Entries from December 31st, 2010

Bathroom Inspiration



Coastal Living

Better Homes & Gardens

Sarah Richardson

Welcome to all of those visiting via The Lettered Cottage Room Redo link up! Our powder room renovation is there along with so many great room redo’s! Thanks for the opportunity Layla! I thought I’d share some of my favorite bathroom inspiration pics that I came across while I was trying to decide what direction to go with our renovation… enjoy!

Visiting Seattle



Jason and I just got back from a much needed night away in Seattle, without kids! It took us five hours to get there, since the border was a mess of holiday travelers, and we ran into a snowstorm on the way back, but it was worth it. We enjoyed the abnormal amount of uninterrupted talking, shopping, eating, and walking… by ourselves. It was wonderful. And the hotel was amazing! A little bit of luxury for one night in the recently renovated Alexis Hotel. We’ll be staying there again next time we’re in Seattle! I love boutique hotels.

My favorite part of cross border shopping is checking out the latest offerings from stores that we don’t have in Vancouver… Nordstrom Rack, for jeans and shoes, Crate & Barrel, for furniture and home, Anthropologie, for clothes, Watson Kennedy, for those beautiful treasures. What are your favorite shopping places south of the border? Am I missing any gems?

The Land of Nod, and the overwhelmingly amazing University Village, was new to me this time around, and I fell in love with The Land of Nod bunk beds and the idea of the boys sharing a room. Although I don’t know if the reality of room sharing would be as ideal as the bunk beds themselves. Anyone tried having their kids share a room before?

Wishing You A Merry Christmas!



Well, I ran out of Christmas cards this year, due to guessing how many I would need… and obviously underestimating. Next year I’ll be putting together a formal list to avoid this predicament, because obviously my memory and estimating skills are not going to cut it. This is what the family version of our Christmas card looked like this year. So to everyone who comes by and reads my blog, I wish you all a very Merry Christmas. I hope that you have a wonderful time, wherever you are, with your friends and family.

Owl Be Home For Christmas



A cheesy title, I know, but I couldn’t resist. When I saw this laptop sleeve by Quebec based BoutiqueID on Etsy the other day I fell in love! The design is perfection!! And they come in all shapes and sizes for holding your phone, Kindle, iPad, etc. Now if only they made one big enough for my 17″ MacBook Pro! Maybe I can talk them into working that into their 2011 lineup?!

Sharing the Joy



The theme of the Christmas cards that we sent out this year was joy, and it looks like there’s a lot of it going around at this time of year. I just had to share these images with you of the beautiful cookies that a former coworker and friend of mine will be giving out this year. Thanks for sharing Cindy!

How are you sharing your joy this season?

Giveaway Winner!



The lucky winner drawn for the Pier 1 bird salt & pepper shakers is Heather! Congratulations!

Sorry for the total lack of posts lately, I’ve been sick for weeks on end! I’ll be back in action very soon. At least I don’t need a voice to type… : )

Pier 1 Imports Giveaway



As I mentioned yesterday, it’s Giveaway Day today!

I picked up two White Bird Salt & Pepper Sets last time I was at Pier 1. I loved just how tiny they were, and considering flutterflutter’s logo it seemed appropriate! I’m offering up the second set to one of you readers! Just leave a comment below to be put in the draw! Good luck!

The picture I took makes these look huge, but they are actually less than 2 1/4″ high.

Gone to the Birds



Image: Coe & Waito

What is it about birds? I know friends that have been “banned” from buying another item with birds on it – you know who you are! I have to admit to a long term case of bird crazy myself. Ever since I saw these beautiful, simple bowls in House & Home Magazine years ago… I was hooked.

Local artist Arleigh Wood is one of my personal faves for using bird imagery in her art. She always creates such beautiful paintings.

Image: Arleigh Wood, “Placing Leaves on Trees”

Image: Arleigh Wood, “Cardinal Blossoms”

Local sister design team Kelly and Karen Schmidt make up Double Trouble Design. They are both multi-talented people and so much fun! I bought one of their beautiful clocks for the wall in my studio last year and it really brightens up a gloomy gray Vancouver day. (The bird image on the right, with the blue colour of the other image is the combo I chose. They have so many to choose from – not just birds!)

You can find them all selling their wares at Shiny Fuzzy Muddy this weekend. I’ll be there checking it out too!

How about you? Any animal obsessions?

I’ll be having a bird-themed giveaway tomorrow, so check back soon!

Hot Off The Press: Christmas Cards



The last Hot Off The Press for now is featuring the Christmas card for the hubby’s company. This year I designed a series of cards all based around the “o” in “joy” being die cut out of the paper to make a different image… VERY fun to play around with! Do you like how the hole casts a shadow on the red inside of the card to make it look like an actual ornament? Can’t wait to send out the family version! Won’t ruin the surprise by posting the picture of that one… since you may see one in the mail soon enough!

Hot Off The Press: Spraggs & Co.



One of the other jobs that came back from the printers on Friday was this custom Christmas card for Spraggs & Co. They had seen one of my cards from last year, and approached me to create one for them. More than happy to oblige! If you are ever in need of an injury lawyer you can find them here.

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