Saturday, 30 March 2013

Super Easy Bunny Ears

Pipe cleaner bunny ears. Super easy & pretty cute.
All you need to make one set of bunny ears, are 6 pipe cleaners. 

First, take two pipe cleaners and measure around your child's head, then attached them together creating a small crown.  Then take two more pipe cleaners and twist them together to create the shape of an ear. Then twist one end around the crown to secure it on. Do the same thing with the last two pipe cleaners.

You can always make the bunny ears smaller by using one pipe cleaner instead of two.

You can leave them just like that, or if you want to reinforce the headband, you can wrap it with strips of fabric (pictured below). 

 Total time to make = 5mins. Amount of time my girls wore them = 5mins. I call that a successful craft!

Friday, 22 March 2013

Getting ready for Spring!

Thinking about which new trend to incorporate into your wardrobe each season can be very overwhelming.  Although fashion is constantly changing, and trends always come and go, chances are you have a few of these items in your closet already.  Here are a some Spring 2013 fashion trends that I think are very wearable and easy to incorporate into your existing wardrobe.

Bermuda Shorts ~ My personal favourites! Can be slouchy or streamlined and any size or shape can pull them off with ease.  Pair them with flats or heels for a dressed up or casual look.

Black and White ~ This season black and white has been completely reinvented. Think pattern & bold details.  Look for checkered print shirts or a white blazer with heavy black detailing to combine this trend in to your own spring wardrobe.

Lovely Lace ~ Tops and dresses with lacy cutouts. Adds a touch of femininity and elegance.

Statement Necklace ~ Your accessories this season should make a statement.  Think big, bold and bright.

Leather ~ Pick up a kick-ass pair of pants (like the ones pictured below) or a leather skirt or a jacket with leather sleeves.

Low Heels ~ Yay! Now that's a trend I hope is here to stay. Not that high heels aren't fun and sexy...I’m just saying a low heel is particularly hot this season. Awesome!

You don’t have to revamp your entire wardrobe to be fashion savvy.  Simply owning a few key pieces that take you from season to season, year to year, then all you need to do is add a few new things to refresh your closet.

What trend are you looking forward to trying this Spring?

Monday, 18 March 2013

Winds of Change

Change and growth are inevitable. It comes with maturity. It comes with experience. It comes with guidance & support.  I am happy to say that the changes we have witnessed, nurtured and encourage in our daughter Ryan, has been absolutely amazing!  She went from a highly anxious, nervous, fretful child, to a confident & adventurous little girl.  This makes me so proud. Proud of her and her achievements and proud that my husband and I took the necessary steps to help her break free from her fears.

My little girl amazes me and inspires me.  She saw how much we believed in her. How we were constantly there for her. And this has given her the confidence to move forward - and flourish!

Tuesday, 12 March 2013

Finally! The closet is completed.

It took a heck of a lot longer than I had imagined, but I am happy to announce, that right in the nick of time, my walk in closet/office is finally complete. Like I mentioned in a previous post {here} I have been dreaming about having a walk in closet for a long time. What I didn't mention was that my closet was going to be photographed for a local magazine, Kingston Life. Nothing fancy, just one picture of me in my favourite room of the house - that's right - my non-existing walk in closet! Start the clock!

I had 2 weeks to get the old nursery transformed into the walk in closet of my dreams.  2 weeks seems like a long time, but when you are relying in tradesmen to do the work, 2 weeks felt like one day!  In that one room, I had to cover an old and peeling popcorn ceiling, cover all the cracks in the old plaster walls, paint, and the hang all the fixtures.  The only job I tackled was the painting, oh - and the decorating of course.

I wanted my space to be a true reflection of me.  Eclectic, edgy, girly, fun. Using different, colours, patterns and textures, my walk in closet/office has turned into a wonderful and inspiring place.  Just like when I shop for clothing, I looked for items that had character, were unique, and had a touch of whimsy.

In the end, I am thrilled with how it turned out and even more relieved to have completed the finishing touches right before the photographer came. Phew!  Now I can't wait to see the images.

I used galvanised steel pipes for the closet rods.

Simple L-shaped brackets are used to hold my fashion books. 

A middle curtain rod acts as a scarf and belt holder as well as provides privacy from any curious onlookers!

The piece of pine board is an old board taken from our kitchen when we did the renovations. It now serves as an earring holder and a height chart for my girls.

I will post the final shot from the magazine when it comes out this Summer!  Stay tuned.