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A little Crystale anyone?

When you were growing up, whose style did you admire? One of my style icons was my Grandmother. She was a modern Granny of vibrant colour and fabulous accessories. She could pull together an outfit like nobody’s business.

An artist we have carried for awhile but whom I have yet to feature reminds me of my Grandmother. H.Crystal creates porcelain earrings from forms made of vintage buttons. Her work is feminine and classic. They are Lauren Bacall (thought I am not entirely sure her ears were pierced). They are Olivia de Havilland. They are my gran. And her newest colour of the softest pink (shown directly below) is perfectly pretty for the spring. Hey fellas – put a pair of these in your ladies Easter Basket. You won’t regret it.

H.Crystal (her jewellery name) is a Master Fine Arts Ceramics student at NSCAD. Her thesis show exhibit takes place from April 17 – April 28th btw.

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Key To Her Heart?

Anyone who has been in this shop knows I am a bit nutty for old keys. I have some of my collection nailed to the entry wall.  So when an artist brings me work with keys featured, I am all over it. While I am an all key, all the time kind of girl, I love the subtle, romantic, suggestive nature of an old key for Valentine’s Day. It could be the key to your heart, your room, or door #3. For this weeks Friday Feature, we have 3 key embroidered artworks. (Pssst… the artist, local Hello Pineapples, actually made exact replicas of the old keys in the Love, Me entry way!) (Double Psssst…if you are local, there are more key embroidery work on the walls to choose from.)

 

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It’s Not Over Until the Ladies Have Had Their Day Off!

Ah the internet. I am full of interesting factoids and information since becoming a regular of Twitter and blogs. Case in point – today I read Christmas is not over until midnight tonight. On a new to me foodie blog, writer Niamh (love her name) at Eat Like a Girl (again with the sweet name), writes about some wonderful international traditions which officially close out the holidays. My personal favorite is Ireland declaring today a Women’s Christmas. This day recognizes that women work their derrieres off preparing and presenting Christmas that they rarely, if ever,  get a break themselves. This day became a day for the lady folk to rest, eat, drink, and be merry. And to slurge a bit on themselves with whatever remained in the coffers from that years turkey sales.

You may not have sold any turkeys or even prepared a turkey, but don’t you think it is right and proper to declare one day to rest and splurge on yourself. What a great way to close out the manicness that can be the holidays and start the year off right. Seriously! Most of us spend our holidays running around like turkeys about to get their heads cut off and then have to jump back into a New Year full of strict resolutions and promises. Aghck!

Ladies – claim your Irish rights. (Or claim to be Irish.) Take a day to yourself. Sleep in. Drink tea. Eat that yummy January 6th French traditional King Cake. And then head out with the gals and splurge on yourself. Buy yourself a little treat-

a nice soap,

a pretty necklace,

some lovely earrings, some sweet mittens or cozy cowl, a piece of art you love.

Now that is a tradition I think I might start incorporating in my own life. 

Happy Christmas Ladies!

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Re-Entry

Woke up to the alarm in the dark. Began the race toward re-entry. “Where’s your backpack?” “Where are your ‘indoor’ shoes?” “Where’s my lunch bag?” It is January and as much as I would really love more jammies time around the tree, it is unavoidable that holidays must end and the new year must begin. While it may take me a few weeks to find my rhythm, I really love the New Year. It is a clean slate. I love putting up a fresh calendar and cracking the spine on a new agenda. The unmarked pages are ready for challenges, for fun, for greatness.

How about you? How was your re-entry to your regularly scheduled programming? If you are needing some inspiration, the shop still has some great calendars and agendas ready for all that your 2012 has to offer. Give yourself the gift of organization and motivation!

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What Are You Doing New Years Eve?

Whether you do it up with LBD (little black dress) or you glam rock in your favorite jeans, I think these are a NYE must have:

They are also available with purple as the secondary colour, a mix of the two colours, as well as other suede or leathery options. Gold baby. That is where its at.

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Holiday Gift Guide – Wee Girl

Pretty Little Treats for Tiny Wee Sweeties

Smitten Dress – Local eco-crafter Twice Upon a Time upcycles gently/hardly used kids clothing with her embroidery magic. This red cordoroy smitten dress is only one of much Twice Upon a Time adorableness. This one 4T. $55

Felt Cloud Mobile – If only it rained in pretty felty rainbows! These happy mobiles are locally made and come in a regular and mini size. $24/$18

Sweater Dress/Tunic/Vest – Another line of smart eco crafter Momma goodness! This gorgeous soft woolen sweater dress is meant to transition from dress, to tunic, to vest. Made in Tatamagouche. This one 12-18 months. $30

Woodland Owl Stuffie – This felted sweater Woodland Wool critter is great for cuddles and interactive play as well as decorating any corner of the house. $30

Retro Cat Stuffie – Every little girl that visits our shop has big love for these super cuddly Fabricawakuwaku kitties. Vintage fabric make these quirky cats so rad and add cheer to any space.

Framed Paper Art -Truro artist Abounding Treasures frames up sweet vintage classic book cut-outs. This whale assemblage is from Enid Blyton’s Noddy Series. $79-89

Framed Paper Bird Collage -You most likely know her as a superstar singer, but Meaghan Smith is also one crafty lady! This lovely paper bird collage on canvas is set in a handmade wooden frame (also made by Meaghan).

Leg Warmers – Local sewing talent Leesa Hamilton makes the cutest leg warmers for us. I love that her leg warmers can then become arm warmers as the wee one becomes less wee. Available in a variety of colours, thicknesses, and lengths.

Halifax Holiday Home Decorations – One would think that a Holiday decoration is not necessarily a “fun” kid gift but I assure you, any young one will enjoy these wooden houses. Kids love to set them up and interact with them. (And if you are my son, you pack them up in a bag and cart them around the house and rearrange them in unusual places while my daughter brings out her set of worry dolls and has them interact with our village of homes.) $6

Circle Garland – Mixed printed fabric circle garland could be used to doll up any room.  It also make a sweet present topper or stocking stuffer.

 

WORTH MENTIONING: If something in this guide appeals to you but you are not local, call or email. Many of the items we carry are truly one-of-a-kind. But don’t fret – you, me & Canada Post can make dents in that list!

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Holiday Gift Guide – Crafty Lass

DIY – Do It Yourself (or with a little help from Love, Me): Gifts for the Crafty Lass.

Sewer’s Toolbelt – This holiday season, give the gift of efficiency. This sweet locally made cotton toolbelt from Onecia has lotsa pockets and a pin cushion as well as adorable stitching!

Scissor Necklace – Crafters are a pretty proud bunch. This fun antique looking necklace from Hanami Designs is a great accessory for any crafty lassy (or hairdresser).

Calendar – Any pro crafter needs to stay organized but no regular calendar will work in her studio space. Created by NS artist Susan Black with prints of 12 collaged owls.

Stay-Stitched – PEI crafter/author Erin Arsenault self published this great workbook for beginner to intermediate sewers. A perfect (flat!) gift to mail to any crafter. $20

Wool – This delicious hand-dyed and hand-spun wool by Halifax’s own Dandelion’s Day Dream would be a welcome gift for any knitter or crocheter. Various colours and weights.

Fabric Scrap Pack – Cold winter days are perfect for crafting. Pad her fabric stash with Fabric Packs in aesthetically pleasing colourways. They make a fun add-on gift, stocking stuffer or a gift all its own. $15

Paper Garland – Local crafter Rita Van Tassel’s light hearted novelty bunting will give your crafter a chuckle and a great studio decorating accessory!

Button Collections – Fun button vintage button collections on retro National Geographic cards will delight your crafter – no matter the age. Oh! They make great stocking stuffers. Under $5!

WORTH MENTIONING: If something in this guide appeals to you but you are not local, call or email. Many of the items we carry are truly one-of-a-kind. But don’t fret – you, me & Canada Post can make dents in that list!

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