The World
Of ElleSee
by LC McDonald

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.

June 25, 2016

Banff Adventures 2016: Town of Banff

We spent a few days in the town of Banff itself. After we were done our hikes or adventures we would usually end up there for supper and some exploring before the shops all closed for the night. The first night there we even went on a hike within the town to see the Bow River Falls. They were spectacular, and a good start to our trip.

We tried out a few restaurants while we were there -- and my husband and I left our comfort zone of just meat and potatoes. Our first dinner was at Balkan Restaurant where we ate some delicious Greek food. The next night we enjoyed some Mexican food at a place called Magpie & Stump. It had a fantastic atmosphere and decor. The last night we were in Banff we checked out a restaurant called The Eddie Burger + Bar. It too had a wonderful atmosphere. All three made me wish that we had more one-of-a-kind restaurants to experience at home, too.

When we weren't eating or hiking, we checked out some of the shops -- like COWS -- and made a visit to the Upper Hot Springs. The hot springs was wonderful with the ambient temperature at a crisp 5C.

June 20, 2016

Banff Adventures 2016: Lake Louise

We recently took a quick trip into the mountains and back. It can feel like quite the drive when you've got a 5-year-old in the back seat asking "Are we there yet?" a million times and complaining that his bum is sore every 50 seconds. But we had a good time, and that made the drive well worth it. 

We woke up early on our first morning there to drive to Lake Louise, and make it there just as the boat house was opening. It can be quite busy during the summer months, making it hard to get one of those iconic red canoes to take out on the lake. 

Well, we had nothing to worry about that morning. We were the only ones there waiting for the boat house to open, as the weather was a ripe 4C -- and so was the water. It was wonderful though, as we were alone on the lake for a good 15 minutes before another canoe joined us. The water was so calm, the mountains were majestic, and the feeling of tranquility is virtually indescribable. It is amazing being out on a lake first thing in the morning, and being on a milky turquoise lake with the mountains looming overhead is beyond amazing. What the first peoples must have felt like taking in that beauty day after day.

When we were done with our (somewhat) peaceful journey on the lake -- I love water, but capsizing into that lake was the stuff of nightmares, and I shit my pants every time someone moved -- I made the trek to the stables for a ride around the lake head. I and one other visitor were taken on back-country ski trails and hiking trails while mounted on horses. It made for interesting conversations when we met up with people on the hiking trails -- I felt like I was famous with all of the photos people were taking of us.

It was a wonderful 2 hour ride in a part of Lake Louise that I would otherwise have never explored, but, when we were done, it took everything in me to get my leg back over the horse so that I could get down and walk on solid ground again. You know sea-legs? Well, I had horse-legs. It was worth it, though, and I can't wait to do it again when my son is old enough.

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.

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