Monday, July 30, 2012

Island Mavins Handmade and Vintage Market...

The first "Island Mavins Handmade and Vintage Market" was held July 15th at the historic Point Ellice House and Gardens here in beautiful Victoria, B.C. Canada. The vendors were wonderful and oh so very talented!  I was really pleased to see all of the great items they brought to sell at our first market. Although the weather wasn't great (it rained in the afternoon) we had a good turn out in the morning. There was even a line-up when we opened at 10:00 am!  The feedback has been very postive and everyone is hoping we make this an annual event....which I plan on doing. You can keep up to date on future market dates by check our blog at http://islandmavinsvintagemarket.blogspot.ca/

Here are a few pictures of the market:

















Wednesday, July 18, 2012

The Liebster Award

A big thank you goes out to Leanne Playter Korsos for nominating my blog for the "Liebster Award". That was so sweet of her! Although we have never met, we do share something in common......the city of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Leanne currently lives in Edmonton and is the owner of a lovely store called the Apple Box Boutique  http://appleboxboutique.blogspot.ca/ . I was born, raised and lived in Edmonton until my late twenties when I moved to Victoria, B.C. on Vancouver Island. I think it's so neat that the internet allows us to connect with other "like minded" people (people who share a common interest, goal, business etc.) that we may not otherwise have had the opportunity to meet.

On her blog Leanne describes the Liebster Award as this:


"The Liebster Blog Award is given to up and coming bloggers who have less than 200 followers. The Meaning: Liebster is German and means sweetest, kindest, nicest, dearest, beloved, lovely, kind, pleasant, valued, cute, endearing and welcome."

Here are the rules for receiving this award:

Post about your win on your blog (check)

Link back to the blogger who presented you with the award and follow their blog. (check)

Copy and paste the award button to your blog (you can right-click on the Liebster label from my page, save it to your computer, then save to your blog).  (check)

Present The Liebster Award to 5 blogs that have fewer than 200 followers that you think deserve to be recognised. (see below)

My Liebster Award Nominations:
 
-Jeanie of "The Button Box Boutique" http://thebuttonboxboutique.blogspot.ca/
-Leslie of  "The Painted Porch" http://mypaintedporch.blogspot.ca/
-Debra of "A French Touch" http://afrenchtouch.blogspot.ca/
-Carrie of "The Passionate Home" http://thepassionatehome.blogspot.ca/
-Caroline of "Piorra Maison" http://piorramaison.blogspot.ca/

Check out these wonderful fellow Canadian Liebster Award nominee bloggers!




Hello Bonjour....

Well this is my first attempt at blogging! It's been quite a year and a half for me. I retired from the Federal Government after 34 years and in October 2006, I started a new retail store called "French Vanilla Home and Garden". In July 2007 I launched my store's e-commerce website and now this....blogging! Who would have thought! Has it been challenging?....a bit, stressful?.... some days, rewarding?....most definitely! I love owning my own retail store, filling it with things I love and helping my customers find that perfect item or gift! I am enjoying this new phase of my life and look forward to learning new things, having new adventures and making new friends along the way!

Sheila
(established July/2008)