Saturday, April 5, 2014

New items on Etsy

Hello all! Just wanted to give a quick update on my Etsy prints. I've listed a couple new ones this year, and would love it if you would check them out and share the link with friends! (all of the images were created with care, so please link back if you share them).
Below are the ones that I currently have listed:

Wes Anderson Headgear

Antler Girl

Little Fox

Sweet Rabbit

A Good Man is Hard to Find
Hope that you're all having a wonderful weekend!

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Wall Art for the Financially-Challenged: Display a Collection

I've said it before, but being that this is our first place together, decorating and making the place feel like home can be challenging when you're on a budget. When hanging fine art, or photography is not in your financial plan, you need to get creative. Luckily, this little project killed two birds with one stone (so to speak) since I am trying to de-clutter, and add personal elements to the decor. Displaying a collection can also be a bit difficult, as the look tightropes on a fine line between eclectic and messy. 

When I met Brad, he had just taken up the violin. He was practicing on a classic wooden violin, but when noise became an issue he decided to purchase his electric violin. So then we had 2. Which was totally fine until we moved and merged our belongings, and found that we both had a lot of collections and hobbies. We've done a good job of keeping our hobbies (music for Brad & painting, photography, and sewing for me) confined in the spare room, but I like the idea of them creeping out just a bit, to add personality to the rest of our apartment.

Here are some other inspirational photos for displaying a collection:
source unkown
my records display, from this post
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Sunday, March 2, 2014

Wishlist - Florals for Spring

" original" (I like to throw in a Devil Wears Prada quote, when possible). Well, as much as I love winter, I can officially say that I am over it and would like spring to arrive soon. We just got hit with another blast of snow last night, so I'm dreaming of warm days, and not having to spend 5 minutes bundling up before leaving my apartment.

All items from – dress / bag / bracelet / flats
Be sure to check out Persunmall for a great selection of men's and women's fashion. They have a great selection, and some seriously awesome deals!
Hope everyone is having a great weekend!

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Laundry Day

What a blast from the past (lame.. couldn't think of anything more clever)! The last time I blogged from my parents' house was when I still lived here, which will be 2 years ago in April. As incredible as living on my own is, one major downside is that the only laundry machines in my building cost a fortune to use. Lucky for me, my parents happen to live about a 3 minute drive away and they are generous enough to let me use there machines for free, plus I get to hang out with my parents and my puppy, Maggie, for the day!

Maggie and I have a little thing we do, where whenever I hear the washing machine chime I excitedly say "MAGGIE WANNA DO LAUNDRY?!" and she jumps up and goes down the the basement with me and digs through all my dirty laundry while I sort it. It's so unbelievably uncool, but she's too cute for me to not get all excited about. I was so against getting a smaller dog after our black lab passed away, but the second I picked her out I became a hysterical, crazy little dog lady. Brad just shakes his head when I run through the door to my parent's house and start squealing with happiness to see her fly around the corner and jump into my arms.

As soon as I've arrived, Maggie expects that I will go into the kitchen and sit at the bar stools with her on my lap (she even barks at the empty chair if we don't do that immediately). My mom taught her the important commands like "sit" and "stay", whereas I am the one responsible for successfully teaching her to spin in a circle, and dance on her hind legs.

So yep, after being a big dog person my entire life, I finally get what this whole "little dog" thing is all about. But let's get real.. who wouldn't be for that little smoosh-face!

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Happy Valentines Day!

dress- H&M / boots- Journeys / cardigan- Winners / tights- Ardenes / belt- Forever21
Or, belated Valentines Day I suppose... I hope that you all had a wonderful day doing whatever it was you were doing. My morning was spent running errands, and buying my mom a bouquet of flowers since my dad is away on a trip out West.. turns out he had roses delivered anyways (go dad!) but she still appreciated them. Originally, Brad and I were going to stay in and cook a roast, which sounds like nothing special, but for a student couple living on their own, red meat is a special occasion. Unfortunately, it didn't thaw in time, so we decided to go on a date to our favourite microbrewery down the street, The Merchant Ale House. Seriously, on the off chance you ever end up in the Niagara Region (St. Catharines, specifically) this is the place to go! We spent the rest of the night watching 10 Things I Hate About You and drinking way too much wine (which I suffered for this morning).

I have this awful habit of being very vague about what I want to do for special occasions, and then getting grumpy when things don't pan out the way I wanted.. Valentines Day began as no exception to this, and I found myself ho-humming in my car that Brad had barely acknowledged the day, and I bought myself some flowers to cheer up... then of course I came home to find a gorgeous bouquet of white roses, and I felt like I didn't even deserve a Valentine, let alone this amazing and generous guy.. but for some reason, he puts up with my insanity, so thank goodness for that! Now my living room is like a little garden, and I am longing for Spring. I'm not necessarily over winter, since it is my favourite season, I'd just like a touch of heat sometime soon!

This is the outfit I wore on our date (and then again today, because... laundry day).

On another note, I have added a new print to my Etsy shop. It is a painting that I just completed last week and is pictured at the end of this post. I'd love if you could check it out, tell a friend, whatever!

my newest painting, sold as 8x10 prints in my Etsy shop

Friday, January 24, 2014

Record Storage Solution

When Brad and I moved into our first apartment together, I knew I'd have to get inventive with storage since we were combining our things, and we were on a student budget. One thing that I noticed quickly we were lacking was art and decor on the walls. It's crazy how much personality you can give a space just by placing something on the wall. And what better to display on the wall than my favourite records!

I took a trip to Ikea, and came home with two Ribba picture ledges. Altogether, this cost me around $30, but that's a bargain, considering it covers almost all of the dining table wall. I have them stacked alphabetically (because I'm crazy), and you can fit about 4 records in front of each other.

For those of you who are interested which records are at the front of each stack, the list is as follows (from top left):
-Bon Iver
-Neutral Milk Hotel
-The Postal Service
-She & Him

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Wearing: Walking on Sunshine

dress- H&M / cardigan- Stitches / belt- Forever 21
I've been feeling sort of "blah" lately. By that I just mean that for the last while I have been feeling uninspired, not creative, etc. Not just that, but I've also had zero motivation to clean my apartment, decorate, buy myself a new outfit or two. I think this feeling hits most people after the holidays, when things just slip back to normal and the winter seems to start to drag on. That beautiful blanket of snow out the window you loved a month ago now just means higher heating bills. Long stretches of winter nights used to mean that you could spend the evenings cozied up watching movies, now the morning darkness just make me sleep through my alarm and miss class.

However, when I start to feel down my mind does this thing where it tries to remind me of all the negative things in my life.. But most of the time, it fails miserably, and makes me start to look at all that I have in my life that makes me so incredibly happy. This quickly sobers me up and pulls my mood from sad to grateful. 

ANYWAYS, long story short: today I was having an off morning and was looking for ways to bring myself down. I stepped out of my bedroom, looked at my messy apartment full of empty beer bottles and thought "WOW, I can't wait to clean up after all my friends again." Then I decided "fuck it" and threw on a cheerful outfit, my new She & Him album, and cleaned my apartment because I realized that I had a great time when they were over the other night and love having guests, so I needed to look for the positive and not dwell on the small negatives.

2014 is the year of Chelsea, and I refuse to be a Negative-Nancy. 

PS: Don't forget to enter the giveaway if you haven't done so already! It ends on January 22nd.