Entries from September 29th, 2012

IDSwest Opening Night



I had such an amazing time checking out IDSwest with some of my blogging friends on opening night. I have so many pictures to show you, but for now I just have to share the star of the show… this amazing kitchen was the Aya Kitchens booth, designed by Kelly Deck Design.

Isn’t it fabulous! You should have seen the amount of people swarming the booth all night! I’m back to the show today to check out Tommy (he’s kind of like Madonna to us design lovers, you only need to say his first name!) Smythe, Suzanne Dimma, and Mark Challen’s presentations. And I can’t wait for the party afterwards!

If you were thinking about heading down to check it out I highly recommend it! IDSwest is bigger and better this year than I’ve ever seen it. I’d love to hear what your favorite part of the show is!

Enjoy your weekend y’all!

Photo Credits: Rosa Pearson Design

Rachel Barkman Photography



I thought I’d share a design project that I worked on recently for photographer Rachel Barkman. Rachel is such a talented lady! You might remember the post I did about the photo shoot she did for us? She recently got married and needed some business cards designed with a new look for her new name. I thought it would be fun if she had multiple cards showcasing the variety of her work, and then could give her clients a business card tailored to their needs!

Check out more of her new look over on her site! And enter to win a photo shoot while you’re there! Or, if you’re interested in graphic design services you can see more of my work at Rosa Pearson Design.

Birthday Weekend



What a weekend! It’s hard to believe, but our oldest turned eight! Baking is not my thing, but I needed a gluten free cake and had the mix on hand, so I thought I’d give it a shot this year. I used his love for baseball as the starting point for the cake decorating… just added some icing sugar and m&m’s! And, do you notice that the two balls are touching so that it creates a subtle 8 shape?!! Yeah, maybe it’s not super obvious, but I love that it’s there.

The take home gifts this year were water guns, because we’ve had such great weather this September! I handed one out to everyone as they walked in the door, and then sent them to the backyard for “target practice”, which consisted of two saw horses and a 2×4 lined with empty containers. This was a HUGE hit! If you’re looking for game ideas for older boys, I highly recommend this!

I hope you had a good weekend too! What did you get up to?

Parent Rap



Parents rap about maintaining their household by videosonlytube

This video is so funny, I just had to share! For all the parents of young kids, this one’s for you. And for those that wonder how life would change if you did have kids… enjoy a preview. 😉

All Fired Up



We added a fireplace to the backyard this weekend! And what better way to welcome it to the family than with a S’mores roast! We’re having an extended summer with all this warm weather, so I see a repeat in the very near future. But first, we need to get those bright yellow stickers off the front!

Hope your weekend was fun too! What did you get up to?

West Elm’s Vancouver Opening



Yesterday I attended the pre-opening event for West Elm‘s Vancouver location! I had the pleasure of meeting creative director Vanessa Holden in the afternoon as she toured us through the new store. And in the evening there was a fabulous party!

It’ll be great to have a West Elm of our own in Vancouver. No more shipping or three hour car rides to Seattle! (Who am I kidding, I’ll still be visiting Seattle.) Here is a sneak peak to whet your appetite…

West Elm offers a great resource with their Design Lab. Staff will be there to answer decorating questions, and offer help or referrals at any stage of the game. Perfect for us indecisive types!!

And did you know that West Elm is now partnering with Etsy? You can find the work of local Etsy artists such as Dahlhaus Studio Ceramics, Walter Helena Photography, and others for sale at the Vancouver location.

More good news, the store opens today! Located at 2947 Granville Street.

Photography by Rosa Pearson.

Memories of Tofino



As back to school busyness takes over, I can’t help but miss summer holidays. Do you find yourself doing that too? We just got back on Monday from Tofino, a beach town on the Westcoast of Vancouver Island. Surfing, bike riding, beach combing and boat rides on water taxis kept everyone happy.

I would venture a guess and say that this enormous beer (called a “Growler”) from the Tofino Brewing Company was Jason’s favorite discovery of the trip. I am not a fan of beer, but I loved the bottle!

We stayed at Pacific Sands Beach Resort this year, and the boys asked at least once a day whether we could move in! With a view like this, yes, please! It was so beautiful, and kid friendly too! Of course you can’t stay in a place like this without coming home and searching all the property listings, right?! A girl can dream…

PS – I posted about our 2010 trip to Tofino here.

Back to School



Our youngest started kindergarten today! And his older brother is now in grade 3. It’s hard to believe. The moment I thought would never come is actually here. Although I’m thrilled to start working during daylight hours instead of the midnight shift, I have to admit that I’m a little bit emotional about the whole thing! This is one of those moments where I kind of want to stop time and soak it all up slowly.

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