Friday, January 28, 2011

Film Friday - LCA+

It's grey, rainy and coldish today in Vancouver. A lot of people warned me about the rain causing depression out here. It doesn't do that for me, I just don't really like it (but then, who does?).
Lately I've been dreaming more and more of sunny beach days.


Jones Beach, NY during my summer 2009 trip.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Emparedado de la flor

An underground flower petal home. It sounds like something out of a fairy tale.
But they exist! And astoundingly smart and wonderful little bees from Iran and Turkey are building them.


The solitary Osmia avosetta bee builds these "flower sandwiches", which have a layer of petals on the outside, a layer of mud, and then a final layer of petals inside. These nestle the little baby bee larva while it eats pollen and nectar, before it's sealed in to grow.



Pictures and info by way of National Geographic

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Goodness knows, honeysuckle rose


Honeysuckle has been named the colour of 2011.
I heard this on the radio the other day, and it caught my attention, but for the wrong reason. See, when I heard 'honeysuckle' my mind immediately went to a bright yellowy orange. And this caught my attention because lately I've been really into yellow, for the first time ever really.

Around November I bought some tights from AA in 'mustard'. I wasn't sure about them at first, didn't know if I could pull them off, but soon enough they were my default. As often as I'd wear black, instead it was mustard. Then I found a skirt in pretty much the exact same colour. I just tried them together today for the first time and I'm sold. Lately I've also been leaning more towards monochromatic outfits, or at least blocks of outfits.

Today I found a fantastic yellow and red cardigan from the fantastic Deluxe Junk Co.. While buying it the cashier exclaimed that she loved it and couldn't believe it hadn't sold yet. She then said she could see why I was buying it, as I clearly loved yellow.

It must be the spring in the air, or just my longing for a bright yellow sun in the sky :)



Tuesday, January 25, 2011

This day in history

January 25, 2010
January 25, 2010. Save On Meats on Hastings.

Adam mentioned the other day the sign hasn't been lit up lately. It closed about 2 years ago, I keep hoping it will open back up, or at least whoever gets the building leaves the sign up.

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Low tide

I decided to make a resolution this past new years, to get down to the seawall once a week. Since we got Minnie, that impeded my free time a bit, so I haven't really kept it (out of the last 3 weeks I went once). But! I did get down there today.
I live next to the ocean, and I haven't been taking advantage of that as I should. I'm not going to be here forever, and I know I will miss it when I'm gone.

Today I walked the bit (8.8 km worth!) that goes around Stanley Park.






Friday, January 21, 2011

On Being Ginger

If only I really was!
I've been dying my hair for 15 years. Naturally it's a boring (on me, anyways) dark blonde. I've had it nearly every colour of the rainbow, plus all the normal hair colours. I rarely lasted more than a few moths without a drastic change. Until I went red.
For the last 3 years almost my hair has stayed within the confines of copper red. I'm fair with freckles, so it does suit me. Plus it's close enough to my natural colour that I can be lazy about redyeing and it doesn't look horrendous.

And while many people, when they hear 'ginger' they think of....


To me, red hair has always seemed so glamourous. I still have the occasional desire for a massive change, but then I'll watch an episode of Mad Men and be so enamoured of Joan that anything other than red just seems lacking.
Here are some photos of some red haired ladies whom I love, and have loved for years.





gilda rita






Film Friday - picture of a picture edition


Taken by my pal Monica about 6 or 7 years ago. A day of shopping in Toronto, inside one of my favourite antique shops on Queen.
In true pack rat form, I still have the slip, sweater and necklace that I'm wearing (and actually do wear all 3 pretty often).

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Fred Herzog

My second month living in Vancouver I got a job working at a stall in the Public Market on Granville Island. My commute to work saw me taking a bus to Granville and Broadway, and then walking down Granville Street to get to the island. That particular stretch of Granville is a pretty ritzy area, and so has loads of antique stores and galleries.
One morning while walking down I was struck by an image in the front window of the Equinox Gallery:

Family, 1967

The paisley, those earrings, that glove and cigarette..I just loved it all.
The entire time the exhibit was on I would walk a little slower by that window and take in the photo every morning. I was too shy to go into the gallery and see what else he had done.
Months later at my first trip to the art gallery I found a book of Fred Herzog photographs and was exposed to a Vancouver I had no idea about.
While there is a lot about Vancouver I love, the overall feel of the city still is lacking for me. Everything is so much newer here than in Ontario, and it's one hurdle I can't seem to get over.
Herzog's photographs show a Vancouver that I would have loved to experience.

Hastings at Columbia
Hastings at Columbia, 1958

Bookshop Main
Bookshop Main, 1963

Hastings & Seymour
Hastings & Seymour, 1961

Untitled, Granville St
Granville St, 1960

Hub & Lux
Hub & Lux, 1958

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Cuba Beach Fashions

About a year ago I was in Cuba celebrating my 19th friendaversary with Mary. I've been to Cuba twice, both times in resorts.
A dream of mine is to get my license, learn meagre Spanish and drive around the country. Get to know Cuba properly, and all the lovely people within it.

The sun and warmish weather today had me dreaming of beach days, and these pictures fit the bill.

Pre-revolutionary 1950s Cuba.
Photographed by Gordon Parks, famously known as the director of Shaft.

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Tortilla pizza

Years ago Adam lived near The Staircase in Hamilton when it was open as a theatre and restaurant. We would go often-ish, I probably ate there about 5 times in total, and my favourite thing was their tortilla pizzas.

The other night I was dead tired after a day of work and running on little sleep (thanks Minnie).
I wanted something fast with relatively little work, and this turned out to be perfectly that.
The day earlier I had been reminded of those tasty pizzas for some reason, and so picked up some tortillas and other toppings that I imagine might be tasty - and boy howdy were they!

I'm a huge fan of cheeses, all kinds, though blue cheeses rank particularly high. And I love them even more when accompanied by something sweet, so naturally blue cheese and pear is a favourite of mine. Running with this theme I present to you,

Blue Cheese, Pear and Caramelized Onion Tortilla Pizza

Complete with JP2 peeking through

One large sweet onion
One Bosc pear
A good chunk of blue cheese
Olive oil
Balsamic vinegar
2 big flour tortillas

Cut the onion in half, and then slice thinly. Heat about a tbsp of butter in a heavy pan over medium heat and add onion. I cooked it on medium just until it started to soften, then turned it to med-low and cooked it about 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. You want the onions to get good and dark, sticky brown but not burn.
Meanwhile, put your tortillas on the pan you're going to cook them on and pour about a tbsp or two of olive oil on each tortilla and brush it around.
Preheat your oven to 400.
Once the onions are done, spread them evenly over the entire tortilla. Remove the core from the pear in whatever method you prefer and cut it into quarters, then slice each quarter thinly. Arrange the pear slices on top of onions, then crumble as much cheese as you want over everything. Finish it off with a drizzle of about a tbsp of honey for each pizza, and about a tsp or two of balsamic vinegar.
Put the pizzas in the oven for 7-8 minutes, then turn on the broiler and leave them in another 2-3, watching to make sure they don't burn.
Take them out, slice 'em up and devour.

Friday, January 14, 2011

Film Friday


Very old webcam picture of a picture of baby Adam and me. I'm 18 here, this is before we were together, at a house party in Hamilton. Obviously he was a charmer right off the bat.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Puppy Love

Oi vey.
So I've had loads of ideas of things to write about. Neat stores, cool artists, interesting web know, the meat of all good blogs.
But then, on Monday, this happened:


Miss Minnie Pearl. She's an English Bulldog, and she is wonderful. But boy oh boy is she a handful.
Well, maybe an armful.

Photo on 2011-01-13 at 17.39 #4

Friday, January 7, 2011

Film Friday

In an effort to keep me posting, I figured I could use a weekly post, so if at times I'm leading a horribly boring life, at least I'll have something to share.

Over the past year and a half I've gotten back into taking film photos, which was greatly spurred on by my lovely friend Kristin working at the Lomo store in NYC.
In the summer of 2009 I visited her and picked up an LCA+, which unfortunately broke a few months later and costs the same as a new one to repair here. This past summer I picked up a Holga and have been using that.
I also have loads of photos in albums around so hey, why not show some of those off too.


For today, a photo from my LCA+.
This is an Elizabeth Peyton painting I saw in the MOMA. I was turned on to her from reading the wonderful Kris Atomic blog.

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Cozyin' up

So as I mentioned in my intro post I've recently acquired a sewing machine. My fella got me a lovely Elna machine from nearby Spool of Thread for Christmas and I'm thrilled about it!
Since I work on-call I can have a lot of time off during the week and I would rather not spend all that time on facebook and watching the Food Network (which I can, all too easily). So bring on the projects!
So far I've mostly used the machine to piece together a bunch of patchwork squares and to fix Adam's jeans and underpants. All worthwhile causes, but today I finished my first proper project - and what a traditional one it was. Cozy time!


My lovely, if cluttered, work station.
The floral material for the outside of the tea cozy was a fat quarter I scored over at Spool of Thread, and the lining material is an old pillowcase. I used these instructions, which include how to draw your pattern (the red piece).
For batting I went the thrifty route, and used an old towel we had laying around. It made it a little trickier to sew and turn, but hey, it's eco-friendly ;)

Nothing is complete without a little embroidered embellishment. I drew the letters on free hand, which is fairly obvious.

Et voila! It turned out to be a little small for my teapot, so I split the one side open so the spout could peek out. It wasn't the neatest alteration, but I'm okay with that.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Edward Hopper

While over at my pal Alison's house she showed me her goodies from Christmas, one of which was a 2011 calendar of Edward Hopper's paintings.
I had no idea who he was, until I saw the one painting he's most known for, Nighthawks:

Nighthawks - Edward Hopper

Right? Of course I know Edward Hopper!
Anyways, I was really taken with his other work. The light and shadow in his paintings are so lovely, and there's just something about all the ladies in his work - I immediately want to know everything about them.


Office at Night


Chop Suey

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