A Spash of Colour

March 29, 2013
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 :)



Spring is Around the Corner...

March 27, 2013

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?


John Donne: I Am Inspired

March 25, 2013
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...

Old Window / Frame

Gold sheer Curtains, Fr...

French vintage skeleton...

Sweet and Simple Vintag...

Vintage Breakfast In Be...

Vintage French Fine Lin...

Infinity Ring sterling ...

RESERVED for allycat127...

Tree Photography, Bloss...

1 Pc Round Pocket Watch...

Turquoise Blue Mason Ja...

one wood fired porcelai...

Simple Crown Ring in st...

Black and beige, Geomet...

Valentine Cloud Mobile ...

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?


Shop Update: For Mom

March 22, 2013

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!


Celebrating My Piece of the Internet

March 20, 2013

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 :)


Back to the 90's

March 11, 2013
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.

CarĂ¡tula 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?


Growing Up Small

March 08, 2013
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!


Etsy: Favourites at the Moment

March 04, 2013
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!


This Little Shop is Two

March 01, 2013
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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