1575 West 6th Avenue
Vancouver, BC Canada V6J 1R1
Saturday: 10:00 – 5:00
Sunday: 11:00 – 4:00
for Christmas crafts. You know it and I know it. As you get older you are given gifts that you simply don’t need (which means they end up stuffed underneath the bed, donated, rewrapped, or left on your neighbours doorstep with a note that says, “love santa”) Unless they are gift cards to your favourite shops (ask me for my ideas), monetary (to pay for those guitar, tap, ballet, art classes, even bills) or a generous donation in your name to your favourite charity. All in all, I really don’t need anything. Save your pennies and help someone who could enjoy a cup of tea, a bowl of soup or a long overdue phone call. As a young kid I would always give the gift of craft making. And as a young woman, well it looks like its gonna be that way this year too. Amy Sedaris put it best in her book, Simple Times: Crafts For Poor People. Yes I own this book. I bought it the minute it came out. I have a serious girl crush on this brilliant woman and somehow I can relate. Not because of my brilliance (or lack thereof) but because of her unique charm, bold characters and weirdness. I love her! So…if you feel compelled to make crafts this year take a peek at her book. Otherwise here are a few of my top suggestion:
– mason jars filled with sand and shells (a Hawaiian adventure)
– decoupaged wine bottles with a candle of course (include matches. Go the extra step)
– sock puppets (everyone loves mismatched socks with buttons on them)
– reindeer families made from sticks. Use cranberries for oversized noses (This will get em every time!)
Q-tip men (perfect for the nativity scene)
Enjoy! Get creative! Happy shopping (independent/local of course)
Hello my lovelies! Ti’s the season to be shop hopping. What are your favourite stores to shop in? Strolling the streets of Vancouver and wandering into my favourite little boutiques is my weakness. I think Vancouver has some of the most amazing and unique shops to visit (and splurge in) I often shop locally and purchase from independent designers and vintage. This time of year is perfect for buying unique gifts for those you love. I always find something different and affordable cause really, at this age what do you buy for those who have everything they need? And for those who can buy their own items?…I’d say, Something small, something different, something they can use forever! Here are a few of my top favourite shops that sell unique and eclectic items by a variety of independent designers. Thank you for filling my retail therapy needs. – CS xx
1. ONE OF A FEW – 346 Water Street (Gastown)
2. Nouvelle Nouvelle – 209 Abbott St.
3. Community Thrift and Vintage – 41 West Cordova St.
4. The Fair – 415 Abbott St.
5. Oliver and Lilly’s – 1520 West 13th Ave
6. VIOLET BOUTIQUE – 1312 Granville St.
Fine Finds Boutique – 1014 Mainland St.
DREAM – 311 West Cordova