Summer 2018

This summer has been the most eventful summer of my life, by far. Lots of big changes, but good changes, and lots and lots of fun.

Let’s see, what did I do this summer..


  • Went to Toronto for a friend’s wedding, and on the way, we got our marriage license in Prescott (it costs $60 less in Prescott than in Ottawa! Worth it if you’re already passing by)
  • Jethro and I bought a house! We are now proud homeowners (and owners of mortgage debt, ha)



  • Had engagement photos taken, and went to about a million and one wedding-related appointments (alterations, decor, lashes, venue, hair and makeup trial..)
  • My girls hosted the most lovely bridal shower, and I was thoroughly amused by how competitive my mom’s friends are..
  • Got into a major car accident (ugh, still don’t like talking about it, but it happened, and we’re still alive, by the grace of God!)

Jethro+Steph-80.jpgPhoto by Jessi Lauren Photo


  • Went to Prince Edward County for the long weekend (bachelorette weekend!)
  • Jethro and I got married!!
  • We also went on a minimoon roadtrip through Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont (sooo muccchhh lobster!!)

Photo by Jessi Lauren Photo


  • Attended a wedding in Ottawa, and another in Toronto
  • We bought a car! (and if you ever want to talk about hybrids, Jethro’s your man)


September (so far)

  • Went to Tremblant for the long weekend
  • Another wedding in Toronto later this month (this is the summer of 6 weddings for us!!)

Wow. What a summer.

I’m thinking some of these deserve a full blog post. I’m really not the most consistent blogger though, so we shall see…

Until next time,


The media keeps lamenting 2016, but looking back through my photos, it looks like I had a good year. And for that, I am thankful. No complaints here! Also – I don’t remember what happened more than 2 months ago.. so this recap is also a fun reflection exercise (/thank goodness I take a lot of photos on my phone). Here we go, 12 months, 12 photos.

In January, I went on a cruise with these delightful folks, and it was one of the best vacations I have ever been on! We went (pretend) ring shopping. We drank lots of fancy coffees. We watched game shows. We ate too much food. And we took lots of photos. Let’s do it again soon!


In February, I participated in my first of many (12!) craft shows this year. I won’t include toooo many craft show photos in the rest of this recap, but they were all fun and different in their own way! I got to meet people who would tell me that they follow me on Instagram (aw shucks!) and connect with fellow creatives in the city (so many new friends who are so cool I cannot even comprehend).


In March, I started helping out with the youth at my church. At first, I was overwhelmed. And then we went to No Other Name (a 1-day youth conference) and I was even more overwhelmed. But now, I love them. They keep me young (and simultaneously make me feel old).


In April, I finally visited Jocelyn in Hamilton! I always thought it was a nothing city, not really worth visiting. But I regret waiting so long to visit! They have a dedicated calligraphy store and awesome food. ‘Nuff said.


In April, I visited Almonte to be in my first Cheerfully Made market. It was possibly one of my best shows of the year, other than the Etsy show! Also this sign changes colours and is mega cool so I took a picture with it, hehh.


In June, I graduated!!! I miss Kingston, but boy, I do not miss school. Okay, just a little bit.


In July, I picked strawberries with Kaitlyn. This was probably my first Canada Day in a while not going downtown.. but it was so chill and fun! Totally recommend it.


In August, I worked. Well, most months I did. But I also said goodbye to some PHAC friends this month. I learned more about the Kardashians from them than I ever thought I could know.


In September, I did my first ever 2-day show. I didn’t even know it was a 2-day show until about a month before, hahaha. I clearly did not read the contract clearly, heh. Busiest and most crowded show I’ve ever seen. But thankfully I had wonderful helpers to help me survive the busy BUSY crowds. Oh. I also forgot to bring my cash float (cue panic attack) on day 2.. thankfully my friends of Sadie & June lent me money to get me going. Aaaand this is why it is good to have friends :)


In October, my MPH friends and I reunited for a wine touring weekend (where I stopped drinking after 2 wineries cause I’m a lightweight like that). We also made a spur of the moment decision to go to Kingston for homecoming weekend to see Walk Off The Earth! So fun.


In November, I went to Toronto for a friend’s engagement party and got to experience and explore downtown Toronto. The weather was perfect for just wandering all day. My brother and I also hunted for coffee beans in Kensington Market to fuel his new hipster obsession.


In December, I went to Montreal to escape Ottawa (actually, Jethro just had to use up some vacation days). Got to catch up with David and Jenna who I do not see often enough anymore!


And so so many other wonderful things this year. I purposely didn’t share food photos, though I do have lots of those. I can’t decide if I should commit to eating out less this year, or eating out more. Either way, it’s going to be great.




Wow, I can’t believe that August is already over.. does that mean summer is over, too? August is probably my favourite month. And it might have a little something to do with friends, food, ice cream, and a birthday.

I did a lot of touristy things in August because we had some friends visiting.

I also watched some killer fireworks. Like, so good. Maybe not the best I’ve ever seen (Disney is up there), but this fireworks festival kills it every year.

I celebrated my 24th birthday with food, naturally.


I showed off some new Simply Steph Ko cards at the Ottawa Makers Market. I’m now preparing for the Etsy show, which will be the biggest show I’ve done. Eep! Wish me luck.

And I ate a lot of ice cream. I think I might have a problem. Just kidding, there’s no such thing as too much ice cream (says the public health kid.. shh). Everything in moderation, right?


I also said goodbye to my work friends, who finished their summer work terms. Au revoir, lunch buddies!

And now I’m off to enjoy September!



P.S. Some posts from August:


Maybe because the photo isn’t that notable, or I can’t think of a good caption, or I just don’t think it’s Instagram-worthy. But I have all these photos just living on my phone. They tell a pretty good story of what I’ve been up to, and what I’ve found notable enough to take a photo of. So here’s a recap of the month of July, as told by my camera roll.


I got a new bike and started biking to work. My goal is daily, but so far I’m averaging 2-3 times a week.


I went strawberry picking on Canada Day with Kaitlyn.


I participated in July’s Makeful challenge and decorated this iPhone case! Tutorial and giveaway coming soon!

I worked on some of the funnest custom calligraphy commissions to date. I love wedding season!

I ate a lot of food.

And I supported Jethro in some pretty awesome church things (Ouje missions trip + interchurch soccer tournament).

Some posts from July:

August, I’m ready for you.