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Saucy stayed up the entire night watching every single minute of the Royal Wedding. She seriously has not closed her eyes once, for fear of missing a regal wave or a swoosh of satin. With Loopy, friends and some champagne, cuddled up on the sofa in PJ's, it was divine perfection.

Loopy seemed a little nonplussed by the entire event but she really perked up when Miss Middleton appeared on her route to Westminster Abbey in her car. "She's so beautiful," Loopy squeaked, "I can't believe how beautiful she looks!"

The entire world agreed.

The bride wore a design by Sarah Burton of the House of Alexander McQueen, making her an instant darling in fashion circles. Burton had been spotted checking into Kate's hotel earlier, sparking an internet rumour that the bride would be wearing vintage McQueen who had passed away last year. The dress was designed for Kate by Burton with specific nods to British tradition and corsetry, an interest of McQueen.

A McQueen fit for a Queen!

And yes, the similarities are quite apparent. She made the right choice. It was traditional yet modern, form fitting without being too revealing. Comparisons were immediately drawn to Princess Grace of Monaco. That's a good thing, right?

Now, let's talk about the guests - and those hats - shall we?

Pop queen Victoria Beckham arrived with football husband David. The Mrs. is expecting their fourth child soon... but cannot crack a smile. Saucy never quite caught a good look at her frock but no matter, she was distracted by the matching canned ham on her forehead.

It was nothing compared to the blue getup and hat donned by socialite Tara Palmer Tomkinson... apparently she is the Paris Hilton of the UK. Saucy thought she was Lady Gaga for a minute. It was an understandable mistake.

This is Miriam Gonzalez Durantez and this is a bad getup.

Sir Elton John arrived with his husband, Canadian born David Furnish. Saucy paid not much attention, lest he was wearing giant sunglasses and a sequin jumpsuit. Now that would have been cool. Even Guy Ritchie thought so.

For a celebrity, Joss Stone looked tasteful and ladylike. She reminded nobody of Anne of Cleves.

Samantha Cameron, the wife of the British Prime Minister looked quite nice but not Royal Wedding nice. A hat would have gone a long way to finishing this look. She had a headband on but it look like it came from Charming Charlie's or Claire's and thus, her dress, although nice, looked as though it came from JC Penny.

Accessories matter.

Prince Harry's on-again girlfriend Chelsy Davy arrived in this green satin ill-fitting frock. The hemline looks like it's falling apart and although the designer released a sketch of her dress earlier this week, it was changed and the interesting bits around the neckline were scrapped for this plain look. The beige mushroom hat and the shoes she borrowed from the Queen aren't helping.

Mother of the Bride Carole Middleton looked regal in her sky blue coat dress by Catherine Walker who was a favourite designer of the late Princess Diana and this made for an interesting turn.

After the celebrities and the family of the bride arrived, it was time for the junior members of the Royal Family to take their places.

Canadian Autumn Kelly visited with soon wed Zara Phillips... another Royal Wedding in the summer. It won't be nearly as exciting. Saucy wonders if anyone will recycle their dreadful hats?

This is the Speaker of the House with his wife, Sally Bercow. Her dress has caused a commotion for being too revealing... she appears as though her assets may pop out of her frock at any moment.

The Spanish Royal Family appeared tasteful and demure. Saucy is kind of digging the whole look on Princess Letizia. For a younger royal, it's kind of funky and looks like it could be in an Anthropologie catalogue.

The Crown Princess of Sweden arrived with her personal-trainer husband (she also married a commoner) and demonstrated with her form fitting coral dress how handy it is to have a trainer for a spouse! She's kind of a royal JLo.

Prince Edward's wife, Sophie the Countess of Wessex played it safe in colour choice but made a bold fascinator statement. But not quite as bold as...

The Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie! What on earth do you make of these looks? Remember what Saucy says: there's a fine line between an outfit and a getup, girls.

This isn't Ascot, where crazy hats are the norm. It's a wedding. Silly hats like that take attention away from the bride. Your mother should have told you that! She didn't?

Saucy's not surprised.

Inside the Abbey as guests take their seats, the camera gets a good peek at the Earl Spencer's daughter, Eliza.

Princess Anne emerges from her car wearing lime and purple. In olden times there was a significance that purple was a colour only reserved for members of the Royal Family and it was considered bad form to wear it if you weren't of noble blood... did you know that? Saucy has so much useless trivia stored up about these people.

Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall arrives in her duck-egg blue coat with gold trim. Altogether not bad, but she's no Diana. 'Nuf said.

The Queen arrived lastly without Curious George! Or didn't she? Someone lift that guy's cape up and check for monkeys!

Kate's bridesmaid Pippa also wore a dress by McQueen and it fit her beautifully. The lace trim was the same as on Kate's.

The newly created Duchess of Cambridge emerged from her car to reveal an almost three metre train... small in comparison to Diana's. Her bouquet was small and modern - a mix of lily of the valley and "sweet williams."

Back inside, The Man in the Yellow Hat takes a snooze beside a grumpy policeman.

Prince Harry... he's a total PILF! Now he is the world's most eligible bachelor. He rode the carriage back to Buckingham Palace with his cousin the Lady Louise. The little bridesmaids wore poufy ivory frocks with their names and the date embroidered inside as mementos.

Lovely images of Catherine's gown... what did you think?

Saucy is sleep deprived and she's not watching one thing other than Royal Wedding coverage all week long. She will be exhibiting the symptoms of withdrawal from pageantry at any time and these may or may not include: fainting, napping, giggling, excessive internet surfing and wearing a tiara to the grocery store.

cooking a new kitchen

To determine the winner of the $50.00 Target gift card, Saucy first chose which of the five posts last week would host the winner... it was Monday. Monday had six comments. She then generated a random winner from those six comments:

Congratulations, Jill! Shoot Saucy an e-mail with your snail mail address and she'll ship you your gift card full of awesomeness and get shopping! Thanks everyone for the comments and wishes... it was another fulfilling year of blogging.

And if you didn't win, remember: Target comes to Canada next spring!

Things have been good and busy around here since Saucy, Veto and Loopy got home from Arizona. Buddy Budderson came home for the long weekend to celebrate his 21st birthday. Carrot cake was served, as is the custom. The roof of the house was replaced while everyone was away on holiday, so nobody had to endure the clacking of hammers and nail guns - just the neighbours.

Since getting home, Saucy has been engrossed in planning the kitchen renovation that will go ahead this summer. She's spent three sessions with the draftsman for Cabico Cabinetry. The plans are almost complete... she has another session scheduled for Tuesday to finish things up.

Wanna take a peek? These are the cabinets:

Simple shaker doors with inset frames so the hinges will be exposed... it will fit this 99 year old house, don't you think? The colour will be a pale dove grey, very close to white. This picture is from the company website but it's pretty close to what Saucy's ordering. The backsplash will be white subway tile, too.

She really wants classic hexagon tiles in this pattern on the floor, but she has a backup plan. If it's cost prohibitive or won't work meeting the adjacent flooring, she'll go with dark wide-plank hardwood. No biggie. She doesn't get too bent out of shape about these things.

She's for sure ordering one section of cabinets in a blue shade. It will make the whole look a little less fitted, more like an original kitchen to the age of the house. Classic cup drawer pulls are a must. The range hood will be like this one, with a ledge for bottles and vases and a cool clock overtop.

Light quartz countertops with a farmhouse sink...

... beadboard on the ceiling, schoolhouse lighting and some open shelving also. Texture on the ceiling is awesome.

One section of cabinetry with glass doors... should she paint the interior for added interest?

But the best part... the part Saucy is so excited about... she might pee her pants a little:

The whole area that was formerly a breakfast nook will now be a pantry and baking centre. Not only has Saucy washed and saved every spaghetti sauce jar that's passed her way for five years, she found these three inch bad boys in a box of 144 with chrome lids:

Imagine it for a moment: a wall of sprinkles. Yes, she said it.


And as sure as she is about this faucet, she's unsure about one thing. Maybe you could help her.

While she's always envisioned this sink (she had it at the last house)... now she's not so sure. It was a tiny bit high maintenance. It scratched easily and Saucy more or less babysat it. She polished it with ceramic cooktop cleansers and didn't let anyone throw tea, coffee or wine down the drain without rinsing. She was a little fussy about it. She kind of drove everyone crazy. She buffed it like it was a sports car and she was a fifty-five year old man in a Zeppelin tee shirt.

Reader, what do you know about copper sinks? What do you think? It should be durable. It's got a nice look.

This is what to consider:

The copper sink actually will cost less than the white version. A savings of about $300.00. Veto's on board with that, as you can imagine.

Saucy's not too excited about the decoration on the front of the copper sink. What do you think? Getting it without costs substantially more money, wanna know why? Because this way is more easily produced by machine but otherwise it has to be hand-hammered for a finish. So if she gets the copper to save money, she'd get the pattern. Otherwise she should just get the white and be done with it.

Also, the copper might not be available right now in the double basin option. Saucy's last farmhouse sink was single basin and it really cramped her style. She thinks. Maybe she can't remember. She washes a lot of dishes.

The sink will be right next to the dishwasher, and it's stainless steel. The white sink won't look bad next to it... but maybe copper will look funny?

What colour of faucet do you put with a copper sink next to a stainless steel dishwasher? It's mind boggling.

The copper is probably easier to care for in the long run, if Saucy just lets it develop its natural patina and doesn't obsess over it. It's also more forgiving if something gets dropped.

But ooooh... white is looking good too. What would you think if you walked into a kitchen with a copper farmhouse sink?

To buy or not to buy, that is the question.

Hello Dear Reader,

There is a new blog post coming later today. Saucy is at the kitchen design centre for the third time this week meeting with the planner... as Veto gave the go ahead for a new kitchen this year for Saucy's birthday. Along with the Royal Wedding, Saucy has been swept away in the romance of it all and has been concocting grand schemes involving faucets, subway tiles, farmhouse sinks... and neon lights. Seriously. There will be neon.

In the meantime, Saucy will make her fifth blogiversary draw tonight and post all of these kitchen plans whilst she devours the champagne Veto brought home for her to toast Wills and Kate with. It's going to be like an Oscar post, but bubblier and with a prize!

See you tonight!
To celebrate five years of blogging, Saucy is taking the week off. Every day she will be highlighting one of the categories she has enjoyed bringing to you over this past half-decade.

When she returns next week, she'll make a random draw for a $50.00 Target gift card from one of these five posts celebrating five years. There's a catch, however. Please link back to this blog via your blog. Facebook and Twitter feeds count too, but only if you don't have a blog. Let Saucy know.

You can enter every day - that's five times the fun! See you next week.

{five years} of blogging

As this week draws to a close, Saucy has reflected on the past five years and living it through the blog. She's documented house renovations (two), puppies, weddings, babies, travels, crafts, cooking and baking (too many cupcakes), concerts, brushes with fame, contests and giveaways, parties, swaps, photography, and of course, the Cheerios. These are the things that keep her busy. These are the things that make life an adventure.

Renovating a 98 year old house, 2007

Loopy's first trip to Chicago, 2006

Halloween, 2006

Saucy mistakenly fashions a costume with faux marijuana leaves, school play, 2006

Making throw cushions from NFL sweatshirts, 2006

Duke as a puppy, 2008

Mustang Sally's wedding flowers, 2010

Loopy's thirteenth birthday party, 2008

Mad Tea Party, 2007

Loopy photo shoot, 2008

Alice-inspired graduation photo shoot, 2010

Mustang Sally gets hitched, 2010

Lanny and Mar's new baby, 2008

Saucy gives James Taylor cupcakes, 2008

Jonas Brothers concert ticket giveaway, 3rd blogiversary

Homemade doughnuts, 2008

Man shackwiches, 2009

Provincial Champions, 2010

But when all is said and done, the blog is just the blog. It is truly a live journal of this adventure Saucy calls life. Thank you for sharing it with her.

Truly, the best part of blogging - the reason Saucy has enjoyed it so much over this half-decade - is the friendships. Saucy has met beautiful, smart and funny women (and a couple of guys too) whose online company she enjoys. Every comment, every email, every interaction has been wonderful. Saucy has online friends she considers to be real-life friends and has also had the good fortune to make friends with local bloggers whom she'd never have met hadn't it been for blogging. That's what makes it truly satisfying and keeps her coming back for more.

So what she's really saying, Dear Reader, the best part of the blog is you.

Saucy returns on Monday with fresh posts, the winner of the $50.00 Target gift card (there's still time to enter - you can leave a comment with your link to any post this week) and more adventures. Have a great weekend!