Sunday, September 25, 2011

One change leads to another...

I've been thinking for a while now that my old striped Ikea curtains are in need of an update.
Of course, once that thought entered the ol' noggin, it opened a Pandora's box.
If I change the curtains...
Then I'll have to change the pillows...
If I change the pillows...
Then I'll need new throws...
If I change the throws...
You get the idea.
So, the living room update remained an idea in the back of my mind...until...

I stopped at HomeSense the other day to peek at the Halloween goodies.
By way of a small miracle, I passed up all the spooky goodness.

While there, I found these little beauties and brought them home with me.

The rich orange and cool blue...who could resist?
Not I! 
Especially since I had seen this at Anthrolpologie a few days before and sadly left it on the shelf:(
Source: Anthropologie
But, I digress...
The plates were not my only HomeSense treasures.
I also picked up 4 place-mats.
In our house, place-mats are a bit on the useless side.
They get spilled on, stained and then never used again.
So, why did I buy them?
This is why...
 I turned those place-mats into some little pillows.
The pillow in the middle really was a chip bag!
Little pillows adorned with a variety of rosettes.

With that I added some fall d├ęcor to our home...and began the update of the living room.

 Come back and see as the other changes unfold!

I'm linking up...

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Who loves being featured?

I'm a few days behind...
in more ways than you know;)

But I was tickled to learn that our Happy Campers Party was featured over at 

Thanks guys!
You should check out all the boyish charm for yourself.
If you're looking for a princess-free zone, you'll love Spaceships and Laser Beams.
Almost makes me wish I had another little boy...almost;)


Wednesday, September 14, 2011

S is for Studying

As I mentioned before, I'm a student again.
Not that there was ever a time when I wasn't learning.
I'm always learning.
But now I'm officially a student.

I started working towards my Master's degree in Education in August.
The fun continues into the fall with my very first online course.

Having been years since I've engaged in formal, long-term learning, our home was lacking a study space.
A study space for me, that is.
The kids all have desks in their rooms.
Mostly they work on their homework at the kitchen table.
I need a little more than the kitchen table!

Time to carve out a little niche for studying.

I wish I had a BEFORE picture of this little corner of the world.
It was blah.
A big brown leather chair.
A dark brown hand-crafted {by Gido} end table.
That's it.
Lots of brown.

Today it looks totally different.
 We picked up the sign for our anniversary while in Jasper over the summer.
I love the simple reminders.
It's the perfect shade for autumn...don't you think?
The wire basket was a find at a local thrift store.
The desk was not intended to be a desk...more of a sofa table.
We're all about thinking outside of the box around here!
We painted it, roughed up the edges and added an Anthro drawer pull.
The plates were there before the makeover and are all from my mom.
The chair, I think, also came from a thrift store.
It was already that colour.
I know.

The fabric art.
Perhaps my favourite part.
I love that they feel like fall.
That they are quirky.
And that they don't necessarily go together.
But they do complement one some weird, unexpected {to me} way.
embroidery hoop + fabric =  fabric art
They're also a nice contrast to the bold words.

The fabric art was not part of the original plan.
That's why sometimes...sometimes, you have to abandon the plan to really find out what works.

With my very own little corner of the world.
There shall be no excuses for not getting my work done.

~ theresa ~

I'm linking to the fall festival at Nest of Posies.
Join me over there!

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Mantel {Fall Style}

Lately, I've been experiencing serious decorating withdrawal.
My life's been a little too heavy on the academia side of things.
And a little lacking on the creative side.

Until today.

My mantel {read 'piano top'}received a {much needed}overhaul.
Out with summer and in with fall.

Remember this?

This mantel took me from Spring through the dog days of Summer.
Purpose served.

To celebrate my favourite time of year, I gathered a sample of my fall decor.
A little of this and a little of that.
Recycled twigs.
Vintage books.
Tin cans.

What a hoot.

And here is what I came up with.
vintage can perched atop recalimed candle-holders
owl bookends borrowed from the basement livingroom
vintage books from here
the view from the top ~ 'cause they're so darn cute
twigs recycled from here in an antique enamel picther
Fall is my favourite time of year.
Alwasys has been.
Always will be.
The colours.
The cool temperatures.
The return of routine.
And a fresh new school year.

Here's to crisp fall days and Pumpkin Spice Latte's!

I'm linking up...

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Lunch Box Blues

I know, I's day two of school and I've got the lunch box blues?
It's a sad story.
But someone's gotta tell it.

Instead of wandering the aisles of Superstore looking for inspiration to smack me in the face, I've been wandering the virtual aisles of web-land.
And let me tell you, there are some pretty smart cookies out there!

Look out kids, your lunch boxes are about to get a makeover.

Fun Idea #1. Fruit-Kabob's
Not a new idea, but clever and refreshing all-the-same!
Everything tastes better on a stick, right?
Martha Stewart Living

Fun Idea #2. Stegosaurus-esque Subs
Usual ingredients.
Unusual presentation.
Mountains and Forest Sandwich

Fun Idea #3. Checker-board Sandwiches 
One slice o' whole-wheat/whole-grain bread + one slice white {enriched hopefully} bread + a little fliperoo = one fun little sandwich.
Checkerboard Turkey Sandwich

Fun Idea #4. What was that about everything tasting better on a stick?
Salad on a stick?
That's right friends...
Salad on a Stick - Image Collection

 Fun Idea #5. Seriously? This is too much fun!
Sandwich on a stick?

Fun Idea #6. Pocket Full of Rulers
This is a fun twist!
Crunchy veggies, lettuce and some honey-mustard dressing tucked neatly inside a pita pocket.
veggie pita

Fun Idea #6: Lunch Box Notes
I picked these up at Michael's for about 20 cents for a pack of five.
They're laminated, so a little durable.
The messages are fun...and a gentle reminder about what's really important.

Fun Idea #7: Popcorn Mix
Really anything goes...but my little munchies like popcorn, pretzels, pumpkin seeds and something choclatey.
Sure beats crackers in a baggie! 
Fun Idea #7: Tomato Soup 
Provide a little grated cheese for sprinkling and some fishy crackers for swimming and you're set.
Retrieved from

Fun Idea #8: Fabric Snack Bags
In our summer travels we came across a Farmer's Market and a vendor with reusable snack bags for sale.
These are lined with food-safe laminated fabric.
Make snacking fun and save Mother Earth.
We've recruited Baba to make these for us in a variety of sizes!

Fun Idea #9: Special Birthday Lunches
I love birthdays for many, many reasons.
Not the least of which is that birthdays are...pick-whatever-you-want-for-your-lunch-days.
And that usually means I don't have to make it!
Sadly, it also usually means Lunchables?
Those boxes of anti-nutrition.
Packed full of preservatives and saturated fats.
Enjoyed {if that's the right word} by my children but once a year.

With this year's work schedule, birthday lunches may mean date-with-mom.
Fingers crossed!

Fun Idea #10: Get inspired! this one might fall into the I-don't-have-time-for-that-category, but it's pretty cute, isn't it?
There are a tonne more ideas just like it over at Funky Lunch - they also teach about healthy eating.
Timely, I'd say.

What are some fun things you pack in your child's lunch box?
Please excuse me...while I slip out to buy a share in the skewer-company.