Our Week (so far)

A fairly regular, if not weekly, post to share photos of random moments in our lives. No particular rhyme or reason to them, just things we’ve done, or small bits of our lives I’ve finally taken notice of. Thanks for popping by and taking a peek into our week, so far:

Last weekend we popped down to Aggie Days. Guess who LOVED watching the horses?!

Last weekend we popped down to Aggie Days. Guess who LOVED watching the horses?!

And guess who LOVED petting the goats?! Our own farm days can't come soon enough for this little man.

And guess who LOVED petting the goats?! Our own farm days can’t come soon enough for this little man.

A little treasure we found in the backyard left from last summer. Those darn wasps do make beautiful nests (pictured here on one of Sam's paintings).

A little treasure we found in the backyard left from last summer. Those darn wasps do make beautiful nests (pictured here on one of Sam’s paintings).

It's all about dump trucks and dinosaurs with this guy, even in the bathtub. Such a boy!

It’s all about dump trucks and dinosaurs with this guy, even in the bathtub. Such a boy!

Who doesn't love licking buttercream icing off of the beaters?! Mama's helper making Easter cupcakes.

Who doesn’t love licking buttercream icing off of the beaters?! Mama’s helper making Easter cupcakes.

Special treats to end this busy week, margaritas and cupcakes. No complaints here (except for a pesky cold, but hopefully it got chased away by the tequila).

Special treats to end this busy week, margaritas and cupcakes. No complaints here (except for a pesky cold, but hopefully it got chased away by the tequila).

Hope you’re all enjoying a lovely Easter weekend! He IS risen! Let us rejoice!

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Pretty in Progress

I’ve been spending the last several weeks preparing for the upcoming Boutique Wedding Market here in Calgary. I’ve designed a couple new products for the show, while the rest are slight design variations on my current products. I brought the colours of everything inline with the very popular shabby chic/rustic style wedding decor (dusty purples & pinks, peach, ivory & beige). It’s all a lot more soft than the punchy colours you see in my Etsy shop.

I had already played around quite a bit with the shabby chic style cuff bracelets last year. So I used the inspiration from those and sprinkled it into my button hair clips and the new bridal accessories. The result is a whole lot of pretty in vintage doilies, lace, silks, tulle, yo-yos, and buttons. There’s a lot of hand stitching going into all of this, evenings spent sewing yo-yos & lace flowers while we watch our latest addiction on Netflix. Right now, I’m moving on to putting together the hair clips, and finishing touches on the bridal accessories. In a few days, I’ll be diving into button magnets (all in wedding appropriate colours… don’t you think they would make cute wedding favors?). I’ve also got several display details still to finish up. I’m really tickled with the display I’ve got roughly worked out. It will be quite a change for Bubblegum Sass (I won’t be hiding behind a table for once), but I’m loving the idea!

So here’s a peek into the progress:

Peach bridal accessory (can be worn as a hair piece or accent belt for a dress)

Peach bridal accessory (can be worn as a hair piece or accent belt for a dress)

A whole lot of silk, tulle, & buttons

A whole lot of silk, tulle, & buttons

Bridal accessory with cute blue & bird details

Bridal accessory with cute blue & bird details

Diving into purple... fabric flower accents for bridal accessories & hair combs

Diving into purple… fabric flower accents for bridal accessories & hair combs

Lots of beautiful shabby chic inspired fabric button flowers for hair clip sets.

Lots of beautiful shabby chic inspired fabric button flowers for hair clip sets

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Button-spiration: Spring Flowers Pt. 4

Ok. Here is to hoping that we won’t need so much spring button flower inspiration going forward (fingers crossed for later this week). Maybe we can just pop our head outside and enjoy actual spring? Just in case you’re one of those poor souls that is still dealing with snow Sadly, we are some of those poor souls still dealing with snow (I wrote this post ahead of time, and seemed to have jinxed us, again… there’s a steady falling of snowflakes out there this morning). This then, is still a much needed project to keep your hopes up.

This pretty button project comes from Ashley of Little Miss Momma. She was inspired by hair pins from Anthropologie and was determined to figure out a simple (and inexpensive) knock-off. I must say, I think she was successful! I like her version even better than the ones from Anthropologie. You can find the full tutorial on her blog.

Ashley used fabric yo-yos from a vintage family quilt (of course, you can make your own yo-yos with the help of Heather Bailey’s great step-by-step instructions). Admittedly, part of the charm of these, is the vintage nature of the yo-yos Ashley used, but you can always score some lovely reproduction fabrics from the quilt shop to tap into that vintage charm. Then all you need are some bobby pins, buttons and a hot glue gun (alternatively, you could hand stitch these all together). Place a bit of hot glue on the end of your bobby pin, press onto the back of your yo-yo. Let cool. Flip the yo-yo over. Place a dab of glue in the center of the yo-yo and squish your button into place. Let cool. Put on a pretty spring blouse, along with your newly made hair pin. Go grab an iced tea & enjoy the day!

Yo-yo hair pins

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Our Week (so far)

Evenings spent hand stitching piles of these lovely lace flowers (destined to be accents in some new products)

Evenings spent hand stitching piles of these lovely lace flowers (destined to be accents in some new products)

His and hers coconut crack bar treats. One batch with agave syrup (for her) and one batch with peanut butter (for him). Both with loads of coconut flakes & coconut oil. All sorts of yummy!

His and hers coconut crack bar treats. One batch with agave syrup (for her) and one batch for peanut butter (for him). Both with loads of coconut flakes & coconut oil. All sorts of yummy!

Homemade biscuits (made with coconut oil instead of shortening) and some tasty bacon jam (not homemade).

Homemade biscuits (made with coconut oil instead of shortening) and some tasty bacon jam (not homemade).

Be still my heart. Our little man making his first button art project.

Be still my heart. Our little man making his first button art project.

Sam's completed button artwork, perfect on the mantel. One proud mama.

Sam’s completed button artwork, perfect on the mantel. One proud mama.

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Button-spiration: Spring Flowers Pt. 3

Here is the third installment of our spring button flower inspiration. Thankfully, spring seems to have finally arrived in Calgary over the past few days. The snow is gone We woke to snow this morning, but the ground is turning into mud, and we’ve had much needed sunshine! Hopefully you’re starting to experience some of this too, where ever you may be. Or maybe you’re already delighting in the cherry blossoms & daffodils. Just a touch jealous. We have some crocuses starting to pop up.

To keep our spring hope alive, let us turn to this easy-peasy, but adorable project from indieBerries.All you need for supplies are a pile of buttons, different sizes & colours (how much variation or uniformity you want is up to you) and florist wire. She has cute step-by-step illustrations/cartoons on her blog to demonstrate the project. I so very wished I had time to make some of these right now. I feel like our kitchen could use a little bright colour. Alas, the little bits of free time I have are being dedicated to prepping for the Boutique Wedding Market. Perhaps you’ll have a spare moment in the coming days to give these a try? I do hope so. Enjoy!

Stacked button flowers

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Down the Aisle

Boutique Wedding Market Flyer

Feeling very privileged to be invited to participate as a vendor in Calgary’s newest wedding market! The Boutique Wedding Market will showcase amazing local wedding vendors, designers, & artists specializing in unique, handmade items & services to help you achieve that perfect day! The talent in this show looks stellar! If there’s a wedding coming up in your life, and you long for hand-crafted details & high-quality creativity, this is the show to check out! Can you tell I’m just a bit excited about this new collective of local creative folks?! So here’s a quick preview of who will be at the show (besides little ‘ol me):

Kismet & Clover – Event Styling + Design (co-founder of the show)

by.Ginni – Accessories + Haberdashery (co-founder of the show)

Chris Amat & Mike Seehagel – Photography

Diane + Mike Photography – Photography

Willow & Whimsy – Ethical Floral Arrangements + DIY

Ali Finch – Graphic Design + Invites

Bloom Invites – Boutique Wedding Stationary

Orange Trunk Rentals – Vintage Styling + Rentals

Laura George Designs – Custom Bridal Gowns

City & the Sticks – Reclaimed Wooden Signs

Lannie Rae – Baking + Pastry Arts

Penetration Attempt - Live Music

Admission to the show is FREE! Don’t want to forget to mention that happy fact! There will be some DIY workshops available (which will have a small fee attached to them). The show will be located just a few blocks north of 17th Ave at the old Exes Hair Salon building (1412 1st SW). The show runs Saturday April 26th 10-6 and Sunday April 27th 11-5. I’ll be there all weekend! Did I tell you I’ve been busy whipping up a whole bunch of new shabby chic wedding inspired items just for this show? I’ll give you a peek at the progress later this week. Also, super excited to be offering custom orders! ‘Cause when you’re planning your wedding, you want it to be unique & just-for-you.

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Our Week (so far)

It’s been ages since I tried a regular photo post! A year and a half, in fact… oh my. My “One Moment” photo/keywording posts were replaced by the weekly Four Fab Finds posts. I love sharing the awesome shops & items that I come across on Etsy, but lately I’ve started missing the weekly photo post. Time to try something new, just in time for spring (which might actually be arriving in Calgary this weekend). This desire to take & share more photos again has even prompted me use Instagram. You can find me on there as bubblegumsassy. So here goes, a fairly regular, if not weekly, post to share photos of random moments in our lives. No particular rhyme or reason to them, just things we’ve done, or small bits of our lives I’ve finally taken notice of. Thanks for popping by and taking a peek into our week, so far:

Loving the colourful cover (and the great articles) in the latest issue of Taproot

Loving the colourful cover (and the great articles) in the latest issue of Taproot

Realized that I received my BFA a decade ago. Wow! Here's where my current painting skills are at, making new artwork for Sam's room. He calls it the "Zoo Painting".

Realized that I received my BFA a decade ago. Wow! Here’s where my current painting skills are at, making new artwork for Sam’s room. He calls it the “Zoo Painting”.

Sam is discovering all sorts of neat books on our shelves. Here he is enjoying one of our contemporary art illustration books.

Sam is discovering all sorts of neat books on our shelves. Here he is enjoying one of our contemporary art illustration books.

When you've got a sick toddler on your hands, nothing makes you ALL feel better than freshly baked cookies. This time around it was peanut butter cookies with dark chocolate chips. Yummy in my tummy!

When you’ve got a sick toddler on your hands, nothing makes you ALL feel better than freshly baked cookies. This time around it was peanut butter cookies with dark chocolate chips. Yummy in my tummy!

When you get tired of waiting for spring to arrive, you make pretty flower garden collages using old seed catalogues. Sam is getting good with a glue stick. That opens a door to a whole lot of new crafting time!

When you get tired of waiting for spring to arrive, you make pretty flower garden collages using old seed catalogues. Sam is getting good with a glue stick. That opens a door to a whole lot of new crafting time!

Hope you are all enjoying the weekend, so far! Wishing you much sunshine, thawing gardens, & puddles for splashing (and perhaps a nice long nap too)!

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Button-spiration: Spring Flowers Pt. 2

Button flower pots by Flamingo Toes

Here is another adorable spring button flower project to keep you busy until we can enjoy actual flowers in the yard. The full tutorial can be found on the V Spot blog, by special guest blogger Flamingo Toes.

These little potted fabric flowers are actually quite small, only about 4″ tall. You can pick up all sorts of sizes of clay pots at the craft store these days (and they’re usually very inexpensive). You can either paint the pots, or leave them as is, depending on the look you’re going for. You’ll need some stuffing and faux green moss to fill the pots. Next choose some fabric and burlap to make your flowers. Really, you can use any fabric flower tutorial to create the blossoms, it doesn’t necessarily have to be the style she used here. I would likely use some of my scrappy flowers that I use to make the floral hair combs & brooches. However you decide to make your fabric flowers, just pop a button into the centre of each to finish them off.

Pretty darn adorable project to decorate a fireplace mantel, small shelf or Easter dinner centerpiece. In fact, they’re so simple to make, you could put together one for each Easter dinner guest to take home with them. Attach a little name tag to the pot and you’ve got adorable seating place markers. Lots of ways to use these guys! Have fun creating!

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Four Fab Finds: Waiting on Spring

Yep, we’re still waiting for that elusive season called spring here in Calgary. Sitting in the living room last night and I heard a snow plow/gravel truck drive up and down our street. All I could do was groan. And looking out the window now, yep, it’s snowing again. Seriously. Here is some visual inspiration to help get through another wintery day:

1. Salmon pink leggings from Miki B Fashion
2. Aqua and gold flower beads from myCorabella (fellow Etsy Alberta teamie!)
3. Plush cat sleep mask by Julia Wine
4. Floral wood bangles by BeauMiracle Jewelry

Salmon pink leggings
1. Salmon pink leggings from Miki B Fashion

Milky Aqua Flower Beads
2. Aqua and gold flower beads from myCorabella

Sleep Mask Cat
3. Plush cat sleep mask by Julia Wine

Wood flower bangles
4. Floral wood bangles by BeauMiracle Jewelry

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Button-spiration: Spring Flowers Pt.1

The official arrival date of spring has come and gone. In Calgary, that typically means we get more snow (no joke). This year is not much different, except that it is unusually cold out still. By now, the temperature is a little more mild, but the last few days have felt like full-on winter again. Le sigh. I am feeling VERY done with the snow & cold this year. I’m longing for those days when we can spend hours outside playing & discovering with Sam. Soon, soon, I keep repeating to myself. Well, not soon enough!

As we wait for the snow to fully melt, the ground to thaw, and a tiny hint of green to poke through, I thought we could embrace some simple spring flower button projects. This one is the first in a series of ideas, all collected on my Button-spiration Pinterest board. This cute egg carton button art project is brought to you by Mod Podge Rocks. She cut up a paper egg carton to form the flower blossoms, then had her kids paint and decorate them. When the blossoms were dry, they glued a button into the center of each. A bundle of pipe cleaners were tied with a ribbon to create the flower stems. Everything was then glued into place on a canvas (which she had painted beforehand, although you can now purchase coloured canvases from the craft store, if you’re short on time).


Egg carton button flower art

Sammy and I are using this flower egg carton idea to decorate a spring wreath. Hubby made a large twisted twig wreath several years ago, which we hang on the front door at this time of year. It needs a bit of colour to offset the current dreariness these days, but I don’t want to permanently attach anything to the wreath. I like the idea of having a wreath we can decorate a few different ways. I’ll get Sammy to paint & decorate the egg carton blossoms, then poke two holes through the bottom of each blossom & attach some yarn, so we can just tie them onto the wreath. Once the yarn is through the holes, we can cover it up with a button in the center of each blossom. I’ll try to remember to a) take pictures as we finish working on this and b) find the time to post them.

Until then, have fun playing around with your egg carton flower art!

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