Our family has embarked on virtual travels to various countries and regions. To explore these countries and their cultures, we have followed along with the festivals, cooked and eaten traditional foods, learned of traditional handicrafts with hands on exploration, along with many activities to immerse ourselves. Chronicled here are some of these activities.

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Monday, May 12, 2014

Our Weekend in a Nutshell

Letterpressed card made by Hubby & Elle during Artist for a Day
This weekend heralded the annual Artist for a Day program offered by the Nova Scotia College of Art & Design. We had such a great time last year I had been looking forward to this for weeks. This free day long event includes a variety of artistic experiences guided by students and alumni, for children and adults alike. 

Having missed out last year, we beelined it to the pottery section, and Elle and I both tried our hands at the pottery wheel. What an incredible tactile experience - with many trials and error, Elle completed a bowl that is still drying at home, and I decided to relinquish my clay to someone else, though I thoroughly enjoyed the process. 

From there, we learned a few tie-dyeing techniques and made indigo dyed silk scarves. Pea tried a variety of techniques on her piece including hand sewing and pulling, and mine was wrapped in a sushi mat. Elle's beautiful scarf became a lovely mother's day gift for her mom. We also created prints while playing with letterpress letter blocks, stamped leather slats into bracelets and Elle discovered an appreciation for hand weaving. Not surprisingly, I am already looking forward to next year!

Sunday was a lovely day for Mother's day. Hubby, as always, made a delicious breakfast, and Pea presented me with a beautiful charcoal drawing. While Paige caught up on homework, I spent most of the day indulging in guilt free pleasure reading to the unusual sounds of Hubby cleaning the kitchen and taking care of my much anticipated mother's day gift: a thorough cleaning to our car :) As for our 30 minutes outdoors - Pea brought out her homework, and I my novel, and we sat on the deck. 

The beautiful gift from Pea.

I hope everyone had a splendid weekend!


  1. What a wonderful event! That is a pleasant way to spend Mother's Day.
    Blessings, Dawn

    1. It was lovely :) Happy Mothers Day Dawn!

  2. Goodness, what a wonderful Mother's day! I so love the drawing and the card is fabulous. Oh, and having your husband clean and cook whilst you read - well what could be better?

    1. It was pretty great indeed! I think it's the only day of the year I don't feel bad about reading throughout the afternoon - not that this stops me throughout the rest of the year, but it's nice not to have that niggling feeling that you should be doing something else :)


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