Custom Name Art

Happy Hump Day!  Today I wanted to share a present I made for a very dear girlfriend, Kristen.  Her daughter celebrated her 1st birthday this past saturday and I wanted to create something that both her and her daughter could keep for years to come.  Custom name art for the nursery! custom name art

Kristen is a crafty lady herself so I knew she would appreciate something homemade and girly.  I decided to go with a pale pink to match her baby girl's bedroom.  I purchased two white frames and created a design to fit within the matte of the frame.

custom name art

The first frame spells her daughters name, Alannah.  The second frame is a placeholder waiting for the perfect photo from her birthday party.  I thought this would be the perfect keepsake for little Alannah.

custom name art

custom name art

And here is the princess herself on her special day.  Isn't she adorable?

one year birthday party

Can we talk about this sweet table?  It was created by Kristen FROM SCRATCH!  Can you tell this lady's got skills?  She made the cake, the cupcakes, the cream puffs, cake pops, personalized tags and wrappers...pretty much everything you see on this table.  Funny how my name art matches the colours on this table.  I told you she loves pink!

sweet table decor

sweet table decor

If you live in the GTA and ever need a cake or pastries, this is the girl you need to call.  She's fun to work with and makes everything with love, hence her business name Sugar Love Confections.   You can check out her Facebook page here and don't forget to like and become a fan, you could win yourself some free cupcakes! xo

Furniture Friday - The Man Cave

It's that time, ladies. Playoff season. Playoff hockey, playoff basketball and let's not forget baseball is in full swing. If you only have one television in your house I'm guessing you know all about playoff season. Unless of course the man in your life has his own cave. I had the talk with the BF about what furniture pieces he would absolutely need in his dream man cave. He said a chair and a tv. So simple, these creatures.

So I wanted to explore what other beaut manly things could be incorporated. When I think man cave I think tacky. But it doesn't have to be that way and I would definitely never let that happen in my house (sorry love if you're reading this, but it's true). It can be stylish, sporty and masculine all at the same time, no?. I know he would LOVE a lazy-boy recliner with a remote control and cup holder but how about a nice leather chesterfield?

via Rodja

Or a feature wall with some cool art. If he had it his way, this would probably be a shrine to Michael Jordan or a photo of the 1993 World Series champs...

via Hour Stories

This is not so much a cave since there's windows but it is a little more masuline nonetheless. I love the shelves at the far right. I'm picturing a collection of baseball caps there.

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I know my man would love this. But tea cups? No bueno. Beer bottles por favor.

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Ok, I'm absolutely loving the glossy black subway tile!

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Some appropriate signage perhaps?

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And who says a man cave needs to be dark and gloomy?

via Might & Wonder

What furniture and decor would your man want in his cave?

I see a certain someone's head shaking in disapproval right now so I'm going to end it here. Gents, even if you have a man cave, I think your girlfriend or wife should like it too. Because chances are, we'd be the one to help decorate and clean it. It's only fair :)

Have a great weekend all! xoxo

Chicago Architecture

December is here and I'm really missing the warm weather. While looking through my catalogue of photos I remembered one of the hottest and most humid days I've ever experienced. Surprisingly, it was during our trip to the windy city. I've felt the caribbean sun on me before, but the heatwave in Chicago was so brutal to walk around in. And you can't necessarily wander the streets in a bikini sipping cocktails! So as I sat at my desk reminiscing, dressed in a sweater and track pants, I happily browsed through sweaty pictures of my boyfriend and I, along with hundreds (yes hundreds) of architectural photos. All that walking in extreme heat was definitely worth it. There was so much beauty to see and appreciate. My fave building: The Carbide and Carbon Building which was built in 1929 - classic Art Deco design.