February 28, 2012

Travel far and wide... and closer to home too.


I'm back from our Southwest adventure, full of wonderful memories and inspiring finds. I only wish we had another week - or month - to explore. 

The places we visited were every bit as beautiful as I imagined and even more breath-taking than any guidebook or photograph can convey. We hiked in amazing national parks like Zion, Bryce, and the Death Valley and in beautiful canyons, both narrow and wide, great and small. It really was a week of adventure and discovery, feeling disconnected from it all.  

It was definitely colder than I expected (though warmer than back home), but spring is on its way! This little guy was waiting for us to finish our breakfast so that he could swoop in and search for crumbs. 

And the pictographs! It felt surreal to be in such close contact with the art of people who populated the area hundreds of years ago. To me, they feel both ancient and surprisingly modern. Look at those patterns!

All in all, a wonderful, beautiful, out-of-this-world experience. Krtek the mole also enjoyed the trip! 

I am now at a stage of post-vacation grieving, frantically planning for some other trip just to keep the hype going. Travelling is addictive. Once you get going, there really is no stopping!

Have you been travelling lately? Far or near, makes no difference! I'm sure everyone wants to know!

P.S.: Speaking of travelling, Gabrielle from Design Mom has been on the topic of travel lately, sparking all sorts of great travel conversation all over the blogs. She recently started a Love the Place You Live project where readers can link their posts about places they live to Gabrielle's Love the Place You Live posts. Am I saying this clearly? Just go read about it! It's super exciting! Next one is March 19th, so go do some exploring!

February 16, 2012

Daydreaming in colour

Hi all!

How was your Valentine's Day? I hope it was all you wanted it to be. Although I am not used to decorating for Valentine's, all the beautiful diy goodies popping up on blogs inspired me to make a simple little garland to hang at our bedroom's entrance. Being short on time, I opted for a string of colour swatch hearts. Simple and sweet!

But my mind is taken up by something altogether different these days. Tomorrow morning we are off to spend a week exploring the American Southwest. We are planing on touring parks in Utah and Arizona as well as the Death Valley in California. So exciting!!

For the past month or so, my husband and I have been looking at books and travel blogs and studying our favourite locations with Google Earth. And practically every day I have been dreaming of brilliant blue skies and red cliffs and dusty green shrubs. A world of colour. So I sat down to my trusty Photoshop and this is what I came up with. My very own Southwest palette.

I love that yellow!

What about you? Any exciting travel destinations in your future? Or one you like to dream of? Please share!

P.S.: My mom loved her pink birthday pom poms. She refuses to take them down. :)

February 2, 2012


Today is my mother's birthday. It is hard to believe that years before I was born my grandmother brought her own little bundle of joy into this world. And that that little girl grew up to be my mother. My love for making and crafting comes from my mother, an amazing self-taught seamstress and quite handy with a hammer, too. I grew up wearing the beautiful dresses she created for me. It seemed quite ordinary then, but growing up I realized how lucky I was... and still am!

Today, my mother is getting a (sshhhh!) surprise party. In the spirit of things, I made some tissue paper pom poms to hang above the surprise birthday table. I puffed one out the see how it looks, but the rest are still in their folded form for easier transportation. I can't wait to see how they will look hanging from the ceiling!

Most people cite Martha Stewart for the pom poms and she was perhaps the first official publisher of the tutorial, but I feel they have been around for much much longer (since the invention of tissue paper?). One way or another, there are many great photos and tutorials around the web and I have gone through a few before I decided on what exactly I wanted.

Also, I am proud of the "recycledness" of these pom poms. I used the paper saved from wedding gifts (our guests were really heavy on pink, for some reason) and twisty ties from the packaging used in the Christmas lights we bought this year. Ha! Being a hoarder does pay off!

There you have it. A whole post about paper pom poms. Now stop reading this and go make some of your own. They're addictive!

February 1, 2012

Welcome, February.

Hello world!

It's been a while since my last post, I know. I've been keeping myself quite busy with my newly found obsession. Now that I've learned to crochet in the round, I see many beautiful trivets and pot holders in my future. And I already know what I am going to do with all of that goodness: I am going to hang them on the wall like the amazing Emma Lamb did with her gorgeous pot holders (see photo above). I am every bit in love with the colourful and endless possibilities.

I have almost completed Craftyminx's Crochet School and am now working on those wrist warmers she proposes as the fist pattern to try out. They are super easy and a pleasure to make. I have never owned wrist warmers before, so wearing them will be a new adventure in itself. Mine will be a happy orange colour! I am thinking they would look great over black leather gloves.

Stay tuned for more craftiness coming up!

P.S. - May I just mention I adore Christiane Engel's monthly desktop wallpaper? I am always excited to find a new goody each month. They soothe my sadness over yet another month ending. Go check them out!