Category Archives: daily life

ipad cases

December 14, 2011

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.

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

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.

Musettes in waxed cotton.

Mona Yip –  wander handmade leather goods


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


byrd & belle

Red buffalo plaid laptop sleeve

Orla Kiely


September 7, 2011

I know it is still officially summer but the fun and lazy parts seem over with the arrival of Labour day. It was a lovely summer with great temperatures in the city. We rented a cottage (our first time) in Blind River. Have you ever been up there?  It’s a special place with pristine water and friendly folks. Fishing is superb, I’ve been told and I can only imagine how brillant the colours must be up there in the autumn.

(Pictures were taken by my husband and afew by me)


Tansies were everywhere on the side of the road, Blind River.


The cottage was on Lake Duborne and we spent one afternoon hiking up a trail that led to the top of an old fire lookout station, (it’s part of the voyageur trail). The superb trail passed through a small creek, waterfall, beaver dam and the forest floor was dotted with the smallest bright-hued mushrooms.


The view from “Fire Tower Hill.”


On the shores of Lake Huron, Boom Camp Trail.


Why does food at the cottage taste so good?


On our way home from the Blind River we made a stop at French River. What a wonderful treat to find some wild blackberries along the trail. Adieu summer– until next year.



It’s a girl!

July 21, 2011

I have a niece! She was born afew weeks ago and I can’t wait to sew some dresses when she grows up and share some baby things I am going to make for her.  Welcome to the world little one.


Pompom necklaces from Emma Cassi. It’s a dress for you and I, but I think a smaller version for a little girl would be so cute from Hug o war.


“Eau Claire” dress pattern from Hug o war. Skirt also available from Hug o war. (What a great site, they have such wonderful things.)


Creative play with a prussian tutu and ribbon tights from Wovenplay. I wish I was a kid again.


Hip clothing for globetrotting girls ages 2 to 8, Ode. Made with lovely fabrics from India.


I could wear these pieces … timeless, minimal style … from LIHO Spring/Summer 2011 collection.


Happy July

July 1, 2011


Sun, sun, sun, here it comes … picking strawberries from the garden is this kid’s favourite thing to do every day. (sadly, it was the last batch– now we wait for the raspberries.)  Did you know there are five weekends in July this year?

DIY kits

April 5, 2011

kits4I loved these plush toy kits when I was a just a pre-tween and didn’t have the heart to make them. ( I still don’t)  I just loved looking at the packages and pondering over the Japanese instructions and diagrams (which I don’t understand) as if I were really going to make the plush toys.  (yikes…these kits are about 25 years old- does that make them vintage yet?)


Check out these contemporary plush toy kits and books that are now available: Softies Kit: Instructions and Tools for Creating 15 Plush Pals, Softies: Simple Instructions for 25 Plush Pals



I love this book – Sock and Glove (More pics of the book here)