Musical Decor and a Month of Blogging

Musical decor #greerfamilyband #ukulele

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The end of January is here – and I’m happy to say that I’ve completed a full month of blogging and a month of ukulele practice. Every minute of practice helps me to grow more confident in both skills. Life is good.

Yesterday we put up some ukulele hooks that we had special ordered at our local Long & McQuade - and what a difference they’ve made in our home already.

In order to learn an instrument you need to practice. Daily. To experiment and to build dexterity. Having your instruments tuned and easily accessible allows practice to fit into your schedule. Seeing your instruments encourages you to pick them up for the ten minutes before work or the five minutes left on the oven timer. When you take the time to practice your hands become stronger, you start to see connections, and you ldevelop you skill.

Musical skill, like writing, is gained from daily practice and hard work. In the past month I have been working on both and made great improvement. I’m excited and in the moment – which makes me want to keep going. To pursue excellence.

Practice makes perfect.

Weekend Reading – Farm Anatomy

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I was pleased to find a new book waiting for me when I arrived home this afternoon. I ordered Julia Rothman’s Farm Anatomy, along with her newest title Nature Anatomy, which came out on Tuesday. I’m still eagerly awaiting the new release, but looking forward to curling up on the couch during tomorrow’s snow storm and buffing up on my farm knowledge.

At first look, I’m in love with the charming diagrams and portrayals of all aspects of farming. This book is the perfect companion for biologists and farm enthusiasts… it’s bright and provides the reader with lots of fun comparisons from chicken combs to hot pepper varieties.

I can’t wait to review both of Rothman’s titles once I’ve had a chance to take them in!

Random Art at Various Stages of Completion

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I frequently find half-finished projects around my house. Sometimes they’re forgotten; sometimes they’re not. But they’re always kind of beautiful. Today I thought I would share some of these.

Above is a lighthouse that I actually started this past weekend. I came across my chalk pastels and couldn’t wait to draw something. Unfortunately, I grabbed my watercolour book… not the best match for a light, chalky media.image

I like blending colours to create “PEI dirt” in my drawings. There’s something truly magical about that rusty shade of red. I can’t wait to spend more days at the beach in the summer to come.image

One of my absolute favourite things to draw is crustaceans. No joke, I can draw crabs, shrimp, lobster, and the like for hours. I like the angles and the asymmetry. I would love to have a room decorated framed with ‘scientific’ style crustacean drawings. Perhaps an upcoming project… :)

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The last two are pretty random – a seahorse and a butterfly. Both are thick and childlike – lacking in my usual methodological detail. This is linked to the fact that I don’t know a lot about either, but think they are pretty cool. A little practice would go a long way here!

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Reflections from Four Weeks of Blogging

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Snow days don't seem to bother Belle. Not one bit. #PEIstorm #catsofinstagram

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This year I’ve challenged myself to blog every day – for as long as possible – in order to get myself back into the habit. So far I’ve been excited. Ideas have popped consistently into my head. Bright cheerful posts filled with colourful photos have emerged along with plenty of fun memories.

Today I thought I’d share some of the things I’ve noted from my journey so far.

  • Writing takes dedication and practice, but making a habit of blogging helps the words to flow more freely. Seriously. F**k it, Ship it.

    http://lifehacker.com/5934647/fuck-it-ship-it

    My go-to motto

  • Creativity doesn’t mysteriously dry up – so write the posts you’ve dreamed about and don’t worry about tomorrow. The more you blog, the easier it will be to think up new ideas. Seriously, everything is a potential blog post, so post today.
  • Have a stash of complete drafts? Great – then post them immediately! Seriously, blog posts that you’re holding onto have a funny way of holding you back. I’ve been storing up a few for an upcoming vacation and the temptation is ALWAYS there to use these up. But writing every day means writing every – singleday. Saving posts just gives you an opportunity to slack off.
  • Blogging can be lonely, so reach out to other bloggers via WordPress or Twitter. Read other blogs, comment, and like. You’ll find things you love and want to build upon. Follow that instinct. And make new friends.
  • Daily blogging just feels good. It makes you feel alive. Give it a try for one full month and I can promise you that you’ll start to see things from a new angle. That’s just part of the adventure. And not in a fitness-diet-cult-regime kind of way (just to clarify).

That’s my thoughts for tonight – we’ll see where I’m at a month from now! My goal today is to make it to 100 days of continuous blogging. Let’s see how far I can go!

Wildflower Wedding Bouquet in PEI – Island Meadow Farms

As the storm rages outside, I feel uplifted by reminiscing about bright and beautiful things.

It was love at first sight - this bouquet literally took my breath away - photo by James Cripps

It was love at first sight – this bouquet literally took my breath away – photo by James Cripps

As a biologist, gardener, and nature lover, flowers were an absolute must-have for my wedding.  I wanted beautiful blooms that would pop in photos, so I was thrilled when Barb Jewell of Island Meadow Farms agreed to take on the challenge of our late October wedding.

Island Meadow Farms, located just 5 minutes from Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, is a local mixed farming operation which produces fresh-cut flowers. As a special treat, we were invited to visit the floral studio to talk flowers with its owner, Barb, and pick out some of our favourite blooms two weeks before the big day. Barb was fantastic to work with, tossing around ideas until we had the perfect mixture of flowers lined up.

I was amazed at the outcome – the bouquets were breathtaking and vibrant; the boutonnieres were bright and unique; and the cake decor was spectacular. Our wildflower bouquets featured dahlias, roses, hydrangea, straw flower, succulents, cabbage, and thistle. Each piece has it’s own special meaning in my heart.

Check out these photos taken by the wonderfully talented James Cripps.

My bouquet was a masterpiece from every angle - with succulents added to match my Groom's boutonniere - photo by James Cripps

My bouquet was a masterpiece from every angle – with succulents added to match my Groom’s boutonniere – photo by James Cripps

Custom succulent boutonnieres featuring coral coloured berries and a hint of wheat - photo by James Cripps

Custom succulent boutonnieres featuring coral coloured berries and a hint of wheat – photo by James Cripps

The vibrancy of the bouquets makes my heart soar - photo by James Cripps

The vibrancy of the bouquets makes my heart soar – photo by James Cripps

I love the casual bouquet photos - it was impossible to put these down - photo by James Cripps

I love the casual bouquet photos – it was impossible to put these down – photo by James Cripps

Scott's mother designed our cake, which she topped with fresh flowers , berries, and greenery - photo by James Cripps

Scott’s mother designed our cake, which she topped with fresh flowers , berries, and greenery – photo by James Cripps

  1. I know that flowers only last one day, but these flowers will last forever in my heart. They were a nature-lovers dream come true and easily one of my favourite things about my wedding day.

Lego ‘copter and #StormChips

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Hey Folks!

It’s the boring Monday evening before the storm. I’m actually too lazy to do much of anything other than debate which show Scott and I should start binge-watching on Netflix (“the Musketeers” looks promising ;)). So I thought I’d share these lovely cell pics of our latest Lego build – the yellow ‘copter.

Not to be confused with the “big helicopter” – that one is on our storm day wish-list… if a day off work were in the cards for tomorrow perhaps.

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If you’re living anywhere in eastern North America, then you’re probably bracing for the looming winter storm. Weather prediction is particularly hit-and-miss in Prince Edward Island, but I have a feeling that this storm will be proportional to the big whoppers we had last winter. So, in true east coast style, we picked up a few things at the grocery store. Including the ever popular #stormchips.

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Our chip brand is, of course, Covered Bridge. I say of course because they’re made in our home province of New Brunswick and taste sooooo delicious. There’s hardly a party where we don’t come bearing Covered Bridge chips and some sort of New Brunswick micro-brew.

I haven’t figured out whether the storm chips are east coast specific, but they sure are trending on my Twitter tonight. I suppose if the weather is terrible, then you might as well enjoy a treat. Let’s see what this storm brings – stay safe everyone.

 

Fantastic Finds: Zen Pencils Comics

Today, while scanning my Pinterest feed, I came across a beautiful inspirational comic about making good art:

50. NEIL GAIMAN: Make good art.

I had to find the source!

A quick search brought me to Zen Pencilsa cartoon blog which adapts inspirational quotes into comic stories. Beautiful comic stories, at that.

There is really something for everyone; from art and creativity, to science and technology. I feel inspired as I scan the posts – the words of great leaders, writers, and thinkers paired with beautiful images is an absolute joy to read on a lazy Sunday afternoon. I can’t recommend these enough!

Start with the Best of page and enjoy!

Beautiful posters from Zenpencils.com