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Archive for December, 2010

Dec
8
2010

With roots in Sri Lanka, Kishani Perera now designs for hip Hollywood clients like Kate Bosworth and Molly Sims.  Her style is bold and eclectic, yet truly refined.  If you look closely, you’ll notice subtle South Asian influences here and there (like the ornate mirror in the picture above).

Here are some of my favourite images of her work.  I love peeling the visual layers of complexity and finding some inspiration for my own home.  You can see more of Kishani’s work on her website.

Images by Kishani Perera

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Dec
6
2010

And don’t forget about our current special offers:  20% off The Chota Chef Recipe Cards when you order any apron &  free shipping on our Alphabet Posters!

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Dec
3
2010

Hindus, Buddhists and Jains traditionally observe Guru Purnima – a day where students pay respect to their guru (teacher) – those who bring forth wisdom.  Guru Purnima usually falls in the summer sometime – June or July – but in Western culture, the spirit of this day is most apparent during the Christmas/New Year holidays when kids (and parents) show appreciation for their teachers with gift of thanks.  So whether you are pooling with other parents or going solo, here are 5 gracious and understated teacher gifts – in the spirit of India’s ancient tradition.

1.  Glass Travel Tea Mug by Libre, with stainless tea filter for loose leaf tea ($24 CAD) and Hand Carved Chest of full leaf teas by Adagio ($29 USD).

2.  World Poetry: An Anthology of Verse from Antiquity to Our Time – a breathtakingly diverse compilation of poets ancient and modern from around the world, including such Indian greats as Rumi, Kabir and Kalidasa.

 

3.  Get crafty and assemble a cookbook basket – centered around your favourite cookbook (my personal all-time favourite is Sundays at Moosewood).  Include some relevant gourmet ingredients or cooking tools.

4.  The ever-inspiring National Geographic Magazine ($15 USD for an annual subscription)

5.  Indoor herb garden – pre-packaged or custom-assembled with small pots, soil and seeds.

Images by Google Images

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Dec
1
2010

It’s that time of year to snuggle up and get cozy…and now you can help a good cause while you sip your chai or chocolate.  Punjammies carries a line of sleep and loungwear – each piece made in an after-care facility by Indian women who have been rescued from a life of forced prostitution. 

Punjammies is an initiative of the International Princess Project – which advocates for the over 2 million women and girls who are enslaved in prostitution.  They seek to empower each woman with the opportunity to learn a marketable skill. 

In their own words:  In providing for her basic need to support herself, she sees that she has value far beyond what the lies have told her.  She begins to see her rightful place of value – a princess.

So check out their line of colorful sari-inspired bottoms and organic cotton tees and tanks.

Images by Punjammies

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