Archives For January 2016

The Lion Coat

January 26, 2016 — 2 Comments

Hand-made Coat from Tulip and Bunny // Julie Van Can

Hand-made Lion Coat from Tulip and Bunny // Julie Van Can

Hand-made Lion Coat from Tulip and Bunny // Julie Van Can

Ok guys. I promise, when I rebranded, it wasn’t to sleathily convert this blog into a mommy blog. I PROMISE. But, I do recognize that between this post and the one previous, I’m dancing dangerously close to that edge of mommy-blogdom. Much like Mufasa dangling over the edge of that fateful wildebeest-surrounded ridge. It’s just, THIS COAT. HOW CAN I NOT POST EXCESSIVE PICTURES OF THIS COAT? IT HAS EARS AND A TAIL. LIKE YOU WOULDN’T DO THE SAME.

Woof. Okay. I’m sorry. Coats with ears launch me into caps-lock mode. Anyways, about this coat: This is the coat that Aunt Robyn made from an old wool blanket. Robyn is my dear eldest sister, and she’s amazing. She makes things – beautiful things, and this coat is among them. Robyn is Chief Proprietor and Head Sewer in Charge over at the shop Tulip and Bunny. (Insta here, Etsy here). She’s currently testing some patterns for Big Little, a pattern shop, and this coat is the result. AND she’ll make you one if you want! I truly don’t know how she does it.*** Like, literally. I don’t understand. She has four kids at home.  One is still a tiny baby. Whaaaaaaaaaaa? (That is both the sound of me saying a prolonged “what?” AND the sound her tiny baby makes.)

Hand-made Lion Coat from Tulip and Bunny // Julie Van Can

Hand-made Lion Coat from Tulip and Bunny // Julie Van Can

Anyways, Connor turned 1 this past weekend, and the gift of this coat is just one of the many wonderful ways our family and friends showered this little man with love. I cannot believe I have a one year old. Like, he smoulders. How did that happen? One day he’s a little baby burrito and the next day he looks like he could be on the cover of Baby GQ. Geez! The circle of life! I could launch into caps-lock mode about it all over again but I think this post has enough of it. I’ll lay off the SHIFT key.

Happy birthday little lion man. WE LOVE YOU SO MUCH.

(…oops)

***When I texted Robyn to tell her I took some photos, she said she’ll look when she’s home from McDonald’s. So, that answers how she does it. That’s how we all do it, #amiright?

1.You will grab your lunch from the fridge, because you prepared it the night before. It will be delicious and well-balanced. It will hit every major food group. There will be a microwavable component. It will involve no less than three tupperware containers in varying sizes. It is the only lunch of this kind you will ever eat.

2. You will spend a long (too long) amount of time planning out your child’s outfit. He will, for the first time in his 11-month long life, be wearing matching socks.

3. You will wear a black blazer. It will be a black blazer you have scarcely worn before. It will make you feel very professional. You believe it will announce to all your colleagues that you are now very serious because you have a black blazer. If they have any questions, they should just ask the blazer. The blazer is in charge.

4. You will be early, so early, to drop your child off at daycare. You will smile too much at his caretakers to mask your intense panic and distress at the insane speed in which time passes. You will go to your car, and have a tiny cry.

5. You will get to work on time.

6. You will notice a run in your nylons. There will always be a run in your nylons.

7. You will walk right passed the coffee kiosk on the wall to your office. You will not buy a muffin because of your delicious, well-balanced lunch. You will notice, though, that they added new flavours since you’ve been gone. You will try to banish the words “Chocolate Raspberry” from your mind.

8. You will joke with all your colleagues about how your daycare has a webcam and WOULDN’T IT BE SO SILLY TO WATCH YOUR KID ON A WEBCAM ALL DAY WHO WOULD DO THAT NOT ME OBVIOUSLY.

9. You will try to login to the webcam.

10. You will unsuccessfully try login to the webcam.

11. You will demand that your husband, who has successfully logged into the webcam, text you screen shots of your child on the webcam.

12. You will do some work.

13. You will, at long last, log into the webcam.

14. You will see that your kiddo is smiling. You will smile, too.

15. You will log off the webcam.

16. You will do some more work.

17. You will reward yourself for all your hard work with a raspberry chocolate muffin.

18. You will do some more work.

19. You will pick up your child from daycare.

20. You will give him all the hugs. There is now a nation-wide hug shortage because of all the hugs that were given.

21. You will go home.

22. You will throw your nylons in the trash.

23. You will realize that you did it. That he did it. That we did it. And we’ll all be OK.

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Honouring the Weird

January 13, 2016 — 1 Comment

My family liked weird kids movies growing up.

We liked some non-weird movies, too: the usual Disney fare, a J.T.T. joint, lots of good family fun. But also? Weird movies: The Last Unicorn, Never Ending Story, The Electric Grandmother. Just weird. Maybe it was because they were the only children’s movies available at the library. Maybe it was because they were never rented out at the convenience store downtown. Whatever the reason, the only things that may have spent more time in the VHS player were my dad’s reruns of Star Trek TNG and a pirated copy of Casper.

Other kids in my class didn’t really watch these movies. They liked, I dunno…Wishbone? And so, when my slumber-party birthday rolled around, I thought it might be fun to watch one these weird movies with my friends. I selected a personal family favourite: The Labyrinth.

…It wasn’t well received. They didn’t like it. They thought it was creepy (to be far: it is), but they laughed for the wrong reasons, and we didn’t finish it. And that was that, for a time. Not too long after, though, a friend who was at that party came over again. As we plotted out how to spend the rest of our day, she asked, almost sheepishly “…could we watch that goblin movie again?”

That moment was significant, and is, in some ways, the official start to a friendship that would go from grade school friends, to high school besties, to college roommates. It started there because that’s when I realized “this person likes weird stuff too.And you know what? That’s a big deal.

We watched The Labyrinth together that day, and many times after. We’d sing the songs, we’d recite the dialogue, we’d draw silly pictures of Jareth in the margins of our school notes. We fully embraced the wonderful weirdness of that movie—and in each other, really—for years to come.

As I read over the tributes to David Bowie on my Facebook timeline, so many things came through: his innovation, his artistry, his boundless creativity. But for me, it’s his legacy as a Conduit of Weirdness that I’ll forever treasure. Before the internet made it all-too-easy for other weirdos to find each other, David Bowie was there to light the way. And now that light has dimmed.

For a hot minute back in 2013, I did yoga. Like any good yoga class, most would end with a communal Namaste: “The light in me honours the light in you.” As the rest of the world bids goodbye to Bowie, something very similar is rattling around in my brain to sum it all up: The weirdness in me honours the weirdness in you, good Sir. Thank you. ❀

 

Oh hey gang!

My cryptic notice from a few days ago heralded this announcement: I rebranded (INSIDER SECRET: Rebrand is a fancy word for “new name!”).

So, what gives?

For those of you that were fans of my old site, We So Thrifty, you’ll recall that I was once a fairly consistent second-hand style blogger. In fact, my blog was devoted solely to first-hand tales of second-hand style (I still like that tagline). Over this last year, however, I’ve had less of an desire to parade around in front a camera. That’s probably due to the child-rearing, but also just a general desire to expand the topics I tackle.

Don’t get me wrong, there will still be parading! I love a good parade! There will just be other things, too. There will be posts about thrifting, but there will also be posts about design, about parenthood, about what I’m reading (OK, fine: what I’m watching). Basically, if I can do it, I might just blog about it.

Also, since the internet is no place for shame, it would be so nice if you gave this blog a follow. I surprised myself by managing to import all my old blog content, and redirect people from the old site to the new one, but I did manage to lose all the followers I’d amassed at the old site. There weren’t many, but enough to feed my ego when I had a a bad hair day. Just re-enter your email on the sidebar to get e-mail updates, OR (and?) you could like my Facebook page. So many ways to cyber-stalk!

Alright. That takes care of most of the house-keeping around here. I’m off to try to create some content for this thing. Thanks, as always, for granting me some time in front of your eyeballs!

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