Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Ella's Room

--> A Room Tour

Recently, I had the privilege of photographing 7 year old Ella's bedroom. Stylish mom Kelly designed an inviting and whimsical space for her daughter to enjoy.

Ella’s sweet vintage inspired bedroom is a mixture of antique heirlooms and refinished new pieces. At only 80 square feet, it is a cozy nook for 6 year old Ella to play, create and dream.

Colin and Kelly used a soft, neutral color palette, combined with quilted bedding, a few handmade pieces and accessories gathered from craft shows, garden centers and discount stores to create an understated bird and nest theme.

Accessories such as a porcelain owl used as a bookend, outdoor bird hooks and birdhouses found at garden centers were brought inside. According to Kelly, “Ella believed for years that there was bird living in there- and she loved the idea that birds lived in her room!”

At the wise age of six, Ella knows that there are not birds nesting in her room but she loves it’s coziness, the birdhouses and the special pieces she created to help make her room home.

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Isabella Goes to Paris!

Isabella's wish list always seems to include a trip to Paris. So this year we decided a trip to Paris was definitely in order, at least of the birthday party kind.

What a fun party to plan!

Invitations designed as vintage Parisian postcards were sent to friends inviting them to an afternoon in Paris.

We made perfume, Eiffel Tower Glitter Globes, ate sweet lemony madeleines and many other patisserie.
The guests left with mini travel kits which included travel size soap and shampoo dispensers, a luggage tag, a pocket french language guide, a travel journal and of course the perfume and globes they created.

Decor included a bunting made from vintage photographs of Paris, lots of Breton inspired stripes, Eiffel Towers, chalkboard signs, a Parfumerie, and a Patisserie table.

Memories of Paris Snowglobes - such a cute party craft.

The invitation....available in my shop now!

Part of the favor bag - a travel kit!

The Patisserie - yum madeleines, tarts, cupcakes & more

The Patisserie table - I made a bunting out of vintage Paris photos I picked up on Etsy.

The Parfumerie - all natural perfumes were made using distilled water and essential oils

I also took photos of the girls wearing berets and we packaged them in these sweet envelopes with a thank you postcard. I bought these envelopes at this great Etsy shop- Crafting Bug

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Thanks Stylemilk!

I'm so flattered by the lovely post that the fabulous Australian blog Stylemilk did on my shop today.

I just love reading Australian design blogs. There is amazing design coming from Australia. I would just LOVE to visit there one day.

Monday, June 7, 2010

The Great Canadian Backyard Party!

In our house, party season has arrived!

I was searching through Etsy for a little party inspiration and found these great Canadian made party decor items and goodies. You'll love that they are made in Canada and the price points are fantastic.

1. A festive bunting or flag banner will look great on your patio. You will find loads of sweet party goodies at bigDAYpartyshop.etsy.com

2. The perfect party dress! A Sweet Toddler Pinafore from HaleyByHand.etsy.com

3. A Canada Day Mascot! Don't you just love "Ray the Mountie" Screenprinted Action Figure from sleepingforest.etsy.com

4. These are fun for the kiddies and also make great decor items... a set of paper pinwheels from twirliewhirlies.etsy.com

5. Send your guests home with a Sock Monkey Pinback from pandacub.etsy.com - Even better, proceeds from the sale will benefit Operation Sock Monkey

6. A great goodie bag item that will keep little hands busy is Modeling Beeswax from twinkleofmyeye.etsy.com

7. I love these Tissue Paper Pom Poms from Mysillybear.etsy.com