{out & about} our great capital, ottawa

Last weekend we took the girls on a road trip, our first as a family to someplace that was over an hour away. Our jaunts to Niagara don’t count as there are days we can make it over there in 40 minutes!

I haven’t been to Ottawa in about 10 years, although somethings are the same, it was fun discovering them as a family.parliment2parliment3 parliment1Parliment Hill and ByWard Market were by far my favourite places.

market3 market2 market4 market1The food was really amazing. We found the best Mexican restaurant in the Market that served some pretty awesome margaritas, the yummies gelato places in the city, and the most amazing fresh seafood restaurant tucked away in a plaza in the suburbs of the city! Now, that’s a good vacation in our family’s books!

ottawa_food3 ottawa_food2 ottawa_food1And of course the girls had a great time exploring the amazing and vast museums!

museum1 museum3 museum2Wonderful weekend getaway!



a christmas head start

This weekend, K and I spent a little girl time at the Made by Hand show and we got a head start on our Christmas shopping!

I saw some familiar faces and picked up a few holiday head starters, like this adorable welcome sign — actually it was K who spotted it and immediately ran over to it. Suffice to say, we had to get it.

And these Scandinavian folk-inspired gift tags from fellow Toronto Etsy member, Thunderpeep Designs which will be adorning our holiday gifts this year! Of course, you would’ve guessed that I picked the blue snow design and K chose the “princess”.

It was a fun rainy afternoon day spent with my little lady. The best kind.

{out & about} leslieville

The sun was out, there was a cool breeze, and I had the day off.

Perfect opportunity for a trip to my favourite yarn shop to pick up a bottle of Soak to block my first knit shawl, and an afternoon of exploring the stretch of Toronto famously known as Leslieville.

The outing also included a little shopping… like trying to decide if either of these teak sideboards would look good in our dining room. I’ve been searching for one since our renovations almost 2 years ago (we’re slow to furnish our house).

In addition to lots of vintage and second hand shops, Leslieville has a very active handmade community. I stopped into the Arts Market, a collection of craft displays from various local Toronto artists. I picked up a chic crochet hemp wrap bracelet from Michele Guevara. Her collection of crochet summer jewellery is so fun!

I wore it immediately (in the centre), paired with my Stella & Dot tribute bracelet (left) and vintage charm bracelet (right).

Then a pit stop for lunch of fish & chips (freshly made) and wrapped in newspaper cone. Yum!

What a good day!

How is your Friday? What did you do today?