Archive | December, 2008

Greetings from Flo-rida!

31 Dec

This Christmas I joined Jon and his fam in sunny Florida! It’s been my first Christmas without my family at home and I miss them a lot. However, I’m still having a blast and have so much to share when I get back!

More Miniatures

9 Dec

A little while ago I mentioned my love for all things miniature, and I thought I’d write about another artist along that line that makes me very happy. I’m pretty sure Slinkachu’s Little People won’t be new to you. I discovered them a year or two ago and fell instantly in love. I was talking to someone about this miniature-love and they said they didn’t really get it. I think it has something to do with fantasy worlds, imagination, and focusing really hard on a small detail in a time when such an act is almost unheard of. It reminds of me of being little, looking really closely at something on the sidewalk or in the garden, and imagining how a tiny person might navigate that terrain. Was I the only nerdy little kid who did this? ¬†

Jon commented on my previous post with a few links on dollhouses and little things, and I found the works of Stéphanie Kilgast to be especially drool-worthy. Seriously, how does she makes these? Each setting is the size of a match, sometimes less. Click the thumbnails below to see how scary-detailed they are.


SQ’s Holiday Gift Ideas

6 Dec

Though I’m finished my Christmas shopping for this year, I’ve been coming across a lot of neat gift ideas that are nice and cheap. If you’re not sure what to get someone this year, here are a few things that will work for pretty much anyone.

Art is kind of tricky if you don’t know a person’s taste or decor style. Sharon Montrose has a sale on her animal prints (buy 3 get the 4th free) until the Dec 20th. They’re simple enough to go with pretty much any colour scheme, and I think they’re really cool (see the one pictured above). Her etsy shop is here.

The Trusty 2009 Calendar:
This gift is kind of a cop-out unless you get them something really unique. Story by Mia sells a simple, modern style here for only $22.

City Books
Unless your recipient doesn’t like to leave the house, Moleskine City Books are a pretty great gift idea. I’ve lived in Toronto for four summers, (so let’s say two years), and I still know only a very small area of the city. City Books contain maps of their respective city, plus room to jot down notes about people, places, memories, basically anything a person would like to know and remember about their city. These would be great for someone going on a trip too. To encourage a little more exploration, point them in the direction of Moleskine’s city blogs or give them a copy of City Walks. You can get a city book for fairly cheap at Chapters, (here’s Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver).

I am a stationary fiend. Place me in a cute little stationary shop, and I will instantly go into a pleasure coma. Moose and Minnow and Simple Song make beautiful stationary that is customizable for the person you’re shopping for.

Hand Soap
This is just amazing and hilarious.

Sephora for men
This kit by Anthony is a best seller, it’s not ridiculously priced, and it has a lot of really nice stuff in it. I think it would be a good gift for a guy who uses nothing more than a bar of soap, or one who secretly tries out your massive collection of bath mysteries.

Sephora for women
I’m noticing a ton of food-themed items in the bath section of sephora. This holiday themed bath set is pretty cute. If you want to try something creative, give your lady friend the Cookie Exchange Set with some yummy cookies, (smelling the bath set alone will make her hungry anyway). Or if you want to be a little less innocent, there’s always the Cocktail Party Set, which could be paired with some margarita and daiquiri mix. Tastiness!

If you’re still stumped, try the shopping guide at

Beirut, Nantes

5 Dec

I thought this was a neat idea.

Some More Bearable Holiday Music

4 Dec

Britt Style
Here’s my sister Britt’s contribution to The Sisters Bruyea Christmas Fiasco. You can find my half here. Once I finish my final assignments and exams, I’ll dig out the old volumes and post them here too. Enjoy!

Songs 1-9
Songs 10-19

Good Morning!

1 Dec

I can barely handle the cuteness of these. Betty Sonics understands my obsession with all things miniature, and the delight that tricking your grandparents into thinking they’re giants can bring.