July 31, 2015

My shift at work this week allows me to leave quite early in the afternoon. I always enjoy working this shift during the summer months because it allows me to go on adventures with my son, and makes it seem as if I've had the day off of work. So far we have gone to the library, and biked to the park -- we've been practicing riding a bike with training wheels. It's been a little too cool for the other things that we have wanted to do, but, luckily, I have a couple more weeks of this specific shift. I'm hoping we'll be able to go swimming to an outdoor pool, and visit the zoo before the summer is over.


Shop Update: New Brooches, Cards and Art Prints + A Summer Teeny Tiny Show

July 29, 2015

There have been quite a few additions to the shop this month. The first are a few new brooches that are a bit of a departure from the other brooches that were previously created -- they are designed using only an ebony marker. They feel like a bold new direction, but are still whimsical and fun. Eleanor Rabbit, and The Compass are two of the three new additions to the brooches.

There have also been quite a few cards, and art prints that have been added to the shop, including several inspirational quotations and some more limited edition art

I'm also excited to announce that I will be at the Flock & Gather Summer Teeny Tiny Show along with some other amazing shops and makers. It is part of the Wall Street Block Party -- see my vendor profile here -- and it's a little more relaxed than a traditional handmade market. I'm excited to get out there and bring along a few more goodies that I would normally leave at home.



July 26, 2015

Once again, I am late in the game to sharing the portraits for the 52 Weeks Project with you. These photos were taken from our day at Waskesiu Lake. I loved how much he enjoyed throwing sand and rocks into the lake, and even taking a little dip in it himself. You should have seen how sandy his clothes were when he was done.


Waskesiu Adventures 2015

July 22, 2015

When I was a child, I would go to summer camp for a week each summer. I remember the drive up North to the lake, the smell of the trees as I exited the car, and, of course, the excitement of the week ahead. This week I was transported back to those moments when my mom and I took Little Boy up to Waskesiu Lake in Prince Albert National Park. I fell in love with the forest all over again as soon as I stepped out of the vehicle and onto our campsite.

It was a wonderful time, and it reminded me a lot of our visit to Banff last summer, but without the mountains -- which is alright in my books. We explored the town of Waskesiu -- and found a wonderful bakery that sold the most delicious Heavenly Hash cookies. We visited the lake, and Little Boy even took a dip in the water -- then rolled around in the sand afterwards -- and took a walk along the pier. We even discovered a wonderful children's museum that had some really fun animal costumes, and a beautiful mural. As we were leaving the park, we spotted a deer running towards us, and we snapped a bunch of photos. It was a fantastic time, and something that we hope to do again every year.



July 18, 2015

When we got home from our errands this morning, he decided to put his night-time diapers away in his drawer while I put away the groceries and made lunch. As I'm sure you know, as soon as it's quiet in an area where children are, it's safe to assume there may be trouble on the way. I went into his room to find him putting on his monkey suit. You may or may not remember this costume from Halloween two years ago, but I think it's safe to say that he's grown quite a bit since then.


Artist Inspired: Kurt Pio

July 14, 2015

When I first saw this image on Pinterest, I knew that I had to pin it and then click on the link to learn more. At first glance I thought it was a beautiful image of a diamond that had been enlarged, but upon reading more information at The Jealous Curator, I realised that it was so much more than that. I realised that they were stunning works of art from the painter Kurt Pio. His work is so incredibly vivid, but also abstract.

I was drawn to his Full Moon Series, as well as his Diamonds, but he's got a lot of amazing works to look at that are equally engaging and so different from each other. I wish there was a way for me to get my hands on an art print.


Jazz Festival 2015

July 13, 2015

The first night we went to Adonis Puentes & The Voice of Cuba Orchestra, night two we saw Sean Viloria and the Outcast Empyre, the following night we listened to Oral Fuentes Reggae Band, and Sunday we went to Heavyweights Brass Band. I had planned for us to go every day for the rest of the week, but the smoke from the fires up North was too thick. We didn't end up going again until the following Sunday when we got to listen to The Pistolwhips

We thoroughly enjoyed each group that we had the privilege of listening to, and Little Boy loved dancing or exploring with other children or people there. He even asked me to dance with him a couple of times. The Jazz Festival is always a favourite part of our summer, and something that we look forward to each year.

We also had fun taking selfies at each concert that we went to. It was a fun way to document what we had done.



July 11, 2015

My husband and I had a date last night for our anniversary, so when we picked up Little Boy from my parents house this morning I had to laugh because he was wearing his pyjamas as his outfit for the day, which my parents unknowingly thought was his swimsuit -- as that is what he told them. He looks so cute, and his skinny little legs and knobbly knees make me giggle. Part of me wishes he'll stay this way forever, but that's a wish at every age and, as we know, something that will never happen. I'll enjoy it while it's here.


Watch It: The September Issue

July 07, 2015

Grace Coddington (creative director) and Anna Wintour (editor)  photo source

Upon picking up the latest issue of Vogue from the magazine rack, I realised that I have a deeper respect for the women and men that work tirelessly on a piece of art work that I enjoy reading monthly after watching The September Issue this past weekend. 

I worked for my university's student newspaper when I was younger, so I have a bit of an idea of what is involved in putting together a piece of work to be published, but not on this scale -- not at all on this scale. The attention to detail and the extensive planning -- beginning up to six months in advance -- is way beyond what I would have imagined for putting a magazine together. This is coming from someone that has always started assignments the night before they were due, so please don't trust my judgement on the time it takes to create an issue of a magazine.

I enjoyed watching the people involved in the magazine hard at work. Of course Anna Wintour is a fascinating woman. Many people think of her as someone that is quite cold, but I found her quite quirky, funny, intelligent, witty and sad. Sad because she is so passionate about something that people scoff at and find ridiculous -- including her own family.

But my favourite would have to be Grace Coddington. It is so nice to put a face and a voice to the woman behind stunning images that I have always enjoyed. I would have to say that she shaped the style of image that my mind enjoys best -- quite unknowingly, actually, as I never realised who was behind the shoots I liked best in Vogue. She is also one incredibly sassy lady, and I loved watching her during her creative stages and how she speaks her mind. To me, she stole the show.

I do recommend watching The September Issue. If you enjoy documentaries, but aren't into fashion or religiously read Vogue it is still worth your time, and it is an interesting dive into a world that the majority of the world knows nothing about. It has also made this sketch with Seth Meyers and Anna Wintour that much more hilarious for me.



July 05, 2015

I pulled him away from watching Caillou to take this photo. We had spaghetti for supper -- which is evident from his face and shirt -- and stayed inside for the evening because the air quality was incredibly high from the forest fires up North. We are fortunate that that is all we must do.

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