Life Lately

If you follow me on Instagram, you have likely seen my recent posts apologizing for my absence from the blog. Our puppy, Poppy has been home for a month already and she has been the focus of ours lives lately. In addition to having an adorable and energetic pup to train and cuddle, I spent the end of May in Dubai celebrating my sister and her fiancée's engagement! Our trip was short but it was so amazing seeing the incredible sights of the middle east and meeting our new family. We can't wait to return to celebrate their wedding in the New Year!

Here are some snaps of what life has looked like lately and why projects and blogging have been pushed to the back burner;

We brought Miss Poppy aka Popcorn home one month ago!!

We brought Miss Poppy aka Popcorn home one month ago!!

Dubai desert camels

Dubai desert camels

View from outside the Burj Khalifa

View from outside the Burj Khalifa

Sunset Palms

Sunset Palms

I heart Dubai

I heart Dubai

Poppy is 3 months old!!

Poppy is 3 months old!!

If vacation and a new puppy aren't excuse enough, living in a beach town on Lake Erie hasn't helped my productivity. With summer right around the corner, we have been taking advantage of the awesome weather enjoying walks in the village,  listening to live music on local patios and having friends and family over to our backyard. I also celebrated my 28th birthday at the beginning of June and we attended our first wedding of the season this past weekend.

Celebrating my birthday at my friend Low's restaurant; Solo on Main- Port Stanley, ON

Celebrating my birthday at my friend Low's restaurant; Solo on Main- Port Stanley, ON

Celebrating our friends' wedding this past weekend

Celebrating our friends' wedding this past weekend

This is my first year of blogging and I don't want to disappoint anyone but also have to maintain some sense of balance within my life. I already have a to do list a mile long for fall projects :) As the weather cools down come September, I will be itching to continue lots of my interior plans. Stay tuned for some upcoming 'Throwback Thursdays', small house projects and an update on our gardens. And cheers to the beginning of Summer!

Jess xx

Welcome to The Penny Drawer!!

Hi, I’m Jess and welcome to The Penny Drawer! I am very excited to be writing my very first blog post! I have been crafting, creating, decorating and DIY-ing for years and after much encouragement and support from my family and friends, The Penny Drawer started!

My interest in home décor & design started at a young age. Growing up, I loved to decorate and rearrange my room. When I moved away to university, I started repurposing inexpensive items to make my space my own. I quickly became a dollar store junkie! Seriously, who spends $100 at the dollar store?! THIS GIRL!! I love a good deal and being able to furnish and decorate my home affordably while still representing my style.

I should also mention that I LOVE holidays & seasons—any excuse to decorate!! Fall is my absolute favourite season and Christmas is my favourite holiday. Falalala!

Today, I work full time at a mental health agency and enjoy spending my spare time completing projects and decorating my home.  Self care is very important in my line of work and I find crafting, decorating and DIYing to be very therapeutic. I love coming home at the end of a stressful day to the cozy and homey environment I have created and diving into a project.

I love to follow DIY, decor, lifestyle and fashion blogs, as well as Pinterest and Instagram. Having lived vicariously through other bloggers and designers, I am excited to try my hand at it and document my DIY projects and decor to share with you. That being said, I hope to share more than furniture I have painted or the mantle I have redecorated for the 100th time. Please feel free to ask questions, leave feedback and hopefully feel inspired!

I would like to thank my fabulous friend Kelsey Bradley for her creativity in coming up with the name "The Penny Drawer". I am not the most tech savy and unfortunately I have deleted photos of past projects and décor (really kicking myself for that now!) That's the trouble in using your iPhone for everything--not enough storage!  I hope to start capturing every before and after from now on.

Thanks again for stopping by, I hope you will stay tuned!

Jess xx