5.29.2012

hot & humid...

It's been hot, hot, hot here lately with temperatures in the high 30's today! I could do without the thick layer of humidity, but weather like this calls for ice cream and bbq's, which isn't so bad. Over the weekend we completed a few more things for our wedding, including picking up some table decor, ordering envelopes, and meeting with the florist. It's nice to check things off one by one. A successful weekend indeed!

5.23.2012

the unofficial start of summer...







While most people drive to a cottage up North, or camp out at the nearest provincial park for May 2-4, I spent this past weekend relaxing in the backyard under a shady tree. This is actually Rick's parents backyard, with towering trees and a small garden in the back. I literally read for hours and napped in the grass, not worrying about anything but taking it easy. Such a nice break! I'm looking forward to more blissful Summer moments in our own home this year... can't wait!

5.22.2012

peach almond smoothie...

Goodmorning everyone! Hope you all had a lovely weekend. It was a long one here, celebrating Victoria Day, and I spent the majority of my time relaxing and reading outdoors. The weather was surprisingly perfect as May 2-4 weekend is notorious for being freezing cold. It definitely marked the beginning of the Summer season!

I had my fair share of ice cream and bbq, so this morning I got back to making a delicious smoothie for breakfast. Unfortunately there wasn't too much in my fridge and freezer so this one was just made from what I had on hand...

A handful or so of frozen peaches 
Half a frozen banana 
1/2 a cup or so of almond milk 
Filtered water/Ice 
Some hemp and chia seeds

Here's hoping this short week goes by fast!

5.16.2012

the sweet scent of lilacs...




The other day while walking along a forest path, I came across this gorgeous lilac tree. About 8 feet tall with tiny purple blooms, the sweet scent of lilac cannot be missed. In an area where dandelions rule, it was amazing to come across it at all. Of course, I might have taken a little back to work with me... smells amazing! I can't wait to plant lilac in our own backyard...

5.15.2012

from the weekend...








This past weekend Rick and I went back to the spot where he proposed. It's such a beautiful, little area, hidden down a path on a countryside road. During the Spring the grass is all flattened, making it easy to hike down to the river, but in the Summer months the grass grows tall, making it practically impossible to get down to the water. I kind of love that it has that mystery though, that we can only get to a certain spot, during a certain time of the year. It makes it all the more special.

5.13.2012

one year ago today...


One year ago today, on a rainy afternoon, Rick popped the question and I said yes! I can't believe a year has already flown by. There's 7 weeks left until we move, and about 5 months until our wedding day. I can barely wait for either.

It's a big year.

Photo: Yashica FX3 using Fuji 35mm film

5.12.2012

all wrapped up...



With Mothers Day tomorrow, i'm off to my hometown to celebrate with my Mom! We're going out for afternoon tea and a sweet treat at the cutest café, and i'll be bringing along this beautiful egyptian jasmine scented hand & body cream as a little gift. I was going to just tie the box with the prettiest ribbon I could find, but then I came across this gorgeous spring wrapping paper that perfectly matched. A nice change from the usual gift bag, don't you think? How did those become so popular anyway? Ripping open paper is so much more fun!

pomegranate berry smoothie with hemp seeds...



My latest smoothie included a whole bunch of of antioxidant, berry goodness. There's something about a classic berry smoothie that's always delicious...

1/2 - 1 cup of unsweetened pomegranate juice
Mixed organic frozen berries (I used blueberries, blackberries, strawberries & raspberries)
A spoonful or so of organic hemp seeds (high in protein & omega fats)
A spoonful or so of organic chia seeds
Filtered water (to thin it out)

Because this smoothie has so many berries with seeds, I recommend blending it for longer than usual so it's pretty much liquified. I then strain the blended mixture into my glass with a small sieve. It's much more enjoyable this way, so i'm not choking down gritty seeds with every sip. For some reason they just don't break down in the blender like the chia and hemp (my blender isn't that powerful to begin with). Enjoy!

Photo: Canon S95

the best of spring...










There is seriously nothing better than flowering trees in the Spring. I love the soft pink tones, the sweet scent, and delicate petals scattered across the ground. It's a time that's so short lived, it makes me anxious to grab my camera and head out to snap some photos at every possible moment. 

I spotted this tree on a back road on my way to work the other day, and walked over today to take some photos during lunch. Rick and I are hoping to plant some trees in our backyard once we move, and a gorgeous flowering one will definitely be a must.

Also, thank you to everyone who participated in the survey I posted a few weeks ago. I really appreciate you all taking the time to answer! I received some really great feedback and so many sweet notes that i'll definitely be putting to good use.

I hope you all have a lovely Mothers Day weekend! 

Photos: Canon S95

5.05.2012

chocolate banana chia seed smoothie...



This weekend I decided to add a little chocolate to my smoothie to make it a sweet + healthy treat. Not for every morning, but a bright and sunny Saturday certainly deserves one, don't you think? This one is pretty simple and can be whipped up in no time...

Almond Milk (I used vanilla)
One frozen banana
Organic Cocoa powder
Chia Seeds (About a tbsp)
Square of dark, 71% chocolate
Red berries (I used raspberries)
Water and ice cube (to thin it out)

Again I just mix up the ingredients based on taste, so feel free to adjust to your liking! You need just enough almond milk and water added in first for your blender to easily whip things up.

Also, last time I posted a smoothie recipe someone mentioned the cleanup after. Here's a great trick I learned... after you're done making your smoothie, add water and some dish soap and give it a whirl. All the little bits will come loose in the bottom and just rinse to finish cleaning.

Hope you're all having a good weekend!

Photo: Canon S95 

5.01.2012

purple leaf sand cherry...




The other day I went for a walk at lunch, just to get a little fresh air. It was rainy and colder than I thought, realizing half way down the path that I wasn't really dressed warm enough (the hazards of spring). I cut the walk short, taking a side trail that opens up behind some neighboorhood homes in the area, and ended up walking right by this beautiful flowering tree. Luckily I had my camera with me and snapped a few quick pics. My Mom swears that the tree outside Rick and I's new home (which wasn't blooming at the time) is like this one – Purple Leaf Sand Cherry. I hope she's right.

Photos: Canon S95

for the love of film {no.10}...












Hi everyone. Today i'm excited to finally feature another blogger for our For the Love of Film series. I've been searching high and low for some new people to feature, so I was happy to stumble across Hannah's blog, Another Feather. Hannah creates some absolutely stunning jewlery, inspired by "by her travels, the mountains, and an appreciation for well made objects and heirlooms". It's that travel inspiration that I fell in love with after discovering her beautiful film photos featuring Scotland, a place I love dearly. I felt strangely connected with these photos being there so many times to visit my Granny and family, and taking similar photos of some of the exact same spots. I find it so fascinating to see the same locations captured through someone else's eyes. I could never tire of travel photos... and film ones at that!

Enjoy Hannah's answers to my questions below, and be sure to pop by Hannah's shop, Another Feather and her blog, here.

First off, what do you love the most about film photography? 
I love the unknown, the element of surprise, and the planning involved with shooting film. When using film I feel like you make more conscious decisions each time you take a photo, which makes for much more intentional images. Also theres nothing like picking up film and thumbing through photos you forgot about, reliving a special moment or emotion, and choosing successful images. It's like christmas morning each time!

What kind of camera(s) do you use? Do you have a preferred brand/type of film?
I shoot with a Canon EOS 650 with multiple lenses. It was my grandfather's and the first camera I learned to take a photo with when I was younger. Years later my grandfather mailed it to me before I left for a trip, with a note saying all he wanted me to bring him home from my travels was a bag of shot rolls of film. I've used it ever since. I've been playing with different films to get a better feel for what I like, or gives me the results I desire. Most recently I've been using an old bag of expired film an artist in Scotland gave me while I was there on a trip.

What would you say inspires your style the most?
The time and place and emotions I am feeling that moment.
The way I view things as an artist and maker.
Traveling.
The subject matter or lighting is always inspiration as well.

How do you go about setting up the perfect shot? Do you have any photography "rules" that you keep in mind?
I never use a flash. I look through the view finder, take a moment to breathe and adjust focus, look away, look back, and if I still think it's interesting or lovely, I snap the photo.

What would be your best tip for beginners?
Appreciate the permanence of the physical photo you just took, each time you hear the click of the shutter. But play, take risks, sometimes the random last photo that you took just to finish the roll is the one that turns out best!

Who are some of your favourite photographers?
I love to look at the images of Brian Ferry and Nikaela Marie. Anne Schwalbe also does some really nice work.

What would be your dream location or subject to photograph?
Iceland. I can't get over all those blues, and think they would translate so beautifully on film.

Where do you develop your film?
I am still searching for a local development shop I am happy with.

And lastly, do you have a favourite photo you've shot so far?
Maybe this one even though it's simple, because it holds three of my favorite things: the mountains, the ocean, and snow, all bleeding into one another.


Thank you Hannah!

Photos: Edinburgh, Glasgow, The Highlands, London, and Paris by Hannah Ferrara of Another Feather