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I Am Canadian.

Canadian Flag Canada 150 Grimm Inc. I am Canadian. Not a phrase a Canadian would have shouted from a mountain top years ago – a Canadian would put a wee flag on their backpack, or commit to a tiny red leaf tattoo in some discrete place covered 10 months of the year.

Something has changed in our country’s DNA, and I think it began at the Vancouver Winter Olympics. Its gained steady momentum in the stark contrast to unsteady world politics.

We are still polite, apologetic, and know how to laugh at ourselves – and this is where I come in. We are now LOUD and PROUD when asked where we are from. “I am Canadian”. Globally, saying you are Canadian often grants you a warm smile, a trusting gaze and almost always a story of an experience they had with a Canadian in the past.Canada Canadian Canada 150

I am proud of that, and of us.

Our country is a micro-version of the planet, a mix of everyone – every faith and every belief. AND…we all get along.

Canadian Canada Canada 150 Maple LeafI think the world would benefit from taking a page from Canada’s playbook and READ the part about ‘plays nicely with others’.

Welcome, to anyone visiting us for our celebration. We are happy you are here, and a big HAPPY BIRTHDAY to all the Canadians near and far.

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Happy Birthday Canada!

Toronto Gift Fair 2017 GrimmThe Toronto Gift Fair ended  a few weeks ago and we are still catching our breath. Half of the orders written came from brand new accounts. Having lots of new designs and new products kept our Grimm booth filled with customers.

Coir Doormats GrimmOne of the new products we introduced were coir doormats.  People fell in love with the quality and the designs,10 designs were introduced. Can we say HUGE SUCCESS!!! We’ll be adding many more designs for the next show in August of this year.

Canada 150 Grimm T ShirtsThe other notable item that kept the booth buzzing was a Canada 150 design to celebrate Canada’s big birthday this year.  We offered it on a red and ash t-shirt, a red apron, magnets and coaster sets. We’re thrilled on how well received the design was. You can CLICK HERE to grab your very own Canada 150 themed item!

The world is feeling a tad cookoo right now, which makes us even more proud and grateful to be Canadian, that feeling gets put into designs.

Happy Birthday Canada!

 

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Laughter May Not Be The BEST Medicine But, It’s A Close Second.

April is Daffodil Month. This time a year ago, I was a few days away from my second chemotherapy treatment for breast cancer. Gulp. BIG GULP. If I wrote nothing else in this blog, that sentence would be enough. In preparation, I had already snipped my long hair and replaced it with a short sporty cut, reminiscent of my teens. In only days, that short hair would start to fall out in clumps like a husky shedding on a hot spring day. I think the shock of everything brought my partner and I to laughter more times than some would understand. It felt like the humour, or maybe the horror, of the situation crept up on you like uncontrollable giggles in church. The laughter was so cathartic it also brought us closer.

I remember being in the shower a year ago and calling my sweetheart to come to the bathroom. There on the floor of the shower were enough wavy locks to knit yourself a small pet. After a  few ridiculous days of doing my best Donald Trump impression, you know, not moving or touching my hair, I gave in and had my head shaved. Not surprisingly, we found a way to laugh through that too. And, as it turned out, I had a great bald head. Who knew.

Ileana Grimm Grimm Inc. Over the next year, I posted silly pictures and drew funny art in the hopes that it would let those close to me know I was ok, and maybe my art would get shared and make it’s way to someone in my situation, as well as help them smile for a moment. Of course, what I was/am going through was bound to show up in my artwork.

Today, a year later, I feel so grateful to be healthy and happy. I am so blessed to see life as a glass half full and have a career in art, but there are no words that can say how I feel when I make some laugh with my art, and for a nanosecond, they get to leave reality in the dust.

This is a something I created during that time.  Please visit grimm.ca to see much more.

Glass Half Full Funny T-Shirt

To know more about Daffodil month, click here. 

 

 

It is March 23rd and I’m eagerly waiting  for the month to leave like a lamb, given it came in like a lion. However, over the next two days, the forecast has us getting a Vegas style buffet of precipitation. Ice, snow, rain, kitchen knives and who knows what else, is coming our way.
In preparation, I will organize the appropriate weapons to fight this on-slot: broom, shovel, salt, sand, cork screw and whatever wine is handy.

I make it a habit, or more of a way of being to not complain, especially about the weather. I am kind of excited to see what comes our nastiness comes our way. There is always something beautiful every day, every season, everywhere. Not to mention, I LOVE bad weather but I am  looking forward to riding my bike to the warehouse every day .

In Canada, there are many brave souls that are four season bikers. I am not one but I did manage to ride on two freakishly warm December days and two this March, but otherwise I am a 3 season gal and dry day kind of rider.

In the last group of designs I did for the January wholesale shows, not surprisingly, there was a bicycle t-shirt design in there. It’s not my typical pun or humour, nor does it even look like most of my artwork, but I think it turned out really great. It’s now one of
my favorite t-shirts (and I own a lot of t-shirts). To check it out, click HERE. Pop over to

You can also pop over to grimm.ca to take a look at the other new ones.

Grimm T-Shirt Wheelmark

 

 

Great Holiday Deals, Special Offers And MORE At Grimm!

Woohoo! The holidays are just around the corner and Grimm is READY! Our elves are feverishly getting things just right and ready for all of that holiday madness which we LOVE!

If you haven’t had a chance just yet to visit us online, get in there and take a peek around. We offer all sorts of fun stuff and great gift items! Best part? Starting DECEMBER 1st, we’ll be offering special discounts and FREE (yes, we said free) giveaways!

Whatcha waiting for, click HERE and get onto our site to see cool funny t-shirts, aprons, kitchen stuff galore and MORE!

Happy Holidays!

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