October 29, 2014

Pumpkin Carving 2014

This Halloween was the first year that I got to carve the Jack-o-Lantern with Little Boy and he actually understood what was going on. This is the first time that he helped me, and he was so excited. He did not want to touch the insides of the pumpkin with his hands, but he did grab a spoon and help me dig out a little bit of the gooey stuff.


As we planned the face of our pumpkin, he grabbed his notebook and a marker and started planning out the face while I drew different mouths, eyes and noses for him to choose from. He became quite excited when I cut out the first eye and popped it out of the pumpkin to reveal the eye hole, and he became more excited still when I lit a candle, popped it under the pumpkin, and asked him to turn out the lights so we could see our Jack-o-Lantern glow. He asked if it is now time to go Trick-or-Treating...soon enough!

October 27, 2014

5 Things: Guilty Pleasures

1. Ice cream became a guilty pleasure after I found out that I am lactose intolerant to the degree that I can't even eat something with margarine on it. Luckily, I can eat it sometimes when I take a pill that helps me digest the lactose properly.

2. I can't tell you why, but I have so many striped shirts in my collection of clothing. And every time I go shopping for new clothing, I am drawn towards the striped shirts. I try to remind myself that I already have a lot of striped shirts and I don't need anymore, but my mind seems to block that out and buys another one anyway.

3. Lindt Chocolate is my absolute favourite kind of chocolate. I love when Christmas time rolls around and I can eat the little white chocolate truffle balls. Why am I able to eat chocolate when I am lactose intolerant, you ask? I don't know, but it makes me question the "milk" content in milk chocolate.

4. I have an obsession with beautiful, cute, unique -- you name it -- brooches. I can't get enough of them, and always seems to be drawn towards them like the striped shirts.

5. I think it's been well established by now that I am a fan of Celine Dion, but for some reason, despite how well she has done for herself, she is still one of those artists that a lot of people are afraid to admit that they love, making listening to her one of my guilty pleasures.

October 24, 2014

Listen, Look, Love: October


I discovered Papaoutai by Stromae during a regular old exploring of YouTube moment, and I loved it almost instantly. Since then I have had it on repeat on my Rdio while driving in the car, and while I am working on the computer. The video is a little on the bizarre side when you first watch it, but I love the dancing and the message behind the whole thing. It's a very clever idea. While I have no idea what is being said it is still such a wonderful song, and I love the emotion in it.


I was really excited when I saw this image of Picasso and his little dog Lump -- I love that name -- because it immediately reminded me of my own dog and the little image that I drew of him -- and became my shop logo. Not that I'm comparing my work to Picasso -- maybe I am -- but I thought it was interesting that we both drew simple drawings of our little dogs.



This dress from the F/W 2014 Ralph Lauren Collection is to die for. What a stunning piece of art and design. I would never have anywhere to wear this dress, but I would totally buy it and just walk around my house in it.

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