Entries from April 27th, 2012

The One That Got Away



Are there any other Craigslist shoppers out there? I don’t check very often, unless I have something specific in mind. But occasionally I’ll check the listings just to see what’s out there and that’s when I come across things like this! A danish credenza made of walnut for a song!

It reminded me of the project that Amy did last year that I loved so much! But, as you can tell by the title, this was snatched up before I could get my hands on it. Too bad!! I was really excited about painting the drawer fronts a glossy white, like the dresser below.

Yes, I could buy this dresser at a local furniture shop for a lot more $$$, but where’s the rush in that?!! 😉

Have you ever found a great deal on Craigslist? Or one that got away?

IKEA Richmond Grand Opening



There is a party going on, and I thought you might like to know! After 35 years in Richmond, IKEA is celebrating the opening of a brand new store today! If you’re the lucky first-in-line you’ll be holding a $10,000 gift card!! And the first 1,000 fans after that will receive mystery envelopes!

I got to check out their inspiring new store at their media cocktail party, and also had some fun with my blogging friends. The new store is 334,000 sq.ft. so my recommendation is to wear comfortable shoes. I know I’ll be wearing runners next time! My feet still hate me. But don’t worry, if your feet get tired there are plenty of places to have a seat…

oh wait, wrong picture, hee hee. There may have been some crazy shenanigans that night… but I won’t name names. 😉 Maybe if you need to take a break you’d be better off sitting here…

You may see me there if you’re heading down, since I won a $100 IKEA gift card over at hodge:podge last week and plan on heading back to spend it! Thank you Barbara!! And a big thanks to IKEA!

WHERE: 3320 Jacombs Road, Richmond
WHEN: April 25th, 2012. Opening Ceremonies begin at 8:20am.
Doors open at 9:00am.

Photo Credit: IKEA Canada (except for the picture of the lambswool divers, that one would be mine. And it might just be Tracey & Andrea.)

The Sound of Sunshine



How was your weekend?  Ours was full of sunshine! Lots of time spent in the garden ripping out weeds, tree stumps, etc. It’s that time of year, and we have so many ideas, making for a really long list! I’m excited to see what we can get done with a little elbow grease!

Music: The Sound of Sunshine, by Michael Franti & Spearhead.

California Dreamin’



After a great time in Palm Desert with the in laws, we headed to Carlsbad to visit Legoland. We knew the boys were going to have a great time, but what surprised me was how much I enjoyed the trip! We decided to stay near the beach, not near Legoland. It was the right decision!

Downtown Carlsbad is charming. From our condo we were able to walk to shops & restaurants, and the beach was right across the street! The Naked Cafe is a must for breakfast or lunch. And you can eat in their beautiful courtyard! Also, Paradise Pizza is a hidden gem, with amazing pizza. Both of these places have gluten free options, which is part of why we loved them so!

I researched accommodations in Carlsbad for quite a while, and decided on Carlbad Inn Beach Resort Condominiums. If you’re going to head down to Legoland and still want some beach time, pool time and a kitchen so you can make some meals… this is the place!

I’m reminiscing about our holiday because it’s mostly rain in Vancouver lately. It makes me want to jump on a plane again! How about you? Have you been anywhere warm this year? Maybe we’ll all get some sun this weekend! Regardless, have a good one!

Posters by Christian Jackson



I have had The Wizard of Oz on my mind lately. These are just some of the posters designed by Christian Jackson depicting various children’s stories! I’m inspired by how much he communicates with so little. Simply perfect!

Which one is your favorite?

Poster Designs by Christian Jackson. Via Bloesem Kids.

Sweet Sweet Friday



I’ve been interviewed by Barbara of hodge:podge for her “So Canadian Eh” Series! You can check it out today right here!!

Here are some other things that I think you might enjoy:

  1. I am probably the worst dinner guest, but this might help!
  2. This is the cutest breakfast idea, and kids can make their own.
  3. I want to try this Swiss Army Inspired DIY.
  4. For the photography lovers out there, this one‘s for you. (Thnx Kathy!)

Happy Friday! Have a great weekend!!

PS – I took this pic while prepping a salad last weekend. I love Spring! The fabulous turquoise backdrop is actually one of my new dish cloths from 2jacs!

Lions & Tigers & Bears, Oh My!



Today I’m really excited to share a poster that I’ve designed for kids! Based on the famous quote by Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz, “Lions & Tigers & Bears, Oh My!” is the first in a series of typographic poster designs that will be making their way to my Etsy shop soon!

This one is available now over at Flutter Flutter Studio!

Photography & Design Credits: Rosa Pearson (FlutterFlutter)

You know you love your kids when…



My oldest son came home with a Scholastic book order pleading to buy “fish”. Until that moment I had never heard of triops before. Have you?! Well, I said yes, but let me just say that these things are NOT fish. They are truly creepy prehistoric seamonsters. I’m not-so-secretly happy that the life span of these “pets” in 60 – 90 days. If I’ve tempted you to run out and buy some of these, I wouldn’t suggest this specific set. The plastic tank supplied is tall and narrow, and barely stands upright. I fear that the tank will wait until the triops are at their largest and grossest before it decides to fall over… I had better not be home when that happens. 😉

How about you? Do you have any creepy pets hanging around your house?

Happy Easter



Jason is such a great husband for me and father to the boys. He sets a good example for the boys with his loving gestures, like the tulips he brought home last week! I filled the base of the vase with rocks that flew home with us from California. I love how they remind me of sun and sand and holidays.

Last year, a couple of days after Easter, I woke to find this little note and eggs on top of my computer, left by my then six year old. So sweet! He has watched his dad leave notes throughout the house before he goes out of town and now he’s following in his footsteps. I’m looking forward to treating the boys to some chocolate of their own on Sunday morning.

I’m so excited to have a four day weekend! In addition to heading to church to celebrate true love, and the various family feasts, we’ll also be touring Home Depot to complete some projects around the house. What are you up to this weekend? Hope it’s a good one!

Love For The Lorax



We were really excited to take the boys to see The Lorax, since there haven’t been many kids movies worth seeing in the theatre for a while. Now I find myself loving all things Lorax. It’s those beautiful truffula trees that really captivated me – gorgeous pinks, yellows and oranges. Cotton candy is the secret ingredient for these Truffula tree toppers over at Hank & Hunt.

This DIY Lorax Pinata, featured over at Babble, looks fun to make! And WhiskerWorks carries this Lorax-inspired mustache-on-a-stick! Makes me want to have a Lorax party! Someone have a birthday already!! 😉

Photo Credits: Hank & Hunt, Babble by Handmade Charlotte, Whisker Works.

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