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2014/06/04 / Shanan

SUMMER SWING

Yes, you absolutely need one of these.

What seemed like a bit of a misguided dud gift on my part for Chris’ birthday back in the dead of October, the Mayan hammock is now our most prized possession.  We hung it up between two apple trees a couple of weekends ago and it’s the most relaxing (or stimulating, if you’re a three year old) thing ever.

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Tangled up in you.

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(These were taken on a chilly day, hence the puffy vest.  I know, I know – is there ever an adequate excuse for a puffy vest? Let’s just move on)

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“Are you sure we can’t sleep here tonight?”

I’m a bit behind on publishing photos from around here (Gillian was managing our Instagram account so I’m trying to clue myself in there but the pace is glacial) but I’ll get there… lots more absurd wholesomeness to come.

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2014/05/30 / Shanan

CARLY WAITO: MICROGEOGRAPHICA

Toronto-based artist Carly Waito has a solo exhibition, Microgeographica, opening today at Narwhal Projects.  I plan to check out her amazingly detailed mineral paintings when we’re down in the city in a few weeks — in the meantime, here are some photographs of some of her new work.

I love how these feel a little bit darker, a little moodier, like far-off mountains or mysterious moonscapes.

Image abovePyrite Asteroid10″ x 10,” oil on panel, 2012.

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Amethyst Mountain, 16″ x 13″, oil on panel, 2014.

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Dioptase II, 8″ x 10″, oil on panel, 2014.

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Pyrite Asteroid, 10″ x 10″, unframed oil on panel, 2012.

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Amethyst Peak, 12″ x 12″, oil on panel, 2014.

All images courtesy of Narwhal Projects.  Here’s the rest of Carly Waito’s exhibition preview and press release. The show runs through June 28th.

I bought one of her prints last year; you can see it in this post.

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2014/05/21 / Shanan

FLOWER GIRL

I will admit to being continually blown away by the level of imagination and care taken by my daughter when she’s milling around outside on her own.  She floats in a near-constant state of flower-picking, followed by some artful arranging, the gentle stowing away of leaves and blooms into pockets to save for friends, and the dreaming up of ‘edible’ concoctions (dandelion tea, pinecone ice cream).  Such a beauty in her focus and quiet excitement…  Yeah, I’m feeling sentimental today.  Let’s blame it on hormones and move right along, shall we?

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(hope you don’t mind the onslaught of personal/home photos on the blog lately… now that we’re spending more time outside, I’ve been motivated to pick up my camera again)  xx Shanan

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2014/05/14 / Shanan

RAMP IT UP

The weather has all of a sudden become irresistibly warm and I keep finding myself surprised that I don’t need to wear a jacket, or scarf, to spend time outside anymore!  Many, many, ohhhh so many consecutive cold months will do that to a person.

We took our first spring family hike a few days ago and though the trees are still pretty bare, we managed to catch the trilliums in bloom and the ramps in abundance.

Have you ever tried a ramp?  It’s basically a very small but strong-tasting wild leek; they grow in forested areas around here, are considered a delicacy and, most importantly, a true beacon of spring.  We brought a mini trowel along with us and filled a shopping bag with ramps (you can imagine how fantastic pungent the car-ride home was with these babies nestled in the back).

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Last night I made a ramp pesto to go with spaghetti and I’m going to attempt to pickle the rest.  Here’s how to identify wild ramps and here, my friends, are a few more photos from our afternoon (full disclosure: I got lazy; we didn’t bring our camera which I immediately regretted, so this was my first time snapping pictures in a pinch with my phone and you know what? They turned out… eh, passable?  The trees kind of look like a digital backdrop).

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Snack break.

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Chris, forager extraordinaire.

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The bounty back home.  Beauty.  Now to start in on our own garden…  xx Shanan

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2014/05/08 / Shanan

AN AMAZING GIANT PAPER FLOWER INSTALLATION

So this wedding has been making the online rounds this week but I just had to share it, too, because I think the decor is so spectacular (okay yes, the bride’s dress is unbelievable, too).

Caitlin Watson and Tanner Boyes were married in San Clemente, California and she designed and constructed the giant paper flowers for their backyard reception over a number of months with the help of her family.

Bright. Magical. I’m in awe.

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Photos by Jessica Peterson. Paper flowers by Caitlin Watson Boyes and her mother, Kim Watson.  Styling by Brittany Watson Jepsen of The House that Lars Built.

Many more beautiful photos and details over on THTLB and Martha Stewart Weddings.