Friday, May 28, 2010

Time To Organize My Craft Room

I'm feeling inspired.
I think it's time to venture back into my craft room and get organized. The little room houses all my crafting supplies, but lacks a really great work space, so it had become a bit neglected. Kevin just picked out a new computer for me, and it should be arriving in two weeks, so I hope to have the craft room totally finished by then. Here we go!

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Mmm, Savory Muffins

One of my favorite spots in this city is the My Dog Joe cafe in Westdale. I love the atmosphere, the barristas and the decor, but more than anything, I LOVE their savory muffins. The cheddar broccoli almost kills me every time I partake in its splendor (...death by happiness).

I think I will make some savory muffins, and I think I've found the perfect recipes.

1. Cheddar Scallion Cupcakes With Whipped Cream Cheese.
2. Cornbread Cupcakes with Goat Cheese Frosting and Bacon.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Missed connections

Have you ever locked eyes with someone, or had a friendly conversation, and afterwards you wished you had gotten their name and number? This blog uses posts found on Missed Connections websites, and turns them into gorgeous illustrations.
The artist, Sophie Blackall, describes her project like this:
'Messages in bottles, smoke signals, letters written in the sand; the modern equivalents are the funny, sad, beautiful, hopeful, hopeless, poetic posts on Missed Connections websites. Every day hundreds of strangers reach out to other strangers on the strength of a glance, a smile or a blue hat. Their messages have the lifespan of a butterfly. I'm trying to pin a few of them down.'
You can buy the Missed Connection illustrations as prints in Sophie's Etsy shop, here.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

A Garden in the Works: 2

I'm still thinking about our backyard, and how amazing it's going to be someday. It's a bit of a conundrum, though, as I know very little about gardening, but want to make our gardens both beautiful and function year-round. I figure I better start simple...

Something clean, streamlined and modern would suit our house very nicely. Once we pull out all the dead shrubs that are back there, and lift up the dull patio stone, we'll pretty much have a blank canvas to work with. Here are some of the looks I'm inspired by...
I'm also loving the idea of a portable herb garden. We can grow our herbs in their little home, and roll them around to the sun and shade, and then pull them up to the porch when we're ready to snip some for dinner. Prudent Baby has a great example of this:
I'm still thinking about patio furniture, and thinking that it would be smart to do the bulk of the work first, and then reward myself by finishing up with the outdoor furniture. I'm definitely liking the Malaro chairs a lot (especially the price tag!), but I think I'll wait to make any decisions until we make some progress back there...

If you have any books, articles or links you can recommend for a beginner regarding simple, urban gardening, please pass them along. Thanks!

Monday, May 24, 2010

Where I spent my weekend...

In the sun.
By the water.
Warm breeze.
Clear, starry skies.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010


One of the most amazing things I've seen lately. Made me wonder...what are the little things that I don't even realize I'm thankful for?
Thank you, poor measurement skills. I made way too many potatoes at dinner, which means I get an amazing lunch of Boerenkool tomorrow, and will feel proud in a room full of Dutch coworkers.

Thanks phone, for being in the wrong room when I tried to use you. I got to see sleeping baby Calla, even though I wasn't supposed to.

Thanks minor car accident. You sent me on a detour, and let me try a route I'd never taken before. You made me feel independent and capable.

*After thought: I guess this is a more genuine version of this.