Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Etsy Pop-Up at West Elm Toronto!

It's a busy but fun week over here at Paper Parade Co.  On Saturday, I will be participating in an Etsy Pop-Up at West Elm Toronto.

The event is curated by Emma Reddington, blogger of The Marion House Book and home editor of Chatelaine magazine, so I was pretty excited to be invited to participate. I have been a fan of Emma's blog for a long time and love what she has contributed to Chatelaine magazine since her arrival there. It has become one of my favorite Canadian magazines. You can read Emma's blog post on the Pop-Up here.

West Elm also happens to be one of my favorite shops in Toronto. Great products and such a friendly team work there. It's always fun to hang out.

If you are in the city please come say hello to me at West Elm Toronto on Saturday, April 26th from 1pm - 6pm. I hear there are going to be some yummy treats from Glory Hole Doughnuts too.

I'll have select stationery, art prints and some fun gift wrap supplies from my shop , including some new designs. It's also a great opportunity to save on shipping.

I'm looking forward to meeting all the participating Etsy Designers including -->
·         Avril Loreti
·         Bookhou at Home
·         Smith Handmade
·         FitzyDesign
·         Pilo
·         CSFootprints
·         The Made & Found
·         Crown Flora

Hope to see you there! You can RSVP to the event here --> FACEBOOK.COM/WESTELM/EVENTS

Monday, April 21, 2014

catching up ...

Where did the month go? Suddenly it's Easter weekend, spring is finally here and there is a lot going on in this busy house.

I hope you had a lovely Easter weekend. We hosted dinner with family on Sunday. It was all about simplicity. Fresh, simple flowers in my milk glass cups, and rumply linen. It was a look I was going for, I promise. Who needs to iron linen? It is supposed to be rumpled. I am my mother's daughter.

We ordered a honey baked spiral ham from local west-end butcher Vince Gasparro. It was delicious and all I had to do was warm it in the oven. Keeping it simple. I made a mustard sauce to accompany it and our meal was rounded it with mashed potatoes, fresh green beans, asparagus and roasted carrots. We started off with Oh She Glows recipe for Carrot, Apple & Ginger Soup. Dessert - Lemon tarts, Lemon pie and chocolate date squares were provided by my lovely mother-in-law and Auntie Helga. Yum. 

I have been guilty of languishing over on Instagram of late. I do  apologize, but it's just too easy to share what inspires there when time is tight. But I do miss my blog, and have been told by friends, to get back to it. So here I am. But please come and join me on Instagram anyways :)

Have you heard of the #100HappyDays "movement"? 
It's a challenge to be happy for 100 days in a row. Now, I'm generally a pretty happy person, but sometimes we forget to focus on those moments in our day that make us happy. It can be fleeting. It can be something so simple, like walking in the sunshine with your kids, but it fills you with that warm and fuzzy happy feeling that you just want to freeze in time. 

Like this...

So it's simple. Every day I submit a snapshot of something that made me happy. I'm sharing on Instagram. I think it will be fun to look back at the end of the 100 days to reminisce.

Wishing you a very happy week.


Sunday, March 16, 2014

Get Your Irish On! - 70th Birthday

Dad had a big birthday this month so my brother and I decided he needed a party to celebrate. So, last night at my brother's studio, family and friends gathered to "get their Irish on". It was a very special night. 

The only person missing was my Mom. I'm pretty sure she was celebrating with us and maybe St. Patrick himself wasn't too far from her side ;)

Happy Birthday Dad! We love you xo


Typical St. Patrick's Day decor can be little tacky, right? So I opted to use touches of green that were festive but simple. Green and white paper lanterns from Chinatown, fresh flowers in vintage mason jars tied with strips of fabric as ribbon, a handmade paper clover bunting and chalk art and birthday messages from the kids.

Isabella did the chalk art and Julian created the giant birthday card.

To make the bunting, I used loose pages from old books I had in my studio. I

1. Cut the paper into heart shapes. You'll need three hearts for each clover. I know a clover is supposed to be four leaves but it just looked better this way (to me).

2. Glue the hearts together to form a clover shape.

3. Attach twine to each clover and tie onto another length of twine.

I spaced my clovers about 1 foot apart.

It's a super-simple St. Patrick's Day craft idea.


By the way, photos were taken with my "old" Iphone, so they are a little off. Oh well. It was a fun party!

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