The World
Of ElleSee
by LC McDonald

May 07, 2017

What We Love: Spring 2017



I may have just snapped up a pair of these Birkenstocks recently in hopes that they will become a new favourite sandal -- especially with a serious walking holiday coming up this summer. What I didn't know, until I went to purchase the sandals, is that Birkenstock sandals can be rebuilt, making them a solid investment that will last a lifetime. Given my promise to myself to become more ethically and environmentally responsible (see here and here) when it comes to clothing, Birkenstocks seem to be a step in the right direction -- pun intended.



That voice. It's what drew my in to this song when I heard it on the radio recently. It's so strong and powerful.



I am in love with this beautiful Big Dipper and Little Dipper constellation set from Sargasso Shop. With thoughts of summer, it makes me think about fun times camping with my family, and it also makes me think about my son -- mama bear and baby bear.



April 15, 2017

Read It: The Woman I Wanted To Be



I started reading The Woman I Wanted To Be by Diane von Furstenburg -- the woman who invented the wrap dress, and has become so much more -- while on vacation in Cuba. It was my beach reading, but the weather was too windy so I ended up reading most of it on the plane ride home. 

While I found her life absolutely fascinating, I initially had a difficult time getting past the fact that it felt so much like a fairy tale. She is one of those people that seems to meet the right people, and to be in the right place at the right time, but she doesn't take advantage of it, or use people in a hurtful way. She is a self-made business woman that cares deeply about the people in her life, and was fortunate enough to have been given a lot of opportunities and people that care just as deeply about her.

While she seemed to live an extravagant life while trying to figure out what kind of person she wanted to be in her early years -- believe me, she has had her struggles as well -- I liked that she never pushed herself down, and used every opportunity as a point of learning. She has learned so many lessons in her life, and she talks freely about them, but it was when she talked about her business(es) that I really perked up.

As a business woman myself, I saw a lot of what she went through in what I am struggling with right now in my shop. She seemed to float through everything, and do really well, but it wasn't until a few years ago that she really discovered her vision for herself and her company. This is something that I have been thinking about a lot lately.

Without delving into too much information into business things, or into something that you could really care nothing about, I want you to know how wonderful it was to read about a woman that is two and a half times my age that was still trying to figure everything out. That it's okay to struggle, as long as you don't become someone, or something, that you don't want to be, and that nothing will stop you from becoming the woman you want to be.



April 08, 2017

Shop Update: Spring Handmade Markets 2017

April and May are going to be a busy month for us. We have 3 Spring handmade markets lined up that we are really excited about:


The first one is the Etsy SK Spring Pop-up in Saskatoon.We will have a selection of Easter cards and Mother's Day card (May 14!) to choose from among our cards for babies, weddings, birthdays, etc. All of which can be found in the shop.


The second one is at the end of April in Regina -- our first market away from home. We are really happy to be attending The Wren's Spring Handmade Market. We will have all of our regular goodies there, plus, if you are among the first 25 people through the door, we will have something extra special in the swag bags.



The final handmade market that we are doing this Spring is The Handmade Pop-up which will be an online market starting May 1 and running until May 15. We will provide more information and some links as it becomes available. We are currently in the beginning stages of getting everything set up for our shop, and we are excited about the concept and possibilities behind this global market.


Have a great Spring enjoying the weather with family and friends. We hope you will take the time to come out and visit with us at one of our markets!



April 03, 2017

Now He is 6



We had Little Boy's 6th birthday parties -- yes, you read that right...partiesss -- this past weekend. It was his first time to have a friends birthday party and not just a family birthday party. He was so excited. We had nine children filled with juice, chips, and goodies from a pinata running around the house. It was exhausting, but so much fun. 

Time really must fly at the speed of light. To think that in the span of a year this Little Boy has learned how to write letters, sound out words to write them himself, and sparked his love for imaginative play -- something that I have been waiting for for a while now.

His mind is quite analytical, but he has always had a creative streak in him, as well as a love of music and movement. His body has started to spin and contort in the way of B-Boys, and his interest in music has grown into mixing his own beats with the songs that he hears.

We enjoyed reading through his very first report card from school as it so politely talked about how he is a leader among his peers, and is learning to step back and let others take the lead sometimes -- instead of stating that he's bossy. It's so exciting to read about all of the different elements of his learning, especially the social aspects, and to let him become an independent person.

It's so very different than the first few years of his life; figuring out how much to step back, while still hanging on to the things that make him special, or make our time with him special, before he is ready to move on and be away from us -- more and more and more.

I believe my husband and I have put the building blocks into place to help him become a strong individual, and now is when we start letting him go. 




March 29, 2017

The Shop: 6th Birthday Giveaway



Right now, until Friday March 31 @ 8pm CST, we are having a giveaway in celebration of the shop's birthday, and as a thank you for all of the love and support that you have given us over the years. You can enter to win a beautiful pair of earrings from the shop Riel Creations, an adorable little plum from Boolah Baguette, and a birthday card from yours truly. Head on over to our Facebook page, and our Instagram account for 2 chances to enter. The winner will be announced on Friday after 8pm CST.



March 28, 2017

Listen Here: Our Favourite Song Covers


I heard this amazing cover of Drake's Hotline Bling when Lights shared it on her Twitter feed. I was immediately hooked, and listened to it on repeat for a couple of days. It is probably my most favourite cover of a song.




Another cover that is an absolute favourite is Call Your Girlfriend by Lucy Wainwright Roche -- originally performed by Robyn. I shared it a few years ago in the July Listen, Look, Love series. I had heard it on CBC Radio 2, and fell in love with it right away. As I said in the post where I first shared this song, I like when an artist can take a song and make it their own, which is exactly what Lights and Lucy have done with these two songs.




I heard Rufus Wainwright's cover of Across the Universe on CBC Radio 2 -- as seems to be the trend for most of the good music that I hear lately. Like the other covers mentioned in this post, I fell in love with it immediately. The simplicity of the guitar, and his voice work so perfectly together.





I remember discovering this gem of a cover -- of Cyndi Lauper's True Colors -- from Marina and the Diamonds while listening to some of her new music last year. After that, I listened to it non-stop for a couple of weeks. I love the power of her voice and the simplicity of the piano. There's already a strong, and beautiful message behind this song, but Marina makes it that much better.


What are some of your favourite covers of songs?


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