Thursday, July 7, 2016

Watercolor Floral First Birthday Party

I honestly cannot believe I have a 9 month old... and that means her first birthday is just mere months away. Time is flying by so incredibly fast but I'm loving every moment of it. I plan on doing a really special party for Quinn's birthday - but as my husband says - it's more for me than it is for her. Let's be honest, she has no clue what's going on. But me? Well, I think I deserve a pretty fantastic party for surviving 9+ months of pregnancy and 12 months of motherhood - wouldn't you agree?

While I plan and brainstorm I've been designing some pretty things along the way. This recent collection was used for a styled shoot for my creative party planning blog The Party Society (with my friend Kristin) and I thought this would be a great addition to my etsy shop for those looking for a gorgeous, unique, and not so "little kiddy" birthday party.

This set can be used for a first birthday, or any birthday, party, or celebration if you omit the "one" banner.

Included items are:
Thank you tags
8 by 10 "Welcome" sign
5 by 7 "Sweets" sign
3 printable "cake toppers" - "one", "happy birthday" and "celebrate"
Banner - Includes letters "O, N, E" and use floral paper to cut out additional flags
Floral patterned paper that you can use for so many things, included but not limited to: straw flags, banner flags, envelope liners, wrapping paper, and more

If you're interested, you can buy the printable party right here!

Friday, May 20, 2016

Lots of updates and news!

Sooo this blogging thing - it's hard work with a baby and going at it alone (props to you who do it!). I'm not abandoning this blog, but as you've probably already noticed, posts are/will be sporadic. Even though I can't seem to blog here consistently, my friend and I have joined forces and have started a party/events blog that we are sharing so maybe together we will be better? Who knows - but give us a follow! Since I'm spending much of my time doing things for the Party Society, I thought I'd compile a bunch of updates for this blog into one post for those of you asking!

We've moved!

We are back home in Vancouver BC and could not be happier. Winnipeg was a great experience but was never a long term thing for us - and especially with a new baby, being home with family and friends is AMAZING!


Somehow our sweet Quinn Isla is almost 8 months old. Where does time go??? I will say, the last few months have been great. She's a super happy, easy going baby. She sleeps so well (I might even write post on how we got there because it wasn't all sunshine and rainbows) and I'm enjoying this stage so much more than those first few tortuous, sleepless months!

The new place

I never got to really finish blogging about our house build and subsequent decorating before we moved, but we are in a new home, again - so I hope to get some photos up soon! We've already done some light renos (carpets, counters, cabinets) and it's feeling so much more like home now.

Label update

I get a lot of questions about how my labels and pantry org have held up. Since I didn't spray all of my labels (see this post about the protectant) there are definitely some smudges on some. And they're made of paper, so yes, they aren't perfect. But considering how long I've had them for, they've held up really well. I would say, if you want them to stay really really nice, either redo your labels every year or so, or get printed on weatherproof mailing labels (a suggestion I always make but have yet to do - and I know I should!).

The Party Society

One last plug for the new blog, because I'm still swooning over this gorge Cinco de Mayo tablescape we did. Find this and many more over at The Party Society.

Sunday, March 13, 2016

Pantry Makeover! Getting rid of those wire shelves with an Ikeahack

I've always loathed wire shelving in all it's forms... but I do understand why they are used. Lightweight, easy to install, and cost effective - they seem to be the shelving of choice for builders du jour. If you're stuck with unsightly wire shelving - I have the solution for you!

After trying to figure out a way to do built-ins on our own and without custom cabinetry, I turned to the trusted and faithful BILLY from Ikea. Billy comes in two depths (12 and 15 inches I believe), and by choosing the shallower of the two, I not only gave myself some extra space in our walk through pantry, but I avoided the "black hole" - where food items get lost and never used because they are way in the back. You'd never know these are budget bookcases - they look like they were designed to be in a pantry.

 This set up allows for two rows of jars or a bin which makes everything incredibly easy to locate and things don't get lost in Neverneverland. We trimmed out the bottom and the centre (where the two bookcases meet) with some simple baseboard trim to make it look like a single unit. Had we had more time in this house (oh, did I mention we are moving! Another post :) - I would have gone much further like some of the Billy built-ins I found on Pinterest and put crown on the top to really give it that built-in look. I also might have wallpapered or stenciled the back, but I was far too indecisive to settle on anything.

Before our pantry overhaul, my pantry sadly looked like this (can't believe I'm sharing this!).

Granted, I knew we were ripping it all out so I didn't invest any time in making it pretty - seriously, how big of a transformation is that?

Taking out the wire shelving, patching and painting was a bit of a task (the wire shelves were anchored with some pretty serious drywall screws) - but my husband and father-in law tackled it like pros.

I customized my shelf heights to the heights of my jars and was so happy how it all worked out - another big plus about this project is how easy it is to adjust shelf height to accommodate different sized items - something you can't do with wire shelves.

Despite the depth being absolutely perfect for this project, the width did not line up perfectly. I toyed with the idea of building in an extension so the pantry fit the entire width of the space - but instead opted for a chalkboard diy wine shelf (upcoming post!). The little gap (just less than a foot) was good for putting large Costco acquisitions before I had a chance to properly put away, but could also have used it to store a broom or a small foot stool.

While the pantry doesn't always look as clutter-free as these images, the reality is pretty darn close. I've found it really easy to maintain when you have a home for everything. I wanted to redo my labels prior to this post, but with the move ahead just didn't have the time. These labels are going on 2.5 years and still kicking - although some have definitely seen better days. I'm still amazed at how long they've held up though!

Have you ever used a Billy in a non-bookcase way? Do you have wire shelves you hate as much as I do?