Friday, August 27, 2010


How cute are these bean bags? So literal!

I'm continually inspired the the Purl Bee Sewing Journal, as they come up with beautiful but easy ideas for simple sewers like myself.
You can find the step-by-step instructions here.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Link Love

A few things I've come across recently:

Add some heart to your tea with these yummies.

Chic stroller blankets. (For Shelley, and her little one on the way...)

What would you say to your 17 year-old self?

Such a pretty tea-themed garden party...

Are you a 'list' person? This DIY dry-erase board is so lovely!

Do you know a new momma? Here's some great ways you can help her out...

Use your webcam as a photo booth! So cute...

Have you seen anything that you want to share? Feel free to post below...

(Also, don't you love this tattoo?)

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Music: Mumford & Sons

I'm hoping you've listened to these guys by this point.
They're gut-wrenchingly good. Soul-filling, take-your-breath-away good.
They're playing in Toronto in November, and after reading this write-up about their performance at Lollapalooza, I hope I get to experience it.

'Their music builds, it swells, and it takes me along until it all crashes into runaway melodies that seem composed of innocent wildness. Even better was watching their faces, because they mirrored ours. They had a shining newness on stage that showed no hint of the pretension that could come along with such success. Their sound filled me up from the inside instead of sweeping around me; it held me and moved me, and yes, I did get tears in my eyes. There is such a fearlessness in Mumford and Sons. When they perform it is intimate and real and consuming. It left me breathless.' (Heather from the Fuel Friends blog)

Here's a few:

Thursday, August 12, 2010


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Tuesday, August 3, 2010

The Picklebee Society

Yesterday I did something new!
I went to a pickling party!
My friend Hollie hosted this lovely event, and she and Thea picked all the cucumbers and zucchini in the morning from their shared farm land. We spent the afternoon chopping, mixing, boiling, stuffing and admiring all our full jars.
I met a bunch of new people, including Mel, whose blog (Homemade Crackers, co-written with her husband Jesse) is featured regularly on the National Post website. Her family is journeying 'out of the supermarket' to discover where their food comes from, and learn how to make things at home. They go on 'fieldtrips' to places like nut nurseries and local farms, and then share their knowledge about how things are grown, the proper season to buy certain items, and also great and simple recipes.
It was a great afternoon, and we're planning to get together to do some more pickling and other domesticated projects. We already have a knitting group, so I guess that leaves us with pie-making and quilting...

You can read Mel's article about our pickling party, here.

(photos from Jesse Senko, via Homemade Crackers)