Monday Project


I find that I am never very productive on the weekends. By the time Monday rolls around, I have a list of things I simply must get done. Therefore all of my projects tend to come to fruition on Mondays. Here is my first one, a simple way to display your photos! I have so many. I have taken my Fujifilm Instax Mini just about everywhere with me over the last few years. It is so fun to use!

Materials List

What you will need:

  • string/twine (I used Divine Twine from my local stationary store)
  • pushpins (I got mine at the same local shop or you can find them here)
  • clothespins (you can find these at your local dollar store)
  • photos (I used my Fujifilm Instax Mini photos but any will do!)

Extra things to make your life a little easier:

  • measuring tape
  • pencil


  1. Measure and mark the placement of your first 2 pushpins. I eyeballed the first, then measured the distance from the top of the wall and then the distance between the first and second pin (to aid in the placement of my second row)
  2. Tie your string on either end and determine the looseness you would like it to have
  3. Use the clothespins to add your photos!
    • If you are doing more than 1 row, this will be important to determine how much lower you will need to place your next set of pushpins, since the photos will weigh the string down. Then just measure and mark the next set of pushpins!


I really wanted to do 5 rows but thought that Charlie would have waayyy too much fun pulling all the photos down! I think there are also some great ways to do with without making holes in your walls. I own my apartment so it wasn’t a big concern for me. There are some really great options available out there; such as the Command hooks and even sticky tack (that is meant for walls) with a decorative element like a great clothes-button overtop to hide it.



Happy Monday!



So lets talk about this little devil.


After I moved home in September 2012, I began to think about adopting a dog. My Bouvier des Flandres, Tess, had passed away that Spring and I was ready to start again. I thought about purchasing from a breeder but I really wanted to adopt. I researched multiple local rescue groups, but one day in December, while on the Toronto Humane Society website, 3 little West Highland White mix puppies appeared. My grandmother had always had Westies and Jack Russell Terriers so I understood the terrier attitude and had the time (yay recent master’s graduate and no job opportunities wooo) to focus on the pup. So I raced down and met “Cotton”, the last puppy available and the one with the most curious temperament. He simply had to come home with me.


When I brought him home, he was truly a terrier. He had an attitude and wasn’t afraid to show it! He made me laugh and on the rare occasion he made me cry. My good friend Jane recently made the great remark that he grows more and more hilarious every time you see him, as his quirky and loveable character emerges from his shyness. I must say that one of the most difficult aspects of having a dog is… the SHOPPING. Expect to see a blog post soon about all of my favourite design-savvy dog items!

Blog Post #1. Again.

Hello again! I have not written on here for over a year now but I am ready to share my boring life once more. One of my friends recently told me that I have the type of personality that, if you don’t see me for a year you wouldn’t notice, for when we are talking it is as if no time has passed at all. I am hoping that this will prove to be the same here on my blog!

Let me begin with the present. I have returned to my hometown of Toronto, the land of ice, cold, and beauty. I never realized how wonderful it was until I left! While New York was fun for a year, I did not see myself staying there forever. Upon moving to Manhattan, I began experiencing intense anxiety that manifested itself as panic attacks, migraines, and constant nausea. I wasn’t enjoying my school program and making friends proved to be difficult in such a competitive environment. I felt isolated and began to withdraw. I visited my doctor when I returned home over American Thanksgiving and she was very concerned about my condition. I knew I had to enter the land of the living (horrible cliché but very true in this regard for I was a zombie) once again. I made it my mission to find some like-minded companions, or should I say, some other wonderful-magical-food-loving-fun-having buddies. And I did!

I decided to move back home in September 2012 to finish my thesis and be with my family. While it was not easy to return, I did it with the knowledge that my heart was with my family.

I also have a new buddy to join me on all of my journeys. Meet Charlie, seen here with my boyfriend, Ioan. I will tell you more about this crazy little pup one day.


Anyways, I am back and full of happiness and enthusiasm! It will take a lot to drag me away from this blog now. If anyone is still reading this after my extreme hiatus, expect to see more of me, my life in Toronto, my love of art and design, and the occasional adventures I still get to experience.

See ya later, alligator.



Today I woke up to the best thing EVER. SNOW. Now, I’m sure many people are not happy about this, but I absolutely love love love all things winter. I’m one of those people who starts watching Christmas movies in November and gets overally excited when the winter decorating begins. Luckily, I get to spend this Christmas at home rather than abroad. My family has been going south for the holidays for about six years now but I’d rather be on a ski hill. I’m a weird one, I know. I blame the four years we spent in Saskatoon when I was younger. When we were there, it snowed the day after my sister and my’s birthday pool party. Ya, that happens.

Anyways, I wanted to post a picture you’ve probably already seen on here before, but it makes me ever so happy that that time of year is on its way!

Also, I’m sorry about the lack of posts. I’m working on three different computers right now. My laptop wore out with my thesis and will apparently cost $950 to fix. So I am saving for a new one and currently using my brother’s and my mom’s. Basically, my photos and documents are all over the place!

Mikhael Kale

Last night I joined a friend of mine at the Corkin Gallery for a preview of Mikhael Kale’s Spring/Summer 2013 Collection. Everything was so beautiful! Here are some pictures from my Blackberry (yes, I have two phones right now…) and sorry about any quality issues but I wasn’t sure if I was allowed to bring my big Canon! Therefore they aren’t the nicest around, but if you want to see more, check out Mikhael Kale’s website here.

This one was definitely my favourite.

Such an amazing colour palette.

I’m Back!

Sorry about my recent hiatus. My thesis took over my life! It is finally all done, printed, and handed in and I can get back to the things I love again – like blogging!

There have been some recent changes in my life, the biggest being moving back to Canada from New York City. Though I still love NYC, and I am definitely going to miss the shopping, home is where the heart is!

On one of our last days, I simply had to do something quite silly… I went to Lady M for a delicious breakfast of four slices of cake and a pot of tea (though the bf got a beautiful iced cappuccino that you can see in the background). I definitely recommend anyone visiting the city to do the same! Though maybe just make it two or three… we had a hard time getting through them all!

There is much more to come and you can expect my daily posts again starting today!

– Torie