Thursday 30 August 2012

Summer Sisters (with Me and My Friends: The Book of Us)

Oh summer... parting is such sweet sorrow!

It’s almost time to say goodbye to still-light nights, eating popsicles and riding bikes. Pool parties, BBQs, and the odd too-hot-to-bear crafternoon indoors, I will miss you dearly during the glum winter days ahead. But most of all, I will miss my summer friends, those special people who come around when the sun is shining and make each school-free day extra fun!

My cousin Carolyne is my favourite summer friend. There is almost no one that I’ve known longer; we’ve been friends since birth (hers, of course, since by that time I was already a mature six months). We’ve done it all; playing in laundry baskets, staging stairwell productions of The Sound of Music, and indulging our embarrassing love of a certain dance movie franchise. But then she had to go and move away for school. So now our friend-fest is summer only… Sigh!

Before we said goodbye for yet another school year, she and I had a little fun with Me and My Friends! We gabbed and giggled about food, friends, and being carefree for one more week, as we filled out pop quizzes, compatibility tests, and more to commemorate our awesome friendship. So now, on those days when her absence is particularly stinging, I can look up all the reasons that she’s totally worth the wait!


Friday 17 August 2012

Fall Fashion Fancy (with My Style Studio)

The weather seems to have teamed up with those dreaded commercials to bring the spirit of fall to these lazy, hazy, last days of summer. So I give in; I’m tired of fighting! Instead, I’m embracing the finer points of this time of transition… namely, back-to-school clothes!

I whipped up a crop of fall fashions to combat the chill with My Style Studio. This fully featured kit is packed with tons of supplies to help you style the season. Peel-and-stick, templates and tracing paper to start off, textured rubbing plates to create tons of cool prints, and the finest tip marker you’ve ever seen for the perfect finish.

 Here are a few faves from my fall fashion line…

Tall boots, houndstooth, and button down vests;  
Peter Pan collars, pencils skirts and summer maxis with a fall jacket.

And sure, my fall lineup is just fantasy, but with three weeks of summer dreamin’ to go, there's still time before I don my fall duds for good!

Thursday 2 August 2012

Lazy, Hazy, Crazy Days of Summer (with The Encyclopedia of My Immaturity)

Has is happened to you yet?

You're sitting around watching TV (which, shame on you, get outside and enjoy the weather!) when out of nowhere it hits you… the dreaded back-to-school commercial!

I mean, come on, it’s the beginning of August! Can’t we just enjoy the last month of summer freedom without having to be reminded that in a short few weeks we’ll be packing our backpacks and returning to the harrowing halls of our educational institutions?

Until that dreadful day, make sure you are spending your final month of freedom being as delightfully juvenile and un-school-like as possible. Frolic through a field in a woven dandelion crown, build a big sandcastle and then kick it down, or have some fun with The Encyclopedia of My Immaturity.

Forget everything you thought you knew about diaries and get ready to ratchet up the silliness with this wise-cracking, fill-in-the-blank activity book where you can record your summer of immaturity. Quizzes, games, silly story starters, and so much more motivate you to unleash your inner kid! 

Want to take your immaturity outside the book? Check out the other installments in this silly series, that feature instructions, illustrations, and diagrams for tons of hilarious shenanigans--like How to Do a Wheelie, How to Hang a Spoon from Your Nose, and How to Really Annoy Your Older Sibling--and spend your last lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer right!

Want even more proof? Just check out these hilarious videos below: