Shop Update: 2015 Calendar

After a wild 2014, it seems almost crazy to be thinking about 2015 but I can’t wait to see what the new year brings!

The land & sea calendar for 2015 is professionally printed on matte photo paper, and it’s 5×7 size is perfect for display – in a frame, tacked on to the fridge, or my personal favourite, pinned to my bulletin board at work for a quick mid-day mental escape. The best part is that once you’re done with the month – doesn’t time just fly? – you can trim away the calendar portion, leaving a 5×5 image that’s perfect to keep.

There’s one more calendar for 2015 in the works, and it’ll be up by the end of the week, along with some lovely wintery greeting cards.

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Welcome to Chicago

Recently, I visited Chicago for the first time. My best friend had a big birthday coming up, and decided she wanted to spend it in a new city with some of her favourite girls. It was a whirlwind, filled with lots of amazing food, craft beer, and most importantly, laughter and hijinks.

The city is gorgeous; everywhere you look, there’s something amazing to catch your eye. Beware, though. Given how much time I spent looking up, up, up, it’s amazing I didn’t come away with a huge pain in my neck… or stumble into something.

Other cities take note: if your downtown core smelled of chocolate, I bet tourism would increase. I never thought I’d miss how a city smells! And Chicago really knows how to create green space among the plaster and concrete, with lovely patios, planters, and lush boulevards. It’s truly a beautiful place to spend some time.

A few highlights:

  • The Improvised Shakespeare Company – Even more clever and funny than I’d hoped. If I lived in Chicago, I’d be here every week.
  • Architectural River Cruise – Folks, this city is gorgeous (and it smells like chocolate). The river cruise is a great way to see and learn all about the city, and the tour run by the Chicago Architecture Cruise is nerdily wonderful (are you sensing a theme yet?)
  • Sai Cafe – Generally agreed to be the best sushi anyone at the table had ever had… outside of Japan.
  • Donut Vault – There may have been a day where all our calories came from this heavenly little spot.
  • Three Dots and a Dash – a fun little tiki bar with dangerously delicious cocktails.

And yet there was so much I missed out on, so I can’t wait to go back.

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PS – new items coming to the shop this week!

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Frozen

Since we’re now four days into the spring equinox, I’m reasonably sure that winter will end sometime soon. Probably.

This winter has been so long, hard and fraught with storms that I’ve had little opportunity to get out and make any new winter photographs. Last weekend was a nice change; it was sunny though still very cold, and since we hadn’t had a major storm in a few days, the roads were clear enough to get to Lake Erie.

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I was recently interviewed by the Library as Incubator Project. If you’d like to find out how libraries have influenced my work, please hop on over to LAIP to check out the interview.

San Francisco

When asked about my favourite travel destination – or favourite book, or band, or meal, or anything, really – my response is simple: my favourite is the one I fell in love with last.

San Francisco may prove to be the exception.

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Like most of my ill-fated romances, I fell in love almost immediately. Against my better judgment, the crazy microclimates, the sometimes vertically inclined streets, and the cold and noisy Victorian apartments charmed me.

In those few and altogether brief days, I couldn’t get enough of the views, the food, the people.

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View more photos from San Francisco, Napa, and the coast here and a few favourites will undoubtedly make it into my Etsy shop soon.

 

Click through for a few of my (mostly food focused) favourite things in San Francisco:

Giving Thanks

I have so much to be thankful for, I barely know where to begin. This past week has been extraordinary in so many ways, I am am so thankful for the people and opportunities which brought me here.

I was presented with the opportunity to go to California this month to mix a little work and pleasure. I knew I’d see lots of pretty sights, eat lots of great food, but I have to admit that for the first time, the people I met were the highlights of this trip.

I can honestly say the past 10 days have managed to break me and rebuild me in the most amazing way.

I am truly feeling blessed right now.

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This a taste from my last night in San Francisco. They’re handheld images taken at 4am after a perfect storm of great food, drink and company so they’re about as clear as my head was at the time!

Oh, hello, internet

If it appears that I’ve gone into hibernation, it wouldn’t be too far off the mark. Between work and school, it’s been a crazy couple of months, and it’s only going to get crazier when I start my new job on Monday. I’m thrilled about the position and my new(ish) colleagues are wonderful, so it’s great news all around.

Hopefully, I’ll be able to squeeze a weekend or two to myself to do more than photograph the surprise blooms in my garden.

Happy spring, everyone!

Confessions of a cold-weather recluse

To say I have no love for winter would be an understatement. In fact, it’s only through my abhorrence for the freezing cold which has made me appreciate the sweltering humidity of Ontario summers.

But, dear internet, after my weekend in a snow-bound cottage, my tune has changed. I loathe at least 20% less.

It was a crazy couple of days of snowmobiling (oh yes, I did!) and igloo-building (oh yes, I watched!), and warming up by a roaring fire with a mug of hot buttered rum. I have to admit that I had way, way more fun than I thought and would gladly go again should the opportunity present itself.

When our lovely hosts took us 3km into the trails around the property, we all marveled at the untouched beauty and the complete silence of the woods. We were truly in nature’s cathedral, and it was awesome in the fullest sense of the world.

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Don’t worry, I haven’t entirely lost my marbles. I still violently detest winters in the city, with the slush and the wind and the shoveling and the crap roads. But at least I’ll remember that it can be beautiful, too.

Rum and Sunshine

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This time around, we were prepared for Cuba. And as it turned out, aside from the Benadryl, none of it was necessary. The resort was lovely, the food was better than expected, and we had a great time.

I returned to Havana for a third visit, and went with a tour company rather than hiring a cab since I was on my own. While I learned quite a bit from the guide, and met some great people, I found the experience very rushed and would definitely not go that route again.

Below are a couple of my favourite images from this trip, and if you visit my Cuba gallery, you can see all the things that made me smile from both last year and this year.

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