Sunday, May 30, 2010

Doodle & Juju Giveaway- Winner!

We have our winner........lucky #13!

Very cute and a fashionable way to get the point across! :-) I like "Twiggy" and "Wallflower".
~Naomi Thompson~

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Naomi- I will be in touch to give you the details of your win! Thank you to all who entered the giveaway and a special thanks to Doodle & Juju for hosting!

{feeling crafty} Filing Cabinet Up-do and The Dove Tree Giveaway

So my hubby and I decided we needed to get a filing cabinet. I think he'd finally had enough of tripping over the heaps of paper in our office.....and I was about done with getting in trouble when we could never find that one important document (oops)!!

Since we don't really have much floor space in our office, I figured I would get a 3 or 4-drawer cabinet that I would just tuck away in a closet....because let's face it, they aren't all that appealing to look at!

My next issue with buying a filing cabinet was just that....buying it! Especially since it was going to be sitting in a closet! I searched a few office supply stores and I was shocked at how much a filing cabinet is to buy new! I actually ended up finding a 4-drawer cabinet through a local buy & sell group on facebook for $50! even better, we did a trade for some of my daughter's old baby clothes!

The cabinet was in pretty good condition; just a few bumps & bruises. I made a trip over to Canadian Tire, picked up a can of spray paint (have you seen the colour options for spray paint lately? impressive), spent a little time in the garage while the kiddos napped, and voila! An up-do for a boring ol' filing cabinet!

I just love how a coat of fresh paint and a few accessories can make me smile inside, even if it is when I'm filing papers (wink)!

Did you notice the sweet fabric-covered magnets on my filing cabinet?! I found the hunky dory set over at The Dove Tree. Have a peek at Mia's collection of fabric-covered magnets and pushpins here.  Aren't they wonderful?! Leave a comment saying which set is your favourite and you will be entered into the giveaway to win a set from Mia's shop! yay!

Here's how to earn extra entries:
1. 'Like' The Dove Tree on facebook here- come back and leave a comment.
2. Share today's giveaway on facebook- come back and leave a comment.
3. Share today's giveaway on twitter- come back and leave a comment.
4. Follow the Shabby Lane blog (right hand column)- leave a comment.

*Please leave a separate comment for each entry.

Giveaway ends Tuesday, June 1st, 10 pm MDT. Winner will be randomly selected.

Saturday, May 29, 2010


Wet. grey. drizzly. cold.
It has been a (very) rainy day.  And more to come. 
Needed a bit of a cheer-up around here, so I bought myself some flowers at the grocery store, cut, arranged, and done.

Bright. cheery. colourful. simple.
These pretty roses were just what I needed to make me smile today.
Doesn't a girl always deserve a smile on a rainy day? Hoping you too will treat yourself to some flowers soon (wink).

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Doodle & Juju Giveaway!

Looky.looky. A little gift for my Sydney bean! Ha! Maybe not so much a "gift", but Mama was excited to see this come in the mail the other day!

I came across the Park-it! mat on Etsy after searching "time-out". It was one of those days and I needed some inspiration to make time-outs a little more effective with my (almost) 2 year old. It didn't take me long to find Doodle & Juju's shop with their Park-it! portable time-out mats and I knew I had found my new little helper and my daughter's new friend (grin)!

But seriously, these mats aren't just super-cute...they are quite practical.  They provide a spot that your child will recognize and know. And they are the perfect size to tuck into your bag and take anywhere. This is ideal for our little family, as we travel often, staying with the grandparents for days at a time. 

A couple of photos with Syd and her Park-it! mat.

Doodle & Juju are going to give one lucky person a Park-it! mat of their choice! Those of you with toddlers (or soon-to-have-a-toddler).....this giveaway is for you! Or maybe you are looking for a birthday gift for a little someone? mom & dad will be thanking you later for this trendy and practical gift!

Here's how to enter. Head over to Doodle & Juju's Etsy shop here or their website here. Come back and leave a comment telling me which Park-it! mat you would choose if you won. While you are there, check out the other wonderful products including the Blankopotamus Blankies, the Diaper/Wipe Clutch, and the eco-friendly breast pads.

Here's how to earn extra entries:
1. Share today's giveaway on facebook- come back and leave a comment.
2. Share today's giveaway on twitter- come back and leave a comment.
3. Follow the Shabby Lane blog (right hand column)- leave a comment.

*Please leave a separate comment for each entry.

Giveaway ends Sunday, May 30th, 10pm MDT.
Thank you to Michelle (Doodle) and Susan (Juju) for hosting!

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

{new Stella} Vintage Pink & Cream Lace

Oh me. oh my. I think I'm in love.

I adore this new Stella Headband. Two vintage pink and cream flowers with a touch of cream vintage lace on a skinny black elastic headband.  I hope to have some professional photos of this headband back soon and I can not wait to see how it looks on a sweet little babe.  Will be posted on my Etsy shop soon!

Monday, May 24, 2010

{new Mia} Shabby Red Rose & Cream Lace

I wanted to share the new Mia Headband.......isn't she a pretty little thing (wink)?! A dainty shabby red rose with a ruby red pearl centre on a skinny black elastic headband. But I think it's the cream vintage lace accent that makes this headband extra-sweet.

Will be posted on my Etsy shop soon! Only a select number available in this design.

Zoey's Attic Giveaway- Winner!

Congratulations to Mackenzie, winner of the Zoey's Attic giveaway!

Mackenzie said...
Also, "liked" this on fb =)

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Thank you to everyone who left a comment and big thanks to Erin for hosting this giveaway!
Mackenzie- please send me a message to claim your win! And happy shopping (smile).

Sunday, May 23, 2010


Wowzers. I. am. tired.
My little guy has become quite the night owl lately. So here I sit with my (extra large. extra strong) cup of coffee, hoping my brain will turn "on" soon (smile).

I seem to have a "thing" for owls lately, and I even have some ideas of incorporating them into Hudson's nursery (it's fitting right?!).  I came across this bedding from Dwell Studio the other day.
I love the whimsy pattern and the colours are wonderful for a boy's room.  Hmmm.... so many ideas. Last night I went "owl hunting" over at Etsy.

Found a couple sweet owl mobiles. You can find this one here.

You can find the pattern for this sock owl mobile here.

Meet Oliver, the little hoot on a limb! Find this gorgeous quilt here.

Head over to I Sew Lucky's Etsy shop here to find an amazing assortment of owls like these.

This onesie has Hudson's name all over it!! Find it here.

Oodles of Colour has designed this sweet little baby shower invite here.

I adore these personalized pink owl notecards. Find them here.

A trendy recycled tote bag. Find it here.

Oooh. I love this. This vinyl wall art and growth chart can be customized with other colours too. Find it here.

So the caffeine has settled in and I'm ready ( ready as I'm going to be!) to start the day. I envy those of you who are just waking up. And for those of you who are still snuggled in your cozy beds....I really don't need to hear about it later!!

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Zoey's Attic Giveaway

Shhh....I have a secret.

I really don't have a secret, but doesn't this sweet t-shirt kind of make you want to have one (wink)! I am actually kind of sad I didn't come across Zoey's Attic Etsy shop a year ago when we found out we were pregnant with our 2nd child! How cute it would have been for my little Sydney to announce she was going to be a 'big sister' wearing this tee! Maybe next time??!!

Creator and owner, Erin has designed some seriously cute attire for big brother/sister and little brother/sister.

Check out Erin's shop here or visit the Zoey's Attic website here.  There are so many great designs....and they are not all just for the kiddies either!
How sweet is this birthday shirt?!

So how about a giveaway?!! One lucky person will win a $30 credit to shop at Zoey's Attic!  To enter the giveaway, go to Erin's shop here and come back and leave a comment telling me what your favourite shirt is?
p.s. it's okay if there is more than one fave!!

Here's how to earn extra entries:
1. 'Like' Zoey's Attic on facebook here- come back and leave a comment.
2. Share today's giveaway on facebook- come back and leave a comment.
3. Share today's giveaway on twitter- come back and leave a comment.

*Please leave a separate comment for each entry!

Giveaway ends Sunday, May 23rd, 10pm MDT.
Thank you to Erin for hosting today's giveaway!

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Photos by Aneca Photography (and a giveaway!)

I am really excited to share these photos with you!! How sweet is this little babe wearing the Lyla Headband?! A big thank you to Aneca Photography for providing these images.

Head over to Aneca Photography's blog here to see more of TJ's wonderful photos.
 And.............she's having a giveaway for one of my Stella headbands! Good luck!

Monday, May 10, 2010

Ducks in a row...

Not sure what it is lately, but I am sooo feeling like that crazy neighbor lady. You know...the one who comes to the door dressed in her nightgown, with some crazy bedhead, a baby on one hip crying, and a dirty-faced toddler running around in a diaper drawing on the walls, a dog barking in the background, and cats that seem to be coming out from nowhere?? okay...I only have one kitty, but the rest is so my life!! Hehee. All I can do is laugh right?! or cry!!

So yeah, my life is crazy! but good (grin). Just needs a bit of tidying-up and organization! And it all starts tomorrow morning (more specifically at approximately 6am when my almost-2 year old walks in and says "HI")! But before we begin, I need some inspiration...

I am loving these re-purposed vintage frames! Find these beauties here.

Print this sweet birdie calendar yourself at home!
Find it here.

Love this cream lace print on a steel memo board. Find it here.

And this dry erase family calendar looks great dressed in a vintage frame. Find it here.

How sweet is this dry erase vinyl wall sign?! Find it here.


This one's perfect!! Find it here.

p.s. I'll let you know if the crazy neighbor lady moves out!!

Friday, May 7, 2010

the vintage pearl

Inviting you to visit the vintage pearl today! They create beautiful handstamped jewelry, all made from sterling silver! gorgeous!
Visit the vintage pearl blog today to enter their giveaway. They are giving away 5 (yes 5) $50 gift certificates! What a sweet gift for Mom.....really hoping I win (wink)!
So click here and head on over! Click here to go shopping!

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

socialcirclecards Giveaway- Winner!

Congratulations Jen!

I like the Pink Damask, although the custom photo one is a cute idea too. These are really neat, sure are some super creative people out there!- Jen Scherer

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Jen- I will be in touch to give you the details for your free set of cards. Thank you to everyone who entered AND to Amanda from socialcirclecards who hosted this giveaway!

Monday, May 3, 2010

socialcirclecards Giveaway

Have you ever run into an old friend (or maybe a new one) and wanted to pass on your phone number/email to them?? you barely manage to find something to write on (even if it is the back of a diaper!)...but of course, neither of you have a pen! Aaargh!!

I was so excited to stumble across this Etsy shop. socialcirclecards are designed for us busy mamas. I may have a pen, but some days I may not remember my own phone number ("mama brain" is real people!) Hehee. These cards are trendy. compact. stylish. and completely practical. Here is a bit more info from their shop:

…are better than a scrap piece of paper when you meet a new mom or friend and want to exchange info.
…come in handy when you drop off your child at a playdate or want to give your contact info.
…are always right there when you bump into an old friend.
…make great gifts for new mommies, brides to be or friends.
…are perfect when you want to set up a playdate or coffee date.
…make a chic first impression as business or blog cards.
…are always right there when you need them in their own trendy clip carrying case.

Are you sold yet?! I am! Love these. But I now have the incredibly difficult task of choosing a design.......wanna help?! Check out the socialcirclecards Etsy shop here and come back to leave a comment saying which design is your fave.  All comments will be entered into a giveaway to receive their own set of 24 cards plus case!!

Here's how to earn extra entries:
1. 'Like' socialcirclecards on facebook here- come back and leave a comment.
2. Share today's giveaway on facebook- come back and leave a comment.
3. Share today's giveaway on twitter- come back and leave a comment.

*Please leave a separate comment for each entry!

Giveaway ends Wednesday, May 5th, 10pm MDT.
Thank you to Amanda for hosting today's giveaway!
p.s. Just by 'liking' socialcirclecards on facebook, you will receive 12 free cards with your first order of 24!