The Art is Up!

The art is up! I repeat the art is up!

I’ve had a lot of these prints for at least 3 years, and they just sat around in their sleeves. I don’t know why I never bothered trying to find frames for them, but I’m sure as heck glad I did. Having art on the walls makes all the difference. Link me some of your favourite prints – I’m addicted and need more! Especially if they’re a series of prints – I want to fill a whole wall in my bedroom.

Here’s the beauties I hung this week:

Holdfast by Angelique Houtkamp

She Entwined by Audrey Kawasaki

 

Alexisonfire Farewell Tour by MunkOne

lovelife by antigirl

 

Maps by Rifle Paper Co

I still have a few to frame, but I’m SO stoked on what I’ve gotten done so far. What do you guys think? Again – please link me to your favourite prints – I would LOVE to see them.

And I’m back..

I apologize for the lack of posts lately. I feel like I lost motivation for a little bit. It’s been kind of a whirlwind couple of weeks. Life did that thing where it shakes everything up and spits you back out and says, ‘Okay! Now figure it out’. All is well though!

Big news! I’m getting a new place. Again. It seems like I’ve done a lot of moving in the last few years. Hopefully this time, although I know this won’t be our permanent residence, I can make it feel like a home. I’ve already made a couple little decor purchases to ease myself into it.

Like these adorable prints from Chapters Indigo! Excuse my terrible photo quality, these prints are really beautiful in real life. Once the move is done, I’m going to buy myself a good camera.

Prints by Rifle Paper Co.

Prints by Rifle Paper Co.

I’ve also picked out some beautiful ParaPaints colours for the new place. Hopefully I’ll be able to update with photos of that soon. Lots of grey-toned neutrals are happening. I can’t wait to see it all put together.

10 days until the move. I can’t wait to share all the fun stuff I’m planning for the new place. It’s going to be a beaut.

ps. Anyone have any leads on fantastic reasonably priced bedding? I really need a few new king sized duvet covers.

Happy New Year!

I can’t believe it’s already the end of 2013. Time sure does fly. It’s been quite a year in our household. Lots of ups and lots of downs. Adjusting to life with only one kid around has been challenging. Although, it does allow me the opportunity to plan the fun things we can do with Marley when she comes home for visits. I feel like this is how parents feel when their kids go away to school.

On the topic of New Year’s Resolutions. I normally don’t make them. I’m not a fan of setting myself up for disappointment. I’ll be honest, I never keep them. I’m genuinely going to try and this year though. Do you know anyone who’s kept a resolution for a full 365 days?

Here’s my 2014 resolutions:
• More fun
• Less fear
• Be good to myself
• Take pride in my accomplishments
• Pursue passions
• Be more confident at work
• Be more confident in general
• Open an Etsy shop
• Draw more
• Learn a new skill
• Sew more

What are your resolutions?

Image from KateSpade.com

Christmas Cards + Minted

I’ve always wanted to be that person that sends Christmas cards. The problem being, I wanted them to be different. I have a penchant for things that are unique. Lucky for me, Minted came to my rescue.

Minted is an American online retailer based in San Francisco, that crowd-sources design from independent artists and sells the designs as high-end paper goods, including holiday cards, wedding invitations, wall art, party decor, and stationery.

I was so impressed with the work they did with Blog Podium that choosing them to do my Christmas cards was a no brainer. This is the card I chose:

In a Pear Tree by GriffinBell Paper Co.

Cute isn’t it? The 12 days of Christmas is my all time favourite holiday song. Actually, here’s a funny off-topic story, Kate informed me that her class will be singing for the elderly this holiday. She then told me that she would be singing the 12 days of Christmas, and proceeded to sing me the song. She asked me if I was her true love. I obviously said yes. Then she asked where she could buy a partridge and a pear tree for me. :)

Anyway! Back on track. I ordered these cards and they came SO quickly. Within 2 days quick! I was so impressed. Unfortunately, I received someone else’s cards. They were beautiful, just not for me. (they had a family photo) Minted was so apologetic and promptly sent me out my new cards. I can’t say I’m complaining much, I got a extra pack of envelopes out of it.

Here’s my cards in the process of being addressed.

Excuse the chipped nails.

Excuse the chipped nails.

I loved that I had so much room to write my message. Minted provides so many personalization options for these cards and the price cannot be beat! I couldn’t believe it. I can’t wait to order my Valentine’s Day cards :) They’ve certainly got a customer for life!

Minted provided me cards in exchange for this blog post. However, the opinions are all my own. I wouldn’t lie to you guys. Pinky swear.

The Hardest Week + Teen Recreation Room Plans

The past week has admittedly been one of the hardest weeks of my life. I’m not going to get into it much on the blog, I don’t want anything to be misconstrued and taken the wrong way. I just honestly hope that someday people realize that their actions, even with the absolute best intentions, can deeply hurt someone.

Anyway.. Moving on. I really want to pick up more hobbies. While tidying up big kid’s old room (and trying to find Christmas decorations in storage), I decided to set up one of the spare rooms off her room as a hobby/craft/homework/youtube filming/hang out room. This way, Marley will still be able to use it when she’s home, but so can I and little kid. :)

It’s going to take a lot of time and planning, but the space has potential. Here’s what I have in mind:

Image credit: http://www.closetpages.com/blog/closet-organization/craft-room-ideas-using-closet-organizers

The storage in that whole system is EXACTLY what I’m looking for. Definitely less pink though. Way less. Probably next to none.

And maybe a cool hangout chaise along these lines (with way less obnoxious fabric)

Image credit: http://tophomedesignz.blogspot.ca/2012/01/teen-girl-hangout-spot-ideas.html

First things first though. I need to PAINT and get new flooring. REAL BAD. Do any of you have a recreation room for tweens? Please help!

“I love tattooed women, maybe because they are uncontrollable, they are themselves to the point of drawing symbols of their power on their skin. Talk about owning your own body, being in your body, claiming yourself. I love it. When the world is in an uproar over whether women should have a choice or not when it comes to their own bodies, being tattooed is one of the most visible choices of all.”
- Margaret Cho

Tablets & Books & Technology! Oh my!

So, I’m thinking about getting my own e-reader. We have an iPad, but I kind of want something of my own. I’ve debated getting myself an iPad, but I have the sinking feeling, that kids will somehow manage to take it over. (as they do most things)

I solely want to use the new tablet for reading. I want to *buy* books through it and be able to sync them to my iPhone if needed. Here are the tablets I’m considering.

iPad Air – It’ll sync to my existing AppleID purchases, which is a huge HUGE plus. The only downside is that it *will* be stolen by the kids.

Kobo Arc is my other option. It’s a great price and size, and I can buy books for it from Chapters (plum points for the win!) It’s also unlikely to be stolen by kids. Downside is that I can’t sync my current books to it. Although, I think that can possibly be overlooked.

 

And last but not least – Kindle. It’s dirt cheap, which is great. Although, I would be missing out on some rewards when buying books from Amazon. (can you tell I love loyalty programs?) Although, this one is also pretty kid-proof.

 

Does anyone have any experience with a non-Apple e-reader? I seriously need some help.