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Was down Neal Street, Covent Garden (the place of many shoe shops) when we came across what can only be described as the Most Awesomest Shoes EVAH!

Tiny shoes for little people. (What is it about things for small people that make them even more awesome and cute-tastic?)

I know a little boy who would rock these shoes like… well, like someone who rocks shoes. The great thing about being cool auntie? I can get cool shoes for cool babies who can rock them.

This little boy.


He of Skull and Cross-bone hat, plastic bat above crib & “I listen to Slayer with my Daddy” romper suit.

I bought a size 4, but then didn’t see him for a month and he grew like – uber fast (like babies have that habit of doing) and I had to go and exchange them. I went for a size 7 (2 sizes too big so he’ll grow into them).

When I showed them to him he took them out of my hands, then placed them on the floor, sat down and started to remove the pair of shoes he was wearing. Lacking the dexterity to deal with the laces on his new shoes (a step up from the Velcro closing on the other pair) daddy and I helped him put them on.

As soon as they were attached he was off. Running up and down the hallway – he had adopted a new duck waddle gait due to the oversized footwear – but seemed to be enjoying the experience none-the-less.

I tried to take a photo of him in them (you know –  to show you all just how much he ROCKS these shoes) but I kept getting blurry pictures of his back as he ran away in glee.

If I ever manage to get him to be still and pose (?!And the likelihood of this will be…?!) I will post a picture – but until then you will have to take my word for it.

This boy rocks the Most Awesomest Shoes EVAH.


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Jol and I went to Paris for the weekend, it was lovely. Eurostar over to Gare Du Nord. We stayed in an appartment-hotel by the Jardin Des Plantes in the 5th arrondissement. We decided to walk the city, rather than use the metro. Paris really isn’t that big. We walked the banks of the Seine, strolled through the various different Jardins, ate lots of amazing ice cream and tasty hot crepes.

us after crepes

a rather unflattering picture taken after eating said crepes in the jardin off the Champs-Elysées.

A great tip for those thinking of visiting Paris; if you can time your trip so that you go during the 1st sunday of the month, all national galleries and museums are open for free. It means you can indulge in a lot of culture for no cost, which is great. Which is exactly what we did! Amongst other things, on our very packed Free Culture Sunday we went to the Musée d’Orsay to see Jols favorite sculpture ever, the White Bear.

musee d'orsaywhite bear

We also went to the Musée Picasso, which was just mind blowing. Jol took no pictures of the work, but this nice photo of the stairs in the building (which was a lovely piece of architecture):

Musée Picasso

on our walk from the Musée Picasso we met this fellow:


He had casts on both his broken front legs. he had been hobbling along and then plopped down for a rest as it’s clearly hard work walking with 2 doggie casts on. He was very obliging and turned to look at us as we took the photo. Click for a larger image.

This was the walk through the Jardin Des Plantes we took rather a lot en route to which ever bit of Paris we were headed for:

jardin des plantes

and this is just another nice pic Jol took:


It was a such a nice weekend, and now I just want to go back!

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so. we’ve been working on a card company for a while. headed up by jane (jolyon’s mum) being the big boss. and her, me and another friend called anna doing designs.

jolyon finished the first version of the website last night and made it live. please check it out and let me know what you think. there will be more things to come; additional cards, more artists, taking payment online (at the moment it’s an order form & cheque sending…) and some changes to the site design (i’ve been browsing it today and have noticed some usability things that could do with tweeking… have to break that to jol when he gets home!) still, for our first foray into this i am very proud of us all.

there’s a sweet story behind the name of the company. it’s all down to some soft toys. a little quirky red bear of mine and jol’s called (rather imaginatively) redbear, and a funny looking hare of jane’s called egor. both jane and i separately had the idea of starting a card company, we also both have a thing for the toys in our lives. when we voiced the thought of creating cards to each other, i was rather inspired by the fact that her hare and my bear rhymed, and wouldn’t that be a good name for a company. thus, hare and bear was created. it took over a year for it to actually come together, but it’s so good that it has.

i will try to get some pics of them both (although egor is used in the hare and bear logo. redbear not so, because his head just wouldn’t point in the right direction… well, you know what they say about working with stuffed animals)

more about the development of the company later!

(and hopefully some pictures of all involved, from toys to people)

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have just uploaded the updated version of my website, just changed the css a little bit, and added the technical page.

since i’m a mac user, it’s hard for me to know if it’s still glitchy in IE on pc’s. please let me know if it is, so i can try and sort it! (or rather prod my other half and get him to fix it!)

on a completely different note, i had a blood test today, and i was very brave and only a little scared of the sharp pointy needle. and afterwards i had some restorative green & blacks chocolate which was very much deserved.

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so.much.snow. i went a little crazy this morning with the photographing….

i like snow….. 🙂

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I just put some of my favorite links on.
yay me.

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