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The Power of Vulnerability

I just wanted to share this inspiring TED talk by Brene Brown – fantastic!

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Today was such a beautiful day in Vancouver. Sunny and crispy cold, just the way I like it!

While walking the little man to school, we noticed that the house just around the corner had changed its look. I had mentioned this house in this post a while back.

The round lanterns give the house this magical look – actually the entire street looks magical with these lanterns. And of course these are times when I really appreciated my neighbourhood, The Drive, and I am thankful to be living here amidst the creativity, passion and madness!

I will have to take pictures of the lanterns at night when they look the most magical.

Another great thing that I experienced today was my little man’s school assembly. It was so powerful to see these kids performing and to experience their learning process. They did so well and of course I am so proud (it was actually a good ending to a week of frustration with my little man as he has got in trouble several times at school for having altercations on the playground with the other kids – argghhh!).

It was also wonderful to see him get excited about giving gifts to his teachers and principal…

Hope you are on track with your gift buying/making and wrapping… It is a big job to undertake and can get quite overwhelming at times, don’t you think?


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Yes I am totally swamped! Why, you might ask. Well, I don’t know (well, apart from two kids etc.). Usually, I am on top of things and I like to be that way but the little lady’s illness last week threw us a little out of whack. She is much better now and is in her lovely cuddly stage and wants mama all the time. Two is such a lovely age isn’t it?

My little people holding hands on the way home from school. Little sister does not want to hold anyone’s hand apart from her big brother’s. aaahhhh!

Our Christmas tree is up! It was a lot of fun decorating it with the little people.

And Mr and Mrs Clown are always together.

I was reading Tamara Taggart’s personal blog the other day and in this particular post she mentions buying fabric portraits of her children from Lori Joy Smith. I was really glad to come across this post as I hadn’t looked at Lori’s blog for ages. I have not met her in person but we have exchanged many emails in the past. I love Lori’s work and one day I too hope to own some of her artwork. Very talented lady!

And now to another talented lady and friend of mine, Dolores, who will entice you with her reviews of books, movies and TV shows. Check her blog out.

I am really looking forward to Christmas. There is a lot to do until that day but I cannot wait to see the little people’s faces light up when they open their presents and my husband’s face too actually as his presents will definitely be a lovely surprise to him.

Hope you are having a happy and healthy day/night wherever you are in the world.


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As I was thinking of how to title this post, ‘trudging along’ came to mind first. I thought it too depressing and thought ‘blogging along’ would sound a little more positive.

I like winter, I like rain, I do like the cold if I am dressed properly for it and have nice clothes to look forward to wearing… but alas, I am only human and the dreary dark short days do get to me at times. Nearing to Christmas is a time when I miss my family and my thoughts become melancholic and the sort… I think you  know what I mean… I am happy though when my little man brings me cute things from his art class…

aren’t they just too cute??

and I am making some jewellery as presents for friends and family…

It is really fun trying out different styles – just love the colours! What do you think?

One of the shops down the street is stocking some of my designs – it’s quite exciting – I will take a picture tomorrow and show it to you.


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We had a fantastic craft sale – it was cosy, friendly, filled with great items and lots of people came.

Our table at the sale – Melina of Palomaria and I shared a table. It was great as our creations complemented each other and the table looked great!

Lots of people were interested in our jewellery – it was really sweet to have young girls ooing and aahing over them! It is quite satisfying to have your work appreciated because sometimes I am too close to it…

and here we are, Meli and I. We had a lot of fun together! Glad to have her as a friend.

Here is Meli’s work. Beautiful. You will have so much fun visiting Palomaria’s Etsy shop.

I want to thank all my friends who came to see me there and everyone who supported us in this sale.

I want to continue creating and slowly but surely I will. Time is the issue as with all mothers who juggle work, kids and home… however, there aren’t any deadlines to creating and so I will continue!


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I think I am ready for the craft sale which starts later on today – yay!

I want to share a few things that put a smile on my face this week…

We made vegan one bit brownies – so yummy – recipe taken from Cara Roth’s blog

I had to keep my neck warm this week with all this cold weather…

A book that lifts my spirits…

It is called “I will make miracles” by Susie Morgenstern, illustrated by

Jiang Hong Chen – It is truly magical looking towards a better world, an ideal world!

And, I finally decided on how to package my creations…

I had some tags made at MOO, they did a fabulous job! What do you think?

and a necklace I picked up during my flea market trip…

And here is a taster of what will be on sale at the craft sale…

and here is a reminder of time and place…

see you then!


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It is Friday!

I am enjoying one of my favourite moments of the day – the house is quiet, I am sitting down and noone is demanding my attention – ahhhh, pure bliss!

One of the blogs I visit often is SouleMama and I have been inspired by Amanda’s ‘This Moment‘ series.  It is always great to celebrate the beautiful things in our lives which is exactly what Amanda does.

So on this note, I want to share ‘My Moment’ with you…

have a wonderful weekend


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I want to continue telling you about our NY experience… We arrived on a Thursday and on the Friday I went off to meet my friend Nicole for lunch. After catching up over a delightful lunch I went off to a warehouse I found on the internet where one can buy all kinds of vintage jewellery… NY was hot and humid and I loved walking the streets and experiencing the city at its best (well warm weather was certainly welcome after the temperamental Vancouver climate).

I did not have much time as we had an early dinner rehearsal at 4pm for the wedding and here I was on W. 36th Avenue at 2:30pm not knowing how far the dinner venue was but I had to see this warehouse! So, I walk in to CJS Sales and am welcomed by the owner Carl Schimel – He was a bit skeptical at first as I did not have a business number but he did let me browse… and let me tell you, that place had a lot of beads, crafts, cabochons ALL OVER THE PLACE and I would have needed AGES to find the things I was looking for… Here are a couple of pictures to show you what I mean…

And these pictures are only one corner of the warehouse… I spent about half an hour and did manage to buy a few things which I am so excited about making – will show you as soon as they are done… In case you are wondering I did get to the dinner rehearsal on time, in fact I was one of the first people which does make for a pleasant change! and this is after trying to haul a taxi thinking that I was late but little did I know that taxis change over at 5pm and it seems that starting from 3:30pm most of the drivers do not want to take on new passengers…

So, after spending a wonderful time, we left NY on a Monday morning when the rain was torrential and it was extremely hard finding a taxi… It was interesting to go through the experience of waiting at the corner of the street in East Village protected from the rain by that awning of a shop and trying to get some taxis to stop… don’t want to be back there at that moment, but all in all, ok I am going to repeat myself now, WE LOVE NY and we will visit again soon, we hope.

And on this note, just want to let you know that  I am waiting for new jewellery supplies to start some new designs – and it looks like my friend Meli and I are going to take part in a craft sale on November 27, very exciting and more on this later…

Next time, I am going to tell you about a house – or rather the special things that happen in front of that house…

See you then!


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Helly my Dears,

It’s lovely to see you, thanks for making a quick stop here. This week has seen the beginning of a new era in our house – the little man began Kindergarten and it was pretty exciting to tell the truth!

I love my son and through watching him grow I do get nostalgic at times, but I also want him to go to full day Kindergarten and have fun away from me with his peers… So here we are on Wednesday morning on our way to the first day of Kindergarten. The parents were asked to stay for the hour with the kids and I tell you it was a pretty moving hour for me! I loved the teacher, Mrs Lloyd, a well spoken soft lady with a young daughter of her own who just completed Kindergarten.

I feel very positive about the school and hope the best for my little man – fingers crossed!

I think the little lady will miss her brother but she will continue having fun on her own!

Here she is just sitting and contemplating…

and her she is just hanging out… actually not sure what she is trying to do!!

I love the little joys that my kids bring me in this life and I prefer concentrating on the good things that life has given me and is continuing to give me. For a while, I thought about how I would like to write this blog and to be honest it sits best with me when I write about the good things that have happened instead of the bad. As anyone with kids knows, life is challenging with them and there are many hurdles to cross but life is also beautiful with all those hurdles and challenges in them. Don’t you think?

So you wouldn’t be surprised to know then that I am really enjoying reading Amanda Blake Soule‘s blog – this woman is inspiring and it is really interesting to read why she blogs in one of her posts called Snapshots. It got me thinking to why I began writing this blog and one of the reasons is taking the time out and writing about my day/week/month is definitely a meditative ritual. Writing also allows me to empty my mind’s thoughts on paper to allow room for more thoughts. It is a way to share my dreams and creativity with like minded individuals and for now the last thing I can think of is that it pushes me to explore other blogs of wonderful individuals…

What do you tink? Are these good reasons to blog? Who knows, right? Do we really need a reason at all for our actions? Isn’t it just good to do it and continue doing it with sheer feeling and instinct?

Now I should really head off to sleep as my eyes are gravitating and that is the instinct I will follow today.

Thanks so much for stopping by – do you want to leave me a comment? Oh please do, I would love to hear from you!


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… That is my sister!

“Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving”, Albert Einstein

Birds and Couple – Look at all the lovely colours!

El Sol

Finding her voice…

Flowery Top

Party Animals

and this one is a very sentimental one – a painting of my grandmother and sister or me – we have the same type of hair so it could be her or me!

So, there you have it, it is official folks – my sister is very talented and wonderful. She is also a storyteller and has participated in a few festivals in London and Brighton! You can read about her adventures here.

Thanks for stopping by! Always lovely to have you here!


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