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Hey!  I may be pining away somewhat for a balmy breeze under a bluebird sky (instead of this crisp cool rain) but there are thousands of reasons I am pretty happy these days.  The past few days I have been freshening up my apartment for the Chinese New Year - it took me until this week to join the party, and I won’t let that to happen to anyone else.

Don't you just love my charming Minnie Mug on the desk?  Recently I went on a weekend jaunt to Disneyland with my daughter Tess and her friend Felicia and Felicia's Mom.  We were like the four Mouseketeers in the California sun.  One of the things I crazy love about my daughter is she is a Disney Princess - she will never grow up or leave her love for all things Disney behind:)

I am heading to Toronto tomorrow to visit my son and bringing this book on the plane. If you have any amazing book suggestions please send me a list!

Can't wait for Coilin to edit our latest fantastic 'tiny' film - the Kerry Group held a marvellous team building event in our studio and created a wonderful short film together. (By the way, the group were gifted this book by their team leaders and I am going to scoop one up this week 

I have to say this was so perfect - every day I work very hard to unplug  - especially from my phone when out on hikes with Lucy. 

My favourite Twitter feed EVER.  Simply awake, soul enlivening and brilliant. My newest crush.

Obviously going to make these. 

And the right to BARE arms

Have a splendid weekend peeps!

XO

Maddie

 

Oooooh! A brand new year! 2018

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I know. Tulips and sundresses in January! - but honestly, I am just so thrilled that our Vancouver Cherry blossom trees are budding already and I am leaning with excitement into Springtime. Here's to the light! Over the holidays I managed to get out for some wonderful snowshoeing in Whistler for some fine anti hustle and I was reminded how very much I love being outside in this beautiful place of space.  When I am in my studio, I want to be outside - and then when I am outside, I want to be in the studio (because creative ideas are easily born in the freedom of nature)

Funny that.

This Summer I am hoping to find myself a most beautiful yellow canoe (a kayak will do fine too) to paddle about our flickering green rivers.  I am my very best self when mingling with the elements.   2018, I am thrilled to make your acquaintance.  I would like a year of laughter, even more family togetherness and a healthy dose of clowning around. Everything is within reach. (along wth that yellow canoe - then all my asking is done)

Speaking of the studio - this morning I am sipping a Matcha latte and humming various tunes to myself and I thought it might be lovely to share a roundup of some of my favourite inspirations with you.

A heart sweet love story.  Makes my heart beam. Oh, and this too. A perfect pairing.

I made a brilliant loaf of seedy bread and can testify it is off the charts spectacular

The only skincare I ever use. All natural, cruelty free. 

New fave instagram accounts - so adorable! - simply gorgeous

Looking forward to this film - and how perfectly stunning is this apartment? Mine is tiny tiny but I am also on a pilgrimage for color.

 

The best illustrated books of 2017.

And Oprah.  Long may she reign. The best is always last....

I hope your 2018 is something else!

Love,

Maddie

 

 

 

 

 

 

My Desk !

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Oh! And guess what? I snapped a few photo's of my desk (it is raining outside and it made me happy puttering around taking photos) 

The things I find and fall in love with:

1.  The painting over my desk - by my favourite painter, Richard Stout.  Our studio is filled with his glorious, colourful, JOYFUL masterpieces.  Everyone always comments on them - they really tickle one's happy vibes. They make me feel wonderfully uplifted in their presence.  (I own two of my own - this one in the photo is for sale.)

2. The fabulous 'Love Always Wins' marquee was a terrific find at 'Make' - and I get a kick out of changing up my manifestos. It comes with a box of colourful letters that are fun and playful.

3. Camera's - ! I am very very lucky that various friends gift me oldies they find here and there, forever ago.

4. I am a mug junkie - found this little beauty at the ceramics gallery on Granville Island - and it goes particularly well with vegan pumpkin donuts:)

5. Plants! Crystals! Pebbles! And Tata Harpers 'LOVE' potion. Such an exquisite, airy essential oil perfume - I wear it all the time.  

There is a lot of good energy in the space we work, create, live - whenever I get in a funk I take everything out and off of my desk area, spritz with essential oils and water - then re arrange everything around.  Guaranteed instant delight and brings in a 'whoosh' of creative inspiration every time.

XO

Maddie