Thursday, October 31, 2013

Summer in Vancouver - Part 2

Here we are in the last day of October and I hope you don't mind me sharing my Summer. This post is the 2nd part of my 2013 Summer in Vancouver series. The Summer in Vanncouver - Part 1 was posted a couple of weeks ago.

We love going to Steveston, Richmond. It is still part of Vancouver Lower Mainland and is about an hour drive from our home.

There are a few things we can do here.

Steveston Fisherman's Wharf is one of the perfect places to go when you want a relaxing afternoon. We walk along the pier to enjoy the beautiful scenery. We sometimes see the swans who are not shy! The fish market is a must to go. We love to buy fresh wild salmons and shrimps here right off the fishing boats. We get fresh seafood at a fair price. Plus, we get to support local businesses. What not to love!

Located in Steveston village is the Gulf of Georgia Cannery, a National Historic Site of Canada. It was built in 1894, the largest canning building and the leading producer of canned salmon in British Columbia. It is definitely worth a visit tourist attraction site if you love museums. You are not only able to see the machines but also to touch them, very interesting. Tour guides are available and they are very knowledgable. We learn a little bit of  the history of the workers, how people lived at that time. Life certainly was not easy for them.

A stroll at the village, you will find restaurants (City Grill is one of my favs), coffee shops and souvenir shops. Fish and chips or Oysters and chips are to die for. And the ice cream is simply delightful!

Here is my son is in action. Tee hee!

We typically grill the salmon. I marinade it with lemon juice, garlic and a hint of salt and pepper. Fresh salmon needs to be accompanied by fresh vegetables and it cannot be freshener than coming from my mom and my brother's gardens. They are grown organically.

Late August/ early September are the time to harvest pears. Oh my, these pears were so sweet!  These again were from my brother's garden.

Here are stuffed mushrooms filled with bacon and topped with cheddar cheese. My DH's favorite.   Mmm....mmm.... :-)

Spending our summer in Vancouver meant that Ethan had the opportunity to spend time with his cousin. They grew up together and only about a year or so apart so being so close to each other comes naturally. Of course, there were times that when they spent too much time together they started to annoy each other. Lol. Nevertheless, aren't they adorable?

Thank you for dropping by and taking a glimpse look of my life beyond adorebynat. I hope you enjoy your visit. Feel free to leave a comment and share this post.

Monday, October 28, 2013

Countdown to Christmas - Week 6

Happy Monday!

Julie and Blu host weekly Countdown to Christmas promotion and the Countdown to Christmas - Week 6  has been completed with 112 linked items! Impressive!

All handmade shops owners are invited to join.  
There is a 3 item limit for each shop or studio. Multiple shops may post three for each. Keep in mind that it's G-rated. Posting starts from Friday to midnight Sunday, which should provide a lot of time to add items. Participate as many weeks as you like.

I have a Countdown to Christmas Pinterest Board for this and tweet and retweet. Working together as a team and promote each other bring positive impact for us with an ultimate goal of making sales.  

Here are my 3 shared items from Adorebynat shop:

Vintage Inspired Children Storybook Tags or Baby Shower Tags.



Vintage Chickadee Bird Tent Card for Food Place or Guest Party Label.


Tea Party Favor - Alice in Wonderland Tea Bag Holder (Tea Included)

With over one hundred beautiful products, I have quite a hard time selecting which items to highlight. So many to choose and so little space I have in one blog post. Therefore, this week, I'd like to highlight some wonderful handmade products that have some earthy colors. I always love these earth tone palettes.  These browns, tans, grays, oranges and greens have some warm feeling to them.  It's kind of remind me of Fall season although you can use these colors through out the year. The fact that they are muted and natural colors make them versatile and so easy to combined with other colors. Check out how handmade artisans use these earthy color scheme on their beautiful pieces from jewelries, beads for your DIY projects, antique and home decor.

Copper Spiral Chandelier Earrings Mookaite Jasper Dangles Handmade by


Couple Royal Crowns His Hers King Queen Glass Keychains Wedding Gift by

Chinese Knot Topaz Birthstone Silver Beaded Wire Wrapped Earrings by

Egyptian Hieroglyph Handmade Necklace Carnelian Chunky Orange Jewelry by


Rhyolite Stones Swarovski Indian Pink Crystal Gold Dangle Earrings by

Clear Glass Bead Handmade Lampwork Focal Bead Raku Silver Wrapped SRA by


Heart Shape Polished Tan White Banded Agate Undrilled Stone Brown by


Antique Engraved Jaipur Brass Vase Table Decor or Drinking Vessel by


Harvest Time Owl Hanging Dish towel With Hand Knit Button Topper by


Vintage Postcard Fabric Pillow Angel Lighting a Christmas Tree by

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Friday, October 25, 2013

Collections of the Week: Friday, Oct 18th to Thursday, Oct 24th, 2013

Happy Friday!

This week has been a busy week including a quick trip to Singapore on Thursday and coming right back on Friday afternoon.

I am honored to be included in the following collections curated by other amazing Artfire members. I appreciate their kindness for including my items and in return, I spread the words out about these collections including highlighting them here in my blog.

I hope you enjoy them as much as I do.

Its a Monster Mash!


Get Ready For Christmas

Curated by Wyverndesigns

Spring Into Fall Collection One

Curated by Covergirlbeads

Purple Passion - Checked in Today Guild!

Curated by jazzitupwithdesignsbynancy

Touches of Red

Curated by QuiltTops



Curated by AndreaDesigns 

Red Plus Brown Equals Fall

Curated by Umeboshi 

Until next time!