January is a weird month. After all the madness and excitement of December, the new year always feels strange, empty, yet full of promise. I’ve been doing Apartment Therapy’s January Cure, a manageable program for getting the year off to a good start with a clean, un-cluttered home. It feels so wonderful to get things in order. The house is extra clean, seems to stay tidy, and I might finally get around the replacing that baseboards that I tore off last April.
Now that I’m halfway through the Cure, I realize that we could really use more ways to store things in an organized way. I have been rather ruthless in getting rid of things that merely take up space, but the bedrooms, the bathroom and especially the living room are in need of functional yet attractive storage.
Enter: Mika Tolvanen’s Restore Basket. It’s polymer felt, made from recycled PET bottles. It’s got a lovely form, and it comes in many colours. I think these would be perfect for housing things like books, my pile of sewing, slippers, blankets… I could go on! The baskets are so attractive in their own right, they look great without being intrusive. Visit Muuto for a vendor near you.
Whee! My new shop is up and running. Everything works. I’m afraid it’s not as well stocked as I’d like yet, but there’s been no sun around here for weeks, and I much prefer natural light for photographs. Please have a look and let me know what you think!
My Etsy shop isn’t going anywhere, but I am so excited to branch out and expand. We’ve been working at really honing the aesthetic of the shop, and choosing pieces we love, rather than what might be a good selling item. What terrible business acumen, ha ha ha! Call me soft, but I believe that if I fall in love with something, there’s someone out there who will feel just as strongly as I do about it.
Now that things are rolling in that department, I can get back to spending more time here. Huzzah!
I am rather smitten with this adorable nutcracker. He’s got real fur hair and lovely big eyes! Winter is the perfect season for sitting around the fire and cracking open a nice big bowl of nuts. Why not enlist this little troll to help you?
This particular little fellow was made in Japan, of Danish teak. He’s a bit more work, but a lot more fun than one of those stuffy old nutcracker soldiers. And guess what? He’s available for sale in the new Fox and Rook shop!
We are slowly, yet steadily adding stock to the new shop. Vintage clothing and accessories for women, men and kids! Vintage housewares, décor, and carefully selected handmade goods. It has been such a joy gathering stock for the shop, and I am really looking forward to watching it grow as we fill it up. It looks rather sparse at the moment, but it won’t for long.
A new year is upon us. How is it looking to you, so far? I am feeling calm and collected after a couple of weeks of restful busy-ness, and am ready to get back into the swing of things.
I’m not normally one for New Year’s resolutions. I think it’s important to evaluate and re-evaluate at regular intervals, and make goal-setting a regular thing. That said, I’m feeling optimistic about this year, and I have a few things that I’m really setting out to work on in 2014.
Read more books.
Save more money.
Plan meals in advance, and always make something wonderful.
Really make an effort not to let other people’s negativity affect me. (this is a big one)
Be more productive, and create beautiful things.
Enrich my life with more music, more flavours, more art.
Improve my fluency in Français and Svenska.
Take good care of myself so that I can take good care of my family and loved ones.
Be a better gardener.
Did I say a few things? Okay, I’ll stop at ten. There’s nothing on my list that is particularly daunting or difficult, right? I’m not going to kid myself into a gym membership or anything outlandish!
Do you have any resolutions for the new year? How do you aim to keep yourself on track with your goals? I’d love to hear what everyone else is resolved to do this year.
Meanwhile, I wish you all the best for an enlightened, fulfilling, prosperous and joyful 2014!
I’ve been taking the past week to spend time with my little family, and enjoy a little bit of peace and quiet before we open our new shop on the first of the year. I didn’t realize I was so exhausted until I stopped buzzing around like a madwoman. It feels so marvelous just to pause for a bit. I hope everyone is enjoying all the best of the season, in good health and happiness!
I’m looking forward to 2014 with great anticipation and excitement. I have big plans, bigger goals, even bigger dreams, and I am feeling really positive about all of it. It all starts tomorrow with a hair appointment. :)
The other day, we did a family trip to see Santa, and on our way through the mall we had to pass the calendar nightmare. You know those enormous kiosks they set up with calendars for the coming year? I avoid them like the plague, lest I get suckered into staring at pictures of Downton Abbey or Welsh Terriers** for the next 12 months.
Well, I did my best to avert my gaze, but there was this calendar on the top shelf that caught my eye. The designs were really beautiful, and the story behind the artists was so fascinating:
About 1,200 miles north of Toronto, the community of Cape Dorset is home to a multigenerational community of gifted graphic artists. Their cooperatively owned printmaking studios have been in continuous operation since 1959, producing unique, captivating, and powerful images. Twelve of these exciting Inuit prints adorn this calendar’s colorful pages. – From the calendar’s description.
And so began my new found fascination with the Cape Dorset art co-op, and their stunning works. There are many sources online that can guide you through the history of this remote and beautiful place. I am about to get into it myself. Bright moon, cup of tea… time to cozy up and read.
**Just to be clear, I absolutely love Downton Abbey and Welsh Terriers. I just don’t want their calendars. You know I want this one!
Every winter, I indulge in several billion calories worth of Loison panettone. I call it, “putting on my winter coat.” There is panettone, and then there is Loison. The crumb, the texture, the flavour… it’s all so good. There are so many to choose from, and I have probably tried them all. (Yeah, I have no self-control, clearly.)
The lovely folks at the Italian deli down the street from me brings them in at Christmas and Easter, and I get so excited to see the pretty boxes lining the shelves. Beautifully wrapped in pretty paper, ribbon, and a wax seal, the packaging is a treat in itself!
Panettone is a Christmas morning necessity at our house. Mmmm… I can taste it now. Panettone and hot coffee, made with a bit of cinnamon. A morning nibble while we share gifts and wait for brunch!