Fun Mail! My New Blanky

I'm pretty sure I have raved on and on about how much I love getting fun mail and yesterday was a goodie. I arrived home to a huuuuge box that was light as a feather and, what do you know, it had my name on it! Score.

I opened it up to find this absolutely beautiful quilt made by my good friend, Karlene. Isn't it gorgeous? It's definitely adult sized and perfect for snuggling up on the couch. I absolutely love the Joel Dewberry fabrics and the colour palette is super inspiring for future babe's room.

I have amazing friends. Amazing, talented friends. Thank you so much, Karlene. Love ya!


Not only did I get that yesterday, but my bestie gifted me this cute little Dwell Studio sleep sack. These girls sure know my love of great fabric.


I have the sweetest friends.

Though, for the record, I'd still love ya to bits even if you didn't give me awesome presents ;)


Long Weekend Eats: Beignets!

This relaxing long weekend included a dinner/movie date with some girlfriends (Bridesmaids! - hilarious) followed by an incredible dinner at The Marc. Appetizers were yummy, dinner was delish, but once they uttered the word beignets for dessert, I was sold!

Although they were nothing like the beignets we had in New Orleans, they were most definitely delicious. I'd describe them as a combo of those beignets and Tim Horton's timbits - with granulated sugar instead of powder. I've said it before, I'm pretty positive you can't screw up deep-fried dough covered in sugar. Yuuurm.

I was too busy eating up all the deliciousness to capture any other parts of the meal, but my friend, Dajana (always with camera in hand) pretty much had that covered. Perhaps we'll see more deliciousness on her blog soon. In the meantime, if you're in Edmonton go eat at The Marc - you won't be disappointed.

This is my second post about beignets, I think I might just have to round out with a third... maybe try and make some myself?? We'll see :)


Southwest Edmonton Farmers' Market

Thank you all so much for your sweet comments on our big news this week. You guys are the best :) So, now that I'm busy making a human, I am doing my best to eat healthy which is why I am thrilled a new farmers' market opened up right in my neighbourhood!

The Southwest Edmonton Farmers' Market made its big debut (red ribbon and all) last night in the Lillian Osborne High School parking lot. After battling some cuckoo traffic, I was lured in by the mouth watering smell of kettle corn and Fat Franks hot dogs. Mmmm, totally falls into the healthy category, right? It was a great turnout and had a good variety of local farmers, bakeries, artists and businesses.


You could tell everyone was equally excited as I am about more local options in the community. Not living in the "core" of the city it's is a major luxury having something like this right down the street! The market will run Wednesday evenings from 5:30 - 8:00pm and I am looking forward to many an evening stopping by on my way home from work! Even if it's just for kettle corn ; )


oh baby!

You know how sometimes there is just no energy left at the end of the day to be creative, write and well, blog.  Life just gets in the way sometimes and this has definitely been the case with me lately.  But the good news is that when I say life I mean a certain teeny, tiny little life...


Yep, I'm pregnant! Mike and I are expecting a little bebe at the end of October!  Words cannot express how happy we are and how much I love this little munchkin already.


So this explains why things have been a bit quiet around just bella lately.  Baby making is hard work. Seriously, I don't think I've ever been more exhausted in my entire life.  But it's so, so worth it.  Every single sleepy second.  I am starting to feel better, less nauseous and definitely have more energy. I hope to be around more to say hello!

I am soo excited and can't wait to see what (and who) this year will bring!

Love and hugs,
Christine, Mike and the bebe!

Pink Sugar Love

I can't believe I'm just getting around to blogging this today.  The amazing Pink Sugar Photography hosted a blog contest for a free session and guess what, I actually won!
Cue jumping up and down happy dance, woot woot!

Andrea photographed our wedding 3 years ago along with an engagement session and 2 family sessions before that. Can you tell the family loves her work? I just wanted to send some love and a big virtual hug to Andrea. She is so talented and a really sweet girl to boot. We can't wait for our session coming up in the fall!

Thank you, thank you, thank you!

all images above by pink sugar photography

Check out her blog here and her adorable daily photo blog documenting her little girl, lila was here.
I tell you, this girl has skills :)

Happy Friday the 13th!


New Knobs

Remember those pretty antique knobs I blogged about here?  Well, they are finally in place and looking pretty good.  Definitely an easy and cheap way to spice up some bedside tables I've had since college.


What do you think?


BHLDN Wedding Decor

Do you ever wish you could get married over and over again? It's websites like this that sure make me want to.  Beautiful images below from the BHLDN, now offering decor items along with their gorgeous, gorgeous attire:

all images from BHLDN

So pretty and definitely not just for weddings.  Love.