May 4, 2015

One eighty.

Part of the reason things have been a lot quieter over at these parts in the past year is because it's been a really really hard year.  I have shared a little bit about my separation a year ago, but I have chosen to mostly keep my private life just that, private. I have now been separated for 13 months and the paperwork for my divorce is going through. My ex Derek and I are on amicable terms but that doesn't mean it's been an easy road for either of us. There has been a lot of hurt and sadness on both ends, and not just for us, but it's also been extremely difficult on both of our families.

That said, things have been changing drastically again for me lately as I start a new chapter with a wonderful man named Gareth. We have been dating for a little while now, and after this last weekend I had, it's safe to say that I am smitten. He too is going through a separation and has two beautiful little girls who I have yet to spend time with (although I have known them for years).  He makes me feel like a kid again and I thought it was time I introduced you...
Meet Gareth: The amazing man who has turned my life upside down in the best way possible. I could get really sappy and list one hundred reasons as to why I think he's so incredible, but i'll save that for a different blog post ;) Just trust me when I say I feel lighter and happier than I have...well, ever. I feel like my cheeks hurt from the amount that I smile these days, even now as I type this I can feel myself grinning like an idiot to my computer. It's nice to be genuinely happy, and feel like you can fully be yourself with someone. I wouldn't give this feeling up for anything.
Floating. (Insert all the heart eye emojis.)

Spent a good chunk of time skipping stones, and throwing rocks up in the air and trying to hit them (the jock in me still exists!)

We went for a walk to the grocery store to get some milk for the morning, and came across this adorable little pooch! Her name is Willie and I need one. Soon.

Gahhhh, look at that long, tiny body and dopey face! 

Bbq steak, potato and mushroom skewers for dinner.

Butter pecan for him & black cherry for me. We ate our cones and stood under the awning just barely avoiding the torrential downpour that appeared out of nowhere.

I napped the entire ride home while he listened to a podcast about calendars and leap years.
We finished the night off with fresh rhubarb crisp followed by "The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared."

In other exciting news, I move out of the studio and into my new home in a just under two weeks! You can't even imagine how excited I am to have a home with a bathtub and a stove and closet space!  More updates to come, until then, i'll be packing.

Happy Monday everyone!
XO, Erin

April 29, 2015

Popping up all over the place.

Why hello there strangers. We know we keep saying we're coming back, but this time around we mean it! Things will be pretty busy over here until the end of May but we'll start making time to blog again slowly. In the past two weeks we had a very successful two day pop up shop and then right after that we moved everything that was left in the store (which was a lot) up to our studio on the third floor. Now we're preparing for one last event here which is happening on three Saturday's now! For the next three Saturday's we will be opening the doors to our studio because literally everything has to go! May 2 from 10 am - 3 pm, May 9 and 16 from 10 am - 5 pm! Where's our studio you ask? Well, it's above our old shop in the Bate building, 221 McDermot Ave on the third floor. Just follow the signs all the way up and you'll find us. We have a tonne of clothes (some new and lots of vintage) lots of amazing housewares, some furniture and lots of accessories and other random knick knacks. There is something for everyone!
One last hurrah in the studio before we move out in the middle of the month!

We took these photos from our last pop up at the shop, but a lot of this stuff is still available!

Lots of fun housewares for sale!

And did we say clothes galore?

Need some new kicks for Summer?

How about an amazing tiki mug set?

Slowly making paths around here...

Thought Shapes t-shirts and sweatshirts will be available at the sale!

I made this new shirt and kind of don't want to take it off.

March 31, 2015

Information overload.

Well pals, A LOT has happened this week. We have been keeping a secret for the past two or three months and were going to announce it this week, but we kind of got the rug pulled out from underneath on that one. What we were going to tell you was that we were going to re-open our shop Rhymes With Orange, at the same address but using only half of the space starting mid-April. We were going to sign the lease this last week for a year, but that has fallen through. So, new our blog, build a new huge online shop, and continue to do pop up shops once a month at various locations! Still very exciting, and we are ready for a change, we're just still wrapping our heads around the idea that shop will be closed forever...

Speaking of the shop, we are having a pop up shop in just over two weeks for the last time at our old store.
April 17 & 18 from 11 am until 6 pm 
at Rhymes With Orange, 223 McDermot Ave in Winnipeg.

We have started selling off furniture and fixtures on kijiji, but whatever we haven't sold by then will be available for purchase on the 17th and 18th. All of those lamps and radios and tables that you guys tried to buy over the past few years but we weren't selling at the time? Well it's your lucky day!
You can go to our Facebook page for photos of what is all available on Kijiji right now. The links with prices and measurements will be underneath the photos. We will continually add more the the list, so keep checking back! If it doesn't say sold underneath, it's still available!
We're so sad to part with these beauties :(

In other exciting news, we will be getting rid of our studio as of June 1, and I (Erin) will be moving into a 2 bedroom that we will also be running our business out of! I am trying to get rid of at least 1/3 of my stuff before June 1, so today I added a bunch of really great stuff to Thought Shapes under the housewares and vintage clothing sections, so go and check it out!

I will also be having a garage sale at the studio on Saturday, May 16th from 10 am until 5 pm. You can go here for more info. Mark it on your calendars! It will be the last time we have an event at the studio, and it's going to be a good one!

One more thing: have you guys heard of/tried the wonderful app called "Whurl" yet? Insert obvious pun to go and give it a whirl if you haven't yet! I posted a bunch of other stuff that I am selling over there and you can follow me, just search "ohsolovelyerin". The idea of the app is genius and quite simple- for all of you vintage lovers out there on the hunt for that perfect vintage piece but you haven't had any luck finding it, you just post a picture of what you are looking for and let the whirl community do the rest! Did you see something in a blog post or on a tv show and just have to get your hands on it? Or if you're anything like me and have ever broken one of your favourite mugs/bowls/etc and need a replacement, then you really need to check this out!
I have already had a bunch of sales because I had exactly what certain people are looking for! I'm going to be using it a lot, and I encourage you guys to try it out!

Ok, that's all for now. It's a lot. We know.
Thanks for checking in. We'll be back more frequently starting really soon.

March 19, 2015

What Erin's been up to.

Well well well, it's been quite some time again. We're sorry for our absence, but there's been a lot of background stuff going on that we have been dealing with in the past few months, and blogging just did not seem like a priority. That's not to say that we haven't missed it and you guys, but to be honest, the break from it has been really enjoyable. That all said, we do have a few really exciting things to share with you guys in the next two weeks. Like, reeeeeally exciting...

We will slowly be easing our way back into the blog world, and we'll start with a little update about what Erin's been up to these days.
To be honest, life is feeling pretty darn good these days. I haven't been working much, so i've had a lot of time to deal with all of the changes in the past year, as well as everything exciting that's in store for the next year!
Boozy slushy drinks on a day off, because...well, why not?

I made a bunch of new sweatshirts over at Thought Shapes or you can make your own saying! I'm offering $10 off all orders again for the next two days with the code "TSHAPESLOVE" 

Inspired by my sister, Meg. You can follow Thought Shapes on Instagram here.

I've been cooking and baking a lot lately, just trying to get through the last of Winter. My favourite place to go for meat is Ellice Meats. Their bacon is completely out of this world!!

My Mennonite roots were shining through last week when I made farmer sausage rolls. 

Shopping necessities - a giant lamb named Lamb-y.

Cleaning necessities - Ella & Amy & Passion Pop of course! (Also how I spent my Valentine's Day.)

This was taken a few weeks back, in the back alley of Market Burger where I work last year, and starting this weekend will be back for a couple of months!

I didn't buy this perfect striped Spring jacket at the Bay, and I'm still kicking myself.

Two days ago it was my partner in crime - Miss Stefanie's birthday! Our dear friend Zoe and I put together a charcuterie board as well as lots of cheese and other snacks for the occasion and we had a relaxing evening in! We did go out for a really lovely dinner, and of course drank lots of wine. 

My ladies primping. Love these two to the moon and back.

XO, Erin