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Wishful Wednesday – The perfect pedicure June 2, 2010

Ah summer how I love thee (as my feet quiver in fear). There is nothing I enjoy more than heading out to the spa for a full-out pedicure. Sitting in those lovely massaging chairs, with my feet resting daintily in the bubbling foot bath, while chatting with the pedicurist all while sipping on a frothing cappuccino is heaven for me. It’s a slice of bliss and self pampering that only happens in my household once every few months. So yes, I pay the extra 10$ for those extra perks. OMG it is so worth it.

So, since I’m in between sessions and unable to afford the luxury right now, I need some foot therapy. I have my OPI ‘Midnight in Moscow’ waiting for the application. Right now I’m crushing on this pedicure foot therapy and all that it promises right now. My little toes need the TLC.

This week’s crush is Abbey James Co. on Etsy, please check her out:

Fabulous Feet Foot Butter and Spa Socks Set


Wishful Wednesday – Jumbo Hammock Chair May 26, 2010

I saw this item on one of my favorite blogs the other day Paper*Cake Finds and knew right then that this was my newest ‘crush’ item. In Montreal today it is a balmy 32 degrees with 45% humidity making it feel more like 36 (for my American friends this means: 97). It is a real rarity for May weather, considering last summer we only got about 2 weeks of this type of weather during August. So let’s be clear, I am not complaining in the least, I would rather this gorgeous weather than the wet, rainy, cool temperatures from last year. Bring it on!

I would enjoy it a lot more with this Hammock Chair from RiseNShineFarm on Etsy. Everything would look nicer, feel cooler, especially with a small table next to it for my drink *wink*


Tara xoxo

Jumbo Hammock Chair by RiseNShineFarm


Wishful Wednesday – Go Habs Go! May 12, 2010

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Being from Montreal is a funny & special thing. I think we are born with a genetic connection to hockey on even the smallest level. I’m on one those crazy hockey fans who only cares or shows interest if we make it to the playoffs. So please do not think you’ll run into too many hockey posts or think I know very much about the game. I think this is something that will probably change with two budding habs fans in the family. In the 100 years that the Montreal Canadiens have been playing hockey we have won 24 Stanley cups.. (that’s a lot of frigging cups) however, we haven’t won the actual cup since 1993. I remember that spring/summer, I was in highschool at the time and the cheering in the halls, everyone wearing their shirts. It was so special, exciting.

There is something special in the air right now, it’s an excitement that is tangible in this town. You see it on facebook statuses, on the cars with flags on the street, all the fan wearing hats, jerseys and shirts, everyone is excited. There are no nasty statuses towards our own players (which is amazing in this twisted city). Everyone you see or meet up with can not wait to see the next game, even if it may (or may not be) our last. We as a whole can not believe we doubted our team, or how far we’ve come.

There is a lot to be said of the Montreal Canadiens dynasty. Love them or hate them. We were the most doubted team, expected to be demolished within a few games against the capitols, but we won. Expected once again to lose hard against Crosby and his penguins, but we are fighting and going into game seven. I believe that we can make it through tonight. I believe anything is possible.  I think the fans though have to keep it in check – why slander the other teams? Let me remind you that 3 months ago you ALL thought Sidney Crosby was a God, he was our hero & golden boy for winning us (Canada) the gold medal, scoring that last goal. Why chant ‘Crosby Sucks’ or call him ‘Cry Baby Crosby’? – I’d put a wager that many of you would pay extra tax money just to see him on our roster. (sorry readers – this is not an option). Can we make it 25 cups in 100 years? I’m crossing my fingers & toes.

Nope today I’m not wishing for some fancy stuff – I’m wishing for Game 1 against (hopefully) the Boston Bruins!

Here’s a couple of fun indie options for habs  fans (or hockey fans – the panties are available for most teams) for the finals other than taking the ‘nasty’ non shaving route:

MONTREAL CANADIENS PANTY Sexy Womens Sports Hockey Underwear Lingerie Panties Cheeky Booty Boyshorts Hipster ETSY by woopsydaisies

Montreal Candians 1 inch pinback button/magnet by Gnipmac

Red, White and Blue Earrings by HannahsHands


Wishful Wednesday – Part deux May 6, 2010

Can I do this? Can I really be this needy (read greedy) and let you all know that I really, really want this:

MODKID STELLA Sewing Pattern by Patty Young-Modern Handbag

All you ‘fans’ of mine who read this blog will probably realize that it links back to last week’s Wishful Wednesday’s Fabricshoppe who also sells fab patterns (who knew?). I really want to try my hand at this bag, it looks so cute and fun and will let me test out some new skills.  The pattern is actually by one of my favorite fabric designers Patty Young. The flora & fauna fabric just looks luscious on the bags. The one I’d love to make is the black/white version shown in this pic:

Of course this would mean, pattern, new fabric, etc… so hubby if you are reading this. Ahem… just ask Jody what I need.

Tara xoxo


Wishful Wednesday – DreamCraft May 5, 2010

Scrapbook or Craft Room Project Table by dreamcraftnh

I found this beauty the other day while surfing around for organization ideas. As a crafty flake,  my crafting space is a little chaotic. I have stuff folded in rubber-maid containers, finished products packaged in wicker display baskets, but I don’t have any cute shelving or proper cubbyholes or labels. I long for a great creative space. Honestly, could this gorgeous crafting center fit into my space? nope, not unless we did some major renovating (hmmmm….). I love all the sheer pullout drawers that allow you to see inside, the vanilla bean paint, the butcher block top, ahhh.. so beautiful. My crush.

Let me show you the other side, it actually gets better. I was expecting nothing but a flat vanilla back, but voila – shelves!! dreamcraftnh allows the buyer to customize their craft center by sending a convo with your needs, wants and ideas. They will even send the product unfinished to allow you to make it your own.

Show dreamcraftnh a little blog love today and stop by her shop and give her some faves – it is a relatively new shop.


Wishful Wednesday – FabricShoppe April 28, 2010

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Why not include a supply shop? I love this shop and frequent it often. I love fabric, I love the feel of it, the different color ways, the designs. I’ve become a wee bit of a fabric addict/junkie. There are so many different reasons that make each unique and perfect for a certain creation. Many fabrics become part of my beloved stash, waiting for the perfect pattern. Right now I’m at a place where I need to use my stash before I purchase anything new. It almost saddens me because I love receiving new stuff in my mailbox. Often from the Fabricshoppe.

Once upon a time I laughed at my mother and grandmother for their stashes of fabric, and when my mother bought my Nana a mug with the slogan ‘She who dies with the most fabric wins!’

There are some great fabric shops online, but let me tell you what I love about the Fabricshoppe and continue to return: Jody is a fabulous seller with a super big heart, she runs a blog with tips and features ‘Everyday Beautiful’. She also sells a huge variety of fabric for all tastes.  The best part (for myself anyhow) is that she has a great selection of small pieces of fabric – fat quarters and a section of scrap packs called ‘surprise in my mailbox’. Oh, did I forget to mention she has a sale fat quarter each week for only $1? Yup, $1! If you follow her on twitter she often has other great promos and offers for her customers.

Here’s some of my top picks from her shop:

Build Your Fabric Stash-LARGE Surprise Fat Quarter Bundle of 16- SAVE

Andrea Victoria Fabric by Mind's Eye for Riley Blake- Yard Bundle, 5 total

SALE A Surprise In My Mailbox- Scrap pack of designer fabrics (9-15 different fabrics, depending on weight)

Girly Lagoon Fabric by Michael Miller-Fat Quarter Bundle-5 total


Wishful Wednesday – MudPuppy April 21, 2010

In the theme of Earth Day/Week – I wanted today’s item to not only be fabulous and something I drooled over, but I liked how it had an Earth Day twist.  What could be a better pick than something plantable? These hanging planters or pods are just so pretty and unique, and when  I saw them last week after the wonderful Danielle (of Etsy) tweeted them I nearly fell off my chair. Since then I have returned to Mudpuppy’s page a few times to gaze upon their beauty and have come to love many of her items.

Here’s a little something I found about house plants via wikipedia:

“Indoor plants reduce components of indoor air pollution, particularly volatile organic compounds (VOC) such as benzene, toluene, and xylene. The compounds are removed primarily by soil microorganisms. Plants can also remove CO2, which is correlated with lower work performance, from indoor areas.[1] The effect has been investigated by NASA for use in spacecrafts.[2] Plants also appear to reduce airborne microbes and increase humidity.[3]

Have your cake & eat it too – have a slice of beauty within your room and while it is busy looking pretty it is cleaning up your airspace.

Here are a couple of other items from the shop:

Modern White Baby Head Vase / Planter by MudpuppyWee bud vase with woven knotless net - 11 colors to choose from

Ceramic nest egg savings bank money box


Wishful Wednesday April 14, 2010

Here’s my first edition of Wishful Wednesday – my not so secret anymore items that I’m crushing on (or shops). With Mother’s day around the corner these are things that could be put on my list (ok – a card will probably have to suffice this year).  My first crush is on the dresses of isadoraclothing on Etsy – she has such cute designs in any color under the rainbow. Each dress can be made to look like an entirely new number for different occasions. Never take the same photo again! How fun is that? They are also custom made for you with some of your measurements and the color selection of your choice.

This is my crush for a number of reasons: I love the dresses, I love that it is a Canadian shop, and I have many weddings to attend this summer a few with the same guests. Here is my favorite from her shop, I encourage you to check out her selection of clothing (dresses, gowns and bathing suits!)

Chamelon Dress- Sassy Cut- Custom made by isadoraclothing