Friday Favourites

German pointer via Blushed Tapatia{This crazy dog keeps us so entertained. He hates cold weather as much as I do but has the energy of a 5 year old on a caffeine kick. One of his favourite things to do right now is to let his head hang upside down. He does it constantly and it makes me laugh every.single.time}

The end of January is here and although I know that there are still a few months left of winter, I am happy that we are at least one month closer to warmer days ( anyone else miss wearing their jean jackets?!). This week I have been trying to stay positive, regardless of the weather. It’s not always an easy thing to do but I find that doing this series really helps out- it gives me the opportunity to look back at my week and truly appreciate the small moments that brought me joy.

I hope that you all have a fabulous weekend full of friends, food and football!

afterlight (76)    afterlight (77)    {I finally caved and got this Shu Uemura eyelash curler and I am pleasantly surprised. I really did not know that my eyelashes could be so curly – I am obsessed}

afterlight (78){There is nothing like homemade apple cinnamon pancakes and a warm cup of coffee to start the day}

afterlight (74){Most mornings Talulah wakes up with me and prances around my feet while I get ready for work but lately it has been so cold in our apartment that she just stays in bed (and I can’t blame her). I recently discovered, however, that she peeks out that little nose of hers from under the covers and follows me around the room. It reminds me of this moment}

Friday Favourites

January Blues Cure – Wall Art Collage

Hello, how are you?! I didn’t mean to have such an absence on my blog for the past month but January has been tough. It never is an easy month for me: taking down decorations, going back to regular non-Christmas music, trees on the side walk – it’s usually just too sad. On top of all of that you add this polar vortex thing, two cabin fever crazed dogs that have short hair and can’t stand the cold and a bad and persistent case of strep throat to the mix and you get one grumpy sad month. I’m not super psyched for February either but I am done with this winter rut.

I decided to focus on the things that make me happy so this past weekend I went on a DIY frenzy. There is nothing that makes me feel more accomplished than finishing a project that has been on stand-by for a long time – for us, it was our wall art collage. I had already done months of extensive research, scouted out fantastic pieces and purchased the frames- they all were just waiting silently by the wall for me to take action. This past Saturday I enlisted the best handyman I know and we got to work (to be fully honest Mike did all the hard work).

wall art  collage prep - via blushed tapatia{When I was younger I was obsessed with making collages – on binders, notebooks, furniture- you name it. I loved looking at the different photos and finding what fit well together. It goes without say that the first step for our wall art collage was, by far, my favourite. We brought in all of the different photographs and random works of art that we have collected over the last few years and played around with the arrangements. It’s the best way to decide what should go on the wall and to see what you are missing.}

ready for a wall art collage - via Blushed Tapatia{Once we decided on the layout, we took numerous photos of it and transferred the pieces so that they sat right in front of the wall where the collage was going. Mike measured it all and we made last minute changes to make sure that it would look perfect and not too crowded}

Wall art collage DIY via Blushed Tapatia   Wall art collage DIY via Blushed Tapatia              {This meticulous handyman is the sole reason why the project turned out the way it did! The key- according to Mike- is measuring}

Afternoon light via Blushed Tapatia{While Mike was doing all the hard work I sat mesmerized by the beautiful afternoon lighting that was enveloping our apartment…can you blame me?}             

Wall art collage via Blushed Tapatia {The final product!}

In case you are wondering some of the pieces on our wall are family heirlooms that have been passed down, others were great finds at thrift stores, one of them is a handkerchief that has a pattern that we fell in love with (can you tell which one it is?) and the rest are illustrations I collected from old calendars.  

Do you suffer of winter ruts too? If so, what do you do to get out of them?

January Blues Cure – Wall Art Collage

Hobby Flirting

Blushed Tapatia Store{My first order for 2014!}

Blushed Tapatia

Although jewelry making was such a large part of my life during my university years I have been flirting with it on and off ever since. I’m not sure if I became uninterested because turning a hobby into a job while you have many other commitments and a full-time job became too overwhelming or because I was ready to try new hobbies and teach myself new things. When I started Blushed Tapatia a few months ago I decided to take things slower, to make and sell jewelry for fun and at my own pace, to not become obsessive with the outcome and just enjoy the process. It’s been nice, it’s been slow and I love the fact that when I feel a burst of creativity I can just pull out my beads, make something and share it with the world. Getting this order reminded me of the thrill that I feel when someone, somewhere, loves something that I took time and care to make. It helped me decide that although 2014 is full of new promises I have to make time to enjoy the older things.

Hobby Flirting