Sometimes there is nothing better than meeting up with friends to drink beers, eat BBQ, and talk about graphic design, on a Thursday afternoon.

And then sometimes it is also very good to go home from said gathering, eat more BBQ, and then have a nap on the couch.


This post is part of a new Photo A Day series that I started on Tuesday. See the rest by clicking on the category “Photo A Day.”

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the woods

thewoodsI grew up in the woods. They were my original thinking place. Now as I find myself wondering what my ideal day holds (as part of a rad program I’m doing with my life coach, Tiffany Han, called 100 Rejection Letters), one of the answers is “Outside”.




A chant in my bones and in my heart.

Get the outside-time into the schedule. Get it in there. In the morning. In the noon hour. In the afternoon. In the evening.

And don’t just walk in the suburban streets, either. That’s not what this heart wants. This heart wants the woods. This heart wants the wild.


This post is part of a new Photo A Day series that I started on Tuesday. See the rest by clicking on the category “Photo A Day.”

The photo was taken in the Baille Ard Nature Trails in Sydney.

Oh, and, I got a new cell phone, so I’m back to easy picture taking and Instagramming. Huzzah!

Have a lovely Thursday, friends!

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a berry bush


…cleanse for the journey

wait three days, then burn
and watch
the summer after next, I’ll come
from deep inside
a berry bush

Words from Shauntay Grant’s piece “Will”, which is found on her new album “Say Sumthin.”


This is part of my Photo a Day series that I started yesterday.

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photo a day (kind of)


Well! What a lovely long weekend it was. (This photo isn’t from it, though. My phone took the, ah, opportunity on Monday evening to just up and quit, before I had the chance to take any photos off of it, so… this is from Friday. But, I think you get it. Beautiful, sunshiny, lovely.)

ANYway. What a weekend, hey? The weather was wonderful. I got over to Inverness one day, for a Celtic Colours concert, and over to Whitney Pier another day for another concert. And in the middle I spent a day at home with Adam, cooking and then hosting a Thanksgiving dinner for my Dad and Adam’s Dad, and of course Adam and myself. It was “Leah and the gents”. It was good.

(I’d show you pictures of all this Cape Breton/holiday loveliness, but I can’t, because my phone is being a lazy jerk.)

So, I hope you all had a great Thanksgiving weekend too! Or if you’re not in Canada, just a good weekend.



So I’m going to do something a little different for the next month here on the blog! What it is, is a “Photo A Day,” except for when I have something that’s not a photo.

Consistency is key in blogging, right? LOL. It will all work out, I figure.

The reason is that I’m really itching to focus and work on some other stuff for a little bit. I signed up for not one but two online courses, one being the 100 Rejection Letters by Tiffany Han, and the other being 30 Days of Curvy Yoga.

I also really want to spend a Fall season being a bit more inward, a bit less productive. The last two years, for me, in the Fall things ramped up, but I feel that’s sort of opposite to how it’s meant to be. The Fall calls me to be slower, to go to bed earlier, to snuggle up in the evenings and relax.

Funnily enough, my phone died right as I decided to do the photo-a-day, so that’s going to force me to use my “fancy” camera, as I call it in my head. (A DSLR.) At least for a bit, until the phone sitch gets figured out.

Anyway, without further ado, have a grand old Tuesday!



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happy thanksgiving to all


May you have pie, and people you love at the table.

May you take notice of all that is blessed in your life at the moment.

And may you be happy, healthy, and whole.

xo Leah


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what if // 2


What if: “what we need to do to fix Cape Breton” was actually a bunch of small, seemingly easy actions, just done one day after another?

What if: you could no longer say the words “we need”? What if you could only do?

What if: the people in power didn’t give a crap about your opinion, so telling them was a total waste of time? What would you do with your energies then? What would you do to make them come find you and ask you to tell them what to do?

What if: seeing other parts of the beautiful big world and working there was a good thing?

What if: Cape Breton was not the only place in the country or the world that had high unemployment?

What if: the Causeway ran both ways?

What if: actually physically living your life in Cape Breton, and making ends meet however you can, was an act of contributing to your generation?

The article that got me all fired up is here, and the first “What If” post on this blog is here.

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Brenna MacNeil: Graphic Design and I Love Cape Breton



What do you do if you find out that someone else is doing a similar-but-different product as you, on the other side of the island, and not only that, but that they’ve actually been doing it longer?

Well, you support them, of course!

I’ll admit that when I first heard about Brenna MacNeil’s “I Love Cape Breton” project, last month, I wasn’t quite sure what to do. (She’s been doing it since 2010.) First I worried that she would think I had copied her. Then I felt competitive, and wondered if she had copied me, which, it turned out, wasn’t even remotely true.

Then I took a deep breath, put on my big-girl panties, stopped over-thinking, remembered my manners, and wrote to her. I told her I had just seen her work, that it was great, and that I wanted to order some.


There is one sticker missing off this sheet already — couldn’t resist! I love stickers.

Then I realized: Hey! The folks that already know about and have purchased my “I Heart Cape Breton” products would probably also love Brenna’s products! She’s got slightly different products from what I make, and as I’ve said before (about blogging), the more Cape Breton love that’s out there, the better. A rising tide raises all ships; in other words, I hope we all make it.

So, let me introduce you to a fellow graphic designer and adorer of Cape Breton: Brenna MacNeil!

Brenna-Lucinda at Highland Village

She’s a momma to Lucinda (above) and wife to Brandon (below).

Brenna-Brandon at the beach

She’s a superb graphic designer with lots of great ideas.


tshirt arrival

lumiere-brennaAnd she’s a born-and-bred Cape Breton gal: Brenna grew up in Inverness. She lives now in Halifax, but comes back to Cape Breton often. She sold at the Mabou Farmers Market several times this summer, and her work is available on her website, at the Inverness County Centre of the Arts, at the Inverness Bearpaw, and at the Cabot Links gift shop.

Miss Brenna’s website is here. And her online shop is here. (You can also get to the shop from the website.)

Her stuff is great! Go check it out. I ordered one of the custom prints with my two hometowns (Baddeck and North Sydney — that picture is at the top of the post), and a calendar. I really love the quality of the work, it’s beautiful.

Oh and have an awesome Thursday!

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