I love seeing how artists work, so here’s a glimpse into my process for all of you studio snoops and creative-process junkies.
See you later, excavator! is a commissioned illustration, and because the customer wanted the text incorporated onto the image and a finished image “like it’s out of a picture book,” I finished it in Photoshop, which is handy for this post, so that I can show you an … [Read More]
So, I have a copy of Lori Pickert’s book Project-Based Homeschooling: Mentoring Self-Directed Learners to give away.
Lori sent it to me ages ago, but I wasn’t sure how to do a giveaway, to be honest. And then when I was drafting this post about our love affair with tape, I realized it would be a perfect post to pair with the giveaway.
What does tape have to do with … [Read More]
I’m lucky when it comes to in-laws. They’re interesting and funny and generous and kind and smart; all things that I like when it comes to humans. They live in Ontario though, which is perhaps their only flaw. Ontario is too far away. Canada is a big place. It takes days and days and days to drive to Ontario. With kids anyway, in any sane fashion. When we were younger … [Read More]
This year we missed the local Not Back to School picnic at Trout Lake, but for a very good reason. We were in Ontario and Quebec (more on that later), but before we left, we went to a Not Back to School camp out in the Fraser Valley, with about ten or so families.
The ingredients that made up three nights and four days of hanging out with like-minded folks?… [Read More]
Oh, Jam Camp, we love you.
We only met last year for the first time, but we were so happy to see you again this summer. We looked forward to it all year.
We love how you include everyone, from babies to elders. How you celebrate homeschoolers and unschoolers and whatever-schoolers. How you encourage us to sing our hearts out, and then fill them right back up again. … [Read More]
We just got back from Jam Camp (post full of love coming soon!), which came fast on the heels of our annual camping trip with our Rainbow Tie-Dye Camping Fairies, so here is our slice of love from that trip first, albeit a bit late.
Pam and Robyn managed to score side-by-side sites this year, instead of us sharing, and so we had a vast amount of ocean-side real … [Read More]
I was upstairs in my office writing this morning, when Jack texted me: You need a new blog post!
She’s probably my biggest fan.
So here you are, love. The one I’ve had on the burner for a while, but as you well know, we’ve been far too busy being outside. Swimming, camping, wandering, visiting friends, exploring trails and spending hours at city spray parks, when I get to sit … [Read More]
We wanted to be in the forest for the summer solstice, so we packed up on Thursday before and headed up the Sea to Sky to Paradise Valley and set up the trailer just before it started to rain. I love our new tarp system, especially because I can wrangle it by myself. At long last, after many years of admiring the tarp art of other campers. Tarping is truly … [Read More]
Five years ago, when we moved back to the city from Pemberton, we accidentally bought a really expensive old house that tilted dangerously to one side and had black mould and a very creepy tenant in the basement.
Buying that house was a mistake that would take an entire book to explain, but suffice it to say, it was not the house for us. We didn’t last long before the … [Read More]