March 29, 2013

A Spash of Colour

Easter Egg decorating idea from the blog Spoon Fork Bacon.


On Wednesday, we decorated Easter Eggs with the children at work. We made our own colours with vinegar, warm water and food colouring. They all had a lot of fun drizzling the liquid colour over their hard-boiled eggs. I may be biased, but I think that they turned out beautifully!

Wishing you and yours a very Happy Easter! Don't eat too much chocolate this weekend :)

 


March 27, 2013

Spring is Around the Corner...


Spring is right around the corner, right? Until then, we've been enjoying going for walks after supper while Little Boy pulls his sleigh. He's not a fan of riding in it right now. The days have been getting longer; the Sun has been getting hotter; the snow is beginning to melt; there is hope!



We've been enjoying hot chocolate when we come in from outside with our rosy cheeks. I picked this little cutie of a mug up at the last Flock and Gather event that I went to. I'm excited for the next one that is coming up in April. There's lots of excitement coming our way in that month...beginning on the first :)



Is it Spring where you are?




March 25, 2013

John Donne: I Am Inspired

I was really inspired by Cari-Jane's blog post about having poetry stuck in your head. She made a beautiful treasury as a homage to a poem from Yeats that swims around in her head. As soon as I read that blog post, a line from an e.e. cummings poem popped into my head -- "nobody, not even the rain, has such small hands" -- that a high school English teacher quoted me about my hands. Then I was reminded of a William Carlos Williams poem that I learned in high school, and finally I though about a poem written by John Donne that I had to memorise for a midterm in university. It is this poem that inspired the following treasury, and while I made it, I thought about the Sun and how I love its warmth, as well as the wonder of Spring.
nobody,not even the rain,has such small hands
nobody,not even the rain,has such small hands



Yellow daffodil, flower...
$21

Old Window / Frame
$42

Gold sheer Curtains, Fr...
$35

French vintage skeleton...
$7.5

Sweet and Simple Vintag...
$35

Vintage Breakfast In Be...
$35

Vintage French Fine Lin...
$45

Infinity Ring sterling ...
$8

RESERVED for allycat127...
$28

Tree Photography, Bloss...
$30

1 Pc Round Pocket Watch...
$10

Turquoise Blue Mason Ja...
$39

one wood fired porcelai...
$100

Simple Crown Ring in st...
$29

Black and beige, Geomet...
$34

Valentine Cloud Mobile ...
$47


THE SUN RISING*
by John Donne


        BUSY old fool, unruly Sun,
        Why dost thou thus,
Through windows, and through curtains, call on us ?
Must to thy motions lovers' seasons run ?
        Saucy pedantic wretch, go chide
        Late school-boys and sour prentices,
    Go tell court-huntsmen that the king will ride,
    Call country ants to harvest offices ;
Love, all alike, no season knows nor clime,
Nor hours, days, months, which are the rags of time.


*just and excerpt, see the full poem here



What poems have inspired you lately?



 

March 22, 2013

Shop Update: For Mom


Mother's Day might be in the month of May, but as a shop owner and card maker, I need to think about ideas for new cards, and even list them in the shop, way before anyone is thinking about specific holidays and celebrations -- yesterday, someone actually bought the first Mother's Day card of this year. And sometimes it's just nice to be able to grab a card for your Mom just because you love her so much, even if it is September.

Also, I'm trying out some new product photography. What do you think of the white background and my hand holding the card? Yay or nay?



Have a great weekend!




March 20, 2013

Celebrating My Piece of the Internet


Today is the 2nd birthday of this little blog, and I couldn't be happier with the direction and evolution that has happened in the short life span of my little piece of the internet. Sure, it didn't explode with thousands of followers, but I know that you are interested and that is what matters the most to me. I know that you enjoy reading about my thoughts, experiences and daily life, and I am grateful that you take the time to stop by.


Cheers :)




March 18, 2013

In Awe of Ballet


I had the privilege to watch a spectacular performance of The Sleeping Beauty with my Mom this past weekend. The first act had me perched up in my seat watching the most beautiful dance between Princess Aurora and the four princes that came to seek her hand in marriage. The muscle control that the ballerina had over her body made me breathless. There was one part during the dance when she held her leg up in the air for what seemed like 10 minutes, or more. I have a new appreciation for what goes into dance, and I am in awe of what the body is capable of doing.


What did you do this weekend?



 

March 14, 2013

Show Some Confidence: Enjoying the Epiphany

I am so excited to share the thoughts of Sarah from the blog Enjoying the Epiphany today. I first approached Sarah after reading this blog post that she wrote at the beginning of February. She is such a strong and confident woman, and exactly what I am looking for in a person to guest post for the Show Some Confidence Series. So dive in as Sarah convinces you to Strip Down and Look In The Mirror


"If I were thinner, I'd wear a bikini to the beach."

"If I were as pretty as her, I'd get hit on too."

"If I were skinny, maybe somebody would want me."

"If I looked the way I did in high school, maybe my husband would pay more attention to me."


I am so saddened when I hear women say things like this;  women around the world sell themselves short every day.  We compare ourselves to each other, covet the bodies of airbrushed reality stars, and view the size zero bodies of super models in fashion magazines as perfect bodies.  We fill our minds with self hate and practice deprivation in order to achieve unattainable social expectations.

In the meantime we are ruining perfectly happy relationships with lovers, family members, and most importantly... ourselves.

The average television/movie star wears a size 2-4 and weighs approximately 110 pounds and fashion designers create their samples in a size 2.  The average American woman wears a size 12-14 and weighs about 150 pounds which, according to Self Magazine is considered obese.  Is it really any wonder why the average age for women to become anorexic and/or bulimic is 13?

We need to make a conscious decision to love ourselves.  Period.

No woman- any size, any shape, any religion, race, or sexual orientation, any where will EVER find love with a partner until she truly learns to love herself.  She may find a superficial love or a flawed love but an everlasting, unconditional love will not be achieved until she feels worthy of these relationships and has one with herself. 

Put the shoe on the other foot ladies.  How attractive would it be if your lover was constantly degrading and insulting his/her self?  How redundant and exhausting would it be if you were always having to affirm your partner that he/she is attractive?  How long would the relationship continue or remain a healthy and happy one?

We need to take a stand against our self hate!



In order to fall in love with yourself you have to first accept yourself as you are.  You need to accept whatever it is that you may consider a 'flaw' and learn to think positively about it.  I do not advocate changing who you are;  I advocate making yourself happy.  If you do not love something about yourself, teach yourself to love it by looking at it in a different way.  If you are consistently insulting yourself or attempting to achieve the 'norm' that society has set, you will never achieve true happiness and you will never be able to grow into a confident, self loving woman.  In order to love yourself you must first accept yourself.

I love myself and I have accepted myself- everything about myself.  I love my body, I love my curves, I love my intellect, I love my creativity, I love me.  I am a happy, healthy size 18.  I say healthy because that is exactly what I am.   


health·y 
/ˈhelTHē/ 

1. In good health: "feeling fit and healthy".
2. (of a part of the body) Not diseased.

Synonyms
sound - wholesome - salubrious - healthful - well - hale


Nowhere in that definition does it say:  skinny, thin, small, 110 pounds, or size 0.  Nowhere.  You see ladies, you can be healthy without wearing a single digit size in your jeans.  You can be healthy if you feel fit and healthy.  (The definition says so!)

Give yourself daily affirmations of positivity and love.  Guurrrl, you deserve it!

Wanna know how I did it?  I looked at myself in the mirror- naked, in all my dimpled glory.  Yup, that's exactly what I did.  I marched right into the bathroom, locked the door, stripped down, and stared at myself. 

I looked at my face first.  I stared deep into these eyes and thought, "What a pretty color.  Not quite brown, not quite gold, specs of green.  I like 'em."  I looked at my nose and thought, "How cute.  Just the right size for my face."  Then came my skin, "Pale porcelain... very roaring 20's."

Thus began my love affair with my face.

Then came my breasts and stomach.  I've always been a fan of my breasts, I'm not gonna lie.  They're rather large and quite perky for 'bigguns' so loving them wasn't difficult!  My stomach wasn't as easy to conquer.  You see, I have a lovely "mama apron."  The women in my family have always nicknamed the soft, hanging skin we gained after having children the "mama apron."  Even with the cute nickname, I've always loathed the damn thing... until I learned to accept it for what it is.  This extra skin filled with fluff (you like that, don't ya?) protected three of the best things that this world has ever seen... my boys.  This apron is covered in soft lavender stripes and is silky to the touch and if I close my eyes, I can run my hands over it and remember when I felt the kicking of a baby boy inside of it.  I can remember when the doctor laid the three most precious blessings on this "mama apron" and I heard the tiny cries of miracles.  Miracles that were held inside this fluffy cloud of skin.  I will never again hate this stomach and I will never again wish it away.

I am now in love with my stomach.

Then came my thighs.  I've always cursed my thighs because they are large and touch together creating the infamous 'chub rub.'  So I stood there, staring and staring and staring at those thighs.  They're kinda cute ya know... all soft and dimply and carefully touching together.  Then I realized, they are the protectors of the throne, the armed guards to the Queen, and the regulators of Mount Sarah!  You see, nobody's gettin' access to the Queen unless those thighs allow it.  They are my own private security system! 

Ha!  I love these thighs.

We won't even discuss the Queen... I mean, who doesn't love their vagina?

You see, I stared and stared and figured out that I love my body just the way it is.  There is no need to change anything about myself... I am happy.  I am happy within myself and I am happy with how I look.  Want proof?  Look at this definition...

hap·py
/ˈhapē/

Adjective
Feeling or showing pleasure or contentment. Having a sense of confidence in or satisfaction with (a person, arrangement, or situation).

Synonyms
glad - fortunate - joyful - lucky - merry - cheerful


To Love Oneself Is The Begining Of A Lifelong Romance.



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March 11, 2013

Back to the 90's

After reading a blog post about Trina's favourite songs from the 90's, it really got me thinking about my favourite songs from that decade.

There are so many songs that I enjoy now from that time, and so many bands that I have come to appreciate as my music pallet has expanded -- Beastie Boys, Cypress Hill, Green Day, Daft Punk, and A Tribe Called Quest, to name a few -- but the following songs, in no particular order, are the ones that I recorded off the radio so that I could listen to them any time. You know, the ones that you would sit there listening to the radio all day just to push the record button, and if you missed it because you went to the bathroom you were so mad at yourself.

These are the songs that I would rewind over and over again with my Walkman while on a road trip; the songs that got me moving and dancing; the songs that bring back good memories.


Carátula Interior Trasera de Backstreet Boys - Backstreet's Back
I Want it that Way by Backstreet Boys
Jump Around by House of Pain
Wonderwall by Oasis
Gangsta's Paradise by  Coolio
Song 2 by Blur



What are some of your favourite songs from the 90's?



March 08, 2013

Growing Up Small

I'll admit that I've never been a big fan of Shakespear because I find it to be a bunch of gibberish, beautifully poetic gibberish, but gibberish none-the-less. The quotations taken from his works that are used in a different context are what I love, though, and that is why I said his work is beautifully poetic gibberish -- I know someone is going to kill me for this. 



I found this quotation from Shakespeare's play A Midsummer Night's Dream a few days ago, and I was immediately touched by it. I have lived my entire life being the smallest person in the class or in a group of friends. It bothered me a lot when I was younger because I was made fun of for it, but I have since learned that there are many benefits to being of smaller stature -- just as there are many benefits to being someone that is taller.

It wasn't until my university years while I was interviewing an incredibly tall athlete that I realised the serious benefits of my size. For starters, I was able to sit in a proper seat on the bus -- not one of those long bench seats that give your legs more room. Sure, I may not be able to reach the top shelf of a cupboard without standing on a chair, but I don't have as far to bend down to pick something up, and I can find the best places for hide-and-seek :)

This person that was so amazing at what he did, which made his height important, made me feel good about being short, like it was just as important. Maybe all it took was a little bit of growing up in a different way.



Have a great weekend!




March 04, 2013

Etsy: Favourites at the Moment

I love looking around Etsy in search of art and other little items to wear or fill my home. Am I an addict? Well, I wouldn't go that far, but I do love to browse and dream. Here are a few of my favourites at the moment:



I am in love with this little art print. It reminded me so much of what my dog looks like curled up on our bed that I purchased it to hang in our bedroom.



St. Patrick's Day is on it's way, and this little pin would be a perfect way to add a speck of green to your outfit so you don't get pinched :)



The ballet flats from this shop are simply divine. I think I might have to finally break down and purchase this lovely pair. They're perfect for Sping, don't you think?



This hand-built porcelain vessel would be perfect for a bouquet of wild flowers. How can you tell that I'm starting to think a lot about Spring?


 

How precious is this little sleeping fox? Clearly I have something for sleeping animals. I have a weak spot for anything sleeping, really.



Which one is your favourite? I hope you had a great weekend!





March 01, 2013

This Little Shop is Two

Today the shop turns two. I remember this because, as the middle child, the shop is exactly a month older than Little Boy. I will never forget either birthday :)



There is nothing more that I can say to you other than how much I appreciate all of your support. My customers are the most amazing people that I have ever encountered. I could never have imagined how much people would enjoy my little art prints and cards -- I hit the 100 sold items milestone with over 74 orders this year.

To thanks you for all of your love and support, I would like to give you 25% off any purchase you make this weekend with the coupon code SHOPBIRTHDAY!



Have a fantastic weekend!




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