Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Happiness is: hiking

arm in arm, exploring
early fall forest
leaves just beginning to turn
gentle forest streams, babbling softly
sun-dappled light dancing on moss-covered rocks
can't decide if it's mitten weather yet or not
acorns, with and without their hats
stitch-like marks etched in birch bark
that point where I decide to tuck my pants into my socks to keep critters out (ridiculous. I know this.)
so good to be in the forest again

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Blueberry-basil-tahini smoothie

I find I'm eagerly awaiting my perfect yellow bananas to turn spotty and brown so I can throw them in the freezer in preparation for this incredibly tasty smoothie! Yay for brown bananas! And throughout the summer I used fresh basil, but now, with early frost setting in, my basil is nearly picked clean, so dried basil it is!

Blueberry-basil-tahini smoothie
Recipe by Sarah Britton, My New Roots

1 cup blueberries, fresh or frozen
1 frozen banana
5–7 large basil leaves (fresh is best, but I tried dried, and it was fine)
1 tbsp tahini
1–3 tsp bee pollen (depending on how often you use it)
2 tbsp hemp seeds
1 handful of greens (spinach and kale are good choices)
water or milk of choice to thin, as needed

1. Blend all ingredients in a blender or with an immersion blender until smooth and creamy. Enjoy immediately.

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Free shipping!

From now until this Sunday, September 22 at 12pm, receive FREE SHIPPING on all orders of my photographic prints from Society6! So if there's one you've had your eye on, now is the perfect time to order! And if there's another photo from my blog that you love, let me know, and I will make it available in the shop.


Sunday, September 15, 2013

6 years

To the adventures we've had, and the adventures yet to come.


Monday, September 9, 2013

Today is the day.

Tomorrow will mark exactly three months since I returned from my life-changing trip around Asia, and began making some direction shifts in my life and career. It had become clear over the course of the trip—being away from what we get immersed in; thrust into places and situations that shake you and challenge you and force you to redefine what you think you know—that life would be different when I got home.

I couldn't see myself returning to life as a graphic designer. Instead, I completed a month-long intensive training in India and became a certified yoga instructor. In addition to this, an idea started percolating in my mind about the possibility of setting up an Etsy shop. See, I have this need to create. It's not just a hobby or a pastime to draw, paint, sew, and make things. It is something I have to do. And I had so many ideas that were just aching to be made real. I finally realized, I just have to give this a try.

So for the last three months, I've been busily and happily working away, and today I am thrilled to announce that my Etsy store is now open!

Head on over, have a look around, and let me know what you think! I'm eager to hear from you. And a huge thank you to all of you for your support and encouragement with this endeavour! It sure is a super feeling when you can tell that others believe in you. I can't thank you enough for that.

Japanese Teahouse

Japanese Teahouse — opens to reveal a tatami-mat room overlooking a zen garden.

Wee Hobbit House

All Pinked Out

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Look closer

A new destination offers so many new sights for the eyes to delight in. Unsurprisingly, the west coast of Canada is no different, and has stunningly beautiful landscapes in all directions: soaring trees dripping with moss, imposing granite peaks, and vast stretches of ocean extending off into the horizon (or entirely obscured in fog), and if you look a little bit closer, there are so many incredible textures and colours to get lost in...

Fossilized rocks.

Golden ochre sea weeds and cream barnacles.

Some sort of ewwy, awesome, slimy sea worts on a rock. Anyone know what these are? 

Burrows etched through layers of tree rings.