Saturday, 31 December 2011

fark. my glasses are broken.

poor little pepper. she went to go read her book. and found that her spectacles were broken. always keen to show how mild mannered she was, she suppressed her urge to yell out with a very aggressive obscenity. instead, poor little pepper kept her thoughts to herself. what book was she reading, do you think?


{the beginning of a new series of "poor little pepper" , exclusive to the joyful owl. digitally drawn by lindsey hopkins. artwork is copyrighted by lindsey hopkins . anybody who wishes to use the image , please give proper respect and due credit.}

new year , new inspiration

i love vision boards.
i love cutting out pictures of things that inspire me.
i have a huge ikea picture frame in my craft room filled with cut outs {from mostly MS Weddings magazines} of pictures that inspire me to craft something..or buy something.
{pause. my three year old currently decided to have a fit about the broken printer in said craft room.. "ellis, it doesnt work honey.." "i think it does" *cue throwing paper and mommy asking him not to do that and threatening a nap *introduce very sad alligator tears} oh motherhood.

Thursday, 29 December 2011

i heart our xmas video.



this is a small xmas video, recording a few short moments of our christmas.
we spent the holidays with my husband's family. 
and i have to say my sister in law , kaytee , is by far the most creative and talented young woman i have ever met. it's a total honour to have her in my life . { not to be missed is my other sister in law, rach, who i love just as equally and covet her golf talent and school smarts!}
but it's unreal to me how this girl can throw something like this together in a matter of hours.
my love for her is infinite. 

so in the spirit of the holidays, please head over to her Facebook page and ' like' her. 
kaytee is an aspiring photographer who's talent has already reached epic proportions. 
if you hire her for family portraits, maternity shots, or for something fun to do, you'll be left in awe and amazement .



Monday, 19 December 2011

books i'm hoping to get for xmas

who doesn't want a jon klassen book?
who doesn't want a book about awesome ?
a crantini , auntie donna's front room window seat, flannel pj's , snow softly falling and the brioche recipe from this book.
because its diane keaton.

Sunday, 18 December 2011

what you need to know about me.

well. it's half past midnite. 20minutes ago my husband and i decided to crawl into bed after watching "one magic christmas" and "iron chef america" {secret ingredient: sparkling wine ~ who knew latke's and sparkling wine go together}. i hadn't even finished brushing my teeth when my husband's work phone rang and he got called out. we should've known when we saw the heavy snowfall begin an hour ago & everything was getting a solid dusting.
so when the hubby goes off to work , i don't sleep. usually. i stay up late and research my next craft project or which etsy shop i want to share with you. tonite, however, i feel that you need to get to know me.

alas, brace yourself.

  1. my favourite movie is julie/julia.
  2. i hate toothpaste. 
  3. i despise gum.
  4. i've lived in the uk.
  5. i dream of renewing my vows to my husband. {i love him that much!}
  6. in two years, we plan on spending two weeks in switzerland,germany or france with our son.
  7. i love eating cookie dough, raw eggs and all.
  8. i'm addicted to shopping for anything martha stewart.
  9. i covet my le creuset dutch oven that i received for our wedding from my aunt and cousins. its the secret to a great dish.
  10. my favourite colour is white. but because people argue its a shade, my favourite colour colour is turquoise. 
  11. i believe in the power of positive thinking and vision boards.{heart "the secret"}
  12. i would love to own a new york brownstone. 
  13. i hate the sound of a ringing phone.
  14. i'm awful at replying to texts.
  15. i spend 70% of my week in jammies.
  16. having a fluent conversation en francais  with my bf/neighbour is a goal of mine.
  17. onions cause my eyeballs to become waterfalls. literally. then i remember to leave my onions in the freezer for 10min.
  18. i dislike cats.
  19. dancing is my favourite stress reliever.
  20. i believe i can sing. i'm aware of how sad that is.
  21. "gold on the ceiling" by the black keys is my current favourite song.
  22. my next tattoo is going to be of a cupcake.{i'd love a sleeve}
  23. before every purchase larger than $50, i call my husband and ask him "what would you do if i bought ___ ?" 
  24. when cooking, i don't taste my food. i make my husband do it and then i season it according to his reaction. {this makes ryan shake his head}.
  25. i like to run at nite.
  26. owning a home in the river valley is one of my goals, it will have to be a "fixer upper".
  27. i should have been born in the late 60's.
  28. this past summer, i was diagnosed with OCD and anxiety.
  29. i know every word to madonna's immaculate collection. {heart!}
  30. i dream of selling my artwork.

i'm sure there is more you should know about me.but, there you have it. {oh , you could check out my old blogs post about me, 
and ps. if your husband tells you his favourite movie for the holidays is "one magic christmas"..grab a box of tissues and prepare for a snot fest. it's a great movie, but shit ryan.. i wasn't prepared for the sobbing. 

Friday, 16 December 2011

new art for the bathroom.

new york, retro styled art print. c/o of lauraamiss on etsy!

just purchased this wicked piece of artwork today! click on the artists name in the photo caption to check out her shop! 
i also had to purchase the retro print of san francisco to go beside it...  ~ now i'll be day dreaming in the tub for hours once they are hung. eek! super excited! 
{ps. i have never been to either of these places but the husband & i do plan on going there one day soon!}


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Annual Fondue

the annual fondue we attend in calgary
c/o of joe and claire

~ let the mateus flow ~
crantini's. a holiday neccessity.

auntie donna's yummy chinese chews.