13 12 2010
And so Christmas vacation begins – for me at least. I’m very lucky to be heading home for the holidays (it’s been a year since I’ve been back to Vancouver) and I’m going to take a full break – from sewing, blogging, shipping – the whole works. So it is going to get quiet around here and I just wanted to take this time to wish you all a very happy holiday season and let you know one last time how grateful I am for all of your sales over the last month or so.
I will leave the online shop ‘open’ and stocked with only scarves. Whatever orders placed from now until December 31st will be shipped in the first week of January. I’ll dutifully photograph my Christmas break and share when I get back – as well, I’ll be launching the Spring 2011 S&C collection in the new year and am super excited about where it’s heading.
As much as I try to deny it, it has become very apparent that I will be needing a new pair of boots this winter. I am currently alternating between chucks with a cracked sole and a pair of vintage shortie cowboy boots that leave my feet numb after just 5 minutes outside. I DO own a pair of ankle height Sorels and a pair of real (‘I mean business’) combat boots but both of these options leave a little to be desired once I’ve reached my destination of choice. I have two basic requirements:
1) Little or no heel. Not only will I be walking with these bad boys on snow and ice I am actually just impaired when it comes to heels. I always feel like I’m walking like a robot and people are pointing and staring – which I do and they are (and not in a good way).
2) They need to be warm or allow for warm things to be put in them (ie. room for multiple wool socks)
I am loving how many shearling options there are out there this season and am personally leaning towards a low heeled clog boot. What do you think or have bought for yourself this season?
(Clockwise: Loggins Lace-Up Boot, Shop Nasty Gal; Bering Boot, Rachel Comey; The Bowery Boot, ModCloth; Shearling Military Boot, All Saints; Tan Shearling Boot, Desire Clothing; Shearling Military Boot, All Saints; Classic Biker Buckle Boot, No. 6)
I’m excited to announce that I’ve partnered up with Emma from The Marion House Book and am doing a zipper pouch giveaway! Emma is a very talented Interior Designer that in a fairly short time has cultivated a devoted blog readership and shone a substantial spotlight on the creative inhabitants of our Toronto neighborhood – Parkdale. We’ll be back on her blog in a few months in the form of a house tour which I’m very excited about.
Head on over to her blog for a chance to enter and see a bit more of my sweatshop, ahem, I mean my studio. She’ll be picking a winner on the 14th!!
(Comments left on this post do not enter you into the giveaway)
08 12 2010
I’m slowly amassing everything I need to create my Spring 2011 collection. Can’t wait to launch it in the first few weeks of January!
P.S. Due to such high volume with online orders and extreme crafters exhaustion I’ve pulled out of the Lavish & Squalor Trunk Sale this upcoming weekend – I’m sure the event will be fabulous so if you’re in the Toronto area make sure to check it out…
06 12 2010
A few snapshots from my world this snowy (!) Monday morning. I am a true Vancouverite at heart and because my hometown barely ever sees snow it still has a magical quality to it for me. Yesterday when it started to fall I actually looked out the window and thought, ‘Where is all that glitter coming from?’ I’m fully aware that by February I’ll be sick of it but for now I LOVE looking out the window and seeing a winter wonderland of sorts.
A few months ago V and I found this wooden ironing board at Goodwill and since it was Freaky Friday where everything is half off we just couldn’t resist. Since then it’s been sitting in our bedroom annoying me with its uselessness. Until yesterday that is. I am a huge book person but before leaving for Mexico I ended up selling most of my collection. I realized that I had just enough books to transform this ironing board into a bookcase and, while I still have my eyes peeled for a more traditional way to store books, I am fairly happy with the results.
Saturday I was to be found at the Parkdale Bazaar selling zipper pouches and trying not to scare people off with my shy demeanor and clearly sick body. Happily Anabela and Geoff from the blog Fieldguided stopped by and purchased a constellation pouch. We chatted for a bit (it was the first time we had met in person) and then they very nicely gifted me with this awesome ‘There is thunder in our hearts’ tote. I had been secretly coveting it since they first released them and I was truly touched.
Today the morning will be devoted to cleaning my studio as tomorrow Emma from The Marion House Book is coming over to shoot my studio space for her blog. There will also be a giveaway announcement later in the week so stay tuned.
And finally – I spent Sunday wandering the aisles of the Toronto One of a Kind show. I was overwhelmed with how many vendors participated and, honestly, a bit underwhelmed with the product offering. There were a few standouts for me – most notably finally meeting Arounna of Bookhou (I purchased a lovely something but can’t post it for obvious gifting reasons), the waxed canvas bags and jewelry of Hoi Bo and the soft and sweet light boxes made by Christie Greyerbiehl.
Happy week everyone!
01 12 2010
If you are in the Toronto area you are welcome to join me at two local events.
The first is this Saturday, December 4th, at the Parkdale Bazaar – being held at the Masaryk-Cowan Community Center (220 Cowan Avenue) from 11am to 5pm.
The second is the first ever Lavish & Squalor Trunk Sale (Upper Level (enter through store) 253 Queen Street West) – December 10 – 12th – schedule as follows:
Friday 12 – 8pm (cocktail hour 7-9pm)
Saturday 12 – 7pm
Sunday 12 – 6pm
Just a reminder that I will be shutting the online shop from December 15th to 31st so make sure to get your orders in in the next few weeks.
28 11 2010
The holidays are fast approaching and everything and everyone is on the move. This is a little reminder for shipping deadlines (all dates are estimates – due to heavy holiday postal use and customs there are no guarantees your package will arrive by the 25th):
Overseas – This Monday is your last day for delivery pre-Christmas
US – You should place your orders by December 4th
Canada – You should place your orders by December 9th
Also – I am heading home for the holidays on December 16th and the online shop will be shut for 2 weeks so the earlier you make your purchases/requests the better. I will not be able to sew anything past December 13th. The shop should re-open January 1st.
(The tracks picture I took outside of my mother’s house in Vancouver – I can’t wait to spend two whole weeks with friends and family in my hometown…long live Christmas!!)