September Hycroft Wedding

Betcha thought I’d fallen right off the face of the earth hey? Well the truth is, after starting this blog, I quit my job and joined my (now) husband in starting a small business, and we got married. Everything else in between is a blur… but here are the pictures to prove it!

Set in the gorgeous setting of a late summer manor home called Hycroft House, our wedding was nothing short of casual elegance (that was the goal). Soft hues, mixed metallic, and a vintage vibe all came together to make the most beautiful day, and one I’m very proud of.

I did plenty of DIY, so it is my intention that I will post how-tos on those pieces in the near future, so stay tuned! Continue reading

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xmas ornaments diy

diy clay ornaments

diy clay ornaments

Ya, I know, more clay, but after I made the herb sticks, I had a bunch of clay left over, so decided to make some ornaments to add to our huge tree. It’s 5 feet, fake and doesn’t have a lot of branches, but it’s cute and it fits in the corner in our condo just fine.

I went to the dollar store and bought a felt snowman and snowflake doilie for a whopping $1.29, so I used it to make the imprints. It worked really great considering. I flattened out the clay, used a round cookie cutter, imprinted and used the end of a chopstick to make the hole to put the string through. I painted some white and others I kept the natural whitish clay colour. I clear gesso’d them all though.

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herb sticks

herb sticks

herb sticks

So apparently when you are on maternity leave, and your almost 8 month old is finally having longer naps, you get the craving to craft. I saw these on pinterest awhile ago, so thought i’d give them a try. I bought some selfset air-dry clay and rolled them out into small, flat logs. I then used my small alphabet stamps and indented herb names into them.

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Labels, labels and more labels

jars and labels

jars and labels

I’ve been feeling a bit stir crazy lately with the weather changing from glorious summer sunshine to the dreary Vancouver fall rain, so after my daughter’s swim lessons yesterday, we ventured over to Granville Island via the False Creek Aquabus once the rain stopped and there was a bit of sunshine.

I’ve been following The Delish General Store on Instagram and saw that they had these chalk pens, so in my need to do something fun and crafty while my daughter has her pretend 30 minute nap, I bought one and some black tape from Opus Framing & Art Supplies.

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Tin and a plant

Diy succulent in tin can

Diy succulent in tin can

It’s been a long time, but hopefully now I can spend some time on here and update you all with my extremely fascinating life. I am in bed now between 9-9:30pm and I have an almost 5 month old daughter. She’s the best thing to ever happen to me (and my husband). Enough with the sappy stuff.

My husband went to get propane for our BBQ as we apparently BBQ a lot, so while he was out having fun, I strapped on my daughter and wandered over to our local west end flea market (two blocks away – I couldn’t resist.

On a lot of tables were people selling succulent plants in old vintage tins for upwards of $40. I fully support local artists, but as I’m on maternity leave now and need small projects, I decided to make my own. $5 for the tin at said market and $5 for the plant, I now have my own vintage tin succulent plant. Everyone is happy now!

~ Charity

Baby Shower DIY – Pea Pod Onsies

From January – June of 2014 I’ve been waiting on the arrival of 11 different babies… ELEVEN. While I may not be attending all of the baby showers for these squidgy bundles, I can be sure there will still be plenty of gift giving opportunities.

Babies need onesies, but their presentation as a gift is a little lack luster. For the little girlies, I’ll attempt the “cupcake” roll presentation, but for boys we need something more masculine, you know, like a small delicate green vegetable…

Pea Pod DIY onesies

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garage sale find

recyclingEvery Saturday ( as long as the weather is nice) I go garage saling with my mom in the ‘burbs’ of Tsawwassen. The etiquette of garage saling is that you never ever pay full price, or at least you try not to. It’s stuff you are trying to get rid of. It amazes that some people won’t sell off something that they’ve obviously decided that they no longer needed for a measly 25¢ off what they initially wanted.

This is newest pride and joy for taking leftovers to work. It is originally for Indian food and has three different sections all held together with a metal latch.

It’s easy to clean and travels great.

Best of all, there was a $3 price tag on it and I paid $1. Bargain!

~Charity