Friday, December 16, 2011

The Elf on the Shelf

We have been having great fun with Sprinkles, our adopted Scout Elf from the North Pole.  He has, of course, been getting into all sorts of mischief during the night while we sleep and I thought I would share a few of my favourites so far.

like lounging in the hot tub....

hanging around in the foyer...

enjoying a good read...

and playing with.... stickers?

What a wonderful Christmas tradition!


Friday, November 18, 2011

I was at Michael's the other day and found these adorable holiday buttons (6 for $1.50 CDN).  They were just too cute to pass up and figured I could use them in some project this season.  Since they would make perfect little treats for Junior Kindergarteners, I thought I could incorporate them into a favour/Christmas card, so this is what I've come up with.


Using my trusty Silhouette SD, I designed a red and white tag incorporating a fun candy cane fill pattern, sentiment, and snowflake.  I added little holes through which to thread the pin of the button, just like they came in their original packaging.  Then I offset the design creating a larger backing tag to give the card a bit more rigidity and contrast. 

 Add a bit of ribbon or baker's twine and the treat tag is complete.

What treats will your little ones be sharing with their class this year?


Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Sorry! We are out of Treats {free printable}

It's inevitable.

Every year I count on a ridiculous number of Trick or Treaters, usually around 200.  I make up individual bags so that I can control the candy distribution {you know, because my husband will give out the quantity of candy based on how much he likes the child's costume (ie. somebody wearing a flannel shirt and carrying a beer bottle with a name tag either saying "Bob" or "Doug" may warrant only a Tootsie Roll while a full blown Nasa Space Shuttle made from cardboard and tinfoil will get a handful of candy)}.

But, it is never enough and there are always the stragglers that ring the doorbell at 9:00 pm (usually the teenagers showing up, yep - you guessed it, as "teenagers") hoping for candy but ending up getting a canned food item from my cupboard because I don't have and treats left.

So, this year I thought I would try to divert the latecomers with this door sign.

Hopefully they will get the message.

*cute green monster clipart by Roseanna Piter



Tuesday, September 27, 2011

October is Just Around the Corner {and a free printable}

Wow - this year is just flying by!  October is just around the corner and it's been *gasp* 7 months since my last blog post.  YIKES!  Well, I am hoping to get back into the swing of things now that my darling baby Sebastian is now in Junior Kindergarten (I guess that means I can't call him a "baby" anymore).

And since Autumn has arrived and Halloween will be here before we know it, I thought I would celebrate with a free printable for a new tradition I hope to entice my neighbours to participate in...

Have you ever been booed?  I haven't and it doesn't seem to be a trend that has hit my neighbourhood yet ~ I guess somebody has to start the fun so it might as well be me!

This is how it works - you make a fun treat and secretly leave it on the door step of  a friend/neighbour with a sign and instructions for participating in the fun.  Easy Peasy!  Really, nobody has any good excuse for not joining in the fun.

Let's BOO!



Monday, February 14, 2011

Happy Heart Day Lovelies!

photo courtesy of Kori Clark
Paper & Pigtails

Wishing you all lots of love this Valentine's Day!


Sunday, January 30, 2011

Custom Made Valentine's Day

Just wanted to share with you a custom order request for some sweet Valentine's Day disc envelopes.

I'm not sure if the buyer is giving the gift of music, a movie, or photographs - but I do hope that her recipients love them!


Sunday, January 23, 2011

Ode to the Lemon Meringue Pie

I've been noticing my Lemon Meringue Pie listing appearing in a lot of treasuries lately.  It will soon be gone so I thought I would share  a few of my favourite compilations with you as a tribute to this wonderful listing that has brought me so much in return (if you don't know what I am talking about, just scroll down a few posts to see what all of this gushing is about).


Thursday, January 20, 2011

Twitter Tuesdays


I'm planning a new feature on my blog called Twitter Tuesdays.  Each week, on Tuesday of course, I'm going to showcase one of my Twitter favourites.  It could be anyone from a celebrity, a band, a friend, an Etsian, a fabulous party peep, a MOMpreneur, or someone just plain terrific in my eyes!  I do follow over 2,000 users so picking and choosing is going to be extremely difficult.  I better start making a list....


Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Lemon Meringue Pie

The timing of this lovely Etsy treasury is just perfect.  An ode to Lemon Meringue Pie!


Here Comes the...

BRIDES Magazine
February 2011

So, finally the cat's out of the bag.  It's a secret I've been harbouring for months.  Well, not very well on Twitter, I'm afraid.  I did let it leak once (or maybe twice).  Not because I wasn't allowed to tell, but sometimes you can't believe some things until you see them for yourself.  That was me, yesterday at the drug store, which I have been stalking for at least a week now.  I walked in and *eeek* there it was!  I grabbed the issue off the shelf and frantically flipped through it to find some resemblance of a pinwheel (which is no easy task, the magazine is huge!).  But, finally, there it was!  My Lemon Meringue Pie creation in an ode to the doily!  I tried to contain my squeals of joy but a few giddy squeeks snuck out.  Was one magazine going to be enough, maybe I should get two, oh heck, three?  No, I frugally stopped at two - they are kind of expensive.  Plus, there was Sebastian looking up at me with his sweet little doe eyes - he had a magazine in his hands, he wanted one too.  How could I refuse? 

I have a feeling that it's going to be a Fabulous February!


Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Treasury Tuesday


Thursday, January 13, 2011

Hopeless for Haeger

I'm not usually a fan of collections.  I consider myself much too organized to have a large number of the same items lying around collecting dust.  That is, of course until I get asked why I have a tonne of cream coloured pottery displayed all-around-my-house.  

The truth is, I am hopelessly and desperately in love with Haeger pottery.  Any colour, really, but mainly the lovely cream coloured variety. 

It is, simply put, beautiful.

I have been growing my collection of Royal Haeger pottery for about 13 years now.  I think the obsession started around the same time I got married and was busy decorating our first home. 

It was easy to find pieces early on but I sadly haven't added to my collection in several years.  The passion isn't gone - more like the space to put them once I do covet the perfect piece. 

Oh, who am I kidding? I could always find a place. 

Here are some of my recent favourites currently for sale on Etsy.

Hmmm.... There could be a purchase in my future.

UPDATE:  Sure enough I could not resist making a purchase or two so I bought the lovely oval pedestal vase from ArtfulVintage and this little number below from thevrose.  Can't wait for them to arrive!


Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Let Us Sing Joyfully

I'm all for that!


Tuesday, January 11, 2011

It's My Party!

Well, it's not my party ~ but we were invited!

Pinwheels on My Mind

Nice to know I'm not the only one with this problem!


Monday, January 10, 2011

SoCal New Year's Blogger's Bee

I was thrilled to have been asked a few months back by the lovely Dionne of the fab blog, Notes by Dionne, if I would like to contribute to the goody bags that she would be handing out for her Southern California New Year's Blogger's Brunch. 

Um......... of course!

Didn't they turn out adorable with that little pinwheel sticking out and all?  AND the best part is she has two extra goody bags to give away to a couple of her lucky readers.  So, hop on over to her post here to see all of the wonderful items that will be included and how to enter.  You will be glad you did!


Plaid Appreciation

So loving this pretty in plaid treasury by

Enjoy the eye candy!


Sunday, January 9, 2011

{Etsy Love}

I saw these sweet little crocheted bunny ear egg warmer "hats" on the front page of Etsy this morning and had to share with anyone who may have missed them. 

Wouldn't they be too cute for Easter brunch?

So, I of course had to check out the rest of this adorable little shop by Sabahnur and it is full of total cuteness including this tiny blue bird...

Doesn't he remind you of this familiar little tweeting guy?



Saturday, January 8, 2011

More Treasury Love!


Boys and their Toys

Finally, after 2 years, my husband gets to use his "big boy toy".   This was such a painful purchase for us.  It seemed a bit extravagant.  Yes, we live in Canada.  Yes, our Winters get a little "deep" (well, at least up until 2 years ago they did).  And, yes, my husband travels a lot so I had to sometimes rely on the kindness of my neighbours to help get me out of the house.  It seemed like the right thing to do, especially after this storm in 2008 just before Christmas.

Then........ nothing.  Barely a flake in 2 years.  We jinxed it.  Blame us, it's all our fault.  Until today.  We maybe got a foot of snow today, but it is the most glorious foot of snow ever! 


A Room with a View

This is what I am seeing out my family room window this afternoon.  We just received our first significant snowfall of the year this morning and it is beautiful - just what I have been waiting for.

What does the view from your room look like?


Another Springtime fresh treasury for this snowed in Saturday morning.  I cannot wait to see the daffodils make their lovely debut!

by Magillie


Friday, January 7, 2011

Treasury Time!

Just had to share this sweet treasury we are in created by Etsy shopper choberygu.



Thursday, January 6, 2011

Just because...

Today, a picture of my handsome little man...

just because


Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Keep Calm....

This year, my resolutions are...
 NOT to:
 NOT to:
NOT to:
and NOT to:
This year I will not do any of that.
Rather I WILL:


It's not as dignified but I will burn a lot more calories!

fab "Keep Calm" and "Keep Calm" parody prints by


Saturday, January 1, 2011



it has a nice ring to it ~ doesn't it?

Table Number Luminaries by ThePoshEvent; Typewriter Number 1 Post Earrings by MySoulCanDance; Numbered Porceline Mug by gleenashop; Typewriter Key Pendant and Charm by qacreate; Vintage Typewriter Key Oak Leaf Ring by qacreate; Canvas Bag Organizer by charmingzakka; Recycled Licence Plate Belt Buckle by vintageinretrospect; Vintage Number 1 by coolvintage

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