Springing into Colour

February 18, 2013

Spring has been teasing us this weekend with moments of warm sunshine and it’s amazing to see what a good dose of sunlight does for the soul! Our garden is starting to bud, everything’s turning green again and it’s so much nicer to start the day with the sound of birds chirping rather that the pitter patter of endless rain drops, wouldn’t you agree? Our little taste of Spring has got me craving bold colour so here are just a few bright bursts to kick off this Monday…

Photo by Izzy Hudgins for Ruffled

Inspired by This. Photo by Joel Maus.

Blur Dress and Stacking Rings by a-thread

Lucy Fenton’s home for Inside Out.  Photo by Felix Forest.

Tine K Home via Signeplin

Mon Carnet

The Design Files. Photo by Tony Mott.

The Pink Couch

How do you add colour to your home and wardrobe at this time of year? I’m still on the hunt for the perfect area rug for our living room but think I’ll source out some bright pillow covers in the meantime. Have a great day :)


My Kind of Modern

February 15, 2013

I thought I’d kick off the weekend with this amazing Australian home that I found over at HomeLife. My tastes have veered a lot more to the modern side of design over the last few years but, although I do love clean lines and streamlined design, its often hard to picture family life in anything too minimal or spare. This coastal modern home looks like it was built to be lived in though…concrete floors (can’t you just picture kids riding scooters through the kitchen?), warm wood panelling, lofty ceilings and bright patterned accents throughout. Now that’s my kind of modern!

Photos by Armelle Habib for Inside Out

Photos by Armelle Habib for Inside Out

Photos by Armelle Habib for Inside Out

What are you up to this weekend? Whatever it is, have fun and play hard…cheers :)


It’s Party Time! Some Sweet DIY’s to Share…

February 13, 2013

As promised, I’m here to share some pretty pics and DIY’s from Sadie’s seventh birthday party that we hosted at Spruce last Friday. She’s been planning her crafty party in the workshop for months and it was so cute watching all the four-seven year olds trying to be ladylike in such a grownup space :) Because our back room is already so pretty, I didn’t even think about actual party decorations until about an hour before the kiddos arrived…whoops! But lucky for me there were plenty of creative supplies on hand! I rolled out a kraft paper runner for the tea party table and painted it with as many sweet sounding words starting with S that I could think of. Then I “borrowed” some goodies from around the shop (Jessica made the heart/string art and Monica strung the vintage doilies), brought in some fresh flowers and ordered child-sized High Tea from Tracycakes. I think it turned out pretty cute, if I do say so myself…

Another last minute decision was our DIY craft. Sadie and I had originally thought we’d try making polymer clay bead necklaces (like these) but without an oven at the store, I thought it might prove too tricky. We then decided to pick up terra cotta pots from the Dollar Store for her friends to paint until we started setting up for the tea party with our stash of mismatched cups and saucers…light bulb! We’ve got a number of Pebeo Porcelaine paint pens on hand from past classes and we have a wide variety of permanent markers, which also work great on porcelain. I happened to find some strong multi-purpose glue in the storage room that is strong enough for ceramic and had already purchased spring bulbs and divided them up into smaller pieces. So basically, it cost me the price of the plants…win win! It didn’t take long for Sadie and her 7 friends to get busy…

Step 1: Draw directly onto the teacup and saucer with Pebeo pens or permanent marker. Images will be much more durable if baked in the oven, according to instructions, but I wasn’t too worried about  things being dishwasher safe for this craft. This is Lilah’s saucer below ;)

Step 2: Use a minimal amount of ceramic-strength glue to affix teacup to saucer. Press firmly and let dry for one hour, or according to instructions.

3. After glue has dried, plant spring bulbs or other flowers gently in teacup. Lightly water.

4. Top with a gold critter of your choice! These ones were ones that I spray painted gold for a past terrarium class…love the hippo!

And voila! A messy but fun little party craft perfect for kids and adults alike! Pretty cute, right? Most importantly, the birthday girl was happy as could be!


Family Day!

February 11, 2013

Today is our first ever February stat holiday, Family Day, so I’ll be hanging with the kiddos while Brad is flying South to Florida for a dude’s week away. I know, I know…let’s just call it “leverage” for my next girls getaway :) I’m super jealous that he’ll be staying with Rachel and her family but I’m glad that at least one of us could make the trip for now. If you live in BC, how will you be spending the day today? The sun is shining so we’re off to walk the dog, hit the skate park and see where the day takes us. Happy Family Day and I’ll be back with pics of Sadie’s birthday party on Wednesday!

Oh, and this is a pretty standard shot of our front entryway, fyi! Can anyone relate? See you soon…



Pink + Gold + A Special Birthday

February 8, 2013

This week felt like a bit of a big blur with sick kids, lack of sleep and the hustle and bustle of life at the shop but here we are at Friday and what a special Friday it is…our sweet Sadie is 7 today! I couldn’t have dreamed up a more perfect combination of creative/feisty/sensitive/funny/beautiful/kind/inquisitive/shy and the all around bright light that makes up our sweet girl and I feel beyond blessed to be her mom! Our little lady has a love of glitter, sketches up a storm daily, devours books like they’re candy and is already planning our first trip to Paris together…my kind of girl!

Cake Events

Vintage Dish

The Dieline

Here’s a little peek at some gifts I wrapped up for the birthday gal and now I’m off to set up her after-school soiree. As requested, high tea, crafting and treats are in order so I’d better get cracking. I’ll be sure to share some pics after the weekend! Happy Birthday to Sadie and Happy Weekend to you :)