Vintage Boler Awning Swatches – taking votes!

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So the decision has been made by me (and… Jeddy… sort of) to finally get an awning for the boler. It’s going to be my Birthday present (I turn 29 on the 2nd of May). We already have the awning rail and poles that came with it when we got it, just NO FABRIC.

We’ve been pricing awnings out from online and locally.. they run about $260+ for a standard bagged trimline one (no scalloped edges or funky patterns). I found the information for the lady who made our curtains and cushions last year and we were super happy with them and gave her a call. She said if I supply the fabric and any other materials, she can make the awning itself.

I am so OVER THE MOON EXCITED for this project. We’ve been in need of an awning for the [almost] 2 years we’ve had our boler but spent our time, energy and money on getting the interior cleaned up and functional.

I found some outdoor material swatches from Fabricland (see pic above) that I’m interested in.. but would love some feedback on the patterns and colours. Comment below and let me know which swatch you think would be awesome on Minty! There’s a nice variety of retro/modern and funky to choose from… which is why I’m having such a hard time.

Graçias!

Work and travel. Business AND pleasure.

Jeddy and I have talked a few times over the past years about what it would be like to work and travel from the road. We’ve been fortunate enough to travel a lot over the past few years – usually to Asia (Philippines, Thailand, Japan) and we love it. We both caught the infamous travel bug a few years ago and have had some amazing adventures living/working/travelling together. Running our own business while we explored the world provided us with the flexibility we needed (schedule-wise) to do so, however it presented a whole slew of new challenges for us to overcome.

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1. Wifi? More like ‘why-you-need-wifi-at-the-beach?’
Being a web-based business, the internet is our life blood. Without it we can’t function. Emails go unanswered, site management doesn’t happen and we might as well be dead to the world. Clients end up very unhappy and, well, ultimately our business suffers. Finding reliable internet was a challenge for us especially when we visited remote regions and towns. Let’s just say high speed wifi at a remote village in the Philippines is the equivalent to hamster-wheel dial-up here at home. Man, are we ever fortunate.

2. Time Management. Beach vs. Work.
The second biggest challenge was effectively managing our time. Until you’ve done it, you can’t understand just how hard it is to sit in front of your computer (and sometimes that meant in a dingy, dark ‘internet room’ and not by the beach) when it’s 35 degrees and GORGEOUS outside. Oh – and every other ‘tourist’ around you is swimming, tanning, shopping or chillin’ with a book in a hammock. There were more than a few times when this happened and it made me really, really bitter.

3. Time change. Not on your time.
Another thing we had to manage (and people often don’t think about this until they’ve landed) is time change. It’s not such a big deal when you’re in Mexico or Hawaii… like, 1 or 2 time zones away. You can get up a little earlier or a little later and still stay on top of things. When you’re on the OTHER SIDE OF THE GLOBE from your Clients, well, let’s just say things get a little tricky. Not only were we dealing with weird working hours, but we were working literally a full day ahead of our clients. Sure – that may seem like a blessing.. but there were many times when a deadline would be [nearly] missed due to confusion over dates and times. Sounds silly but it’s a real issue we had to consider and work around.

These are just a couple of the issues we had to manage while overseas. I’m sure it gets easier with time.. but doing this for a few weeks or months takes some serious workflow adjustment.

Our next adventure…

While we would love to go back to Japan, Thailand or the Philippines sometime in the near future, we also are entertaining the idea of living and working from the road in our 1972 boler. (Have you met Minty?) We would start off with something not too extreme. Maybe a few weeks or a month on the road travelling around and finding our road-work groove. We would need to outfit our boler with the appropriate tools and resources for running our business. Here in Canada it’s not too big of a deal as we have nation-wide internet and phone plans… and maybe we will do our ‘dry run’ within our own Country.

Our next travel bug dream is to travel around the USA and down to the southern states. I want to see the deep South… where they have amazing food, culture and say “y’all”. I have this internal obsession with small town America that I just want to fulfill… and I can’t imagine a cooler way than to pack up my husband, our business and dogs and hit the open road for a few months with Minty in tow. [see map]

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Of course – this is all a longterm goal as of right now. Maybe if we still don’t have kids by the time I’m 30-31 we can embark on this journey. We still have our [near] sights set on getting our home life organization and put back together… finding some stability and getting grounded, but part of being grounded and healthy is having dreams, aspirations and goals to work toward and one of these goals just happens to be ‘MERICA by boler.

 

Spring is upon us and Summer.. well, I’m coming for you.

Summer_CollageGood morning everyone! Hope you all had a lovely weekend. I know I did. It was fun, relaxing and a real ‘go with the flow’ kind of weekend. We hung out with some great people and just took each day moment by moment, hour by hour…. it was perfect.

The weather cooperated for the most part too… giving us just a hint of what’s to come when Summer arrives which, by the way, I am SO excited for. We have plans of working around the house in our yard – trying to recover and salvage what we can of our landscaping. We also plan to do some serious Garage Sale-ing and Camping in the BOLER! Oh – and deck parties. This will be the first summer that we actually have use of our entire house including the TWO upstairs decks – one South-facing and one North-facing… so when the sun shifts we can move the party accordingly for optimal sun exposure a-a-a-a-a-all day long :) We also have some lovely friends getting married AND one of my sisters (I’m the oldest of 5 girls) is graduating high school and I couldn’t be more proud of her. We are travelling to 100 Mile, BC at the end of May to see her walk across the stage. I’m going to be that older sister (well, I may look more like the crazy aunt because of the age difference) holding up a sign, sobbing and screaming with pride. Will post pics.

Overall I’m super happy and VERY thankful to be in a position to be able to look ahead and get excited about things again. This past 6 months have been very challenging for Jeddy and I (which is a total understatement by the way for those of you who know our battles)… but we are finally getting back on track. We have finally found a new groove with day to day life too. Jeddy works mostly out of the house while I have settled into a routine with my home office on the second floor… patched and cracked walls and all… and I couldn’t be happier.

I am thankful now to just to have a space to clear my head and work.

None the less, the days are getting sunnier, warmer and longer which means we’re that much closer to bike ‘n boler season (for me anyhow). What are you most looking forward to about this upcoming summer? Have any plans to travel? Life events you’d like to share? I’d love to hear…