sweet new beginnings

my goodness. the days seemed to drag and the weeks, never ending. but 12 weeks have blurred into one long series of moments. each moment filled with the omnipresent baby.

on may 15th, our healthy bundle of happiness was born at 8 lbs, 4 oz. quietly ( okay, with one loud yell ) in our bedroom as the morning sun shone through our window. i had whimpered away during the night with every hard contraction, waiting for the magic 4 minute timing. by early morning, i needed to push and not realizing i was off on my timing, the midwife rushed over to barely catch the little one. 

we were an instant family at 8:05 am. i was hysterically happy and so overjoyed that she was here, in our arms. 

every sight i’ve ever witnessed, every person i’ve ever cherished, every film i’ve adored, every gastronomic pleasure i’ve consumed, every piece of work i’ve created, everything, everything i’ve experienced in my life washed away so softly and my being was completely still. still and present with this brand new and tiny human which we named Olive.

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one past due

( saved as a draft, may 11th, 2013 )

many told me my first would arrive late. and so, they were right.

i’m eager to meet this little being, who seems to hiccup her presence inside my belly. i’ve never been so ever present at every moment wondering am i ready. is it time.

perhaps in the next minute. or the day after tomorrow. i wait.

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3 0 d a y s.
i’m just a mere thirty days - or about there - until our little one arrives to create our  family of three.
the days of p u t t e r i n g around this new home - baking, organizing, working with clay, daydreaming about our first summer with a little girl - have slipped right on by.
a dear photographer friend captured this image of my belly and although normally i am camera-shy, she subtly caught this quiet moment that i will treasure for many years. thank you, shona of sweet earth photographics.

3 0 d a y s.

i’m just a mere thirty days - or about there - until our little one arrives to create our  family of three.

the days of p u t t e r i n g around this new home - baking, organizing, working with clay, daydreaming about our first summer with a little girl - have slipped right on by.

a dear photographer friend captured this image of my belly and although normally i am camera-shy, she subtly caught this quiet moment that i will treasure for many years. thank you, shona of sweet earth photographics.

it seems like i am nest-baking up a storm! perhaps because i am mostly at home these last few days of being pregnant.
these cookies are so comforting and too easy to make ( and devour with loved ones ) that it’s hard not to share the love. 
chewy + melty chocolate chip cookies : yields 12 3” cookies
3/4 cup raw sugar (ground up a little) or confectioners sugar
1/2 cup *room temperature* butter
1 tsp of vanilla extract
1 large egg at *room temperature*
275 ml of all purpose flour
1/2 tsp of baking soda
1/4 tsp of salt
1 cup of dark callebaut choco chips ( or any high quality dark chocolate chips ) 
baking instructions :
- preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
- grease cookie sheet with butter and lightly dust with flour. put aside.
- mix flour, salt and baking soda together and put aside.
- combine butter + sugar together and beat on low just until mixed. 
- beat in egg and vanilla to the butter mixture just until mixed.
- slowly mix flour mixture just until flour is incorporated.
- stir in chocolate chips by hand just until batter is evenly mixed.
- spoon 1.5” balls of dough onto baking sheet leaving space for 3” diameter cookies.
- bake for 10 minutes (or between 9 to 12 minutes depending on how hot your oven is).
- make sure to take cookies out before they are golden brown or they will be crunchy and not gooey. take them out while still a little soft and puffy.
- let cookies rest on baking sheet for 3 minutes and transfer them to a cooling rack for 30 minutes. enjoy them :)

it seems like i am nest-baking up a storm! perhaps because i am mostly at home these last few days of being pregnant.

these cookies are so comforting and too easy to make ( and devour with loved ones ) that it’s hard not to share the love. 

chewy + melty chocolate chip cookies : yields 12 3” cookies

3/4 cup raw sugar (ground up a little) or confectioners sugar

1/2 cup *room temperature* butter

1 tsp of vanilla extract

1 large egg at *room temperature*

275 ml of all purpose flour

1/2 tsp of baking soda

1/4 tsp of salt

1 cup of dark callebaut choco chips ( or any high quality dark chocolate chips ) 

baking instructions :

- preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

- grease cookie sheet with butter and lightly dust with flour. put aside.

- mix flour, salt and baking soda together and put aside.

- combine butter + sugar together and beat on low just until mixed. 

- beat in egg and vanilla to the butter mixture just until mixed.

- slowly mix flour mixture just until flour is incorporated.

- stir in chocolate chips by hand just until batter is evenly mixed.

- spoon 1.5” balls of dough onto baking sheet leaving space for 3” diameter cookies.

- bake for 10 minutes (or between 9 to 12 minutes depending on how hot your oven is).

- make sure to take cookies out before they are golden brown or they will be crunchy and not gooey. take them out while still a little soft and puffy.

- let cookies rest on baking sheet for 3 minutes and transfer them to a cooling rack for 30 minutes. enjoy them :)

a break in the weather. the water releases the vapours under the sunlight.

a break in the weather. the water releases the vapours under the sunlight.

a gentle flickering or fluttering.
a reminder that a little one is keeping cozy in a nest which is my tummy.
at the moment, i am nesting myself and unpacking my little treasures that i’ve accumulated over the years. i will document all of the pieces that i’ve brought home with me from my travels over the next few months.
i had one of these teacups left over from a show in san francisco this past christmas. and someone had commented that my cup had runneth over with a pool of colour. as i unpacked it, the buttery glaze seemed to pour out into my hands and felt like a little blessing for our little family to be.
it was w o n d e r o u s. 
i am thankful for little blessings. 

a gentle flickering or fluttering.

a reminder that a little one is keeping cozy in a nest which is my tummy.

at the moment, i am nesting myself and unpacking my little treasures that i’ve accumulated over the years. i will document all of the pieces that i’ve brought home with me from my travels over the next few months.

i had one of these teacups left over from a show in san francisco this past christmas. and someone had commented that my cup had runneth over with a pool of colour. as i unpacked it, the buttery glaze seemed to pour out into my hands and felt like a little blessing for our little family to be.

it was w o n d e r o u s. 

i am thankful for little blessings. 

bringing in the new year on one of bc’s gulf islands has been an ongoing tradition for me. the salt water air seems to cleanse my mind for the year’s offerings.
this year will be bringing me a pretty lovely bundle of surprises as i am expecting my first child in may. it’s the first time in a long while where i am not planning out the year’s show schedule. i’m loving the freedom of letting what comes happen. 
onto february we go…

bringing in the new year on one of bc’s gulf islands has been an ongoing tradition for me. the salt water air seems to cleanse my mind for the year’s offerings.

this year will be bringing me a pretty lovely bundle of surprises as i am expecting my first child in may. it’s the first time in a long while where i am not planning out the year’s show schedule. i’m loving the freedom of letting what comes happen. 

onto february we go…

a little murmur. night time for thoughts.

i am embracing more and more the quiet moments in the life of a hustler.

that is what we do in the city : hustle. thrive for attention and mention;

superimpose value and meaning over dull and drab.

how do we define the ah-ha moments when all we do is sell our brands

and compete to be liked

and adored.

let loose the tight grasp and listen for the murmurs in the wind. 

the openness of the canadian shield awaits and i am restless to set roots

far away from the smug and nosey.

perhaps this is the chapter of great heights that will bring the

quietness that i have craved for years.

i will wait to see.

lucky stones. all the way from winnipeg.

here they are in my studio. oh joy!!

my first entry of the year is aptly a most beautiful bowl (by michelle kosoy from toronto) with my fruits of domestic labour - home made doughnuts. yes, it is nearing may, no where near january but alas my bowls are filled with happiness these days.
welcome to this new year. 

my first entry of the year is aptly a most beautiful bowl (by michelle kosoy from toronto) with my fruits of domestic labour - home made doughnuts. yes, it is nearing may, no where near january but alas my bowls are filled with happiness these days.

welcome to this new year. 

what a whirlwind past few months! 
on return from my first burn in nevada this past summer, i have been steadfast in my ceramic making in the studio. quite literally non-stop and still on the go until Renegade San Francisco Dec 17 + 18. this new large garden party vase will be coming along for the ride to San Fran. can’t wait to meet new peeps and all the vendors.
last weekend, the Crawl came and went… along 3500 people through my little 250 square foot space. boy, what amazing energy and positive feedback can do for the creative soul. it was great to make new friends and have the amazing support of all who came by to admire and pick up a few goodies for themselves.
it’s crazy what we creative folks are capable of - the sweat, the ideas and execution of those ideas. the mutual inspiration and collaborations are endless. onto new adventures…

what a whirlwind past few months! 

on return from my first burn in nevada this past summer, i have been steadfast in my ceramic making in the studio. quite literally non-stop and still on the go until Renegade San Francisco Dec 17 + 18. this new large garden party vase will be coming along for the ride to San Fran. can’t wait to meet new peeps and all the vendors.

last weekend, the Crawl came and went… along 3500 people through my little 250 square foot space. boy, what amazing energy and positive feedback can do for the creative soul. it was great to make new friends and have the amazing support of all who came by to admire and pick up a few goodies for themselves.

it’s crazy what we creative folks are capable of - the sweat, the ideas and execution of those ideas. the mutual inspiration and collaborations are endless. onto new adventures…

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