In the Woods

Saturday could not have been more beautiful for an afternoon out in the country. We drove out to the Lanark Highlands for a birthday party out in the woods. It was much needed time spent outside. Looking back on it reminded me of this quote I heard recently.

You should sit in nature for 20 minutes a day. Unless you’re busy- then you should sit for an hour.
-Zen Proverb

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Sunday Reading :: Ten Little Caterpillars

by Bill Martin Jr. and Lois Elhert

We absolutely adore this book. Lois Elhert has illustrated so many nature-themed children’s books in brightly coloured collages. Her style is abstract yet visually accurate; all of the caterpillars and butterflies (and plants) are based on actual species. The rhyming text is very simple; caterpillars adventuring all over, and of course, turning into a butterfly at the end. At the back of the book all of the different caterpillars 1-10 are pictured, along with the butterfly or moth they become. If you loved The Very Hungry Caterpillar, you’ll love this one too!

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Nesting Behaviour

Things are slowly coming together to create a nursery in the nook of our home office. We are still waiting for some furniture to come in before we can really get started, but I do have some artwork picked out already. I have been collecting pieces for awhile, mostly nature-inspired, of course. Here is my collection so far:

Large Owlphabet Poster, Alphabet Art, Owl Art, Education Tools, Nursery Art

Owlphabet by Stacie Bloomfield of Gingiber

Minimalist Photography, duckling photo, nursery decor, little black duck, black & white art, minimalism, child's room wall art, 8x10 Print

Little by Amy Tyler

Quest, 8.5 x 11 print

Quest by Cathy McMurray

Bird No.28

Bird No. 28 by Geninne Zlatkis

We don’t have a lot of wallspace, but hopefully I can come up with some kind of arrangement so that I won’t have to hang anything over the crib.

There are a few other treasures I’d like to share as we put this room together for our baby, Things I have been collecting and some vintage pieces that I have saved from my own childhood. There will also be some things that are still in the process of being knitted and stitched…

Gifts from the Sky

The river was waiting for us this afternoon. After visiting almost every night, to skipping a couple of weeks, I think we really missed its calm rhythms. The leaves in the woods are tinged with a touch of gold these days, and I couldn’t believe what we found there, freshly fallen from the sky:

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This is my favourite time of year, and not just because it’s my birthday 😀 To celebrate this BIG YEAR, I am offering you 30% OFF in my Etsy Shop for all of September. Just enter coupon code: BIRTHDAY30 at the time of purchase.

Last Days of Summer

Fall still a few weeks away, and yet I am already seeing life though orange-coloured glasses. I visited Kingston this weekend with my aunt- a lovely place with an even lovelier travel companion. Wolfe Island left me with the romantic notion of moving to a small island community, exactly how I felt when we left Galiano Island in B.C.

Church Cat

Painted Lady

What is inspiring you to soak in these last days of summer?

Off the Grid

I feel like I have been off the grid here for awhile. The truth is that the last couple of weeks have been a whirlwind of activities with family who are visiting from out of town. It seems like everyone came at the same time! We have had a lot of fun, checking out local tourist spots that I forget about because I live here, and just generally hanging out and catching up. We also visited some of my husband’s family, who live on a farm. They sent us home with loads of fresh vegetables- squash, beets, kale, onions, and beans (which Charlie loves).

Other than that, we’ve been enjoying the last few days of summer, which are cooling down nicely. Open windows at night and finally, fresh air- so refreshing. My birthday is also coming up soon (a big one for me) so stay tuned for a discount in the shop!