Tuesday, August 25, 2009

two years today

It's been two years of marriage to my lovely P. - an amazing partner, my best friend. Sweet, supportive, such a positive force in my life. And those blue eyes! Too much wonderfulness to gush about on here...but to sum it all up, I am one lucky gal! Happy anniversary babe.

Monday, August 24, 2009

cute {and easy!} sewing projects

Love love loving this little table runner featured in Country Living made out of linen napkins all sewn together. So cute how they are all mismatched and a little off-kilter! And such an easy sewing project too.

It reminds me of this project from Selvedge {via Decor8} - curtains made of tea towels sewn together with mis-matched patterns, which is all the more charming. IKEA's Elly tea towels would actually work great for this project!

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

pretty packaging

How to make your packages pretty? With these beautiful labels and tape from Tapeswell! I'm loving these cool scrolly labels, and the vintage lace decorative packing tape.

Monday, August 17, 2009

vintage swimsuits

Ok, I think I'm obsessing a bit too much about vintage stuff lately. My taste - once clean lines and minimalistic - is now totally into retro, antique, frilly. And I'm loving these retro swimsuits featured on the Country Living website. Sexy? Perhaps. Adorable? Totally! Good bikini line coverage for between waxing appointments? Oh ya!

Friday, August 14, 2009

my neck of the woods

I thought I would post today on the lovely little neighbourhood where I live. Just outside of Toronto, in the 'burbs', I live in a community called Cornell in Markham. And as far as suburbia goes, I think it's a pretty nice place. The homes are fairly new, however they were built to resemble Victorian houses with porches and gingerbread detailing. All of the garages are built behind the houses, so that neighbours can mingle on their front lawns and porches. And there are a lot of eco-friendly touches added to the homes when they were constructed - even before eco-friendly became trendy!

Recently some live/work townhomes were built just down the street from me - homes that can also be used as storefronts. What a great idea! This little retail area encourages our statistically larger suburbia bums to walk to the corner store, instead of so easily hopping in the car.

This neighbourhood makes me happy. Recently P. and I started looking at some other houses in other areas of Toronto. But soon enough we realized...we are not ready to leave Cornell and it's charm just yet!

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

dream table

Say hello to my dream table - Restoration Hardware's Trestle Salvaged Wood Dining Table to be exact - made of roughened planks of pine reclaimed from a distillery in the UK. And not only is the wood imperfectly distressed, but the table seats 12. Oh the dinner parties that would take place on this large, grand table! Now a paper airplane carrying a cheque for $3495 just has to fly through my window and I'll be all set.

{seen in Style at Home magazine, August 2009}

Friday, August 7, 2009

art on the move

I'm excited to present a website that I recently finished for Art on the Move - an initiative by Lakeshore Arts and Arts Etobicoke in Toronto. This 3-year project has professional artists working with community members to create 'moving art' - vehicles such as buses and trucks wrapped in art, instead of advertising.

It was so wonderful to be a part of this artistic initiative! The client wanted a very clean, easy-to-navigate website that matched the look of their logo. I've always loved the robin's egg blue and red combo, and was excited to use it here. Click here to take a peek at the website, and to see what Art on the Move is all about!

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

best. flourless. cake. ever!

I have mentioned this recipe before, but I made it again on the weekend and it's worth mentioning again. I just can't get enough of it. It is easily one of my favourite chocolate cakes - flourless or not! See the easy recipe here and enjoy {and thanks to Celeste for introducing me to it!}.