Category Archives: inspirations


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)


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


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.


The view from “Fire Tower Hill.”


On the shores of Lake Huron, Boom Camp Trail.


Why does food at the cottage taste so good?


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.




July 6, 2011


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.


Source: Sheepskin tipi, Hippie tipi


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.


Source: The spooning society

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


via handmade charlotte

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.



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.