I made this card.
I took the colours from the patterned paper and used Stampin' Up's Petite Petals stamp set for the flowers. This stamp set comes in a bundle with its accompanying punch.
It is so easy to work with and makes creating the most beautiful flower card simple and easy! If you would like your own bundle, email me and I can order it for you or you can shop yourself on my website here.
Enjoy the rest of your weekend. Be happy.