Spring is often a time of shaking things off and shaking things up. In the Pacific North West, a little spring is finally peeking her cute little face out from the shroud of the long, windy, wet winter. The days are longer. The bird calls are a small chorus. The cherry and salmon berry blossoms are showing off their pink blooms. And I have the equally strong pulls to purge, create and socialize. The last few weekends I’ve been really drawn to listen to all three spring urges, to listen to my intuition.
There was a firemen’s association dinner with a crew of ladies decidedly my senior. There’s been stolen hours in my little basement creative space, working on Oceans of Yarn boho wallhangings. And there’s been a lot of closet cleaning. One of the reasons I can finally clean out my closet is thanks to my mom jean count growing. I did some online perusing the spring denim offers at Mark’s Canada and realized that I’ve tended towards the same styles – indigo, mid rise – for a while. Time for listen to my spring intuition and change things up.
Hands up: who loved dying easter eggs as a kid? Remember the crazy colours your fingers would turn? Or how egg salad was a menu item for what seemed like weeks and weeks afterwards. None of that mattered. For a day or two you would have a collection of Dr. Seuss-coloured Easter eggs that you dyed yourself and then magically the Easter bunny came and hid for you, along with a few cavity-inducing treats.
Last year, I was obsessed with trying to go au naturel. I had been on a tummeric smoothie kick and decided to try to combine my love of bright yellow with the power of my new wonder-herb obsession. I figured if my turmeric smoothie could stain my white shirts, maybe it could festoon egg shells. I also knew that purple cabbage was also a great natural Easter egg dye candidate. So what did I do? Enlist the help of my super crafty step mama and my other pal Pinterest.
While at my parent’s ranch for a brief visit, my stepmom and I filled every small pot she had with boiling water and various chopped, peeled, ground or grated brightly-coloured, vegetable matter. The result after an impatient three to four hours of egg dunking/soaking? Light coloured, earthy toned Easter eggs.
We tried to imprint the eggs with leaf patters by tying leaves to the eggs with string and wrapping in a layer of cheesecloth. It was kind of a fail, depending on which natural dye we used and the knot tiers tight-knot dying skills. But probably the most fun was the photo shoot and walking around the ranch collecting natural bits for our Easter lunch table decor (and photo shoot). To this day my kid still calls picking lichen, ‘searching for treasure.’ And yes, we have done this more than once (#hippieparenting).
This year we narrowed down our natural dye adventures due to my significantly smaller pot collection and also left the eggs in their potions for 24 hours. HUGE difference in hue. I’ve included a few tips on the best common kitchen ingredients to use for dying eggs in my humble attempts two years running…Read more
Over the last three years I’ve been privileged enough to work with and interview a tonne of talented women. Editors, writers, moms, travelers, entrepreneurs, chocolate tasters, flower artists. You name it, women are working it. Today in honour of International Women’s Day, I thought I’d share some of these How Did you get that F*#king Awesome Job interviews with some kick ass women.
From globe trotting yoga instructors to ethical shoe makers, I’ve been lucky to chat with and meet so many inspiring women throughout the last few years. Women like Jackie Kai Ellis, who left a high powered career to learn to bake, open her own bakery and Paris tour company (and write a memoir) or Emily Wight a mom and science communicator who went from blogger to cookbook author.
Thanks to all the ladies who help me out day to day, week by week, year by year, make this little corner of the internet the bright, positive and empowering place it is! I hope you enjoy learning about the secrets to what it takes to do f*#king awesome jobs by reading the posts below.
Well after two weeks on the road, we’re heading home. It’s been a few days full of snowy roads, endless rounds of the Sing soundtrack and a lot of internet reading of recipes and travel pieces.
Family figured largely on this epic road trip. We spent time with my dad’s side of the family at Silverstar Mountain where I skipped snowboard adventures for mega neice cuddles (insert small people dance parties) and hot tub soaks. To say it was relaxing would be an understatement.
Along the way, I plundered the internet (because I had time on our EPIC long driving stints) for some GREAT reads, recipes, and fellow travel tales. Warning: this could make you want to eat, travel and relax simultaneously.