Tuesday, March 27, 2012

a little sojourn: Badlands

A couple weekends ago it got really warm out, so Matt and I packed a picnic and decided to finally see these Badlands we had heard so much about. It was just what we needed after staying put in Toronto for the past few months with our heads down, focused on work, school, and other projects.

After taking a million pictures we left the Badlands and had a great day trekking through mud, driving along small back roads, and looking for the perfect spot to eat lunch. It's amazing how just a short drive can take you somewhere that feels so far away from the city.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

summer goals: part II

About a month ago I posted about this summer goals blog that I had recently stumbled upon. I loved how it exemplified the excitement and anticipation I feel for summer each year, and I ordered the book shortly afterwards. After poring through the book, I felt inspired by the collaboration of photos and lists of summer goals, and I asked a few friends to share their own goals with me. Once I started receiving photos from my friends it was hard not to steal some of their dreamy sounding ideas, but I resisted their influence... for now. I'm pretty certain this is first time I've ever written a list of things I hope to do over the summer, but I doubt it will be the last.

Thank you to Sandi, Danielle, Matthew, Petra, and Tim for participating! I love how each entry is so different, but represents each person so well. I can't wait for summer.

Sandi Falconer - deadweight and falconwright

Danielle Wright - Caboto and falconwright

Matthew Richmond

Petra Cuschieri


Tim Smith

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

spring fever

Happy early Spring! I hope you're enjoying the warm weather as much as I am.

Friday, March 2, 2012

little free libraries

Back in September, my friend Marta shared this link about the Little Free Library organization and I was immediately smitten. I really like the community aspect of it, but even more, in a time when our city is threatening to shut down already existing libraries I like the idea of bringing these ones out to the public in places where they already go.

So, when Marta said that she hoped to start creating Little Free Libraries in Toronto I quickly told her that I wanted to help out. Since then, a small group of us have formed an LFL Toronto sector  and have planned to build two little libraries to go up in Dufferin Grove Park, and one for a smaller park nearby. This past weekend we started building the first of three, and we were all pretty excited when the first tiny house started to take shape.

How to wear a little library

The next ones will be for children's books and gardening books, respectively, and then we'll start filling them up. We are hoping for them to be in parks early this summer, so please keep an eye out for them and borrow a book to read at home or to enjoy while you sit in the sunshine on a park bench.

Until then, Flavorwire recently wrote a great article on tiny libraries all over the place. LFL is number seven, but I think my favourite is the phonebooth-turned-library in the second picture.