Category: the everyday

Elliot’s First Birthday

Elliot-bday-inviteAre you surviving the heat wave that has hit Vancouver the past few weeks? We have definitely blown our budget for iced beverages and have been pretty much spending our days from one air conditioned shop to another. It’s hot as Hades out there!

Last weekend, we celebrated Elliot’s first birthday with a picnic in the park. I know we used to plan events for a living, but man, oh man, personal events are always stressful. It was so good though! Robert’s family was all here including his sister from the BVI and his aunt, who just met Elliot for the first time last week! As part of our take away gifts, we had Lisa from Draw Me A Lion create a postcard that the kids (and adults) could colour and keep. She illustrated the image above of Elliot’s favourite things – ice cream and cats! Feel free to save the image on your desktop, print it, and then colour.

Stay cool, my friends!

one month and two weeks

LondonFieldsShoppe-1monthWe’ve been living the shop life for almost one month and two weeks! It has been great meeting all of the new faces from around the neighbourhood including those that have seeked us out after seeing us on instagram, and of course, to all the family and friends that have stopped by. I was just telling Robert how great it is to be back in this area. When I was young, my grandma used to take tai chi classes at Ray Cam. My mom and two aunts would then come down to meet us before heading into Chinatown for our weekly shopping or to Pink Pearl for dim sum, so it’s been great walking up and down the streets rediscovering familiar gems. I’m pretty much on a mission to try all of the cold HK milk teas Chinatown has to offer. So far, hi-5 to The Boss Bakery. Bonus points for crushed ice and for thinking our baby is the cutest – ha!

We’ve been adding new things to the shop on an on-going basis and we’ve been busy moving things around. I’m expecting a new shipment of dickybird from the UK, so a lot of cuteness will be hitting the shelves soon! Our workshop series has also launched with a brush lettering workshop by Big Top Sign Arts on Saturday, April 18th (workshop on April 11th is sold out) with new workshops coming in May and June.

In other news, I made this super easy pork belly with crackling and to balance all the meat, this delicious swiss chard lasagna with ricotta and mushrooms. Oh, and I’m done with shoes that hurt my feet. Yeah, that was random. Any advice on cute flats that fit well?

field trip :: southlands farm

Southlands-1Southlands-2Southlands-3Southlands-4Southlands-5I have lived in or near Kerrisdale for most of my life and have never visited Southlands Farm until today! A little oasis of greenery filled with ponies, chickens, and fruit trees; Southlands is a working farm that hosts workshops, a CSA, camps, and horseback riding. My mom made Elliot a pumpkin hat and with the sunny weather, we decided to find ourselves a pumpkin patch. Elliot avoided napping all morning and then fell asleep in the car, so was a bit grumpy / groggy during our quick visit. Apparently, we had just missed a school group of 30 kids visiting the farm and another 30 was set to arrive in the next hour so we had the entire place to ourselves!

elliot :: 2 months!

babyelliot-1babyelliot-2babyelliot-3babyelliot-4Not to ruin the illusion, but these biscuits taste like cardboard. Yep. No worries here about my props being eaten! Oh, and yes, I did buy them just for this. Look out for more biscuit writing coming to a computer screen near you!

Outtakes that were too cute not to share… chubby sweet cheeks!