Saturday, January 29, 2011


We feel so lucky to live near the ocean, on any given day we can walk (from school) or drive (from home) to the beach for a walk with Jack, a picnic or even to swim (if we're brave as even in the hottest weather it stays bone chilling). Last weekend we went for a walk with Jack at the most popular dog-friendly beach and it was freezing and damp and windy but the beach was bustling with people (and puppies). In the summer we seek the more secluded beaches up the highway a little in the residential areas. For our birthdays last year we even went whale watching! It's nice to live by something that feels so vast and wild, you can always see jellyfish, seals and occasionally whales sometimes right from the comfort of a table at a cozy seaside restaurant. <3

Can't wait for spring...

Because stuff like this just looks better without tights and a wool coat:

Koyasan Dress - $49.95 : Indie Dresses, Retro Dresses from Dress911: a state of indie

U'r My Popsicle Dress - Pink - $37.95 : Indie Dresses, Retro Dresses from Dress911: a state of indie

Plain Jane Dress:
I am a dress-a-holic. I'm addicted to dress-a-hol. Gotta love and!

This week in one sentence...

Went to school everyday (finally), tried and failed to make Gnocchi, celebrated nothing with cupcakes and champagne and tried to ignore the dreary, foggy raininess that is January on the West Coast. (I'd much prefer snow.)

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Wall Art

It is amazing what a difference hanging framed art or photographs can make to a room! We're renting and so sometimes it is hard to make the effort to decorate and really get settled as you don't feel like your home is yours. It took us almost a year to fully unpack! We have finally finished hanging art on the walls and it really has made our space look bigger, taller, more put together and more personal. Here are some of the things we've put up:
This was the first up. It's a shadow box frame that I got from my mom at my bridal shower and I used to to hold some wedding momentos and photos. The cork is from our honeymoon and the ring is the fake one we used in the ceremony for me to put on Andrew's finger as his actual wedding ring had been stuck on his finger since we bought it a few months before. It's a good thing we liked it. The photos are held up with the same "pearl" topped pins that we used in the boquets for the wedding. This is in the kitchen above the sink.
Here is a another wedding related arrangement. This is in the living room above the couch, it has been growing for a year now. The two 8x10's are close ups of our wedding attire, the one with the thick frame is of some of our wedding party before the ceremony, then there's a picture of our shoes when we finally got to take them off, a photo of the reception area before any guests had arrived and two photos of me getting ready before the wedding one with and one without Andrew. I like how the whole collection is kind of mysterious as you don't see our faces in it. It highlights the feeling of the wedding rather than the actual event, which is why it feels more like art than family photos. Some of the frames we bought new, some were dollar store finds painted white and some were value village.
These are not wall art I realize but I had to show the frames. The lighter coloured one was from Real Canadian Superstore and the other was from N.O.O.D. (New objects of desire). They are on a side table by the couch.
This guy is in the bathroom and he made the biggest difference to how "finished" the room felt. Not bad for a cellphone picture on printer paper!
These are above our bed and we obviously took a different approach to hanging them. Since we can't afford to go out and buy a bunch of huge new frames we just hung them unframed (with sticky tack!). They are various drawings that Andrew and I have done and even though they are unfinshed looking they add dimension to the room and a focal point aswell.
This is on the dresser that is directly opposite the drawings above the bed. It is a white Ikea Malm dresser with a huge white framed mirror resting on it (found at a discount at Winners because it had a huge chip in the corner.) The white frames are actually covering said huge chip. One is just a group photo from the wedding and the other is a little project I did:
I made a word document with a bunch of vows or sayings I liked that I feel relate to Andrew and I and then added with a sharpie the first initial of our last name. It is a really attractive and personal alternative to photos and you could do it with anything on any scale.
(We also have an extensive collection of large mirrors just leaning up against walls here and there. They make a room look much bigger and brighter as they reflect light. We always keep an eye out at Winners or Ikea for damaged ones that you can get super cheap. For exampe we have a grey framed one that was originally $50 that had a teeny scratch in the frame and was on for $18 because of it!)
We also use the mirror for storage, there is a bunch of papers and old art hiding behind it!

Important Causes

Bored? Visit these websites, donate, shop or sign a petition!

"Quietly, globally, billions of bees are dying, threatening our crops and food. But a global ban of one group of pesticides could save bees from extinction."
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Q'ente Society is a textile reviatalization program, soon you will be able to buy textiles made by traditional weavers in Peru from their online website. The funds from Q'ente go towards the Mosqoy Foundation which provides good education for the local children and teens. You can also just make direct donations or sponsor a student from their website.
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The next time you are thinking of getting a new puppy consider adopting one of the many homeless dogs in North America (and around the world). If you are buying from a pet store get a guarantee that they buy from breeders with high standards for the health and living conditions for their dogs.
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Friday, January 21, 2011

My Favourite Blogs...

Blogs have become my preffered place to go for inspiration for decor, food, DIY projects and just about anything else. My favourites make me laugh, make me cry and make me want to reupholster something!

Young House Love 

Funny writing, lots of great information for decorating/renovating, and all the satisfying before and after photos you could ever want. If they're not you're favourite yet then you're behind!

Sea of Shoes 

This young lady has the most amazing shoe closet probably in the history of all time. Sea of shoes is a lovely place to go for fashion inspiration or just to look at pretty shoes.

More funny writing, photography tips and jaw dropping before and after photos from the renovation of their adorable abode.

Spearmint Decor

A collection of pretty/useful/trendy/inspirational things reguarding home decor. There is also Spearmint Kitchen, Spearmint Wedding, Spearmint Baby and Spearmint Boutique.

Getting Started

First post of my first blog! I hope that this will become a place where friends and family can follow our lives and all the milestones we have ahead!