Hot off the press

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My new business cards are on order from Vistaprint.ca So excited!

I’m a sucker for new office supplies, especially personalized stuff. My current business card count is now at 4 (insert sheepish grin here):

-one for my day job as a psychologist

-one for my crafty stuff

-one for my sewing stuff

-one for Avon

I’m betting it won’t be long before my two year-old has a business card of her own;) I’m not even sure if that is a joke or a fact.

One of my fondest memories is perusing the aisles of Staples with my Dad every year for school supplies. We always had to find the “best” pen and the “best” binders. We could spend hours in that place. Even when I was working on my Masters and PhD degrees, he still insisted that I needed “school supplies.” And I certainly wasn’t going to argue with that. I hope that this is a tradition that my daughter and I can enjoy together once she begins school. Miss you always, Dad. K and I will find the “best” of everything and make you proud:)
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Cute as a BUTTON!

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Buttons!!! My newest obsession. In particular, I heart making button animal art. I started off with a couple basic elephants (which you can check out in my J’adore Paris post from earlier this month). I have seen a few variations on Etsy and Pinterest, but nothing that really wowed me. So, I decided to experiment with a few different designs of my own. I also added interest with “bling”, lettering, and other crafty bits. I received so many compliments and comments from friends that “you should really sell those,” that I am now taking custom orders locally.

Check out my button animal art projects below. Which one is your favourite? What new animal do you think I should attempt next?

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As a bonus, buttons have become an activity that my toddler and I can share. She loves to sort them by colour into jars with me. When she finishes sorting another handful, she refers to them as adding “more friends.” It’s beyond cute. Not that I’m biased or anything;)
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Happy Valentine’s Day

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Happy Valentine’s Day friends!

Truthfully, I’ve never really been a big fan of this over-commercialized holiday. I much prefer a random gesture of love and thoughtfulness (like when my husband surprises me with a bag of my favourite Hawkins cheezies). A dozen roses doesn’t really wow me….rose petals just aren’t that tasty;) I like gestures that show someone was thinking of me for no particular reason. It gives me the warm fuzzies.

With that said, I’ll take any holiday that gives me an excuse to craft. Having just taken up card making after Christmas, I was excited to dig into my supplies and make some Valentine cards. I made about 30 or 40- for friends, family, and all the kids at my daughter’s daycare. I had a blast making them.

Favourite Pinterest tip- grab a bunch of paint samples from your local hardware store and use a heart-shape paper punch to make embellishments for your cards. Easy peasy and free;)

Here are a few of the cards I made:

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Couldn’t resist posting this Darwin Valentine I found;)
xoxoxo

J’adore Paris!


Having my daughter and being on mat leave has transformed me into a social butterfly. Like every good social butterfly, I love parties. Especially planning and hosting them- not just any parties mind you, but theme parties. I HEART THEMES! I was recently discussing with a coworker that my life has now become one theme after another, and I love it! Since my daughter was born in March 2011, I have hosted:

-2 Halloween parties
-Ugly Christmas sweater party
-Stampin’ Up Christmas card making party
-Mexican fiesta
-“Lovely Ladies” tea and cupcake surprise birthday party
-Alice in Wonderland theme party- for my daughter’s first birthday
-“Ladies’ Night In” Avon party
-“Moms’ and Babies” pizza and movie night
-“Friendsgiving”
-Nautical theme baby shower
-“Bars stars with no place to go” New Year’s Eve party

I’m sure I’m forgetting a few in there, but you get the jist.

This weekend, my friend and I co-hosted a double baby shower for two of our lovely expectant mama friends. They are both having girls, so pink was the obvious choice. However, I wanted to stay away from having a “babyish” baby shower if that makes sense? I wanted something stylish and sophisticated. So, I decided that the theme would be “A morning in Paris” baby shower brunch! The colour scheme was pink and black. Guests were encourage to dress in black and/or pink attire.

A pink punch was served in decorated mason jars with pink straws. Brunch items included: croissants, pink cream soda cupcakes, quiche, hash browns, hummus with pita chips, and a fruit tray with dip. And let’s not forget the requisite bowl of goldfish crackers that are a fixture at every mommy-toddler party;)

Here are some photos from the event:

My friend and co-host Marcy and I are pictured together with our little ones. I’m on the right. Our guests of honour are sharing a loving preggo moment in the last picture.

Each of the guests of honour received from me: a handmade fabric tote bag, a glass bottle of bubble bath in the shape of the Eiffel Tower, tissues with Eiffel Tower print, a Paris theme onesie (one with a poodle, one with a bottle of ‘parfum’), some diapers and wipes, and these two little crafty projects below.

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These button collages were inspired by the creations of www.bustedbutton.com

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These are baby crinkle taggy blankets. The tags are made of different types of ribbon. Inside the two layers is a wrapper from an empty wipes package. It’s difficult to see in the picture, but I sewed a heart shape in the centre of the blankies to keep the crinkle material from shifting around. Variations of this beginner sewing project can be found by searching “baby tag blanket.”

All in all, I think this party was a success. I enjoyed having a co-conspirator to share in the planning and decorating and I think our ideas melded together well.

“Au revoir” for now friends:)

Thrift all the things!

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Confession- I am a bit of a thrift store junkie.  There, I’ve said it.

Until about a year ago, I was one of those people who wouldn’t set foot in a thrift store.  Let’s be honest; most smell funny.  They can be crowded and disorganized, which makes the little OCD voice inside me want to scream and quickly flee.  Never mind the fact that I can be a bit of a label snob, so off-brands and used items were hardly a cause for excitement.

Enter some cool thrifty mama friends and a year of being on mat leave in a small town of 7,500 people.  The thrift store became a quick and easy outing.  I was tentative at first.  Until I was hooked.

These days I regularly peruse the thrifts stores for unique or vintage little knick knacks, party supplies, fabric, and so on.  You may find me rummaging around in a store near you- I’ll be the one in the $300 jeans…. who pulls a ziploc baggy full of change out of her Kate Spade handbag at the till;)

And now I will share with you one of my recent finds.  A large wooden shelf that I got for one dollar.  ONE DOLLAR, PEOPLE!  It started out in a cute blue colour.  Too bad that not all of the sides were painted though:(  A few coats of white paint and viola!- A fab way to display nail polish and other beauty products on my bathroom wall:)  Yay for thrifting!

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