Wednesday, December 30, 2009

girly day

Today I had the girliest of girly days to recover from the holidays -- slept in, coffee and breakfast, great dog walk, long hot shower and then a solo movie date with myself to see The September Issue during which I ate almost an entire bag of swedish berries.


Thursday, December 24, 2009

last minutes with oden

Not very Christmasy AT ALL but still a touching watch for any dog-lover. It's a short documentary about an ex-con whose dog Oden helped him find his way and his final moments with him before putting him down. Watching this just about tore me in half -- and on Christmas Eve no less!!

Last Minutes with ODEN from phos pictures on Vimeo.

*sent via Jane*

felted menagerie

So for Christmas this year I decided to make little felt animals for each of my nieces and, although they took way longer than I thought they would, I'm pretty much in love with these tiny wee animals. The guinea pig is for Sarah cuz she's crazy for the movie G-Force, the bunny is for Emily cuz she insists on telling me about all the bunnies she sees everywhere, the ladybug is for my oldest niece Elizabeth cuz I've called her Ladybug since the day she was born and the kitten is for Melissa cuz....well cuz she's a toddler and what baby doesn't like kittens?

our christmas home

I so love our little house during the holidays - it's all warm and twinkly and I just want it to be like this every day of the year. Here's some pics courtesy of an early Christmas gift we got ourselves -- a shiny new Nikon D3000. Yay Santa!

Happy Holidays from all of us at C.Y.G.T.S!!!

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Hot Bunny Radio Playlist for December 17th: Christmas Extravaganza!!!

6-8pm (18:00 if you're downloading or streaming from the website)

* denotes Canadian talent

Welcome to our annual Hot Bunny Radio Christmas Extravaganza show!!!!! All of our yearly faves plus some new stuff -- all to get us in the spirit of Santa!

  • The Bad Girls -- Santa's Got a Brand New Bag -- The Girls of Texas 60's
  • The Raveonettes -- Come On Santa -- Wishing You A Rave Christmas
  • The Hives & Cyndi Lauper -- A Christmas Duel -- single
  • Sufjan Stevens -- I Saw Three Ships -- Sufjan Stevens: Songs for Christmas
  • The Flaming Lips -- Christmas at the Zoo -- Maybe This Christmas
  • Fleet Foxes -- White Winter Hymnal -- Fleet Foxes
  • Willie Nelson -- Please Come Home for Christmas -- A Very Special Acoustic Christmas
  • The Vacancies -- The Elf Song -- A Blackheart Christmas
  • Lenka -- All My Bells Are Ringing -- The Hotel Cafe Presents: Winter Songs
  • The Kinks -- Father Christmas -- single
  • The Vandals -- My First Christmas (as a woman) -- NO HO HO
  • Bessie Smith -- At the Christmas Ball -- Greatest Christmas Hits Ever Made
  • The Beach Boys -- Merry Christmas Baby -- Christmas Harmonies
  • Holly Golightly -- Christmas Tree's on Fire -- Christmas Tree's on Fire EP
  • Darlene Love & Ronnie Spector -- Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree -- A Very Special Christmas Volume 2
  • Luscious Jackson -- Let It Snow -- Alternative Rock X-mas
  • The Dollyrots -- Santa Baby -- A Blackheart Christmas
  • Sara Bareilles & Ingrid Michaelson -- Winter Song -- Hotel Cafe Presents: Winter Songs
  • Catherine Feeny -- The Christmas Song -- Hotel Cafe Presents: Winter Songs
  • Joni Mitchell -- River -- Blue (VINYL) *
  • Bruce Cockburn -- Mary Had a Baby -- Christmas *
  • Neko Case -- A Christmas Card From a Hooker in Minneapolis -- New Coat of Paint: Songs of Tom Waits
  • Gordon Lightfoot -- Song for a Winter's Night -- Gord's Gold *
  • Reverend Horton Heat -- Santa Looked a Lot Like Daddy -- We Three Kings'
  • Johnny Cash -- Blue Christmas -- Christmas with Johnny Cash
  • The Pogues & Kristy MacColl -- Fairytale of New York -- The Very Best of The Pogues
  • James Brown -- Go Power At Christmas Time -- 20th Century Masters -- Christmas Collection
  • Weezer -- Hark! the Herald Angels Sing -- Christmas with Weezer
  • Otis Redding -- Merry Christmas, Baby -- Soul Christmas
  • Bing Crosby & David Bowie -- Peace on Earth/Little Drummer Boy -- Bing Crosby Christmas Classics
  • Nicole Atkins -- Blue Christmas -- Hotel Cafe Presents: Winter Songs
  • Regina Spektor -- My Dear Acquaintance (Happy New Year) -- Gift Wrapped: 20 Songs that Keep on Giving!
  • Camera Obscura -- The Blizzard -- single

  • I super love that Bad Girls song. I'm going to play it every Christmas;
  • I said it last year and I'll say it again -- you gotta love a Christmas song that talks about going down on someone's mom...
  • Yay for Sufjan Stevens for turning nobody's fave Christmas song into a kick-ass song;
  • I can't imagine a better winter song than that Fleet Foxes song...
  • I want Willie Nelson to come to my Christmas party please;
  • Two thumbs up for punk rock Christmas!!!
  • It's not Christmas until The Kinks say it is!!
  • Sweet, sweet Bessie Smith.......
  • Can there even be Christmas without Darlene Love? Like, can it even happen?
  • Catherine Feeny busts out quite a simple and pretty gorgeous version of that song;
  • What is it about River that just rips you in half? Or maybe it's just me?
  • Maybe the Neko song isn't "christmasy" but hot damn I love her version of this Tom Waits song....
  • The christmas bells in the Lightfoot song make me all holiday giddy;
  • I'd love a copy of that Johnny Cash record on vinyl...
  • Ahh the Pogues, Christmas wouldn't officially begin without Fairytale of New York;
  • I remember the time David Bowie showed up at my house that snowy night...
  • I know I played two versions of Blue Christmas but I just really like Nicole Atkins' version too...


Tuesday, December 15, 2009

marion dress

If there was ever a dress made for me, I think this Marion dress might be it. And only $54!

Friday, December 11, 2009

thrush hermit tour??

And it's happening for realsies?!?!?!?! Yup, I'm excited! Thank you Santa!!!!

tea-infused hot chocolate?

Why didn't I think of this??? Popping a ginger tea bag into my famous homemade hot chocolate?? Delish...

*via The Kitchn*

white wonderland with jonathan adler

The Kitchn did a great post the other day featuring all lovely white kitchen gifts from Jonathan Adler. Talk about a post after my own heart! These are my faves:Bottle Stoppers: $18. Available in either Squirrel, Fish, Elephant or Bird. Honestly, so cute!!

Whale Pitcher: for $95. Big City Kelly showed me this not too long ago and I died. If I could pour my milk out of this every day, my day could only be great!

Napkin Rings: $18, available in Fish, Owl, Rabbit and Snail. Totally affordable and totally adorable.

Darjeeling Teapot: for $110. While it's undeniably adorable, I would never spend $110 on a teapot.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

hot Bunny Radio Playlist for December 10th


* denotes Canadian talent
italics denotes a new release

  • Bob Dylan -- Hurricane -- Desire
  • Emmylou Harris -- O Evangeline -- Stumble Into Grace
  • Jason Bajada -- Home's Still Your Bones -- Loveshit *
  • Fleet Foxes -- English House -- Sun Giant EP
  • Rilo Kiley -- Variations on a Theme (Plane Crash in C) -- Take Offs and Landings
  • Sunparlour Players -- O'Captain -- Wave North *
  • Romi Mayes -- Achin in Yer Bones -- Achin in Yer Bones *
  • Richard Buckner -- 4 AM -- Devotion + Doubt
  • Parkas -- Don't Say No -- You Should Have Killed Us When You Had The Chance *
  • Emiliana Torrini -- Today Has Been OK - Fisherman's Woman
  • Cuff The Duke -- Listen To Your Heart -- Way Down Here *
  • Holly Golightly & The Brokeoffs -- Bottom Below -- Dirt Don't Hurt
  • Elliott Smith -- Tomorrow Tomorrow -- XO
  • Noah & the Whale -- Our Window -- The First Days of Spring
  • Ray Charles -- You Are My Sunshine -- The Very Best of Ray Charles
  • Violent Femmes -- Mother of a Girl -- 3
  • Hayden -- Did I Wake Up Beside You? -- In Field & Town *
  • The Secretaries -- Accident -- The Secretaries *
  • Big Star -- Feel -- #1 Record/Radio City (Remastered)
  • Nathan Lawr -- Bring Your Sting -- Secret Carpentry *
  • The Vinaigrettes -- Let's Forget the Past -- Atta Boy Girl *
  • Jay Farrar & Benjamin Gibbard -- Low Life Kingdom -- One Fast Move or I'm Gone: Music From Kerouac's Big Sur
  • The Replacements -- Another Girl, Another Planet -- Nothing For All
  • Neko Case -- Duchess -- The Virginian
  • Quasi -- Beautiful Things -- Score! 20 Years of Merge Records
  • Les Savy Fav -- Precision Auto -- Score! 20 Years of Merge Records
  • The Shins -- Plenty is Never Enough -- Score! 20 Years of Merge Records
  • St.Vincent and The National -- Sleep All Summer -- Score! 20 Years of Merge Records

  • Yup started with some super classic Dylan -- no attempts to out-hip here tonight...
  • Emmylou, something about her just makes the whole world a better place;
  • Excellent idea I had to revisit this Jason Bajada record, this song in particular. I'd forgotten how much I liked it...
  • That Richard Buckner song -- so forlorn but so good...
  • This Hayden is making me remember his set at Hillside last year......goosebumpy!!!
  • Nathan Lawr fans -- his new stuff is killer!! Be ready!!
  • Sorry for ducking out early this week -- need to buy panty hose for Christmas party season!!!
  • Next week is our Hot Bunny Radio Christmas special -- what do you want to hear this year??????????

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

pretty coats

Hello beautiful Soia & Kyo coats currently on sale at Hautelook! Alas, I fear we cannot be together...

Thursday, December 3, 2009

hot Bunny Radio Playlist for December 3rd


* denotes Canadian talent
italics denotes a new release

  • The Super Friendz -- Star in One -- Slide Show *
  • The Dandy Warhols -- The Gospel -- Thirteen Tales From Urban Bohemia
  • The Molestics -- Stay A Little Longer -- Manufacturing Hokum *
  • Shotgun & Jaybird -- Re:Tired -- Trying to Get Somewhere *
  • Devendra Banhart -- 16th & Valencia Roxy Music -- What Will Be
  • The Smiths -- Shoplifters of the World Unite -- Singles
  • Broken Social Scene -- It's All Gonna Break -- Broken Social Scene *
  • Pixies -- Letter to Memphis -- Trompe le Monde
  • Gram Parsons -- Return of the Grievous Angel -- Grievous Angel (VINYL)
  • Danny Michel -- Feather, Fur and Fin -- Feather, Fur and Fin *
  • Son Volt -- Picking Up The Signal -- Straightaways
  • Phoenix -- Listzomania -- Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix
  • Elvis Costello -- Hurry Down Doomsday -- Extreme Honey
  • Feist -- Intuition -- The Reminder *
  • The Clash -- Know Your Rights -- Live: From Here to Eternity
  • Noah and the Whale -- I Have Nothing -- First Days of Spring
  • Calexico -- Fractured Air (Tornado Watch) -- Carried To Dust
  • The Constantines -- The Long Distance Four -- The Constantines *
  • Plumtree -- I Could Draw A Line -- This Day Won't Last At All *
  • Pete Yorn & Scarlett Johansson -- Relator -- Break Up
  • The Kinks -- Denmark Street -- Lola vs Powerman
  • Joel Plaskett -- Lazy Bones -- 3 *
  • Swell Season -- I Haved Loved You Wrong -- Strict Joy
  • Weeping Tile -- Dogs & Thunder -- eepee *
  • Rosie Flores & the Pine Valley Cosmonauts -- Halfway Home -- Girl of the Century
  • Camera Obscura -- The False Contender -- Let's Get Out of This Country

  • Wow, The Gospel might be the most perfect song for a slow snowy night like tonight;
  • Man that Devendra song is catchy with a capital CATCH!!
  • "My only weakness is well, never mind, never mind." Sigh........
  • Gram Parsons = more perfect snowy night music
  • Why can't every Grammy nominated record be great like the Phoenix record??
  • new Noah and the Whale = happy Tara
  • Too bad Americans, the Constantines belong to us.....
  • Sigh, Break Up is such a good record as a whole but MAN "Relator" is a great track...
  • "Dogs & Thunder" going out in memory of Ellie and Mina, 2 pretty great dogs....but man, this is a weepy song to listen to after your dog dies....

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

joan of arctic

After much searching, I think these Sorel Joan of Arctic ones are the boots of my dreams. Perfect for long bush walks with the dog, perfect for snowshoeing, and most of all perfect for keeping my toes toasty warm.

Dear Santa.....size 6 please....