MOJOWORKIN: This is a popular design of mine. It is made entirely of stacked plywood. This chair is as comfortable as they come. It seats you low to the ground and at a comfortable recline. This is an entirly original chair design. You won’t find it in a friends home unless it comes from my shop. These have shipped out as far as Dubai. That customer purchased six to form a sitting parlor. These are heavy chairs; about 25 lbs. They come in natural or ebony. They are finished with 5 coats of satin lacquer.
Summer is officially upon us! And while it may not look like it around here today I’m sure even the rainy Pacific Northwest will be basking in the summer sunshine before too long. It’s a great time to think about summer traditions and plans for outdoor fun! The images I’ve included have a camping theme, but I’d love to hear about all the various activities you have planned.
While my husband and I used to do a lot of camping, now we make an effort almost every weekend to go for a hike during the summer. We are really fortunate to live where we do – there are hundreds of hiking trails anywhere from 20 minutes to 3 hours drive from our home. They’re all at varying levels of difficulty – which is great for me after a long winter and spring spent hibernating indoors.
On one of my favorite hikes last summer we actually ended up doing a lot of creek watching and some splashing around in the creek too. It was during an epic heat wave, which for us meant temperatures over 100 degrees for several days. We ventured over to Lynn Canyon, a popular spot for cliff jumping and hiking, and discovered a new favorite activity – creek sitting. On a day as hot as that one was, there was nothing better than sitting in the most beautiful of natural settings, cooling off, without a care in the world!
We try not to visit any location more than once, but I have a feeling we may find ourselves back at Lynn Canyon this summer when the heat gets unbearable.
As always I’m happy to see the wide variety of items available on Etsy – some that I had never thought of looking for before.
The top picture is a cross stitch pattern from Campfire Chic. Below I found a great knapsack from Bees Netta, as well as some insect repellent from Mirasol Farm and some gourmet BBQ blend from Purpose Design.
Photo from Love and Squalor Photography
It’s not uncommon that while watching a movie – I’ll turn to the person next to me and say – wait, isn’t that Vancouver? We’ve got a bustling movie scene here – so much so that we’re often called Hollywood North and it’s not so unusual for there to be reports that Kristin Stewart or Dakota Fanning or some other star has been spotted out and about town. I’ve got my own celebrity run-ins that I could share too, but I’ll save that for another post. Because this post is about our downtown public library – as libraries go – it’s breathtaking. So beautiful that it’s not uncommon for movies to be shot inside – and they’re not usually library scenes either, one recent film of note that was shot here – The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus. As I write this post, sitting in the library, I can’t help but look around at all the wonderful architectural details and feel lucky that this library has been built in our city.
Photo of Vancouver Public Library – Battle Star Galactica Set – Via: The Pocket Square
But really, what’s infinitely more important than the design or look of any library is it’s contents. I think I’ve always known this to be true. As far back as I can remember I have been obsessed with books. It must be due, at least in part, to influences in our home. There were always books strewn throughout it and one of my earliest dreams and desires was to be able to read like my brothers could. It’s even possible that this lifelong passions roots can be traced to one of the first books that was read to me by my brothers, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory – to this day I fondly remember the twists and turns of this delightful tale. From the golden tickets to the wonders and quirks of Willy Wonka’s factory. When I finally did learn to read my mom would take me to the library where I was allowed to check out a stack of books as tall as my little arms could carry. I’d excitedly bring them home and quickly read through each and every one before returning to check out many more.
Librarian glasses from Je Sophi
I think one of my greatest delights will be teaching my children to read (when I have children of course). Who’s to know if they will share my passion for reading but I do hope that will be the case. I also know that while we may never be able to travel to all the places or meet all the people we’d like to in this lifetime, inside the pages of books so many adventures and experiences are waiting for us.
Library Ladies from Janet Hill Studio
Today – with libraries on my mind, I’ve gathered a number of handmade finds to share – I hope you enjoy them. Please do feel free to share a favorite book either from childhood or one you’ve read recently, I’d love to hear about them!
Bookends from Knob Creek Metal Arts
For reals now, one of the reasons I started this site was so that lovely folks such as yourselves would buy these fabulous Etsy finds before I do. Trust me, that’s not a line, that the honest truth — just ask my husband who sighs every time he hears a package being delivered on our porch.
I need your help today a great deal. This ring is calling calling to me and I adore it so. Please purchase it so that I can stop sitting on my hands. I love the wild and unstructured nature of it, and the colors and materials are exquisite. It makes my heart beat a little faster. By negellatj.
Over the holiday weekend we had a bit of a dilemma. My hubby, darling he is, decided to invite 20 people to our petite house. The living room has enough room for one very slim TV stand, one mighty coffee table, and a three person couch. Ask any host or hostess and they’ll tell you the living space is where your guests will congregate.
Where were all of these people going to sit? Leave it to our friends to enlighten my often too traditional mind. They all sat on the floor. And you know what? They were happy! So next time you’re agonizing over buying another chair for the occasional get together look to the unusual first. This dog bed hand-sewn by Breezy Beach Cottage is absolutely perfect for your pet, but as Breezy Beach Cottage’s Kelly of South Carolina says “This bed is so pretty and practical, you could use it as a big floor pillow for watching TV.” All of her cushions are covered with removable slips, so they’re easy to clean. When the padding is worn down you can simply replace the pillow inside the cover.
I’m a big fan of hand-knits. There’s something so cozy about a hand-knit pillow, and these poofy balls by Lucky Hanks are no exception. They can be purchased unstuffed, so if you have a lackluster pillow hanging out at home, or a few extra bits of padding from that last craft project then these are the pillows for you. They look fantastic piled in a corner, and make great seating when you’re in a pinch. Theresa also recommends them for kid’s rooms. They’re easy to move around and quite soft, making them the perfect accessory for a rambunctious child’s abode.
This floor pouf by Jade Bliss of Houston, TX has such a great funky vibe. I love the fabric swatch, and the pillow is actually quite large. When placed next to a standard couch it sits level with the cushions. It would make a bold statement in any room. She has quite a few patterns available too, so if you’re not the numbers type maybe a paisley or plaid cushion could fill that corner in your domicile.
Let’s not forget about the space under the pillows. Our house has plywood floors. Not the classiest surface, but at least a few steps above peel-n-stick linoleum. Ekra of Carbondale, IL has these fantastic hand-woven rugs made from fabric scraps. She goes hunting anywhere bits of fabric can be found and salvages the threadbits to make these gorgeous woven rugs. I personally am a big fan of this type of rug. I’ve found is lasts longer than standard carpet, and it’s easier to clean.
We’ve got a nice blue woven rug sitting under our living room windows now with four floor pillows on it. And the best part? When no one’s around I put out all of the floor pillows and lay about reading a book. It’s quite relaxing, and certainly classier than folding chairs.