From A to Z: All About Me

September 27, 2011
 I found this amazing idea here on the blog Julie Ann Art, and just had to do it for myself  :)

A. Age: 27 (I'll be 28 in October).
B. Bed size: Queen, but my husband would rather have a King.
C. Chore that you hate: Cleaning the floor -- vacuuming and mopping. I hate moving everything around or off of the floor.
D. Dogs: Ivan. You met him here in the previous post.
E. Essential start to your day: A good drink of water. I am always very thirsty when I wake up.
F. Favorite color: Blue -- any shade of blue.
G. Gold or Silver: I like silver, but I'm happy with either.
H. Height: 5'2ish
I. Instruments you play: I play the piano, but haven't sat down to tickle the keys in a while. I can also play the guitar and the clarinet, if I have to.
J. Job title: At the moment, stay-at-home mom. In six months, mom and preschool teacher.
K. Kids: One -- one is enough.
L. Live: In good, ol' Canada.
M. Mother’s name: Sheila.
N. Nicknames: My dad used to call me LC, hence the name of my blog and my shop.
O. Overnight hospital stays: I stayed in the hospital for 2 weeks when I was in Grade 1 for Asthma, and for two nights after delivering my son.
P. Pet peeves: Tailgating.
Q. Quote from a movie: "Do you remember when everyone was screaming my name, and I used my strength to rip my blouse" ~ Nacho Libre
R. Right or left handed: Lefty!
S. Siblings: One sister.
U. Underwear: Hmm...this is probably a TMI question
V. Vegetable you hate: I hate pretty much all vegetables, especially cooked vegetables. But if I were to chose one that I would avoid at all costs, it would be peppers.
W. What makes you run late: I do not give myself enough time to do the things that I need to do before I leave the house, and, therefore, end-up leaving the house later than I anticipated.
X. X-Rays you’ve had: On my collar bone when I was in preschool, and on my hands and feet recently.
Y. Yummy food that you make: Spaghetti. I really toot my own horn when it comes to my spaghetti.
Z. Zoo animal: Giraffe.

Our Oldest Boy

September 22, 2011
I have introduced you to the newest addition to our family, but have not yet introduced you to my oldest boy.

His name is Ivan. He enjoys long walks, a good belly scratch, and cookies :)

I grew up with animals in my home, and knew that as soon as my husband and I purchased our own place that I would be visiting the local SPCA to find us a dog.

I found two dogs that I was really interested in, and was told that I could take them each out to a field to see how they would react with me. The first dog was way too young and excited, and, sadly, I knew that we wouldn't be able to handle that kind of dog. The second dog that I took out to the field amazed me. He found a ball amongst the tall grass in the field. I knew that I had to have that dog.

We didn't even have any supplies for him, but, luckily, the SPCA had dog collars available, and they let me borrow a leash to take him to the car. The collar that I picked out had spades, hearts, clubs, and diamonds around it. I knew it was the one because my husband and I had just taken a trip to Las Vegas. It was perfect!

Ivan has turned out to be the most wonderful dog, and many times I have wondered what made him end up at the SPCA in the first place. It was all for the best though, because now he is our precious pup!


You've Got My Vote, "New Girl"!

September 20, 2011

My husband and I checked out a new show on FOX called "New Girl". It stars Zooey Deschanel from "Yes Man", "500 Days of Summer", and, most recently, "Our Idiot Brother".

She is absolutely adorable, and I must say that my husband and I both really enjoyed the show. I laughed so hard, and not because the jokes were crude, but because it was genuinely funny. Deschanel's character is so awkward, yet very loveable, and her male roommates revealed their most endearing qualities by the end of the episode.

I have high hopes for "New Girl"; for me, it stands out the most amongst rest of the new shows on the scene. Stick around "New Girl", you've got my vote for "best girl"!


Decorate to Dream

September 15, 2011
I saw a blog post from A Few of My Favorite Things blog about the inspirations and ideas behind creating a room for her daughter and new baby boy, and was inspired to share my son's bedroom with you.

I love my son's bedroom. We painted it green because we had decided during pregnancy that we would not find out whether we were having a boy or a girl. Green is perfect because you can always add pops of any other colour, depending on the look you want to achieve. Everything looks good with green because green has always been the best background for the vibrant colours of nature.

I decided to decorate the room -- whether boy or girl -- without adding the gaudy baby items that people hang on the walls or from the ceiling. I wanted the room to grow with our baby without having to re-do everything every year as our child grows up. Less work for me= more enjoyment for everyone else.

I found an old Curious George book, and, sadly, destroyed it so that I could get my three favourite prints out of it to frame and hang on the wall. I went on a hunt for a mobile that wasn't a typical stuffed creature mobile that played music; I wanted our baby to be able to look up at it, watch it, and know what the objects were without looking at the mobile from the side. I found a wonderful paper bird mobile at our local bookstore; I fell in love with it instantly!

I still have many other pieces of artwork that I need to hang in his room, but at the moment I have a beautiful print of a hot air balloon that I found on Etsy. Next to it, I have hammered up the word "DREAM" so that he may always dream of doing great things no matter how unrealistic they may seem!

This is the first thing that I see when
I walk into my son's room.
I love this view!

 The vintage Curious George prints that I
have hanging about the change table.

The rocking chair was the rocking chair
that my mother used when I was
a baby. It was a gift to her from my father.
The stuffed dog was the first gift
I received from my husband
when we started dating :)

Give a Hoot!

September 12, 2011
I am in love with owls and birds! So I decided to make a treasury that features my favourite bird:

Don't forget to check out the contest here on my blog, or on my Facebook page!

Contest: Newest Monster in Town: CLOSED

September 10, 2011


Your ideas are needed!

Take a look at my Lil' Monster drawings, 
and tell me your great idea 
for what the newest monster should be.

Post your idea on my Facebook page under
my contest post, and BAM! you're entered to
win a print of the newest Lil' Monster...if your idea
is selected as the winner.

You can also share your ideas here!

Happy thinking :)

Cute Blue Monster: Burger Love

I have chosen the idea of Winterdays Viking Rune Symbols
Stay tuned!

So Seuss-perational!

September 07, 2011
I stumbled upon a great quotation from the wonderful Dr. Seuss that I have attached to my inspiration board for, well, inspiration.:

"Today You are You, that is truer than true. There is no one alive that is Youer than You."

I love my inspiration board. It has amazing art that I have acquired over time and love to look at; it has fun photographs of friends, and amazing experiences; it has wonderful notes of inspiration and thanks, and, most importantly, it has the goals that I have set for myself over the next five years. I am constantly adding to my inspiration board, and enjoy peeking over at it while taking breaks from my computer.

Did You Know?

The word "Seuss" rhymes with "Voice".

"You're wrong as the deuce
And you shouldn't rejoice
If you're calling him Seuss.
He pronounces is Soice."
~ Alexander Liang

It Warms My Heart

September 01, 2011
When I contacted CanadaCanoodles to let her know that she won my first giveaway, she sent me a message back with a request to take the drawing to my local children's hospital, or the pediatric ward in our hospital. I was more than happy to fulfill her request.

We do not currently have a children's hospital; that is something that our city is working hard to build. So my plan was to take it to the pediatric ward in one of our local hospitals. My son was born at this hospital, and, within days after his birth, was readmitted because of jaundice. The pediatric ward, and the fundraising effort to build a wonderful children's hospital is now very close to my heart.

Today was the day that I finally made my way to the hospital to drop off the little drawing in a beautifully suited wooden frame for a child to enjoy during his/her time in the hospital. I approached the front desk of the pediatric ward to let the nurse know that I had a little drawing that I wanted to donate to a child in their care. She took me to her manager who was very happy to receive the donation. She said they sometimes give gifts to children who need it most at that moment, or they will hold onto them and give them to children on their birthdays.

It felt so good! I'm so happy that CanadaCanoodles asked me to donate the drawing. In fact, I have contacted the group that does the fundraising for the children's hospital to ask them if I could make a donation of a print from my shop, or an original drawing for them to auction off at an event. I also plan on doing more little drawings and donating them to the pediatric ward for them to give to the children. It just warms my heart thinking that something I have created will be lifting the hearts of the children who need it most!
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