Archive for April, 2012

This Took a Doggone Long Time!

April 29th, 2012 10:00 am

I just had to share this needlepoint creation because it took me about a year and a half to finish! It’s for my stepmother. She wants one for each dog she has owned in her life. This is the Springer Spaniel and he’s called “The Viscount”. I’ve now started the Dalmation who’s called “The Aristocrat”.

Every so often while I was working on it, I’d look down and think, “Wow, I’m spending hours of my life needlepointing a dog in aristocratic clothing! What does this say about me?”

Needless to say, she was most appreciative. Luckily she does needlepoint herself, so she understands how time-consuming it is. She says never give needlepoint away to someone who doesn’t do it themselves.


Dove’s “Ad Makeover” Campaign

April 27th, 2012 10:00 am

We’re already fans of Dove’s “Real Beauty” campaign which started in 2004 and makes use of real women with real bodies as models. The campaign showcases Dove products, but it also works to boost women’s self-esteem.

Dove’s latest campaign, “The Ad Makeover,” combats the negative advertisements women are confronted with every day. Specifically, Dove targets those annoying, ubiquitous ads that pop up on the side of your computer screen that scream at you about your “jelly rolls” or “muffin tops”.  Dove invites women to go online and create alternative, empowering ads.

As a result, women will be able to see colourful, positive body-image ads alongside their profiles.

Watch the video above and visit to see more. Read more at

In related news, a recent study discovered that actively engaging in negative talk about one’s body causes a definite increase in depression over time. This study inspired a writer at to start an “I Promise To Stop Saying Negative Things About My Body Jar”. Any time someone made a negative body comment in the office about, they were fined $1, with proceeds going to Girls Inc.

April Customer Photo Contestant: Line Marie Sundet

April 26th, 2012 10:00 am

“I am a huge fan of Anna,” wrote Line Marie.  “I just love this purple dress.”


© Anne Kroul, 2013.