New Spaces

Not only are we extremely close to opening our new space in
the Exchange District... we have moved our blog.

All the content from this blog has been moved to our new
address on the web. We will leave this blog up as a byway
to ...

See you there!

Monday, October 18, 2010

Mmmm, Noodles.

There's a delicious little corner in the Exchange which is home to a restaurant called The Line Up.  They serve a number of different yummy things, but my favourite is Noodles by the Box.  Scrumptious stir fry with a variety of tempting selections to choose from, it is all prepped fresh when ordered and served up in a sweet little takeout box.  I can't say for sure if it will make the noodles taste any better, but if you 'eat with your eyes' chances are good that the Canadian designed and manufactured Ramen Noodle Bowl will enhance the experience!

If you're going to be in the neighbourhood I'd recommend coming with an appetite and giving The Line Up a try.  I'm not playing favourites, as there are many great places to nosh in the area, I'm just sharing them as I discover them!


Saturday, October 16, 2010

Atomic Tom

I love finding great new music.  I especially love finding innovative musicians with a great sound.  Count yourselves in early on a video about go viral (30,000 views this morning, well over 200,000 as of posting) and a band well worth spending a few bucks on at iTunes.


Wednesday, October 13, 2010

ChiChi Kids

In my experience with tykes and toddlers I've learned that they have far more interest in the wrapping, bags and boxes their gifts come in than they do the gift itself.  Which is precisely why I thought the Tooko Cardboard House by Jansen + Co was genius!  It is...

1.  Easily assembled (you don't need a degree in engineering to open the box or put it together!).  

2.  Perfectly sized for a pint sized homeowner.  

3.  Encourages the artist/designer in a child as they can decorate it themselves.  

I was just saying the other day how so many toys have taken the imagination out of play.  It is refreshing to see something so brilliantly simple which stimulates a kid's imagination and creativity!


We also love...

Food Face

Who says you shouldn't play with your food?



If he helps your fussy friend to finish his/her meal, then he'll become your own personal hero.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

It's a Colourful Life!

Since recently redecorating the moppet's room I've been craving a change in my bedroom.  I'm yearning for something with rich warmth and a bit of drama (as if I don't have enough drama with a little girl who's hormones seem to be kicking in early).  Whilst perusing the interwebs - or consulting the big brain, as my brother would say - I happened across Behr's Colour Trend guide for 2011.  From palettes called "Boudoir Goth" to "Tokyo Pop" they present a wide range of gorgeous selections.

My eyes keep roaming to "Strike a Pose".  With a creamy white trim and window coverings, and accents in black or a near black, I think it would be fabulous!  There is nothing like a fresh coat of paint and a few decor changes in a room to elevate one's spirits (and their motivation to keep things tidy!).

Once done, I think it will make my bed seem all that more inviting since I've determined that the only colour bedding that really works in my home is pristine white.  You cannot, after all, bleach a Kool-aid stain out of a steel blue duvet cover.  Some day, movie nights in mom's bed will come to an end.  Until then, there's Javex.   

Behr, for those unfamiliar, has a terrific website for playing with colour.  You can create your own palettes and save your projects with a log in.

To visit, simply click HERE.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

The Last Dust Bunny

Once upon a time ago there was a mysterious man named Fred.  Fred didn't like ho hum things.  He wanted things which made him smile and so he set off in pursuit of fun and useful things for people and their homes.  When Dust Bunny was first born he was embraced and adopted into many homes.  He, as bunnies are wont to do, multiplied and spread his joy throughout the land(s).  When assisting him with becoming animated one couldn't help but chortle at the look of surprise on his face.  He and his siblings were happiest with their schmushy little faces planted in a layer of dust or rubbing a tchotchke back to a shine.  

Alas, as things will sometimes happen when we take them for granted, his numbers began to dwindle.  The bunnies were no longer multiplying.  Were they stricken by a dust mite virus rendering them barren?  No.  Sadly, they had simply "had their run".  

If you have a Dust Bunny embrace him and care well for him as there will be no others to replace him.

If you do not have a Dust Bunny, well, we have a singular one in our possession.  We want to be sure he goes to a good home.  And he wants his existence to have meaning beyond being an efficient eater of dust.  What to do?  

To fulfill Dust Bunny's wish, and to ensure he goes to a really great home, he has agreed to submitting himself to auction.  The proceeds from the auction will be donated, in the winning bidder's name, to a charity of their choosing.  For full details please see our Dust Bunny Auction page or click HERE

Goodbye, Dust Bunny.  You will be missed.

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Special Effects...

Meet Bobo.  He's a collectible Zuny animal produced in limited edition.

But this post isn't about Bobo.  He's simply modelling for us today so we can show you what we think will be the hot stocking stuffer this year ~ Jelly Lens.  A tiny little sticky camera lens/charm to elevate your cellphoneto a special effects camera.


Here, we get a close up shot of Bobo that would otherwise be impossible to take with a cell phone camera.

Here's Bobo using the Kaleidoscope lens.

Bobo with the Sparkle effect lens.

And, every woman my age will love this one, Soft Focus.

A terrific little something for under $10!


Thanks, Bobo, for not being a diva during the shoot.