Every Mother’s and Father’s Day I have the honour of celebrating 2 sets of parents – my actual parents and my parents best friends, who predate my existence by quite a bit.
They are a fixture of every family event, where after a few drinks they’ll tell the same stories time and time again. Great stories, accumulated over 40 years of friendship. My aunt (I call them aunt and uncle) is very fond of telling me that my first act in this world was to make my mom vomit all over her.
They have a 3 bedroom condo, divided into an office, a bedroom, and a junk room. When I was a kid the junk room was my haven – stacks of National Geographic back-issues, boxes of mysterious things, from little figurines to marbles, I spent a giant chunk of my childhood in there. When, on occasion, my uncle was supposed to clean the junk room out he’d simply swap it with the office, so ‘my’ junk room would still be there when I came over.
For Mother’s Day this year I restored a childhood photo of my aunt – a photo that is now more than 60 years old.
I gave it to her on Sunday, so happy with the results!
Published April 24, 2013
Tags: life, Ollie, Random
…Entering my home. Apparently killing everything in it’s path,
or at least rendering it blissfully unconscious.
Published April 12, 2013
Knitting , Life
Tags: knitting, life, mom, socks
My mom and I are both 5 foot 2. She may actually be 5 foot nothin’, but the fact remains that we are both small.
One day she was chatting with Tito and I, and she dropped this gem: ‘Because short things come in important packages’. To get the full effect, imagine it being said in a sweet West-Indian accent.
Some officious douchbag (I think it was me) presumptuously tried to correct her: ‘Mom, it’s good things come in small packages‘.
She frowned at me for a moment, but then grinned her infectious grin and repeated with confidence (and finality); ‘Nope! It’s short things come in important packages’.
Well, I finally realized that she’s right. This entire post is about a hurdle I have finally crossed – my first socks. I’ve been anti sock all these years thinking ‘why waste time like that?’. They’re amazing. They’re comfy. They fit my tiny feet perfectly. They are extraordinarily important.
Because short things come in important packages. As usual, mom is right.
Published April 5, 2013
Inspira , Jewelry , Knitting , Life , Photography
Tags: blog, life
The Blue Brick has 500 followers! Watching the stats on this blog grow has been a very neat experience, we also just passed the 300,000 hit mark. I’ve been wondering about whether it was due for a refresher.
When I post about crafts sometimes I worry that the content isn’t interesting to photographers, and vice versa – that my photography posts are of less interest to crafters. I thought about whether it was time to start a separate blog to feature photography related material only.
But then I realized that, variety is what my blog is about, not a specific outlet for one hobby but a celebration of creativity in general. In my day job I’m the Art Director for a design firm in Toronto, and one thing I’ve realized is that cross-pollination is what creativity is about for me. I think my pottery contributes directly to my feel for advertising, and that graphic design influences my knitting. Being creative in general is the journey (though photography will always be my first love)
BUT there is a new first love emerging. I love when someone takes something I’ve done, and takes it a step farther. I love the idea that a photo of Newfoundland is on a wall in Istanbul, that a photograph of the aurora is now a bat of roving, and the idea that my work in the Bay of Fundy has helped educate people about the tides in physics textbooks in Austria, a museum in Northern Quebec, a magazine in California and many others. I love when work travels, and can inspire others. I really love seeing the projects of people who’ve knitted a design of mine!
So, I am going to make one little change. Rather than make jewellery for sale on Etsy any more I’m going to write tutorials so folks can make their own. In particular, I’m embarking on my first book, a comprehensive how-to of using resin to turn flowers into jewellery. I will still accept commission work, but my days of creating large quantities for sale on Etsy are over (There will be one last update, in late April though, because I just can’t resist making jewellery during tulip season :)). I am looking forward to the creative writing process, to creating my first book and most of all, to seeing what others make!
Published March 17, 2013
Life , Uncategorized
Tags: Beer, receipe
Heading home in the morning and very reluctant to say goodbye to El Salvador! Expect lots of photography when I’ve had a chance to settle in and process :)
Until then though, I leave you with this lovely discovery. This is a Michelada.
Our lovely friends, Quique and Bertha-Alicia introduced us to this treat tonight. It’s tasty, spicy and utterly delightful :)
Here’s what about.com has to say about making one:
1 ice cold Mexican beer (dark is better)
coarse salt (for the rim)
1/4 cup fresh lime juice
1-2 dashes of hot chile sauce (such as Tabasco, Tapatio or Cholula)
1 dashes of soy sauce
1 dashes worchestshire sauce
beer mug or large glass (chilled if possible)
lime wedge for garnish
Salt the rim of the glass by wetting the edge with some of the lime juice then dipping it into a plate with salt on it. Now fill the glass about half way with ice and pour in the lime juice, chile sauce, soy sauce and worchestshire sauce. Mix with a spoon then slowly pour in the beer to the top of the glass. Push the lime wedge onto the edge and serve immediately.
Published March 10, 2013
It’s funny how attached you can get to an inanimate object – our ancient beleaguered Corolla died on the weekend and we’re pretty damn sad about it. We got that car with 114,000 clicks or so, and over the next three years we added 200,000 clicks of our own.
It’s taken us all over southern Ontario, Tobermory, Sudbury, Terra Cotta, Mono Cliffs, Cobaconk, Kilarney and Merrickville, to name just a few.
Pedro has chased lightning…
Braved winter storms…
Performed tripod duties…
And carried us to many successful Aurora sightings.
Pedro had the honour of carrying my best friend on her wedding day.
The first year we had him was incredibly snowy… and we had to park outside. That car started, every morning, without fail, and never broke down until the day he made his last trip.
200,000 clicks is almost 5 times around the world. He has carried our friends and family safely home through all kinds of weather. You can ask no more from a car than that.