Sunday, September 30, 2007

Balaeric Break

Our timing couldn't be more perfect as we head off to sunny Mallorca, Spain, far away from this dreadfully cold and rainy BC weather - which is here to stay for the next six months! *sigh*

Without a doubt, the return of prodigal son will enlist compulsory celebrations with much food and drink including that from the bodega of José L. Ferrer where, "In vino veritas, the truth is found in wine."

We'll also be scouring the local markets in hopes of finding vintage crystals for our holiday collection. Our designs using these unique and precious beads have proven to be bestsellers year after year.

A trip to the Baleares would not be complete without a boat ride to the island of Ibiza, most famously known for it's non-stop parties. Even if the summer season is over, it will be quite the trip returning to the scene of the crime, where Jesee was one of the first DJ's spinning there some thirty years ago!

Much to see, much to do and there isn't enough time for it all, but I must make time to stalk run into hunky tennis pro Rafael Nadal. It's no secret that I have a HUGE crush on him and this would really complete my trip ;o)

I do not anticipate keeping up with the blog during our holiday, but one never knows, so hasta la vista...

Monday, September 24, 2007

Pass the Dutchie

This entry is dedicated to our ardent readers in Holland...

As I remember, my first Dutch encounter was with an ultra handsome hottie from Amsterdam visiting for the summer. I was seventeen and very much impressionable. Edwin (named hottie) single-handedly influenced my appetite for Heinekins, Droste and Spetters.

My foolish infatuation even led to a short-lived Dutch language course at the local college. "Ik ben Moniko, hoe gaat het met u?". Sadly, it never got further than this :(

Riding a Dutch citybike through Amsterdam (the quintessential Dutch experience) has yet to become a dream come true, but with our love of cycling, it can't be far away. What an amazing trip it must be to be surrounded by fellow cyclists every which way you turn and to have special rights to boot!

Until such opportunity arises...I will remain the crazy Mevr. who adores tulips and has a penchant for Dutch ovens (Le Creuset, not the obnoxious game played under the covers).

Thursday, September 13, 2007


We have finally set up shop at Etsy, an online store to buy and sell all things handmade. Of course we cannot possibly will not list everything in our collection on here...let's be realistic (if you've been to one of our markets, you'd fully understand why)!

Instead, we've chosen to list the latest and greatest from la maison atelier. If you're looking for something in particular or would like to commission Jesee for a custom piece, please contact us for more information. We can ship worldwide and accept payment via PayPal.

So go on and share the love - tell all your friends that Izzy and Buds are NOW AVAILABLE ONLINE.

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Do your ears hang low?

I was hugely intrigued by this beauty tip featured in the Fall 2007 In Style Makeover magazine.

Countless numbers of customers have commented that they love our beautiful earrings, but do not want to bring attention to their ear lobes which have stretched out from the big heavy earrings of the 80's. Remember when?

Shame NO MORE! Now everyone can wear our fabulous chandeliers thanks to the Ear Lift. If anyone has tried this dandy invention, I'd love to hear your review of this product.

Monday, September 10, 2007

The naked truth and nothing butt...

Here is a somewhat happy ending to the "stink bomb" Lush dropped whey they illegally used the tag line "Get Naked" for their most recent advert promoting package-free goods.

As it happens, "Naked" and "Get Naked" are registered trademarks belonging to Naked Soapworks of Bowen Island.

Written by owner, Laurel Bailey, the text has been edited for length and clarity.

Hello Everyone,

Things have changed a little. I went to the Lush website and found that even though their letter to me refused to concede that they trampled my trademark rights, they removed most of the offending material from their website! The Lush Canada "Get Naked" campaign is now "Lush in the Buff" and they are "baring it all" instead of "getting naked", their naked products are now "unwrapped" and the only reference to naked is now "The Naked Truth", which I can live with.

I wanted to let you guys know that it worked! No apology (which I would really like) and no admission of guilt but IT IS possible to affect change, even in a multinational! Thank you so much for your continued support. Naked people rock!

Laurel Bailey

Sunday, September 09, 2007


The weather in Harrison Hot Springs this past weekend was almost too good to be true. After a pitiful summer of rain and as fall approaches us, the weather gods were truly feeling generous.

It was our first weekend off now that the Bowen Market is finished for the season. Lazy and relaxing...aahhh.

Practically a permanent summer fixture on Bowen Island, we may participate in the Harrison Festival next summer, just to mix things up a bit. There was no denying the crowds of tourists roaming through the town, especially with the sand sculpture competition in full swing.

Of course the hunky matador caught my eye...a little taste of our upcoming trip to Spain at the end of the month. *grinning*