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The places we go, and the things we do.

5 things we can learn from our grandparents

5 things we can learn from our grandparents

RISING OUT OF THE OCEAN

1. Be romantic

Love letters, late night walks, even holding hands; the past is full of small ways to ignite magic into a relationship. I’m a bit of an old soul and I desperately tire of this non-exclusivity attitude of today. I was once told there is a different between ‘seeing somebody’ and ‘dating’ them, well I don’t believe there is, or at least there shouldn’t be. If you both like each other then a relationship should be entered with the intention that it is going somewhere.

Relationships should be meaningful as well as passionate; And even though they don’t always have a happy ending they will have had value.

This mixture of ardour and chivalry is what the best love stories are made from. Let’s be honest, who didn’t feel some sort of romantic liberation when Sybil ran away to marry Tom?

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2. Have a healthy work ethic

Nothing in this life is truly free, it would be nice if…

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Hobbies etc.

People often wonder what we do in our down time. Well, we just keep making things. Sometimes it’s a new dress or a felt tea cozy and sometimes it’s soap and bath salts.

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So come and indulge in a little aroma therapy and take some handmade luxury home with you. (Then we’ll have an excuse to make more.)

Cheers,
Meaghan and Sara.

Henri Henri a Montreal!

IMG239 As some of you know I recently took a trip to one of my favorite cities, Montreal. My boyfriend Chris found this place for me while he was out on his own. (I might have been noshing on chocolat chaud) I went myself the next day and was delighted. What a lovely space that hasn’t changed in so long! in fact, not since it opened in the thirties. If you want the traditional experience of buying a men’s hat then you must go.

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Friendly staff and very good prices on very good hats.

IMG243They even have canes. Love it!

Sara came home with a legit boater that she is dying to wear.

Henri Henri

Chapelier depuis 1932

189 Rue Sainte-Catherine Est, Montreal, QC H2X 2Z3
(514) 288-0109

http://www.henrihenri.ca

Cheers

Meaghan

Dale Chihuly Exhibit in Montreal

A recent trip to one of my favorite Canadian cities had me waiting in line at the Dale Chihuly exhibit at Musee des Beaux Arts.  Several years ago I watched a fascinating documentary about the American glass artist and his studio method.  His exuberance for trying new things and pushing towards the seemingly impossible was inspiring. The glass works shown in the following photos is just a small sampling of this tremendous talent.

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This is at the entrance to the old building which is across the street from the new entrance. This is a large museum. This glass explosion is about 12′ across.

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These two are mounted as a ceiling. They are resting on thick glass and lit from above. some of the pieces were almost a meter across. The documentary I watched showed how is pool has the floor like this. Beautiful.

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These 2 chandeliers are both lit from above and seemed to made of hundreds of components. They were about 3.5 to meters long.

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Then we entered this underwater forest al on black glass to reflect back. That large white disk is about 1 meter across and those red spikes are about 2 meters tall. Remember this is all blown by hand glass.

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These boats of huge glass balls on a lake of black glass were enchanting.

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Finally this last boat of glass rods. There were several more rooms but I didn’t know that you could take pictures and tweet etc.. during the exhibit so I only had my phone which isn’t the best camera. I highly reccomend seeing this exhibit wherever it is travelling to next and checking out the documentaries where he makes these object. It fascinating.

Meaghan

Barrie Spring Art Tour – The Art and Soul of Barrie

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The Barrie Spring Art Tour kicks off this Friday, April 26 with an opening reception running from 7 p.m.  til 9 p.m. at the Creative Space in our lovely downtown located at 12 Dunlop St. E. Come and meet the artists, enjoy music and a light snack.

The Art Tour itself is happening on Saturday, April 27 and Sunday, April 28 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. It is a self guided tour and you can download a brochure at the Barrie Spring Art Tour web site, or swing by our shop to pick one up and you can make us your first stop. There are 50 artists being showcased in 15 different Barrie locations and the weather is saying warm spring temperatures. Don’t forget to stop for lunch at one of downtown Barrie’s many wonderful restaurants or cafes.

Hope we see you there,
Meaghan and Sara

Hat Class Success

The cream tea aftermath

The cream tea aftermath

Our fascinator class, hosted at English & Miller went marvelously. All of our expected students showed up and had a great time. They pillaged the supplies just as we hoped they would and asked when the next class would be.

At the end of the day everyone came away with at least one lovely fascinator and in some cases two. Unfortunately we didn’t manage to get a group photo but we have got photographs of everyone.

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Work In Progress

Almost Finished

Finished Piece

Finished Piece

We will be doing this class again in the warmer months with a whole new selection of colours to choose from. As for the second class it is in the works I promise, we’ve just been busy with all new hat designs for spring and summer.

Cheers,
Meaghan and Sara.

“Fascinator” Hat Class

After years of being asked about classes, we are finally doing one! I’m working on class #2 right now (no, that’s not a ‘hashtag’ it’s the number symbol)

Hat Class Poster

Hat Class Poster

What you may or may not be able to read beside the dates and times for the class is that there is no lunch provided. It will be plenty of fun though, and I’m sure if you’re hungry the lovely ladies at English & Miller will sell you something tasty.

Cheers,
Sara.

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