Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Wooly Landscapes

I came across the work of Scottish textile artist Aileen Clarke while doing some research to get inspired to tackle another wet felting project. You don't have to be a felt fan to be instantly captured by her landscapes made of various fibres. I especially love how she incorporates her sewing machine to add an extra layer of texture.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Mid November Goodies is Right

I have posted about Katie Quinn Davies before. She is one of my favourite photographer/stylist/foodies. Her most recent blog post was titled Mid November Goodies and Goodies is right! Click here to see the post and get the recipes that go with these amazing photos! 

Thursday, November 24, 2011

That's a Wrap

With all the snow we received this week I am officially in holiday mode. This means that this weekend I will be setting up my holiday craft workshop, i.e. taking over a large section of the house for various home made projects... sorry Dave! If you happen to feel the same way but aren't sure what to create why not make your own stamps or wrapping paper? Click here for a tutorial I did for

New from Mumford & Sons

I am a huge fan of Mumford and Sons [Thanks KH]. I still listen to their first album frequently and I am so excited to get their new album that will be coming out in early 2012. If this new track is any indication of what that new album will be like then it's going to be fantastic. This is Ghosts That We Knew. Enjoy!

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Felt Ball Tutorial

I know, I know, another felting post. Well this time it's a tutorial on how to make your own felt balls! Head over to to see how simple it is and to get inspired to make some wonderful holiday decorations with them!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Hot Ham Water and Other Treats

Oh I just love these. I saw these on one of my daily reads, Design Work Life, last week and have been meaning to share. Designed Misty Manley.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Master Minder

There are a few blogs I follow that make a point of highlighting or capturing moments that are just... well.. wonderful. They are catagorized into posts titled Simple Things or Small Joys for example. I always love these posts and have wanted to start doing them myself. In the next couple of weeks Halfsweet vanilla is going to go through a bit of a makeover and this will be one of the additions.

In an attempt to turn off the darn tv and use our noggins more. Dave and I have been enjoying Master Mind. Such a great game! So far, I am the Master Minder.

Letterpress Workshop

This weekend I took part in a NSCAD Extended Studies Letterpress workshop. Two days of type, card making, letterpressing glory! It was absolutely wonderful to spend two days making things with my hands [no computer in sight] and using these beautiful presses.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Anatomy of a Good Hike

Great company, beautiful day, yummy snacks. Exactly what we had when we hiked Cape Split last weekend.

Monday, November 7, 2011

Minimal is more

Thanks so much to Laura [Runty Mouse] Hogan for showing me wonderful posters. How great are they? They are designed by Christian Jackson and the whole series can be seen on his Square Inch Design Blog. Definitely one of those, why didn't I think of that, moments!

Friday, November 4, 2011

For the Weekend

Happy Friday Everyone! This weekend is shaping up to be a nice one. Dinner, running, hiking and the first Christmas craft show of the season... can't go wrong! As a morning person I am very much looking forward to turning my clock back an hour on Sunday and I am also going to find the time to peruse West Elm's Blog, Front & Main.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

New Music, No Room for Doubt

Between the new Feist and Florence and the Machine Albums [highly recommend them both!] I have also been enjoying this artist, Lianne La Havas. She only has an ep available at the moment with a full length album due out in 2012. I hope you enjoy this song, No Room for Doubt, as much as I do. It's a little on the slower side but great for a chilly morning like this one.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011


I can't believe that yesterday was November 1st. It is around this time that I start making my christmas craft list. I have quite a few projects I would like to tackle and I am looking forward to sharing! The new Anthropologie Catalogue has definitely got me into the holiday spirit and is full of festive inspiration!

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Envelope Pillows

We recently painted out living room walls and are now in the midst of bringing the room to life with a new colour palette and accessories. I will post more on the room itself as it comes together but for now I'd like to share this great pillow case tutorial that I found online and a sneak peak at how my pillows turned out. This tutorial is for an envelope style accent pillow and it couldn't be any easier!