breakthrough

“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.

  1. There is a palm tree (or what I believe is a palm tree) in Breakthrough
  2. 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.

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Check out more of Samantha French’s paintings here

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banner up

The third wedding shower post this week is all about the banner.

When we (the Bride and one of her bridesmaids) visited the venue in March, I noticed there was a great place to hang a banner along the beam that separates the raised platform from the rest of the pavilion. The head table will be up on the platform with the Bride and Groom at centre stage so I thought it be fun to hang a lovely message over their heads: CAYLUM LOVES AIMEE. And, to make things easy for the guests, it will be the official hashtag of the event.  #caylumlovesaimee

<My mom says what? A hashtag for an event is a basically a method of linking common communication through social media. If you want to post a remark or photo of the big day on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc. use the selected hashtag so you can share your stuff with fellow wedding guests and their network.> 

Anyway… back to the banner.

Aimee and Caylum’s wedding is at a vineyard so imagine gold, cream, champagne, corks, burlap, barrels and wine. With this in mind, I decided to go with a burlap backing and printed letters on top. Here are the steps:

  • First, I found a roll of burlap at MichaelsDSC_0991
  • I cut the burlap into 4 x 5 inch squares
  • I printed and cut each letter to fit individually on a burlap squareDSC_0996
  • I rounded the corners of each letter with a rounded paper cutterDSC_0998
  • I used Mod Podge to glue the letters to the burlapDSC_1002
  • With a small hole punch, I punched the top corners of each letter
  • And finally, I weaved twine through the holes and separated the letters appropriatelyDSC_1014

Voilà! An easy banner!DSC_1016

Click here and here to read more about the shower.

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hang it. series three.

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.

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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.

xomeg

*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!

hang it. series one.

I woke up to the news Alex Colville passed away. Whenever I see his paintings,  I dream about owning a cottage and the first piece of artwork I’d want to hang is “To Prince Edward Island”.

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To Prince Edward Island

I love searching for artwork and there are many many prints I’d love to hang in my home (or imaginary cottage), plus some great ones I’ve collected along the way. I’ve been planning to post a series of hang it style boards and decided today is the prefect day to start.  Below is my tribute to Alex and my top 10 from his collection. xo-meg

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A. At Grand Pre / B. Couple on Beach / C. To Prince Edward Island / D. Woman with a Wash Basket / E. Woman and Terrier / F. Stop for Cows / G. Departure / H. Woman Carrying Canoe / I. Arrival / J. Family and Rainstorm

All images and more found online here.