In Lindsay/ Obsessed with

Currently Inspired By / Iridescent + Holograms

 

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Flatware // Shoes // Globe Hanging Light // Pouch (via our shop) // Table //

When I’m building product lines for The Penny Paper Co. or, building a collection of patterns for my licences – I am naturally inspired and aware of what’s trending. Sometimes it’s a colour (pink), or a product line that I have a gut feeling will be a good fit (enamel pins). And sometimes it’s just an obsession with something like holograms or iridescent that has been making it’s way into the market for awhile. My love affair with holograms and iridescent is rooted in the fact that it is a retro trend – bringing us back to the days of hyper-colour shirts, mood rings, hologram stickers —our childhood. I’ve been in love with the retro trend for over a year and the Spring collection for The Penny Paper Co. will not disappoint, if you’re in love with the retro stuff like I. Anyhow, here is what has caught my eye lately. xo

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In Obsessed with

Obsessed with / CB2

1Although work is dominating most of my free time these days, I squeezed in a few projects to help girlfriends out with over the last few weeks, and their professions are interior decorating and styling – which sparked an itch for me to redecorate. (After writing all about how I was giving up decorating posts. Go figure) Alas, I have no available funds to do said-decorating so it’s all about window shopping and taking in what’s new in-stores and dreaming. The itch got me browsing my online stores of choice and I went to CB2‘s site and was shocked at the gorgeousness. They seem to have stepped up the game a little, even though I loved their old style it seems as though they are inching closer to a West Elm look. I had to think about it for a second – because a lot of these companies are all connected. But CB2 is a lower end option to Crate and Barrel (same company) and West Elm is connected with Pottery Barn and, William Sonoma. (Kind of like Old Navy to Gap, to Banana Republic) Blah blah blah. I’m rambling. Anyhow, here’s the gorgeousness that I fell for.

First, look at some of these accessories. I die.

Then you look at their bigger furniture pieces and I died again.

In Thoughts

new stages, phases + blogging

image via design love fest

image via design love fest // i should use this advice

I’m sitting here in my bedroom, drinking a cup of tea, listening to the sweet snoring of my Oscar as he’s passed out in my bed with a little fever that I think he picked up at his Saturday morning art class. I thought, while I sit here (I promised him not to leave his side – except for my evening bath) I would take a moment to write. I’ve been struggling with this online space for awhile and tip toeing around it. The blog has changed over the years – starting out (12.5 years ago!) about my business, then it broke off into 2 blogs – one business and one home. Things change, as they do – the blog was way cooler then because we were doing renovations and decorating then I had a baby and talked all about mom stuff. Now I’m entering a new phase in my life where the house is pretty much done (with the exception of some decks, finishing the studio, and maybe a total gut of Oscar’s room in a few years) but nothing that would warrant constant updates on the blog about decor – as much as I love decor.  Continue Reading →

In Business/ Lindsay

Happy New Year!

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Happy New Year!

This season was W-E-I-R-D.I was hit with an awful flu about a week before Oscar was let out for school – and it was a weird cloud that was in my head throughout the holidays. I couldn’t shake it, it started as a fever for a few days (and I just slept all. day) and then it was just sneezing and snot. I’ll take that over a stomach bug ANY day but it isn’t until now that I’m actually feeling better. I have only blown my nose once today. An improvement! I totally need to take better care of myself, I feel that lack of sleep, poor nutrition and everything just made it hard to shake.   Oscar goes back to school tomorrow, and for the first time, he said “I’m excited to go back to school.” Halleluja! Once we get back into a routine with school I’m hoping I can get my own routine of taking it a bit easier on myself to build up some health regimes.

Business wise there are big changes – we’ve incorporated the company (it was previously a sole proprietorship) so my head is in a tizzy as it’s all figured out (well, as Aubrey figures it out and he tries explaining it to me). The company has grown and, is continuing to grow, so organization is key in making sure it all works seamlessly. (You can read more about the company overall here.)

The Penny Paper Co. is ridiculously fun because from idea to product completion is a rather quick turnaround – whereas my work on licensed art is TOTALLY different where somethings take a year (or more) from idea to seeing them in the store. The fact that I get to do both is amazing. And I’m hoping to reveal a new product line that you’ll see in stores like HomeSense hopefully in the Spring.

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Anyhow, a little update as I clean up my office and get back into work mode! Ps., You can check out the Valentine’s Day collection for The Penny Paper Co. here!

In Gift Guides/ shopping/ Sponsored

What to get Mom for Christmas … The Breville Tea Maker

There are a few brands that are consistently amazing no matter what they do or create, and Breville is one of them. My Mother introduced me to the line awhile ago - she's purchased their kettle, milk frother and I'm sure a few other items I can't think of off the top of he head. It's the brand that is on her counter at home, and is always gorgeous and fits into her beautifully styled kitchen. The other week she called me up and told me about a new toy she had found while out doing some Christmas shopping - A Breville automatic tea brewer. (I'll get to what that exactly means shortly) She was captivated by the concept and was debating the purchase. She was like most of us would be - is it really worth it to spend a few hundred dollars on a tea maker? Well. I'll spoil the surprise. Yes. It IS worth it. 

I hadn't heard her so excited over something in awhile (other than when she sees me, obviously) so I reached out to Breville to see if Mom and I could review the tea maker. And, we got to! So if you have a Mom like I do, that loves tea and entertains her lady friends, you HAVE to get this. I'm not kidding. You'll think I'm being ridiculous (I mean, I initially thought the concept of an automatic tea brewer was ridiculous) but it's NOT. It's a game changer. I now want one for myself, when I went into it thinking it was just a gadget for the kitchen. Nope. It's not. Ok, so first things first. This is how it looks... This is Mom opening it when it arrived!

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The design is beautiful, from the glass handle to the shape and design of the kettle portion.  Now to make tea. Mom poured the water (cold water, but she's using her kettle as a dispenser here) into the pot.

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If you're making tea you're not to go over 1200 as shown below.

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Next is the tea portion. You put looseleaf tea into the little canister "bucket" that will go into the water shortly. Breville provides you with a sweet little measuring spoon.

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Pop on the lid and place it into the pot, on the rod that is in there. You're not "steeping" the tea yet. The tea is still sitting out of the water.

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You're now going to select the type of tea, black, green, herbal, White, Oolomng or custom - and, the tea strengh and then press the tea button. All of these options determines the optimal water temperature and, how long the tea should steep for. It's serious about making the perfect cup of tea.

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So now the water is reaching it's optimal temperature...

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And when it reaches the temp it needs, it starts to lower the tea basket.

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And you will have an audience, because it's ridiculously fun to watch. 

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After the tea has brewed, the tea leaves raise again so they aren't sitting IN the water anymore and, you have the PERFECT cup of tea. I kid you not. It's perfect.

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So why is it perfect? Once you have one, you suddenly get it. First of all, it brews a tea at what they've researched to be the perfect temperature to brew and, perfect length of time. And how often do we stick a bunch of tea bags in a pot, only to let it sit too long or serve one cup and the the rest are uber strong (and lukewarm) The Breville Tea Maker solves all of that awkwardness because after brewing the perfect pot, it removes the tea, so it doesn't get too strong AND it keeps the tea warm, with a warming sensor. It also tells you how long the tea has been sitting there, since it brewed. This is PERFECT for when your Mama has guests over because she brews the tea, it beeps at her when it's done, and she can serve the tea and then place it back on the warmer - without worrying about it getting cold or, steeping too long.

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Now I'm just going to save up MY pennies because my tea from a regular tea bag dunking ritual doesn't have the same effect. Totally, 100% recommend this and get it for your Mom if she likes tea. xo
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Disclaimer, As mentioned in the post, my Mom was given a Breville Tea Maker for review.
All photographs and opinions are that of my own, and of my Mom. 

In Family Life

winter song

img_6567We went to Oscar’s school concert last night and came out to a winter wonderland. It was a perfect scene to walk out to after hearing the sweet voices of children sing Winter Song. (which I recommend you listen to while viewing the photos below, to get the idea of how magical it was all last night) Continue Reading →

In Family Life

Around the house

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The house smells of gingerbread and pine tree, and Oscar lost his two front teeth so we’ve been singing and listening “All I want for Christmas Are my Two Front Teeth” on repeat. Somehow, losing those two front teeth for Christmas is what is making it the perfect Christmas for me, as Oscar LOVES that song, so it’s just ridiculously perfect. We’ve been baking, reading Christmas stories and today is his Christmas concert at school and I’m going early to try to get the front row. I hope all of your homes are filled with the smell of baking and the sounds of laughter. xo

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In Family Life

the perfect tree

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We found the perfect tree over the weekend at the Loblaw’s garden centre in our neighbourhood. Not too tall. Not short. Not too skinny but not too fat. 😉  Oscar was home ALL week sick with this awful fever and cough, but was feeling well enough to get out. So excited that the house is now filled with the trees pine aroma!