I could spend hours and hours scrolling through Nirav Patel’s breathtaking photographs. His landscapes could have been torn from the pages of some fantastical novel. And the way he captures his female subjects… too pretty for words.
Some exciting news for you! During my first summer at Sweet Woodruff (studying floral design under the amazing Lisa Collins) I had the privilege of working on a gorgeous fall wedding in Schomberg, Ontario. Natalie and Jeff’s beautiful day was recently featured on Martha Stewart Weddings and I’m excited (and a little proud) to say that I took part in several of the arrangements and the flowing garland draped over the arbour!
So I figure Martha will be inviting us to her country home for brunch any day now. Right?
Seems like Toronto is always bursting with new shops and restaurants and now that we live in Hamilton it’s a treat to travel into the city every once in a while to check some of them out. One of my main destinations this past visit was Easy Tiger, a perfectly curated little store on Dundas Street West. Not only does this place have the best name ever, they also carry some of my favourite makers including Dieppa Restrepo, Falcon Enamelware, Province Apothecary and Odette just to name a few. Plus I’ve heard that they’re now selling beautiful ceramic work by my dear pal Danica Drago!
Be sure to pay them a visit and while you’re there feel free to pick me up some gold rings and a knit headband or two… just saying.
Photos by Justin Aitcheson.
This July I was privileged to collaborate with Christine Lim, a dear friend and incredibly talented photographer! Over the past year Christine has really been pushing me to go after some major goals. When she asked me to work with her on this shoot I was so honored and excited. And when I found out that the lovely Celine Kim would be our hand model I was over the moon!
I decided on some delicate blooms and a muted colour palette to bring out the soft beauty of Margaret’s pieces. Her work is timeless and wonderfully unique which gave me the idea to pin all of the flower buds around Celine’s hands almost as if they were butterfly specimens in an old museum.
I had such an amazing day with these wonderful ladies (especially little Eloise!) and as always, Christine’s shots are breathtaking. Be sure to check out Margaret’s website for more of her bridal jewelry line.
I’ve realized I have a very serious issue called… frozen banana hoarding (dun dun dun).
There were so many blackened bananas piled in our freezer last week that I could barely get to my late night ice cream. It was time to take action and conquer my banana bread procrastination!
Pastry Affair has an amazing recipe that includes a little (or generous…) splash of dark rum. I was so happy with how it turned out that I though I would share the recipe along with some shots taken by Justin (so lucky to have a talented photographer on hand and he’s a wonderful husband to boot!).
Banana Rum Bread
Yield 9 x 5-inch loaf
1/2 cup (1 stick or 113 grams) butter
3/4 cup (150 grams) brown sugar, packed
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 large ripe bananas, mashed
1 cup (125 grams) all-purpose flour
1 cup (120 grams) whole wheat flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup (118 ml) dark rum
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (180 degrees C). Grease a loaf pan.
In a large mixing bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs one at a time, mixing well between additions. Beat in the vanilla extract and mashed bananas until fully incorporated. Mix in the flours, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Stir in the rum.
Transfer batter to the prepared loaf pan and bake for 55 to 65 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Cool loaf in pan for 10 minutes before removing and transferring to a cooling rack to cool completely.
Happy Baking! xo
I was never lucky enough to meet Marjorie. When Justin tells me about his aunt he remembers how unique and well-loved she was, how she was exciting and untamed. A true Eccentric
Looking through some of her old photos I see that she has a delicate beauty and her style is classic and elegant. What I notice most is that in almost every photograph she appears to be having the time of her life and I can’t help but wonder what she was like and what kind of conversations we would have had.
What’s not to love about a snow cone? It’s sweet, it’s refreshing and it’s pretty darn instagram-worthy.
Meg and Linds picked up on this a couple of years ago and started Sweet Ice Snow Cones, an amazing business that has taken a classic summer treat and revamped it by using all-natural local ingredients. Gone are the days of blue, purple and red. You’ll find they offer up flavors like Apple Cider, Strawberry Lime and Blueberry Lemonade instead! Much better, am I right?
I had the pleasure of collaborating with Aisling Turtle of Oak & Myrrh Photography on their most recent photo shoot. We drew our inspiration from Kinfolk’s Issue 7 (Floral Scoops) and I went to town putting together some fruit and flower arrangements. I wanted to showcase the all-natural ingredients that go into each and every bottle of Sweet Ice syrup and of course the floral additions aren’t part of the syrup recipes but we decided to play around with some abstract looks and I think it really paid off!
Thanks for an awesome day Meg and Linds. Can’t wait for more fun projects like this one!
For additional photos check out Aisling’s blog.
For three years I’ve been biking around the streets of Toronto on an ancient CCM Caprice. We’ve had a bit of a love/hate relationship… “Beatrice the Beater” has faithfully carried me from point A to point B and kept me Public Transit free for several summers now. She also happens to weigh a ton and needs to have just about every part replaced. Suffice it to say, it’s time for a new ride. Luckily, my wonderful husband is very talented and is building me a new road bike this summer. I’ve given him these photos as inspiration. Can’t wait for my new baby to be ready!
I’ve never liked goodbyes.
Because my parents traveled so much when my brother and I were younger I sort of got used to leaving friends and family over the years. I quickly figured out that if I didn’t let anyone get too close to me then it hurt less when we would eventually move away. But some people just get you to love them no matter how much you try to keep your walls up… Lisa is one of those. Saturday was my final day with Sweet Woodruff and there is now a little hole my heart.
I started working at SW a little under a year ago and it has been the most amazing experience. I can’t tell you how thankful I am that I biked past that wee shop last summer. I had no idea how much I would learn about floral design and styling but also about myself and the things that bring me joy. I also never expected to meet such wonderful people and form the incredibly deep life-giving friendships that I did. I feel spoiled rotten.
Thank you Lise for giving me so much. You’ve passed on so much knowledge and skill and you’re trust, patience and friendship mean the world to me. I can’t wait to see the beautiful things you’ll do next!