27 November 2011


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Winter has finally arrived. The hound loves it. I love it, too. Ask me again in February and I won't be so into it.

09 October 2011


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my kitchen it pretty much all done! I love it!

27 August 2011

A Serious Hound

A Serious Hound
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I love this photo of Shooter.

02 August 2011


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It's been a busy couple of weeks. I moved into the house I bought. AND more importantly I got a dog! A lovely coonhound mix named Shooter. I picked him up at a shelter outside Minneapolis this weekend. He is fantastic and settling in well to his new surroundings.

17 July 2011


In Sweden, you can buy candy from a vending machine by sending it a text message. In Thunder Bay, I received a letter from my lawyer addressed with a typewriter, my landlady is amazed I can receive emails via my phone, and I'm pretty sure my insurance office doesn't even have the internet. I didn't realize moving here would also involve time travel.

14 May 2011

Sweden and Norway

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Last month I had the most fabulous trip in Norway and Sweden. I am so grateful to my friends who hosted me. It was one of the best trips I had in a long time!

03 May 2011

I miss...

New Additions
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I miss the mantle in my Emeryville apartment.

02 May 2011

I miss...

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I miss my sewing room in my Emeryville apartment. Apart from the year round awful temperatures, I miss almost everything from that apartment.

06 April 2011


Bloemfontein, South Africa.

I received this great postcard from South Africa through postcrossing. This postcard is awesome for so many reasons. It's from South Africa, which are not that common to receive from postcrossing. I also love that it's a vintage card.

See original blog post about my postcard posting project.

02 April 2011

My traveling companion

My traveling companion
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I realized I really needed one of those travel pillow/blanket things for my upcoming Scandinavian adventure. I searched and searched and nothing was to my liking. Until I saw this little guy! He's a comfy pillow when you unvelcro the straps under him, which you can also use to strap him to your luggage. He has a nice cozy blanket zipped up inside. The downside is that you can't use the blanket and pillow at the same time, but I plan on stuffing the pillow with a zip up or something because I know I'll need both! Check out Zoobies to see all their super cute travel friends. I really want the giraffe!

30 March 2011


Chronicle postcard.

Another postcard from Dana. This postcard reminds me of Archie comics. Archie comics were the only comics I ever read. I also love it because Dana used a beautiful Audrey Hepburn stamp.

See original blog post about my postcard posting project.

23 March 2011

I love foreign money.

About a month ago I decided to jump on an opportunity to go to Sweden and Norway for a couple of weeks to visit some friends in April. I am ridiculously excited. I will be visiting the country that has furnished every apartment of my adult life. Today I picked up my Swedish and Norwegian Kroners from the bank. I am even more excited now, because one of the Swedish bills features Carl Linnaeus. How cool is that? Every country should have money devoted to a great scientist.

16 March 2011

26 December 2008

David Shrigley.

David Shrigley always has the craziest cards. The hotdog even has googly eyes. So strange.

See original blog post about my postcard posting project.

13 March 2011


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Most of the NYC weekend was spent eating. I was on a budget, so I couldn't indulge in any Bloomingdale's or Anthropologie buys. Luckily, I actually didn't see anything I really wanted, even at Brooklyn Industries.
The morning was donuts from Donut Planet. They were delicious even though they were a bunch of douchebags that worked there. After we realized we hadn't gotten one of the donuts we ordered and told them, their only response was that they had sold out of that one. Hello, can you at least give us another one, we paid for it! Anyways, they were delicious and we did receive a different donut for the one that had sold out. The rest of the day involved eating a street pretzel, Momfuko Milk Bar's cereal-milk ice cream and cookies, tea from teany, and a perfect dinner at The MeatBall Shop. I don't want to know how many calories I consumed. Good thing I spent at least eight hours a day walking.

10 March 2011

New York

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I had a fabulous weekend in New York recently. One of the days I spent with my penpal. We walked around the city all day. One of my favourite shops we visited was Fish Eddys. I wanted to buy a tonne of stuff there. I only bought 'Heroes of the Torah' coasters to send to a friend.

09 March 2011

20 July 2010

Henri Cartier-Bresson. Juvisy, France. 1938.

Another old photograph, so I'm bound to like it. I like this one because you can imagine they have been out fishing all day and are stopping to have their much needed lunch break. Looks like they brought a pretty good picnic.

See original blog post about my postcard posting project.

02 March 2011

13 August 2008

Franck Auberson. Squirrel.

As you all probably know, I love animals. I grew up in Manitoba, where we only had grey and red squirrels. I was really excited when I moved to Hamilton, Ontario in August 2009 because they also had black squirrels like this guy. Too cute.

See original blog post about my postcard posting project.

23 February 2011

23 April 2009

Gertrude Kasebier. American Indian Portrait. c. 1899.

I love this postcard. I love how old it is. I love how calm the man's face looks.

See original blog post about my postcard posting project.

16 February 2011

12 February 2010

William Kentridge. The Battle Between Yes and No. 1989.

This is one of Taina's favourite artists. I don't think I was aware of him until she had sent me postcards from him. I was lucky to see an exhibit of his when I was in NYC in April 2010. I saw why he is one of Taina's favourite artists.

See original blog post about my postcard posting project.

13 February 2011

Blood Orange Strawberry and Rosemary Marmalade

It's done!
Paddington Bear knows what he is talking about. Marmalade is amazing. I can't wait to try more recipes from this book!

12 February 2011


This past fall I made my first foray into canning. I made: pumpkin butter, pear ginger butter, crabapple jelly, pomengrante jelly, pickeled beets, pickeled carrots... and probably some other things that I can't even remember anymore. I loved it. I loved being able to reach into my cupboard for xmas gifts. So I haven't done any canning since the fall. Last week, my friend, Arjun, mailed me the most beautiful cookbook: The Blue Chair Jam Cookbook.
Arjun and I used to see the author selling her jam at the local farmer's market in Oakland. It was pretty great to see she had made a book. Receiving this book got me back on the canning kick. This book is lovely because it's organized to what is seasonally available. Although, as I'm not living in the Bay Area anymore, a lot of the fruit she uses will be harder to find here. Today I decided to try to make Blood Orange, Strawberry, and Rosemary Marmalade. I know it's not strawberry season here, but I'm pretty sure I won't be able to get blood oranges when the strawberries are in season here. I'm also not sure how much of a fan of marmalade I am. I can't remember the last time I had it. I remember wanting to try it as a kid because it was Paddington Bear's favourite food, but I remember not being too impressed with it. I make a lot of things because I like the process and aesthetic more than the food itself. Hence, making the jellies. I'd much rather have jam, but jellies are just so pretty to make. I'm sure this marmalade will be delicious. I'm not a big orange eater, but during blood orange season I eat them voraciously. Marmalade in this book is a two or three day process. This marmalade will be done tomorrow. If all goes well, I will attempt Lemon Pink Grapefruit Marmalade next weekend, as it is grapefruit season. I'm looking forward to the fall to try Cranberry Pomengranate Marmalade.

09 February 2011

09 Sept 2009

Joan Miro. Painting. 1933.

This is probably one of the first cards I got from Taina after I moved from the East Bay, California to Hamilton, Ontario.
This card reminds me of the summer I spent in Spain in 2000. I spent most of my time in Barcelona taking Spanish classes and exploring the city. I remember going to a different art museum almost everyday. There was an incredible Miro museum in Montjuic. I have a fabulous summer. I loved the art, the shopping, the food... I would go back to Barcelona in a second anyday.

See original blog post about my postcard posting project.

06 February 2011


I'm currently in love with this tattoo artist.

02 February 2011

28 June 2009

Fabric Cabinet.

I love this card because I love fabric. It makes me think of sewing and the piles of fabric I own. Taina liked the card for the same reason.

See original blog post about my postcard posting project.

30 January 2011

Pyrex collection

Pyrex collection
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Taina asked me to show her a photo of my pyrex collection. I took a quick picture with my phone. I'll have to take a better photo soon. I have other pieces in use as fruit bowls and such or just in the cupboard because I don't have any more room here. I've been collecting pyrex for over ten years, I'd say. I've always been pretty fussy about only buying perfect pieces. I'm pretty sure one of the mixing bowl sets I inherited from my grandmother. The big red mixing bowl on the top I inherited from my Oma. I'm trying to narrow my collection to just the snowflake design. Otherwise, I'd have WAY too many pieces.

26 January 2011

24 July 2010

Lois Conner. Lhasa, Tibet, 2005.

I like this card because of it's odd shape. The background is also fascinating. It also came from the Rubin Museum of Art in NYC. I don't think Taina had ever sent me a postcard from there before. She said it's a small gallery that focuses on Himalayan Art.
What do you think?

See original blog post about my postcard posting project.

19 January 2011

20 July 2010

Henri Cartier-Bressson. Sayan, Bali, Indonesia. 1949.

Another great photograph. I love old photos from different countries.

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17 January 2011

Hound family.

Hound family.
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The hound family is growing. Two new hounds recently!

12 January 2011

09 October 2008

Brian J. Watson. Fly the Tube. 1977.

Even though this isn't exactly about air travel, it still reminds me of my growing up and my family. I think it's just the style of the advertisements. We always had tonnes of Air Canada paraphernalia at home.

See original blog post about my postcard posting project.

07 January 2011


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I found this gem at Safeway yesterday. I'm perplexed. What does hockey have to do with tea? How can this company afford to have Gretzky endorse their tea? Does it actually increase sales? It's not like when he endorsed ProStars cereal, which every kid in the 1908s wanted. This is green tea. Weird.

05 January 2011

04 May 2009

Berenice Abbott. Snuff Shop, 113 Division Street, New York. 1938.

Happy New Year!
This card reminds me of going antique/second hand store shopping. I also love the lettering on the window. I love seeing old shops that still have kept the old lettering. It's incredible.

See original blog post about my postcard posting project.