Saturday, July 30, 2011

Just a little silly....

Clay covered hands

We are nursing a summertime cold here (boo!) so I thought I would share a photo that makes me laugh every time I see it.
Enjoy the sunshine on this B.C. long weekend! xo

Friday, July 22, 2011

Buffalo and dinosaurs and lizards....oh my!

We got to go for a little vacation! Woohoo! This lovely little town I live in has a definite way of sucking you in so it is always nice to actually leave for a little while.
We camped in Silverton with my brother and sister-in-law and went to a very informal wedding reception. Congratulations, Colin and Ruby! Silverton is a stunning place to camp and I am sure we will go again.
Then we went to Alberta for a week and did some tourist-y things. First stop was Fort MacLeod. There is a Unesco World Heritage Site there called Head Smashed In Buffalo Jump. The museum is absolutely amazing! It is dedicated solely to the lifestyle, mythology and technology of the Blackfoot people. Definitely worth a look-see if you are ever in the area. And take a little tour with one of the guides - the Blackfoot people are a verbal storytelling society (they had no written language) so to hear their stories first hand was pretty cool.

While we were in Fort MacLeod we got to see some stunning lightening storms and even an owl!
Next stop, Calgary. We were just there for a few hours for a little shopping. I hit Sephora (like a kid in a candy store I was!), then we all went to the LEGO store and had a ride on the carousel. The Mister went and got himself some Scotch and G. and I did a little clothes shopping. Then we hit the road, trying to make it out of Calgary before rush hour during Stampede week. Some though we were nuts for even going into Calgary during Stampede but it was no problem and we made it out alive.
Next stop, Drumheller. It is actually an amazing little town with lots to do. We camped in this fantastic little campground right in the middle of town though you would never have guess that you weren't out in the woods in the middle of nowhere.
Our first day was spent at the Royal Tyrrell Museum. It is full of dinosaurs! And it was the perfect destination for the little girl that has decided that she is going to be a palaeontologist when she grows up. Completely awe inspiring. The displays were stellar and we spent an entire afternoon there. G. was gobsmacked. Truth be told, so was I. And I have been there before. Another place to give a visit.

The next day we went to Reptile World. They have over 150 live reptiles there. Pretty cool.

Then we slowly made our way back to B.C. What a relief it was to see the mountains in the distance!

And as soon as we came over the Crow's Nest Pass you could smell the forest. That smell is home to me.
A wonderful adventure. One that we won't soon forget.

Friday, July 8, 2011

My workspace

I wanted to share my workspace with you today. I am so lucky to have ton of natural light and I also have an incredible view of the mountains and the lake. It is super inspiring.

My sewing space is just a corner of my bedroom with a small nook off to the right side. That is where I do all my cutting and pressing. Sometimes if I am doing a lot of applique I set up another machine on my cutting table. It is a fairly efficient workspace because it is so tiny. It can also get very messy quite quickly. The above photo was taken on a good day!
I have been spending a lot of time here lately. This is what I have been working on:

Hope you are all having a great weekend! xo

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Tuesday Tune

Just got this record from a guy called Eskmo. The record is called "Eskmo" and I can't stop listening to it! Here are a couple of my favourite tracks of the album....


Sunday, July 3, 2011


Here's hoping the gorgeous weather is here to stay!
Friday was a holiday for us Canadians - we didn't do much. Just spent some time together. I did whole bunch of knitting and cleaning. Woohoo! We barbecued some burgers for dinner and roasted some marshmallows for dessert. Then G. stayed up waaaaay past her bedtime to go and watch the fireworks. Now, I have rarely been anywhere else for Canada Day fireworks but I must say, seeing them in Nelson is wonderful. They set them off over the lake and you see the reflection of them in the water and the twinkling lights of town as a backdrop makes for a pretty spectacular show. Not to mention the sound of them rolling back and forth between the mountains. Sure, they only last about 12 minutes but it is a magical 12 minutes!
We have been barbecuing a lot. Basically whenever it isn't pouring and sometimes even when it is. I was out there with an umbrella one day! And this potato salad has been my go to side dish. It is so delicious we have eaten it twice this week. I found the idea for it online but have changed out almost every ingredient in the original recipe (except for the potatoes) so I am calling it my own.

CreamyPotato Salad

12 new potatoes
(don't worry if you have more or less, the salad will still be fine!)

Season the potatoes with a little bit of salt and steam them until they are tender. Remove the lid from the pot and just let them sit while you prepare the dressing.

3 Tbsp. plain greek yogurt
1 Tbsp. grainy mustard
1 Tbsp. honey
juice of half a lemon, about 2 Tbsp.
salt + pepper
1 stalk of celery, small dice
1 green onion, sliced thinly

Mix all the dressing ingredients together and pour over the potatoes while they are still warm. Toss gently and enjoy!
* This would be really good with green beans fresh from the garden!

Today I am going to get a bunch of sewing done - I have to get some stock made to go on the road with the ladies from Very Hush Hush. They have a vintage Airstream trailer packed full of awesome-ness. This year they are going to the Edmonton Folk Festival. So if you are there and catch a glimpse of a silver Airstream, go on in, have a look and say hello!
I hope you are all enjoying your weekend! xo