Monday, December 29, 2008
Saturday, December 27, 2008
I made a quilt over the holidays! It was the first time I had used a sewing machine, sent generously to me by my Aunt Debbie way back in October. It is not a large quilt, it's the size of a couch throw. It is pictured above neatly folded in half. It was fun to make & satisfying and now I spend a large chunk of my free time looking at cotton fabrics online for my next quilt, and the quilt after that, etc...
Sunday, November 16, 2008
Look how sweet these are! Handmade felted little guys by Vancouver's Kate Keeler, of Tinywarbler Designs. I found her through this article on the Canadian Home and Country website. How wonderful that this magazine is featuring talented Etsy sellers! I am trying to decide which magazine to ask for a subscription to as a Christmas present, since Country Living really isn't doing it for me anymore (I enjoy the website more than the actual magazine). I'm going to choose a Canadian one this time, and I'm thinking it's between Home and Country or House and Home right now...
Tuesday, September 9, 2008
Monday, September 8, 2008
Thursday, September 4, 2008
Pearls can be very hard to photograph, especially white pearls, and so I am quite proud of how these photos turned out. It's all about the lighting, you see, and since I have no equipment other than Jesse's old Sony camera that really doesn't take very good photos except for those of the extreme close-up variety, I have to wait for perfect weather in order to get perfect lighting.
Wednesday, September 3, 2008
Fall is coming, and even though it is my favourite season, I could do with some more hot sweaty weather. Why did summer in Thunder Bay feel like it was only a month long? (Answer: because it was.) Anyway, I'm loving the sunny oranges and yellows in the handmade, vintage-inspired items above. From left to right: musical tags from Royal Buffet, budgie screenprint from Alyoisius, linen pencil cases from Cool Citrus Basil.
Tuesday, September 2, 2008
I'm loving that slightly dilapitated pink chair on the left, and I'd also like to sit down with lunch and a good book in that sweet cafe on the right. Speaking of, I picked up The Thirteenth Tale on the suggestion of one of CC's readers (scroll down to the bottom of this post to see all the favourite book picks) and pretty much didn't put it down until it was finished. I haven't enjoyed a book so much since The Time Traveller's Wife.
Monday, September 1, 2008
Monday, August 4, 2008
Thursday, July 31, 2008
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
Monday, July 28, 2008
Saturday, July 26, 2008
Thursday, July 24, 2008
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
Monday, July 21, 2008
Friday, July 11, 2008
photo courtesy of Heather Bailey
Thursday, July 10, 2008
Wednesday, July 9, 2008
Tuesday, July 8, 2008
Monday, July 7, 2008
photo courtesy of Martha Stewart Weddings
This year I started gardening in earnest (we moved in too late in the summer last year to really get anything going) and I've planted sweet peas, anemones, and peonies that will hopefully all look like the picture above. Sadly I don't think the peonies will bloom this year, but that is normal, right? The anemones have little buds on them now and the sweet peas I grew from seed so they are still quite tiny. I have very high hopes for my little garden.
Friday, July 4, 2008
I love the themes, colours, and details found in the illustrations of Fontaine Anderson.
I'm especially loving the bird-fish image above in the little violin player's dress! Have a happy weekend everyone!
from some very talented Etsy sellers...
top to bottom:
the cardboard photo frames that I used for my layout are courtesy of Mandy Mystiques
Thursday, July 3, 2008
Wednesday, July 2, 2008
Look at these little sweeties! Cathy Cullis of Etsy shop November Moon handstitches these dolls from a pleasing mix of new and vintage materials, giving each a personality of her own and names like "Joy" and "Peony". Don't you especially love their little shoes?
Tuesday, July 1, 2008
Monday, June 30, 2008
The Harmonie Interieure website is addictive - full of beautiful product photography and plenty of creative genius. Below: Vinyl stickers from the Ornements 2008 collection and a limited edition poster titled "Imagination is more important than knowledge".
Friday, June 27, 2008
Thursday, June 26, 2008
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
Really? Can it be? We can make cameras out of paper that work?
Find the above camera (and others) at the Corbis Readymech website. Each camera can be downloaded as a free pdf pattern that you print on to "several sheets of good printer paper" and then put together using an illustrated instruction guide of only 14 steps.
(The happy film canisters above are just part of the instruction guide that I especially liked.)
Above is a dreamy example of an actual picture taken with the World Pinhole Camera Day Camera, courtesy of the Corbis photo gallery.
Sunday, June 15, 2008
These gorgeous prints of original paintings by Danna Ray are available in her Etsy shop Groundwork. The prints sell themselves (only $20!) but if you need more incentive, ten trees will be planted for each item purchased from her store through a clever collaboration with Trees for the Future.