Friday, June 26, 2009

happy birthday... my mom. She would have been 62 today. This is a photo of her not on her 17th birthday {I'm guessing we couldn't locate any other candles that day!}. My mom also loved cupcakes, so I bought this pretty one for her. And I will abandon my wheat-free diet for tonight and devour it on her behalf.

Enjoy a wonderful treat for my mom today...and don't forget to give your mom a hug! Happy weekend...

Thursday, June 25, 2009

a colour story

My sister holding a cupcake on her birthday on the weekend {did you know that Lollicakes make gluten-free cuppies?}. I loved the colours here.

The most vibrant rainbow I have seen in a long time, while driving to IKEA tonight. I couldn't take my eyes off of it...dangerous when driving! But don't worry, I snapped this pic at a stoplight. Too bad the poles and wires are in the way, but it was a real beauty.

Monday, June 22, 2009

smiley radishes

Geninne's Art Blog is one of my very favourites. Everything she creates is so inspiring. From her birdie paintings to her handmade stamps to these little radishes she carved with smiley faces. I bought some prints from her last summer and I swear that the envelope they came in looked like art and I haven't been able to throw it away!

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

papery flowers

When my mom was a teenager, she helped pay for her university tuition by making giant crepe paper flowers and selling them to Montreal stores to be used in their window displays. Artist Zoe Bradley's work is reminiscent of my mom's business venture...just on a bit of a different scale! Using primarily luxury papers, sculptural and origami techniques, her oversized creations have appeared in the fashion shows and windows of bigwigs like Louis Vuitton, Harrod's and Tiffany's. Oh to create large paper flowers for a living!

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

sarah seven

I'm currently trying to find a dress to wear to my sister's upcoming circus wedding {think vintage scary tigers or clowns!}. I'm feeling inspired by some of these handmade lovelies by Sarah Seven. Each dress is custom-made with natural fabrics, and Sarah donates 5% of the proceeds to charity. The dresses take about 6 weeks for delivery so I am out of luck {the wedding is 4 weeks away} but I can still drool over these creations!

Friday, June 12, 2009

font crush: feel script

I've had a font crush on Feel Script {above} for a while now...but after making a recent and pricey font purchase, I will have to hold off for just a while. Isn't it beautiful though? After some digging I was happy to find a similar font for free...At Mahogany Script {below} doesn't have all of Feel's fabulous flourishes, but it's a good substitution while the funds replenish! Have a wonderful weekend...

Thursday, June 11, 2009


Style at Home magazine recently featured this Swedish company Bemz that specializes in creating slipcovers for IKEA furniture in wonderful fabrics like Marimekko, and Belgian linen. Such wonderful patterns and colours - what a great way to dress up a ho-hum IKEA couch or chair!

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

i won...

...a Frog Pod thingie from Boon in a draw at the Unionville Festival that P. and I attended on the weekend. I wasn't even sure what it was when they called, but I took a peek at Boon's website and it turns out it is this little bathtime toy scoop in the shape of a frog.
I never win anything, so I was pretty excited, even though I'm not quite sure what to do with it quite yet!

However I was really impressed with the design of Boon's website - its clean style and fresh use of green, orange and light gray - right up my alley!

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

train station boogie

My friend Laurie posted this video on Facebook and I just had to share. I wish this would happen in Union Station one fabulous!

Monday, June 8, 2009

happy birthday to me...33!

Birthdays are starting to get a little bit scary now! I turned 33 on Saturday and I'm finding it hard to believe that I am well into my thirties. How did this happen? On one hand I feel 23...and in some ways, with a lot of life events that have gone on recently, I feel an older wiser 53! It was lovely weekend though and we had my family over for do-it-yourself pizza on the grill, our new obsession. My perceptive sistas got me some great presents too...some gift certificates to Anthropologie {yum!} and some adorable mini designer chairs that I posted about a while back. Here is a photo of me on my second crazy how time flies! But age is just a frame of mind, right?

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

paper wisteria tree

If you admire Anthropologie's displays {and you know I do!} then be sure to check out this lovely blog. Ruthi Auda is a display coordinator for Anthropologie, and created this wisteria tree using branches and tissue paper. The paper nerd is in exquisite! See Ruthi's blog for more amazing creative inspiration. {via the beautifully re-designed Once Wed}

Monday, June 1, 2009

delicious dessert bar - with my name on it

Imagine my surprise when I was wandering in blogland and I stumbled across one of Amy Atlas' amazing dessert bar displays - with my name on it! Apparently it was a sweet display for a baby naming party, with the colours and patterns inspired by a Pucci print. My name isn't very common, so I was quite excited that a new baby girl will be named Joelle, and that my name was a part of Amy's fabulous creation. I do just wish though...that the dessert table with my name on it...was really for me. :)

Photos from Amy Atlas, by Karen Mordechai.