Mother’s Day Family Love

IMG_4746g It was Mother’s Day this past weekend… hope all of you amazing mothers out there had the absolute best day! YOU deserve it. A mother’s work is never done. Ever. It’s only right they created 1 special day to appreciate and adore mothers. 

IMG_4739gbb2And of course I was completely appreciated and adored by my kids. I know they do everyday but it’s nice to feel that extra-ness on Mother’s Day. Nicholas (my favourite son). Luckily he’s my only son (a running family joke with my kids.) gave me this beautiful pink orchid. I’ve never had an orchid before and have always wanted one. They’re such an elegant dainty flower.  And a fragile scary one.  I was all like, “Ohmigod it’s so beautiful! I hope I don’t kill it. I’ll try my very, very best to keep it alive! But just in case we should really take a pic of it.”

Not too good with the plants.
I love them, but they’re just so tricky ya know? Not too much water, not enough water, more water, full sunlight, shade preferred! It’s confusing. Luckily Nicholas gave me the low down on all of the florist’s care instructions.
Let’s see how this goes.  

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This adorable little number of a card is from Natasha (my Rose & Lea sidekick, the most beautiful and my favourite daughter. Okay. Only daughter) 
She made it for me. Like how beautiful is that? I love it so much. After she gave it to me she later told me that she was going to just have the colorful pieces of paper on the card but then decided at the last minute to add the pretty polka dot flower on it too. She said it was because, and I quote, “You love that kinda shit.” She knows me too well. I do adore that polka dot flower, was a good call adding it on her part. I love that kinda shit.
The sweetest thing about the card was what she wrote on the inside…
Thanks Mom, I turned out awesome.
Happy Mother’s Day! 
Love you so much!’

I certainly can’t argue with that!
Yes, I think that was supposed to be a compliment to me in a weird sort of self praise to herself kinda way. I’ll take it. I do think she’s pretty awesome, and I am responsible for the creation of her soooo I’m happy with that.

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Nicholas was taking pics of us outside on our way to my parents for Mother’s Day dinner. Natasha’s showing me some real Mother’s Day lovin‘.  I’m saying to Nicholas, ‘Take the picture already.’ ha!

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This is a painting I made specially for my mom for Mother’s Day. It’s from a series of paintings called ‘Faithfully‘  (named after one of my favourite Journey songs) that I’m currently working on for our Etsy Shop. She got the very first one.
The series has to do with love and music. Romance.
Coming to our Rose & Lea Etsy Shop soon! 

IMG_4821g2ggThese delicious lemon cupcakes were da bomb! OMG. Natasha baked them for us on Mother’s Day and used a recipe from The Cupcake Diaries.

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My darling niece kinda loved them alot. What a sweetheart.  
Should note here…my 3 year old nephew refused to be happy for any photo op today. Pffft. Boys.
Not to worry, we’re gonna get him in a good shot next time when he’s not even lookin’!  

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I just wanted to eat her up she’s too sweet! Or at least get a bite of her cupcake! Come onnnn! 

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L’il fingers and cupcakes. So cute. 
Natasha and I are telling her ‘No! Don’t eat it yet. Just hold it so we can take some pics of it! Hold it a little lower, no higher. K stay still.’ 
All she’s thinking is, can I eat it now Auntie & Natasha? … How about now? …Now???

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Ohhh those ‘Gangsta Gals’ .

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This amazing pot full of gorgeous flowers is from my parents. For me for Mother’s Day. They get my sister and I a big flower arrangement every year on Mother’s Day since we became mothers. A couple of weeks ago my mom says to me, “Do you want dad to pick up one of those arrangements from the same florist as last year for your Mother’s Day gift?” to which I replied, “You guys don’t have to get me anything for Mother’s Day.” I say the same thing to her every year. I tell her I appreciate it but they really shouldn’t. “Besides” I continue, “I’m not your’s and Dad’s mother!”  Then she says the sweetest thing, “Dad likes to get his 2 daughter’s a gift for Mother’s Day because you’re the mothers of his beautiful grandchildren.”  So Sweet. Sigh.

Unfortunately I wasn’t able to get pics of all of my family members. It’s a real feat to accomplish that task.
Christmas holidays are the best bet of snagging a pic of everyone!  
The thing is they just aren’t into it. ‘Put that camera away! You better not be taking any pics of me! My picture better not show up on your blog!’
So my goal this summer at our family get togethers is to get me some photos of everyone! 

We’d love to hear how you celebrate Mom’s Day

Laura & Natasha xo 
(written by: Laura)

Glass Suncatchers

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After my little mishap on our previous DIY project, (my cracked Flower Power plate), I was excited to do another project to get over the extreme sadness I was dealing with… Alright, a tad overboard and dramatic, I’ll admit. 😉 I’m alright now.

Natasha and I spent another Sunday afternoon at the studio with my sister and her 2 young children and we all made glass sun catchers. We think they turned out so cute and they are now hanging in our living room window, shining all kinds of pretty colours into our place.

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Laura at the Studio

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My suncatcher is the one with the purple, (obvs. Purple is my fave colour).

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And here’s Natasha’s suncatcher! Lots of bright colours and orange, (her fave colour).

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We’re already brainstorming new project ideas for our next DIY… stay tuned! 🙂

Laura xo

Summer 2013 Snapshots

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Mission Hill Winery in Kelowna, BC

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Lake Okanagan – Kelowna, BC

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Natasha

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Knox Mountain Park, Kelowna, BC

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Laura dining at Mission Hill Winery

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Natasha at Mission Hill Winery

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Taking the mandatory ‘mirror-selfie’ shot in the hotel room!

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At Keloha Music Festival in Kelowna! – Saturday, July 6, 2013

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Shad at Keloha!
His equipment broke down during his set so he ended up doing an impromptu freestyle rap performance which was crazy. Max (the lead singer from Arkells), was watching and joined him onstage for a impromptu performance of Ms. Jackson by Outkast.

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Fields of Green live at Keloha.
My favorite band at Keloha! I’ve been a big fan for awhile and was so excited to see them. – Natasha

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Atlas Genius live at Keloha.

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The Boom Booms live in Port Moody..
We LOVE The Boom Booms!

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Natasha & Zeusie wearing matching Birthday Glasses. 🙂

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Natasha at Mission Hill Winery

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Natasha Flower Shopping

Juice Jar Flower Arrangement

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 I love, love, love fresh flowers and I try to get as creative as possible when making my arrangements.

It’s fun to think outside of the box and use things in different ways when flower arranging. I like to use things around the house as flower vases… like old vintage bottles I’ve collected over the years, tea pots, old pretty drinking glasses and jars. It adds an interesting twist to the overall look of the arrangement which I find so beautiful.

We used this glass juice jar that looks very vintage-inspired as a flower vase. We saw it at a garage sale for $2 and immediately we both thought we could use it as a flower vase. We stopped at a local market and picked out some fresh flowers for $10. 
We decided to mix red roses along with some purplish/pink daisies because sometimes red roses alone seem so formal and serious. Adding a splash of purple adds some fun… and it’s my favourite colour!

Flowers make us happy!

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