Monday, January 31, 2011


So I just had the most perfectly fantastic weekend!  Peter and I went to Toronto for a show at The Drake and stayed the night.  We went up early Saturday, and spent the day shopping around Queen St and eating.  About an hour before we left, I noticed my passport was expired by one week exactly, after a mini nervous breakdown we left anyways.  Entering and leaving, they didn't even notice!! I am so lucky.  We hit up my usual favorites:
The Paper Place

Rotate This!  My favorite record store- also the best website to find shows going on in Toronto.

Where I bought this (for 4$):
and this:
White Squirrel Coffee, where Peter got a dissappointing cup of coffee, though I don't remember this usually being the case.

La Hacienda, where I got the most delicious brie and sundried tomato omlette.  We always end up at this place, the lighting and vibe of the inside is kind of magical.

And I found some new places, such as Americo, my new favorite yarn shop.  The colors and styles were like nothing I've ever seen before.  I wanted everything!  But I opted for the Merino Copito in the prettiest taupey-violet color (not pictured below).

I wonder what it's like to have money?

I like these places and these things... 

Friday, January 28, 2011


I had a dream last night that I had 11 comments on one of my posts, and needless to say, I was super excited!  Yeah... my dreams have been a little dull lately.  Anywhoo I bought this stupid book, and started reading it last night.  I'm a little dissapointed, it's not exactly what I was looking for.  The author is a complete pessimist and business woman.  She opened her pottery shop, not because she knew anything about pottery, or even because she liked it, she opened it for the money, and stresses that this needs to be the focus of any business, which I completely disagree with.  I'll finish it anyways and check out a new one, this time probably from the Library.
 Cute Little Store: Between the entrepreneurial dream and business reality

Onto other news, Tas-ka, one of the bloggers I follow, featured a piece about a little London shop called, Labour and Wait.  It is located in East London's market district.  I love it!  What a great storefront too! I love the dark green brick.  And I think I like that there isn't display windows and tons of merchandise all up in your face.  I feel like if you walked by you would be really intrigued.

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Thursday, January 27, 2011


I hate this bed, a lot.  But I love this room.  I love the idea of having a beautiful tub in your bedroom.


It reminds me of Liv Tyler's flat in Italy in my favorite movie Stealing Beauty.



More images from film:



Images Via:

Dance Scene (I want to live here!):

Wednesday, January 26, 2011


Since I have been blazing through these scarves, I have to get my tags made, so that they can be ready for sale once posted on my etsy.  I haven't come up with a logo or anything like that yet.... but I have been looking around for ideas and inspiration, below is what I've found.

Strawberry Gift Tags - Handmade Vintage Sweetness
Via: Etsy

15 Eye Hang Tags
Via: Etsy

January SALE Alice in Wonderland Quote Gift Tags- 9 Luxury Stamped Tags in Distressed style- Perfect Tea Party Favours
Via: Etsy


Tuesday, January 25, 2011


So I'm still daydreaming about my future shop.  And I'm already practicing for the real deal.  Next week I am going to start my first knit blanket, and I am also going to try to make these little guys for the future bakery section of my imaginary store.  Below, image inspiration.

New Things

There are some great new items floating around my apartment these days, I thought I would share a few!

Wall bubble and turkey from Mexico- gifts from Megan, mini metal picture frame gift from Judy from Hawaii?

Pottery Barn rug from ebay - got it for a steal.

Megan's donkey from Mexico... so greattt!

Egyptian tablecloth, which I've hung on my wall above my bed- from ebay

Amazing terrarium with air plant from Reanna for Christmas.

Sunday, January 23, 2011


    So, recently I have been thinking so much about how great it would be to own a little shop.  I could have my studio in the shop and spend the day working on fun projects.  It would honestly be my ideal job.  I obviously won't do this anytime this year, but I think I might seriously consider it, if I do well on Etsy and everything.  My imaginary shop is filled with handmade and upcycled things.  There would be items as simple and small as felt flower pins and soaps, to things as large and labored as refinished cabinets and reupholstered chairs.  My shop would also have a bakery corner, where I would sell dinosaur cookies in frostings of every color, and cupcakes galore.  It would most definitely have a store cat roaming around.  And at night I would offer classes, maybe not so much focused on instruction and technique, but we would have a tie dye night, jewelry making night, slipper knitting night, etc...  there would be wine, cheese, strawberries, music, and a little bit of gossip.  I would also have a plant wall, and a vintage shoes for sale, dangling from the rungs of old worn out ladders lining a wall.  Hmmm.... one of these days.  Until then, I'll keep dreaming.  Here are some inspirational shop images.

The new shop section of the cafe