Ace Camp | Beatrice Peltre | Photography + Styling Winter Foods | Lake Memphremagog, Quebec, Canada | March 20 - 24, 2014

Think early spring Quebec in the Eastern Townships, think maple sugar time, a Victorian mansion on Lake Memphremagog, a snow shoe picnic in Parc National du Mont Orford and a chance to learn about styling and photographing “winter” food like raclette or fondue savoyarde.  Think what it would be like to learn about and savour the food of Quebec made for you by a special chef – Alison Bell who has her Master’s Degree in Gastronomy.

This 3 day workshop with Béatrice Peltre, in the small town of Georgeville, Quebec will have an emphasis on styling shots for entertaining, outdoor snow picnics and a visit to learn about the making of maple syrup at a sugar house or cabane à sucre.

If you are interested in learning about food styling and photography while spending time learning about the foods of Quebec this is your chance. SLR is required with understanding of basic elements of photography such as aperture, exposure, shutter speed. Tripod and a computer with photo imaging software is a plus.

More information here.

Registration is open

Please note this workshop will fill up quickly.

We hope to see you in Quebec this spring!


Ace Camp | Aran Goyoaga | Food Styling + Photography in the Pacific Northwest | Seattle, Washington | August 7-11, 2014

In August, we are heading to Seattle, Washington for an Ace Camp with Aran Goyoaga.  This workshop will take place in Aran's personal studio which is near Pike Place Market in downtown Seattle.  Join us for a 3-day 5-night experience learning Food Photography + Styling in the Pacific Northwest, USA.

We will begin the Ace Camp by meeting at our accommodation followed a chef's dinner. Three days of workshops follow, which include a trip to Vashon Island (by ferry), a bicycle journey for an outdoor crab and seafood themed picnic, head out for a meal at one of Seattle's finest restaurants Sitka + Spruce, a "farm to table" establishment located inside Melrose Market and wrap up the workshop with a fantastic dinner made in the studio with food purchased at Ballard Farmer's Market.

For more information - here.

Registration opens on Monday, December 16, 2013 at 9:00 PST

Please note that workshops fill quickly.

We hope you can join us!

Ace Camp | Lotta Jansdotter | Jaipur, India

Back from Jaipur, India. What a group!  

Thank you to all that signed up a long time ago to head on this journey. You rocked!

You simply don't know what hit you until you get back home after lugging all the things bought and seeing them exploding on the floor in a flurry of fine cotton and block prints.

Anokhi.... thanks for the greens! (seriously, don't ever change)

What a great and thoughtful teacher Lotta Jansdotter is - not to mention a daring and adventurous traveller.

Thank you to Andree who prepared the tour of the block printing factories and took us to Soma and to visit other factories and dyers - with, oh so, much thought for our excursions. They were incredibly special.

Most of all I would like to mention S.P who helped us with the outside the itinerary adventures, the driver and his assistant (man oh man, driving in Jaipur is no easy task), the kitchen staff at Narain Niwas who made all the cappuccinos, masala chais, the smiling housekeepers and all the workers and owners of the factories who took time to let us into their world. Namaste. 

Namaste. 

Ace Camps will be back - there is so much to see and learn in India. 

In Chandi Chowk - prior to the Ace Camp

In Chandi Chowk - prior to the Ace Camp

The monkey who came for lunch.

The monkey who came for lunch.

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left:  Walking to the dyers, upper left: riding in a Tuk Tuk, upper right: packaging, middle left: at the dyers, middle right: on the way to Anokhi Museum, bottom left: the traffic, bottom right: our guide to the dyers. 

left:  Walking to the dyers, upper left: riding in a Tuk Tuk, upper right: packaging, middle left: at the dyers, middle right: on the way to Anokhi Museum, bottom left: the traffic, bottom right: our guide to the dyers. 

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Linens out to dry after the rains.

Linens out to dry after the rains.

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left:  at the indigo dyers, middle top: the lassi shop on the MI road, middle bottom: at Ninder, top right: at the indigo dyers, middle right: our faithful driver, middle bottom: the khadi shop. 

left:  at the indigo dyers, middle top: the lassi shop on the MI road, middle bottom: at Ninder, top right: at the indigo dyers, middle right: our faithful driver, middle bottom: the khadi shop. 

At the indigo factory. 

At the indigo factory. 

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Techniques of block printing at Soma.

Techniques of block printing at Soma.

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Separating fibers and paper hanging from the rafters.

Separating fibers and paper hanging from the rafters.

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Ninder and the block printing factory of Soma

Ninder and the block printing factory of Soma

The hand stitching at Brigitte Singh's studio.

The hand stitching at Brigitte Singh's studio.

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left:  at the airport - a bit of packaging, right: walking to the dyers

left:  at the airport - a bit of packaging, right: walking to the dyers

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right upper: fabric used for the making of paper, upper right: windows in the Muslim area of Jaipur, bottom left: at Soma, bottom right: at the dyers.

right upper: fabric used for the making of paper, upper right: windows in the Muslim area of Jaipur, bottom left: at Soma, bottom right: at the dyers.

Hand embroidery at Brigitte Singh.

Hand embroidery at Brigitte Singh.

Ace Camp | Bea Peltre | East County Clare, Ireland

I've just returned from Ireland after spending time in East County Clare and with the group who signed up, more than a year ago, for the Ace Camp with Bea Peltre.  As I sit at my computer in the dark wide awake very early in the day I am reminiscing about our time as I look through the photos.  

This Ace Camp was all about the food and culture of Ireland as told through the styling of their food; desserts, produce, meats and cheese.  It was also about adventuring through East County Clare, Ireland to visit small towns, charity shops, restaurants, pubs and other spontaneous journeys that unfold as they do.

Before I post some images of our trip I'd like to thank Bea Peltre for her help in making this Ace Camp such a success. 

Thank you Bea and all that joined in and thank Alison Bell, who is a childhood (and adult) friend of mine, who came as our chef.   

Welcome to St. Tola's Organic Goat Cheese Farm

Welcome to St. Tola's Organic Goat Cheese Farm

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left: a donkey who wandered on the property, top right: at St. Tola's Organic Goat cheese farm, bottom right: our lunch.

left: a donkey who wandered on the property, top right: at St. Tola's Organic Goat cheese farm, bottom right: our lunch.

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left: Shane telling us there's an eagle over yonder, top right: Bea at the pub (thanks to Shane who drove us there!, bottom right: our lunch spot.

left: Shane telling us there's an eagle over yonder, top right: Bea at the pub (thanks to Shane who drove us there!, bottom right: our lunch spot.

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top left: the ducks on the property, bottom left: a thrift store find, top right: the thrift store, bottom right: near the house.

top left: the ducks on the property, bottom left: a thrift store find, top right: the thrift store, bottom right: near the house.

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left top: food left for the animals, left bottom: Alison in the kitchen, top right: Alison cooking, bottom right: our detour to the woollen mill.

left top: food left for the animals, left bottom: Alison in the kitchen, top right: Alison cooking, bottom right: our detour to the woollen mill.

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Fogo Island, Newfoundland, Canada

I found these studios today and spend the rest of the morning finding our more about Fogo Island, the Shorefast Plan, Zita Cobb, the architect - Todd Saunders and the Fogo Island Arts Corp.  

"The idea behind the forms of the various studios was to create a bold geometric structure to starkly contrast, yet lay silently. In the striking natural environment. The main concept behind the layout of the artist studios was to observe the surrounding environment during its transition through the various seasons in which the studios will be in use: spring, summer and fall." 
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I have been to all the provinces in Canada except Newfoundland and have wanted to travel there for years.  Visiting Fogo Islands and staying at the Fogo Island Inn is definitely in my plans - and to take a group there for an Ace Camp is in my dreams.  The concept started with Zita Cobb, a native of the island, who is giving back to the community by building the artist studios and a high end hotel.  

The film below is one created to showcase the cultural fabric and is about quilt making on the island.  You can view other island stories about hospitality, built heritage, cooking or woodwork by heading to their site.  The filmmaking is superb and an impeccable example of how to market a small community through cultural tourism.

I wrote this almost a year ago and didn't post it. The other day I happen to be re-introduced to the Fogo Island Inn and have been dreaming about it ever since. 

In the time that I started this little chat about Fogo Island the hotel has been built. There are a number of videos on Vimeo where you can have a look at the hotel, the location and the concept behind it's creation.

Check it out:  Fogo Island Inn

Love it.

Want to go there to watch the icebergs. 

For sure. 

p.s.  All the quilts were made by community members of Fogo Island and are used at the hotel. 

 

Ace Camp | Suzanne Northcott | Puglia + Basilicata Italy

The Ace Camp with Suzanne Northcott + Tonio Creanza -  (from Messors)

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Let the adventure begin.

The motorcycle rider above escorted us to our trulli - we had a few days to hang out before the workshop began at the Masseria La Selva  The owners of the trulli we were staying in - located just outside of Locorotondo - greeted us with food and wine, which, seriously, is a nice touch for weary travellers who has just arrived in Italy and have a tad of jet lag. 

There are no words to express how beautiful the Masseria la Selva is - so, I'll say it in photos. 

The food was incredible and the week was jam packed with learning about the area and visiting Matera, Gravina, Altamura, Francis Ford Coppola's hotel in Bernalda, walking with a sheep herder, sketching in fields of wheat, fresco making, wine tasting by the sea, a cheese making demonstration, learning to bake focaccia at a local bakery, an olive oil lecture, lunches outside at the masseria + in fields with a view of Matera and even - most fantastic - a dinner in an underground cave church with live music.  

Oh, and the lunch at a local restaurant in Altamura was a lot of fun...great food, fennel liquor, walnut liquor, lively server, lively group.

I probably missed something - there was so much!

This type of adventure doesn't come around that often. 

 As I feel asleep the night before the final travel day I could hear some of the girls dancing and singing to Bob Marley in the dining room with the music full blast.

It was awesome. 

 

A huge thank you to Tonio Creanza, Suzanne Northcott...now off to Goteborg, Sweden and the Ace Camp with Camilla Engman.

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Richard | England Your England

Filmmaker Matt Hopkins has just released a series of documentaries entitled England Your England. This was for the most part a solo venture shooting with a DSLR to keep it low key while capturing the moments whenever possible.

The films are personal stories of those who live in England and are personal stories that Hopkins films to define the nation of England through its people.

RICHARD is the story of a piano tuner who chose to live outside. 

There's something about...Patron Saints - starting with St. Christopher

It started with my search this morning to find out why the Catholic church decided not to have St. Christopher as a Patron Saint of travel anymore - and it lead to finding out about all the different patron saints I've never heard of.

Let's start with the blog - Ask Sister Mary Martha - Life is tough. But Nuns are Tougher. If you need help ask Sister Mary Martha.

St. Clare - Patron Saint of Television and Embroiderers.

St. Clare - Patron Saint of Television and Embroiderers.

Sister Mary Martha has an Etsy site on her blog and there I found St. Clare who is the Patron Saint of "couch potatoes" - that is what it says. She is also the Patron Saint of Goldsmiths and St. Francis of Assisi's best friend.

The Weight Watchers charm bracelet

The Weight Watchers charm bracelet

Above is a bracelet made of various charms to help give you hope to losing weight - there is St. Thomas Aquinas who cut a semicircle out of his table so his stomach would fit, St. Catherine of Sienna who survived for months at a time on only the Host and St. Lawrence who roasted to death on a grill. That's him on the medal holding his grill.

As you can imagine all this makes me wonder why those in charge of such issues decided that St. Christopher could not longer be a Patron Saint of Travel.  What did he do? Why would they take away a Saint who was so trusted?

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 Apparently, he never lived.

In 1969, the Church took a long look at all the saints on its calendar to see if there was historical evidence that that saint existed and lived a life of holiness. In taking that long look, the Church discovered that there was little proof that many "saints", including some very popular ones, ever lived. Christopher was one of the names that was determined to have a basis mostly in legend - Catholic Online.

Andy Warhol  |  St. Apollonia  |  Patron Saint of Dentists

Andy Warhol  |  St. Apollonia  |  Patron Saint of Dentists

Still, what is a Patron Saint?

Hope?

Nope.

Hope is a feeling of expectation and desire for a certain thing to happen.

Faith?  Maybe.

Faith is complete trust or confidence in someone or something.

So, maybe...the someone is the Patron Saint. You have complete faith that your chosen Patron Saint will help you. Nothing wrong with that - even if they were legendary, like Christopher. IMO.

St. Benedict of Nursia  |  St. Drogo  |  St. Sebastian

St. Benedict of Nursia  |  St. Drogo  |  St. Sebastian

A Patron Saint (and truly, I don't know if I have to capitalize Patron Saint but I do)...a Patron Saint like, let's say, St. Benedict of Nursia he's there to provide help and faith to spelunkers; St. Drogo, why, he is the Patron of coffee houses, unattractive people, midwives, mute persons, and cattle; St. Sebastian - get this - the Patron Saint of hardware stores and last but not least (I couldn't find an image for him) - Saint Drausinus, the Patron Saint of invincible people. Oh, there are many, many more.

So what of St. Christopher - Sister Mary Martha says "I'm glad that St. Joseph is the patron saint of travel since St. Christopher is kaput."

St. Joseph is it.

About Poets - Edna St. Vincent Millay

I think those who write poetry feel with their senses more deeply than most.

Yes, I know, that is an obvious understatement.

Edna St. Vincent Millay was a poet - she won the Pulitzer Prize and was also known for her feminist activism and her many love affairs. She lived during the period of February 22, 1892 – October 19, 1950, went to Vassar, spent her adult life in New York City and was openly bisexual.

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As luck would have it, however, in an unlucky way as it sometimes happens Millay won fame by losing. After placing fourth in a poetry contest with her poem Renascence she gained attention by the controversy and was noticed by Caroline B. Dow who offered to pay for her education at Vassar.

Edna St. Vincent Millay

Edna St. Vincent Millay

After her death at the age of 58, the poet Mary Oliver, age 17, visited Steepletop Millay's home and eventually lived there for seven years and helped to organize Millay's papers. Mary Oliver herself went on to become a Pulitzer Prize-winning poet, greatly inspired by Millay's work.

"Beauty is whatever gives joy." - Edna St. Vincent Millay
Edna St. Vincent Millay

Edna St. Vincent Millay

First Fig

My candle burns at both ends;

It will not last the night;

But ah, my foes, and oh, my friends—

It gives a lovely light.

Millay was like a rock star, the Madonna of her time. She went on poetry tours and read on the radio.  "First Fig" became a sort of chant for the flappers of the ’20s and she was an idol of the younger generation during the glorious early days of Greenwich Village.

I can't think of one poet who the younger generation reads - maybe it's the lyrics of music these days, like Mumford and Sons, Connor Oberst and such.

I'm all for bringing on the poets...and quietly listening to the words, without devices.

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Announcing a workshop in Jaipur, India.

This Ace Camp will be an 8 day adventure from October 10 - 18, 2013.

Lotta Jansdotter will lead a 3 1/2 day workshop about surface printing and techniques using rubber blocks. We will visit the block printing town of Bagru, head to Anokhi Cafe, take in the arts + crafts museums of Jaipur, wander around the famous bazaars shopping for fabrics, treasures, jewelry and more - all while staying at a Palace hotel.

Jaipur has a long and distinguished tradition of printing with finely carved wooden blocks and it's a must see city for those of you interested in the fabric arts.

We are planning on launching this Ace Camp at the end of February 2013 and is limited to 10 people.

Please let us know you are interested and would like to be contacted first before we announce to everyone else.

Sign up - HERE - to be one of the first to know.

Ace Camp - Baja - 2012

I've just returned back to the snow in Whistler after spending a long time in Pescadero, Baja, Mexico. It was a busy time and started off with Ace Camp Baja and a group of very fine folks.  Here are some photos of what we did and what we saw.  I hope you like them!

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One morning we all woke up very early to head to the beach to see if we could see the turtle hatchlings make their way to the ocean. (Yes, for those in the know that IS Wilma - the dog - walking along with us)

image:  Mark Fussell

image:  Mark Fussell

image: Mark Fussell

image: Mark Fussell

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One day we drove to La Paz to the sea of Cortez, hopped on a boat and searched for whale sharks.

image: Tif Fussell

image: Tif Fussell

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...and then we found them and swam with them....

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image:  Mark Fussell

...a little shopping and sightseeing in Todos Santos was had.

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...a little beach time with some surfing (attempts)...

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image: Tif Fussell

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We went to the graveyard on Dia de los Muertos.

image:  Tif Fussell

image:  Tif Fussell

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...and we saw sunsets every night on the terrace.

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Thank you to everyone who came to my house in Pescadero, Baja, Mexico.  It was my most pleasure to spend time with you!

Ace Camp - Aran Goyoaga - Whistler, British Columbia

Well, well, well.... A most fabulous group of 12 people headed to my hometown for a workshop in food styling and photography with Aran Goyoaga a few weekends ago.

Our first day was at a private home where everyone had the opportunity to share in the process of cooking some of the food used for the photo shoots. 

The next day we heading to North Arm Farm in Pemberton followed by a picnic in the high alpine of Whistler Mountain. 

On the third day of the workshop we shopped at the farmer's market for food to use during the afternoon shoot and headed to the Alta Lake house for our final day. Farm in the valley against the backdrop of Mount Currie, gondola ride to the top of Whistler mountain, walk to Alta Lake and shopping at the Whistler Farmer's Market - such a fantastic Ace Camp we had! 

Posted below are some of the photos showing you our journeys and workshop and listed below are the participant who took the images. 

Aran wanted the participants (those who had websites and blogs) to post a story - here is my story...

A HUGE thank you to Aran Goyoaga and Nadia Dole - Aran's assistant, and quite frankly as it turned out mine as well -  for coming to Whistler and sharing your excellent work and vision.

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image: Megan Fleiner

slideshow images:  Anna Naphtali

On the second day we got on a bus and headed to Pemberton and North Arm Farm.

image: Anna Naphtali

image: Anna Naphtali

image: Mardi Michels

image: Mardi Michels

top row / Eva Dailberl / Mardi Michels / Melissa Quantz - bottom row / Melissa Quantz / Megan Mitchell / Megan Mitchell

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images: Eva Dailberl

We took the gondola to the top of Whistler Mountain and ventured to our picnic spot and while Nadia made a fabulous heirloom tomato salad the girls took various food shots in the woods. (If you are on Instagram you can see more photos at #acecampwhistler) Everyone helped carrying our supplies as we walked in the mountains feeling like characters out of a movie - like The Sound of Music or something....

top: Melissa Quantz / middle: Melissa Quantz / bottom:  Jodi Moreno

On the 3rd day we headed to the Whistler Farmer's Market for a photo shoot.  Aran, Nadia and I bought some produce for our lake house lesson while the girls walked around taking some pretty awesome shots.  Here are a few in a slideshow.

We hopped in some taxis and heading off to Alta Lake and following a 10 minute walk along the Valley Trail we made it to the Alta Lake House.  This house is not accessible by car and is used for workshops and other programs in Whistler.  It was a beautiful day on the lake that day and the light at the house and the dock was perfect for food photography.

Ace Camp - Suzanne Northcott - Marrakech + Essaouira

I got home late last night after spending 9 days in Morocco. This time we stayed in the medina at Riad Majala so we could try different restaurants and be closer to the action. It's amazing how quiet it is a night considering all the hussle that goes on during the day. The group could shop when they wanted or head out to try a restaurant or get lost in the souks like I did more then once.


Suzanne Northcott was our workshop leader and she taught travel journaling but as always with Suzanne she teaches much more. She lead us in yoga each morning which calmed everyone - as we listened to the "call to prayer" - she was generous with her time and guidance and she was open to experiencing all the sights, sounds and changes that occur when traveling with a group.


The souks are like a cement corn field with vendors shouting at you to visit their shop and you have to plow right through if you're not interested - even if you show the slightest interest in something they offer you may encounter the likes of assistance of "how many do you want", "my family made this in the mountains", "we have one in yellow, orange, green, blue, red and purple", "I offer you the most diplomatic price", "come in, come in, you only have to look" - and fifteen other renditions... At times you seek the only shop that will give you a moment to think for if they only knew that if they did that they may have your business...but that is shopping in the souks...and that is all part of it.


We ate at a variety of restaurants - Le Jardin, Terrace des Espices, Cafe des Espices, Al Fassia, in the Jemma el Fna, Villa Flore, Cafe Arabe and had a cooking class (sort of) followed by a meal in our riad. We also ate at Beldy in Essaouira (one of the most flavorful in my mind) after I set out on a mission to find a restaurant and ran into a German guide book writer who brought me there to make a reservation on his bike. (Thank you Lutz!)


The group ventured to Gueliz, Essaouira, Jardin Majorelle, museums, shopped the souks and had quiet, well instructed lessons from Suzanne. Yes, we saw goats in trees - and handed out tips to the goat herder or whatever he's called. (It's a tad of a touristy thing but still fun - correction - it's totally a touristy thing...but still fun)


We split up, shopped together, shopped on our own, met new friends and explored Marrakech. Some of the group arrived early and spent time in Paris, extra days in Marrakech and some stayed longer to explore Morocco and London. There were artists, lawyers, accountants, art administrators, travelers and seekers of gardens to name a few.


and we walked...and walked...and walked...and if we couldn't walk any longer we found our way back.


It was a great adventure and I thank Suzanne and all the ladies who joined in.

There's something about...paper airplanes

Yes, indeed.

image: Elisabeth Dunker - Fine Little Day
image: Elisabeth Dunker - Fine Little Day

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image: The Hambrick Family

Little Paper Planes - a Chronicle book by Kelly Lynn Jones

Images 1 + 2 by E. Dunker were created for the book above.

"Paper planes were something that bridged the gap between this make-believe world and reality," writes Jones, musing about their role in her childhood imagination. "They were real, tangible objects but represented the possibility that what I imagined could really come to be."

Ace Camp - Tif Fussell - dottie angel dearies 2

As Tif would say - "a peachy workshop, indeed".

A little thrifting after the most extraordinarily long taxi ride through downtown Seattle at rush hour on Friday to the largest thrift store I have ever seen in my life followed by two days of crafting and sewing. Thank you so much, Tif and thank you dearies 2 for coming from all over the U.S., Canada and even Holland.

These photos are images taken by Lisa Call. I'll have mine up soon but am on my way to Morocco this very minute.

While I'm on the road - April 2012

I thought I'd share a few discoveries.

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"The idea of wilderness needs no defense, it only needs defenders." - Edward Abbey


One touch of nature makes the whole world kin - John Muir

"bigBANG studio is the working space of painter Lily Stockman, presently of Brooklyn, recently of Jaipur and formerly of Joshua Tree. bigBANG is devoted to painting, cooking, capering & occasional trespassing."


Erst-wyle - Elisse Newey teaches genealogy courses.

Rhubarb in the garden - There is something lovely about it...and Joanne, the author and her photos and stories and creations in Wales, UK. It's gentle. Joanne also has a tumblr. (4 images below are her own - the 4th one is of her brother leaving for Australia. It kind of slays me with emotion)


I'll be brief here because I'm leaving for Morocco tomorrow and to say I'm not packed is the least of it. Yesterday evening I got back from Seattle and the Ace Camp with Tif and the dearies 2. It was really great - vintage fabric everywhere...as you can imagine. Everywhere. Thank you SO much, Tif - to be around you is a joy. Mary and I did a little shopping on the way home and had a tad of a laughing fit in a thrift store where a man was playing music and we thought he was going to do some "beat" poetry and said words like "Universe", "The Earth", "Oh, those 4 letter words, those 4 letter words"...and he went on and on and then he started singing. It was odd (and nice) that someone would be singing in a thrift store and we were tired thus causing one of those don't look at the other person, can't really laugh about this, can't look at the other person or I'll burst out laughing and it's not appropriate, can't laugh in here because we don't want to be rude to the man playing his music, kind of things.

a few more before I go...

Spain Daily is a pictoral blog with great daily photos of life in Spain.


Wilder Quarterly - I know I've mentioned it before. This is just a reminder as it's quite great for those of you who like the farm to table kind of life.

This post from dottie angel (Tif) also slayed me with emotion - 10 reasons to love used dog.

You should think of going to this if you live in Vancouver - it's a collaborative food project between Marche St. George and Butter on the Endive - that is, if you like great food and a fabulous atmosphere.

The Mori Girls.

Have you heard of mori girls?
The mori girls (森ガール) belong to a Japanese subculture. 'Mori' means forest in Japanese, and mori girls look like fairytale forest wanderers in their loose dresses, vintage prints and quaint accessories. Mori girls are also drawn to animal, candy, checked, floral, vintage or polka-dotted prints. However, they avoid looking overly cute.

The mori girl trend extends beyond woodsy, natural styling. In order to legitimately be classified as a Mori girl one must also embrace a slower, more wholesome way of life. A Mori girl has a quiet quality and an awareness of how she carries and decorates herself. She holds value in her surroundings and appreciates things that have unique character. She enjoys old fashioned crafts and hobbies and is quite happy in her own company. The mori girls are a sort of counterculture based on delicate indifference.

Scandinavia is for many mori girls a dream destination, and Scandinavian design influences often appear in mori girls' style. The mori girl checklist includes: A girl with soft air about her, pocket watches, prefers gold accessories to silver ones, likes to put round make-up on cheeks and analogue cameras - you get the picture...

Angela searches the world wide web - March 19, 2012

I'm getting ready for an onslaught of travel - which is incredibly awesome but I'm making sure all my "t's" are crossed and "i's" are dotted. In a few weeks I head to Seattle for the Ace Camp with Tif Fussell and the dottie angels dearies 2, then off to Morocco with Suzanne Northcott and 11 other women and after that I return back to Whistler for a few days followed by an Ace Camp in Sweden with Camilla Engman.

I have a few days - like 5 or so before I arrive in Sweden so have been trying to figure out where to go and what to do while in Europe - so I came up with some of these ideas below.

Do I stay in northern Europe and ride a bike around Copenhagen, or go to Amsterdam and visit the flea markets or do I head back to Paris and chomp out at Galeries Lafayette again? Do I take a ferry, or camp on a Greek Island, or train it to Belgium or Stockholm?

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In my search and as often happens I spent some time getting lost and ended up on the site Welcome Beyond looking for future accommodations for Ace Camps - so then I started thinking Belgium.

Welcome Beyond - Belgium - La Classe


Tunisia - Dar Hi — Séverine: “Yes, it’s very much like a retreat. When you’re there and you see the sunset and hear the mosques, it’s just an amazing experience.


France - Chateau Du Chiron


This came right out of the blue as one search led to another and really, no absolutely, has nothing to do with my Europe search...but I liked it so am sharing the work of Emily Fischer. Emily runs a custom quilt studio called Haptic Lab and has designed a Great Lakes quilt. If you grew up in this region, you might feel as fondly about this as I do.


Tourist Magazine - "When did expensive and impossible to find become so unbearably cool? I look to my 5 year old niece for inspiration when it comes to fashion and my 90 year old grandma when it comes to attitude."

Travelettes - I stumbled on this website and discovered the work of Ana Cabaleiro and spent a fair bit of time searching for Euro inspiration...where to go, where to go....?

image: Ana Cabaleiro
image: Ana Cabaleiro

Wandering off course again I discovered the photography of Thomas Hauser.


...and found this postcard - A Platform Journal


I haven't made my mind up yet...but stay tuned.