Wednesday, April 23, 2008

a wee break

well, i'm off for a 10 day break to hawaii. we've been planning this for a while now and are really looking forward to some rest and relaxation.

(and thank you for your excitement about the article, it so fun to share the news!!)

the shop will remain open, but orders won't be shipped out until may 6th.

be well and i'll see you when i get back!

Monday, April 21, 2008

okay, this one i knew about

i have been so excited to share this news, but i wanted to wait until it came out- i am in the latest issue of canadian home & country magazine!

they interviewed me for a column they have called 'living the dream'. it's not available to read online, so i though i'd share the little article through pictures. speaking of pictures, i am so happy with the shots that janis took. they are amazing! i hardly recognize myself, or my little animals. so exciting! i've never been in a magazine before, so to have it happen twice in one month is crazy to me!

Sunday, April 20, 2008

new whale

i have added this new whale to the shop. it is made from the same, great black and white wool herringbone fabric that i use for the body, but i have paired it with a pink japanese cotton and ivory polka dots. adorable!

and just a little heads up-i will be on vacation from this thursday april 24 to may 6th. the last day for shipping orders will be wednesday april 23rd, until i return. the shop will remain open while i'm away, and i will even be able to update it with some inventory that i have made. however, any orders placed during that time will not be shipped until i return. i have also posted this note on my etsy shop, so hopefully there won't be any confusion while i'm away. i don't want people to think i've stopped shipping orders out!

happy sunday!

Friday, April 18, 2008

music to my ears

okay, i LOVE flight of the conchords. when i first heard of them last year, i quickly became obsessed with watching them on youtube. then, while we were in LA in november, they released their first season on DVD, which of course we bought and have watched many, many times. it's true, i know most of their lyrics. i sing their songs while cleaning, walking outside and stitching animals. did you see that bust magazine article with them in it? GOLD. well..........i just saw that they are releasing an album on itunes! so exciting!!!!! look out mel, you aren't the only obsessed fan.....

and when i'm not singing folk parody songs, i've been listening to the she & him album. i think zooey deschanel's voice is so sweet and m.ward is super talented. i'm really diggin' on the country vibe too. here, sample it on their myspace page.

Thursday, April 17, 2008

so good

i had such a great visit with my sister over the weekend. i feel so lucky that we had perfect weather too. although it was a quick visit, it feels like we had lots of time to catch up over great food and drink. we walked around kits beach, that is where the photo above was taken. she also got to see various pockets of our city like granville island, gastown, chinatown and of course our 'hood, main street. i can't wait for her to bring my nieces here- they will go bonkers!

in shop news, you will now find a recently added hippo and an adorable owl. he is by far my favorite owl. i love that japanese cotton twill. check them out...

happy thursday- the weekend is almost here!

Thursday, April 10, 2008


my sister is coming out for a quick weekend visit! i'm so excited! we'll be picking her up at the airport tomorrow. this is her first time in vancouver, so i can't wait for her to get a feel for our life out here. i'm sad that i won't get to see my nieces, but it will be so nice to have a couple of days for serious-sister time!

this is a polaroid of my older brother and sister helping me, many years ago, with some birthday presents.

also, the shop is updated with some animals, including the last blue whale of it's kind and also a new elephant that's perfect for spring.

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

shop update

i hope to have a few more animals added to the shop by thursday. it will probably just be a couple, but i feel the shop needs a little new life in it. perhaps a hippo and an elephant or two. this little guy will be one of them. does he look familiar? (see here)

i will dip into my ready made stock since i'm still not quite up to speed with my hand yet. so close though. i'm off to the doctor today to get an xray to check on the healing. i'm glad too, because i have some new designs swirling around that i would like to test out.

Monday, April 7, 2008

one down.

yay- i finally finished a book. i was able to concentrate for more than 5 minutes on something, huzzah! so the first book was "water for elephants' and i can say that i quite enjoyed it. in fact, i found myself having very vivid dreams of the circus last night! (it could also have been a result of night sweats from the cold that i just caught. boo.) also, i was super happy to hear that i'm not the only one who starts books and doesn't finish them. or perhaps i should say, puts off finishing them.

the story became pretty interesting and i loved how it ended. plus, without giving too much away, i thoroughly enjoyed how rosie got her revenge in the end. a real page turner!

okay-that is my very simple and brief review. onto the memory keeper's daughter. and finally, a little bit of sewing. happy monday.

Friday, April 4, 2008

best intentions

this is my 'currently reading' pile. it is somewhat unfair to say current for some of these books, since i know i started a couple of them last year.

please tell me i am not the only one who constantly starts a book and then has the urge to buy another, only to start that and then abandon that one too. it's a vicious cycle. i have forbidden myself from buying one more book until i can complete at least half of this pile. which i'm sure won't be too hard, since we're going on vacation in a few weeks.

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

house & home

imagine my excitement to see one of my little elephants in this month's issue of canadian house & home! perched on the top, left hand corner of page 96. so excited, had to share.

(image of magazine cover courtesy of house & home's website)