To round off the perfect Christmas shopping trip, you'll find one of the best ice cream parlours in the lower mainland, Rocky Point Ice Cream, in Rocky Point Park. It's ideally located for wandering with your cone out onto the dock. Or check in to one of the craft brew pubs along Brewers Row and sample a local draft.
These are just a few of the many reasons to shop and relax in Port Moody this season.
Warning: this story is honest and may be emotional for some.
Our Strawberry Tea Party on Saturday is not a promotional stunt. I raise money to support those living through cancer because it is often brutal, painful, and life-changing.
My mum died in 1997. She had suffered through cancer several times. In fact she was ill for a lot of my childhood although I don't remember. She was so good at hiding the pain and suffering. I remember the wig and the jokes about hair loss. Most of all I remember the last time I sat with her. I was 19. I was beginning to learn what it meant to be my own woman. I was living away from home at university in England. My parents received the news that this time there would be no recovery. They waited until I came home for the summer. I heard the words, "Your mum has cancer again. She won't get better this time." That was it. My reality was forever changed but I had yet to realize what that meant.
That is what cancer does - hits you with the realization that all that you thought was true about life may not be certain anymore; that the darkness is truly darker and more dangerous than you thought possible. However, I also learned that the light is brighter and more hopeful than I ever imagined (but those details are for another story).
I went back to university while my mum lay in bed slowly slipping away from us as the morphine took over. When I was called home the following March it was a shock. The last time I sat by my mum's bedside she didn't see me or recognize me. I read her poetry and tried to find some hope to hang on to.
Author C. S. Lewis said it is not so much the loss as the irreversibility of death. If I asked my friends who are living with cancer they might say the same about it - cancer irreversibly changes your life. Good things can come out of this but often also a lot of loss.
This is why I am hosting a tea party on Saturday. This is why the proceeds will go directly to support those living with cancer. We will celebrate life and tea and hope. Will you join us?
Part 1 introduced you to Samantha and her shop Willow and Wallflower. In Part 2 of our nosy around the neighbourhood explore the treasures to be found in Around My House Consignment Store.
On the corner of Mary and St. John's lives a long-time consignment store playing its part in a sustainable economy. The shop has had many owners through the years. The current owner, Heather, has saved many treasures from being discarded. Her eye for style and quality means you will find good stuff here. This is not a thrift store by any means.
From furniture to unique and historical curiosities this store has great things to be discovered. I especially love the beautiful range of tea cups (of course). Heather also brings in seasonal decor to celebrate the festive times. Check out the fun Easter pieces available right now.
I would like to show you some of the delights I have found in my neighbourhood. Let's call it a neighbourhood nosy. I hope you will find something to enjoy and explore here.
In Part 1 discover Canadian made artisan goods. Around the corner from The Stitchery is Willow & Wallflower Home Decor.
Owner Samantha MacDonald displays an eclectic selection of handmade and artisan goods from ceramics to soap, accessories to chocolate. Here are some more images of the delights to be found here. All of these are Canadian made. I love some of the more quirky designs like the Labyrinth-inspired print on the baby shirt. The Silk Road Imperial Earl Grey tea is really good, too ;)
A roundup of the top 5 sewing things I am currently happy about. Some are new things; some are regular essentials. This post is part inspiration and tips for you, and part insight into the heart behind The Stitchery Sewing Studio.
What are your favourite sewing things this season? Comment below or drop by and tell me over a cup of tea.
Kitka Neyedli, local Port Moody maker and stitcher, will be teaching how to make a fabric bag on Saturday November 4th. I sat down to get to know her a bit better. Here is some of her story.
2. How did you get started?
My mum sewed by necessity (kind of) because we lived in a small town. When I moved into my own home I made stuff for it. When I got married and had a family I made cloth diapers because that is now my world. I make somewhat out of economy. If I can make it in bulk numbers I can do it cheaper than buying it. I found that making clothes for my kids they would grow out of them very fast so I wondered what else I could make that would be cherished by my family? That's when I was bitten by the quilting bug. I made lots of fluffy pillows for the boys, storage baskets for the home, fabric bags... I like the challenge and variety of learning about different fabrics and techniques. It's a good way to live.
4. Describe an upcoming or current project.
The tote bags for The Stitchery. I've completed 2 bags so far. I would use the smaller one for library books. It's in summer colours, bright and cheerful, so I will use it in the rain. The larger one has a contrast lining for fun. Upcoming works include some cool shapes for bags by an English designer in Japanese style in dark colours. Also, hexies. You whipstitch multiple hexagons together so I have about 1-2m of hexagons sewn in cool colours. Now I have to dream up what to do with it. I also have a stack of mending that keeps on getting buried by the other things I want to start.
5. What is one thing you would like people to notice about you?
My enthusiasm. Most people say I'm an enthusiastic person. Gosh! I've never been in the room when I leave so I'm not sure what people think of me (laughs). I like to be an encourager for people to explore their creative side. I like to help people make something. If people want to know my aesthetic they can find me on Instagram @madebykitka
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