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Recent BC Finds

Mindy Gledhill’s Pockeful of Poetry

September 5th, 2013

Did you know that you can Pre-Order Mindy Gledhill’s new album Pocketful of Poetry on iTunes? I just did and I can’t wait for the full album to drop. {LOVE IT}

Sneek peeks of her new songs on Mindy’s youtube channel here>>

I MUST own this, take me to iTunes>>

Printstagram Rocks My Pics…and yours too

April 19th, 2013

Recently I decided to get those adorable Instagram pictures of mine off the computer and into some physical form. Time to print baby! I decided to give Printstagram a whirl and was thrilled with the result.

I jumped at the chance to put together these darling mini photo books. They hold 50 photos in each tiny book and you can order TWO for $12!! Jackpot!

I am by no means being compensated for sharing their products, I honestly just tried the service, LOVED IT and wanted to pass it on. You can not only print these tiny books, but they offer options like sticker/posters/prints and more!

You won’t believe the cuteness and the quality. Prinstagram makes it super easy to upload your photos. Shipping was quick and my books are now being enjoyed by my children (and me). So get printing those memories, it feels so wonderful to hold your memories in your hands and share them with those you love.

Organize your Jewelry with Brassy Apple

March 21st, 2013

My Brassy and fashionable friend Megan is showing us all how it’s done! That’s right DIYers, scoot on over to Brassy Apple for a tutorial on how to make your own Necklace board! Brassy Apple DIY Necklace Board Tutorial

And other ways to store & organize your jewelry in her video here >>

Heidi Swapp = AWESOME!!

February 21st, 2013

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Ooohh! A trip to Michaels today had me giddy as I dropped by to see if they had brought in the NEW Heidi Swapp scrapbooking goodies…and they did! You must understand how thrilling it is for us Canadian gals to have the opportunity to buy the coolest products here in our home and native land, instead of having to truck on down to the USA (though that’s fun too). I was giddy like a schoolgirl checking out the minifiles, the albums, the stickers and pendant flags, the Color Magic. Sensory Overload at it’s finest! Thanks Heidi xoxo Daria

Visit Heidi Swapp’s Blog here >>
Join her Facebook Group here>>
Kick back and enjoy Heidi’s YouTube Videos here>>

Valentine Photo Booth – how I did it!

January 28th, 2013

On the weekend I was able to pull together a Valentine Themed Photo booth for the youth dance at our church. The teens LOVED it, so I’m sharing this tutorial today because it was so much fun to do, and you can do it too.

I ran to Michael’s and purchased a red trifold cardboard, the kind your kids use for class projects. Then I set out to decorate it. I cut out some XOXO’s on my silhouette machine, and hot glued on glittery hearts. Then threw a cute dollar store garland on for some dimension. Just place on a small table, drape on a Valentine table cloth and you’re good to go.

The props were so much fun to make. I used some good quality cardstock and cut out the shapes I wanted on my silhouette cameo. I ended up cutting out moustaches, big kissy lips, glasses, etc. and I also found some cute little fuzzy hearts on sticks at the dollar store and used them too. In my craft storage I had a package of adorable pink paper straws with polkadots, I used hot glue to add the shapes so they could hold the props and strike a pose!

The real magic was in using my Instax Mini camera so the kids instantly had their pictures. We put them up on the wall for all to see and giggle at, and at the end of the dance they each took their picture home. With teenagers sometimes they feel self conscious when asked to pose for a picture, but as soon as they saw the props they were all in and it gave them a way to play dress up.

It was so much fun, I would do this again in a heartbeat and plan on doing this for my little kids closer to Valentine’s Day with their friends. If you create your own photo booth for Valentine’s Day I’d love to see it, be sure to leave a link in the comments. – XOXO Daria

Boutique Custom Valentine Listings

January 24th, 2013

Looking for an adorable unique outfit for your child this Valentine’s Day? Perhaps they have a fun event at school, or a Valentine’s Day Bash at a friends house. Look no further than the amazing handmade boutique designers in our community. What are you waiting for? Sneak on over to the eBay listings right now and view hundreds of boutique clothing items for the upcoming day of hearts!

Take me to the Valentine’s Day Listings ->>

How to Make DIY Mason Jar Snow Globes – Tutorial

December 13th, 2012

I recently made a ton of these Mason Jar Snow Globes with my children and the young women in our church. Everyone LOVED them so much. They are beautiful, fun and easy to do! It’s a great project and when you’re done you feel like you really have accomplished something wonderful because they are mesmerizing. Here’s how I made ours >>

You’ll Need:
-Clean Mason Jar and Lid with a good seal
-Glitter OR Snow Flakes (I purchased Buffalo SnowFlakes at Michaels – see image)
-Something to put inside your globe. I found these cute trees at our Shoppers Drug Mart – a box of 3 for $5 but you can use bottle brushes or other trees from hobby and craft stores.
-Water
-ribbon if you wish
-A Glue Gun

How To:
-Use your glue gun to glue the base of your tree to the inside middle of your lid. Ensure it’s directly in the middle and test it out ahead of time to make your your tree will fit through the opening. Let it dry.
-Add your snowflakes or glitter to your jar, a little goes a long way. I used few generous pinches with these flakes but you can do whatever you’d like.
-Now add your water. You want to fill your jar quite high, almost to the rim so you don’t have big ugly air bubbles. Just a little space. Don’t worry you can always adjust it.
-Now take your lid with tree attached and screw it into place. Tighten it good and tight. Wipe down your jar and make sure you have a good strong seal.
-Add some cute ribbon and you’re done!

Now you’re ready to gift them or enjoy them. Be warned, they are addictive and you’ll want to make lots. You can also experiment with jar sizes and cute things to put in them (i.e. christmas balls, ornaments, figurines etc.). Have fun with the flakes, go make some MAGIC!! – Daria

If you make a Snow Globe please share your pictures or a link with us, we’d LOVE to see what you’ve made!

{Shop Our Black Friday Deals} Stay inside today

November 22nd, 2012

Black-Friday-With-BC HAPPY BLACK FRIDAY - Ready! Set! Get Clickin’ – it’s time to shop and save with our Black Friday merchants. We know you’ll find beautiful gifts for your family and friends. Please take a brief moment to Tweet this post on Twitter or share with your friends. Let’s keep everyone inside where it’s warm to shop today. Cozy up with your cup of cocoa and visit the deals we’ve discovered… Go Go Go!!

Promos and Discounts for BLACK FRIDAY:

Extra Frosting Please: Buy Two, get one free! Black Friday Sale! Just mention what your third item would be (equal or lesser value) in the notes to seller upon checkout. Valid 8am PST Friday through 8am PST Saturday.

Sweet N Snappy Designs:Promo 15% off! use code: HOLIDAY2012 entire shop on sale from 11/23-11/26

Lucky No.7: Promo 10% off! use coupon code “GIVETHANKS” Handmade quilts – sale now through Monday, November 26, 2012!

Jo Totes: All Bags Under $99! 1 Day Only >> ends Nov. 23rd 11:59pm EST.

Pink Fig Design: $25 Grab Bag of Patterns!! Grab your bag and fill it with patterns of your choice >> Choose from Pink Fig, Lila Tueller and Hot Scott Patterns.

Pink Fig Design: 40% off!! Coupon Code is PFBLACK40

You Can Make This: Over 100 eBooks and ePatterns marked down to $5! Black Friday – Cyber Monday >>

Boutique Cafe: BOGO on Sidebar Advertising!! Purchase one week in the sidebar, get 1 week free!! ends Cyber Monday 11:59 pm.

Groop Dealz: Free Shipping on Tons of items – up to 75% off! Shop now>>

Rothschild: 30% off Site Wide Plus Free Shipping Use Code THANKS2012

Clickin Moms: $50 off your purchase of $100 or more+FREE domestic shipping in the CM Store!Use Code BLACKFRIDAY valid through 11/25/12

Ruche: 20% Off Black Friday Sale! Use Coupon Code “2012BF20” *excludes children, bridal and sale items

Kiokko Bebe Couture: 45% Off your entire order! Use Code “BLACKFRIDAY”

PuraVida Bracelets: 50% Off Everything! Use Code {BLACK50} at checkout

Skip to my Lou: Silhouette only $229 and 40% off all supplies! Enter Code “SKIP”

Treasure Bay Fabrics: 25% off everything in shop! Use Code “SAVE25OFF” at checkout

Adore By Nat: 25% off everything in her shop! Use Code “2013BFCM” at checkout

JessicaSprague.com: 20% OFF Project Life Scrapbooking!! Project Life by Becky Higgins >>

Totsy: Up to 90% off for Black Friday Shop now >>

See Kai Run: 30% off plus Free Ship Amazing Children’s Shoes >>

Tiny Prints: 20% Off your entire cart + $10 Off Holiday Card! Use Code “20novsw” and Code “DOD1123” till 11/23

Shabby Apple: Save 20% Off on Everything! Use Code “JOYFUL SEASON” at checkout >> Dotty bonus: Add any item with polkadots to your order and receive Free Shipping with Code “20POLKA”!

Shutterfly: Enjoy 10 FREE Cards Use Promo Code “BLACKFRIDAY” Ends Sunday

***MORE Promos and Discounts coming in throughout the day

– keep checking back! (*to include your shops promo discount for Black Friday contact daria@boutiquecafe.com)

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$2 Advertising for Black Friday with Boutique Cafe!!

November 21st, 2012

This Friday is a BIG Day! BLACK FRIDAY sales galore.Black-Friday-With-BC

Do you have a promo that you want mentioned on BoutiqueCafe for Black Friday and Cyber Monday? We’re sharing all of our outstanding discount promos from you by opening up the opportunity for our Facebook and mailing list friends to share their deals!

If you have a discount or sale going on for Black Friday in your shops, Etsy stores, websites etc. and want our Boutique Cafe traffic please email me the details including: url, promo explanation and you’ll receive a linky in our Boutique Cafe Black Friday Listing!! Cost to be included is $2 (we want it affordable for everyone). Paypal your $2 payment to boutiquecafe@gmail.com right away, and send over your info. Happy Sales To You! – XOXO Daria

For those of you who Love a great deal, be sure to swing by BoutiqueCafe for all the Black Friday savings! See you here on Friday – minus the lines

Legwear is All the Rage!

November 7th, 2012

Feast your eyes on the cutest legwear for your little ones! Etsy has loads of beautiful handmade designs to tip that outfit over to the “Ridiculously Adorable” scale!

Search
Legwear on Etsy here >>>

Top 10 {Free Halloween Printables}

October 22nd, 2012

Our Top 10 Frameable Halloween Art & Fun:

Halloween Subway Art eighteen25
Boo Art by It Works for Bobbi!
Say Boo and Scary On Indulgy
Boo Sign & Instructions The TomKat Studio
Trick or Treat Tip Junkie
Halloween Tags & Cards Lil’ Luna
Trendy Halloween Art Yummy Mummy Club
Too Cute To Spook This Kalil Life
Pumpkin Halloween October Subway Art {Scrap} Lifters
You’ve Been Booed! (Neighbour) Indulgy

Lucky No. 7 hits Etsy!

October 20th, 2012

I’m so thrilled to be able to share the newest venture from my talented Sister-in-Law Katie (her personal blog is here:BeKatelyn).

Katie has just opened a fantastic new Etsy shop called LuckyNo7 and it’s stocked with incredibly beautiful handmade quilts of all sizes. Not only are they beautiful and meticulously made, but Katie has come up with an ingenious way to give back. For every 6 quilts that she sells, Katie will make and donate one to charity! Isn’t that incredible?! Hence the clever name of her shop… Lucky No. 7!

I’d like to invite each of you to take a moment to check out her shop on Etsy and support her new venture. These quilts are beautiful and would make a cherished gift for someone you love. Congrats Katie XO Daria

“Wrapped in Bows” with Ruffles and Stuff

October 20th, 2012

I was beyond thrilled to find this fantastic tutorial for making a Bow Scarf on one of my fave blogs “Ruffles and Stuff“. Check Check Check it out!!

I’m definitely ready to make these for each of my nieces this Christmas as well as my little Lola bug. Can’t wait to get cracking on this adorable project! Had to share – don’t forget to bookmark her blog it’s full of awesome posts and ideas. XO - Daria

Mpix Gallery Wraps on Sale

August 9th, 2012

Attention photogs and photo lovers, Mpix is having a great sale on their Canvas Gallery Wraps during the month of August. I’m not affiliated with them, I just saw it was a great deal and wanted to share with you.

Create a timeless piece of personalized art and get 25% off with promo code ITSAWRAP12 now through 11:59 p.m. (Central) on August 15, 2012. Find full details at http://www.mpix.com/promos/itsawrap12.

What an awesome time to stock up on gallery wraps as gifts for Christmas!

Kaboo Fashionable Tech Bags {+ GIVEAWAY}

July 18th, 2012

Prepare for some serious spoiling today, I’m so thrilled to present the gorgeous Kaboo Bags for our readers! {+ AWESOME Giveaway so keep reading}

Ladies, I was so thrilled when Kaboo Bags wanted to showcase their bags right here on Boutique Cafe. The sample bag that was sent to me (called The Roxie in red) is 100% my new “go to” bag, in fact I’ve been toting it everywhere and loving it!

These gorgeous bags by Kaboo (named Olivia, Riley, Roxy and Tina) are jam packed with stylish features including trendy Chevron printed fabric interiors, great pockets for all your necessities, comfortable straps, gorgeous colours and styles so chic you’ll want every bag in their line up. Kaboo also has an added bonus, it’s a tech bag too! This classy line of handbags is smartly built around your ability to safely tote your iPad or tablet along with you in a perfectly sized pouch. Genius!

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These gorgeous tablet bags are fashionable and functional. I absolutely am in love with mine and it’s ability to show off my style, as well as service the connectivity I need while on the go. – Daria

**Exclusive Boutique Cafe Readers Code! Purchase any Kaboo Table bag, and use code “BoutiqueCafe25” to receive $25 off your purchase!!

***GIVEAWAY: Win a Kaboo Tablet Bag of Your Choice!!
The wonderful people at KabooBags.com are giving one of our lucky Boutique Cafe readers the Tablet Bag of their choice! I’m so excited, aren’t you?!!

HOW TO ENTER TO KABOO BAG GIVEAWAY:

Each person can leave up to five separate comments…increasing your chances of winning! One comment per task completed.

• Leave a comment here on Boutique Cafe with what you like about the Kaboo bags.(tell us your favorite bag, we’d love to hear)

ADDITIONAL BONUS ENTRIES:

Facebook about the giveaway and come back and leave a comment below saying you did.
Tweet about the giveaway and come back and leave a comment below saying you did.
• Follow Kaboo Products on Pinterest
and come back and leave a comment below saying you did.
• Visit Kaboo website and PIN your favorite bag(s) to Pinterest
• Jump up and down yelling “I NEED A KABOO BAG!!” and email us a photo of you doing it to: boutiquecafe@gmail.com :)

Include a valid email address for our drawing. We’ll draw the winner from the comments and contact her via email. Deadline: July 31st (midnight). The winner will have 24 hours to claim her prize or a new winner will be chosen. Must be a resident of the USA or Canada for shipping.

PHOTO ENTRIES:

Oooohhh! Somebody wants to WIN that Kaboo bag :) I LOVE when you send me these fun pictures as part of your entries! Good luck Stephanie Cox!

WINNER ANNOUNCED!
And the winner of the Kaboo bag of her choice is….Anisa Febrina! Congratulations Anisa, and your comment:

“The Tina in black is gorgeus! The tech pouch is awesome. Love it! xoxo” was the winner

Thanks so much to everyone for entering, and for your patience over the past few days. I fell into a vortex but I’m back and we have LOTS of great stuff coming up. XOXO

Sharing {Boat Song} – JJ Heller

July 8th, 2012

Too adorable not to share with all of you. One of my new favourite songs, and the video is awesome!

Boat Song by JJ Heller. Find more information about JJ Heller on her website. Enjoy!! – Daria

Lola Loves Servane Barrau Designs

May 31st, 2012

SP Lola-5 I’m so thrilled to share a few personal pictures of my “baby girl” Lola in the dress that Servane Barrau sent to her! The collection that this gorgeous dress comes from is actually named LOLA, so it fit perfectly. We just HAD to take her outside in the sunshine for a fun photoshoot with her Auntie Liz from Lizzy Anne Photography.

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As you can probably tell my Lola is energetic and loves to do everything her 4 older brothers do, but she has a totally girly side too and is all about color, shoes and pretty dresses. She LOVED the Kokeshi Petti Dress, it’s vibrant and playful just like her!
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Every piece Servane Barrau Designs creates is so beautifully crafted, the details are perfection. I love that her clothing fits so well into everyday living, for a child like mine who runs and climbs I want her to look precious but not be hovering over and trying to contain her curiosity so she doesn’t ruin her clothes. We literally stopped traffic when Lola went out in this dress (with her rubber boots, the current shoe of choice for Lola).

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Thanks so much to sweet Servane, for this lovely gift for my Lolabug! We will treasure it! SP Lola-14

I encourage you all to check out Servane Barrau Designs for whimsical girls clothing, and don’t forget to join her Facebook page to get all the great information and sale information first.

Thanks to my talented Sister in Law Liz of Lizzy Anne Photography for these photos of my Lola. I love them, you are amazing!

Sweet Handmade Ideas for Mother’s Day + a FREE Mother’s Day Printable for you!

May 2nd, 2012

Mother’s Day is May 13th (ahem, Gents that means it’s right around the corner).

I’ve had a deliciously fun time collecting handmade gift ideas for the sweet Mom, Wife or super woman in your life. Here’s a few great ideas and I’ve included our GIFT to you, a FREE Mother’s Day Printable from Boutique Cafe and our friend Maggie at Honeysuckle Art. Enjoy honouring the beautiful Mom in your life.

Polymer Clay Decorative Handmade Pears – on Etsy by SkyeArt

Ipad case – padded with retro colorful measuring tape and pocket (don’t forget to buy her the iPad too for extra points!) – on Etsy by PinkOasis

Gorgeous Felt Flower brooch white poppy – on Etsy by Roltinica


Custom Family Tree Typography Art – on Etsy by Lesleygracedesigns

Boutique Cafe and Honeysuckle Art FREE Mother’s Day Printable in several sizes!! Get it FREE here >>

Easter is EGGcellent!

April 4th, 2012

I’ve been spending alot of time recently on Pinterest (who isn’t? Honestly!) searching out ideas for our family’s Easter celebrations. Now with Easter weekend sneaking up on us in just a few days, I wanted to share a few of my “Fave finds” including some projects and special touches to make your Easter magical and meaningful.

I hope you enjoy and will follow my boards on Pinterest, I love sharing what I love with you and I also truly enjoying seeing what each of you is interested in and working on. If you’d like me to follow your boards on Pinterest be sure to leave me your linky.

Hippity Hoppity Easter’s On It’s Way >>

**As an added bonus: Remember that DIY Owl’s Nest Tutorial I made back in Dec of 2010? Well you can also make those cute and easy nests for Easter and use them in a ton of ways to add a special touch to your Easter baskets or your Easter table. You could make smaller nests and set one at each place on your table for Easter dinner filled with a treat, a message or a beautiful colored egg. Here’s the original tutorial for making my nests, enjoy! Since it was originally put together for Christmas, you’ll have to use your wonderful imaginations and visualize some eggs and bunnies. :)


PS - My amazing friend Megan at Brassy Apple has her own Nest Tutorial here as well>>

Summerlove Fabric Collection by Pat Bravo for AGF

March 10th, 2012

Introducing the worldwide launch of Summerlove, the latest collection from designer Pat Bravo for Art Gallery Fabrics.

The Summerlove Collection captures beauty and innocence with its vintage-inspired prints and evokes the spirit of young and carefree romantic adventures. With a palette that mixes sun-kissed warm tones with a splash of aqua, you will definitely get swept away by this collection. We love Pat Bravo, she is so talented!

FREE:
To download Summerlove’s free quilt pattern “Sandcastles” (shown in the video), go to http://goo.gl/yMz5u

Buy handmade for your children this St. Patrick’s Day!

March 2nd, 2012

St. Patrick’s Day is fast approaching, it’s time to find adorable treasure for the day of Green & Clover.

On Etsy you can find well over 6,000 current items for children’s St. Patricks Day delight including clothing, accessories and more. Etsy is a great place to shop and support the handmade and boutique community – We {HEART} Handmade!!

Click to discover the perfect St. Patrick’s Day gifts and clothing for your kids here>>

Creating Collages – Check out Shelley Smith’s Article

February 23rd, 2012

You HAVE to check out the new article about creating collages and gallery walls by Shelley Smith (aka The House of Smiths blog). I am always amazed by the incredible inspiration and DIYposts that Shelley shares, I’m a huge fan. When I saw her recent post on Homes.com I knew I had to take a moment and send all of you over to check it out.

Whether you own your home, or if you rent and can’t alter your environment with paint colors, Shelley has great inspiration to create walls you’ll love!

Enough said, go check it out now

– Daria

Pinned for Valentine’s Day

January 26th, 2012

If you’re searching for the perfect Valentine Card ideas and cute themed crafts for February 14th don’t miss out on my Pinterest board! I’ve been collecting the best links and ideas for you to enjoy. Don’t forget to follow me on Pinterest, and if you’ll please let me know your username I’d LOVE to follow your pins as well.

For Valentine’s Day this year let’s get pinned together. – XO Daria

Pinterest Valentine’s Day Board

Free Chevron Background – This Fresh Fossil

January 5th, 2012

I just discovered the blog called This Fresh Fossil, it’s so fun! The bloggers chronicle improvements they are making to their 1st home. Tutorials, freebies etc. are available on the site.

I couldn’t help sharing this FREE grey Chevron pattern background download for all of you. Simply follow the link and download to your desktop using their instructions. Chevrons are so hot right now, it’s nice to get a cute one for free! Happy Happy Day!

Two New Christmas Printables – a Gift for YOU!

November 25th, 2011

A NEW GIFT FOR YOU: Maggie from Boutique Graphics has teamed up with Boutique Cafe again this year to create two new original Holiday printables as our Christmas gift to you!!

These sweet sayings are Free for you to download and print off at your local print shop (or at home on your printer). Put them into a cute frame and place them around the house to make your holiday festive and bright. These make an easy and affordable gift for someone you love as well. We’d love to see pictures of where you place your prints and how you display them, post a link to your blog if you share them – (*remember good things come to those who share…).

We have two NEW Holiday designs available for 2011:

“Joy Love Peace Believe Christmas” in a classy and beautiful tree formation

and the playful and frolic filled:

“Have yourself a Merry little Christmas”

Each download is available in 3 sizes (4×6,5×7,8×10)

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to each and every one of you.

With much love,
Daria, Maggie and the entire Boutique Cafe Team

FREE DOWNLOADS
Click to download the sizes you wish
“Joy Love Peace Believe Christmas” Tree

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5×7
8×10

Click to download the sizes you wish
“Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas”

4×6
5×7
8×10

**Last Year’s Free Printables are still available for download here >>

Free Christmas Printables – a Gift from Boutique Cafe

November 22nd, 2011

A GIFT FOR YOU: As a little Holiday treat for our readership we commissioned the talents of Maggie from Boutique Graphics to create some original Holiday prints as our Christmas gift to you!!

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These sweet sayings are Free for you to download and print off at your local print shop (or at home on your printer). Put them into a cute frame and place them around the house to make your holiday festive and bright. We’d love to see pictures of where you place your prints and how you display them, post a link to your blog if you share them – (*remember good things come to those who share…).

We have two Holly Jolly designs available:

“All is Calm, All is Bright”

and as a nod to our own tagline:

“A Little Cup of Christmas”

Each download is available in 4 sizes (4×6,5×7, 8×10, 11×14)

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to each and every one of you.

With much love,
Daria and the entire Boutique Cafe Team

FREE DOWNLOADS
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“All is Calm, All is Bright”
(colors are Turquoise and red)
4X6
5×7
8×10
11×14

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“A Little Cup of Christmas”

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5×7
8×10
11×14

Our Talented Facebook Group!! Check out these shops

November 19th, 2011

Last week I asked our Boutique Cafe Facebook Group to strut their stuff and show me their shops!! We have such talented group members, and I knew that our readers needed to have access to their wonderful wares. Now is your chance! I’m posting a list of the etsy shops, websites and cool products that a few of our members shared with us. Enjoy and happy shopping with our AWESOME Boutique Cafe Crew!!

Maubys

Embroidery Boutique

Sweetpeas Ribbons & Bows

Squirmy Worm Studio

Painted Butterfly

Runwayz Boutique

Spunky Little Monkey

Cutie Pies Couture

Squiggly Twigs

Peekaboo Beans

Peanut and Bean

Handmade Halloween on Etsy

October 11th, 2011

For those of you looking to outfit your little ghosts and goblins for Halloween, don’t forget to seek out all the beautiful handmade costumes on Etsy! Lola and my little boys still have yet to decide on their costumes this year, but you can bet I’ll be seeking out what’s hot this year on Etsy because these sellers are fantastic!

You’ll also find a host of ideas for those of you who like to sew and craft your own. See Halloween on Etsy Here >>

Where is Your Happy Place?

September 30th, 2011

Declare to the world, or at least your closest friends where your “happy place” truly is. Perhaps it’s your bedroom, craftroom, studio or kitchen – it doesn’t matter where but it’s just yours! Stake your claim and snag a sweet custom embroidered hoop on Etsy in the merriweathercouncil shop >>

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We’ve Been “Blue Lily-fied”

September 14th, 2011

Oh my heavens! Wendy and Tyler of Blue Lily Photography came to Alberta before our move to The Island and we were able to snag a family photo session. I “patiently” awaited on our session for a year knowing that they would be coming to the Calgary area and we could finally meet in person and capture our family in photos.

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On the day of the session it was crazy – we weren’t sure we could even make it in time driving up from Lethbridge. But made it we did, and in spite of reports of possible rain we had beautiful evening light. The only major issue were the millions of biting and nasty mosquitos threatening our very lives. I joked with Wendy that she would have to spend hours photoshopping them off of our faces. :)

Between the travel time, and the time of night our kids were crazy monster children ready to pounce. Lola wouldn’t stand still and was constantly escaping and running down the paths yelling “RUNNNNNNNN” Noah was freaking out about ants on his shoes, and Joshy and Brigs were trying to behave but couldn’t sit still or resist trying to parent the other kids. It was a gong-show comedy playing out right in front of my photography blog icon friends! I could die! Wendy in spite of all the chaos was cool, collected and darling – all the time telling me how precious my children were and how perfectly we were dressed. I love her!

Seeing the images today brought tears to my eyes. These are the last family pics of our family in Alberta, they are treasures to me. I love and stand in awe of how Wendy was able to capture such beautiful shots of our family. We love each other and she was able to get that, despite all of the chaos. I can’t tell you how much I recommend the Blue Lily experience, they are the travelling vagabond photographers who just might be in your neck of the woods next. I have many more images I couldn’t share on here, but I love them all – the shots of my individual children are beautiful too. Come over and I’ll show you all the shots! Thank you Wendy + Tyler – we loved being “Blue Lily-fied” and can’t wait to do it again. XOXO - Daria, Nathan and family

You can catch up with the photography and travels of Wendy + Tyler (and their adorable insanely well behaved children) at Blue Lily Photography Blog here>>
Join in the Blue Lily family of the happily photographed on their Facebook page here>>

Enjoy some of our family shots here:
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