Entries from June 29th, 2012

It’s Wedding Time!



It’s been a really busy week at our house! My little sister is getting married this weekend! I’m the matron of honor, and the boys are also involved, so there has been a lot of last minute details to be taken care of. I made these pretty tissue paper pom-poms for my sister’s bridal shower using Martha’s tutorial. I can’t bring myself to recycle them, so I think I’ll be moving them into my office!

I’ll leave you with the newest song from The Avett Brothers. I was at their concert at the Orpheum on Tuesday night, and got to see them perform it live! Enjoy!! And have a great weekend!

Teacher Gift Ideas



Welcome back from the weekend, I hope you had a good one!

I have some last minute teacher gift ideas for you today! My friend Jamie came up with this first great idea. Both of our sons are in a preschool with five teachers, so buying teacher gifts can really add up. These simple ideas won’t break the bank even if you have multiple teachers on your list.

I love how Jamie used a pencil crayon to attach the flower and leaf. And her message “Thanks for helping me grow” with her sons picture is perfect!

I picked up this handy Xyron sticker maker at a garage sale for $4 last month, and it’s been super handy for work. I decided to put it to use to customize these great S’mores Kits so they look like Ben created them himself. And, of course, you can easily make your own S’mores Kit!

What is the best gift you’ve ever given a teacher? And if you’re a teacher, what is your favorite gift to receive?

Family Time



We had a family photo shoot last night with the lovely and talented Rachel of Rachel Ray Photography! I thought I’d share a few! I love how she’s captured us laughing, since we do a lot of that! I feel so incredibly blessed to have these guys in my life. If you’re curious, Rachel has posted a bunch on her blog.

I’m heading to this little guy’s preschool graduation today! (Oh no! Possible change of plans – he just woke up with a fever!!)

I’m going to go play nursemaid now, so I’ll leave you with a few of my favorite posts from around the web lately:

  1. Lisa’s post about this clever jewellery you can design with Meshu.
  2. I laughed hard at Sara’s second confession this week!
  3. I missed the contest, but love this book idea!

Have a great weekend!

A New Fence!



This is our fourth summer in this house and I finally feel like we’re making some real headway! I just had to share this progress pic!

Last year Jason (aka husband extraordinaire) took down that big sun-blocking tree, and now everything is flourishing because there is sunshine in our backyard again! So far this year we’ve finished extending the patio and now have a new fence! A huge difference, don’t you think?!

Jason is finishing up building the garden box in that top corner so we can plant veggies this year, and we’re working our way SLOWLY out of that corner to tackle the rest of our landscaping plans. It’s amazing how a simple thing like a fence can make me fall in love with our yard!

Are you tackling any landscaping projects this year? Is your list of things to replace as long as ours?!

Elmo Birthday Party



I thought I’d share a couple pics from the Elmo-themed birthday party that we went to on Saturday. Jamie did such a great job decorating! It’s fun playing photographer when I don’t have to worry about running the show!

This fabulous little guy may look sweet, but he was more than happy to put the smack down onto an Elmo pinata. 😉

Yes, these are jello shots… for the kids. They were a hit!

This fruit platter looks just like Elmo. What a great idea!

And to top it off, each child was sent home with mini jars of fish crackers and some crayons. Elmo would be proud.

Hope you had a great weekend!

Photo Credits: Rosa Pearson

In The Garden



I have found myself captivated with our yard this year. And the thought of growing food in our own backyard almost makes me giddy. Growing up, I remember thinking that gardening must be the least “cool” adult pastime there was. So monotonous, and void of any social interaction. Ha! Oh how things change. I started off gardening out of the necessity of being a home owner, but now the idea of it really appeals to me. And, is it just me, or has gardening become trendy?

Rifle Paper Co. has a 2013 Calendar for the design savvy garden fiends out there. (via Paper Crave) And Leif’s amazing Lace Print Garden Stakes that would look beautiful in a simple white pot. There’s nothing uncool about these!

I hope one day the boys fall in love with gardening. I know they love this Garden Day video by Design Mom and her gang, so that’s a good start!

Olive Us Episode 1: Garden Day from Olive Us on Vimeo.

The only downside is that it seems we’re not the only ones who have taken an interest in our backyard this year! Yes, this is the butt of the bear that was wandering through with a friend last week.

This weekend I’ll be planting some veggies in our new garden box. And, I’m hoping to find time to stain our new fence if the rain holds off. How about you? Whatever you’re up to I hope you have a great weekend! Oh, and don’t forget to treat your dads this weekend!

Portland, Oregon: Where To Shop



As you can imagine, we crammed a lot of shopping into our five day girls trip to Portland! I thought that I’d compile a visual list of all our top stores. I hope it helps you if you’re planning a trip to Portland sometime soon! Here we go!


Canoe, (1136 SW Alder) is full of modern, well-designed products for home, work and life. And such friendly people too!

Alder & Co. (537 SW 12th) is kitty corner to Canoe, and another fabulous find. Filled with wonderfully curated beautiful items for everyday use. I fell in love with their amazing felted rugs!

Crafty Wonderland (808 SW 10th) carries handmade goods from over 160 Portland area artists! I bought two amazing tops while shopping here, and discovered Jolby, local designers, when I spotted their fun mural (above) behind the cash desk.

Powell’s Books is a great place to give yourself a couple hours on a rainy day. You’ll need that long, at least, because it’s crazy big!


On our way to Besaw’s we discovered Manor Fine Wares (9907 NW 23rd Ave) and I could have happily taken the whole store home with me… such a warm, comfortable space.


Ink & Peat (3808 N.Williams Ave) is just down the street from Tasty n Sons, one of my favorite restaurants in Portland. This lifestyle store is filled with a clever mix of home decor items. You can find everything from Dash & Albert rugs to cookbooks, cards, candles, and so much more goodness. Oh, and it’s also a floral shop!

As a graphic designer Lark Press (3901 N.Williams) printing studio and retail space was a must see. I adore letterpress. If you need letterpress cards, posters, calendars, and such, then this is the store for you!


Manifesto (3806 N. Mississippi) is a fabulous shoe store, but, they also have a great selection of locally made jewellery, Orla Kiely bags, and more. I discovered my Minoux necklace here.


Hunt & Gather (1302 NW Hoyt St) carries a wide range of furniture & home decor, and paintings by local artists. I was happy to discover artist Sarah Kemsler‘s paintings… can’t stop thinking about these trees!

Cargo (380 NW 13th Ave) is an overwhelming experience of imported furniture, one of a kind wonders, flea market finds. I found a great old map here.

Lizard Lounge (1320 NW Irving St) This store was full of so many great brands of clothes and shoes for men & women. Cool kids shop here.


Vintage Pink (2500 SE Hawthorne Blvd) and the many vintage stores along this street are worth a wander, but it’s not as tempting to buy when there’s a flight home to pack for.

If the rain had let up we would have hit more in this neighborhood. Elsa + Sam, and Imelda’s & Louie’s Shoes were on our list of stores to visit.

So, to all you Portland locals, have I missed any of your favorites? Let me know if I have so I can search them out next time I’m in Portland!

IDSwest Preview



I recently attended a design event at Inform for the 2012 Interior Design Show West (IDSwest) preview. No, HGTV personality Tommy Smythe wasn’t there, but he will be upping the style ante at IDSwest so I thought that I’d lead with that exciting news for all you Tommy fans! Here is a sneak peak of the party, and the show! Maybe he’ll attend Blend this year?

The Bocci Pop Up Bar, 100 Mile House  & The DJ Trike. How cool is that!?

(Jewellery, Andronyk. Pillows, Lucky14)

New this year, the One of a Kind District will provide an opportunity for you to take original designs home with you! Sixty handcraft designers will offer a range of design-forward products. With tunes from Beats and Bikes and incredible shopping, you will leave the show with a smile on your face.

(Future Masters Greg Papove  & Vitra’s Alcove Highback Sofa)

IDSwest highlights cutting-edge furniture, art, architecture, lighting and design from September 27th to September 30th, 2012 at the Vancouver Convention Centre West.

How about you? Have you been to IDSwest before?

Photo Credits: All photos by Rosa Pearson, except for Tommy Smythe’s picture, photographer TBA.




It’s been a week full of rain showers here in Vancouver, and there’s more to come this weekend… bridal showers that is. My little sis is getting married in less than a month! I’ll be hosting a bridal shower for her here on Saturday.

1. Douglas + Bec Cloud Pillow 2. JDWolfe Pottery Cloud Plate 3. Snug Studio Cloud Cutting Board 4. Letterpress Delicacies Bolts & Clouds Letterpress Card

Don’t you just love these “Shower” themed party decor ideas from Lisa Storm over on the Fiskars site! Perfect for any baby or bridal shower.

Looking for more clouds? Kirsten has a great roundup of DIY Cloud Art in this post. Or you can make a DIY Paper Cloud Mobile over at Hellobee.

I hope that you have a great weekend whatever the weather!

Portland, Oregon: Where To Eat



Portland has really good food. Here are some of my favorite spots, separated by area, all of which have gluten free options. I should title this post “Where I Ate”, instead of “Where To Eat”, but I really think both are accurate. These places were all so darn good.

The Pearl District

Irving Street Kitchen had amazing decor, food, and service. And they do take-home desserts in cute little mason jars! We took away butterscotch pudding with salted caramel sauce, and I spent the rest of our trip trying to get back there for another!

Oba has amazing guacamole, made right at your table, and fabulous mexican food. Definitely the place to come if you’re craving a margarita. 😉

North Williams

Tasty n Sons is the place to be! There is a non stop rush of people waiting to eat here… and I now know why! But don’t worry, you can easily kill some time at the shops in that area. PS – You really must try the Shakshuka.

Downtown/West End

My favorite patio experience was at Nel Centro, the restaurant located in Hotel Modera. It is an amazing place to chill out in the evening with friends around one of the many fires. I don’t have any pictures that do it justice… these ones are from their website.

Joe’s Burgers was the perfect mid-shopping pit stop. Amazing gluten free buns!

Clyde Common is located downtown in the uber-hip Ace Hotel. We arrived pretty late in the evening, and three of the entrees had already sold out. But I don’t think you can go too far wrong no matter what you order here.

And I know that I already mentioned Savor Soup House, but it really needed to be on this list too!

Nob Hill

Besaws topped my list of popular places to try, and it did not disappoint! If our hotel had been closer I would have come back repeatedly. Their Breakfast Sandwich (with yet another AH-mazing gluten free bun) and mocha made my day. If you are looking for brunch, make this your destination.

Have you eaten at any of these restaurants? Any favorite Portland spots that we missed? I know that we didn’t even begin to scratch the surface of how much this city has to offer the taste buds, which makes me eager to return again soon!

Photo Credits: Rosa Pearson except where otherwise noted. (taken with my iPhone!)

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