Canadian Artist Elizabeth Hoey Art Pottery Tile

Meet the very talented Canadian artist Elizabeth Hoey.

ELIZABETH WILKES HOEY (1915 – 2012) was a Canadian artist who graduated from the Ontario College of Art. 

She ran a textile printing facility and eventually was involved in the printing of fabric for various institutions like Thor Hanson, Westinghouse Canada, Bank of Nova Scotia, University College Women’s Residence in Toronto, Hart House and the Windsor Arms Hotel. 

She was a muralist who created a mural of old Toronto for the King Edward Hotel. 

With her daughter, she became a potter, producing art pottery pieces that included both plates and tiles like the fabulous owl-themed tile shown on this page. 

She painted with watercolor and her image, Wild Flowers of Canada, was distributed via the Toronto newspaper, the Globe and Mail. 

She illustrated books including Folk Songs of Canada and Chansons de Qu├ębec. 

Her works were shown at the Art Gallery of Toronto, Royal Ontario Museum, Royal Botanical Gardens, Edwards Gardens, and MacDonald Art Gallery and the Textile Museum named her "a pioneer silkscreen printer and designer."

She was a talented artist who was creating art in her sketchbook until almost the very end of her life. 

As I write this, I can see a few samples of Elizabeth Hoey's art tiles including this owl on eBay.

You never know what 
I might have in store for you! 

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Fanny packs were huge in the 1980s & 1990s and are enjoying  a comeback now.

For those who don’t know, a fanny pack is, quite simply, a bag that originally was worn fastened around your waist but which can also be draped across your upper body. The bag is, however, known by many other names including waist pouch, hip pack, belt bag and bum bag. If I recall correctly, I reluctantly called mine a fanny pack so that is what I will call them here on this page.

According to The Globe and Mail, Adweek Magazine declared fanny packs as “the hottest product of the year” in 1988 and yes, I used one during their height of their popularity in the 1980s and 1990s. As a matter of fact, I still own my original fanny pack though I have not worn it in a long time because it is a bit big and was, for many years, out of style.

Mine original pack is blue, made by XYZ and of a rather simple design. It is not interesting at all like the vintage Jansport, Patagonia or Spyder waist pouches that were made in multiple color combinations and that are available now.

I think that these bags really are a great product keeping what you needed at hand and relieving your shoulders from having to carry a purse. It was interesting, therefore, when I discovered that they, in both new and vintage styles, have recently had a resurgence in popularity.

Vintage Jansport fanny pack shown above is
from the eBay store of 3r_esposa 
and can be found by clicking here.


Fanny packs have definitely had their share of moments in the limelight.   In the 1990s, on Seinfeld George said of a fanny pack that it "looks like your belt is digesting a small animal.” In 1996, Dwayne Johnson "The Rock" wore a fanny pack in a Vogue magazine article. That picture has never been forgotten. In 2015, actor Jared Leto was photographed wearing a fanny pack on the beach and went on to sell them on his brand’s website. In 2017, Leonardo DiCaprio wore one on his vacation in Thailand.

Whether you call them fanny packs, waist pouches, hip packs, belt bags or bum bags, learn more about their story here.

Vintage Spyder fanny pack shown above is
from the eBay store of reserve-76 
and can be found by clicking here.


You can have your choice from eBay of a vintage fanny pack of which there are more than 1,000 by clicking here or a new fanny pack of which there are more than 25,000 by clicking here. I was somewhat surprised that in line with the current popularity of everything 1990s, brands like Louis Vuitton, Versace, Burberry, Gucci, Nike and Saint Laurent have all issued waist pouches though I know Roots Canada has been producing simple, leather waist pouches for at least a decade because I carry one of them.

Do you wear a fanny pack and, if so, what do you call it?

Whatever it is, 
you can get it on eBay!
Treasures By Brenda

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Buy a Cruise Journal for Your Cruise

Many of my friends love to cruise, as do I. They use a cruise ship as their base to travel around the world and some of them keep a cruise journal. A journal helps them remember all of the details about each of their cruise ships and itineraries so that they can refer back to see what they did when they visited destinations like St. Petersburg, Amsterdam or the Bahamas.

The cruise ship journal shown here is called My Cruise Journal. It is a very affordable little gift for your cruise-going friends and family.

What’s to like about this cruise journal? It features a matte, paperback cover that has 100 pages with areas for planning and budgeting, for details and reminders, a cruise countdown, for flight information, a packing list and more.

Find the My Cruise Journal on Amazon by clicking right here. Be sure to click on the Look Inside button to see what the pages inside look like. I love that feature.

Cruise journals make great gifts and priceless souvenirs. You can see all of Amazon's cruise journals by clicking right here. Would you keep a journal if you were going on a cruise?

Happy Travels!

The Story of Walt Disney World Book Review

The Story of Walt Disney World Book Review

Walt Disney World enthusiasts are always wanting to learn more about one of the world's most famous destinations.  The Story of Walt Disney World is a big square paperback book with 50 pages of information, pictures and illustrations from the park and bears the date of October 25, 1971 on the first page. I expect that it was released as a souvenir to celebrate the opening of the park, which occurred on October 1, 1971.

It opens with a dedication taken from the plaque in Town Square on Main Street at Walt Disney World from Roy Disney O. Disney that reads, "Walt Disney World is a tribute to the philosophy and life of Walter Elias Disney...and to the talents, the dedication and the loyalty of the entire Disney organization that made Walt Disney's dream come true. May Walt Disney World bring Joy and Inspiration and New Knowledge to all who come to this happy place...a Magic Kingdom where the young at heart of all ages can laugh and play and learn together."  If you have experienced the park, you know that they Disney delivered.

Today, the book offers up lots of pictures, information and even a map of what the park looked like in 1971. It would make a wonderful gift idea for anyone who has fond memories of visiting the park or for someone who is interested in the park's history. You will find The Story of Walt Disney World on eBay by clicking right here.

See you
on eBay!
Treasures By Brenda

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Dazey LA for Anthropologie Coffee Mug

LOVE MORE Dazey LA for Anthropologie Coffee Mug

I love this retired coffee mug that Dazey LA designed exclusively for Anthropologie. I love the simple message, Love More, and the vintage-style or retro theme. 

The company Dazey LA is owned by a woman named Dani who aims, according to Anthropologie, to "empower today's woman by encouraging conversations on self-care, women's rights, and inclusivity through energetic art, apparel, and lifestyle collections." 

Dani, who you may or may not have heard of, is an artist, graphic designer, textile designer, interior designer and fashion designer who has created pieces for companies like Anthropologie, Hot Topic, Torrid, Urban Outfitters and Macy's. Forbes magazine calls her designs "cheeky and feminist-leaning" and I agree. Though I am older than I expect is her target market, I do enjoy her designs. 

Her mugs are dishwasher and microwave safe and this Love More cup will hold 14.5 ounces of your favorite steamy, hot beverage. It measures 3 1/4 inches tall by 3 3/4 inches in diameter excluding the handle. It features a white speckled finish on the exterior and a warm, yellow or amber speckled finish on the interior. 

The simple message, "Love More" encourages happiness and positivity. The design evokes feelings of peace, love and harmony from the 1960s and 1970s. Though now discontinued, Dazey LA mugs like this one are available on eBay by clicking right here.

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