The World
Of ElleSee
by LC McDonald

October 14, 2016

Life Lately: September 2016

Life has taken some fun turns lately. Our son recently started Kindergarten. He is loving it, and I am loving the independence he is developing -- more and more every day. Today I was able to drop him off at school, and I was so happy to see how he has taken to the routine of putting everything in his locker and entering the classroom. We received proofs for his school photos last week and I just about lost it because he looks so adorkable in the photos.

We have been visiting libraries and bookstores a lot more lately as the weather starts to cool down, and it's not as fun to be outdoors. We read a Curious George book to me while we were at the bookstore about a month ago. I loved how he used the illustrations to tell him what to say next, and how he followed the classic direction that Curious George stories always end up going.

The pup went to visit the Cookie Lady -- the vet -- a few weeks ago. He always gets so excited when he visits her. I was happy to find out that he is exactly where he needs to be weight-wise -- thanks to a young boy no longer feeding him table scraps. He is now 11 years-old.

We had the privilege of being able to visit with friends at their family cabin. I loved watching Little Boy play with their children, and have real outdoor experiences. He was guided well by some little experts at making use of time without television. They made fishing rods that they played with all morning, and then took to the lake with them when we went later that afternoon. Unfortunately, it was too cold to go into the water.

That same weekend, some friends and I went to the Comic & Entertainment Expo where we had the joy of meeting the lovely Carrie Fisher. She was so warm, and delightful, and fantastic! The way she engaged with fans and other people at the expo was amazing to watch. I can't wait to see who they invite next year!

September 30, 2016

Etsy Made in Canada Market 2016

Last weekend I had the joy of being part of the Etsy Made in Canada Market. It is a fantastic concept of markets popping up all across the country to showcase different makers that have shops on Etsy. The market that I was part of was put on the Etsy Saskatchewan Team, and they did a wonderful job as hosts. I wish that I had had more of an opportunity to shop around, but above are some of the people that I was next to, and some of the items that caught my eye. We have extraordinary talent in Saskatchewan, and I am grateful for the opportunity to be with them!

Broken Dish Necklaces: Earth Sisters
Watercolour Cards: The Gift of the GAB
Blown Glass Sun Catchers: Glassy-Eyed Beads
Crochet Pinkie Pie and Flutter Shy: Marjielous Creations
Hand-stamped Jewellery: Clair Ashley 
Crotchet Wrap: Hot off the Needles
Silk Hair Accessories: Appledainty

September 29, 2016

World Alzheimer's Month 2016

The Forget-Me-Not flower is a powerful symbol for people with Alzheimer's and their families. It is often used to symbolise the loss of memory, but is also a reminder to remember the people that we have lost to Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia. As you may know, the disease has touched my family as my Grandma was diagnosed with Alzheimer's when I was a teenager, and so it was very special to me when I spotted these Forget-Me-Nots while we were on vacation in Banff. It felt as if she was with me in that moment.

It was two years ago that we began this journey to provide support to the Alzheimer's Society of Canada by pledging to donate 15% of our profits for the month of September. This month was a record year, and, with your help since 2014, we have been able to donate over $40 to the Alzheimer's Society of Canada. 

Thank you for the love and support that you have given so far. I look forward to adding to the number next year!

August 21, 2016

Update: Help Support Local Animal Shelter

Two years ago, in August of 2014, we started a campaign to help our local SPCA by donating $1 from every purchase of the "Feel Better, Ivan" art print in the shop -- read about it here.

Today we are please to announce that, over the course of those two years, you have helped us to collect $25.00 that we have passed along to the local SPCA. With that money, they will be able to provide a safe place for animals until they find their forever homes. Thank you!

Yesterday my son and I stopped at the SPCA to pass along the money that you helped raise -- along with a novelty cheque -- where we met a chinchilla, named Buttons, that has indescribably soft fur. We're looking forward to our next visit!

 The inspiration behind the campaign came from our dog, Ivan, whom we adopted from our SPCA just over 10 years ago. You can read more about his story here.

August 01, 2016

Banff Adventures 2016: Johnston Canyon

Johnston Canyon was spectacular, and a perfect short hike to take our 5-year-old on. We trekked to the lower and the upper falls, and back, for a total of about 5 kilometers. It wasn't until we reached the last stretch before the car that our son asked us to pick him up and carry him because his feet were getting sore. Considering how far he walked, and the elevation we gained, we didn't mind.

It made us laugh that it was raining at the bottom of the hike, and by the time we reached the upper falls the sun was out and we had dried off -- only to hike back down to the bottom where it was still raining. 

There were so many amazing views and things to see in such a small amount of space. Nature is such a wonder. My only disappointment was in was the fact that people couldn't be bothered to hang onto their trash until the could find a bin, throwing it just to the side of the path instead. Johnston Canyon deserves more than that.

July 09, 2016

Shop Update: Exclusive Cards at Soul Paper in Saskatoon

I am so excited to share with you that we have worked together with a local business called Soul Paper to create some cards with Canadian and Saskatoon themes that are now sold exclusively in their shop.

It was a lot of fun to think outside of the box that I am used to when it comes to coming up with, and creating new card ideas, and Susan and Alex of Soul Paper have been a delight to work with. Their passion for paper made me even more excited to get the project started.

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