Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Inspiration / Around

The above is a precious video feat. Carmyn Joy
I want to make a vegan version of this granola with lemon yogurt and edible flowers
Another brilliant interview with Marble & Milkweed
These interview with Emma Watson and Sofia Coppola, love.
Weaving in the wild workshop/ Foraging 101
Everythin Maiami knitwear
I want these Edible violas & Rose/jasmine candle

and I leave you with this quote from Emma's interview:
     "I don’t know what it is. I’ve always kept and collected things, and I’ve always been interested in the idea of diaries. I must have 10 different personal diaries: I keep a dream diary, I keep a yoga diary, I keep diaries on people that I’ve met and things that they’ve said to me, advice that they’ve given me. I keep an acting journal. I keep collage books. They’ve given me a place where I can try to figure myself out, because those kinds of ideas feel too personal to put out into the public or even discuss with anyone else. It allows me to get things out of my head and work them out in a way that feels safe, which is really helpful. I can kind of play around with things."

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Mary Oliver - “Sleeping in the Forest”

"I thought the earth remembered me,
she took me back so tenderly,
arranging her dark skirts, her pockets
full of lichens and seeds.
I slept as never before, a stone on the river bed,
nothing between me and the white fire of the stars
but my thoughts, and they floated light as moths
among the branches of the perfect trees.
All night I heard the small kingdoms
breathing around me, the insects,
and the birds who do their work in the darkness.
All night I rose and fell, as if in water,
grappling with a luminous doom. By morning
I had vanished at least a dozen times
into something better."

—Mary Oliver - “Sleeping in the Forest”

(flickr sourced)

Sunday, June 9, 2013

Interview / Briar of Marble and Milkweed

Sometimes I have a habit of (re)reading certain blogs that genuinely appeal to me, I devour them in like bees do with nectar. Marble and Milkweed is my kind of flower. Run by Briar, who concocts botanical and alchemical apothecary creations for beauty, mind, and soul. What separates her from everyone else is how poetically she captures her creations: teas, body oils, etc- and how she chooses to ethically approach and support her shop. Using organic and plant derived materials, her blog doubles as a peek into her workstyle and individual do-it-yourselfs, like this chocolate enfleurage. I was really happy Briar took the time for this interview - I only wish I could have asked her in person with a cup of her tea.

Briar's blog: http://marbleandmilkweed.blogspot.com
Instagram at: http://instagram.com/marbleandmilkweed
Shop can be found at www.marbleandmilkweed.com
Etsy: https://www.etsy.com/shop/MarbleandMilkweed
Hello! My name is Briar, and I am a pastry chef, and the maker behind Marble & Milkweed. I’m in love with plants, and I love helping people discover how pure botanicals can make them glow, inside and out. I keep track of developments in the shop, kitchen and studio on 

My creative process is very fluid. 
There are a lot of things from my formal culinary education that help me enormously in the shop, especially when it comes to staying organized, developing new recipes and creating products that are consistent and have integrity. Most of my inspiration, though, day to day, comes from being around beautiful raw materials. My respect for botanical materials is immense, and I love being able to feel a deep connection to the earth (even while living in the middle of New York City!) through working with them. I work in the studio as often as I can, in between dessert-related projects, and my schedule often varies season by season. In the winter, I love working on new projects in the late morning and afternoon, while in the summer, I often find myself inspired late into the evenings, as the light lingers.
Besides being inspired by exquisite raw materials, I also am in love with my neighborhood (New York’s Lower East Side), and its incredibly diverse and fascinating history. My clawfoot bathtub in the kitchen is my secret hideout, and the community garden that my sweetheart and I are members of is a huge source of inspiration, as well, not just for its natural beauty, but also for the neighborly relationships that it fosters. I’m constantly inspired by my partner, Michael, who is so incredibly handsome, devoted, and the best cook in the world.

Plant inspiration: 
I am constantly in awe of the tea plant - camellia sinensis. It’s such an incredibly versatile plant, yielding completely different products depending on where it’s grown and how it’s processed. And the ritual that it has inspired in so many cultures is something that I love learning about and adapting to my own life.
I try to live as consciously as possible, 
with the understanding that even my smallest actions can make a difference. This applies to the way I source and eat my food, what I put on my skin, how I treat my environment and the people around me. I want to be a source of good energy in the world.

5 Things that Heal me:

  1. good food: lovingly grown, lovingly prepared
  2. a long hot bath
  3. time in the garden
  4. time with my sweetheart and people I love
  5. work that I feel good about doing

Now that I live in New York City
one of my favorite places to visit is the Pacific Northwest, where I grew up. It’s so nice to be between the mountains and the sea, and take in the fresh air, especially when the sun finally pokes through the clouds. Another favorite journey was the trip my sweetheart and I took to Italy a few years back. We stayed in an agritourismo on top of a mountain in Umbria. The hospitality was so warm, the food so delicious, and we slept so well. It was marvelous.
A few neighborhood favorites:
There’s always so much going on, between the Lower East Side where I live, and TriBeCa, where I work. Near home, I love the Essex Street Market with its diverse and delicious shops, and I love dropping into Russ & Daughters for a chunk of halvah. In the East Village, we have a wonderful herb shop called Flower Power, they are so kind and knowledgeable, and I also often stop nearby at Sustainable NYC for earth-friendly gifts for special occasions. I also love my local branch of Organic Avenue, around the corner from my apartment. Their Thai collard green wrap is amazing, and I love being able to drop in for a green juice or a coconut water on my way out the door. In TriBeCa, I love All Good Things, a really special indoor market for food, flowers and more, and I also love to go by Birdbath Bakery on Church Street for my favorite chocolate chip cookie. And wherever I am in the city, I always find myself gravitating to the nearest park or community garden for a bit of green respite.
In 5 years,
I want to grow Marble & Milkweed into a way to share my love of radical simplicity and passion for plants with many, many people. I would love for my studio to be a gathering place for like-minded folks, with classes about herbs and botanical fragrance, wholesome nourishment, flower-arranging and gardening, all the things that bring beauty and meaning to my life.

An ideal day:
I feel like there is no one ideal day, I always want to be able to appreciate each day for whatever it holds and to embrace that fully. That being said, a good day should at least contain a portion each of good food, good love, good work and good sleep. The proportions may vary from day to day, but those things are at the heart of it all.
One piece of advice: Go after what you love, and keep doing it. Making it happen takes time, so try to appreciate that part of the process, too!

Saturday, June 8, 2013

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Interview: Adriana Sinke

Adriana is a beautiful person I follow on Instagram. I love her captures and wish we could have coffee & tea, have overcast adventures while meeting forest dwellers and watch Audrey Hepburn films. Although she is not a photographer, her documents suggest other wise. All photos came from her  instagram at http://instagram.com/adrianasinke

Hello my name is :
Adriana and I am a wife, an explorer, and a dreamer. I love making the most of every spare moment! I married my best friend Adam three years ago. This has been my proudest accomplishment and biggest adventure to date. I love reading, being outdoors, spending hours in cafes, and listening to music. I am currently working as an accounting assistant for a small non-profit association. I have my BA in environment, resources, and development (basically geography). I absolutely love what I went to university for and would love to work in my field someday. I am considering pursuing a masters degree!

Congrats on being a Instagram-Suggested User, what do you love about photography+documenting?

Thank you! Being selected for the suggested user list was so unexpected. I am by no means a professional photographer so I felt truly honored to have been recognized in this way! I use instagram as a way to share my adventures and beauty I see in everyday life. What I love most about it is the community. Each little snapshot that people post of instagram gives a glimpse into their life and who they are. I love meeting new people and making new friends and I find that instagram is an excellent way to connect with people from around the world! I have made many friends through the app (some I have even had the pleasure of meeting in real life). I have not only gained a new hobby, but also gained irreplaceable friends, pen pals, and unimaginable inspiration. To me, documenting means capturing special moments in my life. I love documenting life through photography (whether it be through iPhone photography, film, or dslr). I love that we can document these special and beautiful moments and hold them as physical memories forever

What inspires you?
 I find inspiration in my surroundings (people, places, things). I live in an incredibly beautiful part of the country and have to do little more than look out my window to be inspired. I would say I am most inspired by nature; the mountains, the ocean, plants, wildlife, etc. I could spend endless hours outside enjoying the beauty of this world. I try to find beauty in all facets of life. Something as simple as enjoying a cup of tea while reading a good book in the comfrot of my own home can be beautiful and inspiring. People are also such an inspiration to me. I love listening to people's stories, and find constant inspiration through others!

What are your vices?
  I work a typical Monday-Friday 9-5 type of job so my husband and I like to enjoy our weekends to the fullest. I spend a lot of time (and money) on coffee. I love going to cafes to read a book or catch up with friends. I could spend the better part of my weekend in a cafe. Cafes and coffee aside, I really love food. If I didn't make myself a very clear budget I would spend the majority of my paycheque on food! There are so may amazing restaurents in Vancouver so we never lack for an amazing place to eat, unfortunately this gets expensive!

I love to explore, my favorite places are:
I like to think of myself as an explorer/adventurer! It is my dream the travel the entire world someday. That being said, I try not to forget about all the incredible places to explore that are close to home. Some of my favorite places in the world are:

Turkey - we went here for our honeymoon so it has a lot of sentimental value! That aside, I think Turkey is an incredible country with so much to do and see. Unfortunately many people don't really think of Turkey as a vacation destination. We travelled the whole country and I cannot possibly say enough good things about the people, the culture, the sites, and the food!!

Lighthouse Park - I love spending my weekends here. It is easy to find a quiet and private place right by the ocean. We bring snacks, blankets, and books and have the perfect time!

The West Coast - we drove from Portland to Cannon Beach and then up the entire coast back to Vancouver last summer. It was an incredible and beautiful trip, I would do it again in a heartbeat.

My Aunt/Uncle's cottage - My family owns a small cabin on the Sunshine Coast in BC. It is so beautiful there and I always have an amazing time whenever we visit. It is the most beautiful and peaceful cabin!

5 Things that Heal me:
Laughter - I am a happy person (most of the time!) and I love to laugh. If I am feeling down I try to find someone or something that will make me laugh and my mood immediately improves. I believe there is true healing in happiness and laughter.
Family - My family is the most important thing in my life. Both my husband and I are truly blessed to have such incredible families. We moved from Ontario to BC about a year and a half ago leaving our family behind. I miss them everyday, but if I am every feeling like I need a pick-me-up I know they are only a phone call away. All our family members are so encouraging and supportive, they are truly our best friends. It is a wonderful feeling to know that no matter how long you have gone without talking, your family is always there and always loves you.
Music - I believe that music is one of the most powerful forces in the world. It has a way of evoking emotions like nothing else. I can find music I love for every mood I am in. I also love the nostalgia that music creates. There are certain songs or certain artists that cause vivid memories to come rushing back to me, it is truly powerful!
Literature - I love a good book. There is nothing I find more relaxing than curling up with a good cup of tea and an amazing book. I imagine things very vividly so I think this is why I enjoy reading so much.
Nature - I feel most calm and at peace when I am outdoors. I feel so uplifted and calm when I am outdoors, away from the bussiness of city life, away from the noise and the stress. There is nothing more calming than relaxing by the ocean and listening to the sound of the waves crashing!

Favorite records & films : 
Iron & Wine Sigur Ros, The National, Band of Horses, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, Bon Iver, Fruit Bats 

 Some of my favorite films include Amelie, The Royal Tenenbaums, Life Aquatic, Moonrise Kingdom (pretty much anything Wes Anderson), Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Little Miss Sunshine, Stranger than Ficton.

I live in:
Vancouver, BC, Canada and Vancouver has so many excellent cafes, restaurents, and attractions. My favorite cafes in the city are: Matchstick, Nelson the Seagull, Revolver, JJ Bean, and Prado. 

My favorite restuarnets are: Toshi (for sushi), Peaceful Restaurent (for the most amazing Chinese noodles), Blue Water Cafe (for a fancy date), Stephos (for good, cheap Greek), and the Olive and Anchor (in Horseshoe Bay, for a good food and the best burger I have ever had!). My favorite shop in Vancouver is Old Faithful Shop, they carry high quality and beautiful items for home.

Books I love : 
Some of my favorite books are; 
East of Eden by John Steinbeck, 
anything by Margaret Atwood (but especially The Handmaid's Tale and The Blind Assassian)
1984 and Animal Farm by George Orwell
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
I could go on all day!

In 5 years I want to :
Own a cafe! My husband and I have plans to move the the US and start a cafe with two of our very dear friends. The plan is already in the works, they've bought a space already, we need to work out some minor details! It is my dream to work for myself and own a cafe, I am so excited for this chapter of my life. In five years time I will also (hopefully) have done a lot more travelling. By that time I hope to have travelled most of Europe and Asia! We are headed to Iceland, Norway, Sweden, and Denmark at the end of summer this year so that will knock a couple off my list. In 5 years I also expect that Adam and I will have started a family!!

One piece of advice: Follow your dreams no matter how big they seem and live without regret! Be passionate and live boldly!

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Lana, my love

Sometimes all I like to do is youtube videos of Lana's performances and that becomes my entire day + night.

I want to be a friend of elves and live in a tree.

“I tried to discover, in the rumor of forests and waves, words that other men could not hear, and I pricked up my ears to listen to the revelation of their harmony.”
banana walnut bread


i.Lately I’ve been solely paint sketching, which is something I used to shy away from - which was hindering because I have fallen in love with the concept. They’ve become like little seedlings, expressions and tokens of dreams. I try (very hard) not to over think it and its become another form of exploration. I feel so blessed my artwork is featured in this months Animal literary magazine
ii. I am convinced, baking and Mazzy Star can mend any day whatsoever.Learning to experiemnt with gluten free flours and flax/chia egg replacements, Going to play with coconut milk instead of almond milk for a sweeter taste.
iii. springtime knitting and writing letters. unraveling, winding balls of yarn. kinda soothing.
iv. smokey quartz pendants in my little shop
v. blueberry apple cinnamon muffins, they didnt rise as much as I would've like. practice, practice. and I want a thin, antique apron.
vi. Sam: Why do you always use binoculars? Suzy: It helps me see things closer. Even if they’re not very far away. I pretend it’s my magic power.
vi. forest frolicking
viii. creatures at the pond

Sunday, June 2, 2013


The theory - or concept of summer sounds rather nice and all. Unless you're me and the second the days get warmer and humid, you're wishing you had a pool to float on and are making iced teas every three hours. (Except I've been baking moreso than anything?) But my sinuses and allergies are not playing so nice so I am avoiding the heat by seeking shelter in my cool, shaded room and dreaming up wish-lists because...well why not? 

i. lavender & honey soap by Los Poblanos Organics
ii. featherlight slate point needles by Lantern Moon
iii. scout blouse by Samantha Pleet