Monday, December 22, 2014

Christmas 'Round Here

Hello, friends. Just popping in to say a quick hello. And can you believe that Christmas is this week?! We're looking forward to the holidays and kicking back a little over the next couple days. Our efforts to try and simplify things a little this year were certainly worth it; I've been way more relaxed getting ready for Christmas this year. It's nice to enjoy this time of year and not be completely stressed about it! 

I'm done with chevron for the most part, but this wrapping paper caught my eye and was the paper of choice this year. Found it at Wal-Mart (!!). The free printable gift tags from Creative Index were the finishing touch along with some pretty ribbon of course. There is supposed to be some gold in the tags but my printer ran out of colour ink. The simple black and white works pretty well too! 

I'm also real happy with this floral skirt I picked up from GAP. It's festive, pretty, well made and just the perfect length (hits just above the knee). AND it even has pockets which is a fun detail. It looks great with a fluffy black sweater and a sparkly necklace (or that's at least how I've enjoyed wearing it). Unfortunately, it's all sold out, but they have similar styles

Ok. And I have to give you a little peek. We switched out our living room rug, and I'm thrilled with this new (and exquisitely soft) beauty. The old one moved downstairs into the family room, and it looks even better down there. West Elm makes good rugs. 

With that I'm going to sign off and leave you with happy holiday greetings. 

Merry Christmas & Happy 2015! Thanks for reading this little blog of mine, and I'm excited for what the new year will bring. 


Friday, December 12, 2014

Just in time for Party Season

If I had a fancy-pants Christmas or New Year's Party to go to, I'd hope to wear something along these lines. Of course I live in a small, farming town and fancy just doesn't happen all that often. A Christmas party in these here parts is more likely to involve curling at the rink followed by a potluck dinner - jeans will do just fine. 

I do happen to like pretty and a little-on-the-fancy-side things however, so here's my fashion fantasy. Thanks for humouring me.

In case you wondered, I do love the simplicity of small town life, and the people are fabulous. In the end it's not about of the moment fashion anyway no matter where you live. I just have to relish the times I do get to be fancy-pants because they are few and far between. 

I hope your Christmas prep is going well. I'm about 98% done my shopping which is a good feeling. Now to find the time to wrap and do some more baking. If I don't manage to get back to the blog before the 25th, have an enjoyable holiday season and a happy new year! 



Sources: Etta Linear Blush Earrings at Chico's; T. Babaton Silk Blouse; Blue Organza Skirt at Chicwish; Essie Polish; Moorea Seal Goat Fur Clutch; Kate Spade Bow Heels; Boufant Hair via Pinterest

Sunday, November 23, 2014

That Basement of Mine

Hello, friends. We ended up having our first "snowed in" day today, so I managed to get a few extras done. It seems I only have time and energy for the basics most other days. Baby is finally starting to sleep better now too, so I'm feeling human again. I had real deal insomnia for a while there which was awful. My sympathy for those who suffer from such sleep troubles on a regular basis. It's NO fun. 

Ok. So here's a a little look at the basement. By "little" I do mean little. Hope to do a full reveal, all styled and spiffed up in the future. 

On a personal note, the hubs and I (along with baby) had a week away to Montreal and Quebec City recently. It was pretty terrific. Such a beautiful part of the country. We honeymooned in Quebec 8 years ago so it was special to be back. 

Oh, and I'm rocking my Movember 'stache these days (baked fresh at Paillard, Quebec). Beat this one, boys.

We're gearing up for Christmas around here; it sure snuck up on me this year! Anyone else??

Catch you later, 


Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Basement Plans

Just beyond that plastic is the drywall dust zone, BUT that means we have walls, folks! Our basement development is in full swing and just around the corner of this dusty, messy stage is painting and all the finishing work. In other words, the fun part! 

So, it's high time I showed you some details of what's going down. (I've been pinning stuff like crazy, so you may have caught a look at some of the basement plans there.) 

This laminate in all it's rustic-looking goodness should arrive this week. It's a light colour and pretty beat up looking with a dull finish. I'm counting on never having to clean it! (Shhh.)

We have some black, hex tiles happening in the bathroom. It should turn out something like this in the end. Dark tile with a light grout. (image via decorpad)

A pair of these sculptural, midcentury-inspired sconces for the family room. Eeek! (image via Bijou & Boheme)

This leather sofa from Restoration Hardware (the colour and vintage style is SO good). 

And probably my favourite find so far is this rad, vintage chair that I picked up for a song. It will be covered in a smashing, chartreuse velvet. 

And another idea I'm kind of excited about is doing an oversized mirror on the wall above the sofa and framing it/zhushing it up with some decorative molding etc. Inspired by this. (via Elle Decor)

I'd love to pull together a few mood boards to give more details but haven't the time right now. Our garden did VERY well, and I'm still processing tomatoes and such. There's nothing like garden produce though. Yum. 

I miss regular blogging, but life is too busy right now to fit it in. Until next time...


Sunday, August 24, 2014

My Little Bundle

It's hard to believe we've already had 2 months with Heidi. She's a real treat to have around. Her little smiles and coos are the sweetest things. They fill us all with great delight. There's just a whole lot of cute around our house right now, and we're SO enjoying it. 

Here are a few pics from a photo shoot we had done with the talented Wilna (i heart photos). This was at the 1 month point for Heidi so she's already changed so much. Melt my heart. 

Let me just say that Wilna is THE best. She spent a good two hours with us, working to get the perfect shot. The two older kids love her; she even let them take a few pictures with her fancy pants camera. The reason I'm not in any pictures is because I had barely managed to get myself dressed and my teeth brushed that morning! Yep, 3 is definitely busier! 

I really want to show you some things we've been doing around the house and yard this summer. Hopefully soon. I really wish I had an extra set of hands most days.


Wednesday, July 9, 2014

A Bit of Summer Style

I've fallen kind of hard for this gorgeous ikat skirt. The colours are amazing, don't you think? I want to live in this all summer long. I'd pair it with a casual, grey t-shirt and a bit of sparkle here and there. The rattan purse, complete with fun, cheery pom poms is the perfect little sidekick too. 

Here's where to find all this goodness:

1. Shabby Apple Ikat Skirt (also available in a different colourway)

5. Mackenna Stripe Wedge, Tory Burch

6. Rattan Tote, Tory Burch

Let me get my body back just a little, and I think I'll be adding this skirt to my collection. Time to embrace summer colour while it's here, right? It's a season that comes and goes all too quickly (especially in this part of the world). 

On a personal note, things are going well with baby. She's growing like crazy and she'll be 1 month come Saturday! Slow down, time. The talented Wilna is coming to take some newborn photos tomorrow so I'm excited about that. I look forward to showing off my new little bundle. 

I hope things are well with you and yours. Hugs. 


Monday, June 16, 2014

My New Favourite Little Person

Hello, friends. My long awaited baby girl has arrived, and I'm in love. 

Heidi Johanna

Born: Thursday, June 12th

8 lbs. 11 oz. 

So, she's pretty perfect and we're kind of over the moon here. I really have no idea how often I'll get to the blog over the next little while, but I have a sweet baby to cuddle with. Trying to get in as much baby/mommy time as possible right now. This newborn stage is over all too quickly (except for the sleep deprivation and "holy milk jugs" parts). 

Finding myself saying thank-you alot these days - to God, my man, my kids and all our friends and family. We've experienced many kindnesses. 

Happy, happy. 


Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Artist Feature: Carmelo Blandino

I'm excited to share some pretty fabulous art with you today. Lately I've been really digging abstracted flowers, and these pieces deliver just that in a wonderful sort of way. I love the mood and drama that they evoke; they have a terrific energy and looseness to them. Carmelo Blandino is the artist's name and he has quite the portfolio. He features several series of works on his website and each series has dozens of paintings. His "recent flowers" series is my favourite (complete with 80 works!). Here's just a small sampling. Gah! SO good. 

Aren't they amazing?! I can't stop going through them over and over again, admiring more about them each time. And I can only imagine how terrific they'd look in person - so much detail and texture to take in. 

Major art crush right here, friends. 


Friday, June 6, 2014

New Baby, New Mommy Essentials

I have "baby" on the brain these days for good reason. She could make her appearance any day now, and I'm ready. As much as a love being pregnant, I've reached the done and time to come out stage. With this being my 3rd, I've collected a few favourite things/essentials. Here's my little round up - essentials for both baby and momma. 

1. Nursing Pillow with Good Back Support - I have this one; the brand is my "brest" friend. 

2. Lanolin Cream - for the new nursing mother. Believe me, you don't want to go without this if you plan to breast feed. 

3. Bella Band. These are genius and come in different colours. They allow you to wear your regular pants unbuttoned but keep you covered and your pants up (until you're back to your regular size of course).

4. GAP newborn essentials are a great addition to your layette, and sleeper bundlers (with the open bottom) are a time saver for night-time diaper changes. No struggling with buttons and zippers. I also like how the sleeves fold over to keep sharp fingernails away from baby's face. 

5. Gauze swaddling blankets (I swear by swaddling). Wrap babe up good and snug - they may fight it at first, but it's the best way to signal "sleep time" to them. 

I'm sure many of you have some favourite products you swear by too. I've got all of my essentials ready and on hand. Hopefully I get to put them to use soon! Come on, baby, can't wait to meet you, and I'll be sure to share the good news just as soon as I can.



Tuesday, May 27, 2014

This & That

So, life has been busy lately. My "get stuff done before baby" list is long and as I stroke one thing off I seem to add several more! I don't even know where to start so let me throw a whack load of pictures at you and you'll get the general idea. 

I'm pregnant in a big way. We're so close, baby! (And my arms aren't long enough for a prego selfie at this stage.)

The nursery is a disaster zone right now, but here's at least a little look to let you know what's going down. It's about time I showed you something, right? (Sorry for the poor iphone photo.)

Also time for an "around the house" update. Little by little she's getting done. I haven't been completely idle as you'll see. 

We finally got around to recovering our dining room chairs with that fabulous, hand-painted fabric from Hollie. Ultimately, we may still spray lacquer the table and chairs, but for now we're sticking to simple re upholstery and let me tell you, it makes a HUGE difference! 

I got those yellow curtains sewn too (again, a big finally could be thrown in there). The second picture shows the true colour of the curtains better. 

This chair moved into the corner of our living room replacing the old IKEA one. Picked 'er up at homesense for a song. 

Another chair to move in. This one is pulled up to the dressing table in the Master Bedroom. This was a great second hand find for $65! (Gotta love a good deal.)

And those pillow covers in the designers guild fabrics are finally done too. Some for the living room; the others for the master bedroom. Such gorgeous fabrics/prints. Oh, and I found shades for my vintage, $8 brass lamps (as you can see on the sideboard behind the sofa). Yay! 

L's room has been zhushed just a little. Mostly just some things up on the walls. I'm really liking his room. 

And we've even started finishing our basement! (Details to come on that.) There's nothing really to show you yet, although I've been keeping a secret board on pinterest and it's gone public now. If you're curious to see my collection of ideas and inspiration go here

Outdoor furniture is a welcome addition to my deck. Planning on spending a lot of lounge time out here this summer. Hopefully baby likes to lounge too. (Cabana sectional at Canadian Tire.)

Thinking of throwing a few of these pillows in the mix for some fun colour and extra comfort. (Both at CB2.) 

I've finished my first year as an art student (USCAD) and I'm loving it! Look what I painted recently. Isn't it cheery? I was even willing to frame it and hang it in my daughter's room (the potted flowers in the white frame). Sorry it's not a real close up, but you get the idea. You can click on the image to enlarge too. Hopefully more painting to come.

Oh, and soccer has started. Shin pads in this teeny size are just about the cutest things. 

That sweet boy just turned 4 yesterday. I can't believe it! Of course we had a full weekend of partying, and I'm all worn out in my 9-month-pregnant state. Enjoying cupcakes with friends...  

This is my go to vanilla cupcake recipe if you're interested. It's real good. Perfect for kids and adults alike. 

Sorry to be so scatter brained. It's just the way things are around here right now. Thanks for sticking with me and I do hope things are well with you and yours. Hugs.