Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Patina Gift Bags,Cards & Books !

There is so much to catch your eye in Patina, it's very hard to be selective ! The images below are all from their extensive greeting cards, gift bags and children's books they have in store at the moment : 

Coming Soon : What they Patina has in store for the home, gifts and children's clothing. 

Friday, April 26, 2013

Patina Spring 2013 !

Another eagerly anticipated visit to Patina in Minneapolis revealed a lot of new goodies in the store for Spring !

 All Things Bacon ! 

Love These Cute Activity Sets !

These are really innovative : Felted Birdhouses !

Great Colours On These New Bags For Summer ! 

For The Home ! 

Check out their website at

Monday, April 22, 2013

World Party - All I Gave

Way back in the last century there was a band called the Waterboys, and after them their singer Karl Wallinger formed World Party.
They produced a couple of great albums, Goodbye Jumbo and Bang, which sound just as good now as they did back in the '80's. Their sound was very Beatle-esque in places, but at the same time totally original. They are back together again and they toured America and the UK last year, ending with an acclaimed gig at the Royal Albert Hall.

This track All I Gave, is off Bang, love the video too :


Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Yet More Mara Mi !

Some of the better retailers have some great soft toys on offer, these characters in a basket in Mara Mi are really cute. It was also Easter time so I have posted a few of the more interesting cards. 

Friday, April 12, 2013

More Mara Mi

Stillwater is very much a one street town, but that one street is packed with restaurants, vintage and antique stores, boutiques, and then there is Mara Mi ! On a fine day the town gets packed with visitors and shoppers, which probably explains why most of the stores are occupied, it's a great little place to shop !

Here are some more images from Mara Mi :

Inside the store

The store is located at 232 Main St. N., Stillwater, MN 55082

Willy Mason : I Got Gold

Willy Mason is an American singer songwriter from Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts. He's recently completed his own sell out tour of the UK, as well as supporting Ben Howard, and will be performing at the Mumford & Sons 'Gentleman of the Road' festivals in the USA during 2013.

This track is called I Got Gold :

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Mara Mi : Easter Cards

Here are a couple of Easter Cards Andrea did for Gartner Greetings. They were in the gorgeous Mara Mi store in Stillwater, Minnesota. Andrea crocheted the characters and Easter items used in this range of cards, shame I couldn't find the sheep, they were really cute !

Mara Mi has a cool website at, we have another bunch of photos from the store to put up later. 

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Suede : Bloodsports !

Suede are back with a bang, and a new album too ! Bloodsports is full of great tracks and as good as any of their albums from the '90's.
They are playing in Custom Square, Belfast in August as part of the Belsonic Festival, I'm so glad we've got tickets now, never did see them the first time around.

Here are a couple of tracks off Bloodsports, the first one is called It Starts And Ends With You :

This track is Sabotage from BBC 6 Music Live at Maida Vale in London :