Can you believe it’s already June 17? There are only two and a half months left of summer! I have so many projects to start, parties to plan, and events to attend before the end of August arrives.
I am a very organized person and am a huge fan of goal setting and to-do lists. Soooo here is my Saskatoon summer to-do list full of fun summertime goals!
– Start and finish a painting. I bought a 20”x40” canvas yesterday. This summer I will complete my first large acrylic painting since my first year of university!
– Read at least three books. Sometimes I am so exhausted at the end of the day it is much easier to watch television or mindlessly surf the interwebs than read a book. I want to spend as much time as possible reading this summer (preferably outside in the sunshine at the beach or park). Any good book suggestions out there?
– Organize a potluck. After living in Saskatoon for nearly five months I have accumulated enough furniture to have more than one person over at a time. Par-tay!
– Play bocce ball. I have a bocce ball set that has only been used a handful of times. It needs to be used more often.
– Go stargazing. Vancouver was terrible for stargazing. I can’t wait to spend an evening outside with a quilt looking up at the stars and dreaming about the future.
– Organize a photo shoot. I promised my friend Elysse that I would organize a photo shoot with her when I moved back to Saskatoon. This needs to happen soon!
– Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan. I loved Bard on the Beach in Vancouver. I can’t wait to check out the Saskatoon equivalent.
– Check out Saskatoon’s best summer festivals: Saskatchewan Jazz Festival, Wake Ride, A Taste of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon Folk Fest and fireworks! I just realized that I’m not here for the Finge Festival, which makes me a little sad.
– Visit the Mendel Art Gallery. I seriously can’t believe I haven’t been to this gallery yet, it is only a few blocks away from where I live. Shame on me.
– Plan a crafternoon for my Saskatoon girlfriends! I haven’t had a crafting party since my birthday. I hope to have a crafternoon sometime in July. Ideas include: Cake Stands from Table Legs, Colour Blocked Coasters, Fish Scale Pendant Lamp, and Hemp Hoop Earrings.
Phew! On top of that long to-do list I am visiting friends in Vancouver and planning a vacation to Montreal and NYC! I’m looking forward to an amazing first summer in Saskatoon and a fabulous vacation exploring some of the best cities eastern Canada and America have to offer.
There is a lot of text in this post so here is a cool video for some visual stimulation:
I COULD HAVE DONE THIS.. from Briar Mark on Vimeo.
ps – please don’t judge me too much for creating a summertime to-do list!
Saturday afternoon I invited some friends over for a birthday crafternoon. We made potato stamps, drank sangria, and ate tasty, lemony birthday cake. It was the perfect way to spend a sunshine-filled Saturday afternoon.
Thank you to everyone who made this afternoon extra special for me. I’m such a lucky girl!
For some DIY potato stamp projects and inspiration check out last week’s post on Potato Stamp Artwork.
Carving potato stamps.
My favourite part: getting messy.
I believe a little wine always helps the creative process.
My lovely friends and their colourful stamps. Everyone had the same materials but all the prints are completely unique.
Time for cake! Thank you so much for the pretty and delicious cake Vanessa!
Love the bright colours and bold prints.
Some retro inspired green prints and the end of another successful crafternoon.
I’m really pleased with how my triangle potato stamps turned out! These prints look great in Henry’s little breakfast nook.
This was a super simple DIY project. The finished product is bold, graphic, modern. Who knew potato stamps could be so chic?
This coming weekend I’m throwing myself a birthday crafternoon; this party will be a little bittersweet. This will be my first crafternoon (and birthday) in Saskatoon. I’m missing my Vancouver communication friends terribly; I’m sure my Saskatoon crafternoon will be fun but it definitely won’t be the same.
Miss you ladies!
I love printmaking and my apartment is in desperate need of some bold, colourful, graphic wall art. Solution = potato stamp crafternoon. So simple and fun!
Check out these awesome DIY potato stamp projects and inspiration:
Chevron Potato Stamp Art by Strawberry Chic.
Potato, Potahto Starburst Artwork by Young House Love.
DIY Decorating: Pyramid Painting Potato Stamps from Woman’s Day.
Potato Print Artwork DIY from Oh Happy Day.
Celery Stamped Cards from Homemade Serenity.
Potato Stamp Cards by Julia D.
No crafternoon I plan is complete without drinking. I’ll be making this tasty Mexican Sangria recipe by Joel and Jose found on Design Sponge. YUM!
I will be sure to share photos from my potato stamp crafternoon next week.
I am super excited for the upcoming Flock & Gather Springtime Handmade Market!
I love springtime and I love craft fairs!
I am very excited Saskatoon has an independent craft fair. Flock & Gather looks and feels very similar to my favourite Vancouver craft market – Got Craft?.
Got Craft? is the original, indie, East Vancouver craft fair that supports all things handmade. I cannot wait to see how Flock & Gather compares. I am sure it will be equally awesome.
Check out these beautiful posters for Flock & Gather by Shauna Buck.
Here are some lovely behind the scenes images of Flock and Gather’s printing process.
Flock & Gather Springtime Handmade Market.
April 13 & 14.
St. Joseph’s Parish Hall.
Yup. I’m excited.
Check out Flock & Gather’s blog and facebook page for more information.
All images from this post are borrowed from Flock & Gather’s blog.
Jewelry organization can be challenging. Why not keep things simple?
For my latest crafty project I took some inspiration from Household 6 Diva’s wooden clothes hanger jewelry display.
I like the simplicity of hanging jewelry on a clothes hanger. It is beautifully displayed and easily accessible.
For my earring organization I glue gunned some nylon thread to the inside of a pants hanger. I love how the project turned out!
Check out my previous post on DIY jewelry organization for more inspiration.
Friendship is a pretty amazing thing and I believe it should be celebrated. My friends are so near and dear to my heart; I am incredibly grateful for them.
Significant life events are often captured with professional photography: engagements, weddings, anniversaries, births, graduations… These events (from my experience) focus on family and partner portraits. I agree that these are special and momentous occasions that should be recorded and shared, but who helps us survive the ups and downs of life between these life-changing events? Who do we complain to about our families and partners after the honeymoon is over? Who do we call when we have an exciting announcement? Our friends.
Friends are important and need to be celebrated.
My friends help me get through the craziness of life. As much as I love my family, they do not understand me the way my girlfriends do. My university friendships are so special – we have gone through the same experiences, have had the same identity crises, share similar political opinions, similar interests (hello Crafty Ladies), and realized collectively that life does not get any easier after you finish your undergrad (or masters). My friends are supportive, generous, intellectual, funny, kind, beautiful people. When we get together time stops and we can literally sit around and talk and laugh for hours. It is really magical.
My friends are amazing. I know that they know that I think they are fabulous. To celebrate our shared awesomeness I organized a photo shoot with the very talented Natasha Kanji. I bought some helium balloons and met my friends in Gastown Vancouver for a fun afternoon running around cobblestone streets in bright fashion tights and sassy heels. It was a great experience. I had so much fun! And the photos are gorgeous.
I can’t thank Natasha enough for the beautiful photos. She did a great job of capturing everyone’s personalities and the incredible Vancouver cityscape. These photos make me so so so happy; they are such a special keepsake. I can’t wait to frame them and make an album. I love them – Thank you Natasha!
To see more photos from our Gastown photo shoot please check out Natasha’s blog or visit her website.
Thank you to my creative friends for these handsome, handmade Christmas cards! I find it super amusing that you all gave me snowman themed cards. Your lovely cards almost make up for the brown Christmas I am having in Saskatchewan this year (I’m a little disappointed there is no snow).
Thank you for the charming cards and kind words. Merry Christmas + Happy New Year!