I love pretty things, and I know that the chances are high that you do too. So, I thought that I’d take a break from my summer adventures to share some pictures that I took at the Indigo Holiday 2013 Preview event this week. One of my faves is this JOY pillow. The contrast of linen and glittering sequins is perfect, don’t you think?!
One of my favorite things from Indigo, besides their books of course, is their gorgeous home decor items. Inspired by the Gilded Age, Indigo’s Holiday collection this year brings vibrant greens and blues and holiday sparkle to the home. The scalloped pillow on this couch is just gorgeous. Bold, graphic and elegant all at the same time! (And the location of the event was nothing to scoff at either… I wish I could have brought you with me to see the floor to ceiling windows overlooking the Vancouver waterfront. I would have happily moved in for the bathroom alone!)
I’m always excited to see what new ornaments will be at Indigo each year… this year I took home this little squirrel with his shiny nut. He’ll be right at home on our Christmas tree this year alongside my collection of birch bark stars. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not pining away for winter. I don’t want summer and all its sunny days to end just yet. I must admit that Indigo‘s preview events always whet my appetite for the holiday season. But, I plan on embracing the sunshine while it’s here! So let’s go make this a great weekend!
We had a lot of fun in the snow last week, and I’m missing it, so I’m looking forward to taking the boys sledding and to snowboarding lessons next week! I may even strap on some skis myself!
Do you like my attempt at a winter garden? There are six cabbage plants hidden under the snow too, but I’m guessing the likelihood that they are still alive is quite low. It was a lot more fun to run outside and grab kale for my morning shake when it was summertime! Brr!
If you have a moment, be sure to pop over to Rambling Renovators to check out Jen’s “Great Reads 2012″ today. I’m thrilled to be included on her list! Have a great weekend everyone!
The pictures above show some of the moments that have been happening over here lately:
- This cute container held yummy treats from The Last Crumb from West Elm Market. How cute is that sweet little gingerbread house!
- What did party hosts do before Pinterest inspiration!? That’s where Jamie saw this Christmas tree veggie tray idea!
- I’ve been emailing out Printable Holiday Gift Tags this week… thanks for all of your orders!
- This is how the boys looked when they saw Santa this year. I picked them up early from school on the day of the Newtown tragedy, let them choose what they wanted to wear, and spent the afternoon enjoying them. Dressing up just didn’t feel important this year. I’m so happy that today is the start of two weeks off from school!
I want to take a moment to wish you all a wonderful Christmas season. I hope that your holidays are full of love and laughter with your family and friends. I also want to say a big thank you for visiting me here over the last year. I appreciate your comments and support so much!
PS – I’m over at Recreated sharing one of our family’s favourite Christmas traditions today, in case you’re curious.
Here are 5 simple ideas to help bring a little holiday spirit into your decor:
- Bring the outdoors in! Whether it’s branches in the fall, or fresh flowers in Spring, bringing plants inside brightens up these winter days. I have three Ikea pots that sit on the windowsill in my kitchen, and every season I swap out the plants inside them. This year I saw some of these Gaultheria plants and fell in love with their pops of red and green!
- Think outside the tree. If you have ornaments from holidays’ past, don’t get rid of them just yet… use them to fill a vase and prop up some sticks. Or simply mixed into a bowl of pinecones.
- You gotta have faith. Bring some of what makes the holiday season special to you and your family into your home. We are all about Christmas here at our house, and our little wooden nativity scene fits perfectly under our massive star, don’t you think?
- Add a little sparkle! Mix a little shimmer into your tabletop vignette. Contrast it with natural elements to keep things warm.
- Lighten up. Candles, floating in a bowl of fresh cranberries, surrounded by dried rose hip berries, or just placed in your favorite votive… there is no wrong choice at this time of year. And remember, adding a warm glow to your home also casts a very flattering light on your guests when you’re entertaining!
Are you all done decorating for the holidays? I’m all about keeping it simple this year! I’m having to let some things slide that I usually wouldn’t, because I’m finding that my priorities have shifted, and there just aren’t enough hours in the day to do it all. For example, if you usually receive a Christmas card from me, you may get it via email this year, or not at all! I know! How will you ever recover! 😉
Last year my oldest came home from school with a pinecone ornament for our Christmas tree. I loved the look of the white painted tips, and wanted to add a lot more of them onto the tree this year! So, I collected some over the last year, and tonight we spent some time painting the tips of pinecones!
This is truly the easiest DIY ever! All you need is:
- Paint, watered down until it’s thinner so that it doesn’t get clumped in the tiny spaces.
- Pinecones, the sturdier the better!
- Ribbon. I think a thin shimmery ribbon is nice, but some twine, or even string would look good.
Do you add pinecones into the decorating mix at your house in the fall and winter seasons? Have you painted them before? Next I’d like to try dipping some pinecones to look like these ones (above) by Jessica Christman. Aren’t they pretty?!
As a blogger I find that my holiday spirit arrives a little earlier in the season than it used to, thanks to all of the media events going on. As a result, my tree is already up, I’m half way done decorating, and I find myself illustrating gift tags! I had a fun time designing these to coordinate with all the red & white twine and kraft paper that I picked up at IKEA recently. I’ve updated the shop if you want to download and print these off! Or, I can do it for you!
Design & Photo Credit: © Rosa Pearson
Tracey, Me, Barbara & Andrea sporting Indigo’s cold weather gear. Photo by Jeff Vinnick.
I was invited to Indigo’s Holiday Preview Event at the downtown Vancouver Chapters location on Thursday night. I always have such a good time when I get to hang out with some of my wonderful blogger friends! And Chapters Indigo is one of those stores where you fall in love with everything you see… and that comes in handy when trying to make and shop for Christmas lists! Us bloggers hammed it up a bit for the camera, donning every warm accessory we could find. 😉
These are some of my favorite things that I saw that night. The Salted Caramels were supposed to be for Jason this Christmas, but they won’t be making it under the tree, oops. I gave them to him as soon as I got home so we could “share” them. Ha! I’ll be heading back to pick up more of those tasty beasts!!! And, I’m currently sitting here with that snood/infinity scarf happily wrapped around my neck… an early Christmas gift to myself. 😉 I’ve been coughing for weeks now, so some warmth is just what I needed!
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Enjoy the rest of your weekend everyone!
Happy Friday everyone! I had a blast crafting with my friend Heather and a bunch of other crafty ladies that were lucky enough to snag a seat at the highly anticipated event put on by Anthropologie and Poppytalk last night. Jan and Earl, of Poppytalk, did a great job leading us step-by-step through two origami projects. The first, and my personal fave, were these little boxes that can be used as covers on a string of mini lights! I have wanted to learn how to make these mini light garlands for a while now, and was so excited that this was one of the projects! (If you’d like to make some too you can download the instructions here.)
The second project was these geometric origami ornaments. These were not easy to master, but I am happy with the results! Thanks to Anthropologie and Poppytalk for a fabulous night! I can’t wait to make some more!
Photo Credits: Rosa Pearson (Picture of Heather & I via grillfusion, thanks Heather!)
My hubby surprised me with an iPhone for Christmas, and I’m so excited!! (And intimidated, if I’m being honest.) I have had a flip phone FOR-ever. You know, the kind where a phone is just a phone?! There seems to be so much to learn when you add a camera, music, email, etc. but I’m hoping for a fairly easy learning curve since I’m already on a Mac. Fingers crossed!
When I was in Seattle, I was searching for a case for my new phone, and instantly fell in love with the colour of this one. I love the gold & white design of this Kate Spade case… but the reviews on this were way better, and the colour makes me smile.
Speaking of color, have you heard of Pantone? As a graphic designer I rely on Pantone swatch books to show clients what colors will look like after they are printed. But did you know that they choose a “Color of the Year”? The color for 2012 is Tangerine Tango (Pantone 17-1463). Look familiar?
I’m off with a girlfriend tonight for a night on the town, but hope to play around with my new phone this weekend. Do you have an iPhone? If so, what are your favorite apps? Any tips? I hope you have a great weekend!
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!