The Little Shop of ElleSee Gift Guide

November 30, 2019
Christmas is getting closer, and Little Shop of ElleSee has you covered! From Christmas and Hanukkah cards, to t-shirts, brooches and pins, and art for your walls, we've got everything that you need for the holiday season. Plus, we wrap it and ship it with care so it arrives safely at your home. You can also pick a little something up for yourself, if you like!



Behind the Art: Feel Better, Ivan

November 26, 2019

Inspired by my own dog and the way that he would curl up on the floor, in his chair, on the bed...etc, the Feel Better, Ivan drawing is so much more than just a dog and a red ball. He is my logo, and part of the heart of the shop. One of my favourite things about this drawing is how much everyone that purchases it (or the pin) sees their own dog in it. I've even had requests to add patches, etc. to his face or body to resemble the dog of the person ordering the print.

It is a true gift to be able to give people something to remember their dog by, but it is with the deepest sadness that I share with you that Ivan has succumbed to old age and kidney disease, and that I am now one of those people that will have this little print to remind me of my pup. I am grateful for the legacy he has provided to the shop, and for the love that he gave so willingly without expectation. He truly was a gift.


DIY: Handmade Christmas Gifts

November 25, 2019

Sometimes we just don't have the means to go out and purchase a gift, or we want to really give something that we have made with our hearts. Here are some DIY Christmas gifts that I have made in the past. I hope you will find inspiration!

A few years ago, I made water-less snowglobes for my son's teachers as a Christmas gift using a bristle brush tree, air-dry clay, gold paint, a toilet tube, some paper, a baby food jar and some fake snow (which is worse than working with glitter). I didn't document the process, but I found a super cute tutorial over on Hallmark's blog (of all places).

I made a tutorial several years ago with my mom on how to use an old book to make paper Christmas trees. It's one of my favourite decorations for the season, and I often take it with me when I go to holiday/winter markets.

I made this Christmas ornament for a friend for Christmas one year, and also put it on the blog as a last minute gift project. It's pretty simple and only requires paint, glue and well as the ornament (of course).

These beautiful bowls from Camille Styles were created using air-dry clay, and was one of the gifts that I made for my DIY Christmas a few years ago. 

This three-dimensional winter scene was another paper project that was created using an old book, and was part of the 2012 Discover Paper Holiday Gift Guide (page 100). Like the paper tree, it is one of my favourite Christmas decorations that we own.


A Handmade Holiday Gift Guide 2019

November 16, 2019

I have purchased at least one item from all of the following makers over the past several years (as gifts or to use myself) and I have loved every single one of them so much that I wanted to share these fantastic creatives with you. You'll find items for your home (to decorate and eat), things to wear, jewellery, items for the kids and holiday cards. Happy shopping!!


Laser Cut Aww Yeah! Ornament from desTroy

Cherry Wood Cutting Board from Lone Tree Handcrafted





Wee Wood Folk from Very Happy Toys

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