Homeward Bound

My Canada Day long weekend will be spent back home in Port Hood, a small but mighty fishing village along the coast of the scenic Ceilidh Trail in Cape Breton. For the first time I’m aware of, Port Hood will be hosting some Canada Day festivities. I’m told there will be a pig roast, fireworks, and of course – music. We like our music. Not only that, tomorrow the new ice cream bar opens up in the centre of town. This excites me greatly. You guys, it’s a good weekend to be in the ‘Hood.

I will also be bringing some Buttons ‘N Baubles pieces to the Chestico Museum gift shop for the summer. In addition to some cute bobby pins, button earrings, rings, and button hair elastics, I made a few necklaces using maps and satellite images of the area. I hope tourists and locals alike will enjoy these.

Port Hood Necklaces - Buttons 'N Baubles

Anybody else venturing out of town this weekend?


Capturing Dartmouth

I have been on a mission over the last few days to find the perfect spot to snap a panoramic photo that is uniquely Dartmouth. This photo (once it finds me) will be my blog banner image. My mission has taken me to many of my favourite outdoor destinations – Shubie Park, Graham’s Cove, Lake Banook, Sullivan’s Pond and the Dartmouth Waterfront. It’s a rough life I lead.

One of the best places to photograph Lake Banook is up on Sinclair Street. I snapped this pic earlier with my phone. I’ll head back another day with my camera. I’m curious. Do you have a favourite or secret spot to snag a uniquely Dartmouth photo? Let me know in the comments please!


Play It Over and Over

I’ve had a few irons in the fire lately. One of these irons has kept much of my focus over the last six months, and today it flipped out of my hands and burned me in the process. I may have a permanent scar. Perhaps I’m slightly bitter melodramatic.

It’s the remaining irons I’m grateful for. Now that I have one less thing to obsess about, I can throw myself into some really exciting projects. I just completed the first major edit of my children’s book. It still needs a lot of work, and it’s really more a personal project than a commercial one. But, you guys? This is crazy exciting for me.

I’m happy to report some brand new Buttons ‘N Baubles pieces will be ready for the shop very soon – maybe later this week. Expect to see some Dartmouth love incorporated. Chestico Museum in Port Hood has agreed to carry some of my new items in the gift shop this summer. Tourists will be putty in my hands. I think. Maybe. We’ll see.

Most importantly, Summer of Street Meat has officially launched with stops at two food stands in Hubbards – we had a hit and a miss. More to come on this subject once we’ve had a few more visits (and lbs) under our belts.

So as it turns out, keeping busy is a family trait. Some of my talented cousins (Brennan, Gordie, Kelly Jean, and Mitch MacDonald) have started a band called Company Road. Their first song has been rolling around in my head all day, helping to soothe the burn.