Art Fair Fridays – Spencer Tunick

Friday has once again come around and after a little hiatus, both Bijou & Boheme and Heirloom & Knot are excited to share with you our latest collaborative instalment in our ongoing Art Fair Fridays series, where we bring you weekly design inspiration and exclusive interviews with the talented artists that inspire our creativity on a daily basis.

This week we interviewed the amazingly talented  Spencer Tunick, whose photographic work illustrates the transformation his subject matter, into the medium itself .  Each of Tunick’s piece feels deeply layered, with moody undertones that unravel with each viewing.  His work takse the human form and molds it like plasticine into stunning compositions that speak to a dialogue on culture, history and the human condition.

How long would you say you have been a professional artist and what has lead you to this point in your career?

Its hard to place a date on the moment in time when I would call myself a professional artist since the process was a gradual evolution and discovery which started in the early 90’s. For a few years, I was shooting individuals naked on the streets of the city. The works were fun and whimsical and sometimes striking but at some point I decided to shoot 25 people all together in front of the United Nations. It was that moment the work transformed into something else and that is when I really saw something that fascinated me. The bodies became more of a medium, like clay or paint, something more than the individual. I wanted to explore what would happen if I covered large pieces of the city with this new flesh medium.  but if by professional artist you mean able to live from the making of art, that began when I started getting commissions from museums which started in 2004.  The combination of commissions and the sales of actual framed photographs enabled me to survive solely of my art.

What is the best advice you’ve ever received about your art ?

Mostly not to give up in the face of arrest.  My friends, family and lawyer expressed this to me during my 5 arrests involving the making of my art from 1995 – 1999.

Werner Herzog said:  “There is nothing wrong with spending a night in jail if it means getting the shot you need.”  I lived and continue to l I’ve this philosophy.

How would you describe your creative process?

I am often inspired by the meaning or history of a place or the culture of the people. I visit a place and try to imagine how 300-3000 bodies would appear within the landscape of the city . I enjoy imaging this as the streets turn the color of flesh in my mind, like a Color Field painting.

What is your favourite medium to work in?

I work with the naked human body. My medium is alive and has leg! I can move the medium with the help of the participants who are the medium.  The body is the primary source of energy and the life force of my work. It never ceases to provide me with inspiration. Lately I am combining pigments with naked bodies, adding colors to the colors of human flesh and that is interesting to me and I’m excited to see where that takes the work.

What has been your biggest career highlight to date?

I would have to say  that one of the biggest was 18,000+ mexican people coming out to pose in the Zocalo in Mexico City.  That was an amazing morning and I’m really happy with the works that resulted from that day.  I’ve also done some works where I was commissioned by Greenpeace. I have had the opportunity to bring awareness to environmental and social issues that I care deeply about especially climate change. To be able to live as an artist and also use my voice as an artist and my vision to make some kind of change in the world, or at least bring attention to issues, that has been a real highlight for sure.

How would you describe your signature style?

Creating a new substance by placing the nude body en masse within public spaces around the world.

Where do you find your greatest creative inspiration?

I am always inspired by other artists using performance and the body.  I love the mid to late 60’s happenings and performance art of Carolee Schneemann and Yayio Kusama.

What do you think sets your work apart from other artists?

I think my work is unique because it is a true collaboration and exchange between the artist and the participant. I am very careful of advertising and sponsorship because I rely 100% on the trust and participation of the people that pose for me. Because of the large number of people that my work requires to create, I cannot possibly pay everyone that comes out to pose, instead I offer a photograph of the event to every participant. I think this shows a real and pure motivation on the part of the volunteers to be a part of a collaborative art process and community.

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Spencer Tunick

Product Information

No. 1  Spencer Tunick – Reaction Zone – $75.00

No. 2  LCBO – Pol Roger Brut Champagne – $64.25

No. 3  Heirloom & Knot – Grey Waves Pillow 24 x 24 – $175.00

No. 4  Nine West Canada – Snooze Flat – $100.00

No. 5  Spencer Tunick – Participant – $65.00

No. 6  Paul Smith – Men’s Black Leather ‘Naked Lady’ Print Interior Billfold Wallet – $250.00

No. 7  Group Partner – Tanlines – $65.00

No. 8  Ron Dorff – Beach Towel Dune Nude – 75€


When you find an artist that does something you’ve never seen before, that’s real magic. The way Tunick uses the human form as his actual medium is insanely special and it was near impossible for me to pick my favourite 5…

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art fair fridays spencer tunick christine dovey heirloom and knot

art fair fridays spencer tunick christine dovey heirloom and knot

art fair fridays spencer tunick christine dovey heirloom and knot

art fair fridays spencer tunick christine dovey heirloom and knot

So visually stunning.


My New Deck is Decked with Goodies from Canadian Tire

Since moving in our new house, there’s been one giant thing I’ve missing…being able to sit outside. Our front porch is a year out from completion, by the time we go for permit etc. and in the back, our patio doors were boarded up and sat waiting for a proper deck to take shape.

About a week ago, my builders set forth to get the outside enjoyment ball rolling by putting together the first phase of our long range deck goals…a simple landing like pad directly outside the great room/dining. In terms of design, I wanted something modern where I could create a really intimate little seating area and then load it up with plants and natural goodness. This part of the deck was designed at only 12’x11′ so not huge, but I definitely wanted it to be pretty. My plan started with a wall to give us some privacy…our neighbour to the west is very close to us thanks to our 100 year old house being set almost diagonally on the lot…part of the reason we could only go out 12′ in this section. I also wanted to keep things really simple by avoiding any kind of railing so in front of the doors, we did a built in planter, that extended down the full width stairs. Eventually, we’ll add a platform deck at the bottom of this one and then a pea gravel eating area past that. For now though, this phase one deck was dreamt up and put in motion to give us access to our backyard and somewhere to enjoy outside this summer.

Fast forward to today and my phase one deck is now in place. We stained the wall and planter black and will eventually do the boards in a pale grey…for now, they’re the brown pressure treated and to be honest, I don’t actually hate them.

In terms of what is actually on this little deck of ours, I decided from start that I wanted a big sofa…we’ve never had outdoor loungy stuff so I was super excited about this whole idea. After that, it was all about tons of plants, a rug to anchor the space, lots of pillows and layers of outdoor loveliness.

Thanks to Canadian Tire’s new WOW Guide, I was able to find and create exactly what I was after. To start, I ordered up the Canadian Tire Spartina Outdoor Ruga bunch of Obsidian toss cushions, a pair of Biltmore lanterns and a couple of the Cement Candle Holders.  I was so impressed with how easy it was to purchase all of these beautiful pieces through the WOW Guide app, and loved that I could pick up product directly at my local Canadian Tire store.  

After the decor pieces, it was really all about filling up the space with plently of plants…and then voila, our little deck was made.

Here she is…
























So excited to enjoy my new space with family and friends!

Because I want all of you to enjoy some outdoor goodness too, I’m super excited to be able to offer up a $200 Canadian Tire gift card to enjoy! To enter, simply leave a comment and I’ll draw for a winner next Friday June 3rd, 2016. And while we wait for the big draw, make sure you check out the WOW Guide here and pick out all the beautiful home and garden things you’ll be able to purchase if you win!

Good luck!!!


My New KitchenAid Black Stainless Steel Appliances

I think most people would agree that one of the most exciting things about a house build and/or a kitchen renovation, is the possibility of brand spanking new appliances. We’ve been working on our place for over a year so to now live in the space, with the best suite of appliances we have ever had the fortune of owning, is well…pure bliss.

The road to this point has been long but so so worth it…in big part because of our new kitchen.  When deciding on the design for the space, I went back and forth on a few elements but the one constant I knew was that I wanted was black flat panel cabinets. I also knew that I didn’t want the appliances to really jump out in the banks of cupboards…instead, I envisioned appliances that integrated seamlessly with what was going on around them.

Que, KitchenAid‘s new line of Black Stainless Steel appliances.

First off, they are visually STUNNING. I absolutely love their sleek design and modern aesthetic. And then on top of that, they’re incredibly well made and are loaded with so many features that make function as high a priority as looks. I’m a form over function sort of girl so having appliances that are packed full of both, is a pretty amazing thing.

In terms of what I love specifically about each piece, there’s a lot.

Let’s start with the oven.

Though I’m not the full time cook of the family, having a great range is just something I think everyone wants and though, we haven’t actually cooked anything in this beaut yet (having only moved in a few weeks ago,) I know she’ll be amaze.

For now, her looks are enough to make me happy like Christmas morning…


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kitchenaid black stainless christine dovey

kitchenaid christine dovey black stainless

I can’t imagine not having a gas top and though I was a little nervous about not doing a freestanding model, I have to say, I’m a total convert. The KitchenAid gas cooktop is just so sleek.  The large grills lift up super easily, which makes cleaning a breeze and having five large burners is business…

kitchenaid gas cooktop christine dovey

kitchenaid christine dovey black stainless

And though I was slightly worried that the stainless top might not blend in with all the black stainless steel, it so does because of the heavy black iron grills…

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kitchenaid black stainless christine dovey

Our 5 door fridge is probably my favourite of the bunch…it just has SO much storage. I love the double wide main compartment and am finding this configuration so much more accessible than a side by side. On top of that, the middle two drawers can be set to function in so many different ways…from defrost, to produce etc. Amazing.  And then there’s the freezer…it’s ginormous and has pull out trays that make for double the storage…

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Also, it’s grey inside and that’s well, awesome…

kitchenaid black stainless fridge interior christine dovey


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Though dishwashers aren’t the most glamorous of the appliance family, this one is…it’s so sturdy and whoever designed the layout of the trays is some sort of dish washing genius. My plates, bowls, cups, kids plastic stuff, wine glasses and pots all seem to fit perfectly without bending the little dividers…

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kitchenaid black stainless dishwasher christine dovey

And the streamlined hidden top tray is all sorts of good…

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Most importantly for me though, as with the other black stainless steel goodies, she’s just real purdy…




And here’s a little peak that includes my KitchenAid counter microwave. We really only use micros for one things…re-heating coffee and the odd leftover so I really wanted something small. This one works like a charm and is concealed with a cupboard door when not in use.


I’m super excited to share more about both the kitchen and my love affair with my new KitchenAid Black Stainless Steel appliances as we live with them even more. So far, I can confidently say that these black beauties are exceeding all my expectations, not the least of which is because my kids can’t seem to mark them up with fingerprints…which leads me to a quick sidenote…when KitchenAid called their black stainless steel line ‘fingerprint resistant’ in their ad campaign, I was a little doubtful…but holy bananas, they really are and if you’ve every owned stainless appliances before, you know this feature is a really big deal.

Anyhoo…I’m feeling super duper lucky in the kitchen/appliances category and can’t wait to share a full reveal of the space with you very soon.


Art Fair Fridays – Hayley Mitchell

Friday has once again come around and both Bijou & Boheme and Heirloom & Knot are thrilled to share with you our latest instalment in our ongoing Art Fair Fridays series where we bring you weekly design inspiration and exclusive interviews with the talented artists that inspire our creativity on a daily basis.

This week we had the pleasure of interviewing the exceedingly talented Hayley Mitchell, who skillfully mixes rhythm, colour, and texture in whimsically created shape medleys. Her work feels playful and bold but also carries with it a warmth and ease that makes her portfolio approachable and inviting.

How long would you say you have been a professional artist and what has lead you to this point in your career?

I have been selling my work for about 4-5 years, so I suppose that is the length of time I have been professional. Since I was a child I wanted to be an artist. So much so my grandparents took me to Paris, France at age 9. I was absolutely enthralled with Expressionism and modern art. I attended ACU and majored in graphic design. After a lot of encouragement, I finally started sharing my work with the world.

What is the best advice you’ve ever received about your art ?
Get out of your head!

How would you describe your creative process?
I would say my process is mostly intuitive and compulsive. I write, sketch and draw ideas. I need to create like I need to breathe. I work mostly at night when I can work uninterrupted.

What is your favourite medium to work in?
Acrylic and oils. Growing up my Grandmother (also an artist) introduced me to all sorts of techniques and mediums. Her studio became my laboratory where she encouraged me to always push beyond my boundaries. I once piled so much texture medium on to a canvas it tore. She handled all my mishaps graciously.

What has been your biggest career highlight to date?
The most rewarding aspect of being a creative professional is getting feedback from your clients. I love hearing how a certain piece brightens someone’s day or has such a deep meaning to them.

How would you describe your signature style?
Bold, colorful, vibrant

Where do you find your greatest creative inspiration?
Very many things, including ancient cultures, ceremonial costumes of the Balinese, Indian, various African cultures, etc. My children.

What do you think sets your work apart from other artists?
I tend to be very self reflective and not very comparative. I hope my work speaks for itself.

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Hayley Mitchell

No. 1  Jonathan Adler – Rider Lounge Chair – $1,450.00

No. 2  Zinc Door – Seismograph Aqua Square Embroidered Pillow – $187.00

No. 3  Best Buy – Beats by Dr. Dre Pill 2.0 Bluetooth Wireless Speaker – $199.97

No. 4  Zara – Aviator Sunglasses – $19.90

No. 5  West Elm – Geo Shag Wool Kilim Rug – $929.00

No. 6  Black Rooster Décor – Nesting Trinket Dishes – $106.69

No. 7  Net-a-porter – Sophia Webster Heaven Tempest Orchid Sandals – $695.00

No. 8  Kelly Wearstler – Bijou Chocolate Dark Chocolate Sugar Crystals – $13.00

No. 9  Indigo – Pablo Picasso – $30.95


I love art that feels exuberant and joyful…Mitchell’s works is so that. Also, it’s got a lovely little edgy coolness about it, which certainly doesn’t hurt matters:)

Here are my 5…

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art fair fridays hayley mitchell gallery+5

art fair fridays hayley mitchell purple

art fair fridays hayley mitchell yellow

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The black and whites though…sublime!

And sidenote…here’s one of Hayley’s pieces in one of my most favourite One Room Challenge reveals,   created by Mimosa Lane

mimosa lane hayley mitchell

So perfect.


One Room Challenge…Version 2.0 – The REVEAL!!!

It’s week 6…

one room challenge christine dovey

…and I really can’t believe I’m finally at the part where I get to say ‘I’m done and so excited to reveal my space’. The truth is, I really am so so excited. This room has been a long dumb road to get to. One that I’m not sure I’d do again honestly…re: renovating/bulding. I jumped into the 6 week challenge way back last fall when the room didn’t even exist. I mean it did in terms of being a drawing on a floorplan but in real life/actual space form, not so much. I naively thought that I had a change of willing it together in time to reveal but the gods just seemed to hate me…mostly because we just couldn’t get a damn roof on the thing, which meant, nothing could really happen inside. After some big effort from everyone involved at that time (builder, me, husband etc.,) this is where I started…aka the befores…

…and this is a glimpse of where we were come reveal time…

So yah…not #ideal.

If you missed that live action fun, you can catch up on my version one below…

Week One . Week Two . Week Three . Week Four . Week Five . Week Six

Fast forward to this round of the One Room Challenge and 6 weeks ago from today. Picture me sitting in a hotel room, waiting to actually move into the house that this little terror of a room I’m describing belonged to. I woke up on the day link ups were scheduled to start and though I hadn’t planned on taking part (because to be totally and brutally honest, I really didn’t need to add anything to my plate after a year long reno that almost killed me in so many ways,) I dove in at the last minute and posted pictures of the room that wasn’t…or wasn’t yet.  At the end of the day, I think I just needed some sort of closure on my failure last go around. I’m the kind of person that HATES not doing what I’ve signed up to do. Hates. So…in I jumped. In my head, it was going to be a much easier road than any of my other ORC goes. This time, there would be no construction. No relying on trades. No excuses. I had total control over getting this room done on time and the way I wanted. Or so I thought;)

If you missed this go around, see below…

Week One . Week TwoWeek Three . Week Four . Week Five

And to recap, in terms of before for this kick at the can, this is where version 2.0 started…

…or more accurately in terms of 6 weeks ago…here’s where things were…

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I had an empty room with no furniture but happily, walls/wallpaper/millwork/paint were done.

So…all I had to do was what I love most…design, decorate, re-upholster, art/primp the heck out of the place.

It sounded real easy. But as always, it wasn’t a cake-walk.

For one, I just couldn’t nail down the right fabric for the chairs I planned on using. Also, I was feeling sort of blah about the room for a long time. I’m not really sure why in hindsight but I guess I’d just thought about and started at it for way too long. My 6 weeks was more accurately a year and what once felt new, was slowly starting to feel laboured and not like a first kiss.

Fast forward to week four when my hand painted drapery arrived courtesy of my brilliantly talented friend Hollie Cooper. When I showed her what I wanted, I almost instantly thought I might have got it wrong. Maybe the pattern would be too much…or maybe not enough etc. Thankfully, my self-doubt was stupid on this one and what happened after said curtain install was one of those moments us creative types always work for/towards. The minute the drapes went in, my love affair for this room instantly took hold. It became everything I hoped it would be…cozy, comfortable, neutral…but also bold, artistic and slightly ugly…that description might sound weird to some but it’s my favourite type of mix and the moment the curtains happened, the vision for the space became super duper clear. From then on, it was just a matter of taking my brain matter and bringing it really to life.

And in the end, the room did/does do what I wanted it to.

It’s grown up…probably more so than any space I’ve ever designed. It’s maybe a little more ‘decorated’ than I usually do but in a way that doesn’t rely on quirkiness as much as I usually like…instead, it just exists in this sort of comfortable realm of ‘it feels super good to be in’. And for me, I guess that feels like a bit of an evolution in terms of how I see design and well, that’s kind of cool I guess.

And with that giant long monologue, I should probably stop writing and just get to the reveal.

Here’s my little bedroom in professional photographer form, thanks to the incredibly talented/awesome Ashley Capp

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one room challenge christine dovey ashley capp master bedroom

one room challenge christine dovey ashley capp master bedroom

one room challenge christine dovey ashley capp master bedroom

one room challenge christine dovey ashley capp master bedroom

one room challenge christine dovey ashley capp master bedroom

one room challenge christine dovey ashley capp master bedroom

one room challenge christine dovey ashley capp master bedroom

one room challenge christine dovey ashley capp master bedroom

one room challenge christine dovey ashley capp master bedroom

one room challenge christine dovey ashley capp master bedroom

one room challenge christine dovey ashley capp master bedroom

one room challenge christine dovey ashley capp master bedroom

one room challenge christine dovey ashley capp master bedroom

one room challenge christine dovey ashley capp master bedroom

And then some i-phone ‘diy’ specials…because…as you might notice, the first set have a propped in Platner chair from my living room because my Stellar Works chairs got held up in re-upholstery thanks to my indecision on fabric…

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christine dovey one room challenge master bedroom

christine dovey one room challenge master bedroom

christine dovey one room challenge master bedroom


 christine dovey one room challenge


christine dovey one room challenge

 christine dovey one room challenge

 christine dovey one room challenge

All in all, it’s been a pretty awesome experience seeing this room grow from nothing and I have a whole heck of a lot of people to thank for it getting to where it is now.  As with every round of this crazy challenge, it’s hard not to feel ridiculously grateful for the ORC journey/ Linda for dreaming the whole thing up/ amazing sponsors for making it a little easier and more beautiful/ incredible friends and trades and suppliers for bringing visions to life.

A HUGE thanks to these peeps for getting the bones of the space to where it is now…

RMS– my builders…thanks to them for making my house…truly…having this house turn into what I always dreamed it would be is something I will always be grateful for.

Super Allen/Super Jeremy- I have no words. They are my spirit animals in carpenters form…I love them for always making me feel like what I dream up isn’t out of reach or weird or not doable. They bring to life everything I ever come up with and I’m eternally grateful.

Metrie– my house would be a shell of a house without the interior finishings, millwork and doors from Metrie. This room is no exception. My love for this company and all of their fixings is real.

Para Paints– Loucks Farm for the win…love the warm, dark, taupy grey like no ones business.

Drop it Modern– always a favourite…wallpaper geniuses with the best customer service/customization options in all the land. This company has come through for me in terms of wallpaper dreams over and over again. Love x so so much.

Alexanian– my room is grounded with the white oak floors that run through the whole house and I love them in real and deep ways. So thankful to have worked with them on my whole house.

Fieldstone Windows– double hung windows that I got to paint the colour of my walls and that fulfill all my window dreams ever = happiness.

Trumeau Stones– true craftsmanship is something that’s hard not to admire and seeing my limestone fireplace(s) installed in this new house was something that made me feel so incredibly grateful. Our bedroom surround is truly the focal point of the room and I couldn’t love it more.

Hollie Cooper Interiors– no words here again…Hollie is my dear dear friend and I treasure her to the moon and back. On top of that, she’s an incredible talent who always manages to take my crazy draper/paint/pillow requests and make them real. As I mentioned earlier in the post, the drapery she made for this room (and moss green silk + Hollyhock pillows,) are my favourite.

J and J Made– upholsterer of my unicorn dreams…that’s all I have to say on that front. When you can re-do a settee and pair of chairs on one week, you’re forever A-Ok in my books. Also, the quality of the upholstery is business.

Karastan– all I have to say here is leopard in carpet form. Love.

Crystorama– I’m a vintage lighting lover so new crystal has always scared me a bit…enter Crystorama and I’m a total convert. ADORE the bedroom chandy.

DecoratorsBest– fabric nirvana…that is all. My settee is so much happier in its Pindler and Pindler black vinyl glory.

JF Fabrics– Stellar Works chairs are soooooo much more handsome with their new wool covers/moss green silk pillows.

Black Rooster Decor– I could never ever do a room without a little BR furniture/art/accessory goodness in it…ever. For this reveal, it’s all about the white vase/morrocan table/graphic art/reindeer hide/applique pillow happiness.

Druthers and Hammond– custom makers of so many good things. My nightstands had to be designed to perfectly fit in a really narrow space and they do…and the finish is sublime…and I love love love how they look.

Upper Canada Specialty Hardware– this room has the same black hardware as the rest of my house and I love it so hard. UCSH is an amazing resource with the best, best selection.

Park Blvd– I didn’t love texture in the way I do now until I discovered this pillow company. Their textiles are just beyond and I’m so happy to have some Scottish wool/ lambswool in this room…it just makes it all infinitely more cozy.

Arianna Belle– I don’t think I’ve ever worked on a project and not had one of her pillows…I finally got to use my fave Kubus in this space and lurv it.

Nicole Cohen– the most inspiring creative talent I know and someone I’m lucky to call a friend…her photography is splashed all over this room.

Society 6– art + great prices + a huge variety…so good.

Anewall– I love this store…plain and simple. I think every room of my new house has a little anewall in it. Their love and admiration for history mixed with a little edge is totally my jam.

Minted– art love again…so many beautiful pieces to select from…my fireplace car is an all time favourite.

Fiori Oakville– a room of mine would never be the same without their flowers…ever.

(And some other source goodness…Chairs- Stellar Works; Linen bedding- West Elm; Sheets, marble vase and wood ball- HomeSense; Art (not noted already)- Leigh Viner, IKEA, vintage; Throws- Elte and HomeSense; Console table- Vern and Vera; Vase and Jonathan Adler canister- Shop 219; Brass script- Gleena Ceramics; Cotton- Sheridan nurseries; Mirrors, cone, bust and wood form- vintage; Ceiling medallion- Home Depot; Platner chair- vintage; Settee- Flik and Company; Picture frames- Michaels and IKEA; Canvas wrapping- Art Printing; Book- Indigo; Candle- H&M Home; Sconces- CB2)

And with that, I think this reveal is a wrap:)))

If you haven’t done so already, make sure you venture over to see all of the incredible reveals from the featured designers

featured designers

AND…also dive in to see all that my fellow linkers have put together…so many good things to be enjoyed and inspired by.

Until next time!!!

*** edit…for some bizarre reason, my comment box doesn’t seem to be working, which on an ORC reveal day, is a pretty large bummer. If any wordpress geniuses out there know why this might be happening, I’d so appreciate the help!!! In the meantime, you can leave a comment by replying to mine if you feel so inclined:)