Peace week

This morning I went to the YMCA's Peace Medallion Recipient Breakfast. I went because I helped vet the nominations. I went to see how the Y executes events. I went because I wanted to be inspired by someone - in this case by Ruth Geurts - who is driven by passion for peace in their career. It was a wonderfully positive way to start the week.

Christmas wish list

Poppytalk Handmade's Holiday and Gift-Themed Market opened today and there are some very lovely goodies I'd love to find in my stocking on Christmas morning. Wink, wink, nudge, nudge, hub, hub.

From top to bottom:
1. hand-printed fat quarters from repeat.
2. le sac from lines by davis.
3. precious recycled soft wool gloves by dear pony.
4. anything from the letterpress wizards pistachio press.


Christmas countdown

The calendar tells me that Christmas is only five weeks away. The thermometer however, tells a different story. One of climate change and a late November reading of nine degrees c. Sure, I'm not quite ready to done my sleeping bag parka for five months but it's hard to ramp up the holiday mojo when its so temperate outdoors.
(Christmas letterpress blocks via Style Files)



I'm off to collect branches and other sticks of natural beauty for our Kitchen Party centrepieces. The egg-shaped glass bottles above display birch branches beautifully.
(Photo via Apartment Therapy)


Kitchen Party

Eight days until our Kitchen Party @ St. Lawrence Market to celebrate our European nuptials. Egads! 


Wish list

Seems like bags are on my mind lately. This ruffled linen one would look pretty on my arm, n'est pas? Add it to the wish list. 



This is the kind of sofa I could come home to; to watch a movie on a Sunday evening; to read a book on a sunny afternoon; to curl up on, with the hub's head on my lap. 
(Image via Style Files)

Wordy gift idea

Brooke Reynolds of Inchmark posted this lovely - and wordy - gift idea on Design Sponge today. An alphabet stack gift card for someone you know really well. For each letter, you pick a character trait (flattering of course) that best describes that person. Putting this one in the craft trunk. 


Landmarks - Two + Three

Before VIA Rail and the milk run route through London.

Alexander Mackenzie in copper (Riverfront Walkway).


Wish list

If I could splurge today, I would buy this honey brown weekender bag. Sigh. Three hundred dollars better spent on our upcoming party

High five

Friday. The weekend in sight. And I'm at home trying to keep a sore throat at bay. Sigh. But at least the sun is shining in a beautiful fall way.  An early morning at the Farmers' Market tomorrow and little, fun to-dos with the hub. Oh, and high fives are one of my favourite things. 
(Can't remember where I first found this photo...opps!)



How precious is this guy? If the hub and I were to expand our family of two to include a pet, if we were pet people, a basset hound would be my top choice. Photographed by Sharon Montrose and available on Etsy
(discovered via unruly things)

A Darn Sarn-inspired Christmas

Okay, I know I am rushing it but this pic always cracks me up. The hub and I, inspired by our Sarnia 'neighbours', did a holiday photo shoot on our balcony last winter. One of the resulting pictures made its way onto the front of our Christmas card; the hub is wearing his $35 Made-in-Winterpeg down parka and his vintage Adidas running shorts (he actually ran a race in those in Melbourne, Aus.), and I bought the lovely green sweater and sparkly pin from a hand-me-down shop. Giggles. 


Landmarks - One

The Chipican (@ the corner of Michigan and Christina in Point Edward).

Goodbye to fall

Clocks were turned back early this morning. It still smells like fall but more leaves are falling and the trees are becoming bare. I'm not ready to done my down sleeping bag jacket for the next five months. Sigh.