I was so excited to attend the Grand Opening for my friend’s new store in Abbotsford on Friday night. Spruce Collective is the bricks + mortar collaboration between Elisa of Home Sweet Nest, Jessica of Trove Vintage Rentals & Handmade Affairs, Kevi of Twig Home, Monica of Red Wicker and Lily of Birch + Bird. A huge congratulations to all of you on a fabulous job!
Lily and I met almost two years ago, when we were both pretty new to blogging, and it has been great getting to know her better! It’s been fabulous to witness the success of her blog, and now this beautiful store! I love it when genuinely nice, talented people succeed!
How cool is the little nook for the kids! They know what makes moms happy!
The store is filled with beautiful vignettes, and all sorts of treasures, not to mention a big room at the back for classes! You can see more pics on their site, or better yet, stop by and see it for yourself!
Oh my goodness I had such a fun night! Met up with some friends from design school (we graduated a LONG time ago now, I’ll just leave it at that) and spent the night chatting and painting at RAW Canvas in Vancouver!! The music was perfect, the food awesome (how can I not love a menu that is TOTALLY gluten free except for the bread!!), and the people that work there were so friendly! Thanks for such a great night guys! Can’t wait to do it again!
This was the result of two hours of painting… not finished yet… but the process was so much fun! I always forget just how much I love to paint, until I do. As I stood there last night painting line upon line of trees, I found myself thinking about The Nester’s post… and wish all my friends that say they “can’t paint” could have been there with us last night. Making art is fun!! And anyone can do it!
Check out this great idea! I have a friend who used to live in Vancouver, but over the years she’s jumped around from New York, Montreal, Toronto, and now back to New York! I found this little tube sitting on my doorstep this week, and of course there isn’t anything much more exciting than mail!! Out popped tinsel and green paper bits, and inside I discovered a plastic container sealed with a label that read “The keys to your Manhattan apartment.” What a great idea to send to all your friends when you’ve just moved and want them to come visit! Of course, I didn’t need any encouragement… I will always happily make my way to New York to hang with friends!
There are certain things that make Saturday mornings complete around here. Pancakes (gluten free, of course), PJ’s, coffee for him, a latte for me, my fuzzy socks, and family adventures. Saturday is our day to just be together, with nothing scheduled other than an adventure of some sort. This weekend the pancakes were heart-shaped, using the Norpro heart egg/pancake ring. Since the handle swivels, I can use it as a decoration after the pancakes are made, lol. Okay, maybe not. But they did remind me of these cute photo clips I saw here.
Today’s adventure involved swimming and making Valentine’s. And, of course, what romantic Valentine’s weekend would be complete without a group date night of go karting! (that was sarcasm, in case that’s not your language : ) But seriously, it was great! So fast it was freaky, but so much fun! Hope you’re enjoying your weekend too!
An amazing designer and friend that I used to work with (the same person who provided the cookie eye candy at Christmas) started a project to create an alphabet out of found objects, one letter a day. Other people started to join in, so it’s now become a collaborative project of sorts, called Per Diem. For Valentine’s Day she’s asked us to send in a heart shape instead of a letterform, and so I spent some time playing with my food on Thursday to see what I could put together from what the boys and I were snacking on… it was a fun escape from the usual lunchtime routine. You can see all the hearts here on Valentine’s Day!
Image: Rosa Pearson Design
This weekend the boys got to attend a ninja themed birthday party! The hostess of the party, my friend Jessica, was quite busy making all things ninja, including these awesome ninja heads! When I followed the link to see where she had found her inspiration, I discovered Bakerella’s site! WOW! How could I have not heard of cake pops before now! I’m about as proficient at baking as I am at keeping plants alive, so I’m very impressed at what some people can do with cake batter. I think my boys would love to have the Star Wars cake pops at their next event.
While the boys were at party central, we blasted to Starbucks, and then down to Ikea to buy some items for the slowly moving master suite… more on that soon. I’m liking how it’s coming along!
How about you? What did you get up to this weekend?
I am so excited about watching Sarah Richardson and her sidekick Tommy, this Tuesday night! For those that haven’t yet heard, the new show is called Sarah 101. It’s a design crash course, which for a graphic designer that flirts with interior design, I think will be great!
For Sarah’s House season premieres I have had mini launch parties with girlfriends… and Sarah 101 is no different. Bring on the wine, snacks & chit chat! So, if you’re an avid Sarah fan (and really, who isn’t) or if you just love design, check it out Tuesday night!! Of course, the kids go back to school Tuesday, so there are so many reasons to celebrate! (Just kidding! Kind of.)
Image courtesy of: HGTV
This New Year’s was the first time that we’ve made it to midnight in six years! Sad, I know, but children have brought out the love of sleep in us. Ringing in the New Year disco style with my hubby and new friends from the neighborhood was such a great change! Thanks for such a great party Lori & Matt!
I hope that you all had a great time ringing in the New Year. Welcome 2011! Thanks for all your comments on my blog so far! You’re all great!!
(Disclaimer: This post is a day past due because I had to talk Jason, I mean Austin Powers, into letting me post it. Thanks hon, you’re a trooper.)