Jan 30, 2009

The Sartorialist...

My new web obsession. A blog that celebrates fashion in a very simplistic, pure way. Scott Schuman is The Sartorialist. He started his {now famous} blog simply to share photos of people that he saw on the streets of New York, Milan, Paris - everywhere!

I have to say, as much as I am drawn to decor, I am drawn to fashion. The way it evolves, the way it is individually interpreted...

The Europeans have it in spades. They ooze fashion. They are born with it.

This blog is an ever-evolving feast for the eyes...

I just love the way fashion affects different people. This outfit would make me look like a dowdy 65 year old from Wisconsin. (no offence, Wisconsin) But somehow on her, it works. Why?

Because she believes in it.

In my younger days I used to chuckle under my breath when I saw a strange outfit on the street-- something beyond my realm. Now I appreciate it as art. It may not be art that I want hung on my walls but I can appreciate it nonetheless...

Even the very young get in on the action! (rock those hot pink leg warmers!)

Seriously, this is how I want to look when I am 50...

To check out this uber-fabulous blog and get lost in 'on the street' fashion simply click here.

*All photos courtesy of The Satorialist, Scott Schuman. (used with permission)

Jan 27, 2009

Shades of Silver

My gosh it has been cold here lately! Not much else to do other than walk around with my camera and try to get inspired!

These are some shots from my bedroom where shades of silver abound...

I try to find beauty in the everyday...if you don't slow yourself down, you'll miss it.

It calms me down to try and see things in a different light or perspective...

The sunlight was streaming in my room that day and it cast a special glow...

Even though it was a nasty -31 with the wind chill I somehow felt warm and toasty.

Lose yourself in the everyday!

Jan 26, 2009

Happy Birthday Wilbur

Three years old today!

My how he's grown - click here!

Jan 23, 2009

Are YOU Your Own Best Friend?

I have been thinking...why are we women so tough on ourselves? Why can we not be our own best friend?

The thought occurred to me the other day when I was applying my make-up. I leaned in to the mirror for a closer look and didn't like what I saw...wrinkles, blemishes and more wrinkles. When did they become so apparent? Is my over-priced 'miracle' wrinkle cream even working? Ohmigosh, I am going to be 40 years old in May. I quickly finished 'painting the battleship' and went on to other things.

The dialogue continued in my head - it was negative. Why do we as women concentrate on the negative so much? Why are we so critical on ourselves? I thought of the outburst I had with my kids before they left for school. I felt bad for losing my cool and quickly wondered "Am I scarring my kids for life? Are they going to hate me?" Why, out of all the good that I do for my children do I concentrate and focus on these small bad blips on the radar?

Why can we not be our own best friend?

Why don't we comfort ourselves and dwell more on the positive like our best friend would do for us? If I was standing beside my best friend in front of the mirror and she voiced her concerns over her wrinkles the first thing I would do is try to make her feel better. Why can't we give ourselves that kind of support? I have called my best friend after losing it on my kids and she very prophetically 'talks me off the ledge'. She listens, commiserates and then assures me that I am in fact still a good mother. She also 'sees' my freak-out and 'raises' me an unruly conniption fit. That's what friends do.

The next time you are hard on yourself for whatever reason, try and be your own best friend. Get rid of those negative thoughts and concentrate on your positives. Don't needlessly pick on yourself...

Find a new wrinkle? Don't sweat it, there will be more. (Who wants to look like Joan Rivers anyway?) Yelled at the kids until your throat was sore? You won't scar them for life, promise!

No-one is perfect. Love the best friend within you. I assure you - she 'has your back'.

A friend is one who believes in you when you have ceased to believe in yourself.
Author Unknown

The Domino Effect

Got lost in the web today! Domino magazine delivered the goods...just some design inspiration to get me through another cold dark day...

*all photos courtesy of dominomag.com

Can't wait for Spring!

Jan 22, 2009

Colin Update

I was digging through my pictures the other day and found this one of me and my nephew Colin. (yes, I had big hair - courtesy of a perm, what of it?)

He was two years old here and a goin' concern! Every Sunday afternoon when the kids were little we used to go to my parent's house and sit outside on the porch. All of my siblings and their children would come and looking back now, I realize those were some of the best times of my life. I remember vividly Colin coming up to me that day reaching for my coffee as I was taking a sip...

"I lika cold coffee Aunty Joy!" he exclaimed.

"Yes, but this is hot Colin." I replied.

"Oh, I lika COLD coffee!" and off he skipped.

That was 16 years ago and I remember it like it was yesterday. Here we are two years ago...

My poor pet is STILL in the hospital in Edmonton battling Wegener's disease - an autoimmune disease that attacks the body from within. I flew out to Edmonton in early December to visit with him and his Mom and he is doing much better but still is battling this disease in a "one step forward, two steps back" kind of way.

A few days ago he had to have both of his lungs operated on and he is doing better - our goal is still to get him well enough so that he came fly home to Ontario. He will still need 2-3 months of hospitalization and therapy when he reurns but at least he won't be so far away and we can all visit him. We are hoping he can be transferred within a couple of weeks.

This child inspires me! I am so proud of him and his will to survive. He has been in intensive care since October 24th and rarely complains. I am in awe, truly. I want to thank everyone again for their prayers - it means the world to all of us....

Jan 20, 2009

My Dream Job!

SYDNEY, Australia (AP) — Position: island caretaker. Duties: lazing around the Great Barrier Reef for six months. Salary: $100,000.

It sounds too good to be true, but the position is real. Calling it the “best job in the world,” Australian tourism officials say they are seeking someone to spend six months relaxing on Hamilton Island, part of the country’s Whitsunday Islands, while promoting the destination on a blog.

In exchange for the pay, a free stay in an oceanfront villa and airfare from the winner’s home country, the employee will be required to stroll the island’s white sand beaches, snorkel, maybe take a dip in the pool — and post photographs and videos of the experience on a weekly blog.

Want to apply? Here's where you do it!

Jan 19, 2009

Happy Birthday Sweetie!

11 years old today - my how time flies. Seems like only yesterday I was screaming at your father on the way to the hospital to "DRIVE FASTER!!!!!"

She's such a card my Ellie. This photo was taken last year.... I was at my computer when she came into the room behind me with this mess in her hair. She always makes me laugh - I just love that about her!

Jan 16, 2009

With This Ring...

Seriously, how cute is this?...

Source: perpetulakid.com

We featured it in That's So MOGG today. It's known as the 2 carat cup. Best of all, it comes packaged in a box that makes it look like you're actually getting a ring.

Looking at this ring reminded me of how my hubby proposed....

We were going away for the weekend and truth be told, I was hoping to be proposed to. On our way out of town we stopped for a coffee at our local Tim Horton's. (Starbuck's would be the U.S. equivilant) I was edgy and nervous and certainly not myself. Hubby got out (this is pre drive-thru days) to grab us a couple of coffees while I waited in the car. A few minutes later he returned with two coffees in hand, opened the driver's side door, fumbled with the coffees, suddenly dropped to one knee - half in/half out of the car - and thrust a beautiful box with a diamond ring in front of me. Needless to say I was surprised! And very, very happy.

We laugh about it now. I was proposed to in a Tim Horton's parking lot. Now that's romance people!

I love it though, it makes me smile every time I think of it. :)

Jan 14, 2009

That's A Lot of Blue!

You either love this room - or you hate it...

Source: dominomag.com

See what Janet and I have to say about it here.

Jan 12, 2009

The Evolution of an Poster

I loved these posters when I first saw them... they are reproductions of the original Keep Calm and Carry On posters produced by the English Ministry of Information in 1939.

Good advice, right?

Of course when you can never get too much of a good thing...why not make branch out and make other items while you're at it? This one might be a good reminder when you walk out the door to start your day...

Source: pedlars.co.uk

Ahhh, but then people got clever and mixed it up a bit...think the folks at Louis Vuitton would mind? It was very prophetic for 2008 I think...

Until the sh*t hit the fan. Clever artist Olly Moss decided to design another take on it...

Via: threadless.com

Hope this isn't what 2009 shapes up to be!

Jan 8, 2009

Bad Dog!

Marley's got nothin' on Wilbur.

It hit me today when I was driving the kids to school. Wilbur hadn't run to the front door when we were leaving. What would keep him from trying to fandangle himself into getting a car ride? "Oh, no..." I thought. "Please, no." (Truth be told, I actually said "Oh, shit." under my breath.)

I remembered that I had left the garbage open. And I had just thrown out some mangy meat - meat that had well past its due date. I had also tossed out some jelly...and then there was last night's dinner scraps from the plates...

I knew it as soon as I got home and opened the door - he didn't jump on it like he usually does. A guilty face stared back at me and instantly I knew. (The dirty, sticky mess around his mouth was an obvious clue as well.) I stomped into the kitchen and he knew the drill - outside he went.

This dog KNOWS when he has done bad and hates it when I am cross with him. As I write this he is sitting on the couch behind me...

This is his "I am guilty - please forgive me Mom - I swear will never do it again" face. (I can't tell you how many times I've seen this.)

All I can say is - it's a good thing you're cute! Off now to prepare for the worst...I'm sure the best is yet to come. (This is where I remind everyone that Wilbur has a very sensitive stomach...)

Jan 7, 2009

Fav Projects from 2008

The lovely Rhoda from Southern Hospitality is hosting a blog party - and features her Top 10 Projects from 2008. What a great idea! I thought I would share some of my favorite little projects from the past year...nothing too complicated cuz that's the way I roll!

"A Place in Time" - this is a fun way to display vintage photographs. Just gut an old clock - be sure and save the workings as you'll need to put them back in place to secure everything.

All those cast-off clock faces needed somewhere to go so this metal film reel case got a quick makeover...

I used old price tag stands to display my favorite ephemera...

This old stamp holder became a quirky vase once I found the test tubes to fit it...

I lined the inside of old sewing drawers with vintage ephemera and used them for storage on my desk...

These are also great in the kitchen!

An old chippy grate became a impromptu collage with the insertion of old photographs...

This old film reel got ready for its close-up with the simple addition of satin ribbon and a vintage clock face...

And finally, this old cardboard sign was a bonus in an auction box lot. I loved the old script and decided to frame it in a large ornate frame. Antique doctor's prescriptions became the matting and I used a paper tape measure to further set it off...

Hope you enjoyed these "romantic rescues" - have a wonderful Wednesday everyone!