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My Mom wrote this on a little post it note and I thought it was the cutest things. I scanned it into my computer and played around with the coloring a bit and turned it into a simple print that might be considered actual art.  Should I print and frame it for her to hang in her entrance way?  What do you think?  Cute, right? 

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I have to let you in on this little secret and my latest obsession…  Pinterest.  It’s amazing and I could easily spend hours on they’re looking at all the beautiful and inspiring photos, perhaps this is why I don’t get around to doing more blog posts.  haha.

Pinterest is the place to go for everything inspiring: food, photography, interior design, kids crafts, fashion etc etc.  It’s basically a bulletin board where you can pin photos of all your favorite things, and you can also follow other people’s boards to see what they are liking.  It’s a lot of fun… if you are looking to kill some time.   Definitely check it out… www.pinterest.com.  And feel free to follow my pins here.  Here’s a few pics from the site…  Happy Pinning!

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The other day I took L  & E on our first trip to the library.  So happy that I accomplished one of my goals, and had lots of fun at the time.  But little did I know that it would be somewhat difficult from keeping Ethan screaming with excitement and stop him from climbing the racks!  Not sure how we didn’t get kicked out that day!  Once we got settled in however we had a lovely time cruising through all the books and deciding which ones to take home with us.  And Ethan of course thought he scored when he came across all the Thomas the Train DVD’s… had to bribe him with a promise of some gum in order to get out of there safely.  Looking forward to going back. 

  1. print and organize my family photos into albums
  2. sew my Nana a quilt (she’s sewn one for each of us in the family  so I better return the favor!)
  3. take a photography course and learn how to use my SLR camera to the best of its ability
  4. teach Lily how to sew
  5. read a classic novel (once I’m done the Twilight series of course)
  6. learn to meditate
  7. create custom picture books for the kids
  8. trace my family tree
  9. take a Vancouver city Double Decker bus tour with the kids
  10. make ravioli from scratch
  11. build the kids a cedar play sand table for backyard fun
  12. buy more lotto tickets (you never know!)
  13. take Lily to the library to get her first library card
  14. go to Paris (haha, maybe start first with facing my fear of flying!)
  15. create 3 new September Lily products

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Back about 8 years ago I stumbled upon a design book titled White Hot and from the moment I saw it I knew I had to have it.  It would be my very first purchase of a considerably expensive (in my opinion) hard cover book of interior design.  My first coffee table book as some might call it.  At the time I was still trying to figure out my own sense of design style and having jumped from country to french country to shabby chic and then eventually to full on ultra modern, I felt like White Hot landed in my lap at just the right time and brought me into this whole new world of bold color and old European Modern.  I loved the old architecture, the white walls, the bold splashes of oversized prints and shockingly rich bold colors.  It changed me forever.  I have read through the book and drooled over the eye-popping arrangements so many times now that most of the pages are either torn,  sticky noted, finger printed and full of folded corners.  I even had to buy my sister her own copy of the book so I could have mine back!  I have now collected quite a few design books but this one still remains my favorite of the bunch.  So here’s my big thank you to Tricia Guild and the Designer Guild family for bringing us these beautiful inspiring spaces!     

Founded in 1970, Tricia Guild got started with her design empire which now includes wall coverings, furniture, fabric, bed & bath and the must see kids collection. 

See more and shop the Designer Guild collection online http://www.designersguild.com/usa-shop-online/shop-home/

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Lily often asks to borrow my little digital Canon camera and I am usually happy to oblige since I love seeing her creations and am always willing to promote any kind of artistic project.  And I swear she has some natural ability and an eye for photography.  She’s only 4 and has been taking photos for a little over a year now.  She creates the most interesting photos, surprisingly even ones with great composition.  Here’s a raw/unedited story board she recently took of a Homer Simpson inflatable:

Perhaps she’s ready for a 365 Project? That might be interesting.

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Goalkeeper

I don’t think I’ve ever sat down and listed out some goals for myself.  I was intrigued by this idea of if you spend the time to write it out and see it on paper it becomes much more attainable.  Well… I guess we will see if that’s true.   I decided to start small, give myself a list of items that aren’t too difficult to achieve but that will certainly keep me motivated and hopefully a little less of a procrastinator.  I also decided to give myself a reasonable time frame to get these done… the end of 2010.  So wish me luck and I hope this inspires you to do the same!

I will most certainly keep you “posted” with my progress.  Can I share with you my list?  In no particular order:

  1. print and organize my family photos into albums
  2. sew my Nana a quilt (she’s sewn one for each of us in the family  so I better return the favor!)
  3. take a photography course and learn how to use my SLR camera to the best of its ability
  4. teach Lily how to sew
  5. read a classic novel (once I’m done the Twilight series of course)
  6. learn to meditate
  7. create custom picture books for the kids
  8. trace my family tree
  9. take a Vancouver city Double Decker bus tour with the kids
  10. make ravioli from scratch
  11. build the kids a cedar play sand table for backyard fun
  12. buy more lotto tickets (you never know!)
  13. take Lily to the library to get her first library card
  14. go to Paris (haha, maybe start first with facing my fear of flying!)
  15. create 3 new September Lily products

footnote:  this list can be modified, added to, updated etc etc anytime it suits me!

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I stumbled upon this famous quote by Henry David Thoreau, a famous writer, naturalist, poet and much much more.  Not to often do I find myself  stopped in my tracks to ponder a statement or words to live by but with this one I did.  I almost felt like it was written just for me.  So much so that I took the quote and created my own graphic to frame and hang near my front door to view every time I come and go.

Find it HERE in a pdf form for a 8.5×11 print.  The graphic itself has been sized to fit into a 8×10 frame.  Hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

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