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Back on the horse!

It has been a long time since I have posted here on made for you. I have been in a whirlwind of chaos with children, jobs, household, weather, elections and emotions. I have had so much to write about and yet so little space to do it. Is there more space today? Maybe… or maybe I just had to get back on the horse- space or no space!
I have been contemplating the upcoming holiday of Mother’s Day. It is a stranger day for me now that I am a mother. Before it was so straight forward, I celebrated my mom. Now I am celebrated as a mother as well as appreciating my own mother. This expansion has inspired me to think of this day in an even bigger way… What does mother mean to us? Outside of having a mom or not or being a mom or not. Is motherness living and impacting our lives? I strive to connect with the space and nurture of mother energy, yet feel busy and overwhelmed much of the time. This weekend I am going to attempt to create space, for myself and for others. Please join me in this monumental and noble task!


New Year/New Shopping Traditions

Or maybe a tradition of not shopping? I got a link from my partner in crime, Claire, the other day showing me a blog by her friend who has decided not to shop this year. This reminded me of my friend Perdita, who last year blogged about her 365-day fashion re-hab. So I am feeling this trend of restraint, even with those of us that have dedicated our lives to finding great stuff and acquiring it. I love it and hate it. I guess that’s how I know it is a good thing to explore further… I am going to join in this retail free year to the best of my ability. BUT not to worry I will be still be scouting out great local buys for you! AND furthermore I will be emphasizing great ways to invest in local culture and community without buying stuff. I am looking forward to revolutionizing my lifestyle and mining the riches of Nova Scotia in this coming year… I hope you are with me! (This photo was taken on Windsor st. last week. An excellent offering of winter humor. Gabe wanted to take it home for soup!)

Here is where you come in!!!!

So I have been doing local stuff, eating local stuff, thinking local thoughts while raising my local babies, but I have not been posting. I realize I am waiting to hear some great tips from you about the hidden treasures of our city and Province. Please share with me your favorite things. I need to be turned on and lit up by something special this week. I will aspire to post fantastic finds if you send me in the right direction!  Until then I will be sipping rum and making snowflakes here at home.

Love in the Downtown

Love, Me Boutique is an all time favorite for downtown shopping. Creative displays, friendly chats and always exciting stuff. I love that I can afford Art at Love, Me. Whether it is a hand painted card, a felted pin or a luxe scarf I feel like any item will be cherished for a long time. This is a place where heirlooms originate. With my eyes peeled for Halifax made goods I ventured in yesterday. The find of the day: the sweetest sleep masks ever known made by Alison Campbell. Hand embroidered beauties so comfy you wanna take a nap. Also my favorite feathery earrings, wooden rings and the cutest baby gifts of all. (including patchwork quilts by yours truly!). So take a look and a shop. I know you know someone that needs a good nap.

sugarsnap & snow

Seriously cute toys made by Iliah Lorenz-Luca. Raccoons, rats and squirrels with removable capes, fuzzy bellies and felt tails. These friends hold so much character that naming yours will be delightful! Prices and Etsy page TBA. You can find Iliah at the Halifax Crafter’s Market.

Home Grown Goods and Local Loot

Here we are at my first blog! Ahhh.

I have been inspired to blog by my irrepressible desire to shop and my intense anxiety about the materialist culture we live in.  So instead of beating myself up I have decided to promote the best shopping I know of. That is local. Not just locally owned businesses, but products that are produced locally. Food, flowers, crafts, art, clothes, furniture and anything else I can think of or find that is made in Nova Scotia (or very close to NS). There are so many amazing, skilled, creative folks here and I think with a little effort we can really show that we care about investing in products from home. So I invite you to join me in consuming the best of what NS has to offer. Let’s give gifts that have a story, that support local people and communities, and that celebrate the wealth of our place. Here.

So please let me know what you think is rad, beautiful, practical or genius. I will post photos and hints. Shopping spots and craft markets. I want as much help as I can get so please chime in, pipe up and tell the world.