Saturday, April 14

Not sure if it was just a Canadian thing, but who didn't watch Mr. Dressup as a kid? I was so jealous of his trunk full of dress-up clothes! We used to dress up in my mom's old highschool clothes which were mostly sewn by my Grandma (and were awesome), but that's it. :) If I could fit them, I'd give you all a show! Lol. 
Anyway, like I mentioned at Christmas time, the kids got a bunch of different dress-up stuff for the trunk in the Living Room, and this is probably only about half of it, but I finally gathered a bunch of random pictures together to show off the capes their awesome Aunt Jennie made them! Loving Van's Optimus Prime/Superman combo below. 
She usually sews them something each Christmas (not that I expect it Jennie!! I can't believe the time it all takes!!) :) And this year she ASKED me if she could make them capes? I was so happy! They have their initials on one side, and then either a Batman symbol or Superman symbol on the other.  I guess even Batman has bad days too. :)
And she made matching little masks for each one...the ones Boston's gracefully wearing in the first picture. :) Everything else we got on clearance after Halloween and I pick up random things too when I see them cheap. 
The fireman's costume was the only thing I paid full price for at Costco, but it just looks so authentic it was worth it. :) Van is such a sharer (like his dad)...he loves to play with Baker and dressed him up like this one day and then asked me to take a picture of them. He also had the great idea for Baker to "ride" the little truck like he's a fireman. 5 year-olds are fun. 
Of course, it's impossible to get one of them to wear the Batman mask, cape AND shirt all at the same time! Lol. 
Baker is so funny in his cape...will wear it all day if I don't take it off eventually. 
I've said it before and I'll say it again...I LOVE toys that the kids love to play with, and that also look cute in pictures! :) Win/win for everyone. Speaking of pictures, yes, my baby is here. My Mark III came yesterday, and so far it seems to be everything it's been billed to be! I haven't gotten any pictures on my computer yet, but soon enough. I promise to share more what I think about it then! And also, I should mention most of these pictures were taken with my sister's Nikon which is for sale! It's the perfect entry-level camera...and when it comes to the Nikon/Canon battle, I seriously think they both win. :) Especially if you are just starting out! She'll be posting some prices on her blog soon, but I know it's on Kijiji right now too. You won't regret it! And it's always great to buy used from someone you can trust. :)

Friday, April 6

My Office



Here's the rest of my office...the last of the room tours! I've managed to pack quite a bit of little stuff in my small office to keep it functional. There's a few more pictures of this shelf here where I talked about making the cupboard inserts. The big lightbulb above is 100 years old...so awesome. The smaller upside down lightbulb I actually got for my birthday in Young Womens. Lol. So awesome, right? Our theme this year is "Arise and Shine Forth" so one of the counsellors found these at Hobby Lobby and had them mail her some...I love dedication to a cute cause!! I think I may have to put in an order myself. :)
I also submitted the hack to the ikeahackers.net website that's so fun to check out and was accepted, so that was fun! You can find that post here.  And surprisingly enough, no international controversy ensued after being featured on a blog, so that's always a plus. :) 
Love this close up of an antique Canon video camera. It's so amazing to think how the heck did that stuff actually work??
Can't remember where I first saw the clipboards idea, but it definitely wasn't mine! They were $1 each from the dollar store, and I am so in love with them. Such an easy, cheap and cute way to keep stuffing things up there that make me happy...
Got this chalkboard heart from Urban Outfitters and love it too. Below is a shot of what we first painted our basement when we moved in, and then about a year ago we painted the whole thing cream to match the living room on the main floor and it was the best thing we ever did to this house!! Especially made such a difference in my office since I'm not privileged enough to have a window. :) My office in the (hopefully) next house all ready has three windows and I'm thinking of punching in a fourth...ha ha. So I can watch the kids play while working no matter where they are in the backyard...sounds dreamy to me. 
Sorry for the lack of wide-angle shots of the master bedroom and office. Boy do I miss Canon! I can't use my wide-angle lens on my sister's Nikon. :) The funny thing is, I sold my camera to my very next door neighbor, and we're friends, so it would be so simple to go borrow it for the pictures, but remember, I'm a hermit. In better news, my 5D Mark III shipped yesterday!! More exciting than Christmas. I also just joined Instagram...I think it's going to be fun! I'm @pamelacolleen if anyone wants to follow along. :) Yes, that's my first and middle name. Isn't it just a gem? (Sarcastic font). I actually like how all the older names are coming back into style...at least it might have some affect on the appeal of my own name which I've never been too fond of! Lol.