A weekend or two ago, I made the best Saturday morning plans I have ever had. Honestly, I was excited all week and I still can’t think of anything more fun: my dear friend Kyla from Freckled Nest Design came over and we dined on chocolate chip pancakes and mimosas while watercolour painting envelopes! It was just perfect with the sun streaming in, some daffodils to brighten the place up, and a major catch up session of girl talk. Actually, we talked a lot about family and entrepreneurship. Grownups, I guess.

I met Kyla through Amber at Girl with the Red Hair when I was hired in Winnipeg and realized I did not know a single person here other than my family. While Amber and Kyla had never been face-to-face, they had become friends in the blogging world and Kyla was so warm and gracious to offer to help show me around! We have bonded over our love of The Bachelor TV series, farmer’s market mornings, chocolate chip cookies and pancakes, holiday craft sale crawls, Kacey Musgraves’ songs, and too many other things I cannot think to name.

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I was inspired to do the envelope craft because I had stumbled upon Stephanie Fishwick’s blog post a few weeks before and pinned it immediately. It seemed simple enough for a painting-challenged person like me and affordable too! I picked up $3 watercolours from the dollar store, used a set of paintbrushes I stole from my mom who found them at a garage sale, and bought a pack of 50 envelopes from Staples for $10 that met Stephanie’s criteria of being 100% cotton. This was such a relaxing, easy thing to do and I managed to finish nine envelopes – back and front – that morning. I got a little more creative as the time wore on although I do humbly admit I copied some of Stephanie’s ideas.

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It turns out Kyla and I are trendsetters as I discovered yesterday on Instagram that April is National Letter Writing Month! Actually I am pretty certain this is an American holiday, but I think Canadians should be allowed to adopt holidays that are such good ideas. The best part is two companies called Egg Press and Hello!Lucky joined forces and kicked off a WRITE_ON campaign challenging people to write 30 letters in 30 days this month. Since we are only a day behind, I hope you will join me in tackling this written word challenge and share your experience on social media through #30in30. Thirty letters in thirty hand-painted watercolour envelopes is sure to warm the hearts of your friends and family.

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When was the last time you sent or received a letter?

I went to a wedding on Saturday. It was my first time attending one on my own especially only knowing the bride, but there was no way I would miss out on celebrating her special day! I’ve blogged before about how I didn’t just secure an apartment, but also became friends with the former tenant and property manager. I was so thrilled to be invited to her wedding and when I realized she may need some extra help the day of, I offered to take care of decorating the reception venue. While I love event planning at United Way, we don’t really spend time adding flowers or candles to our special events (which is the best part)!

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Check out the pictures for what I would call a rustic, candelit, pinecone party. Sarah had her father cut log stumps from their firewood collection for the centrepieces, purchased a gazillion pinecones, scattered candles everywhere, got a great deal on gorgeous Ikea white lanterns, and her mother has some amazing chalkboard lettering skills. I think a winter wedding is so unique and with the huge pile of snow we got earlier in the week combined with warmer weather and blue skies, it was a beautiful day for a Winterpeg wedding. The groom’s Filipino culture was incorporated into the Catholic wedding ceremony and I loved learning about their Ninongs and Ninangs (wedding sponsors), the Presentation of Arras (the bride gets coins from the groom!), the Unity Candle (the same light received at Baptism), and the Veil (purity) and Cord symbolizing how two become one (they also played the Spice Girls’ 2 Become 1 later that night).

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I went to the bachelorette party a couple weekends ago and drank a few glasses of wine with her bridal party on Friday night so I knew some of the girls when I showed up. But really, I made all my friends on the dance floor. Nothing like some Macklemore and the Backstreet Boys to really bring people together. And while I am pretty darn happy with my single status, seeing two people so in love certainly makes me excited for my own wedding in the future. The Maid of Honour ended her speech with sharing that she hoped in the future they could look back at this day as the one where “they loved each other the least”. What a beautiful sentiment  - congrats to Sarah and Ben!