Behind the Art: Balloons

July 30, 2019

On a whim, I ordered some beautiful wooden bezels from a shop called ArtBase that makes them in their studio in Florida. I initially only bought a few, and made one into a brooch in memory of a little dog name Morran as part of an art project. I submitted it along with another piece of artwork for the Morran Book Project. The other piece of artwork won a place in the book, but my interest in doing more work with the bezels was piqued. 

This little cluster of balloons was one of my first brooches, and is one of my favourites. I can tell you that I was most definitely thinking of the house from the movie UP when I drew it (yes, it is hand-drawn), but I like to imagine other things attached to the bottom of the balloons. What do you think is beyond the bezel?


California Adventures: Disneyland

July 28, 2019

Half way through our trip in California we met up with part of my husband's family to take in the wonders of Disneyland. I have only ever been to Walt Disney World so it was a lot of fun to have the OG Disney experience (though it did make me yearn to go to Disney World and see the things that aren't in Disneyland).

We really enjoyed the new ride experience, like sitting at the front of the Incredicoaster, Mission Breakout (my son is not a fan of the spookyness that is The Tower of Terror, but looooved going on Mission Breakout), and Mater's tractor ride, as well as going on some of our favourites that are in both Disneyland and Disney World (teacups anyone?!).

Because we were traveling with people who have had their own Disney experiences, we also tried out some rides that are in both places that we personally haven't had any interest in but some family members wanted to see, like the Enchanted Tiki Room (which I currently have going through my head as I'm writing this).

There was also a bit of nostalgia involved for myself on this trip, as my Dad grew up in California and spoke a bit about his visits to Disneyland with his family while he lived there. The last time they went my Great Gram really wanted to go on the submarine ride, but it was closed for maintenance. I wanted to make sure that I went on that specific ride in her memory, and I thought a lot about the people that are no longer with my family that would have walked where I was currently walking.

Overall, we had a great time (I don't think our family can go wrong with a Disney trip), and we are eager to start planning our next one.


What We Love: Summer 2019

July 25, 2019

These shorts from Old Navy have quickly become my favourite pair to wear this summer. To be honest, they are one of those items of clothing that I didn't really like when trying them on, but have grown to love over time (I will be sorely dissapointed when they wear out).

When I heard this song from Chaka Khan on the radio I instantly knew that that it must be added to my playlist. I dare you to listen to it and not feel the urge to move your body. I dare you!

I first saw this painting called Snoresnacks from the shop Rawry and Pohly at the Sask Entertainment Expo last year, and have been thinking about it ever since (hopefully it will be there again this year). It is such a fun piece of artwork, and I love how smooth the surface is for working with acrylic paint.


The Summer List 2019

July 14, 2019

I started the Summer List back in 2012 after reading Meg + Andy's Summer List on their blog that same year. And while I haven't shared our list every year here on the blog, it started off simple with just five things to do like "go for a walk by the river" and "go to three different parks" as my son was not even a year and a half old at that point (woah!), and has evolved into the photo above where he helps come up with some ideas and has even added more since I took this photo (one of my favourites that he added was "go to our favourite places and take pictures"). 

I am grateful for what we have, and that we are at a point in our life where we can make a list of things that we wish to do in the summer. I also love the adventures that we are able to do because of this Summer List, and because it's written in a prominent place in the house (on his art chalkboard in the kitchen), we are more aware of it and can remind ourselves of the things that we want to do this summer.

What's on your Summer List this year?

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