Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Monday, December 22, 2008

A Rug to Warm your Soles (and Paws)!

Last week I was lucky enough to receive my rug from fiveforty. It's a gorgeous mixture of blues, greens and even some purple. It's so well made and cushy under your feet, it's just a delight for bare toes to step on. Pegg does such gorgeous work and I appreciate all the time and thought that goes into creating a rug like this.

I tried it in our kitchen first and I had no sooner placed it on the floor and our dog Mabel was over to inspect. Next thing I knew she was lying down on it. I think she thought she had received the most wonderful early Christmas present. I was thinking more along the lines of a few dog treats and a long walk but hey, I guess she felt this year was her year for an upgrade!

The next day I was moving 'my' rug around the house to find the perfect spot and guess who I had running around my feet and jumping up and down!
In the spirit of Christmas I'm willing to share 'my' rug - but does this look like a dog who shares the same thought?!!

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Super Duper Secret Santa

A group of Canadian Etsians are participating in a Secret Santa exchange this Christmas. Since this was my first Christmas at Etsy it was also my first exchange. I must say I had so much fun putting my goodies together. I hope she likes it! (Though I did it so secretively she might never know it's from me!!)

I had the loveliest package arrive this week. It was my Secret Santa package and it was from Jenn of CrazyBliss. Jenn is an incredibly talented artist. I loved her shop the minute I set eyes on it. In fact she was one of the first shops I bought from when I joined Etsy. I just love the expression she puts on her cats and people and I love the vivid colours that she uses. I had previously asked about having her do a custom painting of our dog and look what Jenn sent me as my gift.

I just can't believe it. How thoughtful. How generous. How Jenn!

My package included:
  • a 5 x7 original art work of my dog Mabel. So cute!
  • 2 prints of Mabel for both my daughters- so thoughtful!
  • 2 sets of bubble bliss magnets - love them!
  • 2 adorable cat magnets and,
  • a set of sweet note cards.

Wow! I know I'm a lucky girl.

I'm so glad I met Jenn on the Canadian forum and so many other talented Etsians that I'm happy to call my friends. As new as on-line friends are for me you have all become a meaningful part of my daily life. You helped me get started as a 'newbie', you've supported me through the ups and the downs and you have most certainly made me laugh. Thank you!

Merry Christmas everyone! Here's to a very happy new year for all!

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Profiles: Handmade Design

I'm very excited to introduce you to a brand new zine Profiles created by two multi-talented women, Maggie Krawczyk the sole proprietor of Neogami Origami Jewellery and Cassandra Ellen Morgan a graphic designer with a portfolio loaded with editorial and print work.
Maggie and Cassandra say it best when describing their new venture, "Profiles will provide an informative glimpse into the world of hand made design. We will highlight the newest trends, hottest boutiques and designers with products that are unique and (especially) local to the GTA. From Artisan to starving artist, Profiles will uncover the passion and motivation that keeps these designers making the goodies we love".
Take a look at my own Wallis Design profile.

I'm thrilled to be a part of this project and proud to be included with these talented artists. Check out the Artisan Profiles.

Cheers! to Maggie and Cassandra. I wish you a very happy and successful new year!