Monday, November 30, 2009

Becoming Aware

makes me happy.

I was reading in Bruce H. Lipton's, The Biology of Belief, that he used to close out all his public lectures with these words of guidance, "...we are personally responsible for everything in our lives." As you might be able to guess, I like it.

He goes on to say, "That responsibility was way too much for some people to accept." And after one particular lecture, he had a very distressed older woman from the audience approach him back stage contesting his conclusion, "She did not want any part of some of the tragedies she had experienced."

Lipton then realized he, "...didn't want to contribute to foisting blame and guilt on any individual." And so he modified his original statement to...

You are personally responsible for everything in your life, once you become aware that you are personally responsible for everything in your life.

I like it - a lot.

Friday, November 27, 2009

Mini Kevyn

makes me happy.

Mostly I hear that Byrdie looks like her dad.

Cool! More of him to love.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

The Laci Foxley

makes me happy.

While we're riding high on this magnificent flow of energy, I want to share the Laci Foxely with you. (It's the thing on my head!)

The idea for the Laci Foxley came to me a few summers back. As usual I was doing a ton of swimming and every time I came out of the pool I would think, 'I wish there was something I could do to tame this mess of wet hair on my head.'

Wet ponytails just look flat and jock-y on me. Straws hats get uncomfortable after a while and don't really make sense once the sunsets. And blowing my hair out between every dip in the pool is simply NOT an option.

And that's when I began wearing my twisty shower towel around the backyard, like this...

which I preferred over all other options.

While it was super comfortable it certainly wasn't super stylish.

And that's when it came to me. How about I take the twisty towel a step further and make it double sided. Soft, absorbent terry cloth on one side, with a fun, whimsical pattern on the other.

And there we have it... The Laci Foxley!

Props to my aunt Nina for helping with the design and sewing, and props to Adel (that's her with me in the middle photo) for naming it. Laci Foxley is a play on my name that my girlfriends have been calling me for years.

Also, to answer a few inquires and emails I've received about the frames... they range in price from $20 to $60, yes we will be opening an Etsy shop soon, but if you live in the Toronto area and are interested drop me an email and we'll set something up for you to check them out.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Full Circle

makes me happy.

Alright, where did I leave off yesterday? Oh yeah, we were talking about the flow of energy.

This is the thing, I'm a firm believer that our feelings play a huge part in the creation our reality. (I actually wrote about this idea way back here.)

So, I believe that by us simply beginning this frame project - positive energy began to flow. And when this positive energy began to flow, it caused doors to open and dams to overflow.

Specifically, a door opened about 2 weeks when Kevyn and Rob auditioned for a television pilot. The dam overflowed when they landed the gig a week or so later. And the joy of the ride hits it's stride when they begin shooting this week.

Very cool, yes?

Feel the flow baby. Feel the flow.

Monday, November 23, 2009

The Salvage Gardeners

make me happy.

Over the last decade that the three of us have been friends, Kevyn, Rob and myself have had countless conversations about creating a business.

I'd be hard pressed to remember a brunch, barbeque or any occasion when we three have broke bread together and not discussed our ideal enterprise. Needless to say, we've been a little heavy on the examination aspect of things and a little light on the execution side of it all.

Well that changed one day this past August, when I was banging on about what a great idea I thought my refurbished, retro magnetic frames are. As I was telling the boys, 'They're totally stylish, super duper awesome in design - allowing the owner to change their photos with a couple flicks of the magnets, friends to the planet - reusing someone else's cast-offs, and fun to make.'

And then, all of a sudden, we decided to go for it! Enough with the talk already - we were going to actually begin something.

So the collecting of old frames began. As did the sanding and painting...

and painting and sanding of said frames. A couple days each week Rob would make his way over to our house, we'd build a fire in the garage and work play away. Still enjoying each others company and still brainstorming on how this could turn into a viable business.

With the help of a fourth party (thanks Dad), we also came up with a design to build the frames from scratch, for those consumers looking for consistency.

A mere 3 months later, we were ready to show the world... or at least our friends and family. So yesterday afternoon we put the invite out there and asked people to stop by, take a look, give us some feedback, and sure, they could purchase the desire struck.

Well they came, and they liked, and some even bought...

- big smiles all around!

The experience was excellent.

The ideas are already flowing for what comes next.

Perhaps the next sale will feature a new refurbished product.

Maybe we'll look into mass producing the frames we created from scratch.

Possibly we'll focus on The Salvage Gardeners website, creating the content by sharing our humble and humourous creative process.

While we're unsure of exactly where we go from here, we are sure that by simply beginning, the forward moving inertia was created. Energy became unstuck...

and when you create avenues for energy to flow... great things happen.

Don't believe me? Come back tomorrow and I'll tell you more.

Until then I'll close with this - Enjoy. The. Process.

(And make all important decisions in the hot tub.)

Friday, November 20, 2009

A Snuggly Day

makes me happy.

The Byrd has been a wee bit fussy today. By the way she's been sticking her hand in her mouth and drooling, I'm guessing there are some teeth growing and shifting issues going on.

Wanna know what's making her feel better? Snuggling.

Now I really try to encourage The Byrd to spend a few quality chunks of the day entertaining herself. I'll stay close by but won't be directly interacting with her.

Not so much today.

Almost all of today was spent in mom's touch. And to be honest, I think it was as nice for me as it was for her. I'm feeling a little run down and tired today and some extra snuggles with my baby was just the medicine mama needed.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Getting The Hairs Cut

makes me happy.

I was sitting in front of this mirror the other evening, working away on my computer, when I looked up and realized 'Man - do I ever need my hairs cut and coloured!'

So a few days later...

that's exactly what I did.

Is it just me or does a simple trip to the salon make anyone else feel like they've had a uninterrupted 8 hours of sleep.

That's right Byrdie - mommy's practically launching herself out of bed for those 4am feedings now... and looking pretty good doing it!

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Friend Shots

make me happy.

When Meghan called the other day and asked if I could snap a couple head shot-ish type photos of her I was all like, 'Oh fa sure.'

Firstly, Meghan's an awesome friend whom I'd be more then happy to do a favour for and secondly, as you might have guessed - I also kinda like taking pictures.

When I downloaded our efforts into the computer I have to admit, I got pretty stoked as I watched the thumbnails flash before my eyes.

And it reminded me that, at one point in time, I had a dream of making a living as a photographer.

It was a nice memory.

Even though that dream under went a metamorphosis before it became a reality I'm still very grateful to have had it.

There is no shame in only wanting to take photos for free. For whatever reason, money and picture taking never mixed well with me. It always felt more stressful then enjoyable.


this - shooting a subject and friend as beautiful as Meghan, on a cool November morning, in my sunny and warm living room, is a reality better then any dream I've ever had.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Friday, November 13, 2009

Letting My Camera Do The Talking

makes me happy.

I feel like I've been a little short on words these days.

That's okay. Sometimes I have things to say - sometimes I let the photos do the talking.

Without further ado... some fun shots from the past week or so.

May your weekend fbe filled with warm sun on your face.


Thursday, November 12, 2009

Side By Side

makes me happy.

We just got home from our first visit...

to cousin Evans' place!

Don't have anything,

too deep or profound to say,

just hoping that these photos...

brought a smile to your day!

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Full of Attention To Give

makes me happy.

Deepak Chopra suggests in his Book of Secrets that 'whatever you pay attention to will grow.'

Beauty! Because I got a lot of awesome things in my life right now that I'd love to help grow and prosper.

Monday, November 9, 2009

Miles From No Where

makes me happy.

Life with The Byrd rocks.

She's so happy that I've learned to determine and meet her needs through out the whole day that she's practically farting rainbows over here.

Days spent at home together, which are most, revolve around a 3 hours cycle. Eat, play, nap. Play, eat, nap. Nap play, eat. The order and length of each of those 3 activities may alter, but basically we're doing all 3 every 3 hours.

And then we have a bath at 6:30, nurse till 7ish and sleep until 4ish.

It's good. Real good.

With just one small 'but' - while Dad cares for her every chance he gets, I'm generally within the 50 feet of her 24 hours a day.

Which Kevyn believes may be lead to situations like these...

Startin' Early.