Sunday, March 17, 2013



Top photos: A much needed day trip to enjoy the departure of winter. There were seemingly endless amounts of geese in flying Vs that day, but I didn't manage to capture any of them so you'll just have to believe me that spring is on its way. Geese know.

Bottom photos: I've finally replaced the blade on the band saw I bought at a garage sale last summer, and the first thing I made was the cheese board in the photo above. I've also been working away on a shop update, and in between that I've been taking a pottery class with the talented Krystal Speck. Not only does she make beautiful things, but she is a great (and patient) teacher. If you haven't checked out her work before, you really should.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

When life gets a little too busy and the school work is piled high, the list of things I'd like to be working on gets longer and longer. Since I don't have time to actually tackle any of those things on the list, I tend to peruse the internet and I discover the amazing things others are working on. Here are a few things that I think are great.

1. First off, this silk shirt by Leah Goren is perfect. I'm sure it's no secret that I'm way into polka dots, but these hand painted dots have got my name written allll over them.

2. This poster by Oh My Deer for Pennyweight. Who knew that Albert Camus would shed some light during the darkness of winter? And that font... Yes, please.

3. For those worriers, my multi-talented friend Sandi has this very cool dottie reminder to STOP WORRYING in her shop. This poster should be my mantra.

4. I recently discovered onefortythree and want to put their incredible light fixtures all over my home.

5. Dream Collective hits all the right spots for me. I almost never wear bracelets, but I would wear this one all the livelong day.

6. All of the textiles available at Joinery are right up my alley. My house is filled with beautiful (and scratched up) hardwood floors, so there are plenty of places for this beauty below.

Monday, January 14, 2013

A New Year

Happy (belated) new year! One of the truly wonderful things about being a student is winter vacation. November seems dire with all the deadlines and exams looming above, but the bliss of a few weeks off with little to do is a great reward. If you are someone who knows me, it is no secret that I am not a fan of winter. I envy those people who enjoy the cold weather and bundling up because don't think I'll ever understand it. I do love seeing the city covered in snow, but it basically ends there.

In an attempt to quell the self pity I feel during the year's coldest months, I've tried to keep myself occupied with things it allows me the time to do: scheming future trips with Sandi, seeing movies, drinking hot toddies, making new necklaces for the shop, frequenting my favourite breakfast and coffee places, and watching Homeland (full disclosure: I watched both seasons in 4 days... if you've watched it I'm sure you get it).

If you are a winter lover/crazy person, please feel free to share your tips on how to enjoy these dark, moody months with me.

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Music for the road

As I mentioned in my last post, I went on a whirlwind road trip at the end of the summer. Our souveniers were mainly photos, a poster of the various wildflowers found in the Sierra Nevada, a giant pine cone from the forest floor in Yosemite National Park... and playlists we listened to as we crossed the country. For those of you who will be hitting the road over these coming holidays, here are some songs that kept us company along the way. I thought maybe you'd enjoy them, too. Whether you're heading home to a familiar place or venturing somewhere new, I wish you all the best over the holidays!

A Horse With No Name - America
Tender - Blur
Pale Blue Eyes - The Velvet Underground
This Must Be The Place (Naive Melody) - Talking Heads
Dancing In The Dark - Bruce Springsteen
Oh My Bride - The Deadly Snakes
Bernadette - The Four Tops
Where Did Our Love Go - The Supremes
California Dreamin' - The Mamas &The Papas
Cinnamon Girl - Neil Young
Satisfaction - The Rolling Stones
Gloria - Patti Smith
Care of Cell 44 - The Zombies
Perfect Day - Lou Reed
Lay Down In The Tall Grass - Timber Timbre

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Online shop opening!

Tomorrow is the opening of my online shop, and I am excited to share what I've been working on with you! Since my last real post here I have quit my job and gone back to school, and in between I went on a whirlwind road trip that began here in Toronto and took me all the way to Big Sur with stops in Utah and Arizona.

We camped at the Grand Canyon, slept in the car at rest stops along the 80, drove down the Pacific Coast Highway and Scenic Byway 12, and loved watching the slow changes of scenery as the cornfields changed to mountains and then valleys, redwoods and finally the Pacific Ocean. It was downright magical. The colours and endless stretches of scenery really left an impression on me, and my first necklaces are inspired by what I saw and loved. I hope you like them!

Monday, November 26, 2012

Things have been quiet around here lately, reeeeal quiet, but I've been busily working away at things and am excited to announce that I will have a small collection of ceramic necklaces for sale at the Falconwright studio sale/party this Thursday, November 29th. The fine folks at Falconwright have been working away to prepare for this night, and I am thrilled to be a part of it. 

Please visit their blog for details of the event and to learn more about the talented makers and designers you can check out in person while you sip on wine under christmas lights. Doesn't that sound dreamy?

If you don't live in the Toronto area or can't make it out to the sale, I'll also be setting up an online shop in the very near future (in time for some holiday shopping!). Please check back in for updates in the next week or so. 

Friday, July 13, 2012

Ode to Prince Edward County

Have you ever been enamoured with something you knew almost nothing about? For years, I was taken with an area just a couple hours east of Toronto called Prince Edward County that I had never actually been to before. In those years I had traveled to countries east, south and west of my home, but for some reason I kept putting off my first visit to this place that was so much closer to where I lived. I would overhear people talking about how someone they knew was going there for a weekend and I'd chime in "Oh, Prince Edward County is great!", but when they'd ask me what was so great about it I'd have to confess that I hadn't been there, I just had this feeling. I even went so far as to recommend it to people who were visiting Canada from other places, which is a pretty bold move in hindsight. I mean, what could go wrong?

So, a couple summers ago I didn't take a big trip to somewhere far, far away, and instead I finally went to see what all the fuss (that I had created for myself) was about, and I fell in love. I think I had grown so fond of the idea of PEC that I was worried about being disappointed when I actually experienced it, which is a pretty ridiculous reason to not try something new. The country roads, beaches, vineyards, bakeries, lakes, small theatres, quiet mornings, local farms, sand dunes, and long sunsets are just a few things that keep me coming back whenever I can.

The photos below are a small taste of the area that I have grown to love so much. I often daydream about buying a little place there for weekend visits and to offer to my friends as a getaway when they need an escape from the city.