| Raw |

So in a short 16 days, I will have lived in Canada for exactly a year. It’s really making me think about the past year of my life, what I have (and have not) accomplished, and where I want to go from here. It has not been an easy transition. I spent the first few months…

| And it Happened All at Once |

It’s been an absolutely wild ride here over the last few weeks. My work permit finally arrived on June 29th, much to both mine and Seb’s surprise. We certainly weren’t expecting it to just show up in the mail one day! After several minutes of frantic hugging and tears of joy, I thought Right. Time to…

| Fight or Flight |

Last weekend, I adopted a 7-week old kitten. We have a three year old furlady named Dixie already, but my husband and I have wanted to adopt a second cat for a while now, because as soon as my work permit comes through and I get a job, I won’t be around the house as much as…

| Productive Paranoia |

May is Mental Health Awareness month. This morning I’m anxious about a commitment I made for this evening to lead a discussion on Marketing and Public Relations for the monthly meetup of the Barrie chapter of the Rising Tide Society. A little recap- the Rising Tide Society was started last year by a group of photographers…

| Beginning |

  Yesterday I had the absolute pleasure and joy of spending a beautifully warm and sunny May day in Toronto with two of my girlfriends- Filipa Jackson, of Playing with Apparel, and Darlene Anderson of The New Girl blog. Yes, both of them, bloggers. I have to say, chatting with them about the process of…

| Take a Leap. |

Every four years, on years numerically divisible by four, and centuries divisible by 400, Leap Day occurs. We have one extra day in the year so that our calendar is synchronized with the solar year. Traditions have been created all over the world to help us take advantage of this extra time, or  challenge the…

| Breathe. |

We’re a week into 2016, and all I feel I’m seeing on the internet are articles that read: “Best blank of 2015!” Fill in the blank. Best hit song. Best dressed. Best wedding photo.  Best hair transformation. Best Instagram feed. Best former ping-pong-champion-turned-rodeo-cowboy. (OK, I made that last one up.) You get the idea though. What it makes…

| Productivity and Motivation |

Sometimes it’s pretty hard to find inspiration to be creative, or to motivate yourself to be productive. I know days like today, when it’s -19℃ outside where I am, and I feel ice in my bone marrow, the very last thing I want to do is be productive. Burrowing into my sofa with a blanket…

| New Year’s Eve, A New Beginning |

Time to pause and reflect on 2015… While I feel that 2013 and 2014 were huge years for me in terms of successes and accomplishments- from my position as Director and subsequently VP of Marketing and Communications on the Board of Directors for the Washington DC chapter of the International Special Events Society, to running…

Welcome to PETALSUITE

Welcome to petalsuite, my little corner of the internet. I’m so happy you’re here! I am a twenty-something, city-living, special-events-loving creative little lady with an appreciation for all things beautiful. Here I will share everything from stationery by inspiring artists and creators, calligraphy and graphic design I admire, and of course, my own work. You never know what…