Sunday, August 16, 2009

coupland nation

Jpod is my most favourite book & has been since i stole it from my friend Cara after she read "List of Faggy Colour Names" to our creative writing class. if you haven't read it you need to do so now (think The Office meets. . .something equally hilarious & satirical, & clever). P.S. if you happened to catch the short-lived television series on CBC based on the book do not let it cloud your judgments!
its author, Douglas Coupland, is just a genius (he is the brain behind the term "Generation X" and "Mcjob"). i have more of his books than any other author. so i was super excited when i spotted photos of his vancouver home over @ callepompon. i love the little car.

i'm not sure what's in this wall but i like it.


one can dream...

see the original article here.
Favourite Couplandisms:
"Canadians can easily ‘pass for American’ as long as we don’t accidentally use metric measurements or apologize when hit by a car."
"Long lives aren’t natural. We forget that senior citizens are as much an invention as toasters or penicillin."
"If cats were double the size they are now, they’d probably be illegal."
"Most people have no idea how to politely answer a phone. The English do, and it’s been their only major business advantage for the past two centuries."
"Gap clothing allows you to look like you’re from nowhere and anywhere.It also allows you to look as though you’re not particularly from the present, future or past, either."
"New York is a theme park for people with IQs over 108."
"Brain research tells us that only twenty percent of human beings have a sense of irony, which means that eighty percent of the world takes everything at face value." (scary!)
LISTENING TO: The Weakerthans- Our Retired Explorer (Dines With Michel Foucault In Paris, 1961)

Sunday, August 9, 2009

craft schmaft

cuteness has reached new levels over @ craft schmaft. look see.

part of an owl mobile.
a whole family.
double date?

my owl obsession rages.
LISTENING TO: Owl City- The Saltwater Room

Saturday, August 8, 2009

love your city

photo courtesy of Windsor visuals- a photoblog

mind the puddles on your way to the opening of the Made in Windsor Store today! located at 1465 Ottawa st., the cutest new store in town will feature all kinds of windsor made arts, crafts, jewellery, stationery, & wearables.
the store will celebrate its grand opening some time late aug./early sept. and eventually promises to host all kinds of artsy events: crochet/knitting/sewing classes, silk screening lessons, children's story time...
while out that way, pop on over to Tres Bean for lunch or across the street to another recent addition to the neighbourhood, Aquarius Vintage.

Thursday, August 6, 2009

handmade AU

boys, shield your eyes...
some aussie handmade delights courtesy of frankie mag:

i love this little Belinda Kemp brooch for summing up how i feel every morning:

Erin K Jewellery: erin makes no two pieces the same & happily takes custom orders.

handmade in melbourne. Pocket Carnival's super cute blog makes me wish australia was reachable by roadtrip. it seems melbourne is the hub of craft fairs & art festivals + galleries & vintage shops. has anyone been?here's a taste of some of the adorable treats on her etsy page.
does anyone share my love of school supplies?

and okay this is from new zealand, but look how lovely: you can see/buy kristin ash's jewellery here.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009


oh my oh my oh my.
i've been meaning to blog about one of my new favourite writers/artists for some time now...
while in nyc a couple months ago i had the pleasure to meet Cristy C Road after her reading at the Cake Shop.

artist, writer, musician, activist, her work is poignently politically charged in support of feminism, LGBT rights, environmentalism, and anti-establishment DIY culture. plus, she's just so damn genuinely nice (when we were buying her books she insisted we only pay what we could afford and she gave me a free typewriter pin & some postcards!).

her published works include BAD HABITS A Love Story (Soft Skull Press, 2008), INDESTRUCTIBLE (Mirocosm Publishing, 2006), and DISTANCE MAKES THE HEART GROW SICK (Micrcosm Publishing, 2007).

see wake-up-grrl's post on cristy here for more info.

bathroom @ the cake shop:

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

home sweet.

i'm so happy one of my typewriters has found a new home on this yellow ikea table. right under another favourite thing... a jason deary original :)

also happy because i've just added nyc memorabilia to my bulletin board:

i've had a long, rough day.

Saturday, August 1, 2009

saturday night movie

i just finished watching canadian film One Week and fell in LOVE for more than these 4 reasons:
#1. it has the most lovely soundtrack (stars, wintersleep, great lake swimmers...)
#2. joshua jackson plays an english teacher/writer and is quite charming while he's at it.
#3. the director, michael mcgowan, called the film a love letter to the country (precious).
#4. it features my grandpa's hometown: White River, ON which has the title of coldest place in canada, having once reached -58 celcius, and perhaps even more exciting, it is the birthplace of winnie the pooh!

if you haven't already seen it i suggest doing so. it will bring out the proud canadian lurking within your bitter windsorite soul. then let's take a road trip. maybe hit fast-forward through the praries. i'll make a mix tape.
in the meantime, here are a few of my favourite canadian travel photos:

maid of the mist.

"downtown" Banff.

lake louise.

mt. tremblant, quebec.

LISTEN TO: wintersleep- weighty ghost