18 April 2012

I Just Want To Say ...

You guys are just



THANK YOU
from the bottom of my heart for all your love and support.
xo April 

  

17 April 2012

Hi, Remember Me?

It took me a long time to work up to this post ~ both in the decision to write it and the writing itself ~ so it'll be more on the short-and-sweet side than my usual essays. I hope you'll overlook it.

You may have noticed that I've been MIA for a while now (if you're a regular reader, how could you not?) I've been reluctant to address my occasional lapses because as we all know, once you put something out on the internet, it's OUT THERE, and I wasn't sure I wanted the truth of the matter connected with me forevermore. However, I've made a commitment to "keep things real" here at the Money Pit, and to me that's a commitment that stands even when it's uncomfortable. Principles aren't principles at all if they're only applied 50% of the time, right? Then they're just guidelines at best, and I have higher standards for the Pit, and you should too.

So with that in mind, this is where I'm at.

I struggle with depression, and have for some time now. I'm learning to manage it, but there are times when it's easier and times when it's more difficult. Recently it's been difficult. I try not to make excuses and I feel guilty every minute that I'm not participating in my life ~ at home, on the blog, in my own mind ~ but learning to manage that guilt and my own expectations (rather than become further mired in it) is all part of the recovery process. And when I drop off the radar as I have done recently, it's not because my commitment or interest has waned (it hasn't), or because I don't have any desire to participate (I do) or even that I don't have anything to say (I have lots, often). It's just the nature of the thing to disengage in a few areas or all of them, and with time eventually I crawl out of my little hole and pick up where I left off.

Now I know this admission may alienate some and to you I say, fair enough. I hate the label "mental health issue" because it's such a wide brush with which to paint people ~ and feels so sticky and permanent ~ but that's the clinical bucket into which depression is grouped so I understand if some of you shy away. I also know that others will relate, whether you are open about it or not, whether you share your struggle or not, and to you I say, I get it. Hang in. And for most other folks I expect that you'll have read this post, maybe raised your eyebrows a bit, and then will likely move to the next posting in your Google reader and never give it a second thought until the next time I disappear for a bit, or the time after that.

However you integrate this information into what you currently think of me personally or the Money Pit in general, I respect your feelings on the matter. This won't be a topic that I explore in depth on the blog; I like to reserve this space for things that make me happy and since neither over-sharing on a deeply personal level nor discussing the intricacies of depression make me happy, this will likely be the only time I address it. I hope you'll understand. Which is not to say you can't or shouldn't ask questions or comment ~ please feel free; you'll just never see another dedicated post.

But on a more positive note, my nose is definitely starting to come up out of the tailspin and I'm starting to feel more like my usual self. Twitter has actually been a bit of a godsend (who knew?!), allowing me to keep a finger on the pulse of many of my bloggy friends, and even to participate a little bit in 140-character bursts. And from tweeting it's just a hop, skip and a jump to full-on, five-day-a-week blogging. Stand by for the resumption of our regularly scheduled programming ....

xo
April

10 April 2012

Hippo Birdies To Me! Owl Old Am I?

Happy birthday to me! (last week)


Happy birthday to me! (last week)


Happy birthday to me-eeee (last week) ...


HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ME! 


These three little cuties were my most awesome birthday present from Daryn and the kids last week. As you can see, they are off-the-charts adorable, and even better than just being cute, they totally feed into both my white-ceramic obsession and my owl obsession. And even BETTER about the even better, Daryn said when he went to pick them up they were the last trio in the store. I don't know if he made that up to earn extra brownie points, and I don't care: he earned them and I'm in love!!

  

03 April 2012

One of a Kind Spring Craft Show Redux

The spring One of a Kind show has come and gone, but it's never too late to share my favourites (so you can be prepared to dive right in at the Christmas show and snap up some amazing gifts!) I should warn you right now that I didn't take a screaming ton of photos like I usually do and few of them featured in today's post are actually mine. There are two very good reasons for this:
Number one, I can never get the lighting quite right in the Direct Energy center, as you know (that great cavernous space and glaring overhead lighting does a shutterbug no favours), and nothing ever looks as good in my pictures as they do/did in real life.
And number two, we have been having some computer issues here at the Money Pit and the laptop onto which I downloaded all my photos has decided that No, thank you, it would rather not open Google Chrome and really doesn't feel so much like cooperating with Blogger, but thanks for asking. Sorry that you're sh!t out of luck.
I'm starting to take it a little personally: if you recall, something similar happened during my Christmas Show rundown, but to get the show on the road I opted instead to poach some photos from the websites of my fave vendors, which will probably suit them just as well given reason #1 listed above!

Now without further ado, here are my OOAK'12 must-have faves:


~ FOR THE HOME ~

Nicole Tarasick Screen Printed Goods
Nicole's little plywood booth strung with globe-shaped fairy lights was incredibly charming and perfectly complimented her quintessentially Canadian screen printed goods; it was all I could not to run home with a pillow (or six) and her framed maps are terrific too.



the one decent shot I took

Heyday Design
I am a sucker both for porcelain art and vintage designs so Claire Madill's booth drew me in like a bee to honey. While all of her work was beautiful, it was her porcelain casts of vintage jars that had me at hello and with my birthday coming up, I'm hoping the family will take this hint! {hint, hint}



Honourable mentions go to:

Tommy Cudmore Glassware

Eikcam Handmade Ceramics

Art by Daina


~ FOR THE KIDS ~

Orange Octopus
The sweet knitted creations at Orange Octopus are the perfect little companions for that special little one in your life (to say I wasn't tempted to pick one up for my wee nieces is an understatement). Each critter is entirely unique and 100% adorable.


photos are mine ... like you couldn't tell

Wee Urban Ltd.
Cute items for babies abounded at the show ranging from stroller covers to onesies and rain gear to fairy wings. If you could imagine or wanted it, it was there. Notable for me (even though I do NOT have a baby on the way) was the fantastic booth by Wee Urban, whose designs were super-simple and super-cute. Moreover, they carried a line of sleep bags for babies which I've heard all sorts of good things about, and would definitely get for my own if I was in the market. I suppose now I'll just have to wait for some of the younger cousins to get on that baby-making bandwagon (you know who you are, cousins!) before I can pull out the old charge card and buy one of my very own!


Honourable mention goes to:

La Vie Orange


~ FOR THE CLOSET ~

Whiteout Workshop
What can be said about this shop but awesome, Awesome, AWESOME. Ranging from framed prints to t-shirts, there isn't one item in the booth or from their online store that I wouldn't take home. If you aren't familiar with Whiteout, I suggest you roam around their website for a while, or visit them at the next trade show. You'll be so glad you did!

My very favourite print. I've called it "The Aliens That Ate New York" but I think it's just called "Aliens" in reality






Beebop & Wally
(website coming soon: beebopandwally.com)
Retro was the name of the game in OOAK fashions, and Beebop & Wally had some of the best ~ and cutest ~ designs on the floor. I was especially smitten with their capelet coats but the '60's dresses were totally to die for. Chic fashionistas were lined up at the booth when I first went by and again when I went to take photos, so clearly I wasn't the only one who appreciated their wares; I'm sure you will too.


Guess who's the shutterbug again! Yeah, it's me ...

Matteo Mio
I love a fashionable purse just as much as the next gal, but it was my mum who really went wild for the amazing selection at Matteo Mio. There were several that we almost walked away with, and only by the grace of ironclad willpower and the fact that we still had half the show to navigate did we not spend ourselves into the poorhouse buying one of each design. Even though I didn't come home with anything, my heart will belong to a little orange alligator handbag, always and forever.


Honourable mentions go to:

Crywolf Clothing
(crywolfclothing.com)

Coats by Mary Ellen
(coatsinc.com)

Nature vs. Future
(naturevsfuture.com)


~ FOR THE POOCH ~

Rover
(theroverboutique.com)
It seems ridiculous, I know, but I absolutely fell IN LOVE with the adorable creations by Annemarie at Rover. My pup is the perfect candidate for the sweet little peacoats and hats (if only she'd hold her head up high and not die of humiliation every time I strap her into a coat). Rover's models know how to work it in their outfits and if your pup walks with pride in clothing specially made for him or her, Rover is the place to shop.





And thus ends another fantastic OOAK show. Can't wait until the Christmas sale, when I can actually do some damage with my credit card!

Ciao, peeps!