The working proof

Armadillo by Osoo

Ok, I’m probably the last person to find out about The Working Proof, but it’s too cool not to blather about.  Limited edition prints by a whole shwack of artists, a percentage of each sale going to charity.  Sounds good, right?  You can search by charity, artist, price or size.  Love!

Alice by Katie Kirk; Forest Lady by Karolin Schnoor ; This Land is Your Land by Amy Ruppel

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Chirp

from Conrad via Oh Joy!

Is that not the most awesome light ever?  Ever?  Must hack…

In other news, the kitchen reno drags on.  If you have an old house, opening up the walls really is not the best idea.  And we hadn’t even planned on opening up the walls.  So I guess doing anything is a bad idea!  Fingers crossed the drywall goes up today and breathing become easier.  My lungs are scratchy!

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Singing in the rain

image from Threads Magazine

I think we’ve had the wettest spring on record for Kami town this year.  Admittedly that still doesn’t add up to much rain, and really not enough to justify bringing out the umbrella.  But if I lived in Vancouver still, I’d definitely be trying this out.  Recovering umbrellas in the fabric of your choice, how cool is that?  And I bet if you live somewhere where it only really drizzles you could use regular upholstery or quilting weight fabric and just give it a good scotch guarding.  For now I’ll be browsing all the cool waterproofs and laminates and maybe thinking of doing some stitching for my rain coast pals.

laminate (waterproof!) fabrics from (clockwise from top right): Heather Bailey; Heather Bailey; Amy Butler; Kaffe Fassett; Heather Bailey

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A little something new in town

There’s a cheeky new girl in the shop… Beatrice!   She may be named after my pup but she won’t hump your leg.  Unless you ask her nicely!

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The wheatfield

I’ve been stressed out lately.  Too much on my plate and nothing seems to be going right.  I always get the early spring blahs around February but this year they’ve dragged on and on (and on).    So, to lift my spirits and maybe yours, a little inspirational art.  And not kittens in trees or velvet Jesuses.  Pretty, colourful stuff, with the occasional uplifting sentiment thrown in.

I came across The Wheatfield a few months ago and it was love at 1st sight.   There’s something about that use of yellows and blues that is so happy, so full of sunshine.

And I just keep seeing that wonderful ampersand blown up huge and used as a backdrop for photos at a wedding.  Bride & groom.  Boyfriend & girlfriend.  Mum & dad.  Throw in lots of daisies, a mountain in the background, big jugs of lemonade and you’ve got yourself a party!

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Inspiration for Decoration

If you’re doing anything to your house – renos, redecorating, even just buying some furniture – Inspiration for Decoration is such an amazing resource!  I’ve been following Jennifer’s blog since we bought our house last spring and have picked up so many great ideas from it.

Inspiration for Decoration is like the ultimate clipping file, just Jennifer’s own favorite pictures from various designers, magazines and catalogues, everything she’s found inspirational for her own projects.  It’s the perfect jumping off point for further research, the design dream board I’m too lazy to make myself!  Thanks so much for the work, Jennifer!

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Hello again!

My last post was in April?  Really?  Yikes!  What a slacker!  Or maybe it’s just new mum syndrome.  No, not a baby, but we did get a puppy.  A puppy who seemed calm and submissive (just like Cesar suggests) when we picked her out, but turned out to be dominant, strong willed, and very, very outgoing and energetic.  Which has all come together to mean that I seem to spend most of my day as a dog wrangler, using the few short moments when she’s sleeping to do those little things we all take for granted… like showering.  For a girly, loves her beauty products and long soaks girl, there’s been a shocking number of days when I crawl into bed and realize I haven’t showered all day… and I’m not sure I did the day before.  Too much information?  Probably.  Sorry.

Other than dog wrangling, what’s up around here?  Well the kitchen is progressing, slowly.  Three cabinet doors were delivered yesterday.  Yeah, I was confused by that, too.  Hopefully there’s more coming!  And we’ve (mostly my dad, actually) put in a front flower garden and a back veg patch.  I’m putting in tomatoes tomorrow and can’t wait!  Other than that, not much… but I think that’s about enough!

And huge news… news that I should have shared ages ago… I’m now a contributor to one of my fave blogs Going Home to Roost!  Bonnie and her blog are ridiculously awesome and I’m so happy to be contributing the occasional recipe and craft project.

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