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Vancouver Island Bead and Jewellery Show

The Vancouver Island Bead and Jewellery Show (VIBJS) is one-of-a-kind on Vancouver Island. It is a bead & jewellery show dedicated to jewellery making and finely crafted artisan jewellery, with an emphasis on fashion trends. It is a retail and semi- wholesale show with exhibitors from Ontario, Alberta & of course, beautiful B.C. If you love beads and jewelry making you will be amazed at the lessons that are available. You have everything from glass bead-making, working with copper, bronze, silver, seed beading and even clay beads! Check out the fantastic classes here What “inspired” Cheryl Bevan Gellor, owner of Serenity Pearls, a pearl importer, supplier and jeweller. to start the Vancouver Island Bead and Jewellery Show? …

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3 Easy Backyard Style Ideas to Spice Up Your Patio For Fall!

All weather patio furniture in Victoria BC

Our amazing summer in Victoria BC is coming to an end, and if you’re anything like me, you’re not quite ready to pack up your patio furniture, accessories & remove all of your plants & flowers. Unlike my friends in Calgary (who have already experienced snow this September!) – there will still be many days over the next few months when we can enjoy our outdoor spaces here in Victoria…

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What I Learned From My Father

What I learned from my Father

He was the love of my life – My Dapper Dad I was ten years old and and felt blessed. Life was simple, fun and I felt loved. I was living a “Sleeping Beauty” kind of a life, believing the prince, my dad would always be there to love and protect me. It was an early Spring morning when my day began. An absolute awesome, bright, sunny, day with not a cloud in the sky. I headed out to school with my lunch box over my shoulder, jacks & marbles in my pocket, and my best buddies by my side. How could anything go wrong? Suddenly without warning, clouds turned to rain, rain turned to sunshine …

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Reflections on Mother’s Day 2014

Carell-Ayne Whalen and Family

She wasn’t Mother Teresa, she was my Mother! I am the daughter of a nun, well not exactly… she was an ex-nun. However, when she couldn’t align her views of marriage & children with the church, she was ex-communicated. Her life made a three hundred & sixty degree turn, with my dad, sister and myself. She never once shared her experience. I was blessed to have her in my life for fourteen short, wonderful years.   Then one day, out of nowhere a horrific, life changing event  knocked at our door. To say the least, my sister & I were changed forever. My special mother developed cancer. We thought she had it licked, however, even …

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How Fashion Trends are Influencing Home Décor

Simply Staged To Sell - Spring Home Decor Refresh 2014 Color Palette

How Fashion Trends Translate Into Home Trends – Spring 2014 Whenever I think of Spring, my mind flashes back to my fashion “daze” as a high fashion personal shopper for Holt Renfrew. I’m always aware of styles, colours and fashion trends and how they influence home décor. Sometimes, it feels to me that fashion and home décor are colliding. That isn’t a bad thing, in fact, it wasn’t long ago that there was a 5 to 6 year gap from runway fashion to furniture styles. In today’s fast-paced social media world, styles & trends are evolving as we speak. All the creative minds sharing, connecting and influencing one another, online. We don’t have to wait for fashion …

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Get Rid of Clutter & Organize your Life for 2014

Get rid of clutter and organize your life for 2014

Do you live with clutter, or do you collect???   Ah, the New Year 2014, a time when we express our gratitude for all our gifts & challenges of the previous year. I have been one of those people who accumulates possessions until all their living space is used up.  I ask myself, all the time… “Am I a clutterer or a collector??” A huge clutching anxiety comes over me as I try to get rid of clutter. I still need that great jacket with the football shoulder pads, hoping they will come back in style. Sometimes a naughty thrill comes through as I toss out pictures & love letters from old boyfriends. Again I …

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Do I Really Have to Remove all the Family Photos & Religious Icons?

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Home stagers need to have tact and sensitivity when it comes to asking the seller to pack up all of their beloved family photos and religious icons. It can be emotionally challenging for some sellers and we must be encouraging and also empathic to help them do their prepack. My tag line for years has been: Remember the way you live in your home is not the way you sell your house. Your house of course is now a ‘product’ and it needs to be merchandised to be attractive to your potential buyer. Home owner is so proud of her family and is very religious. All good for living but not for selling. The best …

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