Awesome Signage

For years i’ve seen this sign located near West Broadway & Fir street, it’s probably the best karate school sign i’ve seen…ever! And to think, the thing is super old, but it still does an amazing job at catching your eye on the street. And just a little something extra to set the mood:

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Feather Headbands

Finally after many weeks of procrastination, I got around to making myself a cute feather headband. I simply refused to purchase one from the many places around town that are selling them for $20-$45. All it really takes is a little trip to a dollar store or a fish tackle supply store for the feathers and another trip to a thrift store or in my case, my mom’s old 80’s jewellry for some embellishment. And lastly find yourself some inexpensive headbands from accessory stores or even a dollar store. Then with a little creativity it all comes together. Now that […]

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Forget Me Knot

Last week I discovered the works from Kiel Mead, when I got this ring I had no idea who the designer was, so I did a little google searching and was surprised to find out that Kiel Mead is a male designer! Who would of thought that a guy could design such a cute piece of jewelry! I’m now thinking about getting the matching necklace, but maybe the ring is just enough. Only down side to the design is that you can’t wear it too often, because it hooks onto everything. It’s definately just a special occasion piece.

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Childhood Toys

I’ve recently been forced to sort through a bunch of my childhood items that were in storage at my parents place, now that they’re moving, it was time to downsize and get rid of a lot of toys I had been storing away. This post is not about the toys I’ve given away, but it’s about the one’s i’ve decided to keep, because they were a big part of my childhood and i’m still attached to them….even at the age of twenty-six…. Meet Pound Puppy, Pooh Bear and Glo Worm. What’s your childhood toy or item? A bear? A blanket? […]

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Brunch

A few weeks ago my brother and I took my dad out for brunch for his birthday. We went to a hidden gem in the hills in West Vancouver. This epic location has amazing views of the entire city. (although the extremely hot weather has created quite the haze, so it wasn’t that clear, but it was still beautiful) Wondering where we went? http://fraicherestaurant.ca Brunch was delicious, service was wonderful. I had 2 turkey sausages, scrambled eggs, toast (from a local bakery), and baby potatoes that were covered in herbs and sea salt, dressed with some grilled tomato and asparagus […]

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River Bird

This past weekend we went out to a local river to enjoy some relief from the hot weather, in the cold fresh water. We sat on some rocks, dipping our feet in the water and along came a little friend. This really cute bird was diving under the water (didn’t manage to catch that on film) and catching fish and eating algae. He kept us company the whole time we were there. Does anyone have any idea what kind of bird he is? Click the link below to check out my video River Bird from visualheart on Vimeo.

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Bella-Bijou Jewellery Giveaway!

A fellow blogger and old friend of mine is having an amazing give-away! And you could WIN! Here’s what you could win: Matching Labradorite Drop Earrings and Labradorite Budding Necklace. The earrings sit approx 1/2 inch from piercing, and the necklace is 3/4 inch diameter, and hangs on a 16 inch sterling ball chain. This prize is a $60+ value! How do you enter you ask ? Here are the rules : To enter this contest you must either blog, twitter, or change you facebook status to  mention “Bella-Bijou Jewellery is having a giveaway!” with a link to THEIR blog […]

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Ikea Catalog Circa 1965

Just as the 2010 IKEA catalog comes out, I came across a few photos of a catalog from 1965. It’s funny, the layout and fonts still manage to  give off that “ikea” feeling. I think the images really speak for themselves and honestly I wish they still made some of the pieces that are shown in these pages.

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Yarn Bombing

Remember when you were younger, watching your granparents, aunts and others, knitting and crocheting various items. Well it seems the art of crocheting and knitting is back. I’m really loving these designs by KTBdesigns on Etsy. They’re too adorable for words. See below. As for knitting, i’ve spotted some city buses covered up in it and then did a google search and discovered the term for this is called “knit bombing” or “yarn bombing.”  This means that people knit large amounts in various colours and then place it on a random object as public art. It makes quite an impact!

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Recipe Adventure: Mediterranean Style Turkey Burgers

By Nicole & Andrew BBQ season is in full force and if you’re not a fan of buns with your burgers, this recipe is perfect. Ingredients: 1-2 packages of lean ground turkey breast 1 mango 1-2 tomatoes garlic your favorite cheese green beans 2-3 yams small handful of bread crumbs 1 egg salt, pepper, spices to taste Directions: Put lean ground turkey into large bowl. In a sauce pan, saute together chopped onion, chopped tomato and finely chopped garlic. Pour sauteed mixture into ground turkey, add handful of flour, 1-2 eggs (depending on how many packages of meat you used). […]

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Recipe Adventure: Two Bean Burrito with Salsa

By Nicole & Andrew This is one of my favorite recipes, mostly because it’s so simple and so delicious and easy to have for lunch the next day too. Ingredients: 1 can Kidney Beans 1 can Black Beans 1-2 fresh tomatoes 1 onion 1 mango 1 cup blueberries 1 jalapeno pepper 1-2 avocados 1 package of whole grain flax seed wraps 1 bunch fresh cilantro your favorite cheese salt, pepper, spices (to taste) Directions: Rinse both cans of beans thoroughly, strain well. In large sauce pan, sauté half the onion (diced finely) and tomato (diced finely) together, then add beans, […]

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Summer Storm

Last night was one of the most surreal nights ever. There was a crazy thunderstorm right along with the most beautiful sunset and then we had fireworks (which I didn’t get to go watch, it was too rainy for me). But! I did manage to find some timelapse footage on youtube from the entire day. I wish there was more lightning footage, it was all around the whole city and lasted for hours.

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