Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Good Things


1. Really, always stopping to smell the (pink + red) roses.
2. Delivery from dad: arugula, lettuce, garlic scapes.
3. Making a different salad every day.
4. This podcast about simplifying.  (And knocking down the garage to build a garden!)
5. Reading cookbooks cover to cover. (A New Way to Bake + Love Real Food.)

Sunday, June 18, 2017

What I'm Reading


"To live is to make leavings.  Hair, dust, trash, children, love letters, old shoes, bones."

Four Seasons in Rome
Anthony Doerr

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

What I'm Reading


"Even today, Kira sends me cards (yes, real cards, in the mail) that say, "I love you.  That's all."

Kale & Caramel
Lily Diamond

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Sally Armstrong's Stamp Collection


Stamp collecting was once a for-real hobby.  Gardening and bird-watching and painting are still kicking but it seems that there are fewer and fewer stamp collecting hobbyists out there. 

“Stamp collecting expands the scope of your world and helps you to discover faraway places and peoples.” Harris Explorer World-Wide Postage Stamp Album


While out on a meandering walk yesterday I dropped by my local Little Free Library and found this incredible stamp collection.  It belonged to Sally Armstrong.  Her name written in ballpoint pen on the cover.  A 1970s gem left in an attic for many years.  And the most delightful surprise for me.  I think I’ll be pouring over it for days and days.


P.S. I think Sally had a thing for Australia, New Zealand and the UK as those pages are filled to the brim!

Monday, May 22, 2017

Good Things


1. The plant portraits in Indoor Green.
2. Urban picnics + patio pizza.
3. Affogato on a 30 degree summery day in May.
4. The story behind Lonely Planet (My go-to travel guides!) on How I Built This.
5. Fallen petals on my walk to the fruit market.

Monday, May 8, 2017

Good Things


1. French stamps.
2. Yoga. Every day. (This one was tops!)
3. Animals Facing Left.
4. An Indian buffet.
5. Sunshine after days of rain.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

What I'm Reading


“Mailboxes are portals to the rest of the world, where, with just a few stamps, we have access to almost anywhere on the globe.  This was a marvel before the Internet, and if you think about it, it’s still astonishing that we could send a postcard halfway around the world in just a few days.  If we wanted to reach back in reply, all we’d need is an envelope, something to say, and a few more stamps.  We have access to the whole world, right where we call home.”

At Home in the World
Tsh Oxenreider

Monday, May 1, 2017

Good Things


1. Classic (and gorgeous!) postage due stamps.
2. Hot-like-summer ice cream date.
3. Sunset bike ride on the rail path.
4. Baking inspo in the form of a whole lot of buttercream roses.
5. Quiet trail walks.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Artist Story > White River Co.


Sending (pretty) mail is a quick way to bring delight to someone you love. Bonus: It gives you a small bit of screen-free/slow-down time for yourself! White River Co.’s beautiful stationery is a sure bet to do some day-brightening. (Lily of the valley or zodiac card anyone?) 

P.S. I thought it was high time that I broke out my tiny watercolour set. Why not paint a little “HI” or “OK” on some envelopes? 


Sophie of White River Co. let me in on her background >

Where do you live? 

The small town of Haliburton in Ontario. North of Toronto in the heart of cottage country.

How did you start White River Co.? 

I guess I always knew in the back of my mind I wanted to have my own business and work for myself so I finally just went for it. I spent a couple of months researching, learning how to print, building a website and experimenting with designs. Thankfully I had previously worked at a print company so I knew what was expected and had a bit of knowledge. With the help of my very supportive family encouraging me to put myself out there, I finally launched White River Co. at the end of October 2016. I've already grown so much in these few months and my style has become much more clear and focused. I'm teaching myself new things every day and figuring out where I want to go with the company. 

 
What are you reading? 

I'm awful at making time to read actual books. However right now I'm listening to Lauren Graham's book Talking as Fast as I Can. I constantly have audiobooks playing when I'm working and in the car.

What's your favourite podcast?

Lately I've been loving Cathy Heller's Don't Keep Your Day Job. It's great for people who want to learn some tips on turning your passion into profit and listen to fellow creators.

Where did you last travel? 

Most likely it was to Calgary to visit my siblings although it’s been a while. I'll be doing a road trip of Western Canada and the States in the summer for some much needed inspiration.


What are your influences/inspiration? 

I’m lucky to be surrounded by beautiful lakes and nature, which obviously has a huge influence on my work. But I definitely feel most inspired when I go to galleries and art shows. I love seeing what others create and talking to fellow artists. Seeing so many different styles not only gives me inspiration but it reminds me of my own talent and I usually want to just go home and create.

What is your creative process? 

I get ideas anytime, anywhere. I keep a note on my phone so when I see something that triggers an idea I just jot it down for later. I tend to do most of my painting or drawing in the evening, which is when I do my best work. Often the idea on the list doesn't quite work out how I imagined but results in a couple of other nice designs. In the morning I photograph and work in Adobe to edit and finish cards. My process is constantly tweaking and shaping fragments into complete designs.

What do you like to do in your spare time? 

I'm most likely working on acrylic paintings, cuddling/playing with my dog Escher, and watching far too much Netflix.


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Monday, April 24, 2017

Good Things


1. Chasing cherry blossoms in the city. (Also: blossoms on stamps!)
2. Rhubarb pie at the Drake.
3. This podcast on a quiet morning run.
4. My Italian Bulldozer read in tiny pockets of free time.
5. Pasta with rapini/garlic/olives.