Creating a Happy, Colorful, Handmade Home & life on the shores of lake superior

April 18, 2014

I'm on Instagram!

I know I'm (fashionably?) late to the party, but I've just joined Instagram (http://instagram.com/danslelakehouse)!  I'm excited about using it for sharing sneak peeks and previews of projects, plus I'm moving my treasure hunting report there.  I've got an open account, so anyone is free to take a look.


I've been averse to social media, but lately I've realized that it will be a great way to connect more with you.  I'm already on Pinterest (townhouse_tanya) and will take to Twitter next week, but I'm on the fence about Facebook.  A lot of changes are on the horizon, actually: I'm considering a migration from blogger to wordpress (yikes!), with a new blog name (Dans le Lakehouse), new url, and new blog design.  I'm feeling a little overwhelmed . . . Instagram, though, has proven to be fun and blissfully easy (although, for some reason, hashtags annoy me).  These are some things I thought were worth sharing:

I'm enjoying my new insulated lunchbag set from Island Picnic, so I couldn't help but photograph the very lakehouse-appropriate design (and organic cotton fabric!).  The little sandwhich and snack bags are washable and are meant to replace plastic ones, which is a clever idea.  Island Picnic is run by a mother-daughter duo who sew all of their green products, which is why they piqued my interest: I love family businesses.
 

Did you know mason jars come in vintage-inspired turquoise?  Who among you knew this and kept it from me?  I'm not really mason-jar obsessed, but I impulse-bought a case of these Ball American Heritage Edition jars from Canadian Tire to store dribs and drabs of snacks and baking supplies.  Our new kitchen is small, so I'm trying to maximize cupboard space by getting rid of over-sized packaging.  Leah and Janis, of Island Picnic, advocate storing things in glass, not plastic, and I'm happy to oblige when glass looks as cute as this.  Plus these are made in the USA.

As if cookies ever last long enough to be decanted.
Sadly, it's no picnic here, weather-wise.  A few weeks ago we still had mountains of snow (I had deck stairs at one point, right?):


But then some snow melted, the banks receded and I could see dead grass (hurray!).  We rejoiced and stopped wearing jackets, and then BOOM, we were hit with more.  So disappointing! 



In happier news, something gorgeous (from Modernica) has landed in the dining room.  I need to unearth the dining table from beneath a sea of sewing supplies and moving boxes, and then show you the whole kit and caboodle.  Seriously, it's breathtaking.


This is fun; I'm going to like Instagram.  For those who celebrate, Happy Easter weekend!!  What kind of filter makes a ham look tastiest? #timeforstretchypants.  Argh, I can't do it, it just bugs me.  

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  1. Welcome to Instagram! You'll learn to love the hashtags... especially when you make your own and can go check out all of your categorized pictures on one page. #isecretlylovehashtags #buthatewhensomeonehas100hashtagson1photo

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    1. Haha, yes, I think it's the 100 hashtags on one photo that bug me. I'll have to get used to using them. I'm not very good at categorizing things on the blog - my labels are a mess. I'll have to learn the do instagram right!

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  2. Too funny, I was trying to figure out if you had instagram last week! Hashtags are just a way to show your pictures to other people, for instance, I was just at a Chromeo concert the other day and I was able to browse tons of pictures from the show posted by other people by searching hashtags! It's a fun way to find out what other people around the world are doing. My pet peeve is when people hashtag something that's not actually in the picture. I've got a friend who hash tags #tattoos all the time when you can't even see her tattoos in the picture, that's a faux pas for me!

    One tip, if someone comments on your picture and you want to reply make sure you tag them, if you simply comment on your own picture the person wont get a notification, and they wont know that you replied!

    Anyways, I'm looking forward to more social media from you! :) I've pretty much forgone most social media in favour of instagram.

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    1. That's a good tip for using hashtags - that would be neat to see other photos of the event you're at. Thanks also for letting me know about the commenting - I didn't know that either! I need to read a dummies guide to this before I make a faux pas. Instagram seemed like the most fun so I tried it first.

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  3. It's taken me a long time to join these social media sites as well, so you're not alone. Happy posting.

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  4. So glad to hear you're on instagram! Love those insulated lunch bags

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    1. I'm excited too! I love seeing all of these beautiful photos I've missed out on. So much to catch up on!

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  5. I'm so happy you're now on Instagram! I love it, and I'm always looking for new people to follow. Most of the creative & business friends I have are abandoning the Facebook ship, myself included. Love the lunch bags - I also use little reusable sacks for food and they're wonderful. I like that they cut down on our plastic bag consumption. And you'll love glass jars in the kitchen - we had a pantry moth epidemic recently and now our entire pantry are in those large, air-tight glass jars. They're so pretty AND functional.

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    1. I didn't want to reveal this, but it was a beetle in the triscuit box that finally made me spring for jars. So gross. I'm following you too! I'm looking forward to staying connected and seeing more bits and pieces of your life!! I miss you, can't wait for your visit :)

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  6. I have been eying the blue mason jars in Micheal's for months now but didn't buy because they only sold in a pack of 10 or 12. I will have to check Canadian, it's most likely cheaper because it won't be seen as a "craft item" which seems to be the alternate words for "overcharge". I want to make soap dispensers for my kitchen and bathroom sink. Poke a hole in top, glue in a pump, voila...cheap, easy and pretty. They would make cute little containers on my window sill when rooting plants too. Always been in love with blue glass. The antique ones are a lighter blue and I would say even prettier...but more expensive of course.

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    1. I couldn't find them online to link to, but in my store they were sold in a pack of six. I want to say $7.99 for six (don't quote me on that) - a lot more than clear glass ones but still SO much cheaper than other food storage canisters and jars. Your ideas for them are so pretty - especially for rooting plants on the window sill. These look really nice when light shines through a little. Yes, the vintage ones are lighter (and I agree: nicer) but I've never spotted one at an antique store - ever! Maybe ebay. They'd feel to precious to use.

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    2. Sounds like a good deal, I think the 10 pack at Michael's is about $20.....I'm sur ei could find a use over time for 10..but 6 sounds better to start lol

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  7. LOVE your new dining room light! Can't wait to see/hear more about it. Have been pondering what to get to go with our Danish modern, and of course could be it.

    About glass jar storage... While you're at it, be sure to explore the opportunities for double-perk grocery containers. Straight-sided glass peanut butter jars, salsa jars (Rick Bayless's brand comes in great jars with easy-to-remove labels), pretty jam jars.... you get the idea. Most of our herbs, spices, rice, and legumes are stored in jars that cost us no more than the price of their original contents. You can spray paint the tops, if needed, but if you choose wisely that often doesn't need to be done, either.

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    1. I'm excited to show you the rest. I am 100% happy with it - it's excellent quality.

      We do re-use glass jars from food, but largely to decant paint and primer. All of what I've hoarded over the years is used for that right now. Well, I've also got some pasta sauce jars holding Szuka's treats. Time to collect more! I wish companies did what they did in the 60s and 70s and used packaging that was actually drinking glasses. I'd buy the same brand more loyally to collect a set of glassware. I think peanut butter came that way . . .

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