Head of the Bed

Posted by danielle on September 23rd, 2014

I’ve been looking for a headboard for our bedroom for almost six years now. Not inclusively, obviously, but every once in a while it comes back on my radar. I search for a bit, and then give up. We’ve never actually had a real headboard. When we lived in our condo, I’d made an upholstered board that hung on the wall, but it didn’t get reinstalled in our new place because I’d planned to get a proper one shortly after we moved in.


That didn’t happen. Then I looked around again back when I painted in 2011 but found nothing to my liking – and by liking I also mean in our price range.

I took up my search again over the summer since I had all the time in the world to obsess over our décor, but still came up empty handed. I was tired of not having one though. I think a headboard really makes a bedroom look put together, and really, how much longer could we go on living like this? We might as well just put the mattress directly on the floor, stick movie posters with thumbtacks over the bed and hand a flag in the window.

We’re grown ups. We needed a headboard.

Inevitably, I ended up making one.

There are enough of tutorials out there for DIY upholstered headboards, so I’ll skip over the specifics, but here are a few pictures of the project in progress:


Unlike the one I made for the condo, this one is attached to the bed, rather than the wall.


I had some of the basic materials around the house, including scrap wood, nails, screws, staples and buttons. I bought MDF from Home Depot (and had them cut it), quilt batting from the fabric store and linen from Ikea. Overall, the project cost me around $30 and only took a few hours to assemble.


In my mind, this is just a temporary solution until we find something better, but at the rate we’re going, who knows when that will be.


Posted by danielle on September 19th, 2014

This weekend we were supposed to pack up the camper and head off to Tobermory for our final camping trip of the summer but we decided this morning it just wasn’t happening.

There were a plethora of reasons for our cancellation but inevitably, the forecast sealed the deal.Rain is predicted for most of the weekend on the Bruce peninsula, meanwhile Here in burlington, it’s actually calling for sunshine on tomorrow with a high of around 20. It would have been nice to get away, but we’d rather hold out for better weather for our season finale.


This now leaves me with a weekend clear of plans and I plan to keep it that way.

Have a great one!


Posted by danielle on September 12th, 2014

Last year I was posting random blog fodder here under the title TGIF and I’ve decided to do it again, otherwise this site will never get updated.

This is actually the first time in six months the acronym has really been applicable to me. I returned to work part time in August after my maternity leave and then decided to go back to full time after Labour Day. Since last week was a short one with the holiday, this was my first full week at the office. Today could not have come soon enough.

Adjusting back to my old life has been more difficult than I thought it would be. Everyone at the office has been kind and accommodating but I just can’t stay present. I want to be at home with our daughter and each day at work is an 8 hour long reminder why I’m not. I can’t get past the mindset that I’m not just supposed to be there.

My anxiety and sadness is further compounded by the fact that I’m not pregnant again, as I’d hoped to be by now. As a rational adult I realize the world doesn’t operate on the basis of what I deem fair, but I honestly felt the universe owed us another baby. Despite our most well researched and calculated efforts (so romantic!) conception continues to illude us.

Overall though, I’m just tired.

All. The. Time.

It’s exhausting – getting up everyday and pretending I’m ok, when I’m really not. I understand this is all part of the process though, and according to all of the professional advice I’ve sought, we’re doing all the right things to heal and move forward. I just need to be patient.


Now that I’ve bummed you out, allow me to turn this post around by a few awesome things I’m looking forward to:

Downton Abby.


The season premieres on September 21 and I can hardly wait.



We’ve had another great season in our wee camper and we’re looking forward to one last trip this month before we tuck it in for the winter.

Have a great weekend!