Friday, October 25, 2013

Fancy Friday Love

What a week it's been! Travels, Halloween and Christmas all rolled into one! It's been a busy one, but I still managed to squeeze in a little time to find some lovelies online. Here's what I loved this week...

Another incredible home on House of Turquoise this past week, this time by interior designer Jeanette Forney Van Wicklen. My favourite part has to be the weather wood over the range hood in the kitchen (it helps that the kitchen is incredible). Adding everything about the kitchen to my dream home files! Seriously!


Jeanette Forney Van Wicklen via House of Turquoise

Jenny shared a post this week about staining her front doors. This inspiration photo that she shared was perfection. I can't wait for the day that we have a nice dark wood front door. It's on the list people!

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I hope you all caught this incredible Halloween inspired shoot, pulled together by the fabulous Rhiannon from Hey Gorgeous Events. This girl is so fabulous at what she does. She's making me wish we had opted for a Halloween inspired wedding! So lovely!

Enchantment via Hey Gorgeous Events

Brittany from Gallery No. Eight, shared a great post on connecting your Twitter to your Facebook account (I'm most concerned about First Time Fancy's Facebook page and twitter account). She makes it really easy to follow, so I intend to go back and use it as a guide - how about you?

What were some of our favourite finds this past week! Share links in the comments below - I'd love to check them out!

Well, the weekend is here and I'm pretty excited. We have some down time which I am very much looking forward to, as well as a play date on Sunday (for Halle and myself), followed by some planning for a baby shower I am co-hosting next month! I'm also working on  big project in Halle's room that I can't wait to share with you! What do you have in the books?

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Recent Explorations

Things have been busy around here the last couple of weeks with B's parents visiting. We made sure to spend lots of time visiting some favourite spots from their last trip, as well as discovering some new one's. I thought today would be a good opportunity to share some of what we've been up to (more Halloween to come next week, including Halle's costume I made for her!)

On our visitors first full day here, I took them to Steveston Village for lunch and to walk around. We always love just exploring, and it's a great place to grab some fish right off the boats. The fishermen got a kick out of Halle being the same size as one of their Tuna, but in the end we left with a nice Black Rockfish - absolutely delicious. 


Steveston Village - October 2013

Steveston Village - October 2013

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Steveston Village - October 2013

Steveston Village - October 2013

Steveston Village - October 2013

Steveston Village - October 2013
{We had lovely views of Mount Baker}

Steveston Village - October 2013

Last week we did a few more small day trips. One afternoon we took a little girls trip, just myself, Halle and B's Mom, out to Harrison. We just drove, taking in all of the beautiful views on a sunny day and stopped at a little farm for an ice cream treat! It was such a lovely afternoon! Also, Halle's hair grows so fast! I need to take her for another hair cut soon! Geez...

Ice Cream in Harrison BCIce Cream in Harrison BC

Ice Cream in Harrison BC

More than anything, while B's parents visited we enjoyed just being outside doing little things and enjoying the weather. In particular, afternoons at the local park playing in the sandbox and a leisurely lunch at a farm in Abbotsford on a sunny Friday afternoon.

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October 2013

October 2013

October 2013

October 2013

Then, on Saturday we made a much longer trip. We left early stopping for breakfast in Mount Vernon Washington before making our way into Seattle. We spent a lot of time strolling around Pike Place Market, where we picked up some fruit to snack on. It was a nice day for it, the market was not as busy as I expected for a Saturday!

Seattle - October 2013

Seattle - October 2013

Seattle - October 2013

Sunday we reserved for a trip to the Pumpkin Patch. We picked a place that came pretty highly rated, but actually ended up a little disappointed. I think both B and I wished we had gone back to the place we visited last year... but at least now we know, and we do have pumpkins. We just need to find the time to carve them.

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Pumpkin Patch 2013

Pumpkin Patch 2013

Pumpkin Patch 2013
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Halle's favourite part was our trip to Tracycakes where she got her very own baby cake and mug of milk. Lucky girl...

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Tracycakes October 2013

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We loved every second of having B's parents visit. Halle loved having play time, story time and craft time with her grandparents, and for me it's like a bit of a vacation not being a solo parent all day. They are always such a big help around here when they come and we always have so much fun! 

What have you been up to recently? Any travels, explorations or day trips going on? Has your weather been as lovely as ours? I feel like it's the beginning of summer over here!

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

My Top 10 Holiday Cards

If you're anything like me, you are already thinking about Christmas, especially Christmas cards. Ever since Halle joined us, we love sending out photos cards every year to document our family, especially with us being so far away from so many family members and friends. (You can see our 2011 cards here, and 2012 card here) This year, to help others with their selection, I've rounded up my top 10 favourite cards from Minted! No matter what your family situation this holiday season, I've got a card for everyone that you will just love...


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1. silent-less nights holiday postcard: did you welcome a new addition in 2013? This postcard is just too sweet to share a photo of your precious bundle, and I'm sure just about every new parent can relate to the wording! You can completely personalize it from colours, to holiday wishes! This sweet card also comes in the new foil pressed holiday cards as well, which I absolutely adore! 

2. family year in review holiday photo card: have a big year like we did? I love the idea of a year in review card to share all of the exciting news you have with those that you may not have seen very much! Of course not every person may need a play by play update of what you got up to in 2013, but maybe order 10 or 15 to send to some of your closest family and friends? Also a great keepsake for you to hold onto (I our leftover photo cards every year)

3. holly jolly wishes foil-pressed holiday card: I am IN LOVE with the new foil-pressed cards  that Minted has introduced for this holiday season! There are so many to choose from but I must say, this beautiful gold card was just too much to resist (you can also choose it in silver if you prefer it)! Not into the foil-pressed cards? You can also choose it as a regular photo card!

4. frosted pinecone holiday postcard: the postcards are so great to save on paper (no envelopes needed!) and your recipients will open their mailbox to some serious pretty right away! I loved this one for the larger subtle photo, and the way the family name is displayed! If we were to go with this card, I would put a family photo as the large photo, and highlight some pretty photos of Halle along the bottom. Let's be honest, most people just care about the kids anyway, right?

5. holiday squares christmas photo card: one of the best parts about Minted is the unique shapes you can apply to your cards! This wavy edged border looks so great on this multi-photo card. A great way to share more than one of your beautiful family photos (or maybe vacation photos?) from this past year. The muted colour options are beautiful as well - dark blue or two different shades of grey! Which would you choose?


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6. first holiday as mr and mrs holiday postcard: Just married (like us)? Looking for a way to share a great wedding photo and share your excitement!? This sweet postcard is absolutely perfect - and I'm just really loving the whole postcard idea this year! Don't you agree? 

7. all ye faithful holiday postcard: While I'm gushing over the postcards, I just had to share this one! I'm always a big fan with anything containing lyrics to traditional carols - they always remind me of Christmas with my parents, listening to Bing and Frank sing those songs. The fonts and set up of this postcard is perfect - especially set next to your perfect personal photo!


8. multi-peace christmas photo card: have too many family photos to choose just one for your card? No problem - this sweet card is perfect the perfect way to share them all! Plus the range of colours it comes in, means it will work for any personal preference! 


9. snowflake holiday ornament card: there are so many creative ways to display all of the Christmas cards you receive, that sometimes it can be hard to choose! Make it easy for the people on your list this year by sending an ornament card! They are brand new to Minted this year and I had such a hard time picking a favourite... so I picked two!


10. merry holly holiday ornament card: another fun shape, but more space to share a great photo! Leave a sweet message on the back and send off for your family and friends to hang on their tree!


So - are you inspired to start planning your holiday cards for this year? If my round up wasn't enough, what if I told you that if you ordered by the end of today you will save $10 off on all of your holiday cards!? What are you waiting for!? I already know what cards we're ordering - I'll be sure to share in December!

** this post does contain affiliate links and I was compensated with a credit towards my purchase of our holiday cards from Minted. However, I only choose to share this round up as I do love Minted and their work and would only share something I really and truly love with all of my readers!

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Cobwebs, Witches & Ghosts

We are now 9 days away from Halloween. Though it has never been one of my favourite days of the year, having B and Halle around has really changed how I prepare and celebrate.   For one, B and I started collecting Halloween decorations together after our first October 31st in Toronto. Our collection is growing slowly but we do have fun putting things together for the big day. If you want to take a peek at how we decorated the rental last Halloween, you can read about it here. Today, I want to share how we decorated our house for Halloween this year... 


Halloween Decorations 2013

This little sign (and the orange Halloween lights that border our front door) all came from Home Depot last year, but they are still selling them.

Halloween Decorations 2013

I made these bats in different sizes using this template that I found on Pinterest, and some heavy duty black construction paper that we bought at Jo-Ann. We'd seen some Martha Stewart Craft bats that were $12 - our $1.99 construction paper bats are far more economical! 

The bats are taped inside of the window, and we plan to use our strobe light from Home Depot in this window - I think it will be a fun effect to have with the bats. 

Halloween Decorations 2013

Cotton spiderwebs are kind of our go-to thing around here. B loves them, and they are so inexpensive and easy to put up. We usually reuse ours for more than one year as well.

Halloween Decorations 2013

I adore these ghost lights that we bought at Target last year! So cute, and I hope to buy more this year when Halloween stuff goes on sale, so they can border our entire garden out front!

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I can't remember for certain where we got this creepy witch from, but I want to say HomeSense. I'd never really looked really closely at it until I was taking these pictures (B bought it last year after Halloween), and this thing REALLY creeps me out. I mean seriously. It's one of those things that when I was a kid I would have been very wary of when I was walking up to a house.

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We picked up three pumpkins this past weekend at the way-to-busy pumpkin patch. None of us enjoyed it as much as we did last year, but I am looking forward to coming up with a design and carving them! The two smaller pumpkins in our lanterns we bought for Halle at Granville Island the other week. She was so excited when she saw them and I couldn't pass them by - I just knew they would be perfect in those lanterns by the door! 

Halloween Decorations 2013

Our skull candle holder - our very first Halloween decoration that we purchased together at HomeSense. We've had the same red candle in it since then and we may just keep it that way! It's really quite fun, and the sidelight is the perfect spot to place it. A black sparkly ghost hangs overhead, but it won't be visible until Halloween night. We plan to hang a white sheet behind behind them in the window so they stand out a little better.

So there you have it - a look at our 2013 Halloween decorations. Do you decorate for Halloween? Have you started? What are some of your favourite ideas for Halloween decorating?

Friday, October 18, 2013

Fancy Friday Love

What? An afternoon post? I know - crazy right? Well it's been a full week with all of my wedding photos to share, but I also found a ton of beautiful things online to share with all of you, so I couldn't resist an extra post this afternoon - here are some of my favourites...

Layla shared a couple photos of the beautiful work of Ashley Gilbreath (I know I've shared some of her work on here before after seeing it on House of Turquoise). Anyway, this talented lady is truly inspiring. Yet, for some reason, my favourite photo was of the stove in this kitchen... I'm ready to renovate our kitchen now B!


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A pretty waiting room (and office if you click over), featured on Daily Dream Decor. So soft and feminine. Great inspiration for a young girls room, that they could grow into.

Andrea Marcuta's french modern designer salon

Normally, purple is not at the top of my list when it comes to decorating our spaces. However, this room by designer Angie Hranowsky really caught my eye when it was featured on desire to inspire earlier this week. Those bookcases may have a lot to do with it, but that feminine floral chair in front of the fireplace is just gorgeous!


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These birth announcements on Oh So Beautiful Paper this week were just too adorable! I loved them, but once I saw this great stamp (from Wit and Whistle) that the family used on the outside of the envelope I was in love! I think I need to get one for us!

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Ahhh, a gorgeous shower! How I'd love to reno every bathroom in our house right now and cover them in pretty tile, like this shower from Modern Country Style. One day each and every one of our bathroom's will look this pretty...

shower via Modern Country Style

I'm feeling some major kitchen envy after seeing this beautiful space by Kevin Walsh of Bear-Hill Interiors over on House of Turquoise. It's light an airy and oh so pretty. It's not really the direction I want in our new house... but it IS beautiful!

Bear-Hill Interiors via House of Turquoise


Well, we have a fun weekend ahead. Some plans with out of town visitors, and I will also be devoting a lot of time to working on new tags for Halle Handmade. I've signed up for a Christmas sale in my area in just under a month - so lots to do to get ready still! What are your plans for this weekend?

Wedding Week - The Details & Reception

We've made it - the final day for me to share wedding photos from our photographer Katie. (If you missed them you can see our getting ready photos here, and ceremony photos here). Today I want to share more of the small details and reception photos with you.

Before I get to reception photos, I have to share some of the great detail shots that Katie captured at the start of the day. We DIY'd and pulled as much of the day together as we could on our own - most of what you see below, we took care of...


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I really loved this idea of not having a "bride side" and a "groom side" during the ceremony. My Mom set this whole poster and worked in a lace background, and included our monogram from our DIY save-the-dates and invites. The frame my parents already had, and the easel is my Uncle's. He was kind enough to let us borrow it for the day and it was perfect!

As previously mentioned, I made my own bouquet using pages from a Jane Austen collection, and the girls bouquets were made out of dyed coffee filters. To be honest, most guests did not even notice the flowers at all...

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The table number stands my Dad made for us using wood and dowels. I painted the chalkboards themselves with chalkboard paint and then made a gold frame around them using a gold paint pen. I do have 15 of them that I am selling now if anyone needs table numbers for their wedding. 

The lanterns we used as our centrepieces we bought at IKEA on clearance last January for around $3 a piece. We purchased them in BC and had to bring a few back with us each time we travelled to Toronto - thank goodness they were flat packed. The flameless candles B's Mom bought at Kohl's on clearance, and they have since gone to be a part of another bride's big day thanks to Craigslist!

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As for the table cloths - my patient mother sewed ALL of the burlap tablecloths for me (I ordered all the burlap from a company in Toronto and had it shipped to their house), while B's Mom was in charge of finding and collecting all of the vintage lace table cloths. She did a great job and got us a ton on the cheap! (She also managed to borrow all of the linen napkins that we used for the wedding which was a wonderful money saver... we have some pretty great family and friends to let us do that).

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For favours, B really wanted to offer trees to our guests that they could take home and plant. So we found a great company out of Nova Scotia who had excellent prices. We ordered one tree per couple plus extra's.... and we had tons! My Mom printed all of the escort cards (which included our monogram and wedding date), and a few nights before the wedding we had an assembly party with bridesmaids, both Mom's, my Dad and one of my bridesmaids boyfriends! (They also bagged up some cookie favours that my incredible Matron of Honour made for us - you can find her business here). This wedding was a serious team effort...

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Our card box was another really personal touch. The suitcase is a vintage Samsonite that belong to B's maternal grandmother. She let us have it, and even sent along vintage travel brochures for Niagara Falls, Toronto and New York City! Incredible and completely perfect! The letters to spell "CARDS" we purchased at Michaels and painted with gold glitter paint. We then attached them to a stir stick covered in vintage lace so we could stand it up in front of the card box.

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And of course, I can't forget our DIY Guestbook that I pulled together myself. You can read more about it in this post.

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For the bar, I made our own menu using wood my father already had. I bought some chalkboard spray paint and then hand lettered everything on. Once I had it as I wanted it, we used some matte clear coat and I did a number of very thin coats on the board to make sure nothing got too wet and dripped off. We were so happy with the final product and we plan on shipping it out to BC and having it hang as a piece of artwork in our dining room.

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{ignore my one obvious spelling mistake - this was one of those projects completed a few days before the wedding}

Now onto the reception. Everything was held in the side and backyard of the B&B. We were tight on space and luckily everything fit perfectly. Tables were set in the largest tent, and dancing and DJ were set up in a smaller tent. It's where all of the party went down. We had our first dance right after we were introduced as husband and wife, and we danced to "You & I" sung by Michael Buble.

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After our dance we moved onto dinner. Speeches came near the end of the meal, and we did our best to keep them short and sweet (we got a number of comments on how heartfelt they were, which was nice). We kept the speeches down to both sets up parents, the best man, matron of honour and of course the two of us.

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Halle was out cold before the dancing even began (which makes me a little sad, since she is a dancing machine and she missed all the fun). On the upside, she slept the entire night and made it really easy on the babysitter that we hired...

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We got a little caught up in all of the mingling that we fell a bit behind schedule. So, we were able to get the Father/Daughter and Mother/Son dance in just before our photographer squeaked out for the night. I danced to "In My Life" by The Beatles with my Dad, while B and his Mom moved across the floor to "Handprints on the Wall" by Kenny Rogers.

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It really was the perfect wedding for us. We were lucky enough that a few members of our wedding party spent the night at the B&B with us and we enjoyed a delicious breakfast with them the next morning before we all headed to my parents house for an afternoon BBQ. 

Every time that B and I look through our photos all we talk about is what a great day it was, how much fun we had and how much we wish we could do it all again next weekend. So thank you, to each and every person who played a role in making our special day so perfect... especially Katie, who captured our day so wonderfully! We will cherish these photos forever!
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