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Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Blue and Light...

I know you may be tired of me showing you so many blue images, but I seem to be drawn more and more to the fresh contrast of a watery blue and crisp white. Perhaps it is the influence of summer, but I am wishing I had painted more of my home in blue. Starting with this lovely foyer and staircase image from House Beautiful... How wonderful would it feel to open your front door and be greeted by

Monday, July 30, 2007

Keeping the pool !!

Well, we are 80% finished with the pool and pool deck. All that remains is to put up some more privacy lattice around the top of the deck, build the changing room (Paul has something special in mind), and finish installing the white pool railing at the back of the pool. We decided to go that route at the back as we have total privacy in our back yard and the trees are so lovely to look at.We are

Sunday, July 29, 2007

Kids of Steel !!!

Our youngest son competed on Saturday in the annual Kids of Steel triathlon at Melmerby Beach. I guess I shouldn't say competed as it was considered a non-competitive event, but try telling that to an eleven year old!! That said, he did finish second in his age group!! Ahem... as I was saying, it was a fun day for him and it was his first ever triathlon. For his age group, he had to swim 150 m,

Friday, July 27, 2007

Keeping Time...

I love clocks. Just a couple of days ago, I almost bought another one. It was a cream iron one in the shape of a bird on a nest, with little rust spots on the iron. Very shabby, but beautiful. I put it back however, but I'm still thinking about it...a bad sign! I have enough clocks to let me know if I'm running late, but my favourite is one my husband made for me. I painted it a beautiful old

Bits and Bobs

I went on a little tour around my house today to see if I had anything new to show you all. I am in slow motion mode with all the humidity we are having and feeling rather uninspired from a decorative standpoint. I usually do very little to the interior of my own home in the summer. Fall and winter is my time to get inspired and, last year, also proved to be the busiest time for my business. So,

Thursday, July 26, 2007

Come what may...

photo: Victoria MagazineI am a planner. I like to make lists, know what I'm going to be doing each weekend, and generally have some sort of schedule to follow. That said, I like to think

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

My Mother's House...

My mother has great style. She is very humble about it, but it's true. She loves decorating as much as I do and we always have a great time shopping together. Our tastes do vary on minor things, but I could definitely go around her home and "shop" many of her furnishings and decorative accessories!! No one can spruce up a piece of furniture like my mum. She can turn a yard sale piece into an

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

STREEEEEETS OF RAAAAAGGGGE!!! (umm..and spike-out)

SO, here's the story. I was fiddling around with the Streets of Rage tutorial and thought "Hmmm this engine is coming along rather well" and decided to scrap the tute and embark on actually creating a proper game. So here's what I've done so far;-





Yes it's only a basic demo, just a small preview of what's to come- but at least the mechanics at this point are- in my opinion- pretty fluid. Took a lot of fiddling around with keyhandlers and the like to get it working like that. There are soooo many beat-em ups out there that look fantastic, but playwise lack the juice to keep you intrigued. This is mostly down to controls being unresponsive (bad coding) or the characters movements too slow (bad design). So I made an effort to keep things frictionless.

Pretty much everything I'd love to see in a 2d fighting game I intend on having, borrowing the best bits from the best games and leaving out the poo. Floating combos, multiple grapple techniques, power-up attacks, firearms, hitting grounded enemies. God I'm violent. There's only a handful of those in the demo so far, but keep your eyes peeled...

I you can draw real art, (ie something other than crappy little cutesy characters), please get in touch. There's money to be made for a good artist in Flash these days. Companies are beginning to realise the huge potential of advertising within online games and financially speaking things lousy sponsorship deals are becoming a thing of the past and giving way to percentage earnings. In other words, the day may be dawning when we can actually earn what we're worth. As you can see, the current demo uses placeholder graphics and one day I hope to either put in my own graphics, or hopefully get someone who has some real talent on the job.

I discovered a couple of handy coding techniques along the way with this puppy, such as saving a reference to whichever bad guy the hero is beating on after he comes up on the hitTest--bleh, difficult for a moron like me to explain, but in other words, you could do something like. hero.current_enemy._x=500;
In other words you have all of the current enemies properties available from within the player object. It saved me a lot of time. Guess my skills are improving, but I'd still love to know how 'real' programmers manage to code entire games without putting any lines within their movie clips as I completely struggle to figure out ways of avoiding that at times. There's that old coders adage that "It's not the code but the game that matters" but it's a great feeling when you know your coding is clean and organised (and all on one frame!).

Had an odd urge to go back to coding the remake of Nexus once again. I know the project is supposedly abandoned, and I had no intention of returning to it, but I can't help it- recently great ideas for how it could be done just keep popping into my head. I started scribbling down some map diagrams for the base and who knows, I might just break open the old swf and get cracking on it again.

This doesn't mean I'm blowing off Bounty Hunter 2, but the scale of that game is so large I'd be crazy to focus entirely on it when there's other more attainable visions to chase. Go with the flow of your mind dudes, that's all you can do. As long as you never stop a project completely you'll always have stages in the year when you feel like adding a little bit to it here and there.

When did babies stop being babies??

photo: euphoria top I asked myself this question the other day as I browsed through one of my favourite magazines. It featured the home of a young family with a toddler and infant. The home was decorated in a style I like to call "

Monday, July 23, 2007

Join me in La La Land...

I sometimes like to visit a place I call La La Land. It is basically just the click of a mouse away; and technically, you could buy any of the items with just a few more clicks, but you'd have to be prepared to have a lot of money to fork over. La la land is basically online shopping. I can honestly say, I have done very little of it. I think it is because my husband is deathly afraid of it (

Saturday, July 21, 2007

Choosing colour wisely...

Many of us cite choosing paint as one of the most intimidating decorating tasks. Although we're always told, "It's only paint", well, I for one don't want to waste the $30 it costs for a gallon and/or repaint a room I've painted in the "wrong" colour. So where do we begin and how do we get a fool-proof colour scheme?I've said this before, and it bears repeating. Don't automatically head for the

Fantasy vs Reality...

Here are a few pictures of my living room. It is a well used space and we all wander in and out of it throughout the day. Although we have a family room downstairs, we barely ever use it as such. It is a great hangout for the kids, but when we congregate as a family, it is always in the living room. I painted my walls a colour I that has become a new neutral for me. It is called

Friday, July 20, 2007

The art of washing dishes

black sink and yellow kitchen from: photo: I am probably one of the rare few who doesn't mind washing a few dishes. Now, don't get me wrong...I have a dishwasher and use it everyday. I'm not dumb, I know there are better things in life than washing dishes and technology is there to help us. However, if we all had our dishwashers

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

New friends I am truly thankful for...

photo from J Crew Well, I am back home in front of my computer, with high-speed internet, and some new inspiration. I finally have access to my e-mail and when I checked it, I found to my delight that I am one of the winners of Julie's giveaway over at Janes Apron!! I am so excited, because anyone who knows me knows I never win anything!! Have a look at her

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

It's a floor thing...

Designer: Jackie Glisson The kitchen renos I have taken on in the last while are still not complete. In each case, it is about finding the right carpenter and getting him to show up when you need him. It is a busy time for contractors, so we have spent the time selecting all the other important components.Flooring has been a big issue on one of the jobs. As I see it, there are three good choices

Monday, July 16, 2007

It's a good thing...

Yes, I am borrowing the incomparable Martha Stewart's tag line! I am hereby crowning myself the "Accessories Queen". I truly believe accessories can make or break a space. They should be selected carefully, with thought given to the big picture...and finding the right accessories can give you a thrill like no other decorating decision!I was caught in a lie today and I have to confess... I went to

Sunday, July 15, 2007

Giving up the ghost...

Well, I just got back from the most wonderful evening. We were at my brother and sister-in-law's new home celebrating my Dad's birthday and throwing our hosts a casual housewarming party. They moved back home after living in western Canada for a long time and we are so happy they are back amongst us under the same sky!!Their new home is on a beautiful lake and they have, in my opinion, one of the

Saturday, July 14, 2007

(Vintage) Christmas in July

Now I don't really know where the term (or idea) of Christmas in July came from. I'm pretty sure it is just one more way for the stores to milk the Christmas season. I am definitely one for promoting the magic of Christmas in December only, however, I will take advantage of the idea to show you my Christmas card from last year. I am quite proud of it...My family has long had a love affair with

Friday, July 13, 2007

My little Rambo!!

I had a very interesting conversation with my youngest son today that I thought I'd share with you. It went something like this:Son: (coming in from outside dressed in navy sweat pants, black t-shirt, black silky top thing left over from Halloween, black jacket, and grass belt he made himself...and did I mention that we are having our first sweltering day??) ..."Hi Mum... Dad was right, it sure

Tag, I'm it!!

I'm pretty new to blogging. I started it on my sister's prompting to have a place for those seeking my home styling services to come and check out my style. I am still learning about all the nuances and rules/etiquette of blogging, so forgive me if I make slip-ups now and again.Heather at Splaneyo "tagged" me and since she is such a loyal and nice visitor to my blog, I have decided to play along.

Thursday, July 12, 2007

Perfection is in the eye of the beholder...

Nobody is dumb enough to claim perfection in their homes, themselves, their kids, jobs, etc. That is because even if you really think you can lay claim to perfection, nobody wants to jinx themselves...or appear egotistical by doing so. As I see it, perfection, that can be agreed upon by everyone, doesn't exist. Perfection is subjective. We all have our own definition of it, and we all have

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Goin' on a picnic, leaving right away...

Well, I've had enough of my own moaning about the weather. But just in case you think I'm just exaggerating and whining, here is a picture of the HAIL we got on Saturday...lovely!! I woke up today with a fierce determination that I would not be daunted by the weather any longer. I was going to pack up the kids and go on a picnic. I have spoken before about the merits of picnicking, and

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

...four little, five little, six yellow houses...

I live in a yellow house. It is not the first yellow house I have lived in. In fact, it is the sixth one!! Do you think that's strange? It probably is, but I'm not going to change. I am a yellow house girl. Although my favorite colour is pink, I can't go and live in a pink house, can I? So, yellow is the colour for me... My very first yellow house was actually my parent's. It was one of my

Monday, July 9, 2007

A Retrospective...

It's funny how life turns out differently than what you plan as a youth. I remember being on the cusp of high school graduation, having pulled up my socks after a "healthy" dose of teenage partying years, and being ready for what my future would hold. I was going to live my dream, yes I was. I was headed off to university to take my Bachelor of Nursing. I was enrolled in nursing because every

Is anybody out there...??

I post a lot. Every day. Perhaps I'm getting boring, but I haven't heard from too many of you lately. Maybe you're all at the beach. I hope so, because we haven't had any beach weather yet. So I'm hoping somebody is! But then I think, maybe some of you are shy about commenting or don't know how to go about it. Do you want a lesson? I know some of you just call yourself "blog stalkers" and aren't

Sunday, July 8, 2007

Treating windows right...

Nothing can send a homeowner into a spin like trying to decide on what type of window treatment to go with and then trying to find what they want in the right fabric and pattern. Window treatments are a very personal thing- subject to not only taste but also to the degree a person values their privacy. Some people like darkness more than others and some like to throw open the curtains and let

Friday, July 6, 2007

A camping we will go...Part Two!!

I have already shared with you my disease of "extremecamperenvy-itis". It is a fairly common disease, I think, that those of us with it don't always admit to...the stigma and all... Well I have had it on and off for about seven years now and have managed to keep it under control until now. Why now, you might ask? Well, about a year ago, I was walking with a friend who was stating

Our exodus from the rain...

Down came the rain and washed the fun right out of summer...not!! We are having an unbelievably wet, cool summer...not a great summer for a new pool.Thank goodness my kids are pretty resistant to the cold water (we didn't spring for a heater...maybe next year). Anyway, my husband had a few days off and we decided we were not going to sit around the house watching the rain come down!!Off to the

Thursday, July 5, 2007

Delectable Collectibles...

There are so many beautiful things out there to see and buy, and collect. I have a few collections of my own, but they started out haphazardly. I never planned to collect anything. I usually stumble upon something I "can't live without", stumble upon one like it again, and boom...a collection is born. Basically, I collect anything vintage. I love to pick up vintage linens and hankies,

Wednesday, July 4, 2007

Shaved ice or snow cones or slushies...take your pick!!

Who doesn't love a good snow cone? One that has just the right icy texture, just enough but not too much syrup...yummy! At Sophie's pool party on Friday we tried out our new snow cone maker and yes Wendy, (my sister) it was the best $20 I ever spent! I picked it up at Target in Bangor, and Wendy thought I was a bit silly to have spent my precious US $$ on such a purchase. She has since come

Happy Fourth of July... from Canada!!

Happy Fourth one and all!! Hope you are having a great holiday and a special shout out to my good Bostonian friend Krissy and her family. Sophie says "Hi Maggie" as well!! We miss you!!

Tuesday, July 3, 2007

Happiness is...

Obviously, the things that make me the happiest are not things at all. They are the people in my life who I love and who love me. Family of course, and good friends. I have always been the type to have a few really good friends rather than a big crowd who I haven't made deep connections with. As I have gotten older, I have found that you should surround yourself with people who truly care about

Monday, July 2, 2007

Good and White...

Look at this beautiful kitchen. You can see it for yourself in the latest issue of Better Homes and Gardens magazine. I had started to feel a bit jaded and feeling like if you had seen one white kitchen, you'd seen them all. Not so! This kitchen was a rework on a budget (although an admittedly cushioned $9000 one...which includes some appliances). The cabinets were simply given a fresh paint job,

Sunday, July 1, 2007

Happy Canada Day!!

It's Canada Day and we are going to enjoy all the usual festivities. We went down to the "riverfront" for the entertainment and fireworks...they were spectacular!! We will go to the parade, then off to a BBQ at our good friends, the MacQuarries. Hope everyone is having a great weekend and enjoying great food, great weather, and having fun with family and friends.Happy Canada Day!!