Monday, November 30, 2009

playlists: with inklore

i just love a great playlist. i think it stems back to those glorious mixed tapes days where i'd either make, sometimes receive and always always covet a fabulous collection of tunes by various great artists! for me, a personal playlist is a magical grouping of songs. *bliss!* ... so i've asked some wonderful artists if they'd make up a little playlist on a theme for this new rikrak studio series. i thought we might get a glimpse into what musically inspires these fabulous folks... i'm thrilled to present the next: playlists with inklore:songs to print fabric to and check out the other great playlists here.


as cyber monday swirls all around us and folks are traveling home, artists hopefully brimming over with orders (fingers crossed that the sales*fairy has come to visit you all, lovelies!) and everyone looking looking looking for those perfect holidaying gifts for everyone on their list, i thought a wonderful playlist, with songs to create to, would be a perfect background for the day!

the lovely and talented inklore, whose gorgeous eco-friendly, handprinted housewares & accessories seem perfect for so many folks on those holiday gift lists, is a wonderful eco-artist. i just love her design palette and her lovely minimalist designs.

so check out her beautiful shop, her wonderful eco-forward blog, and tune in for all kinds of gorgeous songs from her very own playlist below. (psst: she's also having a long weekend sale that ends today! check it out!)

---> ps: still a few more days to enter the AMAZING MEGA handmade giveaway here on the blog, with a prize pack valued at over $450 US! woohoo!

dj: inklore
theme: songs to print fabric to


Beginning to See the Light - The Velvet Underground

Strange Overtones - David Byrne and Brian Eno

That'll Be the Plan - Daniel Martin Moore

Seule - Keren Ann

Writer's Minor Holiday - Calexico

Autumn in New York - Billie Holiday

Fitz and the Dizzyspells - Andrew Bird

Your Reverie - Kelley Stoltz

Talk to You - Tracy Chapman

Her Morning Elegance - Oren Lavie

Love Minus Zero - Bob Dylan

It Never Entered My Mind - Miles Davis


in her own words: "I love music, but never pay enough attention to the names of songs/artists to make my own playlists. Luckily I'm married to a man who has excellent taste in music; he has a collection of many different genres and makes playlists for me so that if I'm making dinner, there's a mix for that and if we go on a roadtrip, there's another mix. I must admit I made this mix myself, from some of my current favorites of his, and I think this would be the perfect music to work in my studio by. There's just enough pep to keep me going with the occasional jazz piece to keep my mind at ease.


lovely, inklore. thanks so much! here's to *keeping our minds at ease* today, lovelies!
??? what are you listening to as you create???

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Friday, November 27, 2009

with thanks

part of a custom commission i worked on
(and am now making more of for them!) for the facebook company!


wow. i have the most wonderful customers!

i've been thinking lots this week on how lucky i am.
to do my handmaking on such a daily basis.

(let's be honest... i feel so thankful for this all the time!)

and how it wouldn't be possible without the support of all you handmaking nicies and the amazing folks that buy handmade. those that thoughtfully, intentionally purchase handmade as another handmaker, an at-home buyer, a craft show visitor, a wholesale order, commissioning a custom order, etc!

and here on *black friday* - that's busy busy shopping day on the calendar, i'm so thankful for all of those folks who buy from my little handmade shop, in big and small ways. each purchase is a little joy, isn't it?

a funfun custom order for a superfun place (can't say where yet! :) - yay little seacreatures!


i've been lucky to have been creating LOTS of custom order stockings these days, and i always love the challenge of a custom order. the idea that a person, or group, have seen my work, have a fun idea they'd like me to craft and design and then put their faith in my little designs and work! isn't that a crazy fun thought?

i'm so thankful for that!
for those comments like *you're the artist - i trust what you decide!* - good heavens!
how marvelous folks are to support handmade like that!.

sometimes, i get a little nervous with a custom order. i brew and stew about it making it perfect to please the client and ponder things a million ways... anyone else like me? :)

but i hope it's one of those situations where the thought (the many thoughts! :) behind the action become a great investment in a great payoff for the customer in the end!

so thanks! thanks to all of you out there who have purchased handmade goodies. those ready to ship, that we've already put our creative energies into, and those *custom orders* where we craft anew .... it sure is a wonderful feeling seeing others buying your handmade goodies, isn't it!

custom order advent calendar for a fun customer on etsy!


and thanks to those
bigger groups of folks: businesses on larger scales, who support the handmade world. i feel thankful that the idea of the wonderment of handmaking has reached the tall tall echelons of corporations, who see that the there is great value in handmade.

i've been really lucky to have had a numerous great big custom commissions this year, for individuals, families, and companies: small and very large. thought you might like a little peek!


a little part of a custom commission for that fun company *burt's bees*


(by the way ----> i'll be taking stocking custom orders JUST til monday... just til monday! :)


have a great custom order you've worked on this season you'd like to share a link to?

ever feel nervous excitement creating a custom order?

have a great company supporting handmade tale you'd like to tell?
i'd love to hear! have a great handmade weekend, nicies!

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Thursday, November 26, 2009

the 12 days of Christmas & another amazing GIVEAWAY!

as the holidaying season gathers near, festive spirits are all around us, and our neighbours to the south celebrate thanksgiving (happy thanksgiving, nicies!) .... here in canada we're starting some celebrations of our own!

on now... the trans canada etsy team (one of the fun handmaking teams i just LOVE being part of!) presents the team canada 12 days of Christmas promotion. on now thru december 6th, you receive a ballot for each $10.00 (excluding shipping) you spend in participating shops (including my own shop - rikrak! ) ...
there's even a coupon code over there to use in my little shop! woohoo!

the DRAW for this fabulous package full of handmade Canadian goodies pictured above will take place on December 7th. the goodie bag is worth over $350.00!

wow! there are a whole lot of fabulous giveaways going on for you, nicies! woowee!
so shimmy on over to the team canada blog, ----> here.... follow the participants each day when you'll get to hear us share some of our favourite holiday traditions, recipes, and more, AND visit the wonderful handmade shops for chances to WIN that amazing prize pack! let's start celebrating!

what are some of your favourite holiday traditions?
i'd love to hear!

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Wednesday, November 25, 2009

with thanks to etsy, the storque + my favourite dress!

oh the festive festive season of entertaining and celebrating is upon us!

need some inspiration in the kitchen?
another fun installment of the new Etsy storque series :: the collectors:: launched today... yay!
with guest curator, ME!

and this one features the fabulous myfavouritedress who shares with us her GORGEOUS vintage kitchenware collection - one i'd adore having myself!
(i heart vintage pyrex indeed!)

as you might remember, the etsy series is based on my own :: collections series:: from here on my little rikrak studio blog!
be sure to visit today's post on Etsy, and if you can, leave cheers for the wonderful claire & her fantastic collection . yay kitschy kitchenware!

and many thanks to etsy, & vanessa @ the wonderful storque, too!

have a fascinating collection you might like to share with us?
please be sure to let me know! thanks!

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advertise with the rikrak studio blog!

thanks so much to the nicies who have come on board to advertise in these 1st few months here on the rikrak studio blog! the busy Holiday season is upon us, and i'm happy to be offering a few new ad spots as of today, for both December, and the fun new year month of January, if you're interested!

if you feel that your shop, group or blog would be a good fit with the rikrak studio blog feel & focus, and are interested in rates, please email me at . the wonderfully busy handmade Holiday season is upon us & i have lots of continued fun planned for the blog: funfun guests, fabulous giveaways you're not going to want to miss, great games, fantastic features and a few extra fun surprises, too, for both the December holiday rush + the wonderful new start to our year in January! it's a great way to boost sales now, and build your little business in the new year, too!

please note: i will only be publishing on the blog until mid-december, and the ad pricing reflects this half-month schedule. so you can maximize your advertising dollars when it counts! however, all ads will remain on the blog for the entire month! yay! more exposure!

i'm also a handmaker & mommy and know it's a challenging economic time out there... so i try to keep the rates nice & reasonable.

i also love designing ads for folks that need them, too! just let me know if you need that, too!

so come & be part of the fun!
thanks so much!
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Tuesday, November 24, 2009

the rikrak studio *let's celebrate* MEGA handmade giveaway!

Picnik collage
some of the goodies in the mega giveaway prize pack!


it's that festive time of year when we all love to celebrate with our dear family + friends and the festive seasons that surround us!

i'm so fortunate to have such a wonderful community of readers, handmakers, & encouragers here on the rikrak studio blog, and with my little rikrak shop, too.

thank you.
thank you so very much. it's a JOY to handmake and share in this community with you!

so in honour... i asked over 30 different handmaking favourites + rikrak studio friends if they'd join me in celebrating all of the wonders of the season... and look what you can WIN!

my giveaway 101

that's right.

one lucky rikrak studio reader will be celebrating the Holidays early with a GIANT + rockin' giveaway pack, brimming over with amazing handmade + vintage loving goodies from the most wonderful handmade artists around!

:::::: the prize pack is valued at OVER $450.00 USD :::::
:::: hokey dinah! ::::

what a prize pack!

i'd like to SUPER thank the over 30 artists who joyfully came on board to make this giveaway happen. what wonderful + generous souls they are!


----> here's how to enter! <----
1. tell us SOMETHING you're *celebrating* this season.
it could be an event, a milestone, a holiday, etc. we'd love to hear about it! leave us a comment here. = 1 entry

2. tell us SOMEONE you're *celebrating* this season.
a family member, a colleague, a remembered friend. i know we all have folks that cheer us on. tell us who you're celebrating and why! = 1 entry

3. visit the GENEROUS handmade shops of the folks who made this giveaway possible.
come back here LEAVE ONE COMMENT on what you'd love this celebratory season from their lovely shop. = 1 entry per comment

you can visit as many of the participating shops as you'd like, and comment once for each shop. = 33 possible entries

the fabulous handmade shops participating are:

nancywallis -
prize: romantic + whimsical drop earrings

laurabucci -
prize: eco friendly cup cozy

littlebitofpretty -
prize: stunning stitched seed bracelet

stuffbysteph -
prize: a set of beautiful handfolded cards

tanisalexis -
prize: lovely organic sage eco sachet

offthehooks -
prize: warm and wonderful handknit wrist cuff

loopy4ewe -
prize: sweet handknit lip balm cozy

julie ellyn -
prize: fun gift certificate for 20% off your $50 or more purchase

ivaart -
prize: gorgeous + festive dangly earrings

prairieblossoms -
prize: beautiful earrings & necklace set in wrapped wire

myhandboundbooks -
prize: the loveliest mini-sized leather notebook

chelsea vantol -
prize: the most fantastic adorned tin of fun!

getreadysetGO -
prize: a $10 gift certificate to spend in her amazing shop

the little red door -
prize: a $15 gift certificate to spend in her fabulous shop

prize: a wonderful $10 gift certificate
for her shop

bovinebubbles :
prize: a fabulous $20 gift certificate for her shop

black lotus design -
prize: the most beautiful garnet red earrings

alexkeller -
prize: fabulous recycled + vintage chain necklace

milemarker -
prize: beautiful art print leaf photograph

the empty nest
prize: gorgeous recycled sweater gloves

kristin friesen
prize: beautiful garnet red glam drop earrings

rikrak -
prize: eco friendly recycled felt ruffle stocking

random pretties -
prize: a gorgeous appliqued zipper pouch

prize: a fabulous recycled jewelry set

2revert -
prize: gorgeous + sporty recycled skateboard necklace

kritterknitter -
prize: the loveliest crocheted coasters set

bornagain purses -
prize: warm & fabulous recycled mittens

prize: an adorable handknit sweater card

minouette -
prize: a spectacular block printed moon ornament

prize: beautiful + dainty white earrings

puncezilla -
prize: festive fabric bunny zipper pull

enthral -
prize: a set of fun button hair elastics

prize: festive retro card set

4. come follow or subscribe to my little blog
FOR THIS PARTICULAR GIVEAWAY, you MUST be a rikrak subscriber or follower to WIN!
and join in the fun everyday! = 1 entry
please leave me a comment about it.

5. you can also enter by twittering about the giveaway!
= 1 entry per twitter, up to 3 entries/ total tweets! ;)
and come back here and tell us about each sweet separately
(please try to include @therikrakshop so i can see it, too! :)

6. you can also enter by blogging about the giveaway!
and telling us about it here
= 1 entry

7. you can also enter by doing a facebook update
about the giveaway with a link and telling us here.
= 1 entry

8. you can also enter by posting on this thread i've started in the etsy forums!
and coming back here to leave a comment.
= 1 entry

---> RULES <---
a) it is possible to have numerous entries total per person.
b) please make sure to leave each entry as it's own comment. thanks!
c) for this particular giveaway, YOU MUST BE A RIKRAK studio follower or subscriber,
old or new! thanks!

d) ONE winner of this MEGA giveaway will be chosen from on dec.3rd @ 9pm.
e) please be sure to leave me an email where i can reach you if your account doesn't link to one. thanks.
f) thanks so much everyone! and happy celebrating!


superthanks, lovelies!
you're the best!
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Monday, November 23, 2009



what fun it was to read all of your lovely responses to the latest giveaway: the sponsor's contest!
so wonderful to hear things you are all feeling thankful for. i think a thankful heart is a wonderful thing!

and thanks to the 100s of entries! even with a little hiccup today, things got back up and running with the contest, and thanks to .... we have a winner! congrats to early bird entry #9.... laura of laurART & her sweet blog: the forgotten brush! lovely artworks and ideas abound! congratulations, nicey! i can't wait to see what you'll choose as your prize! there are so many wonderful shops to select from!

AND... as a little reminder... tune in tomorrow (tuesday) for what promises to be the gosh-darn biggest rikrak studio giveaway in the history of my giveaways! this is one you won't want to miss!!

til tomorrow... sweet dreams, nicies!
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oh dear!

emoticon magnets set of 6 by pillowhead

oh dear.
well i guess we all need a little r & r time from now and then.

looks like today my little blog is taking some time off. after 2 different weirdo incidents on the blog this morning (one: a glitchy document problem, one: a nutty sponsor's giveaway post playing hide and seek - thanks to everyone who has written me to let me know!) i've decided to remove this morning's collections post (sorry claire!) and try again later.

also - i'm going to try and draw the winner of the sponsors' giveaway this afternoon, while i can still see the entries, just incase something even crazier happens! i know it's a few hours early - but i fear it might get lost in lala land if not! (there are 326 entries i can see right now - up to this morning's entries before 9:22 a.m.) ..sorry no one else seems to be able to see the contest post right now!

so here's to a little bloggy time off!
sorry you're having a rough day, dear blog! :)
feel better soon, nicey!
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Friday, November 20, 2009

what i'm working on: buy 3, get the 4th FREE stockings

happy friday, sweeties!
what a week!

well... you guessed it, i'm working on lots and lots of eco stockings.
and i wanted to let everyone know (incase you hadn't heard!) that my rikrak buy 3 stockings, get the 4th FREE deal is ending for this year this sunday,november 22nd.

so now's a great time to purchase all of those eco stockings for your own home, as gifts for friends, family, co-workers, teachers, etc. you can buy them ready-to-ship from the shop, or i'm also happy to custom make your colour preferences and combos with this deal!
so hurry into the shop!

and after that, don't forget to enter the rikrak studio $25.00 SHOPPING SPREE in any one of my sponsors' shops! you can find that here.

are you having a sale you'd like to tell us all about?
please let us know in the comments here!

& i'd love to hear: what are you working on?

have a great creative & productive weekend, lovelies!

and tune in next week for what promises to be the hokey-dinahest grandest rikrak studio giveaway YET! ;) woohoo!
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Thursday, November 19, 2009

6 am

pillar - lilac - the in captivity series by nadine stefan


6 am today.
this was how my morning looked. felt. sounded.

a little while ago now on kootsac's wonderful blog, i glimpsed these gorgeous works and have been saving their beauty for just such a frosty morning as today.

the works are the brainchild of new denver, british columbia artist nadine stefan, and her series,
in captivity is, for me, hauntingly mesmerizing, perfectly still, that wonderful binary combination of poetical fragility mixed with intuitive fortitude, and simply ... beautiful beautiful beautiful.

thought you might adore them, too.

you can learn more about nadine's gorgeous work here.
may your day be filled with beauty, nicies.

veil - the in captivity series by nadine stefan

deadfall 1 - the in captivity series by nadine stefan
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Wednesday, November 18, 2009

man of letters

while i think that (luckily) this has become an antiquated term, today i'd like to cheer my own wonderful *man of letters*, mr. rikrak, who convocated (that may or may not be a real word :) this past weekend, and officially officially became -- dr. rikrak -- (or perhaps, mr. rikrak, Ph.D.) ! yay!

there is no finer scholar around in my book! so in honour, some handmade & vintage letters. i'm so proud of you, superstar! and it was so fun having our families in town for the ceremony (gosh i'm a sucker for the pomp & circumstance of a good ceremony! yay!)

{.... and on another note, i've always had a strange affinity for certain letters - know what i mean? of course *k* & *d* as they are vital parts of my name, but also *f* (oh how i loved to write cursive f's as a preteen!) and that lovely letter *e* - how about you - have some favourite letters? or is it just weird letter-loving me? hmmmm....

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Tuesday, November 17, 2009

the rikrak *with thanks* giveaway!

i just have the loveliest readers!
your warm comments. your fun support. & your daily followings
are so very much appreciated! please know that i read each and every kind comment, and am so thrilled that you're joining me on this handmaking path!

and i also superdooper appreciate all of the lovely handmaking folks who have joined me as sponsors along my new bloggy route here! their support and beautiful work means so much to me!

so... in honour i thought we'd have another little *thankful* giveaway!

:::::::::::: the prize: ::::::::::::
a fabulous $25.00 gift certificate from me to YOU to spend in

that's right... one lucky winner will get to spend the prize in any of my sponsors e-shops! i will also throw in free shipping if applicable* (*= up to $5.00 shipping) of your item worldwide! in the case of sponsors as blogs, you can use the gift certificate toward an ad spot with them! woowee!


:::::::: here's how to enter: ::::::::::::

1. visit my lovely sponsors' shops / blogs
(as seen on the left hand column).
come back here and leave ONE COMMENT on what your favourite item is from their fabulous shop! = 1 entry per comment.

you can visit as many sponsor shops as you'd like, and comment once for each shop. = 26 possible entries.

{ in the case of my sponsors who are blogs, please visit them and come back and tell us your fave thing about their blogging!}

this month's sponsors are:

3. come follow or subscribe to my little blog
(please note: to win this particular giveaway you
must be a rikrak studio follower or subscriber! thanks nicies!)
and join the fun everyday! = 1 entry
please leave me a comment about it.

4. you can also enter by twittering about the giveaway
= 1 entry
and coming back here and telling me about it. (i'm @therikrakshop on twitter!)

5. you can also enter by blogging about the giveaway
and telling me about it here
= 1 entry

6. you can also enter by doing a facebook update
about the giveaway with a link, and tell us here = 1 entry

7. please just make sure that each entry is its own comment!


a) it is possible to have numerous entries total per person.
b) please make sure to leave each entry as it's own comment. thanks!
c) for this particular giveaway, YOU MUST BE A RIKRAK studio follower or subscriber,
old or new! thanks!

d) the winner of this giveaway will be chosen from on nov. 24th @ 9pm.
e) please be sure to leave me an email where i can reach you if your account doesn't link to one. thanks.
f) thanks so much everyone! and thanks for visiting the blog!


i'm so thankful for all of you!
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Monday, November 16, 2009


woowee! it's always a thrill to read when all of you lovelies love the same designers i adore! so thanks so much to everyone who entered the amazing avril loreti mustache hankies set giveaway!

and what a rockin' roadtrip playlist your entries make! i'll be using those in an upcoming post! yay roadtrips!

thanks so much to for tonight's lucky winner... # 51 ... catherine of catherine marissa designs. woowee - what a gorgeous handmade shop catherine has - and look at these fabulous save the date rings she can handcraft for you! heavens! wouldn't those be superdooper fun with your special date engraved?! love those!

so congrats to you, catherine! thanks again, avril. and thanks to everyone who entered. didn't win this time? no worries - tune in tomorrow on the blog for another AMAZING giveaway you won't want to miss! yippee for handmade!!
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the handmade wedding: autumn style

lace vintage cocktail dress via stilettogirl
the emma necklace by littlebitofpretty

i wear white bows print by JenniPenni
wedding card by suzie's cards
little dandelions purse by EightSeasons

Save the date magnets by SunshineandRavioli
birdcage veil by LooksGood
romantic earrings by nancy wallis

wedding day paper chains by ormolu
customized guest book by whitesparrowbindery


as we rake those autumn leaves that fill our backyards and jump for joy to scatter them again, i thought it would be the perfect time to share all of your wonderful nominations for the autumn handmade wedding challenge!

i just loved your gorgeous suggestions!
yay to all those autumny weddings out there (my favourite time of year for certain!) and thanks for playing.

what wonderful wedding planners you'd all make! such beautiful suggestions. so enjoy the handmade weddings, made up from your gorgeous selections!

happy monday!


freestyle bowtie by xoelle
linen and doily dress by MaisyBrownReproRetro

rootbeer apple jelly by bovinebubbles
you and i both print by dallasshaw
vintage lucite earrings by DesignedbyRJ

soft as silk orange journal by PrairiePeasant
red flower hairpins by Leidyslntuition
sterling silver and citrine ring by adorn+cherish

newsflash save the date card by DawnCorrespondence
handcut watercolour leaves by JenniferAitchison

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Friday, November 13, 2009

to do lists

to do lists by the lovely boygirlparty

happy friday, cuties!
here @ the rikrak home, we're readying ourselves (and our home )for many -a-fun visitor who are arriving later today for what will be a fun-filled celebratory weekend! yay!

that's right - family from near and far are coming to town to celebrate mr. rikrak's dr.-ly graduation this weekend! woohoo dr. rikrak!!

and i don't know about you, but when lots of sleepover guests are coming, and lots of festive celebratory meals are in the works, and there is still lots of tidying to do (eek!) i love a little (let's be honest - gigantic!) to do list!

how about you? - are you a list-maker?
so while i tidy - here's a little to do list for you, of fun things to do today! and have a great weekend, nicies! be sure to add your own fun to-do's to the comments below!

---- the rikrak studio to-do list! ----
  • i'm overdue in posting these - so head on over to this forum thread i started a while back and find a fun craft and art show happening in your area this weekend - and visit an etsy handmaker there! or add your own to the list!
  • come enter the amazing avril loreti giveaway, here on the blog, where you can win yourself a set of 4 fab mustache hankies! woohoo.
  • head over to my little etsy storque article on wrapping ideas & print off all of the fun printable & free label ideas, and write a letter this weekend, or get a head-start on packaging for your handmade shop!
  • have a cup of tea (what's your fave these days? i'm really into rooibos chai of late!) get outside, or sit near a bright window, and breathe! (i'm gonna add that one to my own list, too! )
  • have a great weekend, and tune in next week for lots of fun and a great great BIG giveaway! woowee!
  • celebrate all the great stuff going on in your life! (and don't worry that the windows still have fingerprints all over them! :) oh wait - that's on my list, too! :)

what's on your to-do list, cuties!?
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Thursday, November 12, 2009

slumber party {part 6} : what 3 places do you dream to travel to?


don't you just love a slumber party? comfy pjs, silly movies, telling your friends, old & new, your thoughts & crushes & dreams.... such fun! join us! you can catchup with some of our other slumber party fun here: and for today's party question: what 3 destinations / places do you dream to travel to?

world map vinyl decal by SolanaGraphicStudios

where would you travel to?
where would you go?
if you could go anywhere.

mine would be a 2 year trip around the world with my little family.
of course. that's a given. but without that... where have you always longed to travel to and see and explore? or where have you been that you'd love to see more of? i'm pretty lucky that i've already been to quite a few of the places i've always dreamed of seeing. but the list remains long of where to see next!

here are my top 3 places i dream to visit:

sakura metallic print by if1hadwords

1. kyoto, japan.

to see the temples. and learn as many of the traditional arts as i ever could! and revel in that space + take a million photos. *sigh*


greece photograph by depuis

2. santorini, greece.

i've been lucky to have seen gorgeous greece, but we didn't get to santorini, yet.
oh the blues and whites.... heaven!


i stand each day on the shore print by honeytree

3. the andaman coast beaches, thailand

i've been fortunate to have spent a wonderful wonderful year in this location, but i'd love to travel back with my little family now. building sandcastles on those most beautiful beaches & snorkling in that blue blue sea with little rikrak would be a delight!


okay! so i've confessed!

so there's my choice for my top 3 places i'd love to travel to!

now... let's snuggle into our cozy sleeping bags, open another bag of sour cream & onion chips, turn on some classic madonna, giggle & whisper and hear yours!

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