If you haven’t noticed, I’m not an athletic person. There are many many other things I’d like to do with my time than play sports or work out. But I do love ice skating. This past weekend, I took Clara (age 2.5) out for her first time on skates. We went to the gorgeous new outdoor rink and skating path at Greenwood Park (a short walk from our house). I had to hold Clara up, and we only skated for about 10 minutes, but it was really fun. She was pretty scared at first, but once she realized I wasn’t going to let her fall, she started to enjoy it. I’m really looking forward to going a bunch of times this winter.
I really like Gary Taxali. And I really like these Canadian cities pocket squares he made for Harry Rosen. Of course, they’re expensive, and I have no use for them (I don’t usually wear suits, not to mention pocket squares). But I can admire from afar, right? Or I could buy giclee prints of the pieces. But somehow hanging art on the wall just isn’t as cool as wearing it.
[via Toronto Life]
Do you know about Creative Mornings? It’s a FREE lecture series that happens one morning a month in cities around the world. Creative Mornings was started in NYC by my web hero swissmiss, and while the talks are aimed at the creative community, I think they really appeal to anyone.
Creative Mornings recently celebrated their 5-year birthday, and at their party, a number of people took the stage and gave short talks with advice. Check them out – they’re pretty great (and short). The advice from Oliver Jeffers is sweet, with his adorable Irish accent. And Maria Popova’s 7 Things I Learned talk ties in to her blog post of the same topic, which I absolutely loved.
And, speaking of Creative Mornings, we have a chapter right here in Toronto. I try to attend each month – the talks are great, there’s free coffee, and it’s at 401 Richmond, right next to my favourite design bookstore Swipe. What’s not to love?
This month the Toronto chapter is celebrating their 2nd birthday, and will be presenting a special Creative Morning on Friday November 21. Toronto Poet Laureate George Elliott Clark will be speaking on the topic of Bravery. Tickets are available at 9am this morning (yep, today – Monday), and will probably go fast. See you there!
[photo of Ilana Ben-Ari from last month's Creative Mornings Toronto talk. You can see more pictures from Creative Mornings Toronto here on their Flickr page]
My pals at Covet Garden are featured tastemakers on Etsy. They’ve put together a few different collections of their favourite finds, including one called Holiday 2013 Gift Guide. The best part is, every item in their gift guide collection is under $50. I love that they included the winter blocks by Toronto-based Fidoodle (pictured above). Clara already has two Fidoodle wooden block sets, and I would love to add these ones into the mix!
They’re adding more items often, so click the “follow” button to get updates as the gift guide grows.
After my post a few of weeks ago about ordering holiday cards from Tiny Prints, I got my butt in gear, corralled the family for a photo, and placed my order. I was so happy to see the final product when they arrived yesterday!
I ended up picking this design, since it worked really well with our photo (and I really wanted to try the Pearl White Shimmer Paper, which looks fantastic).
I’m so happy with the final product, and can’t wait to send these out to our friends and family this holiday season. So they can laugh at Clara’s total Rod Stewart hair.
You can get 20% off your Tiny Prints order (and 25% off if your order is over $149) until midnight tomorrow, November 14, when you use promo code SW1114. Happy shopping!
This post is sponsored by Tiny Prints, who I’ve been a fan of for many years. Thank you!
Confession time. I love the movie When Harry Met Sally. And one of my favourite parts of the movie is the little interstitial bits, where real-life couples tell their stories of falling in love.
One of my blog readers, James, emailed me last week with a link to Tales of Woo, a video series of real New Yorkers telling their stories of meeting and falling in love. It’s like a real version of When Harry Met Sally. Wonderful.
Thanks for sharing James – I really enjoy Tales of Woo.
Well, kind of. 20×200 is
dead hibernating and the team behind it has just launched You Should Buy Art, a similar site that’s in beta while the new 20×200 is being worked on. You can jump over there right now and get some very affordable art that was leftover from 20×200′s demise. Like Christian Chaize’s Praia Piquina or Sharon Montrose’s adorable Baby Deer. I’d love to have both Kite Hill and First Snow by Paul Octavious, pictured above.
Looks like they’re not shipping to Canada though. Boo.
I smiled when I saw this post on Twisted Sifter, about photographer Mark Nixon’s new photo book of children’s teddy bears, “loved to bits” by their owners.
It made me think of Clara’s beloved lovey/transitional object/security blanket, aka “Guy”. Seriously, that’s what we call it in our house (for the longest time, it didn’t have a name, so I started calling it “her guy” and the name stuck). Guy is a green elephant security blanket that we deliberately picked for her when she was 6 months old (after reading The No Cry Sleep Solution, which encourages loveys as as sleep aid). Now Clara won’t go far without Guy – he is a must for sleeping and travelling. She doesn’t need to have him around while she plays, but whenever she gets sleepy or feels a little needy, out comes Guy. I feel like he’s a part of our family!
Photos above of Clara with Guy, from 6 months (top left) to just last week, at Halloween (cat costume). Yep, Guy even went tobogganing last winter!
Ian and I have a dream of one day owning a shack in the woods. Some place we can escape to in order to get away from the city. We both LOVE the idea of a prefab, modular, modern building – one that is simple and features a lot of windows, so as to not compete with the nature around it. I was playing around on Alchemy Architects’ weeHouse website, and noticed that there are TWO weeHouses that are for rent within an easy drive of Toronto. (!!!) One is on Georgian Bay, and one is on Seneca Lake (which is where we visited around this time last year, on our upstate New York / Finger Lakes getaway). I’m bookmarking both of these for summertime rentals. The hard part is… which one to choose? =)
[images of Georgian Bay/Cawaja Beach weeHouse Modern Cottage via their rental listing]
Reddit user Nnewei pulled back the carpet at his house, and found a giant Monopoly board painted onto the floor. SO COOL.
[via Metro UK]