Category — For the Kids

Family Fun: Our Day at the Museum

Snow day, anyone? After the warm sunshine of last week, our little blizzard this weekend (although anyone used to real snow would probably laugh at our West Coast idea of a blizzard!) was quite the surprise! The snow won’t last long but it sure is pretty. Despite the snowfall (and a very early 4am wakeup call to watch the big hockey game, GOLD!!!), Brad and I took the kids to Victoria yesterday where we attended a memorial service for a family friend.  It was a very sad reason for a trip to the Island but we were so glad to be able to attend and celebrate a life well lived. We had hoped to walk around the city in the afternoon but the weather didn’t cooperate so we decided on a whim to go visit the Royal BC Museum and it turned out to be the perfect way to spend a snowy afternoon as a family:

The Royal BC Museum, Victoria BC  Photo by Lily Ellis | Birch + Bird

The Royal BC Museum, Victoria BC Photo by Lily Ellis | Birch + Bird

 

The Royal BC Museum, Victoria BC  Photo by Lily Ellis | Birch + Bird

The Royal BC Museum, Victoria BC  Photo by Lily Ellis | Birch + Bird

The Royal BC Museum, Victoria BC Photo by Lily Ellis | Birch + Bird

The Royal BC Museum, Victoria BC Photo by Lily Ellis | Birch + Bird

(Excuse the iPhone pics) I hadn’t been to the museum since a grade 6 field trip but it was awesome! We all loved exploring the exhibits and brushing up on the history of our great province and they just happened to have a number of extra creative things going on for the kids during our visit too. If you’re planning a trip to Vancouver Island anytime soon, I’d highly recommend a visit! It was a looong day and despite some very sad moments, it felt really great to get out of town and do something fun together.  Sometimes the best family times are the ones least expected, aren’t they? Life is so funny sometimes but I’ll take little doses of happy anytime I can get ‘em :)

February 24, 2014   1 Comment

Merry + Bright: 5 Friday Favourites

The past several weeks have been insanely hectic (to say the least) and although it’s Friday and I’ve got a fun weekend ahead (it’s our last weekend of The Urban Market and we’re headed to an Ugly Sweater Party on Saturday night), I must admit that I’m really (like, really) looking forward to Monday. Not like there’s anything exceptionally special about Monday, there’s just nothing on my calendar for Monday! Odds are good that it will end up being just as busy as any other day but sometimes you’ve just got to have a visual goal in mind to make it through the busy bits, right? Works for me ;) We’re officially halfway to Christmas Day and here are 5 festive faves that caught my eye this week:

1. Loving this Scandinavian table, especially the sheepskin chair covers:

100 Layer Cake. Loft Photographie & Anne Marie Photography 100 Layer Cake. Photos & concept by Loft Photographie & Anne Marie Photography.

2. This DIY marquee lighting pretty much sums up all things Merry & Bright:

DIY Marquee Letters by A Beautiful MessA Beautiful Mess

3. I’m super envious of anyone blessed with beautiful hand lettering skills (ahem, yes I’m talking to you Jessica!) and Lindsay Letters has some fabulous prints for the Holidays and beyond. (But seriously, I’m pretty sure it was supposed to be my great talent, I just got missed somehow)

Lindsay LettersLindsay Letters

4. There’s no excuse for wobbly card tables over the Holidays, not after seeing this adorable kids table:

Kids Table by 100 Layer Cakelet100 Layer Cakelet

5. I have no idea when I’m going to get any Christmas baking done (maybe when the kids are out of school?) but these Peppermint Chocolate Crackles look pretty darn delicious:

Peppermint Chocolate Crackles by Say Yes to HobokenPeppermint Chocolate Crackles by Say Yes to Hoboken

Ok, off I go to run the kiddos to school and get things set up for The Urban Market but have yourself a wonderful weekend and I’ll be back to chat on Monday (ah, glorious Monday ;)! Cheers!

December 13, 2013   2 Comments

Sugar + Spice: Harlow’s Nursery

As this week kicks into high gear before our next batch of Holiday markets, I must admit that I’ve dreamed (more than once!) of escaping the hustle + bustle and flying off to a hot, deserted beach somewhere far (very far) away. Sounds dreamy, right? But back to hustling it is and, despite being stretched just a wee bit thin, it’s all coming together (it always does!).  My friend Jayme sent over some pics of her adorable daughter’s nursery this week that I’m pretty excited to share! I love getting a sneak peek inside other people’s homes (obviously!) and it’s a treat to be able to share a space that I’ve actually seen in person. You may remember Jayme’s kitchen renovation that I helped out with last year and they’ve since added to their family with sweet baby Harlow. I love how her nursery is feminine without being too fussy and there are so many handmade and whimsical touches throughout. But don’t just take my word for it, come take a look:

Birch + Bird: Harlow Lang's Nursery. Jayme Anne Photography.All photos by Jayme Anne Photography

Birch + Bird: Harlow Lang's Nursery. Jayme Anne Photography.

Birch + Bird: Harlow Lang's Nursery. Jayme Anne Photography.

Birch + Bird: Harlow Lang's Nursery. Jayme Anne Photography.All photos by Jayme Anne Photography

Birch + Bird: Harlow Lang's Nursery. Jayme Anne Photography.

Birch + Bird: Harlow Lang's Nursery. Jayme Anne Photography.

Birch + Bird: Harlow Lang's Nursery. Jayme Anne Photography.All photos by Jayme Anne Photography

Birch + Bird: Harlow Lang's Nursery. Jayme Anne Photography.

Birch + Bird: Harlow Lang's Nursery. Jayme Anne Photography.All photos by Jayme Anne Photography

And, I mean, just look at the little lady of the moment. Seriously! Cute as a button, isn’t she? Such a little bird and I think Jayme did an amazing job with her room. I love that it’s a space that Harlow can easily grow into too. Curious about where things are from? Here are the sources:

I’ll do my best to pop in and say hello before the weekend but if things get too crazy, I’ll see you again on Monday!

November 27, 2013   2 Comments

Merry + Bright: Holiday DIY’s

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:

Birch + Bird: Spruce Collective in Chatelaine magazine. Photo by Janis Nicolay.Spruce Collective in Chatelaine magazine, December 2013. Photo by Janis Nicolay.

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:

Birch + Bird: DIY Pine Sachets via Style Me Pretty. Photo by White Loft Studio.DIY Pine Sachets via Style Me Pretty. Photo by White Loft Studio.

Birch + Bird: Boxwood wreath. Photo by Nicole Franzen.Nicole Franzen

Birch + Bird: Glitter deer by Sweet Paul MagazineHandmade Charlotte via Sweet Paul

Birch + Bird: DIY Shadow Boxes by Sweet Paul MagazineDIY Shadow Boxes by Sweet Paul Magazine

Birch + Bird: DIY Holiday decor by GardenistaGardenista

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

Tricks + Treats: DIY’s for Halloween

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 ;)

Birch + Bird: Style Within ReachStyle Within Reach

Birch + Bird: Sweet PaulSweet Paul

Birch + Bird: The Merry ThoughtThe Merry Thought

Birch + Bird: A Beautiful MessA Beautiful Mess

Birch + Bird: The Paper MamaThe Paper Mama

Birch + Bird: VtwonenVtwonen

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