Full Summer

Hard to believe it's already August! Summer is already half over, and while I'm sad there's only a few more weeks until School starts back up again for Wren, I am so happy with how our Summer has gone this year. We have had more hot and sunny days than I can remember in the past few Summers, and most importantly we have filled these hot and sunny days with lots of adventures, friends and memories.

While it is hot and sometimes leads to restless sleeps, we don't have air conditioning. And we often leave all the windows open to let that hot sun shine in. I know, I know, we only have ourselves to blame if our house is hot. But like life, Summer is short and I want to soak it all in. 

The true dog days of Summer.

I'll be admiring the light these glorious sunny days throw around the house for the next week or two, then life is taking me on a new and exciting adventure. So the goal is to enjoy these peaceful, tranquil moments as much as possible. 

xoxo, Holly

Corners

Well, it's really 2016 now! I keep writing 2015 when I'm doing paperwork or cheques or permission slips. I love reading all the resolution posts out there on different blogs, so many people are stepping away from specific things and instead coming up with themes for their year. I like that! It is how I tried to make 2015 a year of change, by purging and embracing less. Not only in our household clutter, but in commitments and scheduling and so many other areas too. Simplicity is not overrated! And it worked so well for me that I am carrying it right over into 2016. But I have also come up with my 2016 focus, and it may sound strange but my focus is on corners.

'Corners' is a word that can cover a lot of stuff that I want to work on. Corners are often small and can collect dust, but I need to try to clear that up more (literally and figuratively). Cutting corners when it comes to jumping to a new project before I've fully finished the last is a big one for me! I guess, I don't cut corners so much as lose focus on the small, final details. I heard a good saying not too longer ago: finished is better than perfect. I would ideally love finished and perfect, but I need to at least get the finished part down instead of waiting to finish it perfectly.

I also want to focus on the corners of our little life here, in this house. Big gatherings are fun and exciting, like the holidays, but the bulk of our lives are lived in the corners of daily life. And I don't want Wren to grow up wishing away the days until the next weekend, holiday, birthday. So I want to work at making sure she has moments in her daily life that will bring her happiness and joy when she looks back someday. So shining a light on these corners is my goal for 2016.

[ a hyacinth bulb I am dying to see bloom, it is one of my favourite smells]

In 2016 blog news, I now have the Shop and Design Services options in the menu bar up and functioning! The Shop currently sells this print, but I will be adding to it over the year, and removing prints as they sell out. This one only has a couple copies left so scoop yours up before it is gone from the shop!

I am so excited the Design Services features are now up and running as well! I have been doing local consulting for the past year with various clients and it is such a quick and easy way for me to help out. The first option is e-design, which is fairly straight forward. You send me your space and I help you come up with a game plan to bring it to life! The second option is what I've been doing most, which is design and renovation consultations. Most people don't have a lot of experience or time to educate themselves extensively on various construction costs/possibilities when they are thinking of tackling a kitchen or home reno, and are really at the mercy of a contractor for ideas. So I've been face timing and skyping with clients from around North America from their own spaces as they ask me questions and get ideas without feeling pressure or committed to a contractor. Sometimes, you have to know what questions to ask in order to avoid costly and time consuming construction issues, so you can basically learn from all the mistakes I've made first hand LOL. 

And FINALLY, I have re-enabled comments on the blog! I had to disable them over on wordpress due to the sheer number of spam comments that were getting through the filters (it was taking up wayyyy too much of my time). But I think I have it all under control and have opened up comments again! YAYY!! 

I hope 2016 is a year filled with fun and happiness for you, and thanks for helping make 2015 filled with those for me.

xoxo Holly

Holiday Wrap Up

I am starting the process of dismantling Christmas. Usually it's a dreaded task, but this year I actually don't feel stressed or overwhelmed at all. I think it's because we did a really good job of keeping Christmas simple this year, with just a handful of decorations, but even still I'm not in any rush and will just work away at it little by little over the next couple days.

The bigger job seems to be sorting through all the gifts and getting them put away. It's not like there are so many, but for Wren she still wants to play with EVERYTHING and she jumps from new toy to new toy fairly quickly so there's really little point in trying to keep the toys under control. But I also have a lot of gift bags and such that we can re-use so there is a bit of organizing to do still, and the gifts Sean and I got from family are so 'us', so I want to display them!

[ some of my current favourite pillows, from Sloppop Yeah! and Minda Home]

One of my favourite gifts we gave Wren (and a few other little girls in our life) are these adorable handmade Rocky Mountain pillows from Sloppop Yeah!. Wren LOVES stuffies, so I knew these would be a hit, but she has also used them as back ground scenery when playing with her 'Frozen' lego Santa brought her. I told her it is to always remind her that even the biggest mountains can feel small when we really want to do something and we put our mind to it. Plus they are insanely adorable, so maybe it was kind of a gift for myself too...

The new favourite book of the house was waiting under the tree for Wren.

Santa was also really good to Wren this year, leaving her some Frozen Lego (YES!!! We are STILL in the Frozen phase, going on two years now... LOL) which was a huge hit.

A small birthday gift has now been incorporated into the dining room planter...

My sister put this cute little unicorn ornament on my birthday gift and it is just too cute to put away for the rest of the year with the holiday decorations! 

Birthday flowers from my Dad, and a couple of my favourite gifts from under the tree at my Sister In law's house. THANKS KATE!!! She knows me and my candle addiction so well.

I can't believe it is just days away from 2016, but this holiday has been the best way to end 2015. So much fun and family! 

xoxo

Holly