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The incredible art of Caitlin T. McCormack

I first discovered the incredible and astounding art of Caitlin T. McCormack several months ago on Instagram. I immediately fell in love with her little embroidered skeletal creatures. The act of stiffening intricately crocheted cotton string with glue produces material that is structurally similar to delicate bone tissue. The string implemented in this process can be viewed as the basic cellular unit of fabrication, and by utilizing media and practices inherited from my deceased relatives, I aim to generate emblems of my diminishing bloodline, embodied by each organism's skeletal remains. I recently commissioned a piece from Caitlin and could not be more ecstatic about my new framed bat.

Thank you so much Caitlin - I adore this little beast. :) 

Caitlin has works available through Paradign Gallery & Studio. I had to share some more of her art from her portfolio - here are some favourites. 



A trip to Alteriors

Yesterday husband and I stopped in at Alteriors - one of my favourite local shops for all things modern. This shop makes me wish I had 3 more jobs because I always want to leave with every piece of furniture and lighting they have on the floor. Owners Jacob and Monika are super nice people and were so kind as to gift me with the following:

I am really happy they are starting to carry some smaller items because I hate leaving empty handed. I LOVE these! A wool trivet by Swedish company Aveva and a PVC watering can by French company Qui est Paul?

As per usual, I walked around the shop drooling and snapping photos. Here are some of my favourite items:

Herman Miller Eames molded walnut side chair with wire base

Ligne Roset Paranoid 2 floor lamp

OMG I love this for a dressing room or foyer. 20 Hangers by Ligne Roset.

Ligne Roset Ploum sofa. Maybe the comfiest sofa on the market right now. (Loved it since I spotted it here)

Flos Taraxacum light

Knoll Eero Saarinen womb chair + ottoman

Ligne Roset Alburni occasional tables

Flos Taccia light (another fav of mine for a long time)

And upon every visit I insist on parking my butt on their Ligne Roset TOGO sectional. And this thick velvety fabric is PERFECT for households with pets. JUST SAYIN'. ;)

One of my favourite lights in the shop. 28 desk lamp by Bocci. These colours would look incredible in my dark grey living room. Again, JUST SAYIN'. 

CLASSICS. Herman Miller Eames molded plywood lounge chair and walnut stool. I have obsessed over that chair for as long as I can remember. 

This is called a bench, which explains why it is really not that comfy, but is compact so perfect in a foyer or at the end of a bed. 25.1 bench by Bocci

piles of trivets

A classic. I love my limited edition one in walnut but black is the next best Herman Miller Eames Hang It All

LOVE this black on black combo. 

Hanging above their cash/reception area are a pile of fabulous Flos Aim lights. I love my black one but a bunch of white ones look pretty hot. 



Some new things have arrived over the past couple for days that I thought I would share. 

First is something not related to decor but it's a doozie so I had to share a photo. I went to a tattoo convention in Montreal on Friday in the hopes of getting inked by one of my top 2 favourite tattoo artists, Pari Corbitt, who lives in Perth, Australia. Turns out showing up 1.5 hours early, sneaking in and stalking him paid off - I ended up being his first client. AND GUESS WHAT I GOT?!

It is so beautiful, and it looks incredible (on my upper arm). I am SOOOO HAPPY I was able to do this (thanks to some overtime I worked last month, every other cent I don't really have has to go towards the care of the feral cats. 

And on that note, luckily I have a business account for home decor needs so I was able to nab this fox skull from local thrifter/scavenger Joel of Antiquus Goods. He threw in the silver dish he made into a candle. Love both!

I have been bugging my husband for a while to make me a console table for a corner of the living room so I can use it as a prop table for taking photos of all the crap I bring into this house. He whipped one up last night out of reclaimed wood he had on hand - it turned out awesome!

(wooden diamonds available in hubby's Etsy shop)


Black Rooster

There is a decor shop I discovered in Toronto via Instagram a while ago that I thought I would share since I am now dying for a road trip. It is called Black Rooster Decor, located on Queen St. East. They are all about glitz and glam, Hollywood Regency art-deco-esque. The good news - they ship internationally and free within Ontario! The bad news - they carry alot of knock-offs. Their Instagram account is eye candy to the max, so I nabbed these photos from there for your viewing pleasure. :)


Latest finds

I returned from Mexico with a few goodies for my house. I think I should have just brought a second suitcase and filled it with trinkets. If only money allowed... But I did find some pretty cool things. I think I am going to need a Mexican art wall somewhere in this house for my growing collection of tin, crosses and such.

From various shops in Puerto Vallarta and Sayulita

I bought this beautiful handmade and hand painted vase from an art gallery in Old Town called Galeria Alpacora. Next to it are some cool coral type branches and what I think might be a bird skull I found on the beach.

The day I returned home I went to the new Goods shop that opened a week ago on Dalhousie St. Awesome stuff! 

Bowls, the perfect size for pasta, are by 18Karat, narwhal linen tea towel by Hatchet, and some gorg glasses with gold accent to display in my kitchen (gawd I need to finish it one of these days)