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

Bringing Home Poppy + DIY Dog Bed

Some exciting news at our house-- we brought home our puppy last week!! Meet Poppy, our 10 week old cockapoo (cocker spaniel + poodle)
 

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We are beyond excited and soooo in love with her!! DIY and home projects have definitely taken a back seat to the new addition to our household. That being said, I wanted to share a DIY project I completed before Poppy's arrival. I stated picking up items for her to make her feel comfy at her new home- crate, dog bed, blankets, bowls, chew toys, etc. I decided to make a bed for inside of her crate which is what I am sharing with you today.

I purchased two blankets from Dollarama for my material and spent a whopping $4. I laid one blanket on the floor, pattern down and the second on top of it with the pattern facing up.

I used my fabric scissors to cut little tassels around the edges of the blankets. Pull the blankets taut ever once in awhile to ensure the edges are still lined up.

Once all of the tasssles are cut, tie the two pieces into a knot to fasten the edges together.

Sorry for the bad lighting!

Sorry for the bad lighting!

I left one of the ends untied so that I could insert my stuffing from a spare pillow. Once filled, tie the remaining tassels.

Don't mind the lumpy appearance, since it is going in the crate it doesn't have to look perfect.

Simply untie the tassels and remove the stuffing to wash the fabric if any puppy accidents occur :). My little Poppy likes to chew on the tassels which we are trying to discourage.

In total, I spent $4 and about a half an hour cutting and tying. And, I think she likes it :)

Jess xx