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Another Surprise and a Sand-bagger

Is a “sand-bagger” also something dirty?  It sounds dirty.

You might have noticed I scaled back blogging just a bit recently, from five posts per week to three or four.  I wanted to spend more time with Hubs, before we say good-bye for four months.  We logged some patio time, just relaxing.  Occasionally with a book, drink or bowl of ice cream.  Oh my gosh, too much ice cream.

We also watched movies, went for bikes rides and spent a few glorious days at Sandbanks Provincial Park, sunning and swimming at the Dunes.  I wish life was always this chill . . .

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We also worked on a few DIY projects I’m sandbagging so you (and I) will still get little tastes of the townhouse while I’m away.  In fact, I have a pretty fun project post planned for next week!  And the week after.  And the week after that!  Plus I have a new series or two in the works.  Lots of goodies.  I’m full of surprises.

Here’s another surprise: I’m not going to be alone in Hungary the whole time!  Sure, I made friends there, plus a colleague who has completed her PhD will be there at the same time, so we’ll be working on a project together.  But someone else has been rooked into coming with me: my Mom!  She’s arriving in Ottawa today (we fly out together Saturday) so I tidied up the guest room.  The treadmill is tucked away and my suitcase and its contents are no longer taking over the space:

I also added a few doses of pretty: a spontaneous white glass collection (the painted wine bottles moved downstairs) plus a gorgeous vase I bought for the shop but could not part with.

The vase (called a “window vase,” I’ve read) was a sweet find.  It is designed by Howard Pierce, who created a lot of adorable pottery.  There are a few variations of this vase, but they are somewhat rare I’ve learned.  It lingered at a Value Village because of it’s high (for VV) price.  I loved the figurine within the vase and knew it was c. 1950s so I took a chance and splurged.  It was a good investment, because vases like these sell for $150-200!!  Even with Hubby chanting “sell it, sell it,” I just couldn’t.  Maybe some day.  But it’s just so fun.  And looks great with the whimsical artwork in the guest room (by Hubby’s grandpa, Bert Weir).

On the other end of the price spectrum, I accidentally started collecting these milk glass vases because I was finding so many of them at yard sales this summer for 50 cents . . . 25 cents (!) . . . $1.  I just couldn’t pass by such sweet prices.  So I started buying one or two and then boom: collection.  I want to make the collection HUGE and eventually build a coloured display cabinet so they really pop.

Now that the guest room is in order and slightly more adorned, I’m off for the much less glamorous task of bathroom cleaning!  Actually, I’m off to try and fob that off on the Hubs . . .



  1. Christine
    August 30, 2012 / 3:57 pm

    Yay! That's so exciting that your mom will be joining you in Hungary. That will be so nice!That vase is really unique and pretty!

    • Tanya from Dans le Townhouse
      August 30, 2012 / 9:54 pm

      I know! I'm pretty excited – she needs some convincing still, though!

  2. The Thrifty Picker - Rachael
    August 30, 2012 / 4:33 pm

    Loce that corner end table, will definitely be on the lookout for one of those. Safe travels!

    • Tanya from Dans le Townhouse
      August 30, 2012 / 9:55 pm

      Thanks, I bought it at an estate sale – it had a pair of round side tables that went with it that my Mom now owns. Plus a coffee table, which had been chewed. I think it's by a Canadian company. Good luck and happy [treasure] hunting!

  3. How2home
    August 30, 2012 / 8:05 pm

    You must be thrilled that your mom will be joining you in Hungary! Looks like you're doing great job with packing and the room is beautiful! I love your sense of style 🙂

    • Tanya from Dans le Townhouse
      August 30, 2012 / 9:56 pm

      My suitcase is 50.5 pounds. Eeek. Hope I have a lenient check-in person. My supervisor is sending a 2 lb. jar of jam to someone via me, so that's the first thing to go if I'm nabbed for being over limit. But now I wonder if I packed too many light things . . . hard to pack for fall and winter in sweltering heat!

    • How2home
      September 5, 2012 / 7:37 pm

      Mmmm…jam! Ya, I agree….you can always buy it in Hungary right! Worse comes to worse you'll have a nice shopping trip with your mom for fall/winter clothes!

  4. Emily @ Go Haus Go
    August 30, 2012 / 8:32 pm

    Oh my gosh! Are you relieved your mom is coming along!!? I can't wait to hear about your travels.

    • Tanya from Dans le Townhouse
      August 30, 2012 / 9:58 pm

      I am . . . it will be so nice to have company, research help (!) and also someone to share some of this with. However, she is wound a little tighter than me. I can be pretty chill about certain things (esp. things out of my control) but I can get wound up by tense people around me. Hope she doesn't become a contagious stress-ball! But I am so appreciative of her taking a huge chunk out of her fall to be with me!!

  5. Dana@Mid2Mod
    August 31, 2012 / 1:50 am

    Having your mom along will make the time there go by much faster, I think. I'm so glad she decided to go.

    • Tanya from Dans le Townhouse
      September 5, 2012 / 6:09 pm

      We are definitely having a fun time together. I can't imagine this trip alone!

  6. Amelia @ House Pretty
    August 31, 2012 / 2:35 am

    First of all, there is no such thing as too much ice cream. Second, I'm so jealous of your milk glass collection! It's so pricey whenever I come across it in Halifax!

    • Tanya from Dans le Townhouse
      September 5, 2012 / 6:09 pm

      Ha ha, so true! I should keep my eye out for more milk glass next summer (yard sale are way more affordable than thrift shops) and send some your way! 🙂

  7. Whitney @ Drab to Fab Design
    August 31, 2012 / 12:44 pm

    That's so awesome your mom is coming! I love your window vase and especially your milk glass collection!

  8. erica | wicked bride
    August 31, 2012 / 4:57 pm

    That vase is amazing, I've never seen anything like it! Have a safe flight!

  9. Sheila @sZinteriors
    August 31, 2012 / 8:13 pm

    What an awesome milk glass collection you have, and it's going to look amazing immersed in a pop of colour like you described. How exciting that your mom is going to join you… safe travels to you both.

    • Tanya from Dans le Townhouse
      September 5, 2012 / 6:10 pm

      Thanks Sheila! We made it safe and sound!

  10. barbara@hodge:podge
    August 31, 2012 / 11:52 pm

    Wow, you sure are busy….how do you do it? It is sweet news that your mom is tagging along – how fun! {I hope???} Enjoy Hungary – are you Hungarian BTW? or is this a country you are just drawn to. Just curious..

    • Tanya from Dans le Townhouse
      September 5, 2012 / 6:12 pm

      My mother's parents are from Hungary and I learned the language (roughly) as a child – as I first learned to speak, actually. My research eventually gravitated toward Hungarian women and here I am! I have a post on my research here, but I promise to blog a bit more about it as my project takes shape.

  11. Amy
    September 4, 2012 / 4:30 pm

    Wow.. that window vase is so interesting! Great find 🙂

  12. LabelSnob
    September 5, 2012 / 1:40 pm

    I have a white glass collection going too! I just LOVE the clean look of it! That is so great your mom is going to be joining you in Hungary! I know if it were me and my husband couldn't come I would def want my mom to be there!

    • Tanya from Dans le Townhouse
      September 5, 2012 / 6:13 pm

      So cool you have a milk glass collection too! We need our own group so we can swap!

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