Friday 8 July 2011

Our Members’ Successes!

What is a network like ours all about?

Supporting our members and celebrating their successes!!

With that in mind, allow me to toot some horns :-)


Starting with…

Maureen Funk and Sarah Swanson

They’re both celebrating 2 year blog-a-versaries this month!

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Be sure to visit their wonderful blogs so that you can give them some blog-love!


Tracey Ayton of Keeping House and Everything Else


Two of Tracey’s photographs (below) have been published in the July/August/September 2011 issue of Somerset Life!!

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Tracey calls the absolutely beautiful photo above “Flower in a Teacup” and the photo on the left – appropriately – “Hangers”.

I’m curious Tracey… are these laundry and drycleaning shop hangers from your collection of vintage finds? I love them!! The photo itself speaks to me of symmetry & form, shadow & light.

Just the other day Tracey posted on our Facebook group page (members only) that she wants to participate in an out-door style Flea Market – maybe even organizing one herself – where she would share & sell some of her fabulous vintage items (and maybe some photographs?!).

Then Lily of Birch + Bird dropped into the conversation saying that she and her business & blog partner Rachel will be co-hosting an outdoor market on September 24th (a Saturday) with Bakerview EcoDairy (Abbotsford) called the Fieldstone Vintage Market. Maybe we’ll see Tracey there with Lily, Rachel and – I’m absolutely sure – many of our other Cdn.d&lbWEST members, both selling their wares & creations at booths AND browsing and buying lovely crafts, antiques and other fabulous items!!

Watch this blog for information!!

Speaking of FAB markets!!

Michelle Baldwin and Maureen Funk

Ivory Vintage

Michelle, Maureen and their partner Julie hosted the Ivory Vintage Market on June 25th… and, like their past events, it was a wonderful success!!

From what I heard, the place was packed all day. Even at the end of the day when I dropped by (which was minutes from closing-time) there were still many guests exploring the venders’ tables. Speaking of the venders… I ask a few how their day had been and they all said “Wonderful!” Yes, they said it with the exclamation mark after the word! LOL!!

Here are a couple photos I “stole” from the Ivory Vintage blog showing the morning line-up to get into the market, and the day’s vendors setting up for the crowds!!

Ivory Vintage Market 1Ivory Vintage Market 2

There were soooo many wonderful things to see and purchase! I bought a lovely pair of earrings from Maureen (Mo’ Funk Designs) and I can’t take them off ;-) 

If you missed this market day, be sure to attend the next Ivory Vintage Market!!

Congratulations Michelle, Maureen and Julie!!


Another terrific success…

Tara Jamieson from Lauren Lane Decor

Lauren Lane Decor

Picture3Today Tara was featured in the Calgary Real Estate Board’s online magazine CREB Real Estate News!!

Scroll through to page 11 where you’ll see this photo of beautiful Tara and you’ll read all about the successes she’s having with her growing furniture refinishing business!

This is wonderful for you Tara… and the exposure will be sure to generate more interest in Lauren Lane Decor!!


More fun news to share…

Cafe CartolinaFiona Richards from Cafe Cartolina

June was a great month for Fiona; Cafe Cartolina was the featured blog the the June 201 issue of the magazine Romantic Homes!



With a full page of beautiful photographs showing vintage items special to Fiona, you can understand when she tells me that she and her team at Cartolina were very excited!!


This is absolutely terrific for you Fiona… congrats!!






Last but absolutely not least…

Andrea Johnson of From My Living Room

with Tracey of Tracey Ayton Photography

We’ve just learned that fantastic rooms decorated by Andrea – and photographed by Tracey – will be featured in the September issue of BC Home magazine!! Such wonderful news!! Like Tara, this exposure will be a boon to your design business Andrea. And Tracey… we’re going to be seeing more of your photos in all the great magazines. Fabulous for you both!!

Here are a couple beautiful and serene living rooms that Andrea decorated. We’ll have to wait to see which spaces are featured in the magazine though ;-)



To see more rooms that Andrea has designed, be sure to check out her website: Andrea Johnson Design

I’m looking forward to picking up my copy of BC Home when it comes out later this summer… we’re all so excited for you Andrea and Tracey!!

We have absolutely wonderful members!


If you’re a member of the Canadian Design & Lifestyle Bloggers WEST network and you have a success you’d like us to highlight (i.e., jump up & down & somersault about, toot horns really really loud, shout out to the world, etc.!), be sure to let us know!


If you’re a design or lifestyle blogger in Western Canada and you’d like to become a member of our network, get in touch!!

w/ Nancy, Karla and Barbara
cdn.d&lbWEST Organizers

Monday 4 July 2011

Bloggers Helping Bloggers!

We really DO have a terrific group of Bloggers in our network!!

Case in point: after our last yummy Cdn.d&lbWEST meet-up on July 11th, it was clear to Darryl Bueckert of the blogs Darryl Bueckert and – with his wife Jodi at the helm – Simply Inspired Home that he had a skill that he could share with some of our Network’s members… photography!

As you all know, great photos really are a necessity when blogging! Photos of our projects, our loves, our inspirations; they’re what keep our readers coming back over and over again. That and our wonderful creativity and writing skills of course!! ;-)  So many of us (ME!) rely on the automatic settings of our point-and-shoot cameras to do the job and we’re more often-then-not disappointed with the results.

In steps Darryl

Darryl and Jodi volunteered to host a gathering where he’d share the fundamentals of photography… ISO and f-stop’s and aperture and more! How fantastic is THAT?!

Cdn.d&lbWEST members Rosa, Meesh, Rachel and Lily were the students who benefited from Darryl’s experience and generosity.

Be sure to check out these posts to hear/read all about it!

Darryl & Jody: Simply Inspired HomePhotography for Bloggers: Photos 101

Rosa: FlutterFlutterPhotography 101

Meesh: I Dream of ChairsEnter the Dimension of Imagination

Rachel & Lily: Birch + BirchSummer Roadtrips… With Kids!

Thanks Darryl & Jodi!!

w/ Nancy, Karla and Barbara
cdn.d&lbWEST Organizers