Entries from December 24th, 2011

Merry Christmas Everyone!



This is the Christmas card that I designed and sent to family and friends… until I ran out! 🙁 Note to self: Increase the print run next year. I’m virtually sending this to you along with a huge Thank You for stopping by my blog and leaving your encouraging comments in 2011. To all my blogging friends that I’ve connected with this year, virtually and in person, you have inspired me immensely. To my “real life” friends that read my blog, your support and encouragement means so much! I look forward to another fun year ahead!

Wishing you a Merry Christmas from our family to yours!

Live With Lisa Quinn



I mentioned back in November that I’d been contacted by ABC about featuring my Juju Hat Tutorial on the Live Well Network home makeover show Live With Lisa Quinn. Well, it is now live on their website! I’m attaching Segment 3 of the “Moving into a New Home” episode, where Lisa makes a juju hat using the tutorial… if you’d like to see the rest of the show, just go here!

DIY Piggy Bank Bookends



I have always loved the look of white bookends, and animals seem so much cooler in white, don’t they? These images have been floating around in my head for a long time. While I was going through the boys’ toys lately I had an idea for how I might be able to replicate these without spending a penny!

When the boys were young they received quite a few piggy banks as gifts, and many of them are now too babyish for the boys. While I was filling a box with toys to give away I came across these, and I thought that all they really needed was a coat of spray paint to be pretty fantastic bookends! And when they’re filled with coins they’re nice and heavy!

Do you have piggy banks from when your kids were smaller? I’d love to hear if you re-purpose yours!

Photo Credits: 1. Jonathan Adler Whale Bookends, 2. Chapters Indigo Owl Bookends, 3-6 Rosa Pearson.

Warm Weekend Wishes



It’s been a week full of sick kids, more missed school, and a trip to the ER. Things have been moving at a fairly slow pace. We have parties this weekend that we may not be able to make, and concerts that our kids are probably too sick to take part in, but I know that all that stuff doesn’t really matter in the long run. Our kids are happy to have us here taking care of them, and there has been that much more reading, game playing, and together time, which is never really a bad thing.

I am REALLY behind with Christmas shopping, since I’ve barely left the house, but I’ve had plenty of moments for Christmas-time shots around the house!

Wishing you a wonderful, warm and cozy weekend!

PS – Notice the book at the bottom of the stack? That is the very cool Chicago Spaces: Inspiring Interiors, that I won over at Birch & Bird! Thanks again Rachel & Lily! And the beautiful green box atop that stack contains my favorite scent from The Natural Eclectic candle collection by Heather Ross. Heavenly!

Photo Credits: Rosa Pearson

Gifts for Ninja Lovers



Are there any other ninja lovers out there? I’ve got a couple at this house, and so I loved to see Anthology Magazine feature these fantastic Ninjabread Men Cookie Cutters, which I ended up finding at my local Chapters Indigo!

I bought Namu’s “We are Ninja’s” T-shirt at the One of a Kind Show last weekend. If you missed the show, you can still find this on her Etsy shop!

This poster will be rocking Jason’s office… I originally saw it in Interior Design, and it’s now available to purchase on Zazzle.

Jason has been banned from reading my blog until Christmas has passed, just in case you were wondering why I was posting about future gifts. 😉

Weekend Happenings



My Christmas cards are now being stocked at Heather Ross [In House]! I was waiting to tell you until I had a picture of my cards next to one of her beautiful vignettes, but with all the sickness at our house I haven’t made it downtown during the day for quite a while!

The Fieldstone Vintage Market, put on by Birch & Bird’s Rachel & Lily and held at the EcoDairy, was something I missed out on last time around because I was in New York… so this time I took all my boys out to Abbotsford to have a look. I have to admit that I saw more of the cows than the crafts, but still, I was glad that everyone had a good time!

I spent Friday night shopping at Vancouver’s One of a Kind Show… and came home with this amazing cowl from Kove. Love their stuff!

On Saturday I met up with the Canadian Design Bloggers West at Jodi & Darryl‘s gorgeous home. We collected a pile of food under the tree for the Food Bank, and money towards the Union Gospel Mission’s Christmas Dinner. A great time, and a great reason to get together!

I hope all your holiday activities are helping to put you in the Christmas spirit!

DIY Pallet Coffee Table



Bodie & Fou (above) and Apartment Therapy (below) featured these beautifully-styled pallet tables, and it was these pics that inspired me to create one for myself.

Backyard construction over the summer left behind three pallets. (My friend Jessica says that they would have been gone in three seconds flat if I lived in East Vancouver.) I live in the suburbs, so there was no demand for them by passersby, just a desire from our neighbours to get them off our front lawn!

The funny thing is that this is as far as I got before my kids claimed it as their stage for performances… so for now I’m going to hold off getting glass cut for the top. For the price of four industrial castor wheels I have a new coffee table, and the boys have a stage! What do you think?

Ignore the post-Thanksgiving styling job… I just can’t bring myself to throw out perfectly good gourds quite yet when they’re so pretty!

Pillow Cover Stuffed Animal



This pillow (and it’s mate) have been subjected to years of mistreatment by the boys. All the polyester stuffing was lumpy beyond repair. I kept them around because the boys played with them all the time. But, now that the family room has some new pillows, it was time for them to leave home.

Rather than throw them in the garbage, I thought that I would answer the pleas of a sick boy and make him a stuffed animal… out of one of the pillows! I cut the cover into body parts, sewed them together, and used the old polyester filling to stuff him. TA DA! Recycling at its best!

(Disclaimer: This picture is of the younger brother who was happy to steal away the new stuffed animal from his older brother.)

Photo Credits & Quote Design: Rosa Pearson @ FlutterFlutter

Warming Up For Winter



I recently discovered Sparrow & Co. & The Original Pop Up Shop, both out of the UK, and I had to share these gorgeous pictures! They make me want to cozy up with some tea by a fire.

Photo Credits: Sparrow & Co., The Original Pop Up Shop.

Arcadian Lighting Giveaway Winner



The winner of the $75 Arcadian Lighting Giveaway is…. Cathy!

Cathy commented: “We are in dire need of lighting for our living room. There is a sad light in the corner, yuck!”

Congratulations Cathy! I hope this helps brighten up your living room!

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