Archive for the ‘Celebrating’ Category

Happy Thanksgiving

Oct
10

Pumpkin pie. Turkey. Cranberry jelly. It must be Canadian Thanksgiving weekend! Truth be told, I am the only one in my family who loves turkey (I know, what?!?!), so we’re trying something new this weekend. After the family Thanksgiving of course, which I’m hoping will involve turkey.

Thanksgiving this year will involve roast chicken, maple glazed carrots, green beans almondine, cheese scallop potatoes, mashed potatoes for the kidlets and pie. I’m looking forward to it all! And I’m ready with my wheat sheaf and jack-o-lantern pottery and candles. And my Giving Thanks printable of course!

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I love bringing this out every year, along with my wheat sheaf. It has become a part of of Fall and Thanksgiving for me. Serious, I love that yellow.

I am thankful for many things this year. The gift of my children and husband. The legacy and blessing of having known and been loved by my loved ones who has passed on this year. The magical path that has opened up to me. Good chocolate.

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So many things to be thankful for.

Happy Thanksgiving Canadian friends! Wishing you a weekend filled with family, friends and turkey!

Valentines

Feb
14

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handmade origami love notes. the most decadent, ooey, gooey, chocolate cake ever. valentines for my valentines. how did you celebrate valentine’s day?

Happy New Year!

Jan
07

desktop-wallpaper-january-dream-bigMay your new year be full of big dreams. Go download your own dream big Jan 2014 calendar at Tickle the Imagination. Isn’t it super pretty?

Vintage Type ~

Oct
15

I have a vintage type table full of letterpress type in my garage. But I don’t have any large type like this vintage type from Monki Vintage on Etsy:

I would decorate my mantel for Halloween with large type like this, oh yes I would.

Some of my favorite quick and easy teacher gift ideas

Jun
25

It’s the last week of school in Ontario! So naturally, I’m thinking of teacher gifts this week. Since I only have a couple of days to get something together, it’s got to be easy to pull together or crafty.

I like our end of school gifts to be a sweet gift meant to spoil or treat our teachers to something sweet over the summer. I have put together a couple of these ideas for past teachers and they were always well received, but I don’t have a staple end of school teacher gift. Hmm, maybe I should work on that.

Are you putting something together a little last minute too? Maybe some of my favorite (and quick and easy) teacher gift ideas will help you pull together a perfect thank you!

A reusable travel cup filled with packets of iced tea via Lisa Storms. Maybe even tuck a little gift card in there.

Decoupaged scissors with the cutest “You’re a cut above the rest!” tag via Crap I’ve Made. These would also be perfect for your favorite hairstylist!

A hit the beach kit to start the summer off right via The Rachel Berry Blog. Wrap a towel, sunblock, magazine and a snack and attach card. I am really liking this one!

I have always been a firm believer in edible gifts or gift cards for teachers, so I love the “Thanks a latte for all that you do” gift card holder via Skip to my Lou.

Which is your favorite?

Celebrating | Father’s Day

Jun
15

I must get off the computer and start preparing for our weekend away. We are going to enjoy our yearly ritual of heading to the beach, BBQ, the girls painting my husband’s car with hand prints and hearts (it’s water soluble paint for those that just about had a heart attack). A weekend of celebrating dad.

But before I head off, I just had to put together a fill-in-the-blank Fathe’rs Day card for your kidlets to give their dad on Sunday. Let them fill-in-the-blanks and tell dad how much they love him, and think he’s super awesome.

So if you’re still looking for the perfect card for dad (er, your husband), head over to Scrib’d to download my new We Love Dad cards for Father’s Day.

Wishing all the dad’s a fabulous Father’s Day!

Celebrating | Up, Up and Away

May
25

Coral balloons. Where can I get me some coral balloons? So pretty. They make me want to hold on tight so I can fly up, up and away with them in hand over a fabulously chic backyard party. Now that would be a grand entrance.

I really do wish I was Mary Poppins.

Have a fabulously breath taking weekend. Enjoy the view.

Pic via high heels and moccasins

New To Shop | Treat Bags + A Very Late 100 FANS Giveaway!!!!

May
23

Hello sweet friends! I am so excited for this day! I am going to celebrate you! In late November, my Facebook page had made it to 100 fans. My first big Facebook milestone! I pondered and wondered about what would make a great 100 fans giveaway. And like a light bulb, I knew! Treat bags! Treat bags, favor bags, whichever you like to call them, but we all know what they are. Those cute striped bags perfect for packaging cookies, treats and sweets of all kinds. Those little striped bags we see on all the dessert tables. Yes, those bags!

But I wanted to make them in a variety of patterns and a variety of colours, available by email via my Etsy shop or as an instant download via my Scubbly shop. And it was a big, big project. It took way longer than I expected, and life and business got in the way many, many times, but I was dedicated. Dedicated because I know it’s not always easy to find what you need when you need it. I always run into this problem when throwing a party, or when I have last minute inspiration.

I live in Canada, but surprisingly, those easy-to-find, cheap/fast/free-to-ship products my friends South of the border have access to don’t exist up here. Most of the vendors selling these treat bags are in the U.S. and many of them don’t ship to Canada or the shipping fees are so high it costs more than the product itself. Even within Canada, the shipping prices are ridiculous! When you have a budget, and the shipping cost is the same or higher than the cost of the product, well, it can be a problem.

And I love treat bags! They are perfect for packaging sweets and cookies, and displaying goodies at birthday parties, showers and holiday gatherings. They make great favor bags for your guests to take home some goodies at the end of a party. I even use them as envelopes for thank you notes or to tuck a little sweetness in my girls lunch boxes!

That’s why I made such a wide selection of treat bags. To make it easy for you to package, wrap and display treats and goodies without the wait or extra cost of shipping. You can even add one of my printable party circle designs to coordinate with your party theme and you have a perfect favor bag for your party!

So I am very excited today! Excited to say that my new

Polka Dot Treat Bags

Chevron Treat Bags

Diagonal Stripe Treat Bags

and Striped Treat Bags

are now available in my Etsy shop! But if you prefer quick and easy delivery, you can find all the treat bags available as an instant download in my Scubbly shop! Oh yes, instant download – nothing like instant gratification!

And to celebrate hitting 100 fans, now 150 fans, I’m giving you a treat bag of your choice! For the next 24 hours, just tell me what pattern and colour of treat bag is your favorite in the comments below (and don’t forget to leave me your email address!) and I’ll send it to your Inbox!

Yaay 100 fans and my sincerest apologies that it took sooooo long to get it together.

Don’t forget to leave a comment below, I would love to send you a treat bag!

Celebrating | Mother’s Day

May
11

I have completely dropped the ball on Mother’s Day goodies and crafts this year. I’m not even sure how it came to be Friday already! Really? Friday? Mother’s Day is two days away? This was my realization today, why did I think it was Thursday? I must start preparing for Sunday.

Honestly, for me, preparing for Sunday isn’t going to take very long. Our Mother’s Day celebrations are very simple. No big brunch, just the yearly ritual of breakfast in bed with my girls and lots of snuggles and giggles. A ritual I look forward to every year! I don’t think we’ll ever host a Mothers Day brunch as long as my girls want to snuggle in bed with me over pancakes and coffee and handmade cards. I wouldn’t want it any other way.

I like the magic of simple. Of course, I adore and love the quiet time, the clean house, and the trips to the spa, but even without those gifts of love and appreciation, I already feel like one lucky and blessed mama. Every day, every single day, my girls and I express our love for each other. We leave each other love notes, pick flowers, hug and snuggle. There is no doubt that I am very loved. My youngest must deplete the paper supply in her kindergarten classroom professing her love to me in notes and drawings. Those notes and drawings make everyday feel like Mother’s Day. They are free-form, honest and brimming with love with every letter and flower and every heart. Beautiful.

Every few years one of my girls hands me a card they made at school. I have always loved the fill-in-the-blank cards. And that’s what inspired this card, my new freebie for Mother’s Day. My eldest daughter brought home a card like this so many years ago. I kept that card. It was beautiful. Her preschool printing, the honest love, being able to read those things that were most important to my daughter at that time. The things she remembered and held dear. Magical.

And that dear reader, is what I wish for you. That moment when you sit quietly with tears rolling down your smiling face as you read what your child holds most dear, all the ways in which they think you’re amazing. Because tears will flow when you see how amazing you are in the eyes of your child. Please tell me I am not the only one who tears up at moments like this. Please?

I also think there is nothing in the world quite like a personalized card, for any occasion. So forward this to your partner, or just leave this page open on your computer for a little while, so they can head over to Scrib’d and download these fill-in-the blank Mother’s Day cards. And have a fabulously, beautiful Mother’s Day.

Celebrating | Colour

Apr
26

Does it look a little brighter around here? More changes coming, subtle, pretty, yeah. What do you think?