Friday, October 30, 2015

Wore Stories: Braided Tunic Sweater

Every now and then I take some time to make something for myself.  I had this idea after I saw this beautiful braided look fabric in a stretch knit, and it turned out super cute!

I love mixing textures which is why I wanted to do the bottom of the sleeve in the braided fabric as well.  I have some more of this fabric in grey so we'll see what else I get up to!

Thanks for reading!

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Katie Cares Fashion Show 2015

This year I again took part in the annual Katie Cares Fashion Show fundraiser!

My models looking super fine, ready to walk the runway!
It was so much fun, there's so much energy and excitement on the day of the fashion show, backstage is always a flurry with changes and perfecting hair and makeup, it is truly a special time!

This lovely lady filled in last minute when one of my models was sick with food poisoning!

I finished this dress in time to wear it to the show,
My ladies working their stuff on the runway!
This event is put on by the Katie Cares Foundation who raises money to be able to provide toys, games and other loving gifts to kids in the hospital!  Find out more about their charity and the amazing work they are doing to build Katie's Cottage here.

Check out all four years of my clothing in the Katie Cares Fashion Show here!

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Behind The Scenes

I wanted to share a little bit of behind-the-scene footage from our photoshoot a few weeks ago!
I hung up all the pieces in our living room sorted by who was supposed to wear them.

Janelle did fantastic makeup for my fall looks, you can check her out on Instagram HERE

I did a Katniss braid on her...

This is Krysten, she is my other sis-in-law and my photographer! Check her out HERE

We got a little silly

And a little stylish!

If you haven't already checked out my new Late Summer/Early Fall pieces, click HERE!

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Janelle 2

While Janelle was out we headed to Morris to take in the Stampede...and when I say Stampede I mean everything the fair grounds, food, and artisan booths!  It was the perfect day!

Then was our shopping day where I tried on this most adorable polka dot dress, visited Anthropologie and on the way home got caught in a crazy downpour!!

I must say I do love a good shopping trip.  I didn't buy that polka dot dress but later when I was going through my things I found it amongst some other clothes.  What a sweet family I have <3

Monday, August 17, 2015

Janelle 1

This is my sister-in-law Janelle.  She surprised the BEANS out of me by coming to visit!  Everybody new but me and I was SHOCKED to say the least.  There may have been a LOT of screaming.  And jumping.  And then some more screaming, etc.

This is my sis and ma-in-law when we went for lunch

We went mini-golfing where Janelle was eaten by a cat, and not just any cat...

We went swimming a lot..

and I mean serious swimming, pool snacks, iced teas, magazines, the works!

We also did some shopping, do you like my crown?  It's from UO.

I had SO much fun with Janelle, I'm sad she's gone already but happy we could hang out for a week!  Stay tuned for Janelle Pt.2!

Friday, August 14, 2015


These are lychees.  They are really weird.  But also really sweet and juicy.  They look like raw shrimp.....and sort of feel like it too.  You peel the outer skin(?) off and inside there is a dark brown bean shaped pit.  They are weird, but tasty.  

Anyone have any good lychee recipes?

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Osborne street festival

So every year on Canada Day, Osborne street puts on a Festival...and it's called...Osborne Street Festival.  SO CATCHY!  This year I went with this lovely lady and we had bubble tea!

And sushi OH MY YUM.  This craziness on top is sweet potato tempura I think....

So many people!!

Then some downtime because it was SO HOT and we walked around for like 3 hours.

We headed to Marion Street Eatery for supper, and I really liked this quote:

"Summer is like a fresh glass of lemonade - You want to drink it fast but you want it to last forever"

Too true summer, too true.

Saturday, August 8, 2015

Antique store

Sometimes my husband and I go on dates to the Antique Store!  They serve really good waffles on Saturdays, but we decided to head for sandwiches at Coffee Culture instead ;)

I found a basket of old spools which reminded me of Holly Dolly's spool necklaces!

Also stumbled across this ole game-POGS!  Anyone remember these?? It was complete with 3 slammers!  What a find!

The weather was gorgeous and we had a wonderful day!

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Precious moments

Just a few photos I've taken lately on my phone, the one above was taken at a Greenhouse while plant shopping with my mother-in-law, these colors were so beautiful, I love the violet burst in the middle!

My husband set up a super cute pallet table for our galvanized buckets to go on and strung some lights, so cute! 

Of course I've been spending time at my parents at their pool, it's so relaxing and refreshing!

Been spending a bunch of time at Jonny's Java working on design inspirations with my sis-in-law

Found a delightful tree friend on a walk!

What have you been up to this summer?

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

The Back 40 Folk Festival

Here's a few looks that I sold at the Back 40 Folk Festival a number of weekends ago!  I'm loving these bright colors and vintage inspired vibes!

Here's me at my booth

Here's my dad playing along with the bands in the background :)

The Back 40 Folk Festival is a really cool festival featuring-you guessed it-folk music!  They feature local artists who create original songs and also do a workshop!

This was my 4th year participating in the Artisan Village and it was great!  The weather was awesome until right at the end when it hailed while we were cleaning up!  It was an adventure to say the least!

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Etsy Update!

Guys-Today I did a HUGE Etsy update!! I'm so excited to bring new pieces out and so excited about my new designs!!!  Check all these out at my Etsy Shop HERE!

Makeup by Janelle Friesen

Friday, July 31, 2015

Apparel Design

So I graduated from Apparel Design at the end of May and I was super excited to get my certificate in the mail!!!  I've been taking this class for 2 years and have had a wonderful time learning and strengthening my skills-I'm sad it's over but also very excited by what I have achieved!!! 

Now to make wonderful things....

Thursday, July 30, 2015


I made this cute dress a few months ago, I didn't get a picture of the back but it has a cute half moon cutout at the top, just a little something extra!

We've been making David's Tea iced teas!!! SO DELICIOUS!

I've been doing a whole lotta swimming at my parents, it's pretty cool actually ;)

Monday, July 27, 2015


Way back when we went to see the Avengers and we made a day of it!

We visited the most beautiful store-of course Anthropologie! 

We tried a new cocktail place Albert St. Cocktail Co.  The moscow mule was delicious!

Did some shopping...

And finally headed to the movie!  It was super fun!  Did you see Avengers Age of Ultron? What did you think?