Happiness Is…

December 23rd, 2011

Getting over a bad cold just in time for Christmas… a gorgeous and unexpected blanketing of snow… knowing that the next week will be spent cozying up with family and friends and good food. Wishing you all heartfelt holiday greetings – hope you all have a loving, warm, delicious weekend! Happy holidays!

Happiness Is... Merry Christmas

Happiness Is... Merry Christmas

Happiness Is…

December 16th, 2011

Seeing the glass half full. Whew!! Courage, arms ;) Happy Friday!!

Happiness Is... seeing the glass half full

Le Souk C’est Chic

December 14th, 2011

Last weekend was a busy one – visits with family, visits with friends, errands, and a few spectacular craft shows: Puces Pop and Souk@SAT.

After exchanging some Christmas cookies and helping my mom get her Christmas tree, then grabbing a little brunch at L’Avenue, we headed over to Puces Pop to visit my dear friend Bess at her English Muffin kiosk. It was, as usual, a bit of a mad fun-house and it was great to see that things was humming! Her prints and gorgeous calendar were out for all to see and she had even made a special little spot on her table for the first printed issue of Pure Green Magazine. Unfortunately, we were running short on time and I also wanted to pay a visit to my dear friend Rachel who was working over at Souk, so we weren’t able to do the full Puces Pop tour I’m accustomed to. (If I had known that Souk was open until 9pm, we definitely would have lingered for longer – something to keep in mind for next time.)

It was my first time at Souk@SAT, although not for lack of trying in the past. We arrived after nightfall and it was lovely – from the warm moody lighting and identical display tables that were grouped by theme to the smooth check-out, it felt like a carefully thought out, well-oiled machine. Since I last mentioned Rachel and her fabulous jewellery studio Brazen Design, she’s been really busy. She partnered up with her real-life partner Aaron and together they set up a totally new studio called Blisscraft&Brazen. Talent runs deep in that family! Their table was beautiful – we scooped up some gorgeous salad servers and a perfect shallow little salt dish. We had to hold ourselves back from the beautiful jewellery, tealight holders, bookmarks, necklace trees and holiday ornaments… gotta leave something for next time! To see a full set of Souk photos, check out the lovely and talented Rosy Outlook’s great collection here.

We wandered around the tables, admiring all the work and sampling delicious wares (hello, chocolate-orange-infused caramel!) and stumbled upon what was definitely my most memorable find of the day: Kimberly Fletcher. I spent a full 15 minutes oohing and aahing over her gorgeous work before I realized that money wasn’t going to fall out of the ceiling and allow me to buy everything on her table. Kimberly explained that she had recently struck out on her own after working for other designers for years – and with good reason. I loved every piece, but was particularly smitten with her mini messenger bag and her leather-and-canvas bag from her summer collection. I’m hoping I can save up for one of my own someday. Truly beautiful work, Kimberly!

Kimberly Fletcher

Kimberly Fletcher - mini messenger bag

I wish that was my hand… sigh.



Happiness Is…

December 9th, 2011

A Christmas tree. Last year we couldn’t get one, and I was pretty sad about it. I love opening dusty boxes marked “fragile” each year and reminiscing – admiring old pieces and welcoming new ones. The lights, the sparkle, the delicious pine scent… throwing patterns on the walls and adding a cozy comfort to the living room. Did I mention I love Christmas trees?! This one’s never coming down. Have a wonderful weekend!

Happiness Is... A Christmas Tree

Happiness Is…

December 2nd, 2011

Sandwiches. Oh man, how I love you, sandwiches. I must endure a limited diet at the best of times so sandwiches are a real treat. For him: bacon, lettuce, tomatoes, mayo and dijon on baguette. For her: leftover grilled chicken, lettuce, tomato, mayo and dijon on gluten-free bread. AND sweet potato wedges roasted with thyme. Yum!! Have a wonderful weekend!!


Illustration Inspiration

December 1st, 2011

I’m a little late to the fun but my head’s been a little buried in the production of “another” magazine… ahem :) Speaking of which, Pure Green Magazine’s first printed issue ever is flying through the presses as we speak! I can’t wait to hold a copy in my hands…

I stumbled on NICE Magazine last week and immediately got lost in it. Not only is it a design and illustration magazine, but the current issue is about FOOD. I love it when good food meets good design. Mmmmm. Nice to see Ed Nacional and Kelli Anderson in there, and to discover a few new faces as well – I love Ben Johnston’s laser engraved cutting boards, Glasfurd & Walker’s recent work, and who can resist Linus Kraemer’s 360 degrees of cake?

Read the issue here, but be sure to grab a snack first.

Ben Johnston

Linus Kraemer

Glasfurd & Walker

All images from NICE magazine.