So I’ve been searching for a retro sticker book forever, with no luck. You know the ones that have pull back pages, so you can protect your awesome collection. After over a year of searching I realized the only way to get one for myself was to have them manufactured. I was sure that my obsession wasn’t limited to me, so I decided to make it myself.
I hoped that I’d find like minded, retro obsessed people who were also looking for a retro style sticker book. Six months of research and development and they FINALLY arrived, and I’m so flipping excited! The sticker book is the perfect place to store your stickers, just like these new ones I also designed inspired by my love of the old school scratch and sniff stickers. 🙂
This big box…. (see above) arrived just after New Years. It was a purchase we made in June / July (I’ve lost count) in the height of the Summer, mid lockdown, when life at home was getting terribly claustrophobic.
With the cover rolled back …. it reveals a …. pool! That can be used every day of the year, in the height of the winter, and the scorching heat of the summer. With our gym memberships cancelled, travelling grounded for the year or more, and bring stuck to our home, Aubrey and I decided a swim spa would be a really useful, amazing investment for our backyard.
We were desperate for something we could all do together as a family- and swimming is just something we all love. We’re not skiers, or skaters. The three of us are water people – I find the greatest calm by being by, and in water. For years I’ve pinned pools, and dreamt of a plunge pool that we could incorporate into our garden.
I was originally smitten with something called “Shipping Container pools” – which are just that. Pools made out of shipping containers. I obsessed over their their looks, but after having the hardest time getting a hold of one company (not naming names) and realizing that if I couldn’t get a hold of a company to talk about buying something – how hard would it be to get a hold of someone if something went wrong, I packed that idea away and decided I didn’t have enough patience left during a pandemic, to try to make something work that just didn’t want to work. Perhaps because of the such a bad experience trying to get information out of a company, it made me appreciate and value the experience we got at BonaVista (pictured below) in Toronto that much more.
So I knew BonaVista pools in Toronto for building gorgeous, in ground pools. What I hadn’t realized is that they had a whole division just dedicated to Swim Spas by Hydropools. Aubrey and I went in to talk with Jennifer there mid Summer (without Oscar first), and talked about pricing, what the overall cost looked like, and then booked ourselves a swim test. Oscar and I went into the pool, did a little swimmy swim and I was sold. On. the spot. It was SO MUCH FUN with the jets.
Although I’m still smitten with the design concept of a shipping container pool, I am SO glad we went with the Hydropool as it just has that many more bells and whistles that makes it fun for everyone. And although it wasn’t the look I was originally thinking, it actually is way more beautiful than I could have imagined.
Pros. This is something we can use 365 days a year. In the coldest of days I was in there floating looking at the stars, with it cranked up to 104 degrees. In the Summer I will be lying out there too, but with it waaaay lower.
Cons: Cost. It’s not just the cost of the pool but you need to factor in electrical, setting up your property to handle it, and the crane.
As much as this was thought of for Oscar to have fun in – This is also for Aubrey and I to get laps in. With the jets you can swim against the current and get in an awesome workout. I found it difficult to do the workout when we had it cranked to 104 in the dead of winter, but I see us doing the exercise more when we lower the temperature of the water, as the heat outside starts to go up. Feel free to ask any questions if you’re interested in getting one!
We bought it from: Bona Vista Pools (they are the BEST)
Ask for Jennifer and she’ll know which model we bought!