Sunday, August 21, 2016

Shibori Dream Day!

Julie of Julie Sinden Handmade hosted a few friends for a perfect afternoon in her backyard. On top of her other creative endeavours, she teaches shibori and other natural dye workshops. Several friends have expressed interest, so she came up with the genius idea of a Summer backyard party and indigo workshop. The weather was perfect, not super hot as most days have been, so just ideal for a day of working outside in the sun.
Julie gave us a brief overview of the history and background of indigo and then showed us some examples with an explanation of how to achieve the different patterns.
She started by showing us how to prepare the vats and then let us loose with all the clamps, threads, wood bits to prepare our fabric.
I was a super keener and wanted to try everything. I brought some hankies, cotton totes and random fabric to play with.
Loved watched things change colour between dips and oxidization.
It was so fun to watch everyone unravel their pieces to see how they turned out! 
Julie even came across a wine called Indigo at the farmer's market and had to grab it for the occasion!
Surprises being unfurled!
I did a few panels of velveteen that I plan on making into throw cushions. I have every colour in my home except blue, so some adjustments will have to be made 'cause I can't get enough of these!
As our workshop came to a close, Julie prepared a lovely meal and Aube cheffed up the most beautiful and delicious tart. Check out her blog for some unbelievably drool-worthy food inspiration and other life stories.
I don't think I have ever eaten so well in a backyard! Delicious!
It was a perfect day! Did I already say that? I so enjoyed the amazing company of smart and interesting women and was so happy to be reminded of how much I enjoy the act of making things!

Thanks to Julie for all the fun!



Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Snapshots from Wayhome

I am way behind on my blogging! I have so many photos piling up that I wanted to share!

A few weeks back, we got some passes to Wayhome and thought why not check it out, but just for one of the three days! It was a sizzling weekend, as every day seems to be lately. Three of us loaded up in the car with lots of sun screen, snacks and ice waters and pretty much every keep-cool method that was portable. Umbrellas and spray misters were a lifesaver.
The traffic was hellish and the venue was huge. The Health app on my phone showed that we walked about 17 Km that day in the blazing, scorching, searing sun! Of course, we did see some pretty good bands, so the adventure was worth it! Highlights were the Arkells, Major Lazer and Arcade Fire.
(photo credit: Flare/Melissa Trainor)
This was pretty fun! I was snapped by Flare Magazine for the street style report from the Festival! Loved all the beautiful flags and the arc of balloons, so I was pretty excited when a friend spotted the photo and sent me the link! I was wearing a favourite dress that I have had for a few years. I knew that a light colour would be a must in the heat! For jewellery, I'm decked in the Coil Necklace, Jeweled Bracelet, New Connection Bracelet and Power Bracelet in labradorite.
As day turned into night, we met up with a big group of friends and enjoyed the fresh evening air and last few bands. I had promised to do the return drive and after a day in the sun on our feet, it was a huge struggle, but we made it back intact! By the time I got home, showered and to bed, it was 5am. The next day was jammed with family activities so there was no rest for the wicked. I felt like it took me a week to recover. I feel tired even recalling the experience! In the future I think I will stick to music festivals closer to home. I'm too old for this craziness!

Today the winds were gusting and the temperature dropped from a bazillion degrees to 25 or so and I was already missing Summer. It isn't even over yet! I'm going to soak up as much of my favourite season as possible. #ILOVESUMMER!

Hope you have been enjoying your Summer too! 

Off to bed... it's so late. Zzzz



Monday, August 8, 2016

Lattice Bib Necklace

Sorry to have been MIA for so long! I have been busy enjoying the Summer and all that it has to offer. I'm sure I have repeated this a thousand times, but Summer is my absolute favourite. I've been trying to take every opportunity to get outside and maximize the season. I've got so many photos to share of my adventures but will save those for another time.
Here is the Lattice Bib Necklace. I've posted about the smaller version, the Lattice Necklace, previously. See the post here. This is the bigger, bolder, super pastel version! I've loved wearing this with a t-shirt or one of my easy loose dresses. You could also dress it up and wear it with a formal dress. Choose from mint, orange or pink!

We have a busy week ahead. It's late now, so better call it a night! Hope you have been enjoying the Summer as much as I have!




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