Wes Anderson delivers again

Movie review! We don’t have a theatre on the island where we currently reside. So when we get off island / on mini vaca’s we take in flicks. When in Vancouver recently, we went to the movies two nights in a row. The Avengers in 3D & some forgettable Johnny Depp is a vampire this week ~movie. But tonight!? Tonight we saw a whimsical movie after my own heart. The very creative, colorful & odd Wes Anderson movie ~Moonrise Kingdom. 4.5 stars (out 5). The cast, staging, soundtrack, geography, and set up of the movie were glorious. This movie has craftsmanship. For whatever that’s worth. It ended and I had ~that head tilted to side ~ thing happening. I wanted to see it again as soon as possible. Lovely.

If you loved The Fantastic Mr. Fox, The Darjeeling, The L:ife Aquatic and The Royal Tennenbams you are in good company with Moonrise Kingdom. Just the right amount of French Music combined with just enough saturated down colours equal a delicious piece of fun. The plot could have been deeper but it really was an essential must see movie. He really loves the dioramas. This video is Bill Murray giving a set tour. So Bill. 

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Home made arcade? Heck yeah.

This is awesome. You must watch it.

Caine’s Arcade from Nirvan Mullick on Vimeo.

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baby robin eggs hatching ~ the videos

Here are the videos I have taken of the baby robin eggs hatching, in the last week. So exciting. I’m nervous for them to take flight ina couple weeks, I gotta say. These tiny iphone videos are pretty sweet. What do you think?

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Zou Bisou Bisou

MADMEN season 5 ~deliciousness! The episode we watched last night (thanks sweety for getting these) was just awesome. If you know me, you know I love the modern clean but vintage feel of this entire show. The clothes, furniture and the unravelling development of womyn’s lib in corporate America (& Canada) is fascinating. This song will be permanently embedded in your memory. You’re Welcome.

Here’s the 1962 original it was based on by Gillian Hills Interestingly the commercial beforehand is anti-Steve Harper = yeah! 

And just becasue it’s random and violent yet very creative. I found this when I first searched  for the ZOU. 

Zou Bisou Bisou…

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Last week’s $5 craigslist score (delivered to my work again by the same fella I got the 100 records from last month, cool, heh?) is a reel to reel 8mm film editor. Perfect vintage and clean condition. I fired her up today and voila! I was teared up instantly, watching my brother’s first steps in 1971!! Wild stuff.
Lots to learn but I enjoy the old technology.
I have a giant ziploc of 8mm films (20+) from 1970/1980 that were taken on my late Nana’s video cameras. Thanxs to my sweety for digging them out of our storage room, I mean guest quarters, this aft.
Some of you may ask… Why not take these to a dude to put on a DVD? Well, they have been but those DVDs reside in Ontario & these are the back ups. I’m going to enjoy this process while I enjoy my record a day blog.



Here’s a WIKI section on 8mm for those (like me) that never knew before today):

The standard 8 mm (also known as regular 8) film format was developed by the Eastman Kodak company during the Great Depression and released on the market in 1932 to create a home movie format that was less expensive than 16 mm. The film spools actually contain a 16 mm film with twice as many perforations along each edge than normal 16 mm film; on its first pass through the camera, the film is only exposed along half of its width. When the first pass is complete, the camera is opened and the spools are flipped and swapped (the design of the spool hole ensures that this happens properly) and the same film is then exposed along its other edge, the edge left unexposed on the first pass. After processing, the film is split down the middle, resulting in two lengths of 8 mm film, each with a single row of perforations along one edge, thereby yielding four times as many frames from the same amount of 16 mm film — and hence the cost savings. Because of the two passes of the film, the format was sometimes called Double 8. The frame size of regular 8 mm is 4.8 mm x 3.5 mm and 1 meter of film contains 264 pictures. Normally Double 8 is filmed at 16 frames per second.

Common length film spools allowed filming of about 3 minutes to 4.5 minutes at 12, 15, 16 and 18 frames per second.

Kodak ceased sales of standard 8 mm film in the early 1990s, but continued to manufacture the film, which was sold via independent film stores. Black-and-white 8 mm film is still manufactured in the Czech Republic, and several companies buy bulk quantities of 16 mm film to make regular 8 mm by re-perforating the stock, cutting it into 25 foot (7.6 m) lengths, and collecting it into special standard 8 mm spools which they then sell. Re-perforation requires special equipment. Some specialists also produce Super 8 mm film from existing 16 mm, or even 35 mm film stock.

PS. i’m pretty sure KODAK just went bankrupt. more on that and my life long loving relationship with KODAK! 

20120310-144142.jpgClearly I’ve got some research to do. I’ll keep you all posted on my low fi adventures!



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my little cod croquette!

I was feeling frisky in the kitchen and decided to learn a new way of using some of the frozen ziplocs of fish in our freezer – thanks to my fisherman husband. The above video is Hilarious! I went with a Greek Christmas recipe Cod Croquettes but I used Ling Cod & Snapper. I didn’t dress quite like the crazy video lady (winks to husband) but I did use her recipe. It was a lengthy process & as usual I made way too much so after dinner we were still frying croquettes. Here’s how I did it:


pan fried all the fish in butter & garlic till flakey. Made mashed potatoes with milk. Melted butter with onions, green onions & more garlic & parsley. I grated Mozzarella cheese and crumbled Feta.

20111022-093509.jpg I mixed it all together in a big pot and put in the fridge for 45 mins.


I made little balls of mixture (recipe called croquettes to be fingers but mine fell apart during frying). I dipped balls in egg whites then in a mixture of Panko & Cajun seasoned fish crisp & lemon pepper.


Then I tightened up my Martha Stewart wedding apron (from Annelli in the Saulte) and got down with some frying. I used olive oil and blue mechanics paper towels for grease drying after. Naughty bits of yummy were consumed with wine & sour cream to dip. Fisherman’s review: “they were very tasty. The lemon pepper made them zingy. They were the prefect combination of zingy & crispy. It was good”. There you have it folks! Ling Cod & Snapper Croquettes.
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Inspiration for today’s Make Something Every Day comes from Joel at http://www.madebyjoel.com. He made a simple owl using his “wood burning  kit”. So there  I was killing time in Walmart the other day and I picked up a kit.   WHAT IS PYROGRAPHY?

Pyrography is the art of decorating wood or other materials with burn marks resulting from the controlled application of a heated object such as a poker. It is also known as pokerwork or wood burning.

Pyrography means “writing with fire” and is the traditional art of using a heated tip or wire to burn or scorch designs onto natural materials such as wood or leather. Burning can be done by means of a modern solid-point tool (similar to a soldering iron) or hot wire tool, or a more basic method using a metal implement heated in a fire, or even sunlight concentrated with a magnifying lens.

wood burning kit

This guy is nuts ~but a great example of the range of stuff you can find when you Search a topic in Youtube. It was not helpful in any way but awesome to see a grown guy so stoked about getting his wood burning kit. 

This lady is equally nutty but she knows it and that made me actually giggle aloud while watching her video. “what do your relatives know about horticulture?”. “If your family are drinkers.. this is a pretty good bet”.  The light switch plate and boot were cool but the rest was pretty bricka bracky  aka. a bit too cottage country crafty.  PS. Kate – she loves LEE VALLEY. 

my wood burning kit in action!

So I spent a couple hours out on our sunny deck and predictably burnt myself a couple times. I  came up with this as a test driftwood block for the different tip options. The kit is the $14 version- the one the guy in the first video got for Xmas was pricey, like $200. Mine came with three tip ends that you change with plyers, instead of a giant console with switches. What do you think? It was pretty fun and reminded of burning ants with a magnifying glass, with my brother, while family camping.. as a kid.

my first attempt at pyrography

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Beet & nutella cake


It’s a lovely July Monday so I figured “why not bake a beet cake today?”. A totally gorgeous video was passed on to me by my lovely which inspired today’s Make Something Every Day. I’ve been a little remiss in postings but I assure you’ve I’ve got tons of Makes to post. My goal this week will be to empty my iPhoto onto my Blog so stay tuned…

http://click here for beet cake recipe

Scroll down to beet cake for recipe. a great use of jars of pickled beets ( my FAV food!).


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live video of bald eagles!

It’s that time of the year again and I always LOVE to watch the eaglets be born. Does anyone see any eggs yet?  It happens in the spring…I think they have just returned to the nest. Did you know eagles mate for life (unless one dies) and take turns sitting on the eggs? That’s what I’m talking about. Turn up your volume and I recommend full screen if you want to drive your pets nuts. thanks Kate for the annual reminder!

click here to watch LIVE bald eagle video !



Late Diva rocks big earrings

I found this video by creeping one of Corey’s friends on fbk when I should be writing reports at work.  Fantastic video – with almost 6 million views on youtube! When I think of Nina, I think of my growing LP collection that was inspired by Kate’s awesome  jazz nerd Dad, Brian. HUGS to the south shore family… may Nina keep you warm.


Art heals mental health.. so does laughter..

–Ralph and Edna were both patients in a mental hospital. One day while they were walking past the hospital swimming pool, Ralph suddenly jumped into the deep end. He sank to the bottom of the pool and stayed there. Edna promptly jumped in to save him. She swam to the bottom and pulled him out.When the Head Nurse Director became aware of Edna’s heroic act she immediately ordered her to be discharged from the hospital, as she now considered her to be mentally stable. When she went to tell Edna the news she said, ‘Edna, I have good news and bad news. The good news is you’re being discharged, since you were able to rationally respond to a crisis by jumping in and saving the life of the person you love… I have concluded that your act displays sound mindedness. The bad news is, Ralph hung himself in the bathroom with his bathrobe belt right after you saved him. I am so sorry, but he’s dead.’Edna replied, ‘He didn’t hang himself, I put him there to dry. How soon can I go home?’

(thanks to Dad for the joke)


new fav creative BLOG

Here is an amazing MAKE SOMETHING EVERY DAY project

this is from Made by Joel   CLICK HERE for Made by Joel BLOG which is a SUPER fantastic creative blog. A dad of two kids makes their toys and educational but cool stuff.  Corey loves a good wood pecker toy. We got a cool one from Coombs, last summer. Estevan tries to eat the feather. I’ll take some video footage of it someday.

VLOG from the spring… remixed.

I’d like to say that I’m one of those “creative people that BLOG or VLOG every day, as a form of their disciplined art process”.. but I’m just not. My attention span is way too short. If the sun is shining, I am outside. If my man is home, I am.. gardening. winks*. So a rash of posts come your way today, enjoy*


An earlier version aired on youtube in May. This sunny day, gave me the chance to edit most of my squealing out and bad hair.

I’m considering doing more VLOGs.. from all around Quadra. What do you think?

I’ve also recently figured out that when we search for things, say on GOOGLE or in the SEARCH window of websites such YOUtube or WordPress.com …. the words we use are actually called “tags” (lesson for dad).  So tracking my BLOG statistics,  I get more hits if I post common or porno ish tags. I had more than a hundred hits yesterday and 4 comments (thanks Dad & Kate). So I am doing a test of sorts for the next couple months. I’m going to randomly use TAG words & see what happens. Or posting half nudes seems to draw a crowd. Have I just cracked the code regarding  the birth of internet pornogrpahy? laughing.

Exciting stuff. I need more work. But I’m writing this off as a creative outlet for today.

enjoy my technology stumblings.


heart, me.

((Kate- is it EVERYDAY or EVERY DAY ?) lol.

VLOG blog techno fog

So apparently.. it’s like BLOG but it’s a video! Kids are so hip these days. Here’s a wee vid I took last week from the deck pour mon daddsy!

(I can’t seem to figure out how to post a video on here without posting it to youtube first)…(and video from Corey’s camera is HUGE so I have tons of small videos to figure out the tech part to.. stay tuned fellow VLOGGERS).

P.S. Dad- I’m wearing a strapless sundress, before you comment on that.

who broke 2 blenders in the last year?

today I got 2 new toys at the dreaded but ever so cheap Walmart.

In terms of creativity, lately I’ve been.. wait for it.. COOKING. Even a baking urge now and then. This gardening thing is making it’s way into the kitchen. So, Corey makes Greens Plus smoothies for us EVERY morning – banana, yogurt, greens +, at least two kinds of berries, fruit etc.. and I get a bendy straw. He’s a pretty easy going guy but the second time I busted the blender – blending  Snapper carcuses for dog bone baking.. (recipes to come Kate).. that was it! Blender rights revoked, I got us a slap chop yesterday, as I’ve been craving my hummus for weeks.

A Slap Chop & a hot glue gun.

Let the Games begin!

this video is pretty classy.

What to make today?