Category Archives: inspirations

Adieu

September 7, 2011

I know it is still officially summer but the fun and lazy parts seem over with the arrival of Labour day. It was a lovely summer with great temperatures in the city. We rented a cottage (our first time) in Blind River. Have you ever been up there?  It’s a special place with pristine water and friendly folks. Fishing is superb, I’ve been told and I can only imagine how brillant the colours must be up there in the autumn.

(Pictures were taken by my husband and afew by me)

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Tansies were everywhere on the side of the road, Blind River.

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The cottage was on Lake Duborne and we spent one afternoon hiking up a trail that led to the top of an old fire lookout station, (it’s part of the voyageur trail). The superb trail passed through a small creek, waterfall, beaver dam and the forest floor was dotted with the smallest bright-hued mushrooms.

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The view from “Fire Tower Hill.”

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On the shores of Lake Huron, Boom Camp Trail.

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Why does food at the cottage taste so good?

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On our way home from the Blind River we made a stop at French River. What a wonderful treat to find some wild blackberries along the trail. Adieu summer– until next year.

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tipi

July 6, 2011

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via Ruby Gatta

I love the idea of a tipi in the summer. It would be so much fun to have one in the backyard, don’t you think? Take at look at these tipis for kids.

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Source: Sheepskin tipi, Hippie tipi

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Source: A Handstitched tipi found on one of my favourite reads – Handmade Charlotte

Here are some good tutorials on making your own tipi for your kids that you may be interested to try out. Making one is on my to-do list.

What a great idea to use use vintage tablecloths, scarves or bedding to make a handmade tipi.

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Source: The spooning society

A living tipi created by Alexis Tricoire for a garden show in Paris.

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If you are ever up in Tobermory,northern Ontario, there is a great place where you can stay/sleep in a real tipi. My friend went afew years ago and loved it.

 

Daniel Egneus

April 1, 2011

I recently discovered the vibrant illustrations of Daniel Egneus. I love the unusual combination of images and the accidental overlapping of transparent colours create such a rich, dream-like image. I would love to be able to feel so free and be able to draw like him – so inspiring.

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Spring is coming

February 28, 2011

I know spring is coming sometime …. living in Toronto, Canada– warmer temperatures take a long time to arrive. I recently fell in love with the beautiful paintings + collages of this illustrator originally from Tokyo, Natsko Seki. Her colours are spirited and cheery and reminds me that spring will be here in no time.

Source: Spring-Four Seasons, Summer-Four Seasons, Italy, Winter-Four Seasons

The illustrator’s view of winter is also joyous and serene.  I guess I should start living in the present and enjoy these last days of the winter.