From the Heart…

   The mister and I were on a little holiday for the past few days.  No, neither tropical nor exotic.  We were on Vancouver Island visiting family and honing the art of living leisurely.  It was a lovely break from routine, and now that we are home, I am playing catch up with my many loyal readers and blogging friends.  I have been on the receiving end of so very many kind and thoughtful comments.  I deeply appreciate every one of them, just as I deeply appreciate every one of you. Thank you! Thank you for following A Colourful Canvas. Please click on title to read complete post. Have a wonderful day!

A Pretty Post…

        {My DYT Type One Style     Coat D Studio, thrifted     Pants  Tommy Hilfiger, thrifted Shirt  thrifted     Purse  Croft & Barrows, thrifted    Scarf thrifted      Shoes  New New,  (ironic, huh)  thrifted   Bracelets  Either made by me or thrifted} Spring!  Happy Monday and Happy Earth Day my friends.  A fitting day to wear an outfit entirely thrifted.  Wahoo!  Today I have the pleasure of being featured on the lovely Pippa’s blog, Shop with Pippa. Please click here to find out the answers to the following questions:  What is the item in my wardrobe that is least likely to be thrifted?, and What is my favourite thrifted spring purchase? I’m keeping this short and sweet today, but is this not the prettiest street ever? Linking with: Pippa of Shop With Pippa…

Once Upon A Time…

Last weekend, the mister and I joined some friends in Storybrooke, Maine.  Once Upon A Time fans know what I’m talking about.  Storybrooke is a fictional seaside town in Maine and the central location for at least part of the TV series created by Lost writers Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz.  The show jumps back and forth between present day Storybrooke, and Fairytale Land.  As you may have guessed, this fantasy-drama is filmed here in Vancouver, and I am about to dispel a little of the magic.  Okay, not really…but I am sharing a few pics of buildings you may recognize.  The TV show is filmed in the real life seaside town of Steveston, a fishing village in the city of Richmond.  Richmond borders Vancouver and is home to the Vancouver International Airport.  Though Steveston…

Our Little Secret…

            {My DYT Type One Style     Denim Jacket   Fame, thrifted    Pleated Skirt  Separate Scene, thrifted  and last seen here White Shirt  no label, thrifted      Red Leather Handbag  Batycki, thrifted Red Shoes  Kenneth Cole Reaction, Winners      Hat and Belt  also thrifted} Happy Monday Morning my friends!  I hope everyone had a lovely weekend.  I have a secret to share, one for your ears only.  I told a lie this past week.  Lately, while in various department and grocery stores, I have been approached by neatly dressed individuals carrying clipboards.  In an effort to avoid them, I often find myself furtively back peddling down another aisle only to run directly into their partner in crime.  Their mission?  To sign me up for a store credit…

DIY: Plastic Bag Origami…

Today, my little DIY is a storage solution for plastic bags.  Now, before I jump into the tutorial, I want to say that I do indeed attempt to take my re-usable cloth shopping bags with me whenever I go shopping. But, and I hope I’m not alone here, there are times when I’m out and unexpectedly find myself making a purchase and I do not have my eco bags at hand.  Over the years I’ve ended up with a lot of bags that I reuse for cat litter collection.  Our city bylaws require that we double bag used cat litter so I still find myself using plastic bags for this purpose.  I was feeling a little overrun with bags recently, and discovered this nifty method of folding bags into tidy little packages.   Just…

April Showers and Turquoise Powers…

{My DYT Type One Style   Turquoise Raincoat  Jessica, thrifted    Blue Navy Skirt, Olive & Oak, via Winners, and last seen here Winter White Knit Top  Jones New York, Signature via Winners  Shiny Gold Shoes and Clutch, thrifted and last seen here Pretty Turquoise and Gold Scarf  thrifted} Hi everyone!  Happy Monday.  It was a soggy week here in Vancouver.  I live in a rain forest minus the forest.  Despite all the rain, we managed to snap these outfit photos with nary a raindrop.  And to put a positive spin on things, April showers will bring May flowers.The highlight of my weekend was seeing the musical production of Billy Elliott.   It was an endearing show, and the young talent was really to be commended.  The mister and I went to an afternoon matinee, and…

Out Like A Lamb…

{My DYT Type One Style  Jacket  Ann Taylor, thrifted and seen here   Shirt  American Eagle Outfitters, thrfted and seen here      Jeans   DG2 by Diane Gilman, thrifted and seen here  Shoes  Aldo, similar here} Good morning all!  I hope everyone had a good weekend.  Here in Vancouver, we were blessed with sunshine and warm temperatures.  I was actually taken a bit by surprise, as I have not yet switched out my winter wardrobe with my other season wardrobe.  What that means is the down filled jackets and winter boots get put away, and the sandals, capris, and sundresses come out to play.  We lunched al fresco twice, soaking up the sunshine and everyone’s happy demeanor as we sat at sidewalk cafes.  As hoped, the spring weather has brought with it a renewed optimism.  A big thank…

DIY: Spring Door Decor…

Today, I have a little DIY for you.  It is a colourful bouquet of tulips to adorn your front door.  I always like to have a little something on my front door.  Not only does it cheer me up when I arrive home, but it is good feng shui to have a welcoming entry.  This is a good time to sweep away any cobwebs and old leaves that have accumulated over winter, wipe down the door and frame, polish the hardware, and shake out the door mat.  Is your porch light in working order?  Are there bits in your mailbox?  We want everything fresh and ready for your handiwork.  One last little word about feng shui and your front entry.  If you do not use your front door on a regular basis…perhaps you enter…

Orange Crush…

DYT Type One, Dressing Your Truth, Type 1

{MY DYT Type One Style   Jacket  Joe Fresh, thrifted  similar here   Sequin Skirt   Joe Fresh, bought on clearance  lace skirt here Striped Cotton Top  Joe Fresh, bought on clearance  similar here Scarf, Sparkly Shoes, and Purse  thrifted} Hello, and good Monday morning!  I’m going to jump right in today and ask how many of you have down-sized your home, but have yet to down-size your lifestyle?  I myself am in a bit of a quandary right now, it seems.  The rambling two level, four bedroom home with formal living and dining room is long gone.  Well, the house is still there, and has been renovated beyond our wildest dreams.  Okay, that’s not true either.  When we sold our home, we passed on architectural drawings depicting a New England style face lift and an addition over…

Spring…

I feel that spring is just over the hill.  Do you have spring in your world yet? Linking up with: Sarah of A Cat-Like Curiosity for Super Handmade Sundays Thank you for following A Colourful Canvas. Please click on title to visit and comment!