Saturday, April 30, 2011
Friday, April 29, 2011
"I'm two feet away from Douglas Coupland, in the office"
Here's a small round up of my favourite Douglas Coupland projects/products!
|Douglas Coupland X Roots from iwantigot.com|
|thrifted mouse trap sculpture!|
|wall of spools!|
|I love the white juxtaposed with the bright colours.|
we named our baby after it (and DC approves!). Check out DC's website and his Twitter and get lost for HOURS!
Do you like Douglas Coupland? What's your favourite project of his?
Wednesday, April 27, 2011
Craft: I'm making pillow covers, like this. The cotton yarn is from a long sweater that I ripped out eons ago. I've made a shrug and a bath mat out of the stuff and still have lots left, maybe I'll make one of these and sell it to you for $150! Working with a single strand it was more of a chunky weight but I've been knitting with 2, 3, or even 4 strands to make a super chunky yarn.
Monday, April 25, 2011
Saturday, April 23, 2011
Rhubarb Custard Pie
adapted from The Commonsense Kitchen
Single pie crust in pie plate
1 1/4 cups brown sugar
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
1/4 tsp salt
3 large eggs lightly beaten
4 cups of rhubarb cut on the diagonal, somewhat thinly
2 tbsp butter, melted
Preheat oven to 425F. Blend sugar, flour, nutmeg and salt together. Add the remaining ingredients (try not to put the hot butter directly on the eggs!) and stir to combine. Pour into pie shell and bake at 425F for 15 minutes, then reduce the heat to 325F and bake for another 45 minutes. When you take it out of the oven I challenge you to wait until it's cooled a little before you eat it; but if you can't wait, that's OK, because it's INCREDIBLE when it's steaming hot (with some coffee to wash it down).
Friday, April 22, 2011
|Jones Soda, Dan Savage in the Straight, and Tiki-style postcards, all courtesy of the Templeton. Whenever I'm in Vancouver I make an effort to get to the Foundation or the Templeton. I love the downtown, grimy vibe, and the little vintage oasis the Templeton provides. And, their almost all veggie menu is swoon worthy. The grilled veg and cheese (with hummus and fries!) is just the best thing ever.|
|MMM, the buckwheat crepe guy at the Trout Lake Farmer's Market!! We waited in line for about 1/2 hour, in the rain, to get our hands on these ginormous, filling made right in front of you crepes.|
|The Trout Lake Farmer's Market brings back good times memories. When I was a kid, my grandma lived right beside the park and we would play there all the time when we came to visit her. The time this photo was taken was right after the peak of harvest and there were so many apples, carrots, beets, squash, and local eggs and meat. It was a little overwhelming, but refreshing to know that these vendors are going FULL FORCE to meet the demand (the market was crazy busy).|
|Vancouver has a bit of reputation for it's thrifting (and the difficulty of getting gems at certain shops because they're targeted by vintage buyers, ie. the Victoria Drive Value Village) and the Wildlife Rescue Thrift Store is probably your best bet for kitschy and old school. A and I went there and scored a handful of racist paraphenalia, and this is a shot of the princess herself in reverence with her "native american" ancestors. She had planned to take it back on the plane to Bella, but reasoned it wouldn't fit in the overhead compartment.|
|Dinner at Kam's Place Singaporean. I've heard a rumour that it's closed down since this photo was taken, but the gathering of friends over a family style arrangement of food was overwhelming. We all ate so much food. And, the deep fried banana for desert was devoured faster than you can spell singaporean backwards. Hawker's Delight is probably an OK substitute.|
|Vancouver also has a number of outdoor pools and if I get the chance to get there in the Summer I love heading to Kits pool to swim in the sun, stare at the north shore mountains, and lounge on the grass beside the pool. Guh, I want to go swimming there NOW!|
Thursday, April 21, 2011
Wednesday, April 20, 2011
Kitchen: I'm working on eating at home more now. I've still got lots of food from the winter and need to eat some meat from the freezer. Today I'm defrosting the mortal remains of this local, free range, and organically fed chicken ($7) that I got from a friend whose mom has a hobby farm nearby. She also sells eggs at the Farmer's Market here in town. I will roast it tomorrow and package the bits into meal sized portions for the freezer. Then I'll cross my fingers that I actually remember they are in there.
Tuesday, April 19, 2011
Easter Egg Hunt Bags from the Purl Bee!
Monday, April 18, 2011
Whale Tail Cowl
This is perfect for the weather right now in northern B.C. Sunny and warm one minute, cold and snowing (!!) the next. Layer up with this yummy cowl, works up really quickly. I actually wore mySprung to work today, but should have worn the Whale Tail Cowl. Drat!
I incorporated four repeats of my favorite cable-Staghorn into this cowl for my boyfriend. He had just raced into the yarn shop one very cold afternoon claiming that he needed something to keep his neck gap warm. I had just been looking at cowls that afternoon.I whipped up this quick knit in one evening and dropped it off for him at work the next day.
He thinks the staghorn cables look more like a pile of whale tails, so! the Whale Tail Cowl was born. Classy, I know.
This pattern features charted and written directions, the cable is fairly simple, traveling outwards every second round. The ‘whale tails’ are flanked by 4 stitch cables. This cowl is easily customizable too, if you want a longer or wider cowl, simply cast on more stitches (add multiples of 24) and work more repeats of the pattern.
I hope you enjoy the pattern and a warm neck gap!
Visit the Ravelry pattern page here.
FYI: whale tail
Sunday, April 17, 2011
Saturday, April 16, 2011
|A stack of books in the living room, including my late Grandfather's bird book, complete with worn pages and notes in the margins.|
|Antique canning jars sit beside much used, well loved egg cups on the kitchen shelf. I love antique and retro kitchen items. It makes me think of the many meals they helped make over the years, I love imagining the history they must hold.|
|I have an addiction to vintage suitcases, here they stack nicely to stand in as a side table. Perfect storage!|
|Aethan's room. He could literally spend the day at his desk. Drawing, inventing, sorting, Lego-ing and checking in with his favorite youtube channels (anything to do with Lego, Star Wars or Mario)|
|Ikea chair in the living room under a poster left over from Adam's touring days with the old bands.|
|This 100+ year old dresser is my favorite of all pieces we have. The lilac twigs are sprouting leaves for spring beside the Leonard Cohen print- a reminder of one of the best concerts I've ever had the pleasure of attending.|
|Nature in the home, nothing I love more. Aethan's type set tray holds his collections of little things, from Lego bits to rubber dragons and pieces of coral...even a piece of fossilized dinosaur bone and a meteorite.|