Friday Finds: Fresh Spaces, New Skills and A Playlist

Friday Finds: Fresh Spaces, New Skills and A Playlist

March 7, 2014

This week has been a bit bumpy so I’m really glad it’s Friday again! I feel like I’ve been fighting off a head cold, which makes sense since my kids have been alternating sick days, and a foggy head on top of my usual work load and the dreaded tax season (seriously, why do always leave it so late!) add up to some serious brain drain. But I’m shaking off the cobwebs and heading into the city tonight to meet some girlfriends for a night out, the perfect remedy! On an exciting note, a Hallmark movie will be shooting on location at my store, Spruce Collective, starting on Sunday! We’ll be closed for 5 days while they take over (I can’t wait to see how they transform the space overnight, literally!) and it’s a fun little burst of fame for our block in Downtown Abbotsford. I wonder if they need any extras?? Here are some links I’ve loved this week:

1. I’m feeling the urge to learn a new skill and calligraphy is right at the top of my list! I’m super jealous of anyone with hand lettering skills and have been craving a hands-on creative outlet so a class like this one (held in San Francisco recently) looks pretty top notch:

Photo by Angie Cao for Petals and PenmanshipPhoto by Angie Cao for Petals and Penmanship (led by Kiana Underwood and Maybelle Imasa-Stukuls) via SF Girl by Bay

2. Speaking of new skills, one of my big dreams (I have many, it’s a problem!) for the shop is to have a big studio/event space someday. This one in the UK would be perfect! Now if only I had a magic wand:

Light LocationsLight Locations

3. There is so much natural light flooding into this Belgian home. That combined with layers of texture and vintage furniture make it such a warm and welcoming space, especially the main living room:

Elle Decor. Photo by Richard Powers.Elle Decor. Photo by Richard Powers.

4. I enjoy baking much more than I do cooking (might just be the stage I’m in with the kiddos, skeptical looks and “ew!” is pretty common when I try new dinner dishes. Muffins and cookies are always a win!) and would love to expand my horizons with that skill set too. One of my favourite movies is It’s Complicated, especially that scene where Meryl Streep teaches Steve to bake chocolate croissants (so romantic, right?!) and I’ve wanted to learn how ever since. This Knead and Know croissant making class looks absolutely scrumptious:

Knead & Know croissant class. Photo by Rebekah J. Murray.Knead and Know via A Daily Something. Photo by Rebekah J. Murray.

5. It’s no secret that I love concrete floors but I’m generally drawn to the honed or Acid-stained variety.  The high gloss floors of this Danish home are so striking though, aren’t they? They become such a focal point for the space and almost look like water. Very cool:

Rum Hemma. Photo by Peter Kragballe.

What’s a weekend without music? Here are some new additions to my current playlist. Cheers 🙂

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