Thursday, February 23, 2012

a little wander

It is no secret that I am a cold weather coward, so I shouldn't have been so surprised on Monday when I picked up my SLR camera and saw that the last time I took photos with it was when I was planting garlic in the fall. So, I took a look out my kitchen window and decided that I should go for a walk. It took some convincing to get Matt to come with me, but once we stepped out into the sunshine it was impossible to deny that it was a perfect day for a long stroll.

Although there were no flowers in bloom to admire, there was still a lot to see. We looked at overgrown gardens in peoples' yards, collected some sticks in the park for a small project of mine (and got our boots good and muddy in the process) and found a great little chair that I'm excited to fix up.


It's funny how new interests and hobbies can change even small things, like what you look at when you walk around your neighbourhood. By the time we got back home my hands were full and Matt was carrying a chair over his head. I'm sure it looked like we were on our way back from a bizarre shopping trip, but I would call this a real stroll success story if I've ever heard one (which I haven't, but still!).

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

summer goals

last week, i stumbled upon this blog dedicated to summer goals by Anne Parker and Christie Maclean. after ooh-ing and ah-ing over the beautiful photos that so perfectly capture my nostalgia for summers gone by and my current daydreams for the summer ahead,  i realized the site had been turned into a book by the same name. so, of course, i ordered it. it has yet to arrive, but until then i hope these photos from their site make you as excited for summer as they made me. i plan to share photos of my own summer on here this year, including a little road trip to the painted hills (seen in the first photo below) and many happy, quiet moments in the sunshine.

what are your summer goals?

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

paper loves

 by Caitlin Keegan and found at Reform School
a battle cry for Reform School, and maybe for me, too.
by Andrew Lyons

lunar calendar from Shop Anaise

le petit prince moleskine

Thursday, February 2, 2012

inspiration nation: Nadinoo and Herriott Grace

i'm finding myself in the process of working on several projects right now, which can be the toughest part of getting stuff done. the initial excitement of starting something has faded a bit, but that satisfying feeling of accomplishment when a project is completed is nowhere to be found either. this is when it's easy to give up, call it a day, and walk away from the whole thing, right? at a time like this, only the beautiful work of others can help, so here are a couple of my recent favourites. please feel free to swoon with me.

Nadinoo: ever since a friend introduced me to this clothing line a couple years ago, i haven't been able to get enough. i have saved up to buy a few of my favourite items, but it is so tough to choose because i basically want them all. please check out Nadinoo's gorgeous video "Sounds of the Woods" to enjoy some of her most recent collection. you're going to be hooked, don't say i didn't warn you.

Herriott Grace: not only does Herriott Grace make items out of wood and ceramics that will knock your socks off, but she has the prettiest blog, too. i mean, check out this post about ice cream clouds! i love the idea, now, and child me would've definitely flipped her lid over this one.

it is surely no coincidence that both of the blogs linked in this post have serene and beautiful pictures of their respective countrysides. i feel like i can smell the grass and mud in them! i think that means that i'll have to make my way to my own nearby countryside as soon as the ground begins to thaw, and maybe take pictures of my own.