7 Days of Tote-al Love

Day 4I have Tote-al Love for spiders…said Tracey never. I’ve never paid much attention to religion or spirituality…never gave it much thought really. Then about 7 years ago I found myself questioning things. Where the heck was I going? I wasn’t feeling very strong or confident, lost e ...
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7 Days of Tote-al Love

Day 3Pete Gram’s necklace. We called them Pete Gram and Pete Grampie. Their first names were Helen and Ivan. What’s with the Pete then, you wonder. My other grandparents were Train Gram and Train Grampie…first names Helen (Nellie) and Gordon. What in the world…?I’m not sure how this ...
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7 Days of Tote-al Love

Day 2Tote-al Schnoop LoveHere’s a silly thing I have Tote-al Love for…a stuffed animal – a stuffie- called Schnoop.I got Schnoop a few years ago and there is not a night that he’s not cozied up under my chin while I sleep. Yeah that’s right. I’m in my 40’s and I sleep with a stu ...
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7 Days of Tote-al Love

Day 1Tote-al Love for my mom, Ruth. (You know I had to start Tote-al Love week with my Mom!)This is an excerpt from lyrics I wrote for her:Your giggle, your knowing blue eyesEmbraces, shared thoughts, and goodbyesAcross the miles I sensedlove in your smileLook away from meIt’s not su ...
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How to buy

How to buy...Thank you for your patience while we put the finishing touches on our shopping capabilities. Like the Villa Valise Experience, we want the shopping process to be fabulous and easy as I bring my studio to your computer. After all, client happiness is the most important thing!Some ...
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At least one…

Here at Villa Valise, we believe in silly fun things like the colour pink, zebra print, rhinestones, feather boas, chandeliers, tiara’s, candlelight and spa music.BUT we also believe that every woman should have at least one item in her closet that is one-of-a-kind, reflects her personality, and r ...
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I got knocked down

I had a major setback here at Villa Valise at the end of 2014. Oh yes, I got knocked down. I needed to calm my nerves, my fear and my anger in the only way I know how these days…in my studio. After some time of designing, playing with fabric and sparklies, sewing, conversing with the universe and ...
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It’s a MAGICAL tote!

You guys remember the teal fun fur tote I designed for Carrie - the one that was a gift from a boy?Well, the boy (Greg) really wanted to do something special for Carrie. So much so that he braved a stormy night with heavy rain, thunder and lightening to pick up this one of a kind tote just for Carri ...
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More magic in the Villa Valise world!

Sheryl's daughter (Carrie Ann) asked me to design a tote for her Mom as a surprise. (Remember the beige one with the hand crafted wood buttons?) Shery's other daughter, Kelsie, is working her way through college by putting in a few hours at a local watering hole that we frequent. Sheryl (like a good ...
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Fancy Hats: A story of inspiration

Every June, the Queens Plate takes place in Toronto. I went one year with my Aunt Marion to celebrate her birthday. We were in awe seeing all the fancy hats and how lovely the ladies looked. This year the only thing I got to see were the TV ads…but oh those hats! Then it struck me...how lovely wou ...
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The Story of Stirling

When Kleo asked me to make a tote for her with her late husbands dinner jacket and tie. I said of course! Then I thought about it…I would only get one chance to create this…one wrong cut and we would all be in tears. I painstakingly pulled out every stitch. Do you guys know how much hand stitchi ...
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It’s okay…it’s not for everyone.

I must say that the hand craft/handmade/artisan life is a tough go of it. Not everyone appreciates your craft. And, that's okay...it's not for everyone. For us, it’s a cautious balance of humility and ego when you are so thrilled that someone wants your product and so dismayed when not everyone do ...
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