It’s Baaaaack!!!

Flu season is back, so it’s time to buckle up and prepare for battle.  Here are a few tricks that will keep you happy and healthy this season.

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Prevention is best, so try this immunity tea by Urban Earth Teas.  It’s organic, and packaged with the earth in mind.  A great stocking stuffer for those who love something comforting during this cold months!  You’ll also need a beautifully handcrafted teapot made by Dragon Pottery to brew your tea!

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Now that you are sitting in front of the fireplace with a hot cup of tea, you’ll need a super chunky knit throw blanket made by Erin Blacks Designs to help keep you warm.  If you can, snuggle up with a loved one or a furry friend by your side.

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If you’re thinking of stepping out to do some errands.  Stay warm with a chunky knit cowl by Emmy Lou Knits and a pair of hand warmers by Kloth Shoppe.

Of course, the best thing to stave off any illness is lots of sleep.  Get a deeper sleep with the help of a sleep mask by Ohhh Lulu.

Midi Mania

I’ve been digging the midi length skirt and dress lately in all styles and colours.  Here are a few handmade and vintage examples that would be a great addition to any girl’s wardrobe!

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1)  Vintage red wool dress from Louisa

2)  Double layer “Canyon” midi skirt by Norwegianwood

3)  Vintage rose print pleated midi skirt from Aiseirigh

4)  African print midi cotton skirt by De-mes’tiks

5)  Midi skirt with pockets by Ala Mode Wearhouse

6)  Lace Column Dress by Leilanni

Sleepless in Seattle

I just got back from a short trip to Seattle, so I thought today’s post on some Seattle related items were in order.  Check these great finds from Etsy!

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1) A fun 1962 vintage Seattle World’s Fair scarf to fashion into a bad hair day turban from Enfant Terrible. 

2) Pike Place Market image transferred on beach glass by Art In Red Wagons.

3)  Seattle transit token cufflinks by Firefly Notes.

4)  Seattle Poster: Destination Series by Perfect/2

5)  Washington Spoon Necklace by Georgina Baker

Break A Leg

I’ve been so busy lately, getting my students ready for our upcoming year end dance recital.  This is how I prepare the kids for the big show!

1) Practice with a partner.  Support your classmates on and off stage.  “Let’s Dance” poster by Michelle Carlslund

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2) Pull your hair back.  You don’t want hair in your eyes when you dance.  “A Perfect Mess” illustration print by Emma Leonard.

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3) Be make up ready.  Theatre lighting can wash you out.  Wood make up organizer by Less & More.

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4) Remember to bring your costume.  Enough said.  Paris Window Photo by Anna Kiper Photography.

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5) Stretch before you perform.  You don’t want to pull a muscle.  Dancer Photograph by Prima Dancer Prints.

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6) Smile!  Unless you’re doing a serious lyrical dance, always smile!  Smile Pillow by Honey Pie Design

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7) I just threw this one in because I think it’s sweet.  Tap Shoe Vintage Copper Tap Necklace by Contrary.

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Handmade in Vancouver

Since I’m all about supporting local businesses, I thought I’d give some Vancouver Etsy artists some blog love today.  Which item do you covet the most?

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1)  Porcelain Tea Light Holder Set by Golem Designs

2)  Triangle Vinyl Wall Stickers by Urban Walls

3)  Organic Buffalo Baby Bib by Down Home Amy

4)  Rustic Hand Built Mug by Just Work

5)  Grey Leather Wallet with Gold Strap by Annoukis

6)  Brock White Cotton Cord Clock by Landon Dix

7)  Fine Art Photo by Walter Helena Photography

8)  Moss Aquamarine & Rose Gold Earrings by Divine By Deidre

Nuts for Neon

It’s seems like neon colours have been popping up everywhere in fashion to home decor.  I love how they add an unexpected pop to an outfit or brighten up a room.  Here are just a few handmade neon favourites.  Which one is your favourite?

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1) Dipped Wooden Spoons by Storiebrooke

2) Neon Cane Chair by Neon Vintage Design

3) Neon Coiled Bowl by Prairie Threads

4) Coral Cat Chiffon Top by ZIB Textile

5) Linen Cocktail Napkins by Smith Handmade

6) Friendship Cuff by Distinguished Designs

7) Neon Leather Envelope Purse by Knitting You

8) That’s Like, So Provocative Pencils by The Carbon Crusader

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Dress Your Walls

I truly believe in buying or making original art for your home.  They can add colour to a dreary room and are great conversation starters.  Here are some I found on Etsy.

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1) Blue Opium (mixed media on canvas) by Bohemianisms

2) Original Abstract Painting (acrylic on canvas) by Ana Gonzalez Art

3) Red (mixed media on birch wood) by David Santiago

4) Reproduction of Original Painting by Donaldson Studios

5) Pink Door (large format photo) by Gypsy Fables

6) Luana Searches Her Bag (fine art print of original painting) by Christina B Studio

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Soft & Sweet Wedding

Here’s a few handmade items that would create a soft and sweet wedding theme.

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1) Emerald Cut Moissanite Twig Engagement Ring by Efrat Deutsch

2) Tissue Paper Pom by Pomtree

3) Confetti Boutonniere by Pomp and Plumage

4) Milk glass set from Green Fox Studio

5) Giselle Wedding Dress by The English Dept.

6) Chalcedony & Gold Earrings by Weddings by SS

Seeing Stripes

One trend that’s been spotted on the runways for Spring 2013 is stripes.  From bold and graphic to thin and colourful, there’s a stripe for any girl.  Here are a few handmade pieces that will keep you  on trend!

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1) Nautical Bold Stripes Midriff Top by Saphkin

2) Niora Dress by Leanimal

3) Navy & White Striped Blouse by I Heart Norwegianwood

4) Coral Stripe Cotton Tank by Luva Huva

5) Hardy Shirt Dress by Even in the Dark

And The Cat Came Back The Very Next Day…

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Here are some cute feline friends that are just purrrrrrrrfect!

1) Boyfriend Sweater with cat elbow patches by Minxshop

2) Black Cat Tank by Leah Goren

3) Grumpy Cat Card by Afternoon Coffee

4) Eco Tabby Cat Lunch Bag by A Little Lark

5) Kawaii Cat Plush by Little Happy Stitches

6) Cat Pouch by Harriet Gray

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My latest cat design experiment… what do you think?

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©2013 Curious Nook by Christina Wilson