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Lovely things: Gift Guide edition

Lovely things: Gift Guide edition

gift guide 2013


The result of sore feet and fingers, I have tromped through the craft market and trawled Etsy to find gift ideas for you, my lovely readers. Excepting the Modern Farmer bag, all of the above come from Canadian shops and craftspeople. I would have left it out, but… pixellated tractors! I couldn’t, it wouldn’t have been fair to you.

1. Jersey infinity scarf, bicycle print // Whiteout Workshop

2. Antler vintage blanket pillow // Identity

3. Leaf pendant // Zula Jewelry

4. Blue and white stamp salad bowl // Artet

5. Modern Farmer magazine canvas shopper // Modern Farmer

6. Boiled wool hat with vintage fur // Julie Sinden

7. Sheep pillow // Velvet Moustache

8. BOT-L water bottle // Ontario Art Gallery Shop

9. PLOG-IT light fixture (one bulb, coloured cord) // Ontario Art Gallery Shop

All images courtesy the artisan and/or retailer. 


EDC XL: Melissa Hartfiel, owner of Fine Lime Designs & professional food photographer

I met Melissa at a great food photography workshop she helped organise as part of the Food Bloggers of Canada. Over Twitter afterwards, we bonded over our mutual love of British murder TV shows and food in general. I thought her jobs as designer and professional food photographer would make for an interesting EDC. I thought the photography obsessed would enjoy Melissa spilling her camera bag as well.

Inside my big Nine West Satchel 

  • iPad 2
  • old grocery list
  • Blackberry bold
  • The Boss of You by Lauren Bacon and Emira Mears of Vancouver’s Raised Eyebrow Studios
  • 355 ml green tinted coca-cola bottle stuffed with paper napkins
  • moleskin graph paper notebook
  • Pentel EnerFit pen in purple
  • Random piece of garbage
  • Parking tickets (proof of payment… not tickets for not paying!)
  • Skytrain tickets
  • Assorted debit receipts
  • Change purse my mum brought me from Turkey
  • Business card holder
  • Wallet
  • Burgundy umbrella
  • Umbrella cover for a different umbrella
  • Apple headphones
  • Canon P&S
  • Prescription sunglasses
  • Car and house keys
  • Cargo lip gloss quad in Tenaga
  • Original Rosebud Salve
  • Blistex Complete Moisture (Best. Stuff. Ever.) [Erin says, totally agree, I bulk buy these]
  • Hair elastic
  • Tupperware container that transported treats I’m testing out for the blog to a friend
  • Kleenex pocket pack
  • **I can also fit my DSLR in this bag which was one of the reasons I bought it!

Inside my Crumpler 7 Million Dollar Home Camera Bag (contents change radically depending on what I’m shooting – this was after photographing the Vancouver Christmas Market)

  • Canon EOS 5DMKII Camera
  • iPad 2
  • Moo cards carrying case
  • Canon USB Cable
  • Canon Speedlight 430EX II
  • Moleskine softcover notebook
  • Car and house keys
  • Kleenex
  • Canon 70-300mm f4.5-5.6 DO IS lens
  • 2 Pentel EnerFit Pens in blue
  • Apple Camera cable converter (for importing RAW files directly on to my iPad when on location)
  • Bath and Bodyworks hand sanitizer in Sweet Pea
  • Blistex Complete Moisture
  • Blistex Raspberry lipcare
  • Time & Again hand cream in Sweet Vanilla
  • Wet Ones (as you can see, you can touch a lotta icky stuff when taking photos)
  • Betty Rubble figurine
  • Excel Gum
  • Business card holder that doubles as a tiny wallet for DL and Credit/Debit Card
  • Canon 100mm 2.8 macro lens
  • 50mm reverse macro ring
  • lens cleaning cloth
  • Blackberry Bold
  • Media ticket to Vancouver Christmas Market (the last thing I photographed)
  • London Drugs generic ibuprofen
  • Macro lens adaptor for my Fuji Instax instant camera
  • Bus/Skytrain tickets
  • Receipt
  • Canon 5D Manual (yes, pros do carry their manuals – and we use them!)
  • BC Ferries ticket for the Sunshine Coast
  • Parking tickets (for proof of parking, not for not paying!)

Melissa is the owner of Fine Lime Designs, where she is a freelance designer and photographer. She’s also one of a trio of co-founders of Food Bloggers of Canada. When she’s not designing, photographing or writing her own food photography blog, Eyes Bigger Than My Stomach, you can find her hanging with her slobbery Lab, Sam at the beach, gobbling up design magazines, obsessing over British murder mystery TV shows, quoting Seinfeld, seeking out new music, scouring flea markets and thrift shops for food photography props and drinking a lot of tea and eating a lot of chocolate.


Things I love: my yellow satchel

The first freelance assignment I took on after Elliot was born scared me senseless. It was ridiculous as it was from my old workplace, and it was an editing job I had executed without much fuss the previous three years in a row. It had been awhile since anyone had expected anything of me other than producing milk, doing laundry, making meals and baking the occasional cake for a fundraising baby sale.

When I completed it, and sent in my invoice, it was like I had climbed a mountain. Clearly I needed a reward.

It was a grim February in London: a grey, dense and rainy month that seemed three times as long as its 28 days. I wavered as I looked at the Cambridge Satchel Company site, wouldn’t black be more practical? But what kept drawing my eye was that gorgeous, luminous egg-yolk yellow. As this was a reward, why not be impractical? I thought.

And so that’s how I came to be the owner of one of my favourite items ever in the whole world, my yellow satchel. Blind stamped with my initials, which you can barely see now, it brings me joy every time I use it. Approximately two people a day exclaim over its colour. Yes, it’s a bit big. Yes, it’s as inflexible as it looks. Yes, the strap is narrow and digs in sometimes. Yes, those are real buckles I have to undo and do up again every time I want something. I don’t care. I love it.

I’m considering purchasing a friend for my yellow satchel, in a lovely vibrant red. I’m almost worried my yellow one will feel neglected.