Tiddley-Bits tea

Tiddley-Bits tea

Thursday, 19 April 2012

{quotable thursdays}

In this midst of a very busy week & a very busy end of semester, this quote sums up so much of what I'm feeling:
{the sweetest occasion}
Keep up the good work & it'll all be done shortly!

Monday, 16 April 2012

{easter eggs & sunshine}

{eastery/spring inspiration from creature comforts}
It is a gorgeous & warm Monday evening (close to 30 degrees C as I write). While I have about 101 things to do, I'm feeling a little under the weather & thought I'd catch up on blogging rather than trying to read some academic text.
I can't believe a week ago was Easter Monday & it was Easter & I was in Toronto! I had a great time...walks, trip to Riverdale Farm, general eastery things... & my sister, my niece & I did some fun Easter crafts. My sister bought Styrofoam eggs and ribbon, and we also used crepe paper cut up to decorate the eggs. It was a fairly easy thing to do for my niece...
{easter crafting with my niece Anahita}

{I took square pieces of crepe paper & attached them to the egg like decorations for a piñata}

{in another one, I attached a band of crepe paper & wrapped gingham ribbon around the egg}

{in another, I cut out rounded colours of crepe paper & applied with glue}

{Riverdale Farm Fun}

{my sweet little niece}

In just a few weeks the semester will be over, and I've got plans to write a whole bunch, travel to Europe & UK a couple of times...and just enjoy the sun & warmer weather. Here are a few images to prepare us for what's to come:

{spring blossoms via Terrier &Lobster}
{summer chilling}
Happy Monday! Today is my niece Paulina's b-day in Vancouver, so a big shout-out to her. I am so thankful for the bright light she brings to my life!!

Thursday, 12 April 2012

{quotable thursdays}

la vie...
{via zsazsabellagio}
It's true that life is made up of little things that bring us joy. so don't forget to enjoy the little things--whether it's the crisp feel of a letter just arriving in the mail, or that first sip of coffee every morning, or the smell of a well-worn & read book as you sit in bed reading before your head hits the pillow, or the little kisses & hugs from loved ones, or the sand between your toes on a walk on the beach, or the warmth of sunrays on your face, or the taste of a cup of chai in the afternoon out of an old-fashioned tea cup, or the wind on your face out for a sail or...whatever tiny thing pleases you. Remember to enjoy the little things, because in the end, it's what life is all about.
diary/letter writing
love letters
{old letters}

{letters, above & below,  from design*sponge}

elegant tea
{enjoying a cup of tea}
old books
{tea+book = bliss}

good read
{reading, above & below, via elements of style}

parisien break
{Café crême via   zsazsa}

the sun.
{sun & sand}

{roses for sale}

{sun & sea breeze}
{moi, enjoying sunshine, boat & beer}

{sunshine & sand via crafty cameleon}

{the sweetest occasion}

now go & enjoy a little thing, even if it's just a tiny tiddley-bit!

Thursday, 5 April 2012

{quotable thursdays}

Now dance the lights on lawn and lea,          
    The flocks are whiter down the vale,         
    And milkier every milky sail          
On winding stream or distant sea;     

Where now the seamew pipes, or dives         
    In yonder greening gleam, and fly 
    The happy birds, that change their sky      
To build and brood; that live their lives         

From land to land; and in my breast  
    Spring wakens too; and my regret 
    Becomes an April violet,    
And buds and blossoms like the rest.

-Alfred Lord Tennyson (1809-1892)

Happy Easter all & happy spring!! Here are some eastery springy images for inspiration: 
egg tree
{lovely easter tree via decor8}

love everything about this
{gorgeous spring colours via poppytalk}

{eastery pastels via brown eyed belle}
{love the blue & silver from brunch at saks}

{funky eggs from sweet paul}

{pretty little stripes via the sweetest occasion}

baby bird eggs!
{via belle maison}

so springy
{via coco+kelley}
Farm Fresh Eggs
{via pinterest}
Happy Easter-egg hunting!!!!

Sunday, 1 April 2012


Had a fantastic time in DC last week/weekend. I was there for a conference. It was so busy I  was literally running (in high heels) from one thing to the next. But amazing really. The weather was super warm; I heard some great talks, saw old colleagues & met new friends...
It was the middle of the Cherry Blossom festival, so the city was decked out in lovely pinks...
{white house}

 I attended (& was the go-to person for) the Courtauld alumni tour of the World Bank's art collections. We got to go inside the World Bank & check out the amazing art collections & we learned about the various curatorial problems/issues of curating for such an amazing institution. High security meant we had to get special badges-it was all very 007.

{cool DC buildings}

{white house by night-ok not a great pic on my part, but you get the idea}

{cherry blossoms}
 I spent a wonderful morning at the National Gallery. I got to see artworks I worked on for my thesis. My paper at RSA was on a panel on portraiture, and I was able to see Leonardo da Vinci's Ginevra de' Benci, which I talked about for my paper. My paper was about reading portraits in relation to quattrocento studiolo culture, and particularly the relationship between the obverse and the reverse. There were 4 different panels for our session, and they were all great.
{National Gallery, DC}

{interior of NGA, DC-dome similar to the Pantheon in Rome}

The night before I flew out, I had dinner with a friend, at the Bistro du Coin-a cute bistro recommended by my best friend, Katie. I had the moules frites--super yummy...
That's all from DC. After spending what feels like the last month in the air or in hotels, I'm happy to say I'm cosy at home this weekend.
some cherry blossom inspiration:
Paula Bianco Blossom Necklace
{blossom necklace}

cherry blossom pink
{blossom coloured via pinterest}

{via poppytalk}

{blossom dessert via zsazsa bellagio}

pink in the kitchen
{zsazsa bellagio}

Happy weekend!