Category — Crafts
Happy December to you! Are you feeling festive? I sure am! This weekend was a bit of a whirlwind but we had a great time hosting our first Holiday edition of The Urban Market (it’s hard not to get into the spirit of things when surrounded by handmade goodies, Christmas tunes and cheerful shoppers!) followed by a fun evening in with Rachel and her family (man, we’ve missed them!) and our annual trip to the tree farm (we found the perfect tree!). I haven’t had a chance to actually decorate yet but Brad hung up our outside lights and, guess what? I nixed our usual all white strands for bright colour this year!!! I know, totally unlike me but I found some ceramic coated lights at Target that just called out to me and I must admit, they’re pretty darn cheerful! The kids are begging for more lights in our trees now too so pretty sure I’ll be heading back for more :) Here are some more bright + cheery ideas for Christmas:
Have I mentioned that I’m heading to Alt Summit in January? Well, I AM!!! Surprise packages from sponsors and the Alt team keep arriving on my doorstep (so awesome!) including some gift wrapping notions from Minted and 10 free sheets of personalized wrapping paper, so fun! I chose this pretty Sugar & Spice paper and personalized it with my favourite pumpkin bread recipe. I don’t know how I’ll cut it up and actually use it for wrapping!
How do you decorate for the Holidays? Bright + bold or neutral + natural? I’m usually pretty neutral but have a feeling I’ll be brightening things up a little this year. Have a great day!
December 2, 2013 3 Comments
The calendar just keeps marking itself off and the countdown to Christmas suddenly feels very real, it’s everywhere! I have managed to buy a few small presents but have yet to write an official list so I’m feeling a wee bit behind. Our family will be keeping it pretty simple this year and I’d really like to create some festive DIY’s with the kiddos to give to teachers, family and friends. We love getting crafty at Spruce Collective and were lucky enough to have my friend Janis come shoot a Holiday table setting last year (feels like so long ago!) and it’s currently featured in the December issue of Chatelaine magazine, hooray! I’m really excited to see it in person (I checked 4 stores the other night, no luck!) but here’s a little peek for now:
I love bringing special tidbits along as hostess gifts or, better yet, giving out festive favours to Holiday guests. Here are some easy DIY’s (for the most part, anyway!) and decorations to try:
Do you put aside time to create Holiday gifts? It really adds to the meaning of the season, don’t you think? I’m a big fan of thoughtful giving and nothing says thoughtful like something that’s been handmade with love! I’m off to work now but will be back to chat on Wednesday :)
November 18, 2013 4 Comments
Hi there! How’s your week been? Good? Bad? Somewhere in-between? To be honest, mine’s been on the lower end of in-between, mainly because I’ve just got too much on the go. Between Christmas, The Urban Market and and several other fun events, we’ve got a tonne going on over at the shop. While it’s all manageable, I have had to miss out on a few school events this week and that darn mommy-guilt is quick to rise sometimes. I cannot do it all (there, I said it!) and often feel like I’m slacking in other areas of my life (mainly friends + family + fitness) while putting so much energy into the store. That being said, I love what I do and honestly believe that I’m setting a great example to my kiddos about working hard to create something of value. Life is a juggle, no matter what career or parenting path you take and some weeks all come down to survival of the fittest so I’d better keep up with my workouts :) But enough about me, here are some links to love this week and an exciting event at West Elm Market:
1. West Elm Market invited me + my Spruce Collective girls to do a vintage pop-up shop this weekend (how cool is that?!?) so if you’re in Vancouver, be sure to stop by and say hello this Sunday between 10-4pm, wahoo!
2. I love a good party favour and these Sea salt DIY‘s are too darling not to try:
3. I spotted Jamie Oliver’s new restaurant, Jamie’s Trattoria, over on Bright.Bazaar and am absolutely loving the eclectic and deconstructed design by Blacksheep, especially the unexpected pop art touches:
4. Sarah Samuel‘s new living room is a really great mix of mid-century and new. Especially loving that rug + the fun flamingo print!
5. This constellation runner DIY looks looks like a challenge for this non-sewer but is so beautiful, I might just be tempted to pick up a needle + thread. Maybe. One day. When I actually have time for a hobby. Sniff.
What are your plans this weekend? Please say sleeping in and relaxing. I’ll live vicariously through you! My days are full: styling a barn this morning, a wedding tonight, hosting a brunch in said barn early tomorrow, our West Elm event on Sunday and a birthday party later that evening, phew! I’m very thankful for Remembrance Day on Monday (in more ways than one) and will be offering bribes to all children who let me sleep in that morning! Stressful weeks call for constant tunes (in my car, anyway) so here are some regulars on my playlist this week. Have a wonderful weekend and I’ll be back to chat on Wednesday! x
November 8, 2013 3 Comments
Admittedly, the only holiday that I spend any time decorating is Christmas but this year my kids have been asking for spooky Halloween decorations. I guess our mound of pumpkins just isn’t enough! But it’s hard to find Halloween decorations that don’t look cheap and dollar-store-ish (in my humble opinion!) and I hate spending money and stuff that we’ll just throw out anyway. I’m thinking DIY’s are definitely the way to go and I managed to find some great ones while cruising Pinterest last nigh, several that just happen to include cheap dollar store finds and supplies ;)
Now, I know the last pic isn’t intended to be Halloween decor but knowing my penchant for quirky portraits, it would be fun to have a printer to enlarge a creepy print or two for the mantle. Maybe next year! Did Halloween sneak up on you too? I’ve got some final touches to pick up for the kiddos costumes before tomorrow and we’ll be carving our pumpkins later tonight. Fingers crossed that the rain holds off! Enjoy the festivities tomorrow :)
October 30, 2013 3 Comments
Allo, allo! How was your long weekend? Mine was just dandy and I’m having a hard time snapping out of holiday mode, to tell you the truth. We had an eventful weekend that started off with a few hiccups (major car trouble and a very unexpected haircut, for example) but we made it to the city Saturday afternoon and had a really fun time. Gabe was in his element at Jamcouver (a beachfront skateboard comp), everyone enjoyed the novelty of a sky-high hotel room at The Century, we had yummy Korean BBQ with good friends at Gyu-Kaku and even managed a late-night jaunt down to watch the fireworks at Sunset Beach. There was plenty of colourful people watching with the Pride festivities the next day and we did lots of walking, crepe-eating and some back-to-school shopping too. All of us were pretty tired after our late fireworks night so Brad + I didn’t push our luck (the summer “whine-factor” is pretty high these days) and headed home mid-afternoon Sunday. We were lucky enough to spend BC Day on the river with more great friends and I don’t think any of us wanted to leave the beach. But, alas, laundry and grocery shopping needs to be done at some point and there’s always work to be done at the shop.
Speaking of, I was putting away some of our vintage rentals yesterday and came across our collection of mini trophies (click here) and couldn’t help but think of the adorable possibilities for a camp or equestrian themed wedding, or for home decor in general …
I see vintage trophies in my thrifting journeys all the time and think I’d better start collecting at least a few. So cute for a kid’s room, Father’s Day gifts and more, don’t you think? We’ll be moving Gabe’s room in the next few months and I’ve got my mind set on some neon spray painted numbers. I wonder if he’d think they’re cool? It’s hard to say these days, 10 being the new 15 and all ;)
August 7, 2013 3 Comments