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Thursday, August 15, 2013

Hopefully Almost There ..

Hello my dear friends,
work on our basement has started again and hopefully the end is in sight soon.

It has been a few months now that we haven't had any progress happening in our basement. Repairs were made over and over again and if you ask me I would say there were too many of them but at least our contractor was always willing to fix anything that was wrong. Would I hire him and his company again? ... no, for sure not. His heart was in the right place but I hate to say that his workers weren't the best and the finished work wasn't the best neither. Such a shame! (You do not want to know how much money we paid this company.)

Right now we are having the floors leveled out by a new company so we can finally get our flooring down soon. I am one to try almost anything DIY but I didn't know how difficult it would be to try and make a floor level. Mixing the concrete and moving it around that it becomes a smooth finished floor ~ never again! I think I am getting to old for this kind of stuff ... maybe not too old I think I just had enough  of trying some things out and not succeeding. This way it will hopefully be done properly and much quicker than my husband and I could do it.

This is what my basement looked like again ...

... and now it's like this.  
Apart from dirt, noise and dust there are some little beautiful things in my life too ~ like the roses that I received from my lovely neighbour Katherine. She is an amazing gardener and yesterday she shared her roses with me. I wish here was something like 'smell internet' because her roses smell so beautifully.


The red one especially smells stunning, almost like an expensive perfume and the peachy rose is an English rose and smells so lovely too.

I have also trying to be busy with things as well ...

 ... I have just completed a little custom order for my crochet flutter~bys.

They are now all wrapped up neatly and on on their way to Christina in beautiful British Columbia.

I have also slowly started to work on a new nest that I have been wanting to make since a while now. ( I think I have already told you about this before?) It is my Wynken, Blynken and Nod nest that I am going to give a try out. Will it work? ... I have no idea if what I can see in my head will actually look the same in reality. I will just have to wait and see. It took me a while to find all the bits and pieces that I am hoping to use in the creation and I am still working on the fine details too. ... To glitter or not to glitter?... That is the question!? I will keep you lovely bloggers up to date on how things are going with my newest project.

Talking about nests ...

... have you seen Vicki's little preview of her 'Breast Cancer Awareness' nest?! If not ... you are missing something and you should take a look! It looks so stunning and it is only a little part of the nest she is sharing right now. That girl has so much heart and soul and is so caring! ... Love you for that, dear Vicki!

So ... if you knit or crochet and have a little spare time and want to be a little part of a great cause, why not start today and make a scarf and if you are not one of the needle working kind that's OK too because you could always find a little pink scarf and send it to Vicki. I would love to be able to made just one more scarf before the deadline ... you never know.

All in all things are crazy in our house once again ... with the work on our basement on again and a wedding in now 41 days and trying to spend time together as a family and I don't think it will calm down for a while, so if I don't blog very much in the coming weeks you all will know why. One thing I will do is take photos and when I can, I will share them with you lovely bloggers.

Thank you for visiting me here at Todolwen ... it is always nice when you stop by.

I hope you are well my dear friends and life is treating you kind.

Have a peaceful and creative day,

Karen B.


  1. Oh boy, you DO have a lot going on - basement redo, your lovely creations and a wedding on top! Take time to breathe.

  2. ces roses sont magnifiques et si bien photographiƩes, merci

  3. What beautiful butterflies! Enjoy your afternoon! Hugs!

  4. Gasp!!! I had no idea--- thank you Karen for sharing and promoting the Pink Scarf Project-- I'm so grateful for your support :)

    What a time you've had with your repairs-- the basement looks wonderful - it's just unfortunate that you've had such a time. Hopefully the worst is behind you now--


    Ps- beautiful roses are a treasured gift--

  5. I had thought your basement problems were over...what a hassle that has been. You have a lot on your plate for awhile, don't get overwhelmed by it all. Beautiful roses.. ours have been getting a second wind from the heat of the summer.. not that it's cooled down from the constant mid-90's we've had since June. Your little flutter byes are so sweet.

  6. Oh Karen, I can almost smell your beautiful roses from here! What fabulous photos you've shared with us today. I hope your basement works are finished soon - looks like you'll have loads of useful space there - lovely and light too. A studio for you perhaps? Thanks also for the link to the Pink Scarf Project. Margie x

  7. Hopefully these new workers will have your basement tip top in no time, I know your frustration from when we had our house done. Take a deep breath, and enjoy your week-end Karen.

  8. Just a wee bit busy then, lol? My goodness, you have a lot on your plate right now. How lovely that you have those gorgeous roses to cheer you up and soothe you with their beautiful scent.