wanted to show you some paper i bought at magic pony yesterday
and a gift i wrapped for my sister in nepalese handmade paper (on the left...i love that paper so much)
i think i am going to frame the magic pony paper (definitely the one with the weird animals!)

also, tim gave me an early christmas gift:

so i've been busy writing cards...
annnd i want to eventually frame some of the cards too...
things to keep me busy in the new year
(other than selling soap)!

see more of jill bliss' paper goods here
or visit her online shop here.

bisous & joyeux nöel!


arrived alive.

back in canada now. the snow is so white and fluffy.
i forgot how many houses are in this country. moreover, i never thought it'd be strange to see houses!
been busy attending christmas brunches, wrapping gifts, seeing friends

and making headwear for mon pauvre chien.

happy holidays!



warm bed, light rain
2pm, i'm writing letters
later: mojitos, reminiscence.



what i have been up to ...

on wednesday po, davey and i ate at troisieme lieu.
it was the best meal i've had in a while...
(camembert chaud...)

(more pics from that night here.)

i've also been experimenting and making holiday cards...

origami envelopes for scavenger hunts!...

and souvenir/gift shopping!

i found lots of great stuff in the market at abbesses
they have lots of cute magnets
and stickies.
i also got homemade french jam
and many (maybe too many) mini eiffel towers.

i can't say any more
because some of you are getting these little things
as gifts!

and now back to the card-making...


i love mail.
i recently received my order from gracia + louise
one of their amazing notebooks.
if you don't have one already
you should get on it!
they make great gifts!
thanks ladies.


this evening i saw this lovely lady
at :

it was such a great show
despite the fact that they wouldn't allow me to bring my camera in
which made me a bit upset
considering i wasn't able to take photos of santogold
at the last show
because my camera died!

in other news : 10 days until canada!
(yes, i am excited)


i can't say that i know how i feel about mary-kate
i love these photos

i love that the edges of the film are visible.

hope you had a good weekend.

jessica's birthday

on thursday it was jessica's birthday.
after dinner at a thai restaurant in belleville
(with a strange mango dessert)
we went to see friends at fubar at odéon.

we danced and drank holly berries
and pauline ended up finding a strange plastic chain in her purse
the next day.


5 things

jaime inspired me (through her journals) to write about my favorite parts of my day.
so here are my 5 things for today.

1. walk along abbesses to find tim's birthday present
2. corn salad and café au lait at le chinon
3. bought holiday cards, envelopes, notebooks & writing paper at my favorite paper store
4. night in belleville with christmas beer, vin chaud, and good friends
5. a skype conversation with someone who is one of my favorite parts of home

now i am gearing up to make some holidays gifts & cards!


on being tourists in the city of light

i haven't updated in about a week now,
and i can blame that on a lovely visit from canada, miss jacqueline.

we found a great little boutique hotel in the galleries lafayette & opéra area
called the monte carlo.
i wish i had taken more photos of it.

the room was tiny but perfect
(though we found a bag of mysterious objects on the windowsill).
the hotel was decorated
with lots of bright colours and stripes
but also managed to incorporate some really interesting world art
such as little wooden animals
african paintings

and old, antique books in the lobby.

i played tour guide for a week
(though i was grumpy and tired on a few occasions).
we went to the catacombs and pére lachaise cemetery
and experienced some spooky things.
we drank lots of café au lait
and went shopping on the left bank
where i finally foun
d a coat that i love.

if you are ever in paris
i highly recommend the tour of notre-dame.
they run in english on wednesdays and thursdays at 2pm.
it was the most interesting thing i have done since i've been in this city.
the history and the stories are fascinating
and some are hilarious
like the "quasimodo" woman peeing on a bishop's head!

we also created our own da vinci code tour (because the real one is too expensive).
we visited saint-sulpice, though we couldn't go in
went to the louvre to see where the car chase took place
and tried to see the upside-down pyramids
...but they were covered in shrubs.

on our way, we met a waiter in a café who fell in love with jacquie
and an old man whos wife was leaving him after 25 years of marriage
(he was crying and i almost did too).

we ate creme brulée
had breakfast on the run
(side note: espresso + métro = not good)
and went on a ferris wheel!

on friday, we saw uffie, santogold and diplo
at the showcase
which is a club under a bridge
near the champs-élysées.
the show was amazing, to say the least.

overall i have to say this past week
was the most eventful, exciting, emotional and enlightening (4 e's!)
of my time in paris.

(we also filmed a 100 minute video of her entire visit, affectionately called "le art filme" avec faux french accent.)

photos are here.