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  • Welcome to the Gigi Blog!

    Blessed to be a mother to half a dozen girls & one boy. Wife of an undertaker.
    Photographer. Homeschooler. Daughter of the King. Chicken and goat raiser.
    Lover of Jesus and all things pink and vintage. ♥

Shout out!

If you missed last week’s party, did you know there is another great way to help out the women of La Tienda?

Here on the blog, I’ve been hosting various auctions – all items are priced at $100 or more and are donated by a local business. ALL of the money raised through the auctions is paypaled STRAIGHT to the La Tienda village. 

This week is the Pottery Parties in the Hills auction. If you haven’t placed your bid yet, you better hurry! There is only one day left! Check it out HERE. And a big thank you to Tanya Frew of PPIH for her generous gift of this week’s auction item!


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Once this auction finishes, I’ll be posting about the next auction slated for the blog. Stay tuned and thank you again for supporting such a great cause! It really is a win-win situation!


Make my Heart {Sing}.

These things make my heart sing. 


A new cutting from my plants (um, the truth is I kill them so often, I have to keep rooting and starting new plants to replace the wilting ones!)…


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beautiful flowers from my own garden (Yayyyy, Spring!!!) …

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My three Ls, all squeaky clean after a day of playing outside in the sunshine …


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My Jasper. My favourite cat. My sweet, gentle friend. He’s in a girlie doggy bed that I bought for Daisy (who is, surprise, surprise, too big for the bed).

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(Did you notice Daisy is not in my favorite photos right now? Yeah, that’s because she just barked at NOTHING and woke up my sleeping baby … arghhh …. please remind me how wonderful it is for a family to have a dog as a pet! Speaking of which, have you all rented Marley & Me yet? If not, GO RENT IT TONIGHT! I loved it. I watched it twice and cried both times.)

I’ve had quite the exciting past week with the La Tienda party, awesome fun sessions (sneak peeks coming soon!) and some awesome guests at my house yesterday. So in the midst of all that, I haven’t had time to announce the winner of last week’s giveaway from Le Geek Est Chic … but it’s time NOW!


First off, a BIG thank you to
Le Geek Est Chic for hosting the giveaway! I love her rings – I have one and adore it. So fun and funky! They make great gifts for girlfriends, too!

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The winner of this giveaway, using mathgoodies.com to generate a random number,  is:


#12 – Danielle who wrote: LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the photos from Texas. You find the most incredible backdrops! I also love the fish eye lens. Amazing!”


Congratulations, Danielle! Just e-mail me and I will hook you up with your winnings! I will be doing another awesome giveaway tomorrow – so come back and check out what it is! It’s SUPER DUPER cool and I can’t wait to order one myself …. hee hee!

 


May 6, 2009 - 3:11 pm

Sherry - The pic of your girls in the tub is so cute. I just now realized that they all have the same nose…to precious.

May 4, 2009 - 9:31 pm

Rebecca - I love the picture of the girls in the tub, how cute!

May 4, 2009 - 8:30 pm

Grandma Gerr - Jasper is making his statement!
REAL MEN DO WEAR PINK!!!

Overwhelmed with {Love}!

OH. MY. GOODNESS.

You guys are AMAZING! 
Last night’s
La Tienda party was a HUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUGE sucess and by huge, I mean, REALLY huge!!! Nearly 100 people came out to the fundraising party, hosted by me & Tamara (click here to read more about Tamara – scroll down to the middle of the post) and each and every one of you bought at least one piece of jewelry – and how could you not? The jewelry was amazing! So funky and original and what made it even better was knowing WHO made it and why. What a great cause!

One special point about last night was the fact that Rachel Sticklee, the founder of La Tienda, was in attendance! She was visiting from her village in the Dominican Republic and just happened to be in Ontario the week of our party so we were EXTREMELY blessed to have Rachel there!

Pictured here is Tamara, my beautiful, wonderful awesome-right-hand-gal for the trip, Rachel, the founder of La Tienda, and I – right before the party began…

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In case you are just tuning into the Gigi blog now, let me give you a quick run down on WHAT La Tienda is & how Gigi Photography is involved.

La Tienda (www.latienda.ca) is a fair trade art co-op serving a group of women in the Dominican Republic- they make beautiful handmade items to sell in order to provide for their families. About 20 Haitian and Dominican woman working side by side in a CO-OP model where all income, made by the sale of their jewelry, is shared within the group. Last night’s event was a showcase of their work and also gave everyone an opportunity to purchase the jewelry. Tamara and I will be spending a week in their village this June to document what they do, the stories of their lives and the mission of La Tienda through photographs. {Project} La Tienda is going to be AMAZING and we’re super duper excited to be a part of it!

Last night’s party made the trip feel more “real” … and I think it’s safe to say, no one was disapointed! Everyone loved the jewelry and somethings completely sold out! Yeah!

Want to hear the best part?! At the end of the night, I asked Rachel what she thought we raised … she guessed $400-$500 – we tallied up and had to count not one, but two or three times to confirm, but indeed – the night raised over $1,500!!!!!!!!!!

WOWWEEEE! $1,500!!!!! Sweet! You ladies rock!!!  It’s because of YOU that this party was such a success! The money raised will go directly in paying the salaries of the La Tienda women. How exciting! Thank you ALL for your AMAZING support!!!!!!  

Our La Tienda auctions are also happening still so there are still different ways in supporting La Tienda if you couldn’t make it out last night. Check out the most recent auction, sponsored by Pottery Parties in the Hills.  

Here are few photos from the night …. Evelyn Patterson of Evelyn’s Special Event Decorating, was in complete command as far as the decorating was concered. And man, she did a FANTASTIC job! So awesome!!! Look at how fun she displayed everything …

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These sea glass necklaces were a huge hit …

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Everything is handmade by the ladies of La Tienda …

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some head scarves, which I was wishing I had purchased … shucks. Good thing there’s another La Tienda party being hosted in Barrie next week! I’m going to attend and buy some more goodies! Hee hee! If you want details on the next party in Barrie, e-mail me and I will fill you in … I’m not hosting it but I can give you details on where it is and when …


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And another fun aspect of the evening were the SCRUMPTIOUS treats by Leanne Button of She Takes the Cake ….. 

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Are you drooling yet?

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Thank you, Leanne, for such a great job! 

And here some happy shoppers … I had to wait until the end of the night because the room was SOOOO packed full, I couldn’t get a photo without getting trampled! LOL!

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Our Money-Counter- 😀

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Rachel, hard at work at the till …

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All in all, the evening was AMAZING and absolutely wonderful! Thank you EVERYONE who was involved from those who purchased jewelry to those who helped set it up and host it, to those who helped promote the event , offer a giveaway (Thank you, Simple Indulgence!) …… you are all making a huge difference in the lives of the La Tienda ladies. 

Oh, we’ve heard a lot of people want us to throw another party when we get back from our trip so we’re planning on doing just that…. we’ll keep you informed. 😉

(((Big hugs!)))

May 24, 2009 - 4:53 pm

{Project} La Tienda update …! » Gigi Blog - […] not amazing, wow …. well, gosh …. that just blows my mind! This has been through the Big La Tienda party we held in April, garage sales, online auctions and more. It’s been AMAZING to see the […]

May 4, 2009 - 3:50 pm

Shout out! » Gigi Blog - […] you missed last week’s party, did you know there is another great way to help out the women of La […]

May 1, 2009 - 9:14 pm

Michelle - What an inspiring evening. I wish I would have bought one of everything but so happy with all my unique purchases. I have worn two of the necklaces to work already and getting many compliments. I feel honored to wear jewelry that was made with such love! I can’t wait to wear the scarf…Such an amazing project that Rachel has started and so nice to meet her and understand more about it. Best of luck to you and Tamara as you prepare to embark on what will be a heart filling time in your lives. My prayers are with you both…Count me in to host a future La Tienda party!!!

May 1, 2009 - 8:55 pm

Krista Ottaway - I had a great time at the fundraiser, I just wish I would have bought more! 🙁 There was so many beautiful pieces! knowing how diferent life is for the women that make it, I wish I could do more then just buy a nacklace.
We all need to take a moment and be thankful for the blessings that we all have.
Gillian, everything you touch seems to turn to gold! Keep up the good work. We need more You’s!

May 1, 2009 - 12:14 pm

Rose - WOW!!! Absolutely amazing!! It is so nice to see people come together to help those in need. God is good and grand! I only wished that I could have been there sooner to grab more items..next time for sure!!!
May God Bless the woman involved in this amazing organization and you Gillian and Tamara who are giving of yourselves on this life changing journey.(I am more than sure)
CONGRATS and WAY TO GO GIRLS!!!

May 1, 2009 - 8:50 am

Connie - Congrats on the great turnout! Ah, I wish I coulda been there to connect with some old friends and be a part of this great cause. The jewelry is beautiful! All the best to you and Tamara in preparation for the trip, I’m praying for you both, xo

April 30, 2009 - 9:17 pm

Evelyn - WOW…What an awesome night girls!! As always Gillian you make every picture look like a million bucks! I absolutely luv the jewelry I bought…will hold a special place in my heart from the ladies of “La Tienda”…thank you for the opportunity to be part of this amazing journey you & Tamara are on! Luv ya <3

A Room Full of Babies.

Wow! Today’s Baby Song workshop was a HUGE success! I think there were over 36 babies and their moms in attendance … wowza! We had a great time and all the babies were so cute and so charming. 

I was asked to be a guest speaker at this week’s Baby Song  –  I gave them tips on how to take better photographs and talked about some examples and then spent the rest of the morning photographing the babies. How fun is that? This is my third Baby Song workshop and every time it gets better and better! 

Look at all those cute babies!


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And here was the first sweetie pie of the morning to be photographed…


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 And don’t forget about the BIG La Tienda party tonight! I’m so excited! A WEE bit stressed, as it’s been one nutty day between the workshop this morning, ballet for my daughter at noon, naps for the toddlers and then setup at 4:30 for the party, get babysitter before party starts, etc (you know how it is!) but I’m also very excited. 😉 I am heading off in an hour to set up everything with wonderful direction of Evelyn Patterson of Evelyn’s Special Event Decorating. Can’t wait to see how it all lays out! 

See you tonight at 7:30 p.m.!


May 26, 2009 - 10:29 am

Cuddle {Bugs} …! » Gigi Blog - […] are some adorable little babies from the Baby Song workshop, held at New Hope Community Church a few weeks ago […]

Tea for two.

Tomorrow night is it! It’s the BIG La Tienda party we’ve all been waiting for! I’m soooo super duper excited! I can’t wait for it all to come together -the event is open to anyone so feel free to come join us! Here are the details:


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So …………. it rained today. It started off with the flu in of our our girls but the bug seemed to have passed by later this afternoon.


We decided to pull out a new tea set. I have been saving it because, well, I’m afraid they will break it. It’s too pretty to break. 

There’s nothing better than tea (water) and crumpets (marshmellows) on a rainy, spring afternoon.


“The tea party is a spa for the soul.

You leave your cares and work behind.

Busy people forget their business.

Your stress melts away, your senses awaken…”


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a toast …!

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Good times in the Gauthier househodl. 🙂 

Oh, and here is ANOTHER fantastic auction that is happneing right now to raise money for La Tienda! You can check it out online or view the details here. 

Unsure what to do with your child for their next birthday? Try a creative outlet of your child’s uniquely painted pottery piece!

From a delightful piggy bank to princess figurines, Pottery Parties in the Hills has everything you will need to create a successful birthday party for your child! They even set up and clean up at the party! Pottery Parties in the Hills is offering a $50 Gift certificate toward a children’s Pottery Birthday party. There is a minimum 8 children required for the party. The Arrival Party Platter will also be included in this package – a fantastic keepsake for you child to treasure. The total value of the package is $100. This gift certificate may not be used with any other gift card, offer or promotion. 100% of the proceeds of this auction will be donated to the work of La Tienda. For more information on La Tienda, visit their website at www.latienda.ca


The winning bidder should e-mail Gillian @ gillian@gigiphotography,com to arrange payment and pick up of their auction item.

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100% of the money raised from this auction will go straight to La Tienda. You can please your bid HERE!

So bid away and have fun!

April 30, 2009 - 8:52 pm

Brenda Clair - Very Colourful!! Looks like they had a great time!! Precious!!

April 29, 2009 - 3:48 pm

admin - Yes, I am still getting “used” to their haircuts 🙁 – so that’s why Lyla is wearing a hat! Hahaha!

April 29, 2009 - 2:33 pm

Angela - Awwww… sooo cute!