“Perhaps I can get in the pool once a week this winter.” says me, every year, no joke. I love the idea of swimming but I just am not disciplined about doing it.
There was this one time when I got pretty serious about swimming; it lasted a few months and I managed to improve enough to ‘comfortably’ swim 1000 metres. My cousin talked me into doing a duathlon (swim 750m and run 5km) and lets say it was not pretty. You know the sympathy clap? When everyone cheers for the last one out of the pool? Yah, that was me. I managed to make up for it with my run but it was a good lesson to learn – swimming takes practice and I need more of that. Plus, legs only and breaststroke are not ideal for these events. So, will this year be the year? No promises but I can say, not everything about this post is a FAIL.
One of my to-do items for the summer was buy some art. Not sure where this came from, but likely because I have a surplus of frames waiting to be filled (thanks to a 50% off sale and having a good friend in Montreal who buys me stuff at Ikea).
So what did I buy? A print from someone I pinned a long time ago. I love her stuff, so much so, it was hard to pick one. Honestly, it came down to two things.
There is a palm tree (or what I believe is a palm tree) in Breakthrough
It fits one of my frames with no need for cutting, cropping or purchasing a new matte
Here is the print up on the wall – next to the portrait of Henry. In the dead of winter, while watching one of the many dreary Netflix series online (currently addicted to The Killing), I can glance over at my swimming girl and remind myself to swim more. It really is the best.
Check out more of Samantha French’s paintings here
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Lately I’ve seen a lot of CASTLE popping up on Pinterest and design blogs… and for good reason! If you are not sure what I’m talking about, check out their site and read what they’re all about:
“CASTLE loves having a bit of fun. We love color and whimsy. We love making accessible art and beautiful bedlinen. We love spots and fluro and grey and yellow and love hearts and flowers and paint and felt and everything that POPS around in our studio. If its fun we love it.”
I’ve been drooling over a few items and love the simplicity of their designs. Plus, felt is awesome. Here is what’s on my radar:
A. YEEHAH! Screen Print / B. Tutti Fruitti Linen Cushion Cover / C. Banana Linen Cushion Cover / D. Big Top 1 Screen Print / E. Hell Yeah Towel / F. Brett Acrylic and Metallic on Linen / G. Sunny Bag / H. Fluro Neutral Spot 3 Screen Print / I. Happy Place Towel / J. Tulip 2 Tea Towel / K. Green Stripe Pillowcase / L. Fluro Pink Spot Pillowcase / M. This Is Where The Fun Stuff Happens Felt and Linen / N. You’re So Very Very Pretty Felt and Linen / O. Big Party Hat Felt, Linen and Acetate / P. Ode to Zoe 4. Bananas Felt and Linen / Q. Be Colourful Felt and Linen / R. You Drive Me A Beautiful Crazy Felt and Linen (all images are from castleandthings.com.au)
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And speaking of felt, I have to share with you something super-special that my Aunt Maureen gave David when he was born. It’s called the Learning Book and each page was hand-sewn and embroidered on felt with buttons, velcro, sand paper, zippers, ropes and yarn attached – each page features a letter from the alphabet plus a learning tool. My aunt started making this book years ago but put it aside. David was the first born of the next generation, and scored the finished product. How amazing. xomeg
I love filling my walls with affordable art and (in my opinion) have grown a nice collection. There is always room for more, but here’s what I have so far… or at least what I can source for you online. Some of these have stories, and if it is not too evident from below, a lot were collected while travelling, as it is a nice reminder of places we’ve been and memories made.
A. A free download – I downloaded it and sent it to a photo lab. It looks lovely in the bathroom
B. A trip to the Art Deco store in Miami Beach, and I came home with this poster – still waiting to be framed
C. A poster of the Grand Canyon straight from the gift shop – still waiting to be hung
D. Three Wind Toys, 1962 by Wayne Thiebaud came from the SFMOMA museum store
E. Found this by Flag Tag Prints and loved the Montreal and France references – still waiting to be hung
F. When designing my kitchen, I had this piece titled Cincinnati No. 5006, from Pancake & Franks in mind. It found a perfect home above the dining table
G. I love these maps by Ork Posters! The Ratified Green Print of Philadelphia reminds me of my first marathon
H. The Mostly Sunny Screenprint of San Francisco map by Ork Posters! reminds me of our first big trip with David, he was 7 months old
I. The Numbers Poster by Binth Studio was purchased for David’s room
J. Jim Datz City Series – Manhattan from Three Potato Four was a gift from my sister – we’ve been there twice together
K. The Alphabet Poster by Binth was purchased for David’s room – I saw it in a store in Hong Kong before he was born and did a lot of Googling to source it online.*
L. The Boston Blue Screenprint by Ork Posters! reminds me of a trip with Mike before we got married
M. Bought when I purchased Golden, it was nice to have three animal prints for the hallway plus, proceeds from this one went to polar bear preservation
N. Another long Googling journey – I saw Golden by Eleanor once and a year or so later I tried to find it again – typing “Golden + Print + Screen print” brought on many many images of people’s dogs.
O. Bought when I purchased Golden, it was nice to have three plus the title was Nova Scotia… how random, the artist is from the states!
P. How many alphabet prints is too much? I have three! This is Olunda from IKEA
Museum gift shops are great places to find affordable art and you can usually score a tube to roll stuff up in. I often travel with one in my suitcase just in case I find a gem.
*Note: when shopping abroad and you see something you like, take a picture of it! It will make sourcing it a lot easier when you get home!