I just love looking at packagaing from different parts of the world.  We saw a chinese herbal doctor and accupunturist while we were visiting my parents in Hamilton. The herbal shop had quite a reputation for curing all sort of ailments from arithitis to chronic health issues.The shop was really interesting to visit – an old world feel and looks like it hasn’t changed since it opened. My husband got a selection of herbs that would last afew weeks and says it will help the body get back to balance. Aromatic herbs (some may say pungent or stinky) that need to be boiled in water for 1 hour and drank on an empty stomach. To your health.











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I saw my favourite illustrator - Oliver Jeffers yesterday (at totsaplalooza) – he was drawing/telling his wonderful stories to kids of all ages. I felt like I was 7. His hand was dancing as he drew and wrote his words.

I asked my son, about his favourite moment from the afternoon and he said it was eating a cupcake, eating fruit salad and oh yes– the pictures that were drawn on the t.v.

totzaplalooza 2013


My son bolts out of bed everyday (that includes weekends too) and says, “Let’s get the day started.” He looks forward to everyday, playing, drawing and building.  Even though I forget, I’m reminded to have fun everyday. Wishing you all a year full of curiosity and wonder.


Here’s a simple way to make some mittens for your wee little ones. These red ones were hand-me downs for when my son was afew months old. I thought it was such a great idea that I made a few larger versions until he was 18 months. It doesn’t take much fabric and old polarfleece shirts are perfect for this project.


Trace the shape of your babies hand. Cut 4 mitten pieces. Cut 2 cuff pieces that is twice the width of the opening. Use polarfleece. I doubled mine with a thin layer of windstop fabric.


Sew or serge the edges of the mittens. Sew the cuff, fold over and attach to the base of the mitten. I also attached some string so that it could be threaded through your babies snowsuit. Stay warm!


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Wishing you all a wonderful new year  …  wouldn’t some new shoes to start the year off be nice? Here’s a favourite book of mine: The Red Shoes (2008 AMMO Books). A magical world of beautiful shoes, ornament and fashion illustrated by Sun Young Yoo with story by Gloria Fowler.

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I found this book in a box that was labeled “free” on someone’s lawn earlier this year. I thought it was such a find– it’s  a collection of holiday stories, music, poetry, art etc. that was published in the 1960′s. It’s got some crafty illustrations and short amusing stories. Have a look.

 Abbott Christmas book



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After spending wey too many hours in a single day on the computer- I finally had to take a break from my after-work hours on my computer these past few months. Having experienced symptoms of carpal tunnel and porting rock hard shoulders throughout the years  …  I really need to commit to making changes to the way I work at the computer.

My friend suggested using a tablet as an alternative to using the mouse until my arm/hand felt better. I have to say this has help tremdously. I have a Bamboo tablet for drawing/photoshop and now regulary use it as my “mouse.” I’ve been transporting my tablet to and from work in a makeshift notepad case and plastic padding. Tutorial or finished case to come but here are some inspirations for creating my customized version for my tablet from the many ipad and laptop cases available.

Source: Moleskin just introduced a new collection of things that you might need to use with your moleskine notebook such as eyeglasses pencils, cases and bags

Source: Capulet London Joanna iPad clutch case, $173, available at Not Just A Label. Visit Refinery 29 for more ipad cases that could be used a clutches.

Source: Musettes in waxed cotton.

Source: Mona Yip –  wander handmade leather goods

Source: Tutorial for a Wedding clutch– which could be used as a laptop sleeve. Also Simplest Wool Laptop Sleeve DIY from Say Yes to Hoboken or Laptop sleeve tutorial

Source: byrd & belle

Source: red buffalo plaid laptop sleeve

Source: Orla Kiely

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