Violet Flower Hair Pins Set
A pair of steel hair pins featuring elegant Purple-Violet flowers.
green tree pendant
Mossy Green Leather Bookmark with Pastel Metallic Beads in Easter Egg Colors
My handmade beaded Mossy Green Leather Bookmark with Pastel Metallic Beads in Easter Egg Colors is a pretty combination of metallic colors. These shining pastel beads look like Easter eggs. This would look bright and pretty hanging out of the top of your book! Unique and inexpensive, my bookmarks… details »
Despite a sudden (albeit much-welcomed) stretch of unseasonably warm weather, it is definitely fall in Winnipeg. All of the signs are here: a chill in the night-air, squirrels scrambling to gather and hide fallen acorns, gardens slowly withering, and neighbours out in the sunshine raking up piles of brilliant yellow and orange leaves. It’s a time, as D.V. Moore of Papermoth suggests, to “Welcome Change”.
Even though it means winter is around the corner, I absolutely love this time of year. My reasons for favouring it over the other seasons are many, but the clothes have to be at the top of the list. I might be too soon to commit to a coat, but conditions are perfect for tossing on a cardigan or a vest. The kid-sized cardigan pictured above is quintessentially fall, with its autumnal palette and scattering of appliquéd leaves. It is a one-of-a-kind piece, upcycled from wool sweaters, and available in the Gock’s Frocks shop.
I’m sure the runners in the group will agree that fall is a great time to hit the streets and paths. Not only are the vistas constantly changing, gone is the oppressive heat of summer. There are seasonal hazards to watch out for, though, which can make the average run into a bit of an obstacle course. My usual route, for example, has its share of “acorn-hazards”, which can send a less-than-attentive runner flying. Don’t get me wrong; I am nuts about acorns, but for more decorative purposes. I’ll let the squirrels clean up what’s on the ground while I grab myself one of these amazing, one-of-a-kind pendants by Bullseye Beads. A handmade glass bead is topped with a real acorn cap to make each piece truly unique.
It seems like just yesterday that I was gushing about my garden. The tomatoes, as I predicted, were the stand-outs, but the big surprise to this budding green-thumb was the butternut squash that I planted on a whim. At first, it looked like nothing would come of the little vine. It bloomed like mad as it stretched its way across the back of the garden, but didn’t seem to be producing any actual squash. I left it alone, though, and it seems that my intentional neglect has paid-off; hidden behind the basil is a single perfect, bell-shaped squash. Solstice Scents captures the essence of the fall garden, including squash, in this vegan, cruelty-free whipped body butter. I can’t think of a better way to moisturize and carry the scent of autumn with you; throughout the season and beyond.
If you are lucky enough to live in an area with trees that change colour with the seasons, then you are probably quite familiar with the spectacular display as green turns to orange (and red and yellow and crimson…) Prairie Peasant was inspired by those autumnal hues when she pieced together the cover of this stunning handbound journal. As beautiful as it is on the outside, though, the real surprise lies within. Contained between the covers of this special book are deckle-edge sheets of handmade botanical paper, which include real petals and leaves, and plain sheets for recording all of your musings.
Look who I found in the Gallery!
White Earth Studio: White Earth, a series of porcelain vessels, is a homage to my childhood in the Dakotas, its visual images and memories. It is a deep respect, a bowing down to the earth where I have experienced it.
Walking the freshly plowed fields as a child, I would find fossils, shells and arrowheads heads. I have renewed and extended my fascination with these shapes. I have discovered new connections between the prairie (once an inland sea) and the ocean. Like the prairie and the sea, my pieces display hues against large neutral backgrounds – a touch of pink or a glint of pearl – finding a prairie rose in a otherwise green meadow, or a single shell on a stretch of sand.
White Earth comes from some part of me that works unconsciously, a part that reaches down into my memories. White Earth comes from that private part of me, and I hope it will touch that part in others.
So peaceful and relaxing, mostly because it is quite possible that I’ve found a houseplant I can’t kill!
LBRANDTerraria: My three little ones, 5 yrs and under, are the inspiration behind each design. They help critique my every garden. Tends to be quite a challenging panel to pass!
A number of my childhood summers were spent at a card table. Handmade pixie sticks, otter pops,creepy crawlers, and boondoggle bookmarks were some of what my summer sales conisisted of.
St. Patrick’s Day is one of the biggest celebrations of the year. First, celebrated as a holy day in Ireland, it has turned into an all-out celebration of Irish heritage. Irish and non-Irish participants around the world join in the festivities by wearing green, eating green foods and drinking green beer, and proudly showing off their shamrocks and leprechauns. Everyone gets in on the action including pets and kids. The adorable t-shirt below is from Ashlyn Bowtique and the pet collar is from Lucky Fiona.
Parades are a big part of the celebration. They start the first weekend in March, in big and small cities and town around the country. Though large cities like Boston and New York have heavily-attended parades, tiny little Savannah, Georgia, is said to have the highest attendance of all the parades in the U.S. Savannah dyes their historic fountains green to drum up excitement before parade day.
Chicago, of course, is known for dying its entire river green. And even little known New London, Wisconsin, gets in on the celebration, changing its name to New Dublin for the week of St. Paddy’s day. This bag from Momo Ringo can be used all year round.
In Syracuse, NY, the Irish section called Tipperary Hill kicks off festivities on the first Sunday in March with delivery of the green beer to Coleman’s Irish Pub. At midnight, March 17th, they paint a shamrock below the ‘green on top’ light, which is an upside down traffic light at an intersection where green, still means go, but is the first light on top. These vintage-inspired blocks are from Gongy and Squish.
Growing up, we moved to a predominantly Irish neighborhood. I was 12 and it was my first introduction to corned beef and cabbage (Mrs. Kehoe made it for me) and claddagh rings (Stephanie McCabe had one) and many Irish blessings, songs (all learned from Joe Finn), and toasts. Though I’m Italian, 100%, it’s fun to be Irish-for-the-day.