Hooray for it being my most favourite month of the year – though where on earth did this year just go?
I’d love to introduce you to my newest sponsors. I think you’ll agree that they have some wonderful items for sale.
Firstly I’d like you all to meet Michelle from l’oiseau fabrics:
I started sewing/crafting when I was very little and when I was 8, I begged my mom daily to let me stay home from school so I could work on my projects (sewing, embroidery, etc) and she, who was a teacher at the time, said “okay”. I stayed home for the next 3 years and they were the happiest of my childhood. I started a sewing business where I made shirts and shorts, as well as a coffee shop where I sold my baking and crafts. It was a ton of fun! (If you are concerned for my education, my mom filled our house with books and music..went back to school 2 years ahead of my classmates.)
I’m sure those first entrepreneurial ventures played a part in my opening l’oiseau. When I had kids, I fell head over heels in love with European fabrics and design. They were vibrant and whimsical. And I was so inspired! I searched the globe over for products and when my husband said “You buy so much fabric from overseas…why don’t you open a shop! It’d be cheaper” I thought that was a great idea. And did. He may have been joking…but I love it! I work all the time and wouldn’t change it for anything.
The products that are in my store have inspired me personally and I trust them. There is something wonderful going on in the sewing world and I want to be a part of this new face of sewing.
What I want my shop to be is to be a place to find reliable quality, fun and playful products and inspiration in abundance.
On the more matter of fact side: I am a teacher/linguist. Live in Calgary.
I’m also so pleased to introduce you to Sanja from Craft’s Garden of Zen:
Sanja is based in Croatia. Here’s a little bit in her own words:
Welcome to Craft’s Garden of Zen! Enter my shop here:
Crystals are my love. I’m surrounding myself with them for years and this process is like waking up from a big dream . They are giving you a chance to live your life to the fullest. They are keeping you on the right track. Everywhere I go, they are with me. Jewelry is the easiest and the most beautiful way to be in Crystal realm all the time and to enjoy their subtle vibrations. Vial bottles are specialy painted to enhance their vibration. My jewelry is jewelry for your soul. It’s my Zen Garden full of beautiful gem spirits.
Painting is my other big love as you can see it here:
Here they are joined.
Well it feels like ages since I’ve been in this space giving an update on our recent happenings at home. So here I am.
1 – Jamie Oliver’s lemon infused carbonara again. Always a winner, always easy. Thank-you Jamie.
2 – Meet Spotty and Roland. Particularly easy to keep. Perfect right now.
3 – Bunting completed for Francesca. Finally.
4 – Marbles, pots and pans, sorting. This happens daily.
5 – I need to tidy my sewing desk. Though I know it will look like this again within hours.
6 – She’s always wanting to write and read. Always.
7 – More pies. These will be occurring (whatever the weather here) until the suet is gone. I need to stop loving pies so much, they are not good for the waistline.
It’s almost that wonderful festive time of year again and I have been looking for the perfect gifts for my girls. They don’t own a huge amount of toys and everything purchased is always very carefully considered so Christmas is a big deal in this house.
I’d rather buy a few perfect gifts than give them tons of things that they love right now but may not really need or learn from or enjoy and putting together some gifts for a 6 month old baby has seemed a bit more difficult as she will of course receive hand-me-downs from Tabitha.
So here are my 9 favourite gifts that will be opened on Christmas day for Francesca. December 25th cannot come soon enough!
1 bunnykins cutlery – available here.
2 dream catcher – available here.
3 vintage fisher price chime ball – available here.
4 screen-printed bodysuit – available here.
5 pull-along elephant – available here.
6 reversible trousers – available here.
7 ostheimer lion – available here.
8 vintage blouse – available here.
9 geometric mobile – available here.
Hello November! Hooray only a month to go until the month of the festive season!
This month I’m pleased to announce my newest sponsor is Rachel from ‘a jar’
I’m a lover of the holidays, all things vintage and most things described as cute. My designs reflect my personality and I hope they bring joy to their owners. A Jar products are made with love, care, and pride in my home in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
It all began at my sunny kitchen table in 2010. I started making jars as a way of reengaging my crafty creativity. After showing my quirky designs to my friend she exclaimed, “People would totally buy those; you should open an Etsy shop!” I took her advice and sure enough people bought ‘em! In addition to Etsy I now sell in several Minneapolis boutiques, at craft shows and I’ve fulfilled custom wholesale orders. When looking at my jars you can’t help but smile – I love knowing that my designs make the holidays a little merrier and brighter.
Unique Christmas, Hanukkah and winter-themed mason jar decorations with a vintage twist, A Jar designs are handmade in Minneapolis, Minnesota by Rachael Crew. Deck your home with a touch of nostalgia and memories of Christmas past. Choose from traditional designs featuring snowy Christmas trees, cheery wreaths, miniature Scandinavian figures and charming dreidels, or a quirkier collection of adorable squirrels, darling hedgehogs and heirloom antique Christmas ornaments you know and love but haven’t laid eyes on in years!
Spread big holiday cheer in an affordable and delightfully compact way. A Jar designs make clever, unexpected gifts for teachers, hostesses, neighbors, co-workers (they are known to bring much-needed joy to office cubicles!), and more.
Just don’t forget to buy one for yourself—once you set eyes upon your newly purchased jars you won’t want to give them up.
Rachel’s shop really captures cute, vintage and Christmas all in one with these super-cute and unique decorations.
I found out this morning that today was the day of the Mount Barker Waldorf School Fete, so we got ourselves ready and drove to Mount Barker for a lovely day in the sunshine.
There were so many different food stalls to get around along with lots of musical performances and even may-pole dancing. We munched on some hummus, falafel and tabbouleh wraps, and drank some strong coffee whilst Tabitha enjoyed an avocado-chocolate ice cream.
There were plenty of activities for the children and the grounds and school buildings were just beautiful. With the beautiful surroundings and views for miles across rolling hills out of the classroom windows I think I would have been a day-dreamer staring out of the window if I went to this school!
My personal highlight was the Japanese room which was so authentic for a moment I could imagine I was back in Japan. There were all sorts of traditional Japanese crafts, teas, and decoration and Tabitha was excited to say ‘konnichiwa’ to the man working inside (we have been talking about different languages just this week at home).
Anyway I’ll let the pictures do the talking
(I kind of enjoyed myself too much and forgot to take a lot of photos. oops!) Looking forward to the next fete already!
We recently bought a fantastic book for Tabitha which explains the whole process of eating food. SHe pours over this book and every meal time we end up chatting about her ‘oooo-sof-a-gus’ and what happens to her food.
One of the pages in the books explains about different tastes on the tongue so I decided to make up a little experiment to help her understand different tastes and textures.
I put together a plate containing something bitter, something sweet, something salty, something sour:
bitter – coffee (please be assured that only a drop touched her lips – I would not recommend feeding coffee to a 3 year old!)
sweet – honey
salty – crisps
sour – lemon.
I put them all on a plate and we chatted about the different tastes and which part of the tongue detected them. She just loved this experiment (though not the coffee or lemon!)
Oh and the fabulous book is called ‘The Gooey chewy rumble plop book’ - it’s just fab!
2 fruity kebab making.
3 sushi-making lunch. a favourite activity = a favourite lunch (for us both)
4 cosy lights. I wish I drifted to sleep in her room.
5 beautiful baby knits. thank-you tilly and lola x
6 she’s well again, no more conjunctivitis, no more chicken-pox, no more coughs, colds or being sick. Thank goodness. oh how I love this girl.
7 she’s getting stronger, bigger, cuter by the day. please stop growing, please just stay this little forever.
8 making some clay love to send to loved-ones. I love the conversation along the way when Tabitha chats about her favourite people.