Archive for November, 2010

Guest Blog Post

Chasing after an active baby, listing new items, getting ready for my black friday – cyber monday sale, going from no snow to waaaay too much snow, and writing a guest blog post! It’s been a great week! Please go and check it out.

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Black Friday to Cyber Monday Sale

Check out the Black Friday – Cyber Monday sale I am having in my Impossibly Alice etsy shop! From November 26th to November 29th I am offering 10% off all items plus free shipping!

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Confidence: Part 1

I’ve been thinking a lot about confidence and what it means to me. Why I am thinking about this will be in another post. Right now I have to discuss something that is more current to every day life here in Winnipeg.

Winter driving.

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I hate it. At least when the roads are not plowed or sanded.

I have many stories of sliding around on ice, one most notably on the bridge from Academy to Route 90 where all the cars slowed down to let me get control of the car again. To tell them in great detail would probably be pretty boring. But just know that I hate it, I hate losing control, I hate not knowing what the car in front of me will do, and not knowing if I have the space to handle it.

After years of scoffing them, we got winter tires put on our car last year. My husband convinced me that we needed to get them. Somehow, these tires have given me the confidence to be a smart winter driver. The “grippiness” of them allows me to drive the speed limit (when it is reasonable to do so). I no longer have people passing me assuming I am an old lady driving the car, hunched over at the wheel. I no longer get out of my car exhausted just from a simple drive home.

Isn’t it strange that something so easy makes a world of difference to my confidence?

How do you feel about winter driving?

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Pay It Forward Friday: Reindeer Games

Well, it’s been a busy week around here but I am dedicated to pay it forward Friday. What random things do I like this week?

I love reindeer. And I love gift tags. I am embarrassed to admit how much time I spend browsing reindeer gift tags on etsy so today I am featuring a few of my favourites:

These are some beautiful fabric gift tags. They are printed onto unbleached cotton fabric and the ink is water based and non-toxic. The seller, quotesandnotes, even suggests using these on plain Kraft paper. What a wonderful way to celebrate an eco-friendly Christmas! Everything used to wrap your presents will be recyclable, and/or reusable.

Her shop is really beautiful and you should all check it out!



These cute reindeer tags are made by an undiscovered* seller! My Paper Moose’s shop has a great collection of holiday gift tags. Let’s all help “discover” this shop!






For my last pay it forward item today, I am featuring these absolutely beautiful handmade reindeer gift tags from Australia. If I bought her tags, I would hate to use them on a present! Flo3er offers the alternative idea that you could use these as decorations on your tree and I wholeheartedly agree.




Please join me again next Friday when I feature more things that I like!

*undiscovered means a shop has less than 20 sales

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Pay It Forward Friday

I want to start a new feature and let’s hope I continue this every week. I am going to do a Pay It Forward Friday where I will mention blogs, etsy shops, anything I like. I may know the people, I may not.

The In Between Is Mine

I started following a blog a few months ago, and I have grown to really like the blogger. San, of the in between is mine writes honest, genuine, and introspective posts which I look forward to reading. Often, when I am reading her blog I think to myself “That is me!”. She is taking a part of NABloPoMo* so when you follow her, you are guaranteed to be entertained every day this month with her posts. She moved here from Germany after she fell in love with her now husband during a semester abroad – the whole story is on her blog. Please, check out her site and you will see what a lovely person she is.

Graphic Spaces

Are you looking for fun woodland themed decor for a child’s room? Then Graphic Spaces Wood is the etsy shop for you! I found this shop when I was making treasuries of undiscovered time. After the first time I included them in a treasury, they sent me a wonderful and nice message. Despite the fact that they live in different states, they are truly a family business: Christy does the design work, her Dad, Curt Austin does the woodworking, her mom, Cindy, does the assembly and runs the shop, and her brother, Shawn, is an engineer who maintains their equipment! This wonderful shop has since been discovered** and I cannot use them in treasuries of undiscovered shops anymore but they remain a favourite of mine. They sell the most adorable woodland themed bookends, shelf stands, and even a tree that you can use to display these beautiful items on. I honestly love each of the little animals and flowers so much, I would be hard pressed to find a favourite!

The Merriweather Council

Finally, for this week, I want to talk about Danielle of The Merriweather Council. I met her through etsy because we are both a part of Team Discovery. She makes great items for her shop, beautiful treasuries that occasionally make it to the front page, and she is super helpful and nice. In fact, she made the treasury that was on the front page late afternoon/early evening last Friday which lead to my first sale. If you google her, you will come up with a lot of hits – she has even had an item featured in an Apartment Therapy article! An interesting fact about her: she majored in Fibers at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design which makes me pretty jealous. I didn’t know that anything like that even existed when I went to university!

I hope you enjoyed the first edition of Pay It Forward Friday!

*bloggers taking part in NaBloPoMo are writing a new blog post every day for the month of November.

**discovered means a shop has more than 20 sales.

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Shop Updates!

On Friday, I was featured in this wonderful treasury on the Etsy front page and as a result I made my first sale and sold the green cowl!

If you were wanting one of the fair trade wool cowls in green, have no fear! I have relisted the cowl as made to order.


I love the new cowl I listed today: Midnight Ice!

I am also excited because I bought an Ott lightbulb over the weekend so I no longer have to wait for the very rare perfect lighting conditions to take pictures and list new items. The Ott lightbulbs provide full spectrum lighting and mimic daylight.

I have some great ideas for the future of Impossibly Alice and I am working on some exciting new items to list!

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The Unsuccessful Relaunch of a Canadian Icon

Does anyone else out there remember this?

Sometimes, I really miss Eatons.