Things that make me HAPPY! Pink and white edition

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In the summer I love an extra hit of girly-pink in my life. I think it's that I can finally rock all my dresses that stare at me so longingly in the closet all winter. Nothing screams feminine like dresses! So today's Things that make me Happy is all about pink, and my always favorite: white!

Speaking of dresses, I am so in love with this classic summer dress from Alberta-local Splurge & Co. White, light weight. It is my idea of the ideal Summer uniform.
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There's a little blue in this mix, but I've been hoarding vintage sheets, fabric and craft supplies like there is no tomorrow. I can't give you all the details today but I have some fun news to share in the next week! I'm hoping a few of you local ladies will give me a hand in coming up with some creations involving these pretties.
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My sister in law and I had a pretty successful thrift run a couple weeks ago. Latte bowls, a Crate & Barrel creamer and vintage sheets were a handful of my favs. 

Can we talk about hospital blankets for a moment? It sounds crazy but they are amazing for summer evenings (and those of us who don't have AC). We've put away the duvets and started a small collection of second hand hospital blankies. Weird? maybe.
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But they all seem to have a perfect cream color with stripes in different patterns and colors that blend perfectly  into our color scheme. And they are super comfy. Sean was a little if-y on them at first. But he was suddenly on board the first night it was above 25 celsius LOL.
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I added two old-school ikea floral shams to our bed and it's funny how fast they take it from classic tradtional to girly slumber-party-chic. It may annoy the Mister but I need a temporary dose of floral now and again. And summer feels like the right time to get my fill. 
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even if it's just for a few weeks. What has been making you happy lately? Anything Pink???

Setting The (craft) Table

I am sure it isn't just a girl thing, but Wren is more involved in crafting and art than any and all her toys combined. From what the other moms in her preschool tell me, their little ladies all feel the same way. And while I have no qualms with sharing counter/desk space when we are eyeballs deep in a project, I thought it would be nice for her to have a space of her own for the very same purpose.

Once upon a time we had a chair in this corner of Wren's room. It was very sweet and useful as a baby, but as she has gotten older we don't do a lot of sitting in it. Once the crib is out of the room you do most of the story telling in bed. 

So I swapped it out with a cute little yellow table I found in a corner at the local Goodwill. It had a dreamy little $3.99 sticker on it and that was all it took to seal the deal. It is chipped, a little dinged and all around perfect for the abuse it is sure to take at the world headquarters for my mini Martha.


A $1 wicker basket with a plastic liner for all her crayons and pencils was another thrifted find. Immediately she began with her crafting, just standing at the table and working on her own. But I kept my eyes peeled for about a month for some cute chairs. I hummed and hawed over the little Ikea kids chairs but those are $20 each for the wood ones and I felt like maybe there was something more original out there.

When last weekend my Sister in Law, Kate, and I hit up a local antique mall to scope out some goodies for her nearly finished condo revamp and I spotted an antique pink table with two matching chairs for $25. I LOVED that the chairs were different but painted the same pink, and while I already had a table I scooped up the set and took the other table down to her pink playroom in the basement for her kitchen set up. 

We often have 2 little girls over instead of just one so I would love to round it out with one more chair. And while I am going to keep my eyes peeled I think I might cave and add a kids Panton chair to the mix for that touch of unexpected mod. Who knows, maybe it will someday inspire her to become an architect or furniture designer?? 

The funny part is that no matter how much time and thought I put into it, nothing will quite beat the comfort of a seat like this.

Happy Monday Friend!

Kate's Apartment

I have been tight lipped about a project I've been having lots of fun with. Besides the holidays, the birthdays and ParkView (we may just have these things they call walls by the early new year), I have been working together with my Sister in Law, Kate to revamp her condo.

When we do the big unveiling I will show you all the before shots, but here is what we are working towards in her living room and dining room. 

Kate is a really fun, light hearted, mid-twenties girl who lives downtown. We wanted to take advantage of having some small pops of pink around her place since she lives on her own.

Kate wants lots of white, a lot of accessories for a very eclectic, traveled look, and a touch of modern glam. 

The challenge? We are working our tails off to pull off a makeover of her entire place (including her bedroom) for around $1200!! We have a lot of our key pieces already and have thrifted piles and piles of accessories and treasures so our goal is in good shape (so far!). 

Kate is taking of some time from work for the holidays so we can feverishly finish her place by the new year, which is when I am looking forward to sharing it all here!