Sunday, August 10, 2014

Hello August!

Hello August....I am happy to greet you but before I do, I must say goodbye to July and some of the highlights and lowlights!

1- Watching Allissa wear an earwig on her wrist in the bug watch bracelet I bought her with no fear!



4- for so much rain that is at least helping my garden to grow

5-Happy First Birthday to my sweet grand baby miss Miah!

6-My favorite tree is starting to bloom my favorite orange flowers.

7-The radiologist was on the ball today and cancelled the angio part of my tests because I had an allergic reaction last time which could have been worse this time around as they forgot to order me prednasone & benydryl first. So I just had the litre of contrast and pudding minus the aspartame as I am allergic.

8-When I jokingly told my granddaughter Allissa that I now glow in the dark and she responded with "cool gramma can I come to your house and see!"








16-Pleased with the little outfits I made for miss Miah's birthday (re-styled) and an original design T-shirt for her.

17-Photo: Sundays Favorite's

1. Meeting Audrey the Rescued Red Slider Spokes Turtle for Little Res Q

2. Getting to hang out with the 1966 Batmobile

3. Hungary Butcher all natural Hawaiian sausages for dinner!

18-Meeting Audrey the Rescued Red Slider Spokes Turtle for Little Res Q

19-Getting to hang out with the 1966 Batmobile

20-Proud of the accomplishments of Dear Thelma, Love Louise after one month in business!

21- I am "this" close to telling everyone in charge of my health care right now to BACK OFF I have it from here on in. I am grateful that I have health care but it is glaringly more obvious with every day that the right hand has no idea what the left hand is doing.


23-Seriously? I saw some similar items to what I make this eve. Mine are way cooler! Just saying! It costs me $1.50. - $5.00 to make and can be made in 10 mins. They were selling theirs for $20- $30 bucks. I sell mine for $5-$10. Highway robbery I say.


25-For love & understanding & respect for different walks and life journeys.

26-The decision to start a new diary.

27-For news that there is no malignancy suspected with liver tumour and that brain tumour is stable for now.

28-For standing my ground and refusing yet another requested invasive test for the brain tumour and being OK with that.

29-Introducing Wendy to the Tim Horton's Pretzel Bagel with mustard spread.

30-A visit to Heaven Scent to stock up on incense!

31-Lens Mills Shopping Spree and some great prices on supplies needed.

32-Heard from Erick...he is backpacking across Canada again...Westward bound!

33-Kitchen Table crafting time with Wendy this eve.

34-Picking up my auction items and discovering in my $4 box of books, 2 signed Patrick Lima books and what appears to be the "Mock Up" of an architectural book by Architect Tony Gwilliam with all of his notes, editing, paste ins etc!

35-Also finding in my box of books, a book that I received in 1991 in Ottawa and got rid of in 2000 here in London.... it was written by a psychic who very eerily predicted most of my future up until a few years ago (I painted a painting about it) (a book on spirit guides) How frigging creepy and fascinating is that!

36-Finding an original SARK~ "How To Be An Artist Wall Plaque".

37-Took miss Alissa school shopping. She knows what she likes and what she doesn't like. Sparkly shoes were on her want list and she suggested a 4 slice toaster as the 2 slice one is apparently not up to her standards!

38-Hit up the Goodwill 50% off sale and got some cool rock t-shirts for restyling.

39-Packing for a random 4 day road trip with no particular plan in mind...the best kind!


Wednesday, July 2, 2014


We made it through our debut month with much excitement!  We want to send a big THANK YOU! out to all those who supported us and had us join them at a venue or wrote about us or donated items or passed the word on.

Our Top Ten sellers in the month of June....

1~ Handmade pillows made from a variety of vintage fabrics or trims.

2~ Thinking Chairs: Hand painted funky kid chairs re-purposed from donated kids Sunday School Chairs.

3~ Handmade Greeting Cards & Post Cards made from upcycled materials including restyled vintage photos and photographs by Heidi Wholeness.

4~ Thrift Hats! Caps, Fedoras, cowboy hats

5~ Boho Thrift! Dresses, skirts

6~ Glam Thrift! Party dresses!

7~ Tea Parties For Birds: Upcycled tea cup and saucer bird feeders

8~ Hand Painted Wooden Little House Garden Stakes

9~ Hand Painted wooden pins

10~ sellers

Where we were during June.....

Dundas Street Festival, Cheapside Market, Bee Fest, SoHo Junk In The Trunk!

New Friends who touched our hearts!

Natasha, Deanne, Kevin, Jenna, Sabrina, Cherie, Brenda, Roxanne, Tanya, Axel, Mary, Chris!

Old Friends and Family who supported us big time!

Gayle, Emilie, Daisy, Johnna, Ian, Skyla, Jake, Desirae, Reanna, Christal, Janet, Charlie!

Cool June Moments:

Getting a spread in the London Yodeller
Getting a write up by the Fashonista!
Being told by several people that Thelma the trailer has good mojo and positive energy!
Being told by several people that they can feel the presence of the real Thelma aka Dana in the trailer.
Being told about all of the Thelma & Louise friendships and road trips others have experienced!

We donated to:

A silent auction prize basket for Bee Fest Valued at $25
A silent auction prize basket for Little RES Q (rescued reptiles) Valued at $50
On going funds to our RAK Project $35

We shared the talents of:

Artisan~ Kristen's Krochet
Artisan~ Christal's Diaper Cakes
Artisan~ Charlee's Angels & More
Artisan~ Philosophical Phil
Musician~ Jake Pentland

What else we did...handed out free coloring sheets!

Monday, June 2, 2014


June is here and so is the launch of Dear Thelma, Love Louise!!!  


Who we are:  "We" are a Vintage "Glamper" (glamorized camper) nic named "Thelma" and an Artist/Designer & Social Entrepreneur nic named "Louise" that travels together around London and soon to be other parts of Canada, often with an entourage of (husband, children, grand children, nieces, nephews, friends and in-laws) selling~ up-cycled, re-styled, re-purposed and one of a kind, art, crafts, fashion and accessories.  We also sell vintage, retro and funky thrift items and clothing as well as supplies that you can use for future up-cycled art projects!

About our name: The Name Dear Thelma, Love Louise came from the nic names me (Patti-Ann Sim) and my best friend (Dana Rondeau) used for each other and originally came from the 1991 movie "Thelma & Louise" about the bonds of friendship between two women, and a road trip adventure about personal transformation, spiritual awakening, and battling through the agonizing constraints of gender, class, place and time.  It represents a friendship first formed while living in a homeless shelter and one that went on to become a soul sister bond through many decades.

Why we are a travelling shop: Much of our "Thelma & Louise" friendship was spent travelling the roads of Ontario together, meeting people, taking photos, telling stories, spreading random acts of kindness, making music, helping others, and attending art shows, concerts, festivals, markets, campsites, yard sales, thrift shops and more.  It was on these trips that great dreams of changing the world one hug and smile at a time was born.  In August of 2012, Dana aka "Thelma" passed away suddenly with a brief but mighty battle with Leukemia.  I promised her that I would carry on the dreams for the both of us. 

When we started: I am a firm believer that when something is meant to be, things will start to fall in place and usually with ease, and so in 2013 an idea struck me while researching the word "Wanderlust" the moment I spoke it out, things started to roll…… (literally)! We found a vintage trailer in April of 2014 and immediately started to transform it and glamp it up!  It became a real family project. And so, Dear Thelma, Love Louise was born!  (Making it's debut in June 2014)  A Vintage trailer name Thelma and her artsy friend Louise who travel to you! We are unconventional, keep odd hours, show up where you least expect us, and always have a good time!  We can be found at fairs, on street corners, yard sales, festivals, art shows, farmer’s markets, car shows, parties, fundraising events, road trips and campgrounds. 

What we sell: We are a one of a kind artsy boutique filled with handmade "unique" and mostly re-styled, up-cycled creations such as clothing, jewelry, home & garden decor, stationary, and uniquely sold herbs and plants. We also share the creations of featured new artists, artisans and entrepreneurs with each venue we attend!  We are also a Thrift and Kitsch Lovers Dream with affordable clothing and accessories, housewares, toys, decor, old records, instruments, books, and items that we encourage others to turn into re-purposed works of art!  

We are community:  Not only can you shop for some awesome goods...but we hope you will stop by and share a cup of tea, or try a piece of homemade fudge or other treat, join us for a campfire, sing a song, bang a drum, strum a guitar and have a good time.  You can join us for a scheduled Hob Nob ( fun and enlightening workshops and seminars) or you can sign up to assist in the unconventional random acts of kindness that part of the profits from the sale of items in the shop help to subsidize.  

Thelma ~The trailer (aka Thrifty Thelma)~ Thelma is a 1973 vintage camper trailer of unknown origins or make.  She was picked up for a good price outside of London and was a  party trailer in her former life. She was gutted with the help of Louise, Louise's husband, father in-law and nephew and then was re-built by her husband and father in law.  She has been painted a vintage blue color and Louise herself has painted a mural on her representing the adventures of her namesake. Inside she is stocked with shelves, clothing racks, and more and her treasures spill out the door and around her with cool displays and bright colors!  

Louise~ The Artist/Designer (aka Patti):  I am The Pink Sheep of the family, The square peg in the round hole, the one curly fry in the box of regular...I am the Bees Knees baby! and have learned that Life ain't no ride on a pink duck!  I embrace my alter ART ego~ Heidi Wholeness and I know how to use my gypsy mojo and I like to share it while travelling around in a makeshift caravan, selling my wares, hosting wild and wonderful parties, road trips, and home gallery shows, festivals, sales, or overseeing groups of artsy fartsy-ness all while giving back to my community and making the world a little bit better! I have been a lifelong thrifter. I like to make things out of used objects. I have an eye for finding items or creating items that people get a kick out of! I am an extroverted introvert who likes to surround myself with quirky, kind and creative people and spend hours alone in my home sweet home. I have spent many years working as a social service worker in addictions, homelessness, disabilities, and mental health. I come from a long line of entrepreneurs, it is in my blood. I like to wander and record my wanderings.  I paint, take photos, make funky things, sew, knit. embroider, write, plant seeds, sing, bang on a drum and tambourine. I am strong....have struggled through great losses, homelessness, single parenting, illness including a current battle with a recently diagnosed brain tumour.  I am a dreamer, a hop-er, a pray-er and a magic bean buyer and I have some tales to spin! 

Contact Us
Twitter: @ThriftyThelma and @HeidiWholeness

Donations of items can be dropped of in London, Ontario or arrange for a pick up. Please contact us for more info.

In Memory of ~Dana Lisa (Thelma) Rondeau (January 15th, 1968- August 9th, 2012)  At the age of 44 after a courageous battle with leukemia

Monday, March 31, 2014


RAGS BAGS & BONES.....If you are old enough you may remember the Rag and Bone man in your neighborhood who went around with a cart or wagon collecting or swapping for scraps of bone, fabric and other goodies which would be turned into other "Upcycled" Items! Dear Thelma, Love Louise will be holding Monthly RAG BAG & BONE gatherings in neighborhoods around Ontario. All you have to do is register for an event when advertised and pay a small fee and you can join us in creating an upcycled item of your own with the supplies we provide! Our first event will be in July. In the mean time, we want you to send us photos to or to our Facebook Page of great upcycled ideas that you have come across on the internet or take a photo of something you have made yourself! We will post the photos in an album on our Facebook Page called RAG BAG & BONE Ideas! Please give credit to an artisan if there is a link to their name! Thanks!