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March 27, 2013

LATELY, IN MOVIES


This post is called "Lately, in movies" but I'm totally starting off with a tv show. If you have yet to watch Enlightened what are you even doing with you're time? It's only two seasons long, Laura Dern is a dream, and Mike White is now one of my favourite filmmakers. It's very "of the times" and so incredibly well done. My friends are definitely super annoyed that I keep asking them if they've seen it yet. I only finished the show a week and a half ago and I'm ready to rewatch it again. This is a good review. Need I say more?

High Fidelity is one of my "Top 5" favourite movies of all time and it's fitting that I say that for this film. John Cusack goes through his top 5 breakups, number 5 being the most recent. I watch it at least once a month. I saw In Dreams twice in theatres when I was 10 and it's still such a captivating movie. It's about where dreams mix with reality and it's quite suspenseful and at times haunting. Young Robert Downey Jr. is my fav.

The following three films are perfect examples of what I look for in a movie: beautiful images, realistic situations, depth, and connection. The first film translates to Turn Me On, Dammit which is basically the essence of the film, but is so much deeper then that. It's so telling of youth, the Norwegian landscapes are beautiful, and both Helene Bergsholm (Dick Alma) and Jannicke Systad Jacobsen (the writer/ director) are so wonderful. Lola Versus has some of my favourite filmmakers in it: Greta Gerwig, Daryl Wein, Zoe Lister-Jones, and Hamish Linklater. It's about life as a single lady after things come crashing down around her. Perfect. I'm the most excited about Liberal Arts. I love Elizabeth Olsen and actually blown away that Josh Radnor (Ted of How I Met Your Mother!) wrote and directed it. This movie is so deep, but tangible, on so many levels. It's about attraction, as broad as that term is. If I ever make a film, this is definitely inspiration.

Care to recommend me any movies? 

March 26, 2013

DIY: BIND YOUR OWN NOTEBOOK

Before I launch into the book-binding, I'm excited to say that this summer I will be participating in the Nomadic Noise Residency hosted by Labspace Studio with 24 other artists and designers. We will be exploring noise, sound and silence in Toronto's ecology and at the end of the summer there will be an exhibition of our work all around the city. I'm beyond excited to be working with these incredible people and to explore the idea of sound in the urban environment, something that I have been thinking of for the past six months. I'm looking forward to, for the first time, collaborating and designing a project on my own (apart from Department of Unusual Certainties) and to really push the boundaries of what I am capable of.

Anyways, the reason I needed to get that out there first is because this Saturday we are going on our first noise exploration. All week I've been preparing myself and one thing I needed was a notebook. I have about seven notebooks, all half filled, but I knew I needed to start fresh. I'm treating this notebook as a place to jot down my research, my ideas, and also to use it as a scrapbook, a sort of diary of this entire experience. Last night after a bath and an amazing movie (nothing inspires me more) I thought 'well I have to make it RIGHT NOW' (it was 11 pm). So I did. And here it is.
I've never made anything like this before but if you're a crafty person and can problem solve, then this should be easy for you. It took me two hours and overnight to dry. 
Some friends were over this past weekend before we saw Austra and so I used the cardboard from the six-pack of Boneshaker IPA (I love simple, beautiful graphics). The pages are simply newsprint. I folded them in half twice and cut down the longest centre. Depending on where you cut produces either a portrait or landscape book. I opted for landscape and made eight booklets of four folded pages, so I have a 64-page book.
I used this tutorial to sew the pages together, but improvised everything else. Sew all the booklets into one large book, making it as tight as possible. I ideally wanted to use twine to bind the book, but I didn't have a tool large enough to poke holes through the book nor a needle large enough. So instead I cut another piece of cardboard for the spine, glued the front and back covers to it and then the pages. I put the entire notebook under a stack of books on my bookshelf and crossed my fingers that the glue would hold. And it did! I'm way too pumped and going to spend the rest of the day using it!
I'm definitely going to be making more with different covers. Maybe I can finally open an Etsy shop... If you'd like to follow along our explorations in the Noise Residency, go here! Also, if you are curious about sound and would like to participate yourself, there is a joint project of the worldwide exploration of noise called Noise Intercepted and you can join in the fun.

March 25, 2013

DIY: STRAINER PENDANT LIGHT

I have another post up on the Wanderer's Palace blog! This time it's an incredible easy DIY that my mom actually designed for her new eatery CiaoChowCiao in Washago, Ontario. This DIY Strainer Pendant Light should take you less then 15 minutes (maybe not including installation) and the materials are simply a metal strainer, a pendant light, and a drill bit.
Check out my post here. The best part is that this concept can be applied to any object that you'd like to make into a lamp shade! From now on I'm going to keep my eyes open for other interesting objects to make into lights and I will definitely share the results. Send me pics of any lights that you have created! Also, if you like good food you should definitely visit CiaoChowCiao if you're ever on your way up to Northern Ontario. I mean, I dare you to look at this and not salivate. My mom is the best cook in the entire world and I'm not just saying that because she's my mom (hi mom)! Go say what's up to Theresa and Todd and tell them I sent you!

March 16, 2013

BOOKSHELF MAKEOVER

This week over on at the Wanderer's Palace I showed a little bookshelf makeover I did. The week before I wrote about how decorating with the things you own is a good idea, and this makeover uses some of those principles. I organized my bookshelf by colour and now it's more of a statement in my house as opposed to just a place to hold my books. Check it out here!

March 14, 2013

DIY: COLOUR MATCH GAME FOR TODDLERS

I'm an auntie (zia actually) to two beautiful babies. Anthony is going to turn 2 at the end of this month and Giuliana is almost 7 months. Being an aunt is actually the best role in the entire world. They're all mine to play with, tickle, cuddle, and smother with kisses. They're the best. Anthony is a smart and sweet little boy and I can't wait to teach him so many things. I'm home for a bit so today I decided to make a little craft game for him which I discovered thanks to Pinterest (you can follow me here).
This little craft is a colour matching game perfect for toddlers. It's so simple to make. All you need is an empty egg carton (points for recycling!) and 12 different colours. I used crayons but you can use markers, paint, or anything your heart desires.
Fill each pocket with a different colour and find objects that are small enough to be placed inside. I asked Anthony to get me his red car knowing he has a small one, and he brought me this big guy. Such a sweetheart.
All you do is ask your toddler to put the object of a certain colour into the matching pocket. He loved it! It'll take some time to learn the game but he had so much fun putting the items into their spots. I got him these sound blocks for Christmas where if you match both sides of an animal or vehicle it makes the corresponding sound. He's already a pro so I'm so excited to take him on a scavenger hunt to find colourful items for this game.
I can't wait to share what I'm making him for his birthday!! Stay tuned or follow me on Instagram for some sneak peaks!

March 11, 2013

FAREWELL, WINTER

1. Dad's backyard, 2011 2. Palmerston, 2010 3. Queen's Park, 2010 4. Ryerson, 2010

This has been an interesting winter. We all feared tons of snow and we got it. We all celebrated warm weather and then the cold returned. My winter was spent in part preparing for the future while trying to hold on to what is familiar. Now spring is around the corner and everyone seems to be coming to life. I'm very much looking forward to the freedom that somehow comes hand in hand with the warmer months. I feel as if the winter is loathed by many, but it's important to remember that these cold months are the reason why you're so blissful the second spring is in the air. It brings us reflection, anticipation, and hope. So thanks, winter. I really needed you this year.
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