The World
Of ElleSee
by LC McDonald

May 26, 2016

Oliver Jeffers' Once Upon an Alphabet: Short Stories For all the Letters

For anyone that is a fan of Oliver Jeffers' work, there is no need to explain why Once Upon an Alphabet is one of the most awesome alphabet books in existence today. Each letter of the alphabet has a story that was written for it, and the stories begin to intertwine as you read through the book. It's not hard to read through the entire thing in one sitting, but we usually like to pick a couple of letters from the inside of the front cover -- for letter recognition -- and read those specific stories. The letters "C" and "K" are my personal favourites -- although I do enjoy when we stumble upon the owl and the octopus.

May 24, 2016

Mother's Day 2016

This year Mother's Day was everything that I have been waiting for. We had breakfast in bed -- after which he decided that he would like to have breakfast in bed on his next birthday -- and then we went and picked out a dog toy and some kitten food to take to the local SPCA as a donation and gift to my own mother for Mother's Day. We looked at all of the dogs and the cats -- and even a couple of rats. Then we drove to our favourite park to have a picnic lunch and play for a bit before coming home to have a sleep. It was the only sunny warm day that week, and it was wonderful. As much as he can get on my nerves sometimes, I look forward to and enjoy these special moments that we share.

May 16, 2016

Flock & Gather Spring Market 2016

Lou from Boolah Baguette  -  Cat Shirt from Salgado Fenwick 
Tree Gnome from Junipermoon Puppets  -  Honey from Hinterland Honey 
Sweater from Rebecca King Fashion  - Birch Wood Print from CMB Print Works

I found the most amazing treasures at the Flock & Gather Handmade Market this spring -- some of which I cannot share because they are intended to be Christmas gifts. I always enjoy perusing the handmade goods that are available from some incredibly talented people. This time it was nice to have the opportunity to browse -- for 2 1/2 hours -- without the responsibility of my own shop. Above are some of the items that I found and could not leave behind.

April 27, 2016

52 Books: Gene Zion's Harry the Dirty Dog

I purchased Harry the Dirty Dog by Gene Zion long before my son was even a thought in my mind -- I have always enjoyed children's books -- but as book number seven on our 52 Books journey, it has quickly become a favourite. If you are tired of taking baths, and want to follow along on an adventure with the cutest little dog, then this book might become your favourite too -- but you're allowed to change your mind about the baths.

April 23, 2016

What I Wore: My Handmade Shirt from Pakistan

I am a lucky girl. A little while ago, a lady I work with went back home for a visit in Pakistan. She offered to have some shirts made for me by her tailor. And so she asked for my measurements, took one of my shirts with her as a pattern for the tailor, and I eagerly awaited her to return.

When she came back, she gave me three beautiful shirts that had been handmade from the most amazing fabric. She said that she had picked out fabrics that she would enjoy wearing, and what I ended up getting was the most wonderful fabric that feels like you are not wearing anything. It is so soft and floats away from my body in the most breathable fashion. 

I am told that it is the summer fabric that is used on the tunics and clothing that is worn during the hottest part of Pakistan's year, and I know that it is going to be perfect for our hot days here.

April 18, 2016

Shop Update: Cards for Honorary Moms

This year I've made the card that I made for my own mom last Mother's Day available -- Because You've Helped Me Grow -- and included another card for all of the women in our lives that aren't our mothers, but hold a special place in our hearts. I chose to make a card like this -- My Chosen Mom - because I thought of all of the people out there that don't have a mom, or necessarily have a good relationship with their mother, that would like to acknowledge the ladies that have taken over that roll...for our honorary moms!

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