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take home your totes

22 Jul

pawandhandtote2I am so excited to announce that my line of handmade tote bags is finally being launched online! YAY! These beauties came about as one of my final projects before flying to Toronto’s OOAK for Etsy Canada, then rushing off to both Edmonton and Vancouver’s Make It Shows. I had hoped to list them all when I returned in late spring, but a series of speed bumps (including needing a new point & shoot camera, a big move, and another job on the go…) forced me to take a little longer. I finally had everything lined up (including the sun against these beautiful cedar trees) and got it all done.BLOGtotebags2 You can now find them all in my etsy shop in the tote bag section. Designs available include: The Molecular Bear, Flying Tree Swallow, Making a True Connection (Dog Paw & Hand), Howling Wolf With Full Moon & Jumping Rainbow Trout. BLOGtotebagsEach design is hand cut and hand pressed onto 100% natural cotton tote bags that feature the nature’s my friend logo on the back. Carry around books, groceries, beach swag or extra junk, and look awesome while doing it! They fold up easily to be stashed inside your purse, backpack or car, for whenever you need them next. Feel free to take them on any adventure, because they’re easy to clean: just turn ’em inside out, machine wash in cold water on delicate, then immediately dry on low. backoftotesSave 15% on your purchase until July 28th: Just use the coupon code TOTALLYTOTES during the checkout. For even more savings, grab two totes for twenty and use the discount. Hope you like what you see, because my animals can’t wait to help you carry your extra goodies.

open air studio

10 Jun

I spent the weekend down by the river again, except this time I brought my traveling typewriter. Sometimes you don’t need a big oak desk or a fancy studio space in order to get creative. When I first purchased my vintage typewriter a couple years ago, I was particularly intrigued by the fantastic travel case it came with, so taking this beautiful piece of machinery to the water’s edge wasn’t as difficult as it seems. typewritingriverside2 typewritingriverside1I’ve been doing better with my pen pal replies by keeping things simple with only meaningful letters, decorated envelopes, and vintage postage; I find writing back is less cumbersome if I do it this way. I am excited to send these little letters off! I plan to include a small print of one of the above photographs in each reply. I look forward to writing letters on some of my future summer outings… perhaps I’ll hike to a mountaintop and write there. On your next outdoor adventure, try bringing a task you need to accomplish, because surprisingly the great outdoors can also make a wonderful office.

mountain life

3 Jun

My pal Heather and I have been having quite a few conversations lately about what it means to live in the mountains. Naturally there are a lot of things that define what everyday life is like amongst snowy peaks and river valleys, but yesterday we lived the true definition of it. 1 3Good friends (and Castlegar natives) Kenny and Marcella, took us fishing in a fantastic spot on the Columbia River across from the pulp mill and a short distance from the dam. The water was an incredible teal blue and the forest stretched over the mountains for miles.2 5Luck seemed to be on our side, as we ended up with a gorgeous bounty of beautiful rainbow trout. The bird watching, cold cocktails, good company and sand between my toes weren’t too bad either. 4 6We got some great lessons on catching, cleaning, gutting and cutting the fish, plus some serious chef expertise about how to then cook those babies to perfection. The feast was a wonderful way to celebrate our successful venture; literally tasting the rewards of an entire day well spent with what the mountains have to offer.