It’s Saturday morning and I should be at zumba. I’m not because my zumba class is canceled, forever. This makes me sad but gives me the opportunity to work on my blog and listen to one of my all time favourite podcasts, The JV Club. Not as physically stimulating at zumba, but an equally productive way to spend a Saturday morning.
In April I started (and completed) a painting of my brother and I kayaking on the Caribbean Sea. Inspired by my mom’s photo (above) I pulled out my paints and captured this moment of sibling love. This may be one of the best things I’ve created – I’m so happy with this painting!
This handmade card from my dear friend Deanne makes me equally happy. I may have mentioned, more than once, how much I loved my trip to the Dominican and how I loved my time by the ocean. I can only presume this sweet card was created after sharing my travels with Deanne . This is one of the prettiest handmade cards I have received (sorry mom). Such a nice surprise!
I am definitely feeling the love. And missing the ocean.
p.s. – Deanne, the timing of your card couldn’t have been better. Thanks so much friend.
On a wall of my childhood bedroom is a framed description of the meaning and origin of my name. This description states, “a fondness for the ocean will emerge”. For this particular Brianna, this is an understatement. I love water, especially the warm, emerald waters of the Caribbean Sea. In high school I was a lifeguard. In a past life, I must have been a mermaid.
This February my wonderful parents took my brother and I on a family vacation to the Dominican Republic. It was amazing, my favourite part was spending time near, in, or on the ocean. I’ve been missing sunshine and turquoise waves, constantly daydreaming about warm waters and warmer beaches.
My mom took some fantastic photos of my brother and I kayaking along the coast. These photos are the inspiration of an ocean hued painting I started working on last weekend.
Inspired by my mom’s photos and Pantone’s 2010 Colour of the Year I decided to pull out my brushes and attempt to capture the waves of the Caribbean Sea on canvas.
I’m not sure what the final product will look like – but I’m excited to turn idle daydreaming into something creative. I started out using an old credit card to spread paint around an old canvas (top images) and layered blues and greens on top of my original painting (bottom images). I’m not sure if I’ll try to replicate my mom’s photos or do something more abstract. Either way – it is nice to be painting again.
May your Christmas be Merry and your New Year be Bright!
Enjoy celebrating the holidays with this delicious mulled wine recipe
from Style Me Pretty.
4 cups apple cider
1 bottle cabernet sauvignon
1 tbs honey
3 cinnamon sticks, and 1 to garnish each glass
1 orange, juiced
4 whole cloves
2 oranges, sliced thinly, for garnish
In a large saucepan, mix the cider, wine, honey, orange juice, cinnamon sticks, & cloves. Bring to a boil, then turn the heat down to simmer for 10 minutes. Scoop out the cloves & cinnamon sticks. Pour into glasses garnished with cinnamon sticks and and orange slices.
Happy Holidays from The BB Creative!
Thanks for reading!
And thank you to Elysse Ford Photography for the lovely family Christmas card.
I love photos. The photos I have saved on my computer, printed in my albums, and displayed on my walls are so so precious to me.
I lived in Vancouver for seven years after high school and missed a lot of family milestones. For my mom’s fiftieth birthday this year I wanted to do something special for my family. I organize a photo shoot with my talented friend Elysse Ford to celebrate this momentous occasion. There is nothing more valuable than quality family photos (with a family I love very much).
My Dad and brother were a little grumbley about the photo shoot. I get it, in general guys don’t like to get dressed up and have their photo taken. After a couple of photos everyone relaxed and we had so much fun! Admittedly, I have a pretty great (and photogenic!) family, but I don’t think anyone was expecting to have such a carefree and enjoyable afternoon. Elysse captured some great, candid moments.
We wandered around our family farm taking photos with our iconic red barn and various “junk piles”. The random collection of old vehicles, farm equipment, and buildings in our yard is pretty incredible – and makes for an impressive, Saskatchewan backdrop!
It was a really special day. The photos are such a treasurer. I’m so happy I could do this for my family.
Thank you Elysse for the beautiful photos, albums, cards and canvases! They are perfect.
Make sure to visit Elysse’s website, blog, and facebook page.
ps – Happy Belated Birthday Mom. You are looking pretty darn good for being 50! Love you!
Last year I shared all of Vanessa and Jason’s lovely wedding details on my blog. I was completely delighted that Vanessa asked me to be her maid of honour and play such a special role in this momentous day. I was equally ecstatic about helping Vanessa plan her dream wedding and documenting all the fabulous details on The BB Creative.
I am proud to share that Vanessa and Jason have been happily married for one year – Congratulations! I can’t believe your wedding day was only one short year ago.
This week I received a surprise gift in the mail from the happy couple. Vanessa made me a super sweet iphoto album full of beautiful memories. Thank you so much Vanessa! The photo album is perfect.
Here are some photos from my super sweet album!
These photos with Vanessa’s old station wagon are my favourite! So fun and playful.
Here are more photos from Nicole Gerhardt Photography. Vanessa you were an incredibly gorgeous bride. Happy Anniversary!
More from Vanessa and Jason’s magical day: Nicole Gerhardt Photography. Eclectic & Lovely DIY Wedding Projects. Wedding Stationary & Design. Birds, Spring, Love. The Invites are Here! Primary Colours (Vanessa’s wedding colours). Lino Cutting. WANT – Handmade Weddings.
I read this quote on sweetsugarbean this afternoon and think it is quite appropriate for this occasion: “That was a memorable day to me, for it made great changes in me. But it is the same with any life. Imagine one selected day struck out of it and think how different its course would have been. Pause, you who read this, and think for a long moment of the long chain of iron or gold, of thorns or flowers, that would never have bound you, but for the formation of the first link on that memorable day.”
– Charles Dickens, Great Expectations
Love really is sweet. XO
For the Victoria Day long weekend in Saskatchewan I took a bit of a technology fast (I spent very limited time on my phone and computer) and visited with friends and family. It was so incredibly lovely and relaxing. Here are some highlights from my three-day Saskatchewan staycation.
Sun bathing and cloud watching.
DIY polkadot pedicures.
Watching my family be way more productive than me (and not feeling guilty about it).
A photo of my mom taking photos of…
A baby robin!
Finding family treasures. I found this beautiful vintage purse on my grandparents’ farm. It used to belong to my Mémère. Now it’s mine!
Hope you had a lovely and relaxing weekend as well.
Last week I introduced you to handsome Henry, my new apartment. What I failed to mention is that Henry is located in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, not Vancouver, British Columbia.
After living in the metropolis of Vancouver for nearly seven years I decided to move back to sunny Saskatchewan, my home province. This was a huge decision. A decision that took me over four months to commit to. I created a great life for myself in Vancouver and made some incredible friends. Vancouver is where I grew up; it is where I studied university, started my career, discovered the DIY/handmade culture that I love, and ultimately found what it is in life that makes me happy. But Saskatchewan was calling me home and I couldn’t resist its big skies and big opportunities. Now I’m living in Canada’s sunniest city and it is great. Bring on the sunshine!
My wonderful parents drove to Vancouver to help me move. Driving from Vancouver to Saskatoon is a pretty epic trip, especially in the middle of winter. We drove through the mountains, badlands, and prairies. Driving through the mountains was challenging. I haven’t seen that much snow since I was a child. The snow and the mountains were gorgeous. Canada amazes me; I always forget how breathtaking and diverse the landscape is.
Here are some photos we took during the big move.
Thank goodness all of my belongings fit in my parents truck!
A quick lunch and some sightseeing with my parents in Banff, Alberta.
I’m starting the next exciting chapter of my life in Saskatoon. I feel a bit like I’m starting over. I’m not from Saskatoon and don’t know many people here. I do think that this is the best move for me and that I will love it here. Saskatoon is a happening city!
Looking forward to sharing more about life in the City of Bridges with you!