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My favourite piece from my most recent visit to the SAM – digital prints on metallic copper polyester.

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SEATTLE WEEKEND

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I spent the weekend with a friend in Seattle and it, of course, did not disappoint. With only 24 hours in the city and no car most of our time was spent downtown visiting the Seattle Art Museum, the central public library (so amazing) and the market (market highlight was not men throwing fish but an eclair from Le Panier). We also made it up to Capitol Hill to peruse through vintage shops and the inspiring boutique Totokaelo. Our last night in the city we ate at the always amazing Belltown restaurant Local 360.

Thanks to everyone who sent me suggestions for the trip – we visited as much as we could in such a short amount of time!

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SEATTLE

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I may be heading to Seattle this weekend! Does anyone have any recommendations as to what to eat/do/see for a 24 hour visit?

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SEEN : SAN PANCHO

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Storm watching from a friends amazing beach front home ~ San Pancho, Mexico.

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BELLINGHAM

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A drive down to Bellingham to have lunch, peer into store windows and dig through thrift stores. 

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SEEN : NEW ORLEANS

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Tourist market ~ New Orleans, USA.

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SEEN : LOUISIANA

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Plantation ballroom ~ Louisiana, USA.

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OFFICE IN A BAG

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Over the next few weeks, while I’m in Toronto, my office will be my trusty Love Triangle Amor Tote

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SEATTLE

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Seattle was lovely – we had perfect weather and spent most of our time wandering the city on foot and eating (way too much) great food. The highlight was finally getting to see the lovely shop Totokaelo in person – it did not disappoint. Luckily I’ll have the opportunity to visit a few more times this spring since I feel like I barely scratched the surface of what the city has to offer…

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SEATTLE BOUND

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(A few things I’m working on for Spring and some beautiful feathers I found while on my last run.)

I’m off to Seattle today for a few days with a friend. I haven’t been in probably 8 years so, despite the rain, I’m feeling pretty excited. I’ll take pictures along the way and share when we get back.

All items ordered in the online shop will be shipping on Thursday February 21st.

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MEXICO

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And we’re back! A few things we encountered on our travels:

We have friends with an amazing cliffside oceanfront home and this was the sunset that met us upon our arrival. Not too shabby…

V’s dream car. Maybe not the most suitable for Toronto.

A traveling carnival down the street from one of our hotels. We spent a few hours one night on the bumper cars, eyeing up junk food vendors and firing BB guns.

Dinner on the beach at sunset.

A traveling artisan market full of chaos and colour.

We purchased a new hand dyed rug from a vendor at the market that welcomed us to his family home in southern Mexico to watch their dyeing and weaving practices. We’re tentatively planning a quick trip in April to do just that…
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ONE WEEK

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One week until we leave for Mexico! We’ll be spending a lot of February down there visiting with V’s family, eating delicious food, and meeting new people that can hopefully help out with Scout & Catalogue. I am beyond excited to get a break from the studio and this (thankfully very mild) winter weather…

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HO HO HO

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Home for the holidays today.
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HALL OF MINERALS

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Some beautiful geodes in the Natural History Museum’s Hall of Minerals.
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NYC

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The One of a Kind show wrapped up on Sunday and V and I rewarded ourselves with a short trip to New York. We managed to visit during some seriously rainy weather but as a result rediscovered the city for all of it’s indoor potential. When was the last time you spent an entire day in the Natural History Museum?

We saw friends, ate great food, stayed in the world’s smallest hotel room, fondled fabrics (thanks for the great tip Jenny!) and came home happy.
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TAXCO

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We spent the last few days in Taxco, Mexico – a small mountain town known for it’s beautiful Spanish colonial architecture and it’s now defunct silver mines. We walked the streets, dodged the aggressive traffic and wondered at the crumbling city perched high in the mountains just a few hours outside of Mexico City.

We got back last night and, as promised, the shop will be opened later today. I also managed to grab a few Mexican goodies which should be in the shop in the next few days.
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NEW YORK

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We’re heading to New York tomorrow for a weekend with friends and thought this Pamela Love closet tour was appropriate inspiration for the trip…
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DAY 2

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Another day in the Centro Historico of Mexico City.

I had never been to the Palacio Nacional – Mexico’s parliament buildings and I’m so glad we went. There was an exhibition of 200 years of Mexico’s history as well as some of Diego Rivera’s more famous murals.

The used book stores in the Centro are amazing. So cheap and plentiful I wish I spoke more Spanish. Most of them do have small English sections which are worth checking out.

We were walking along the street one morning and came across a block of small printing press booths. You could walk up and commission letterpress work on the street. I was blown away but we were in a hurry so I wasn’t able to order anything. Next time for sure.

The women in Mexico like big, bright and sparkly. They put rhinestones on everything, paint their fake long nails neon and apparently choose cinderella ball gowns for formal wear. There were stall after stall of these dresses and in most booths the mannequins twirled increasing the effect. It was mesmerizing.
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ONE YEAR

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One year ago today we packed our car up to the brim and started our long journey back home.
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2010 IN FOUR PARTS – 03

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border town
guadalajara church
austin soco
new orleans cemetery
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tornado season
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wild flowers
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swatch tests
mexican flags
fall hike
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Part 3 – July, August, September 2010

The third part of 2010 was a time of great change. We chose to leave Mexico, but instead of returning to our hometown of Vancouver, we packed everything we owned into our tiny Volkswagen and headed up to Toronto. While we missed our country we were not quite ready to stop exploring. Two weeks in a car, we soaked up the great Mexican city Guadalajara one last time, discovered Austin and New Orleans and bisected the US during tornado season.

Once in Canada I was surprised by how long it took me to recover from the culture shock of being home and I struggled with how to make Scout & Catalogue relevant. We met new people, biked everywhere and constantly commented on the expense of everything. We found a place to call home and slowly settled in to our new life.

I enjoyed speaking English to everyone we met.
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