Pair of mini bright flowered fabric notebooksThese fun, bright colourful flowery notebooks come as a pair … one for mummy, one for daughter … sisters who like the same thing …Because of the fabric pattern the flowers differ slightly on each cover … for a twist the ribbon has been stitched inside…one has red… → details
Clutch purse with peacock feathersMy new soft shaped clutch is made from super soft suede and accented with peacock feathers, beads,and a black spiral button. The feathers and beaded arrangement are securely stitched and glued to the front of the purse. The suede is a lovely pale green sage color.The shiny silver… → details
Brown Sugar Shack Luggage TagI hand carve and tool “Sugar Shack” to look like rustic wooden planks; you can see the nail heads and even the knots in the wood. I have always loved “faux bois”, and this is my tribute to the artists who worked in that style. After I carve each… → details
There is not much better than that first warm day that signals Spring, especially after a really long and snowy winter. We get days like these, here in the NorthEast, in early March, but officially Spring begins on March 21st. Spring catches me off guard every year. It seems to come out of nowhere. All of a sudden you realize that it’s 6:00pm and the sun is just setting. Or you’re waking up and the sun has already risen—it’s 6:30 am and doesn’t look like 3 in the morning. There is a slower progression in the Fall, it seems, but Spring always seems to come out of nowhere. Sunshine wall art from J Bell Design.
Along with longer, sunnier days, another indicator of Spring are the birds. You hear them chirping away, and see them filling the trees. After a chirp-free winter, the sound always sounds so happy. Like it’s a big, loud, happy family reunion—one where everyone is talking at once. (Robin’s eggs are from The Broken House)
Flowers are a big part of Spring, adding splashes of color to what has been a pretty dreary landscape. Although we don’t actually see flowers growing till April, there are signs of life everywhere. You’ll see new Spring wreaths adding color, like this one from Itz Fitz.
Another sure indicator of Spring is shedding of winter down coats, scarves, hats, and gloves. Besides cutting time-out-the-door in half, it allows us to wear new outfits and new accessories, like this fun necklace from Flora Bond.
Every March 21st, the first day of Spring, I send a quick e-mail or card, to my friend Debbie, who is an absolute Spring fanatic. I’m a firm believer that the first day of a new season should be marked with something a little bit special, or at least acknowledge. After all, it’s a whole new season—new weather, new clothes, new activities—all great reasons to celebrate. Happy Spring!
Holiday Crafter Squid PrintA digital print from The Hine’s World Diorama “Mr. Squid, A Holiday Crafter”, printed on heavyweight high-resolution photo matte paper (230 gsm) with a high quality Canon ink jet printer. → details
DevotionA hand carved fused glass heart necklace in a succulent red – unique like the love you share.The pendant was created from fused art glass handmade in my studio. After an initial kiln firing, the piece was shaped and re-fired to achieve a beautiful polish as well… → details
Fabric flower brooch pin – stripped grey and red fabric with vintage black buttonA lovely fabric flower brooch pin made of stripped grey and red cotton, decorated with a vintage black button.The flower is made of many layers of intersecting circles, secured with a thick cotton thread.At the back of the flower there is a small black felt circle with… → details
Poster from Orange Beautiful
Over the holidays this year it occurred to me that I need to take on new habits that nurture me, and help me to move my life forward in the directions I would like to see it go.
I’m often a bit slow to join in when it comes to new trends – unless they’re tech related! So it comes as no surprise to me that I have only begun yoga now – years after it became “the” exercise of choice by many of my fellow city dwellers here in Vancouver.
Yoga pants from Purusha people
I have known for a long time that I needed to become more serious about developing an exercise routine, as I’m not as strong or as energetic as I have been in the past. And this has become of special concern to me as my husband and I plan to have children sometime in the next couple of years.
While starting yoga was at first intended to be a means of getting exercise, I have been thrilled to find more in it than I first expected. As an admitted Type A personality relaxation does not always come easily to me – so I am finding the yin and yang of the classes so enjoyable. By this I just mean the way the classes alternate between poses that challenge the body, and those that deeply relax it. I now find myself craving the quiet moments in class – and while these moments can truly be found anywhere, there is something special about sharing them with a group of people, in silence.
Yoga mat bag from Sweet Simple Beads
I have been surprised by the spiritual aspect of yoga, as I didn’t expect for it to be so powerful. For myself, I come to yoga with my own faith – and I see it as one of the vehicles by which I can express that faith. It is a time of centering and reflection, but also a time where I seek to improve my health and general outlook on life. I feel very confident that it is one of the many things I will take on this year that will be a nurturing and positive force!
I would love to hear about the habits and activities that nurture you and bring you life! Please feel free to share in the comments section.
There was a time in our no-so-distant past when a table wasn’t considered to be properly set unless it was first covered with a tablecloth. Nowadays, though, tablecloths are more likely to be seen at “good” restaurants or saved for special occasions at home. Speaking for myself, I can only think of a handful of occasions over the course of a year that one of my own tablecloths are called into service. It’s a shame, too, because I have quite a collection of hand-me-down and thrifted cloths relegated to a drawer in the pantry. I can’t bear to part with them, but they just don’t seem to fit into our busy, wipe-clean lifestyle.
According to the 1958 edition of Amy Vanderbilt’s Complete Book of Etiquette, a Bride’s trousseau should include no fewer than six tablecloths, plus dozens of cloth napkins and “tray sets“. No wonder there are so many vintage linens to be found! Sally of Sally Rags has discovered a way to give new life to neglected linens like mine. [Be sure to also check out Leah’s interview with Sally Rags from a few months back.]