24.11.11

Let's catch up!

Hello! Over the past few days, while I've been busily working with the rest of the Pure Green team to get issue 7 wrapped up, some fun things have been happening for English Muffin too!

So here's a little run down, incase you're curious...

Puces Pop Holiday Craft Fair - Dec. 10 & 11


English Muffin will be at the Holiday Puces Pop show! I'll have lots of 2012 calendars, posters, prints and a big fat 34 week pregnant belly ;) Come say hi!

New Stockists - Buk & Nola and Emeline & Annabelle

Buk & Nola

Emeline & Annabelle
I'm so thrilled to announce that English Muffin prints and the 2012 Calendar are now available at two of the loveliest shops in Montreal. Merry Christmas to me!! And, as luck would have it, Buk & Nola and Emeline & Annabelle will also be stocking Pure Green Magazine.
A 2012 Calendar + a lovely Canadian magazine = the perfect holiday gift!

Press - The Bedlam of Beefy, Petit Eco Kids and The Academy

The following folks have been kind enough to post about the 2012 Everyday Objects Calendar, check 'em out!

The Bedlam of Beefy

Petit Eco Kids

The Academy

I think that's all the news! I'm currently working on some Holiday Printables, so stay tuned!

Have a wonderful Thursday :)
xx bess

21.11.11

Mini Chuck

On Friday after work, Big Chuck arrived home and announced that he had a present for our little babe. "Oooooo! How exciting!" I thought. I wondered what first gift a proud Papa would bestow on his soon-to-be-here son. Big Chuck rarely brings home gifts (not that I mind, we just don't do a lot of random gift giving), so I knew that this was going to be something really special. He reached into his bag and pulled out...


a Montreal Canadiens t-shirt!! Of course ;) It may take a few years for the little guy to grow into it, but in the meantime it will be in his dresser waiting for the day that he gets to wear it proudly, just like his Papa.


I have to say, Big Chuck is not the only one guilty of making Mini Chuck appropriate purchases. I bought these little booties a couple weeks ago. Baby can wear his Herbie booties when he helps his Papa work on the car.

Happy Monday!
xo Bess

17.11.11

10 weeks to go... (knock on wood)

Well, it's a good thing I didn't start that baby blog I mentioned a while ago. I feel like this pregnancy is just flying by, and all my great plans to document it as it progressed are sort of out the window. I was actually going to take a belly photo every week—I'm lucky if I take one every three weeks. It's funny how that happens. In the beginning the weeks seemed to drag on, and now—well, I can't believe I'm 30 weeks pregnant today and the countdown is approaching single digits.


Big Chuck and I have been attending prenatal classes once a week for a couple hours. He asked me after our last class if I felt like I was getting anything out of them. With the internet at our finger tips you can pretty much find out everything you need to know in a matter of minutes, so why are we taking hours out of our evenings to trek (uphill) to these classes? It's not like anything our instructor has said has been a total surprise to me. I've been reading some books and talking to other moms, I feel like I've got a pretty good handle on what to expect (which seems to be anything and everything), but that said, I do find them helpful. It's nice to have the all the information surrounding what happens at the hospital drilled into me. Personally, I'm not a fan of hospitals. I'm sure nobody really is. They are so clinical and cold and all those instruments really freak me out. So, the more I can expose myself to that the more comfortable I hope to be when I find myself in the delivery room surrounded by medical equipment and doctors and nurses. Of course, Big Chuck and I have an added level of difficulty, we're giving birth at a French hospital. I had no idea that English hospitals even existed in Montreal, but we love our doctor and quite honestly I think we'll manage just fine. We've decided to make a big obstetrical vocab list en fran├žais which my doctor thought was a "cute" idea ;) I just don't really trust that either one of us is going to be operating at full mental capacity, and it's really important to know what doctors and nurses are saying to us, better safe than sorry, right?!

So, that's a little recap of what's going on over here. I'm going to try and be a better documenter over these next 10 weeks. It's such an exciting time and so much is changing!!

Have a wonderful Thursday :)
xx bess

15.11.11

2012 Calendar : Lake Jane Giveaway

Hello Friends! I know I've been a.w.o.l. for a while, but this quiet little blog is really a good sign - it means I'm super busy!! Currently, the Pure Green Magazine team is working round the clock (well, almost) to get the next issue, The Entertaining Issue, off to the printer's (yes - the PRINTER!!) and into your hot little hands. It's looking amazing so far and I'm really excited to share all our hard work with you.

2012 Calendar

Today, I'm happy to let you in on a little giveaway... The lovely Marie-Eve from Lake Jane is giving away a 2012 Everyday Objects Calendar. Head on over to her blog to check it out, and good luck!!

Have a wonderful Tuesday, 
xo Bess

2.11.11

Cozy Toesies

When Big Chuck and I lived in Vienna we both had a lovely (and matching) pair of grey wool slippers. They were the kind where the heel is open and you slip your foot in, made from extra thick felt, that I purchased in a felt shop in the 7th district. By the end of our 3 years in Austria I had worn the soles of mine out, and decided not to bring them home with me—there wasn't a lot of room in those two suitcases we were allowed on the flight. Since then, I've been wearing Big Chuck's slippers and making expert sad pregnant lady faces when he complains about his feet being cold. All this ended however the night that Tyke got sprayed by a skunk. In addition to wiping his face on our animal hide rug, he searched for anything around that might provide a good face cleaning surface—Big Chuck's felt slippers being one of his victims. The smell was so bad, and I was so exhausted from scrubbing out skunk spary, that I just ended up throwing them out. All this to say... I need a new pair of slippers.

Ecological Felted Slippers - Sneakers
Felted Slippers in Black with 2 Rose Brooches

I love these handmade slippers from Lithuanian shop, bure bure. Aren't they gorgeous? Now, I just need to decide which pair to get!

Any other good slipper recommendations out there? 'Tis the season!

Have a wonderful Wednesday,
xx bess