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22 Mar, 2017

I might be a little crazy about our bed linens

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Home/reno|Oh! Things!

I bought a new cotton sheet set. I’ve been waiting to buy something for over a year because of our Shopping Embargo and the pledge we made not to buy anything deemed non-essential. As far as I was concerned, as long as our old sheets still had life in them, new sheets were not a […]

17 Mar, 2017

The joy of throwing stuff out… gradually.

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Home/reno

Did anyone else out there buy a copy of The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing? I did, annnnnnd I never read it. In fact, it’s sitting in a pile of books by my bed, just staring at me. I get that it’s a best-seller but I just can’t […]

21 Sep, 2016

The mystery of the lost marbles

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Home/reno|Misc. life

If you live in Ottawa you know it’s been a pretty long and hot summer. To that effect, I’ve been dutifully filling up our two bird baths with fresh water. I also added something new to the mix. Well, new-ish. I had this on the go last summer and thought I’d revisit the idea for […]


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  • Sarah: Hardy Mattress in Westboro will make you a pillow. If it isn't right, they'll adjust it no charge. They are amazing!
  • andrea tomkins: Ironing on the bed is the lazy way of ironing sheets. It's so easy! Next time I do it I'll post a photo (or video)! :)
  • Anne: I need you to post a photo of you IRONING your sheets...on YOUR BED. You take ironing to a whole new level that I was not aware of!
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  • Claudette: I'm like you. I could read all the tips about how to organize better and then I'd just get pissed off that I'm not doing it the fashionable way so I e
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