December 31, 2017

Shop Update: A 2017 Thank You




First off, we would like to thank you for such an amazing year. 2017 was the first time that we traveled to another city for a handmade market, and we were welcomed with open arms.

It was also the first year that we took part in multiple markets -- including an online market -- and we were very excited to meet so many new people, and see some familiar faces.

We also expanded beyond paper this year, and, for the first time, we made t-shirts. Later on, we added enamel pins with the same image on it to the roster. It was unbelievable to be able to see our work on a t-shirt and a pin!

It was an incredible year for Little Shop of ElleSee, and we know that it would have been impossible without you. We wish you all the best in 2018, and can't wait to share with you everything that we are, and will be, up to. See you next year! 


December 17, 2017

An ElleSee Christmas Music Playlist



My family's tradition is to wait until my Grandad's birthday (November 19) before we start listening to Christmas music. When he passed away 22 years ago, it became a moment for us to also remember him. A salute to Grandad. I'll have to admit that there were a few times this year that I listened to Christmas music before that day, but I was pretty close to sticking to tradition. 

I grew up listening to my parents collection of Christmas music on vinyl. My personal favourite was to put on some Bing -- I'm also a huge fan of the White Christmas film -- and as tapes and CDs were added to our collection, I loved listening to Amy Grant and Celine Dion. I also loved listening to the music in Christmas movies like Home Alone and A Charlie Brown Christmas. 

YouTube, and Google Play have since opened up many more doors to music, and now I have a massive collection of Christmas music that I didn't know about before -- plus there's all the music that has been added to the genre since I was younger.

Christmas music gives me a warm fuzzy feeling like no other type of music, and it really helps me get into the holiday spirit -- and sometimes mellow out -- so I made a list of some of my favourites to share with you. What are some of yours?

Oldies (The Classics)
White Christmas - The Drifters
The Christmas Song - Nat King Cole
Santa Baby - Eartha Kitt
The Chipmunk Song - The Chipmunks

From the Movies
Somewhere in My Memory - John Williams (Home Alone Soundtrack)
Christmastime is Here (Instrumental) - Vince Guaraldi Trio 

From Before
This Christmas - Donny Hathaway
Wonderful Christmas Time - Paul McCartney 

From Now
Christmas Lights - Coldplay 
Christmastime to Me - Jordin Sparks
Little Drummer Boy - Pentatonix
Maybe this Christmas - The Lower Lights



November 03, 2017

What We Love: Fall 2017


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I recently picked up a new pair of Sugoi running pants that has an inner fleece layer for colder weather, and they have become more than just my running pants...I wear them as my comfy pants too. I cannot get enough of these pants. They are so cozy, and the tighter feel -- being leggins -- makes my legs think they are getting a warm hug. (bonus: these pants are made in Canada!)



The guitar in this song got me. It got me real good. I have been a fan of Lights' music for a long time now -- I even saw her perform live while 4 months pregnant -- and this has got to be one of my favourites since she released Banner while I was on maternity leave.





I honestly couldn't pick one pin that I liked best from the shop Just Duet, so I picked three of my favourite foods to share with you (pizza cat, taco cat, burger cat). I highly recommend that you check out more of the adorable cat food pins in the shop.


October 21, 2017

Shop Update: Free Shipping Within Canada Until Christmas

It may seem a bit early to start thinking about Christmas shopping, but when you're online it's good to start looking before it's too late to get what you need. 

We just wanted to let you know that you can get free shipping in Canada on orders over $25 from now until Christmas by following the link https://www.etsy.com/ca/shop/LittleShopofElleSee?coupon=XMASSHIPPING, or using the coupon code XMASSHOPPING when you go through the checkout section in the shop.

Happy shopping!



October 15, 2017

Walt Disney World Adventures 2017



This is the fourth time that I have been to Walt Disney World -- the second for my son, and who knows how many for my husband. This time we decided to make it a surprise for our son, and we told him all about our adventure soon after we had woken him up to head to the airport.

I am by no means a Disney expert, but I noticed that this time around I was able to pay attention to more of the little things in all of the different lands in Walt Disney World -- I always describe it as a city with it's own transportation system and different districts to explore. Instead of being in awe of all the big things that grab your attention when you first go, I noticed things like how you can see Space Mountain and Cinderella's Castle from the top of Thunder Mountain Railroad. 

It definitely made for a different experience -- for those that think it might become quite dull going so many times -- and it made me appreciate the attention to all of the most minute details that the people of Disney take into consideration. It truly is a magical experience, and one that you must experience for yourself in order to understand what a wonderful vacation destination it can be.


*I also got to see the clock on the It's a Small World ride for the first time. I didn't even know it was a clock!





September 01, 2017

Forget Her Not: World Alzheimer's Month 2017



My grandparents lived in Australia for most of my life. They were ex-pats in search of adventures that took them around the world with their family, but life brought them back home as they began to age and wanted to be near family. Not too long after they moved back, my Grandma was diagnosed with Alzheimer's and she moved into a wonderful care home where my Grandpa would go and visit her every day.

If I'm being honest, I never really knew my Grandma. Having lived in Australia and only visiting a couple of times until I was in high school, the opportunity to get to know her before the disease took over was never there. Most of what I do know comes from the stories my Grandpa and my Dad have told about her, as most of the time that I spent with her she didn't talk to me. She sounds like she was an amazingly strong woman with a fantastic sense of style. I love looking at old photographs of her as her posture suggests that she was sassy, fun and full of life.

What I do remember are little moments that I had with her, and parts of her personality that she used to conceal what was happening to her. I remember her laugh that she had when someone asked her a question she didn't know the answer to, and she would look to my Grandpa for help. Or that time I looked after her while my Dad took my Grandpa to the symphony, and she answered the phone upside-down and didn't remember that she had to say "hello".

The one thing that I know she had no difficulties with, until she lost her voice, was singing songs from yesteryear while my Grandpa sat at the piano accompanying her. They would be there for hours making music together, and I know this was a very special time for them because he would visit her at the care home and continue to play music for her to listen to -- even after she had passed, my Grandpa would continue to play music for the other residents, until he could no longer go.

It is this life. It is this memory of the most pure joy, the most pure love, that brings me back year after year for the month of September to donate 15% of the shops profits to the Alzheimer Society of Canada to provide support to those who are suffering from the disease and their families, and to promote research. Help support the cause and give a voice to those affected by Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia. Forget them not.



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