I have this favorite place – a camp where I spent a week every summer as a kid, and then many entire summers as a staff. I grew up here, my friends were here, I have seen this place at all hours of the day and night. This is where I started dating my now-husband, and also where we got married. This place is special.
I recently got to spend a week here with my family, taking in camp with different eyes. I helped in the kitchen (baking all the things!) while my kids played wide games, learned archery, and went kayaking. We all fell sleep exhausted every night. There are things about camp that are different now, but even when places like this change, they stay the same. The feeling here is the same. The bubble of being unattached to regular life, of things being simpler, of a group of people who are in it together. Inside jokes, seaweedy lake, wind through the poplars, sloppy joes, it’s the same.
Any time that I have found myself being asked to picture a favorite place in my mind, it is here, and will continue to be. Thanks for the new memories camp, it was wonderful to reconnect.
I wanted to share my daughter’s room here because, I’ll admit, it’s my dream room. So much about it makes me very happy – especially the part that it is finished (a loose term for rooms that are constantly changing). Since we moved into our house about 6 months ago Ella had been asking for new paint in her room – it was an abrasive sort of green, and I understood, it just wasn’t right. After getting a sense of what would work (she is 9, so nothing too little girl) and gathering everything I felt like I needed to re-do the room (because I know with kids it needs to be a quick turnaround), I got to work! The paint color was tricky, and originally she wanted teal, but when she went for a light pink I was at the store so fast before anyone could change their mind. No secret, blush pink is one of my favorites (this is Sea Salt Pink by Behr). The other tricky part was that I can’t just run to ikea or target when I need something (we have neither!), so I had to be creative. The desk was thrifted, Ella chose the swedish ball light from Home Depot, I sewed the cloud cushion and the curtains (from a duvet cover lined with existing blackout curtains) and most of the art was brought out from storage. She made the Happy Times painting and the little weasel, and I made the larger geometric work. We love it, I had so much fun with every part of this process, and now that it looks a little more put together it is easy for her to keep clean. Win-win!
In case you’re curious: Kitty doll by Kitty and Kin, Blythe Doll Print from Umami Baby, Hedgehog quilt was made for me in a swap by Spirited Child, Hedgehog bedding from Homesense,
Happy October to you, the best month of the loveliest season. These photos here feel like a very true version of my life right now – half dolls, half family, and everything else squeezed in the edges. We had an amazing summer of sleep-in mornings, friends, beach days, and a wonderful camping trip. We celebrated our tenth wedding anniversary, and on that very same day got the keys to our new house. We moved neighborhoods, schools, and my sewing room. And to be honest I wondered if the dolls would lose a bit of their magic in the move – but the work I’ve done in September seems to have proved that wrong, at least for me. I have yet to feel settled here – the newness is exciting and exhausting, and I know that eventually it will all come together.
There have been a few changes to Boolah Baguette this fall. The first is that from September to December I will be having regular shop updates (except for the week of October 7, canadian thanksgiving) every Friday at noon from Saskatoon, Canada. This is where you will find my new dolls, but so far they have been selling out quite quickly, so be ready! I usually post sneak peeks for the upcoming updates on my Instagram account. The other change is regarding custom orders – in order to keep them as a sustainable part of my business (custom dolls take significantly more time in communication, sourcing of materials, and the actual making), I needed to increase the price. Please see my FAQ section just up top or email me with any questions.
Enjoy this wonderful season, I certainly will.
If you happen to be in Saskatoon on the first lovely weekend of May, come and say hi! Always a beautiful show – and supporting your local makers is the best 🙂
More information about the sale and vendors here, and on the facebook page
(For anyone hoping to find Boolah Baguette at Blossom in Regina – I apologize, but for personal reasons I will no longer be attending the show)