Garden Fairy Doors

My friends, Lorie and Bob, are at it again!

They’ve been busy, during the last few weeks, working on a new project:

It is a website to help the young (or the young at heart) enjoy magic in their own back yards, through the making of Garden Doors for Fairies, Gnomes, Elves and other magical garden creatures!

Also on their website they have a Blog, with easy-to-do projects that will enchant those who ‘believe” in the magic of such possibility.

Their one-of-a-kind doors are beautiful and each is handcrafted out of wood, and fairy-found objects. 

Here are just a few examples:

Red Heart - Garden Fairy Door - Green Plank Garden Fairy Door with Wind Chime -
Purple Peace Dove Garden Fairy Door -

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You can find their website here.

They are also on Facebook, and their Shop is listed on Etsy.







Happy New Year

Ambivalent Polymath Blog - Suzanne Bell's BlogHappy New Year!

I have been writing some things throughout the past months, but have not finished any of them.

I guess that says something about where my head is at.

I have, however, found a great and engrossing blog, that I wanted to share:

I really like it and thought you may want to check it out…



Haute Note Personalized Stationery

I thought this may be of interest.

Haute Note - a modern paperie | Personalized stationery - for every reason and every season

One of our customers I have known for 20 years has a new adventure:   – a company that makes personalized stationery and greeting cards.  Lorie calls her business “a modern paperie”.

Please check it out….




LuluLemon Yoga Pants

Did you hear Chip Wilson from LuluLemon comment today on TV that the problem with the infamous Yoga pants is his customers fault because some of their bodies are not the right shape for the pants?

It is already on YouTube….Needless to say he did not score points.

Funny, for years we carried our spirit pants in plus and super plus and never had a problem or complaint about “thighs rubbing and causing a problem”.

It can happen, but for him to come across as blaming his customers might just cause a huge stampede in the wrong direction for LuluLemon.

There are just some comments that are the last straw.

Maybe women will start to take their $98 a pair somewhere else.



Personal Touch Blouses

For those of you who were fans of our 6 pleat blouse (by Personal Touch) they have offered a 20% discount for our former customers or our current Facebook fans.

Blouse House

(Image from the BlouseHouse website)

The savings are valid for the month of October.

Use the code suzanne20.

Buy through by phone or on line.

The 20% is good for anything on their site.

Please note we do post on Facebook so check us out for ongoing information, at

Please remember, our business is closed… (one year already) …but I do not mind posting information about places to shop for plus sizes.



A Trend Setter

I just know that I have true power and that when I left the fashion business my real calling would appear.

I share this simply because it makes me smile.

My husband and I had a nostalgic moment a while back and decided it would be fun to go to a White Spot and sit in the parking lot and order car service. I declared I would have a Coke float in honour of our nostalgic feelings and he agreed. It was so good, a sunny day, old memories and OMG I forgot how good a float tasted.

Ice Cream Float - Suzanne Bell's Blog

I of course told several friends of this and weeks later one of those friends took another friend and went to a restaurant and ordered a float. She advised me it was a diet caffeine-free Pepsi, float, but still……

I started to see the trend of which I am so sure I started.  (I should say the resurgence of a very old simple indulgence)   Yesterday I was on the phone with my cousin and was interrupted when in flew two friends with all the makings of guess what??? Yes, no question, I was on a hot trend…

Who knew how fast it would spread? My cousin called me back hours later to tell me she walked to Save On Foods near Cambie and Broadway and saw a big line up. They were serving customers free floats. That did it, we declared me a trend setter right on the spot!!

What will be next?