The backstory is that I’ve been sitting on my photography collection for a few years now, wanting to launch it … but a few things held me back. As a creative I want to make and make and find new ways to explore what I love and photography is something I adore. I take photos that I want for my home – bright and airy, California and chill. It’s my escape from my business life, and brings me so much happiness.
So as much as I want these photos in my own home I kept hearing from others that they wanted them too. But I faced road blocks along the way. Continue Reading →
Happy New Year! Just a quick post. The house is a mess, although I was planning on taking a break after Christmas – I’m already into planning out the rest of 2018 and I seem to be fighting a never ending sinus cold. I purchased some new additions for our our bedroom this year – new side table lamps and a gorgeous pillow that seem to add the perfect new layers to the room.
This post is 100% not sponsored. I was never given any samples free, any discounts – I bought this line 100% myself and love it. So knowing that…read on.
This past Summer I was having coffee with my girlfriends Larissa and Patricia, and Patricia was telling us about a skincare system she using that she adored. It was in passing, and she just mentioned how much she loved it. Her skin is ridiculously beautiful, so I was intrigued by her recommendation. I wasn’t really originally paying attention, but she mentioned the brand, Rodan and Fields, and that it was by the doctors who came up with Proactive, and, that you buy it through a rep. I’m always hesitant to these things, but seeing her skin and doing some google on my own sleuthing, I was pretty surprised at the results that I was seeing. Patricia, loving the line, later became a rep herself a few months later.
So I decided to look into it. Some backstory — I sometimes felt like my skin felt “dull”. There was nothing overly wrong with it, except I felt like I needed to exfoliate ALL the time to get that pink dewy look. Which doesn’t work by the way, because I would aggravate my face. When I was asked about what kind of skin I had by Drug Store people, I’d shrug. I had NO idea. I waved my hands around my face and was like “give me back my youthful glow!”. I’d buy exfoliators, tones, and skin care lines – and spent a ton because I would try one line, then try another later. Things were piling up in my linen closet and on my vanity. Continue Reading →
I’m all about creating a peaceful, quiet home this season. In part for self preservation, also because it’s a lovely feeling to have a calm home. The main thing I’m doing is going sloooow this Christmas and not putting too much pressure on myself. But I’m also upping my essential oil game in the house to bring peace and relaxation. Continue Reading →
In the Summer we started the process of adding a new family member to our family – a Turkish Angora kitten, who we named Charlie Pickles. We drove to a town 4 hours away, stayed in a hotel over night as a family and the next morning picked up Charlie to bring home. Continue Reading →
If you follow me on social media you may have seen over the course of the Summer, snippits from this amazing project that I’ve been working on. Earlier in the Summer, I was approached by organizers at The Brain Project . But before I tell you more about my involvement, let me explain the Brain project because it’s initiative is the most important aspect of this story.
The TELUS Health Brain Project launched to start a public conversation about brain health and bring awareness to diseases like Alzheimer’s. The program raises funds for Baycrest Health Sciences, a world leader in brain health and aging. The initiative is that as an artist you apply to be one of their 100 artists who can design a brain to be on display throughout Toronto, throughout the Summer. At the end, the brains are sold, with all proceeds going to Baycrest Health Sciences. I was familiar with this great initiative having seen brains across Toronto and Yorkdale last year and found it to be a compelling installation – using art to spark conversation and placed in various centres across our city – where you would wander and happen upon a brain. So when I was approached about the 2017 initiative I was immediately on board.
They further explained that they were doing a smaller exhibit called “Great Canadian Minds” where they picked six great Canadians and pair them with artists to render their vision. It was obviously a yes for me, and they said that they wanted to pair me with Peter Mansbridge, the longtime host of CBC’s The National. It was a perfect pairing as CBC is a part of our family – as Aubrey has worked there since we were married, and Peter Mansbridge has been in my life longer than Aubrey – hosting the evening news that I would watch with my Mom and Dad growing up and, throughout my adult life. He was a voice I came to trust. To be partnered with him was a HUGE honour.
This is the brain I got. It was quite the piece!
And so we set out to design a brain together. It was actually quite easy to do, having such strong admiration for him and knowing how much he has impacted Canadians with his evening news. Also, Peter had a great idea of what he wanted his brain to be like, gave me a great start to how to design it. Over the course of some weeks at the cottage I sketched and sketched, fretting as I was new to 3D concepts. The brain is a full circle of Canada, from the West Coast to East, with a handful of iconic images representing areas of our gorgeous country. It was a family affair at the cottage, with all of us around the fire talking about Canadian images that would have to be on the brain. From my perspective, I wanted to design a brain that had imagery that would capture the attention of children, with someone like Oscar being able to pick out iconic images. At points it was terribly overwhelming as I didn’t want to leave anything out or misrepresent. But in the end I sat and designed a brain that I am ridiculously proud of, and thankfully Peter loved it too!
The brain is now on display at Yorkdale, right outside Roots (which is super fitting as it is also a great Canadian icon!) 😉