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Thinking About Africa

23 Jun

It’s hard to believe next Sunday I will be in Kenya. I feel excited, nervous, and a little astonished that I am going on this incredible adventure. My heart is full. I hope to come back to Saskatoon a better person with a renewed sense of purpose.

Part of the reason I started this blog was to share the work of other creatives that inspire me. Below are some beautiful, handmade objects from Africa. The boucherouite rugs and toy animals are made from recycled materials. The textiles are made according to traditional African techniques. I love the colours, creativity and ingenuity that go into the creation of these home décor items and toys!

Africa Excitement -2North African Boucherouite Rugs.

Africa Excitement -5Ocean Sole flip-flop recycling.

Africa Excitement -3Maasai Necklace. Mudcloth Fabric. Kenya Print. Kilim Throw.

Africa Excitement -1Le Souk textiles found on decor8 and Design*Sponge.

When I return there will be a canvas waiting to capture of glimmer of what I experienced with Free The Children and Me to We. It will be a difficult artistic project, but I’m up for the challenge.

xo

What’s In My Bag – Africa

9 Jun

My vaccinations are up to date, my passport is current, and my bag is almost packed. I’m feeling invincible and ready to immerse myself in the culture of the Masai Mara on a Me to We volunteer adventure.

I will be building schools, hauling water, planting trees, and meeting incredible people in Kenya, Africa. My heart is so full and pounds with excitement every time I daydream about this world wind adventure. Africa has always been a place near to my heart. In high school I organized many 30 Hour Famines, hoping to make a positive impact on the lives of youth in Africa. I never imagined I would have the opportunity to fly around the world to learn from these resilient people in person.

I am so excited to see what the beauty of Africa has in store for me.

Start Packing – Me to We Trips

While in Africa I will be spending most of my time in a rural area of the Masai Mara. We are encouraged to pack as lightly as possible. Many bloggers like to share “what’s in my bag?” (Snunk BoyA Beautiful MessJustina BlakeneyBycelina). Packing for Kenya is much more interesting and challenging than packing for everyday life. The below photo includes everything I’m taking to Africa except shoes, undergarments, pyjamas, and jackets. The most luxurious item I am bringing is my Tarte mascara!

In my Pack - Africa_LRThe most interesting items I am bringing are medicinal: Ultrathon insect repellent, grapefruit seed extract, Homeocan jet lag, and melatonin. The most important item I am bringing is my camera. And I guess things I need to enter and survive Africa: my passport, Malaria pills, and record of immunizations.

643256_origIt is hard to believe I will soon be in Kenya, volunteering with Free The Children and Me to We. I cannot wait to feel the heartbeat of Africa!

Summer Desktop Wallpapers

2 Jun

A dear friend, one of the strongest, happiest, smartest women I know, shared an article on twitter this week about why powerful women make the best friends. “Surrounding yourself with the best people doesn’t make you look worse by comparison. It makes you better.” I couldn’t agree more!

For the sunshiny month of June let us take a note from Ann Friedman and remember – “I don’t shine if you don’t shine”.

This month let’s share the love and celebrate each other’s awesomeness.

June2013-001 Kinnon Elliott.

June2013-002Paper Leaf.

June2013-003Oana Befort.

June2013-004Siobhán Gallagher.

June2013-005Asia Pietrzyk.

XO

Spring Desktop Wallpapers

30 Apr

YAY it’s May! This month I decided to do something different a showcase some beautiful desktop wallpapers (that are not necessarily calendars). These wallpapers are fresh, minimalist, and perfect for spring. Happy May! Bring on the sunshine, flowers, and double digits. I can’t wait!

May 2013 002Paper Leaf.

May 2013 001Julie Lee.

May 2013 003Katie Fiddler.

May 2013 004Breanna Rose.

April 2013 Desktop Calendars

2 Apr

Well it’s April and there is still snow and ice on the ground in Saskatchewan. As I said last month, hopefully warmer weather is just around the corner. My not-so-secret wish is the snow will disappear by my birthday! Until then I will console myself with a grilled cheese sandwich (see bottom of this post).

April 2013 001Fine Art and Freckles.

April 2013Jason Krieger.

April 2013 003Oana Befort.

April 2013 004Paper Leaf.

April 2013 005Kinnon Elliott.

Wine-Cheese-Grilled-Cheese-6-reduced-1024x679BS in the Kitchen.

April is National Grilled Cheese Month and my friends at BS in the Kitchen are posting a new grilled cheese EVERY DAY. This is quite an (indulgent and impressive) accomplishment. My favouite grilled cheese to date: Wine & Cheese Grilled Cheese! AMAZING. A great sandwich to celebrate my birthday later this month, with a side salad to balance the meal, and a glass or three of wine!

Happy April!

International Women’s Day

9 Mar

A modern progressive world needs equality.

I want to take a moment to celebrate International Women’s Day. March 8 marks a celebration of resilience, femininity, and the achievements of women around the world.

All women deserve the freedoms of health, education, and justice. All women deserve the power to give themselves and their families the best possible future. I am so incredibly fortunate to live in a time and place that is largely respectful of gender rights. We need to remain tenacious for future sustainable change.

Enjoy this mashup of girl-power, feminism, and equality.

Lunafest.

IWD001hubbubbuckle.

IWD003Sarah Julia Clark.

IWD004Tales from Fish Camp: A City Girl’s Experience Working in an Alaskan Fishing Village and Feminist Ryan Gosling.

IWD005MartinCline.

IWD006Red Prairie Press.

IWD008Do you sign emails xoxo?

IWD0013Madison Park Group.

IWD009You can be girly and a feminist.

IWD0012

Santigold – Girls.

IWD0011

March 2013 Desktop Calendars

4 Mar

It’s March! Hopefully this means warmer weather is just around the corner. Get a head start on spring cleaning this month by tidying up your desktop calendar.

March2013-001Jason Krieger.

March2013-002Oana Befort.

March2013-003Paper Leaf.

March2013-004Kinnon Elliott.

XO
BB

February 2013 Desktop Calendars

3 Feb

February has to be one of the most difficult winter months. It is a month filled with ice, snow, and cold. Do something special for yourself, warm up with a cup of coffee and Baileys and give your computer a quick facelift with a new desktop calendar!

Feb2013-004Kinnon Elliott.

Feb2013-003Paper Leaf.

Feb2013-002Oana Befort.

iPad GUI PSDfudgegraphics.

Feb2013-005Jason Krieger.

Stay Warm!

embroidered postcards

3 Feb

To celebrate the New Year my friend Courtney and I exchanged handmade gifts. We’ve been exchanging DIY gifts around the holiday season since 2010. I love our gift exchanges; I look forward to them every year.

I was at a loss of what to make for Courtney this year. I took me weeks to think of an idea worthy of my friend. Our gift exchange deadline was approaching fast and I needed to commit to a project. I decided to make embroidered postcards, inspired by Freckled Nest. I love receiving mail and loved the idea of making something Courtney could share with others throughout the year.

Who wouldn’t love to receive a handmade postcard in the mail?

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Happy New Year friend! I hope you find time to share these monthly, embroidered postcards with some lucky recipients!

Share the DIY love.

ps – Check out Courtney’s lovely post on our gift exchange.

January 2013 Desktop Calendars

1 Jan

Happy New Year friends!

2012 has been a crazy, fabulous year. I moved from Vancouver to Saskatoon. I started a new job in a new industry. I sadly said goodbye to my wonderful Vancouver besties. Fortunately I met some amazing girls in Saskatoon who made this transition much easier. 2012 has been a rollercoaster year of change.

Thank you to all my friends and family for their support in 2012. I feel like I am where I should be.

Get a fresh start on 2013 by changing your desktop wallpaper!

Jan 2013 001Jason Krieger.

Jan 2013 002Kinnon Elliott.

Jan 2013 003Paper Leaf.

Jan 2013 004Cute embroidery by pitsispopis via Poppytalk.

Here’s to a wonderful 2013 full of new experiences and good things!

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