30.9.11

Finding a Style

I have to admit, I feel lost lately when it comes to dressing myself.  I think that this working at home business has officially crushed my personal style.

This Fall, I'm looking to revamp my "look". Maybe not revamp it, but rather work with it and actually give myself a bit of a "pick me up".  What a perfect time to do it as the season changes.

My issues usually lie in accessorizing.  I have absolutely no talent in this area.  If anyone is a pro at this, PLEASE help me out!!  The only jewelry I wear on a daily basis are my engagement rings (yes, ringS. I actually found one I wear for my wedding ring but couldn't wait to wear it so now it just pairs with my engagement ring).  I've always had this weird thought that jewelry just doesn't suit me and makes me feel too fancy. The only real accessory I am comfortable with is a good old hair accessory.

So where do I start? I've started collecting some fashion inspirations, such as these:


I chose these looks because they are simple enough and still work with my casual lifestyle. I have no interest in wearing pretty dresses and things every day, and to think about doing that is just so unrealistic for me. I am a person of comfort, and I plan to stay that way while finding my place in this crazy world of fashion!

So my question to you is... Do you have a personal style? How did you find your personal style and make it work for YOU? Also, if anyone has any accessorizing tips, do share!

xox Dana
By Dana Fox Updated at: 8:00 AM

29.9.11

Fall!!!

The crunchy leaves are a'comin' everyone!  I love autumn strolls through our forest.  The sun shining, the squirrels making funny noises at each other... the wind!  It's so nice to have a cool breeze after a hot summer.

It was also nice to find out yesterday that our property actually goes back farther than we had thought.  This means that we actually own a piece of the forest. How cool is that?!  My very own trees!  The Town is coming by this week to plant a few more. When we moved here, they had removed a bunch so they could get into the trails and build a bridge... which apparently I may also technically own!  So they'll be filling the void back in which will be a relief because I'm not sure I can handle another year of the community using our lawn as a right of way to the trails.

It's so nice out today. It's warm, and sunny. Perfect baggy tee and boots weather...


The boots are from Blowfish and I pretty much live in them. They called Hamura and are the comfiest things because they are lined with a faux shearling... definite must have if you live up here. There's nothing I hate worse than cold toes!

This Shine necklace (worn as a bracelet here) is pretty special. You can get them over at Ashley's website The Shine Project and $1 of each sale goes towards The Shine Project Fund. There are tons of different styles and options so be sure to check these babies out for yourself!

Top: Free People, Jeans: 7 For All Mankind Roxanne in Dear Coco, Scarf: Urban Outfitters
Boots: Blowfish, Necklace: The Shine Project
By Dana Fox Updated at: 8:16 AM

28.9.11

Mermaid Eyes?! 6 Step Makeup Tutorial!

I decided to dig into my makeup tutorial vaults again and share with you this incredibly easy way to get one of my top five favourite looks!  I named this look "Mermaid Eyes" because the colours and vibrancy just remind me of the ocean in the summertime!  Who wouldn't want to feel like a mermaid?!


This is a super quick photo instructional. It's even quicker than my last 8 step makeup tutorial!  You can use similar colours to achieve the same look :)  In my example, I started out with an orange shade, but went over it with pink. This is because I wanted more of a coral tone instead of straight up orange!  Here we go...


Wasn't that simple?  Now go try it!

Products used:
  • Rock & Republic eyeshadow in Love Rocks (a dark pink)
  • Rock & Republic eyeshadow in Veil (ivory)
  • MAC eyeshadow in Waternymph (Turquoise - it’s super vibrant and limited edition, but you should be able to find something similar)
  • Faces Cosmetics eyeshadow # 196 (a shimmery vibrant orange)
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I also wanted to mention that I completed a brand new blog design for Jamie over at Awesomely Awkward last night!  Check it out!!! If you're interested in finding out more about my design services, head on over to my design services page.



     xo Dana
    By Dana Fox Updated at: 10:07 AM

    27.9.11

    if i went back to high school

    Call me crazy, but I didn't exactly enjoy high school.  I thought a lot of it was such a waste of time and all I wanted to do was get out and into the real world.  I always thought there was something bigger waiting for me and nobody else seemed to understand that.

    My first year there was alright. I found my "crowd" and we had the best of times.  I had boyfriends and best friends. Over the remaining years however, we fell apart as lots of teens do.  Some for good reasons, and others just because.  I still to this day couldn't tell you exactly why. One thing I do know though, is that those people weren't meant to be a part of my future.

    I went through periods of wishing for my old friends to get back together and wondered why we had let things come between us in the first place.  I went through other periods of not wanting to even try to befriend anyone else because I just wanted to get out of there.  I struggled through the last year in the friend department. I had one best friend and we had none of the same schedules or lunches.  I would be lost come lunch time and I had even worked my schedule out so that I had shorter days... having classes start at 10am and leaving by 1pm some days.  I had started a new life outside of high school and none of the people at my school seemed interested in the same things.  I was really into going to concerts, stalking bands, and hanging out with my friends from different school, and even different countries. It was THEM I yearned for, not these "lame high school kids".

    back when film was the norm and i refused to wear my hair down

    In high school, I was not a "nerd" or anything. People generally liked me and I had tons of acquaintances, just not a lot of super close friends.   I just didn't put myself out there.  I was this little skater chick who went through a brief experimental phase with the raver scene... you know, colourful necklaces, weird freakin' pants, etc.  It was normal back then.

    I was shy with boys. I would never raise my hand in class. I wouldn't stand up to a teacher. I didn't join any teams. Basically I just didn't care enough to. My adventurous life began after I was done school.

    I think about these things now, and the person I've become.  I am nothing like I was back in high school.  I can't even believe the person I was.  I love that though. I love knowing that people I went to high school with wouldn't recognize me if they knew me today.  I love knowing that I have evolved in some way.

    I feel sad for some of the people I graduated with. They are exactly the same. Same group of friends, same boyfriend/girlfriend, same general demeanor and attitude. I wonder if these people have evolved at all.


    If I were to go back to high school, knowing what I know now, it would be a completely different place.  I would be confident. I'd try harder to make friends.  I'd realize that teachers really don't have all the power.  I'd know how dumb it is to be shy around a silly boy.

    I would know how to truly be me.
    By Dana Fox Updated at: 9:31 AM

    26.9.11

    I couldn't think of anything interesting to call this post

    I hope you all had a lovely weekend!  Despite the weather saying it was supposed to rain continuously, we managed to have dry afternoons which enabled us to get our Fall yard work done!  Not too exciting, I know. 

    I wanted to thank you all for your sweet comments on my post the other day.  I didn't have a chance to hop on here and say that until now, but your advice and compassion was so awesome and made me feel a whole lot better :)

    My Heartsy deal is officially over, and I have to say that was quite the rush!  I loved the whole experience.  I nearly sold out of vouchers which was pretty awesome. There were only 15 or so left when the sale ended.  The actual sale day was non-stop busy.  I woke up to a whole bunch of orders, and they continued throughout the day.  I sold out of a lot of my stuff, and surprisingly the camera straps were the biggest seller. I love how this deal gave me so much new exposure and boosted my sales greatly in just one day!  I really don't think there is any other way to do that other than to participate in a Heartsy feature.  I officially hit my 100 sales mark :)

    If you're thinking about participating in a Heartsy feature, I have some tips.
    • Make sure you have the day available to basically sit down and process orders the entire time. I don't know what I would have done if I had an actual job to attend to on top of this.
    • Process orders as they come in.  I was sending off invoices for people who had voucher overages and packaging up the paid orders consistently.
    • Stay organized.  I started my own little method for each order. I would invoice, make a note to myself in the "private note" section of the receipt page saying that I invoiced that person for $x.xx. When they paid, I would check off the "Paid" button right away. If they didn't owe a balance, I hit Paid also. After I packaged it up, and put the shipping label on, I hit "Shipped".  Heartsy also gives you your own seller backend where you can mark items as "shipped" as well, so I did that to make sure I was on top of everything!
    • Message sellers to know they still have some voucher money left if they didn't use it all up.  I sent a little note to these people letting them know that when they make their next order, I will refund their remaining voucher amount via Paypal.
    There's some advice from a first time Heartsy seller ;).  Also, if you're a buyer who has submitted an order that has a remaining balance to pay, p l e a s e make sure you make your payment within 24 hours. I think one of my biggest pet peeves is people who commit to buy something and then take forever to pay or don't pay at all. Not only does it mess up the shipping schedule, but it is rude to other buyers who may have wanted to purchase that item but couldn't because it was snagged by a non-payer.  This happens way too often on Ebay too... but I won't get into that now!  Etsy really needs to come up with a way to integrate with Heartsy so we don't have to do the whole invoicing shin dig.

    Anyways, I decided to knock off a couple more photos for the photo challenge today too! I am pretty much way behind but oh well!

    Day 7: Something New


    My central vac!  I am obsessed with it! I've never had a vacuum clean so well. Just one swipe and EVERYTHING (including the mass amounts of cat hair stuck in the carpet) goes away!! My carpets look brand spankin' new!

    I'm skipping Day 8: Technology because I couldn't think of anything interesting besides dorky computer photos haha.

    Day 9: Faceless Self Portrait



    I couldn't decide which one.  I have to admit though, I'm kind of in love with these new scrappy patchwork pillows I started making. The first one was supposed to be for the shop, but I loved it so much I kept it, and then made some more to sell!

    Have you ever made or bought something for someone else and decided to keep it for yourself!?
    xo Dana
    By Dana Fox Updated at: 9:43 AM

    17.9.11

    weekend wrap up, and a childhood memory.

    Guess what friends??!  My momma is amazing and surprised us with a brand new central vacuum today!  If you remember my absolute dissatisfaction with my other vacuum, you would understand how freaking excited I am! She is the bestest!  I cannot wait to try it out and burn the other one!

    We spent the day together being crafty and rearranging my furniture. My mom is the best at that... she is the furniture rearranging queen!  It's a talent I'm sure.  We then spent some time at the dollar store looking for sticky labels we could print on. I could probably spend hours in the dollar store. It's so huge and has everything...Everything except sticky printable labels :(

    When we got home we started working on a couple of crafty projects for an event her work is having. One of the features of the event is this little "candy bar", where the guests grab themselves a cute little gable top box filled with candy.  We made 100 fancy little custom cut labels for each box that read "a sweet treat", and then crafted this big bunting banner for the display:


    It reads "Candy Bar" and was fun to make, with the help of my little Cricut Expression.  I adore that machine and wish it existed when I was still in school. I would have had the best project displays ever!!

    I love crafting with my mom. We used to make things together all the time when I was a wee one.  I'm just glad she carries the same artistic gene as me :)

    Speaking of which, she also brought over my old portfolio, and in it sat this ancient sketchbook that I forgot even existed.  It was covered in mod-podged disney clippings and the front was totally stuck to the inside of my portfolio. I had to pry it off and ruin my super classy cover job. 

    I used to draw Disney characters daily when I was about 11-12 years old. I was obsessed. I'm also taking this opportunity to use the following pics for #6 of the photo challenge, Childhood Memory. These sketches are dated 1996...


    Day 6: Childhood Memory



    I LOVED anything Disney and had big dreams to be a Disney animator one day.  I was able to draw most characters from memory, which actually surprises me because if I were to attempt that now, I would have no idea where to start.

    Isn't it funny how we forget things that used to come so easily?

    What is something you used to do as a kid that you lost your skill for?

    xox Dana
    By Dana Fox Updated at: 9:07 PM

    16.9.11

    On a design kick...

    HELLO WONDERFUL PEOPLE!
    I've been on a bit of a design kick the past couple of days.  First, I created a bunch of digital art prints for my shop! Take a look at some below:




    The ice cream one is a digital version of the painting I did a little while ago.  You can now purchase these in my shop!  I'm itching to make some more, and would love to hear your favourite quotes! I just might make some into digital prints!

    Last night I also launched a blog layout I created for Jenny over at Heavenly Blossoms! Check it out and join her site, she's a lovely person!!


    I love creating blog layouts! If you're interested in having me design your blog, check out my design services page :)

    Other than that, I've been a busy bee getting my shop ready for Heartsy! In case you missed my announcement, Wonder Forest will be on Heartsy on September 22nd!  There will be a bunch of new items released. If you haven't joined Heartsy yet, do it!!

    Which print above is your favourite?  What is one of your favourite quotes?

    xox Dana

    p.s. I still have TWO giveaways going! First, win 100 AIR MILES reward miles by visiting THIS post. Second, win a whole bunch of lovely goodies from some of my sponsors!!! Hair accessories, jewelry and more!!! click click!!
    By Dana Fox Updated at: 9:24 AM

    14.9.11

    how i found my castle

    You've probably heard me talk about my house before... whether it be a photo tour, decorating adventures, or just me rambling on about how much I love this place.  I really do love my home, and a lot of it has to do with the fact that I waited so long to get it.

    A couple of years ago, I lived in a one bedroom condo in Toronto.  When D moved in, there just wasn't enough room for both of us and all our pets. A lot of things frustrated me about the city, and I found myself hating it and yearning to pack up my things and get out.

    I still can't believe all of my stuff fit in that place...

    I started house hunting the easy way... online through realtor websites.  I had no idea where I wanted to live, all I knew is that I did not want to live in a busy city ever again.  I'm a country girl, born and raised, so it was time to get back to my roots.

    I searched for a while for something that spoke to me. Honestly, it just wasn't happening.  All of these homes I was looking at had already been lived in, had memories created in them, and didn't fit me.

    It wasn't until I started looking into new home developments that I really became serious about the whole house hunting ordeal.  A brand new home, that allowed ME to choose the layout, yard, finishes.... Everything!?!?  It was a dream come true!

    Once I had that idea set in my mind, I began scoping out areas that were creating new developments.  I have to admit here, I solely chose my location because I loved the style of the homes (being by the beach didn't hurt either though!).  They were the type of homes I would dream about living in when I was a little one. Yes, I actually did this. I would make my parents take me for walks to the new developments and wander through the half-built houses imagining what it would be like to live there. I always had a thing for big grey stone houses with turrets, like a mini-castle!  I just never thought that I would be able to actually own that very dream.

    The first time I visited the development, I knew this was the place. They were in Phase 3 of the builds, which meant that there had already been two phases completed and people had been living in homes there for a couple of years.  The lots they had available were all large but I just KNEW that I needed one of the "premium" lots that backed onto the lovely forest I post so much about.  Obviously this lot was more expensive than the others, but when have I ever been one to settle for something that wasn't my top choice? Pretty much never.

    Our new home... isn't it lovely?

    There were a bunch of different models to choose from.  I pondered over all of the floor plans and styles for weeks until I decided on the model I liked best. However, in true Dana fashion I wanted to add my own flair to it. I wanted the entire front of it to be done in grey stone (in comes the childhood fantasy...), and I wanted a different front entrance and porch put on it.  The builders said this was all possible so I was ecstatic!  I signed on the dotted line and paid the deposit.

    Buying a new home first meant that I needed to sell my condo (I knew I had purchased it for a reason ;)!) and get a new mortgage.   Getting a new mortgage was a pain in the butt for a couple of reasons.  The first was because my new place was going to cost double the amount of my condo, which meant I had to apply for a pretty large mortgage.  I crossed my fingers that it would be given to me! Then there was the fact that I was self employed. I absolutely hate dealing with banks, being a self employed person. They make you take ten extra steps just to prove your income and it is a hassle. At one point, it didn't look like I was going to even get the mortgage because of it.  I didn't know what I was going to do. The new place already had the deposit down and after all of that searching for the right home, I just couldn't even think about having to do it over again. Thankfully my mortgage man pulled through and I was set. By the way, in case you're wondering... D doesn't own this house, it's all mine, which is probably why it took a while to get the mortgage because I was going at it solo without a co-signer.

    I had a wonderful realtor who was really into making promotional content, like full colour brochures, micro websites all about my condo, and stuff like that. Right up my alley!  Selling the condo was a huge annoyance because I worked from home.  That meant that when people were coming and going for showings, I would have to grab my dog and leave the place at random times.  I remember sitting in the lobby for hours once just waiting for the showings to be through. Luckily, that only lasted a week because my condo sold! Yippee!


    My new home wasn't going to be ready until March 2010, so this was one of the stipulations of my condo sale contract.  The new buyers would have to wait a little while to move in, which gave me some time to get all of my stuff together and sorted out.  We agreed on letting them move into the place in February, so D and I actually had to move twice.  We lived at my mom's for a month before we moved into the new place.

    Seeing the house being built was so much fun!  I remember driving up to this place and seeing a hole filled with concrete.  I remember being SO antsy and feeling like it was taking forever to complete!  But when that day came... Oh my gosh, was I excited!


    Moving day was my mother's birthday, and I felt so bad because I didn't want her to spend the day helping us move!  I was also mysteriously ill the entire week of the move and was pretty much only able to give 50% of my effort the day we unloaded the boxes.

    While we lived here, the builders still had work to finish. When you purchase a home in a new development, you'd better expect that the job isn't 100% done the day you move in. It never is.  For about 6 months after the move, we still had people doing stuff to our house... from painting exterior doors, to doing seasonal ground work. We STILL have no grass on one side of our house. Can you believe that?  I guess it's a small price to pay to get the home of your dreams.

    Living here has been awesome.  I love the neighborhood, our neighbors, the town.  It really does feel like home.  After all of the waiting, it was totally worth it.



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    xo Dana
    By Dana Fox Updated at: 11:46 AM

    12.9.11

    DIY Rustic Pallet Coffee Table

    When I started the project I'm about to share with you, I had no idea what I was doing or how it would turn out.  Luckily, I am thrilled with the results:


    This rustic looking coffee table was made with just two pallets.  There had been a bunch of pallets stashed next door as they had just finished hauling new building materials in on them.  I walked by them for a couple of days, with ideas stirring around in my head.

    Last weekend I convinced Dustin to help me craft a table with them. I pretended to know what I was talking about when I explained my idea to him... but let's be honest, I was totally making it up on the spot.


    (^ haha).  He willingly started to help me, which kind of surprised me because he usually thinks my ideas are ridiculous.  So, we started out with two pallets. I knew that I wanted to stack them to make a little magazine shelf and I wanted the gaps in the boards closed up. So first things first, we had to tear those babies apart.

    Step 1: Obtain Pallets
    Step 2: Remove boards from the top.

    D hammered the boards off from the opposite side.  We had a nice collection of rusty nails afterwards. 


    While he was doing that, I was giving them a light sanding.  Once all of the boards were off, we had to put them back on, only this time they would be side by side.

    Step 3: Place boards back on frame, side by side.


    Since the boards were now side by side the width was smaller, so we just cut the remaining frame off of one side, which worked well because the size we ended up with was much better.  Then we screwed the boards back in, using the existing nail holes.

    Step 4: Cut off excess frame
    Step 5: Screw boards down

    We did this to both pallets. (Remember, we are using two so just do the exact same thing for both.)

    This is where D started to doubt me and wanted to give up on the whole project. He said it was looking horrible and "wasn't cute". *gasp* how dare he!  After a lot of arguing about what exactly "rustic" is, he agreed to finish helping me. 

    Next came the legs. I just used the scraps of wood we had chopped off from the frame and cut them to size. My legs were about 8.5" tall.  Then they were simply screwed into the bottom pallet.


    Step 6: Cut legs to size and screw into bottom pallet

    Then came more sanding. Being that these are pallets, they are super rough and need lots of sanding.  I used an electric sander for this part. Once they were nicely sanded, I stained them! The hardest part of this project was getting the stain right.  I originally tried using an ebony shade and it just turned out super black.  Then, I tried a reddish cherry stain (I wanted it to match my existing furniture) and again, it turned out super black.  I opted for a lighter red oak shade and it seemed to do the trick.  Just remember that if you're making one of these, the wood is untreated and soaks up the stain, so go a few shades lighter than what you really want.


    Step 6: Sand and Stain
    Step 7: Varnish

    After the stain was dry, I covered it with a clear varnish. Once it was all pretty looking, all we had to do was put it together. We brought it into the house first (because this thing is HEAVY and it was easier to take it in 2 pieces).  Then we just set the bottom half down, and placed the other pallet on top of it. You can screw it down but we left it for fear of having to move it again in the future.

    Step 8: Put top pallet onto bottom pallet and you're done!

    I am so happy with how it turned out. I love how it's not perfect and has a bit of rustic charm.  It also perfectly fills the large space we made it for, and the stain matches our existing furniture! D also instantly changed his mind about my "ridiculous idea" once he saw it in the room. I told him he needs to learn to trust my furniture choices ;)


    My favourite part is the little "B" detailing on the wood... and of course the magazine shelf!


    What do you think of our table project??  The best part? It was completely free!!!!

    *Note: If you have purchased this table off of a seller named Old Bits of Wood or oldbitsofwood on Etsy, you have been scammed. He had been selling my table and using these photos in his listings for over a year. After contacting Etsy's legal department they have all been removed. This table is NOT sold anywhere as it is a FREE d.i.y. project. Using this project concept for profit is strongly prohibited, and the design and all photos belong to myself, © 2011*
    By Dana Fox Updated at: 8:15 AM

    9.9.11

    Photo Challenge in 3 Parts

    I was attempting to complete more of the photo challenge today to knock a couple more off the list. I was going to take a nice 'Clouds' photo, however once I stepped outside I noticed there wasn't a cloud in the sky!  This is also a pretty lazy attempt at a 'what I wore' photo, considering I really put absolutely no effort into what I was wearing today.  It's Friday, and I work from home, and I'm allowed to dress like a tomboy sometimes...!

    Day 2: What I Wore
    Poison 3/4 sleeve shirt with 7 For All Mankind Soho Rocker jeans.

    Day 4: Favourite Colour
    Turquoise. 

    Day 5: Someone I Love
    Dustin <3


    By Dana Fox Updated at: 4:38 PM

    My Free Crappy Portrait

    I was writing a different post when I received something amazing in my inbox. I had to stop what I was writing and begin this new post just because of the awesomeness that just occurred.

    Have you heard of FreeCrappyPortraits.com?  You send in a photo of yourself/someone else and a descriptive paragraph and the crappy artists draw you a crappy portrait.

    I am laughing so hard right now because of the portrait they sent me... first, here is what I sent for a description:

    Dustin is a 6’4” American who is obsessed with horror movies and thinks he can rap. He’s been growing his hair and believes he actually looks like Jesus. He writes a dirty, offensive blog and comes off as a jerk, but has a soft spot for kittens, which he proudly wears on his t-shirts.

    Dana is Dustin’s fiancĂ©e and a Canadian crafty artist type who loves to make up her own hip dance moves. She makes plush unicorns and has a secret passion to become an extreme couponer. She is obsessed with designer denim and M&Ms, and laughs at all of her own jokes. Together, they have 3 cats and a little white dog named Bear.

    Here is the incredible piece of artwork I received:


    How amazing is this!?! Totally hanging it on my wall.

    xox Dana
    By Dana Fox Updated at: 2:31 PM

    7.9.11

    could you do it?

    When my lovely friend Jenni posted that she was participating in this 30 day photo challenge, I just had to jump on board too! I've been looking for one of these to take part in, so I will do my best to stay on top of it ;)

    I may just post a few photos in one post though, depending on how far behind I get haha.


    Here we go for Day 1! I actually took this a few days ago... does that count? Give me some slack, I'm just getting started ;)

    Self Portrait


    I always find that I can't ever take a decent picture if someone else is the one snapping the camera. I'm not sure why, but when I'm alone with the lens I'm just comfortable. Put a person behind it and my face does all kinds of weird things.

    As I'm typing this, I keep glancing up at my self portrait. I'm pretty critical of myself sometimes. I see things in the photo that I would change and other things that make me self conscious. I wonder if other people see me the way I see myself.  Whether good or bad. I got to thinking the other night... how strange would it be to not see yourself for a long period of time, and then finally get a glance?  Would you think of yourself differently? Would you still see all of those things that you had become familiar with or would you start to see yourself in a different way?

    I started throwing the idea around about doing an experiment.  What if I didn't look at myself in the mirror for a week? It be obviously be extremely hard to do, but could I do it? I'm quite tempted. Anyone care to join me in a little experiment?  Do you think YOU could do it?

    xo Dana
    By Dana Fox Updated at: 8:44 AM

    6.9.11

    i love my home.

    There are some people who just don't understand decorating. It kills me to walk into someone's house and see bare walls and plain furniture. Your home should at least convey some sort of feeling, or be a hint of your personality.

    I feel like I'm the polar opposite of these people. I love finding something for my home and knowing exactly where its place will be. I love painting walls, and I am not afraid of colour!  My home is a special place to me because of every ounce of time and detail I've put into it to make it that way.  Welcome to my little photo tour... take your shoes off, stay a while!



    I just had to include that last pic because it's probably one of my favourite features in my house... part of my huge premium denim collection inside my closet. Am I crazy? Probably...

    D and I started working on a new table creation this weekend. I will post about it when it's complete. Right now we're taking a break because D thinks I am insane for wanting this thing in my house. Boys *sigh* they just don't understand decor.

    p.s. how cute is Bear holding onto his toy while he's sleeping? I almost squealed when I found him like that.

    What is your favourite feature of your home?
    xo Dana

    By Dana Fox Updated at: 8:03 AM
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