Local. Art. Innovative. The combination of these three factors at play in the life of a business or organization always makes me eager to share the story of the creative mind(s) behind the endeavour. When I received an email from Dani of www.danipress.com I kind of fell in love with what she does.
I thought I’d quickly put together a Christmas stocking stuffer guide for the ladies in our lives, as a needed distraction from my over active uterus. Yesterday was my official due date and while I’ll soon be enjoying getting to know the newest member of our family, I couldn’t resist sharing a few of my favourite items before things get quiet on Elasticpantcity until after the holidays (I say that now but blogging may become a form of survival, so make sure to check back for new posts occasionally). You can use this guide for gift ideas for friends, family and coworkers or as a hint to your hubby.
Before every baby I’ve created projects to keep my sanity during the last three weeks. With Levi I sewed a million pillow covers, with Jet I washed every last one of those covers and now waiting for Ezra’s arrival I’ve been filling up blank walls in our house with art. Right now I’m on a watercolours binge. The images I create are not straight from my imagination to the canvas but rather I take images that inspire me and try to recreate them as a learning method. Nothing I create is for any monetary gain. I always want to give credit where credit is due so make sure you check out my Pinterest link for the original inspiration!
My cookbook shelf reads hypocrisy or at least indecision. The books run the gamut from raw food vegan to paleo and every thing in between. For the last six years I would have called myself vegetarian but once again, I’ve been reevaluating how I nourish my body. There are two main reasons why:
I’m trying to avoid more gall bladder attacks
I want to lose baby weight in a healthy manner
When I was teenager I deliberately chose the fattiest foods I could shovel into my mouth; ice cream, chips, and cheese.
It was one of those rainy Vancouver days that required warm drinks and cozy PJ’s for most of the day. When I don’t get dressed I tend to look for other ways to glam up my day because it’s fun and I live in a house with all boys. They might not notice mommy’s bedazzled hands but I sure enjoy the extra shine and sparkle!
If you’re already unpacking Christmas decorations and want to bring some extra sparkle to your house I highly recommend this reindeer canvas DIY. If you follow me on Pinterest this is a recent pin from here. Every time I go to the dollar store I pick up canvases for art projects and I have a bottomless jar of Martha Stewart sparkles waiting to be used. I simply freehanded the outline of the reindeer, filled it in with white glue, dumped on the glitter and let it dry for awhile before shaking off the extra sparkles. It took me 20 minutes to complete and now it sits on our mantle, welcoming the Christmas season into our home!
It was only a few weeks ago that I posted photos of our adventures through Stanley Park and our love for the Pacific Northwest. Another staggeringly beautiful forest walk is through Pacific Spirit Park, in and around the University of British Columbia. While I could walk the trails forever, there are shorter loops to do with small children. My boys love taking their bikes and it gives Ben and I a chance to stretch our legs and enjoy the fresh air.
I can’t help but wonder if there is a time to pull the shoot on doing personal style posts and leave it to the 20-something fashionista experts. For one thing, I’m 30. Is that old or young? Does it require dressing a certain way? Living in Vancouver I have to fight the urge to wear flannel and denim on denim every day (Although it’s still my favourite attire).
In a recent email I was introduced to the clothing label We Are Islanders. I was instantly drawn to the visual aesthetic of the brand but became fascinated by how some of their current pieces were dyed as part of an art installation, 4/704, during The Dublin Fringe Festival.
It wasn’t my plan to take brooding black and white photos but when shooting selfies in bad light sometimes the easiest editing job is to remove all the colour. Also, when kids are using a tripod as a teepee it’s best to take what you can get and go with it!