Check out this cool video (of some VERY cool screenprints) that Dan sent us: I'm writing to share a new short film we made about Steve Frykholm a man whose screen printed posters, for the legendary furniture company Herman Miller, hang in permanent collection of The Museum of Modern Art. The Picnic Posters offers a rare glimpse into Steve's meticulous archives unearthing sketches and stories over 40 years old, alongside a visit to reprint his first picnic poster from 1970.
Wow it has been a while since I added a post to this page. :( I thought I would share some new things around my house, as I have acquired so many awesome bits and bobs, mostly from craft shows that I have participated in with my husband's Daff Design speakers. Most of the items I have picked up lately I have not had a chance to do anything with yet - I blame the 2 jobs and feral cats for the most part. ;) I will take more photos as my house progresses. it has been really slow these last few months but I am hoping to pick things up at a much faster pace this summer.
A little while ago we spent a few hours in Almonte touring some of my favourite shops. I bought 8 enamel-looking ceramic mugs from Tin Barn Market (I always need cute mugs in my life), and at Lola Dot Studio I found the beautiful handmade ceramic mug (in front) and the resin photograph by Ronny Ritschel
I found this capiz shell pendant light at the Almonte Antique Market for $45. I think I might use this in my upstairs hallway.
A couple of weeks ago was the Handmade Harvest show. I helped my husband out with his booth so I spent 2 full days surrounded by crafty goodies! I ended up picking up the goodies above from several local favourites and some new folks - Top Shelf Preserves, Hollow Clayworks, Really Horrible, Split Tree Cocktail Co., Zoe's Corner, brokenstick.ca and gillybglass
At Handmade Harvest I also picked up these 2 pillows by Montreal shop Fotofibre
And lastly, this adorable print from ButterBean Design that I put in a 50% off frame from Michael's. Speaking of framing...
I went to Michael's and Ikea and stocked up on frames for all of the art I have purchased lately. Most of it I found frames for (wish there were more shops that sell decent priced frames in this city). The art above is by Kate Zambrano, Road Trip Creative, Fernbeds, Casstronaut, Décadisme.
Kate Zambrano is the queen of portraits.
I spent an afternoon and very little money fixing up some of the yard. Everything needs a serious overhaul (new porch, new driveway, all new landscaping of front yard, all new landscaping of backyard and a gazebo) so I needed an interim solution. I dg up a whack of ferns from the backyard and filled in the front yard on either side of the porch. With some black mulch added and some potted plants, it looks a bit more put together and less ghetto.
The garage is unsightly so I added another pot in front of it along with some driftwood to try and hide some of the ugly.
One weekend we went to my favourite lighting shop Architectural Antiques and found this really cute stained glass light to hang in our vestibule. LOVE this!
Last weekend we went to the Ottawa Makers Market to scope it out and Joel of Antiquus Goods has this stunning Santa Rosa de Lima painting. I think I need to do a Mexican wall somewhere in this house and include this and all the crosses etc I have bought in Puerto Vallarta.
I also got this adorable silver creamer filled with tiny succulents by L'Orangerie.
One more - this walnut stone bracelet by VanDerZee. And OMG 11 days ago I got this rather large tattoo of lace on my arm by Delphine Noiztoy who came to Montreal from London for a convention (my soon-to-be-40 coping mechanism)
I keep telling my husband to design cat scratching post/houses because they are ugly and very limited selection here (but it never happens - I think I would rahter he build me a new dining table anyway). I found this in Montreal while killing time before my tattoo appointment. It was only $200. I need to find a better spot for it.
Last Sunday was ManMade, the first ever Ottawa handmade show geared towards men. We had a booth there for Daff Design and it was alot of fun. I ended up taking home a walnut topped, steel based bench by Matt Wallace, and a lighting blot sign by Scott of Gaslight Electric. I'm thinking about putting the bench against the only real wall in the dining room and hanging the lighting bolt in a grouping with some art above it.
Scott also had these really cool letterpress prints so I picked up one of each.
That's about it. I am now BANNED from craft shows. I have no will power when it comes to handmade goodies. LOL
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.
(OMG!! THIS CHAIR!!!!)
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:
OMG I love this for a dressing room or foyer. 20 Hangers by Ligne Roset.
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'.
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)