You might have recently read about the book club that I've started with some blogger friends. We'll be starting Beca's book in July, so I thought it might be nice to set a date for a post about Part I of Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys. So, let's say we meet back here on June 10th to discuss the first part via comments/twitter/whatever works. Spoilers up to that point will be fair game! I look forward to hearing what you all think of my pick, because I'm nervous about being the first to choose a book for us. I hope you're enjoying it!
P.S. If you're in Vancouver there are a whole bunch of cheap copies at the Book Warehouse on Broadway and Cambie-ish. Oh yeah, and as a Calgarian I can't believe I'm saying this, but: Go Canucks! I'm totally looking forward to the beginning of the finals and Jeff is loving the return of Winnipeg's NHL team. Hockey in June! Woo!
This week's day in the life post is an awesome one. From San Diego, California, Beca's day looks a lot like I wish mine were: coffee, swap meets, dogs, and the one thing I'm always missing: t-shirt weather! Yup, it seems there are very few weeks of summery weather here in Vancouver...who knew? Beca is one of the founding members of our little online book club (announced last week) and she'll be picking the next book. Now, on to her day!
|the miriam necklace|
|cave explorer necklace|
Beca and Carla and I have been working on this idea to get a summer book club going and we're ready to start! I'm introducing the first book here on my blog because it was my pick, and I hope it's a good one. I read Jane Eyre earlier this year, and this book was recommended as a good follow-up read (though not entirely necessary that you've read it before!). So my pick is Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys. For those of your familiar with the Jane Eyre story (book or movie) this is the story of the woman in the attic (trying to avoid spoilers here). So, if you're interested in joining our little book club, pick up a copy of Wide Sargasso Sea from your local library and watch for follow-up posts on the blogs of Beca and Carla and right here. We'll finish Wide Sargasso Sea by the end of June and move on to Beca's pick for July! Join me on Goodreads or Twitter and we can discuss while we read! I'll try to have some interim posts about the book (not spoilers, of course) and we can also discuss that way. Now to some bookish favourites!
|oblique shelf by builtINstudio|
|book necklaces by moorea seal|
|large journal bandolier by cleverhands|
|handmade leather journal by lusciousleatherNYC|
This is one of my favourite photos, even though it's a bit blurry and not all that flattering. That's my sister Kate on the left, me in the middle, and my mom on the right. This photo was taken at my first university graduation ceremony. That brown sash represents my Bachelor of Fine Arts degree that I got from the University of Calgary in 2007. I love that the three of us are so obviously related in this photo...I mean, look at those smiles, or should I say that smile, singular. Tomorrow I'm doing this again, only I think I get an extra special gown this time around. Probably still no floppy hat like people who get PhDs at old English universities, but something special regardless.
When I think about my undergrad degree I think first and foremost about the amazing, lasting friendships that I made during that time. Some of my best friends in the world come from that degree, and I'm sure that this one will prove to have similar lasting effects. Secondly, I think about the mentors that I had in my first degree in the form of teachers who taught me so much about not only art, but also work, dedication, and inspiration. I'm pretty sure I still have all of them to thank for my achievements thus far. Looking forward to a hectic day tomorrow with parents in town and friends all around.
To celebrate graduation I'm having a one-weekend only sale in the Sadie shop. Coupon code CLASSOF2011 will get you 15% off in the shop all weekend long! Have a good one, everyone!
I decided to just let this beautiful post introduce itself. I'm sure many of you know that Hwasoon makes the most beautiful soaps and lip balms under the name Morning Calm. It is so lovely to get a glimpse into her daily life and the process of making her amazing products. I love being able to share a day in the life of someone who lives on the other side of the Pacific. Be sure to visit her blog and shop. Thank you so much for sharing, Hwasoon. This is such a perfect post for a holiday Monday. Next week we'll be sharing a day in the life of Beca from Tales of a Tumbleweed. You can see the archive of other day in the life posts here. Have a great week, everyone!
Despite the perfect storm of a playoff hockey game, the long weekend, and a downpour conspiring to keep people away, BLIM was fun and not totally slow today. Thanks so much to all who stopped by, took a card or hung out with me for a little bit. It was great to meet so many talented Vancouverites. I am definitely coveting a few items that I saw at some other tables today and can't wait for the next BLIM market that I can be part of. I'm looking forward to working on some custom pieces for people that I met today and restocking the Sadie shop with some pieces that I made for this event. Enjoy the rest of the long weekend, Canada! There will be an amazing Day in the Life post here on the Sadie blog tomorrow featuring Hwasoon Kim of Morning Calm.
Hi everyone! My first week of work went really well (they kept me busy!) and now my first real long weekend in quite a while is getting started. I'm going to be spending much of today doing things to get ready for the BLIM market here in Vancouver. I'm going to bring as many new pieces as I can and the Sadie shop will be closed tomorrow. If you're in Vancouver please stop by and say hi. Thanks so much to all of you for your comments on my island adventure photos. I'm glad you're all interested in this part of the world now. It really is worth visiting, it's so beautiful. See some of you tomorrow!
Since the BLIM poster is impossible to read, here's the info:
Sunday May 22 | 12 – 5 PM | By donation
@ Heritage Hall (Main St. and 15th Ave.)
4-elements / Army of Rokosz / Bianca Barr / Boat / BollyWool / Brian Robinson Fine Foods / Cardero /Collective / Delainy Gluten Free Baked Goods / Dream On! / EWMA / Firefly Notes / Irit Sorokin / Jem Gallery / Kristy Biggs / Marnie Jantzen / Parish / Rho your / Ripe / Robbie Vergara / Roy / Sandra Saunders / Sari Fujikawa / Sassy Vintage / Sadie Designs / Farmers Daughter / It’s Your Life / Open Sesame / Sedated /Selfish Birds / Shanti Uganda / Soaps / Squid Kid / Super Craft Star / Sweet Valentines High Tea / Tiny Fig / Trudy Ann’s Chai / Vancouver is Awesome / Zula Designs
and many more…
Blim will be presenting a monthly Community Market this month to take place back in good old Heritage Hall.
This Month’s market will include 48 vendors, music, hot food, beverages, and entertainment. Vendors will include food, fashion, accessories, supplies, fine art, vintage items and records, and not be limited to crafts. And there will be a focus on nurturing and promoting creative production in our community. We want to appeal to young, old, hip, plain, babies, animals, men, women, everyone.
We are very excited about this event and what it can contribute to Mount Pleasant’s artistic vitality, and how it can help support and encourage the local creative community.
Call 604 872 8180 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
|rainbow garden duvet cover by diane von furstenberg|
|the moon - black gold paper bowl by etco|
|simple geometry triangle earrings by kathiroussel|
|amulet no. 20 by fort|
|leather storage tote by gildem|
Next a beautiful gold lined paper bowl by Etco. I'm not sure what I would do with something this delicate, but I know that it would look good in my house. I just really love the texture and matte tone of the exterior of this bowl. The whole Etco shop is worth checking out, really.
I know I really don't need any more accessories, at all, but I wanted to share these two pieces. The first, triangle earrings by kathiroussel are made with textured stainless steel. The second piece is by one of my favourite Etsy sellers: fort. I already have a fort necklace made from crocheted brass chain and I can't speak highly enough of this awesome shop. The packaging my necklace arrived in was really beautiful and each piece is truly one of a kind. I love fort's new amulet series. Check fort out regularly, you'll often find one of a kind jewelry pieces, ceramics, and even handmade leather-bound journals. It's always worth a look.
Finally, who does't need a leather basket? Perhaps you'd never considered your need for such a thing. Well, you are about to be obsessed with the idea. These leather storage totes are sooooo nice and so not grandma-style at all; I just had to share. I think I'd fill mine with library books.
There you have it, a few of my favourite things from the internet this week. Please don't forget to come and see me in the real world at Blim this Sunday here in Vancouver. I'll be at Heritage Hall with some great Sadie stuff from 12 - 5. And have a great long weekend, Canadians!
This is the final post of photos from my island adventures over the weekend. These photos were all taken on Denman Island, another Northern Gulf Island and the island that we were staying on. Jamie invited us to stay with him at his family cabin, which was a cozy home base where we made great dinners and watched satellite tv. Our last day on the island was warm and dry and we spent a good part of the afternoon on a 9 hole golf course that's been built in a farmer's field. I've never golfed before and I took a few swings on this course only to realize that I think I swing left. I think this because swinging right felt uncomfortable and looked insane, but my first left swing felt way better and actually moved the ball in the right direction. I was mostly the animal wrangler during the golfing though.
The course was pretty unique and was completely covered in sheep crap, which Lola ate by the pound. It was totally impossible to stop her, as it really was everywhere, but I tried to prevent it as much as possible. As we left the course an island kid hit a ball in our general direction and just missed us by a few feet. What a brat! By the end of the day Lola was completely burnt out from insane outdoors adventures for two days straight, so she curled up in the cabin garden in a little hay-lined nest she built for herself. Ridiculous. Now she needs a bath possibly more than she's ever needed a bath before, and she's still tired. Jeff and I probably won't see a whole lot of her for the next day or two. She's worn out from vacation while I can't wait for the next one!
AND in Day in the Life news, next Monday's post will be by Hwasoon Kim from the amazing Morning Calm. You are not going to want to miss this one. It's going to be the perfect Monday morning post.
The second part of our day on Hornby Island involved a hike (really more like a leisurely walk) at Helliwell Provincial Park. I had to share so many photos of the later half of our day because it was amazing. The hike starts with a nice forest approach that leads to insanely beautiful sweeping ocean views. Mountains and islands, green cliffs, and miles of ocean make it impossible to avoid stopping to take a photo every two steps. The trail leads around a point on the island and into an old growth Douglas Fir forest. Look at the size of some of those beauties. Do I recommend visiting Hornby Island? How could I not! We also found a deer skull (which we brought home) and finished with a really delicious meal and pint at the local pub while we waited for the ferry back to Denman. This was such a great day, I hope you don't mind me sharing so many of my photos. By the way, can anyone ID the flower near the top of this post? One more island vacation post to come tomorrow, thanks for taking the time to look, read and comment!