Tuesday, October 21, 2014

25 Halloween Ideas

I've been pinning and googling my brains out for Halloween. But in all honesty - I'm not going to get much farther than buying pre-made cookies, letting the kids slap on some icing and totally unhealthy candies ontop and call it a day. BUT, if you're looking for some inspiration, seeing as I'm not going to be the one doing it this year, here are some of my favourites. Keeping it real folks. Keeping. It. Real.

Monday, October 20, 2014

style files / little guy style

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I'm not a huge fan of logos or, big bears or, cartoonish figures on Oscar's clothing so over the last four years I've come to love H&M and Zara for their lines of kids clothes for boys because they aren't too cartoonish or, plastered with planes, trains and automobiles. (All of that being said, I sometimes can't resist a cute shirt that has a bear or two on it, because I mean, they are only young once, right?) I picked up this green jacket (fig. 1) last week at Zara online last week and it's perfect. Although it fits a little on the smaller side, he's 4.5 years old and the 5-6 year old one fits perfectly with no room for growth. The green is stunning, and a nice contrast to the common darker jackets on the playground.

I was in H&M a few weeks before, and picked up those suspenders (fig. 3) , and some more of those basic T's (fig. 4) that wash so well, and are ridiculously cute. (Seriously, those t's are sooooo good, he's been wearing them since he was a baby) Oscar used to have a little backpack to go to school with but we upgraded to a Herschel Supply Co. bag that I picked up at Get Outside here in Toronto, when I was shopping with a girlfriend. And slouch hats are my favourite hat for fall - Etsy has a bunch. Here are some more favourites that I've spotted for the little dudes in our lives....

Friday, October 17, 2014

bits + pieces

Happy Friday!  Some changes that are happening to this blog that will be rolling out over the next few weeks. My interests are changing and the business is growing. I'm feeling a little shift, and, a little need for change. I love structure, I'm a little OCD that way - so I like to lay things out to have a plan. Here are some of those plans, that are rolling out over the next few weeks!
  • Bi-Weekly e-mails / I love to share my finds, but blog posts aren't always the right space - so bi-weekly e-mails will show you shopping finds, roundups of posts that were popular and sales, discounts and more and also links to resources for your own blogs like the best free fonts and web design software. You can sign up here.

  • More "Roundup" posts - Since I'm not showing Oscar really on the blog, I've struggled with sharing kid related things (that's 99% of my life!) but without showing Oscar. It's harder than it looks. So I'm going to be embrace it and just show you roundups of things I love - because I love them and because I think you may too.  So coming up as of next week I'm letting go of this stigma that I'm a "decor" blog because I'm totally not anymore, and haven't for some time.

  • Sharing photos of things I love. Just because. I've refrained from doing this in the past because I feel as though it comes off as lazy blogging. But then i remember, "Hey, this is my blog. I can blog whatever!" Because that's the joy of blogging, no?

  • Behind the Scenes Photos - Photos on how I do product shoots / day in the life of posts - because sometimes what I think is mundane is really quite fun.

  • I'm letting go of this feeling that every blog post I put up needs thoughtful commentary to go with it. I'm running after a child, wanting to be an involved Mom and volounteer in the school, run my business and have meaningful friendships - my blog is a portion of my life. Like a sliver of it. And sometimes it's daunting to feel like I need to write a LOT. I'm letting go of that. You may get one sentence posts. I kid you not.
Anyways, I hope you like the changes and if not - that's ok too! But I think it will be more fun on the blog as I chill out about what I have to post about. ;)

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

currently obsessed with / plaids

Blue + Green Napkin / Plaid Pillow / Purple Plaid Throw / Plaid Ribbon / Plaid Pouch / Plaid Pehr Napkin 

I have a wee obsession with plaid. If it's plaid, I'll likely buy it. I finally was able to source some gorgeous plaid ribbons for the shop and my wardrobe continues to get new additions of the plaid / tartan pattern. This scarf that I purchased on Etsy last year continues to be a staple in my wardrobe during the chillier months. She seems to have expanded her collection - They are generous scarfs, without being too huge. I ordered this scarf from Zara, and although I love the pattern, oh my goodness. It's HUGE! It could be a blanket. Which is why I didn't return it, because it's kind of super comfy to wrap around your shoulders while you watch TV. ;)

Plaid Obsession Elsewhere:
My blanket from Etsy, My Brother's Living Room,

Friday, October 10, 2014

bits + pieces

Happy Friday! Just some things that didn't get blogged about this week. xo

Articles you may like:

Remember my anxiety about sharing online - specifically Oscar? This article I came across articulates my trepidation about it, which is obviously a element of my generation. (Although I'm kind of slightly younger than the author, but it still touches upon my youth)

12 Phases of Entrepreneurship  - I experienced Phase 4, 5, 6, 9 and 11. Overall the list is pretty dead on to what you're going to (or likely have) experienced being your own boss. Related article - "Why the hell would anyone want to be an Entrepreneur?"

How to be Polite. As someone that collects etiquette books (new, and old) I loved this article.

Have a great weekend! - Lindsay

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Making A Marquee Letter

As part of my #ProjectPinkRoom, I really, really wanted to have a Marquee letter for my little client. But the funds didn't allow for me to invest in one from Etsy after I factored in shipping, and that we wanted to get a lot of pieces to fill up the room (we were on a budget). Determined to have one, I googled and searched Pinterest for "DIY's" on how to make my own, and came across some great tutorials.

My post is going to be less of a tutorial a-la-Young-House-Love-Style (they got serious with their how to's!) But more of a "we did it!!!" and "here are some tips" and "here are some links to people who spent a lot of time documenting how THEY did it".

In order to make something substantial I'm going to start by saying that you should make your letter out of wood, and for that, you need a jigsaw. Which I didn't have. The folks at RONA came to my rescue and shot me over a Bosch jigsaw for us to use to complete the project. You can see it in action in this short little video

I'm going to confess. The easiest part was the cutting of the wood and the drilling of the holes. I made it extra difficult because of the three dimensional aspect to this particular one. I wasn't sure if I was going to hang it in her room, or place it on a table - so having it to be able to stand on it's own, was of the greatest importance for me. But should you decide that the three dimensional aspect isn't of importance to you then you'll likely find this project way easier.

I'm going to show you stages of this project, and anticipate that this won't be a guide for every single letter of the alphabet. But as anything I do, I hope it's inspiration for someone else, and perhaps you could improve upon what we did.

1. Design your letter
First off, I needed to design my letter. I chose a font I liked, strecthed it and tweaked it, so it was exactly as I liked. I printed it off on a regular piece of paper and then Aubrey calculated the size, to be blown up.

At the same time we took into consideration the placement of the bulbs - as you can see from Aubrey's X marks on the Z.

You seriously need this Jigsaw. It was glorious to use. Seriously, it was like cutting through butter. Although we were doing straight lines, Aubrey did some text pieces (not shown) that were curvy and beautiful (I'm doing a heart next) and it was so smooth and beautiful.

Minor interruption in the project. Someone wanted to watch TV. Had to ask his Father.

This is where I will stop and say that up until this point, I wouldn't do anything differently. But the following steps were terribly time consuming. Again, go see How Joyful's post on her Marquee Letter because she really goes into great detail on how she did her sides.

As you can see, a lot of measuring, a lot of small cuts and fitting it together like a gingerbread house. Aubrey is a patient man. I didn't take a photo of how he glued it together because I was sleeping when he did it. But below is a shot of the back of the piece ....

He added metal brackets to hold the side together, in addition to using wood glue. He drilled holes through the back, large enough for the socket of the light bulb to fit through.

My little client came over and helped me prime the Z.

Next steps:
  • Once the whole thing is put togther, and primed, fill the holes with wood filler so that you can fill those gaps. Then, add some DAP. I didn't want light to shine through those holes. 
  • I sprayed it using my paint sprayer (that I LOVE!) I gave it about 6 coats, to ensure that it really had great coverage. 
  • Aubrey spaced out the holes and installed the lighting - which was just some globe lights we had from Target. 
  • We used an extension cord like this, which means our little client (the seven year old) wasn't plugging things in. (Kids + electricity make me nervous!) All she does is press the white button and the light goes on and off.... 

And there you go! I appreciate that the tutorial isn't as seamless or as details as one would like, but it wasn't terribly easy and so, not something I'd really recommend. But if you want to take on a project like I did, then you likely have some DIY know-how and the above is inspirational enough to follow. I will, as mentioned, try this project again to make it a little simpler, as I would like a Marquee Letter in my own house. But for now, here is it in the room...

Disclaimer: Bosch 7 Variable Speed Jigsaw was provided to us by RONA. And I HIGHLY recommend it. It's amazing.

Links of interest:
Marquee Light via How Joyful (likely the closest to what we did) 
HGTV Making a Marquee Light 
Pinterest Searches: Marquee Light DIY,