Cape Breton Colour Week // rainbow

CapeBretonColourWeek-GridSo that was fun! Last week I did a colour a day, inspired by my fave blogger, Elise Blaha Cripe, who did a colour week in 2011. I’d been thinking about it ever since! I love the idea of going on a photographic scavenger hunt to boost my creativity and focus my eye.

The first day of my colour week I was really excited about it, the second day still mostly excited, but by the third day I had lost some steam. There was also that gross two-day storm in the middle, too, so I was storm-stayed in the house and not all that happy about that. But I’m glad I kept with it and kept taking the pictures and looking for the colours, because at the end of the project, putting this grid together of all the pictures made me really happy! It’s funny how by themselves, each picture isn’t overly remarkable, but all together they make something beautiful.

Overall the project reminded me that happiness comes down to what we choose to focus on. The elements for happiness are there, all around us: loving people, good food, clear skies, a good home. Making the choice to see those things, well, it can definitely be hard sometimes, for sure. I get that, and I feel it, often.

This project taught me that it’s still worth it to work on my “choice muscles” and choose to see the good things, because those things add up, and come together to make an overall beautiful picture.

Colour Week individual posts: red, orange, yellow, green, and blue.

Have a lovely Monday.

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Cape Breton Colour Week // blue

capebretoncolourweek-blue01This is a card my friend Julie in Ontario sent me. I love it, it feels so springlike. 

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So yesterday was the final day of my Cape Breton Colour Week, and I was looking for blue.

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capebretoncolourweek-blue06This map was featured in the yellow post too. I have it on my office wall and I just love it.
capebretoncolourweek-blue07 I made this for a class project last year on Illustration techniques. It was fun, I love collage!

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Then once I got to school I went for a little walk. Shadows on snow are blue, right?

capebretoncolourweek-blue09 And the sky was blue for a little bit. capebretoncolourweek-blue10 capebretoncolourweek-blue11 capebretoncolourweek-blue12 These are proof prints for something I made for a fundraiser my class is doing next week. We’re doing a silent art auction at school to raise money so we can attend the Creative Conference next month in Sydney.

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capebretoncolourweek-blue16 Then once I got home I went for another walk. It had clouded over and was snowing again. But I still found a bit more blue.

capebretoncolourweek-blue17 This looks grey but it was blue I swear!capebretoncolourweek-blue18And that’s that for Cape Breton Colour Week! I’m putting together a fun collage of all the pictures and I’ll have that on the blog on Monday, along with my thoughts on doing the Colour Week and what it taught me.

The other colours are here: red, orange, yellow and green.

For now I’m off to the market to get me some crepe-y goodness! Have a great weekend, everyone!

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Cape Breton Colour Week // green

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Yesterday I felt like I was coming down with a cold, the power was out, and the weather was just gross. (So windy!) I was a little bit discouraged. So I mostly slept. And then I went for groceries, and then we had to go get Adam’s truck, and a little bit after that the power came back on and life was good again.

In between all of that, I hunted for green.

capebretoncolourweek-green02 This is a cactus my grandmaman gave me years ago, in a pot that Adam’s mother gave us. In the left hand corner is the thank-you card from Lumiere, the festival I volunteered for last year. capebretoncolourweek-green04 This is a corner of a painting by my uncle’s wife Nathalie, who lives in Quebec. capebretoncolourweek-green05 capebretoncolourweek-green07 capebretoncolourweek-green08 capebretoncolourweek-green09 Yup, I’m that much of a dork that I have a “Think Cape Breton First” sign hung in my office. You can see me displaying this sign in 2012 at Kennington Cove, here.capebretoncolourweek-green10 capebretoncolourweek-green11 capebretoncolourweek-green12Detail of a watercolour painting by my friend Ann Hart. I absolutely love having original art in my home, and consider it a kind of richness. Today I’ll be hunting for blue – the last day of Colour Week! Hope you have a great Friday.

 

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Cape Breton Colour Week // yellow

capebretoncolourweek-yellow01 Yesterday was a snow day for most of the Atlantic provinces, including here on Cape Breton Island. I slept in and then worked in my office for most of the afternoon, as our power stayed on all evening.

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capebretoncolourweek-yellow13 capebretoncolourweek-yellow14 I forget why I have this piece of a box of wine pinned up — I think perhaps its the font that I liked.

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This is from a print of a painting by Virginia McCoy.

capebretoncolourweek-yellow17I left my friend Haya’s Christmas card up because its nice for feeling joy all winter-long, not just at Christmas-time. Although, today when our power went out and it was getting cold in the house, I wasn’t feeling very joyful about winter! But it is back on now (hence being able to post this) and its warm again. Let the wind howl.

Today I’m hunting for green. Hope you’re warm and safe wherever you are!

 

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Cape Breton Colour Week // orange

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The first bunch of photos are from around my kitchen, as I get ready in the morning and look around me for some examples of the colour of the day.

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Then I got to school and remembered, Hey! My car is orange! 

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And so are the traffic cones I walk by every day on my walk into the school:

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At lunch I went walking out the little dirt road that leads to the water tower.

capebretoncolourweek-orange09 capebretoncolourweek-orange10 When I got home I remembered this hand-painted wine glass has an orange bulb on it:capebretoncolourweek-orange11 Then I went for a walk around the neighbourhood and looked for more orange stuff. capebretoncolourweek-orange12 capebretoncolourweek-orange13 capebretoncolourweek-orange14 capebretoncolourweek-orange15Today I’ll be hunting for yellow, likely just inside my house if this massive storm indeed hits us. Stay warm! And have a colourful day.

 

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Cape Breton Colour Week // red

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As I mentioned last week, this week on the blog I am doing a “colour week”. It’s just for fun, it’s for me to focus on a specific colour each day, and seek examples of the colours out, like items in a scavenger hunt. Each day I’ll post one of my colour pictures on Instagram with the hashtag #capebretoncolourweek, and if you like you can play along!

Winter has really hung on long this year, and so I’m seeking out colours to make myself slow down, and to see some bright spots at a time of year when I could easily get downtrodden.

For those who want to dig deeper into the meanings of colours, I liked the resources I found on this website.

So without further ado, here are the pictures of red I took yesterday during my day! Today I’ll be hunting for orange, and I’ll post those pictures tomorrow. Have a colourful day!

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multitude monday / mar 24

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My friend and classmate Katie MacLennan writes a great blog called Polka Dot Soup. On it she writes a post some Mondays called “Multitude Monday.” She writes, “Mondays are about documenting the little (or big!) things in life that make me oh-so-happy. Let’s make Mondays a day to reflect on the goodies, and not the baddies.”

I also recently read Brené Brown’s book “Daring Greatly,” in which she writes, “The shudder of vulnerability that accompanies joy is an invitation to practice gratitude, to acknowledge how truly grateful we are for the person, the beauty, the connection, or simply the moment before us.”

Here are the ten things right now that I’m thankful for:

41. How much everyone loved and shared the “You Give Me Hope” graphic I put out there on Friday. It was a test for something exciting that I’m working on, which will be released in the next month or so!

42. A walk with a friend (and her baby girl, and her three dogs) on Saturday at the beach at Point Aconi. (That’s where the picture for this post was taken.) We checked out ice floes, walked over heaps of seaweed, and talked, and it was good. (Here is Point Aconi in the summertime, from my 2012 “10 Beaches” adventure!)

43. Taking a day off from pretty much everything (except making easy food) on Sunday. While it’s hard to overcome my own inner “guilt” voices, and actually believe that since I do work hard most of the time, I deserve a break, it’s so worth it. I love watching a day pass.

44. The hyacinth I bought for $4 at the farmers’ market on Saturday. It smells like spring!

45. It’s Colour Week this week and I’m looking forward to focusing on specific colours in my day-to-day life, and finding them like items in a scavenger hunt.

46. We watched “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” and I was surprised by how good it was. (I guess I remember the first Hobbit movie not being good? Or it’s possible I fell asleep during it, as I did with this one, and had to watch the ending the next day.) I guess I was skeptical since there are new characters, and because I assumed it was just all about stretching out the “Rings” legacy, but now I feel like the Hobbit trilogy actually shows the importance of continuing to create and push yourself, as a creative person, and move beyond your projects. Lessons from Peter Jackson, or, something. Yeah!

47. I also decided on a whim to do the #100happydays challenge, at the risk of being ‘that annoying person who posts lots of happy things to Instagram/Facebook/Twitter’. Sorry in advance! But I’m looking forward to the daily reminder that life is what we make it, and that I can make it happy.

48. Adam. This one feels like it ought to be on the list weekly! Right now I’m grateful for his humour, his patience, and his smarts.

49. The “Weirdo hippie salad” I’ve been making for myself lately: kale, lettuce, a citrus fruit of some kind, cherry tomatoes, feta cheese, and dressing. (So-called because Adam thinks knows I’m a weirdo hippie.) It feels so fresh and zesty!

50. The crepes at the Farmers’ Market have swiftly become a weekend must. $5 gets you a filling yet light crepe, with whatever fruit toppings you want. I always get banana, strawberry and nutella. Oh man!

What are you grateful for? I’d love to hear. And, have a happy Monday.

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