Fête Carnival 2018

It's the time of year again!  Pumping out a little more time and energy into making our Carnival Fundraiser a success.  This year we donated photobooth as well as built the clown game, the latter which was as popular as I had hoped it would be!  Tonnes of games, BBQ and Coffee, Book Sale, Silent Auction, Cake Walk, and running around on a gorgeous sunny evening with all your friends.  I miss and loved these school events as a kid, running around high on candy and winning handfuls of little prizes, totally some of my favourite memories.

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Project Bloom 2015

It's hard to believe it's been a whole year since Project Bloom 2013!  This year I was in charge of hosting the Photobooth.  The backdrop was a collaboration between Our Little Flower Company and myself which turned out absolutely perfect!  

Emily Hastie of Collect & Cultivate, Rebekah Logan of Clark's Audio Visual and Khara Robertson of Showkraft Events

Emily Hastie of Collect & Cultivate, Rebekah Logan of Clark's Audio Visual and Khara Robertson of Showkraft Events

Lisa Robinson, Advancement Officer at KPU flanked by our two lovely hostesses

Lisa Robinson, Advancement Officer at KPU flanked by our two lovely hostesses

Rob Lowe of Stir Coffee

Rob Lowe of Stir Coffee

Sonia MacNair of Turtlenina

Sonia MacNair of Turtlenina

Erin & Kerstyn of Our Little Flower Company

Erin & Kerstyn of Our Little Flower Company

A very well-behaved Little Malcolm joined me and the 150+ guests in the festivities.  Laughter, tears and delicious food were enjoyed by all!

 

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xo


 

The Dente Princes

Better late than never, I invited Maria and her family out to Centennial to fulfill my end of the bargain from last year's head shaving: mini session for anyone who donated $200+ for the Change Your Hair Change Your Life Fundraiser.  Had a riot with these three naughty but very handsome scoundrels.

Marcellus, Alessandro and Little Ilario below.

I can't believe it's been yet another year since last year's end of summer light: so beautiful, milky and full of lively colour.

 

Thank you once again to the Dentes for their generous donation that helped make last year's fundraiser such a success.

 

xo

 


 


Celebrating International Women's Day at Project Bloom

Happy International Women's Day!

Harris Barn at  Kirland House

Harris Barn at Kirland House

Project Bloom started here in Delta in 2009, set in motion by two local ladies, Kathie Madden and Chrissie Bowker.  In celebration of International Women's Day, they wanted to host an event that would help other business-women in the area to network and find support within their community.  Their first Project Bloom was a success!  In addition to building connections, a sense of camaraderie and, ultimately, friendships between like-minded women, the swell of positive energy helped evolve Project Bloom into a Fundraising Event!  The proceeds go towards local issues and necessities, this year's recipient being The Delta Hospital Foundation.

Yesterday's Project Bloom took place at Harris Barn in Ladner.  I have driven passed the beautifully restored barn on a weekly basis since its completion last May, always imagining the warmth and openness of its interior.  3 Days ago, one of my dearest friends, Emily, texted me, asking if I could get a sitter to join her at Project Bloom on the Friday.  I had just finished reading the article in the paper earlier that day and I was in!  My mom took the kids overnight on Thursday, leaving me free to enjoy this amazing event for the entire day!  This was our very first CHILD-FREE date together and what better way to spend it than being surrounded by other amazing business women, listening to the inspiring stories of successful ladies, and enjoying uninterrupted coffee, tea, wine, and lunch!

This year's guest speakers were corporate entertainer and impersonator Tracey Bell and 23 year old singer Ali Milner.  Both ladies were interviewed by Keri Adams, journalist and co-anchor from CTV News Vancouver. 

Now that you have a little background on this fantastic event, please enjoy some of the highlights of the 6th Annual Project Bloom!

Harris Barn

Harris Barn

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The one and only Rob Lowe and his two assistants from  Stir Coffee House  in Ladner, hosting the tea and coffee bar.

The one and only Rob Lowe and his two assistants from Stir Coffee House in Ladner, hosting the tea and coffee bar.

Harris Barn.  Interior from Second Floor.

Harris Barn.  Interior from Second Floor.

Photobooth by Greystone Rentals

Photobooth by Greystone Rentals

Vintage Barrels and Door Tabletops from Greystone Rentals

Vintage Barrels and Door Tabletops from Greystone Rentals

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Teas from Stir Coffee House

Teas from Stir Coffee House

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Keri Adams and first guest speaker  Tracey Bell .  Decor by  Greenscape Design & Decor .  Furniture custom upholstered for Project Bloom by  Turtlenina .

Keri Adams and first guest speaker Tracey Bell.  Decor by Greenscape Design & Decor.  Furniture custom upholstered for Project Bloom by Turtlenina.

Table Linens and Napkins by  Turtlenina

Table Linens and Napkins by Turtlenina

Orchids from  Flowers Beautiful

Orchids from Flowers Beautiful

Catering courtesy of  Coast Hotel

Catering courtesy of Coast Hotel

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Emily of Greystone Rentals and Sarah Kelloway from the  South Delta Leader

Emily of Greystone Rentals and Sarah Kelloway from the South Delta Leader

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Gathering for interview and singing with Ali Milner.

Gathering for interview and singing with Ali Milner.

Ali Milner .  Singer/Songwriter.

Ali Milner.  Singer/Songwriter.

Natasha Frankowski of  Greenscape  Design & Decor

Natasha Frankowski of Greenscape  Design & Decor

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Bloom.  Thank you to all the amazing people that helped to make this day happen.  One of the things I will be taking away is the importance of women supporting one another and working together rather than being each other's worst enemies as we often have the potential to be.  This truly inspirational event could not have been a continued success otherwise!  I am looking forward to the relationships that will have come from this event and can hardly wait to attend next year's Project Bloom!  

Cheers and good luck to all in 2014.

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To my dearest gal, Emily, thank you so much for inviting me to be a part of this amazing day.  I can safely say I made a good choice when I picked up your husband, Mike, at the park and gave him my number for playdates.  Who would have known that we would become the friends we are today!  You have been a source of kindness, support, and delicious food and I look forward to being part of your growth and and future success!  Thank you for everything.

 

xo

 


 

15 Minutes: Charlene & Karl

Doo doo doo, plugging along!  Just received the remaining orders of postcards from the first weekend of Holiday Sessions which means tomorrow is a PACKAGING DAY.  We had to reschedule one family on the Sunday due to a flu so I had a small pocket of time available between families.  My cousin Charlene from my mom's side of the family was another one of the few people that donated $200 to the Change Your Hair Change Your Life Fundraiser which landed her a 15 Minute session with The Pauhaus.

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SO appropriate that we got her in on these BLUE backed sessions since her favourite colour is blue and has been blue for as long as I have known her.  AND, it's her birthday party tomorrow which has been themed THE BLUE PARTY!  Nothing better than having some new photos to flaunt on ya berthdayyyy!!!

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Her partner Karl joined the fun and after getting her to laugh during a few portraits, he was brought into the picture for some quick couples shots! 

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I LOVE THIS PHOTO. 

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Two Outtakes.  
Left: "Do you like my new sweater?"
I asked Karl to hold up his sweater just to see how it would contrast against the backdrop

Right: "Whatever shall we have for dinner tonight?"
Charlene's contact fell out mid pose turning this shot into a much more artsy image

Thanks to both of you for making the treck all the way out to T-Town from your fast-paced city life!   And of course, a huge thank you to Char for supporting me and my family through the years.  Thank you for coming out to the fundraiser.   I truly appreciated the effort and kindness of every single person that was able to be there for such an important day.    

See you guys tomorrow night!

XO