Thursday, February 14, 2013

Happy Valentine's Day

Happy Valentine's Day !

I love to celebrate this holiday.
This year I just haven't had the time to send Valentine's or bake cookies with the kids.
So, here are a few cards from Rifle Paper Co.
whom I just adore . .

I love the charming sayings - don't you?

Hope you take time to let someone know how special they really are . .
Happy Valentine's Day ! 


Thursday, November 1, 2012

the Day after Halloween . .

 We now have enough candy to last us 'til Easter . .

Laura Ingalls & my life size Skittles 
cleaned out the neighborhood.

I love to make them costumes every year
but this year I left it to last minute
and was madly sewing & painting only days
before the big night!

Hope everyone had a safe & Happy Halloween!

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Chairs for Charity

On October 25th, 2012 -
 The Passionate Home will host their 2nd annual 
Chairs for Charity event
 in support of the Langley Christmas Bureau. 

So please join us between 6:30pm - 8:30pm and bid on your favorite chair. 
The Passionate Home is located at: 20506 Fraser Hwy, Langley, B.C.

My contribution is this little green chair with white slipcover complete with
 feather pillow and handmade buttons . .

A special thanks to Carrie and Kristine for arranging this event
that will help others in the community
 during this holiday season.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Time to get back inside & entertain . .

Our Autumn weather has arrived!
 In the Pacific Northwest we have enjoyed a wonderful Indian Summer
but reality has now set in and we are all spending more time indoors.

Time to spruce things up around the house & get ready to Entertain.

How about a pretty cup -
one of these beauties will be sure to bring a smile on a cold, dark day.

Sparkling glassware - ready for an impromptu get together -
make every occassion a special one!
Where do they find these fantastic display pieces?

 Handpainted plates & bowls stacked high on a shelf 
creates a casual way to entertain . .
Love the mirror & its rustic appeal beside the brightly patterned china. 

I have always admired this vintage floor cabinet -
the unexpected, paint color & shallow depth
would make a perfect place to display and admire your beautiful
glassware and plates when not in use.

I dream about all the things I would put in all those drawers . .

And after all that entertaining
why not curl up in your favorite chair & enjoy
browsing through one of these fantastic magazines -
not just your average magazine
but more like books filled with beautifully illustrated inspiration & ideas  . .

 - All items in the above photos can be found at Anthropologie -

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Back To School . .

The kids are back and so is the routine . .

. . a little espresso in the morning, write a few emails, research for the Grove . .
Is that a swan I see?

With the new routine, also comes change.
Time to do a little decorating . .

Transform floor space into lounge space
with soft, comfortable casual seating.
Update your inserts by choosing from a wide variety
of covers to create the perfect look.

There are so many choices to make . .

One of Marimekko's first floral patterns,
Vihkiruusu ("wedding rose") was created in 1964
 by legendary designer Maija Isola.
Precise yet exuberant, 
Vihkiruusu is a stylized interpretation 
of a stemmed garden rose blooming in simple graphic repetition.

And sizes to choose from.


Lifelike bark is screenprinted by hand onto a plump, linen-covered cushion. 
No two are exactly alike. By Thomas Paul.

Wool crewelwork roses bloom around artist Trey Speegle's sentiment
 on this paint-by-number-inspired front-and-back pillow.

I love these two pillows from Anthropologie - 
be sure to check out the back side of these two beauties!

    Artist Trey Speegle's cause-and-effect sentiment 
    wraps from the front to the back of this wool crewelwork and canvas cushion.

    As you can probably guess, I love Pillows!

    I am currently working on putting some together
    from my collection of vintage fabrics that I have accumulated
    over the last 10 years . .  

    barkcloth, chenille, quilts and 40's & 50's feed sack.
    I will keep you posted when they become available
    through my Etsy store.

    Monday, June 18, 2012

    My New Blog

    I've started a new blog ..
    26 Doors
    It will be a Design journal of sorts
    documenting my days as I go through the design process
     - starting from the ground up !

    So please check out my story here
    as I make my way through the next 9 months ..

    Monday, June 11, 2012

    My Calendar is Full & My Head is Spinning

    May / June are such busy months,
    Dance Rehersals, Dance Pictures, Dance Recitals,
    Tae Kwon Do Testing, Pictures,  
    2 Birthdays in 8 days, Father's Day,
    it goes on and on ..

    I really am looking forward to the dog days of summer,
    My summer is already filled with getaways, entertaining guests,
    dance camps & martial arts ..

    .. a request from my son ..
    cupcakes that resemble our family dog

    .. and a campfire favorite - S'more Cupcakes,
    my Daughter's ultimate sweet treat !

    When I was looking for inspiration 
    I came across some other ideas ..

    .. this looks fun ..

    Carnival Treats for a Carnival Inspired Day

    .. a garden party inspired treat bag to take home after the party ..
    fill with Gummy Worms,  Pretty Garden Gloves, and Seeds for Planting

    So many great ideas and inspirations 
    Have a Great Week ..