Love it // Louise Roe Copper Tea Light Holder

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Photo courtesy of Press LoftTwo things I’m good at: lighting things on fire and finding pretty trinkets and baubles. Highly appropriate then, that I should stumble across these beautiful candle holders. I’ve been fancying them everywhere in the house. The all white bathroom… the bedside tables… on the deck this summer… how many is too many?

I’ll admit, historically, I’ve been adverse to tea light holders. When I think of tea lights, I am whisked back in time to that first basement apartment in the summer of 1997. The roommate who played Sarah McLachlan and Portishead songs all the time, the dot matrix printer (which was archaic even then) that ruined all my university papers, the ubiquitous ugly tea light holders… not good memories. And yet, here I find myself falling in love with Louise Roe’s copper tea light holders. It’s like I have a new lease on life!

I love modern designs made in classic, old world materials. The way I decorate my home, the clothes in my closet, everything is a juxtaposition between the old and the new. I love vintage, and yet I’m so attracted to the sleek and new. These candle holders satisfy both of those leanings. For those of you who prefer a cooler tone, they have a gunmetal version too. Simply gorgeous!

Available at Skandivis

Love it // Vintage Teak Nutcracker

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Fox and Rook / Danish Teak NutcrackerI 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.

 

Love it // Cape Dorset Prints

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Dorset Fine ArtsThe 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!

Love it // Loison Panettone

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Loison PanettoneEvery 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!

What are your holiday food must-haves?

Love it // Stendig Calendar

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Stendig CalendarI’m one of those people who always thinks it’s Wednesday when it’s only Tuesday. I often think a week has passed, when really it’s been a month. I’m not totally stupid, so I think the problem lies in the fact that I don’t have an enormous calendar to consult each day. The Stendig Calendar is an annual favourite, and sells out quite quickly. Though, it appears that its rising popularity has allowed for it to become more readily available. Good news for those of us who have an enormous wall space to fill.

I love the simple black and white. At 3 x 4 feet, it’s absolutely massive. There’s no way I wouldn’t be able to tell you what day it is. The pages tear off neatly when you’re done, so you can use the sheets for wrapping paper, fun projects, a windshield shade, drawer liner, paper hat… or whatever other ridiculous ideas you can come up with.

It’s a calendar. It’s a work of art. It’s the Stendig!

Love it // Econica Cashmere Lingerie

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Econica Cashmere Bralette & PantiesOh la la! I’ve been admiring these adorable underthings from Canadian designer Econica. Owner/designer Natallia uses natural, organic and eco-friendly materials to create her garments and accessories. I’m especially fond of her cute bralettes and undies. In these chilly winter months, I know I’d feel that much warmer with these adorable cashmere pieces on. I love the two-tone fabrics, and you know how comfy these are just by looking at them. Add to my 2014 resolutions manifesto: invest in some cute and luxurious underthings, and never look back.

Love it // Thymes Bitter Orange & Cedar Candle

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Bitter-Orange-and-Cedar-Candle-0950530607-470I just popped in to Indigo to pick up a gift for the kiddo, and I thought I’d better check the candle department to see what might be on sale. They often have Voluspa at 30% off, so I figured no harm in looking. I was in luck, so I picked up the Clove Pomander and Ponderosa candles. So Christmassy! I was almost safely out of there with only two candles, when what to my wandering eye should appear, but the Thymes Bitter Orange and Cedar candle!

I’ve blathered on about my obsession with orange blossom before, so I’ll spare you… but this candle has such a wonderful balance of bitter orange, warm cedar, light musk, and other subtle oriental notes. While some cedar and spice fragrances only seem appropriate during the holidays, I would definitely burn this beauty all year. It’s more about the orange, with the cedar warming that bitter note and enveloping it in sweet, woodsy, white musk. Just gorgeous.

I had quite a moment, standing there with a Furby in one hand and this candle in the other. I think I even closed my eyes for a moment. I hope I didn’t vocalize. Oh dear. I shouldn’t be allowed to go smelling things before I’ve been fully caffeinated. I tend to embarrass myself.

By the way…. it’s snowing!!