carnival lights @ the CNE | city snapshots

in our annual tradition of going to the CNE, I spent a little time practicing with longer exposure times of all the pretty lights.

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— KM

East Point Park | lakeside in the city

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Fall flora from East Point Park.

— KM

cherry blossoms III | city snapshot

blossom2 @ high park

blossom5 @ high park

Cherry blossoms from High Park, Toronto.

– KM

our ikea home | favourites from the flat packed giant

not all IKEA is awful. in fact, some of it is quite lovely.

I am a mega fan of the flat packed giant and have collected quite a few pieces from them over the years. we have bookcases, shelves and even our mattress are all thanks to IKEA. here are three of my current favs and how we’re using them at home:

RIBBA PICTURE LEDGE

ribba picture ledge

we have 7 of these little guys throughout our living space, 2 by the entry way for our keys and pocket bricka-brack. and 5 more flipped upside-down for display. they are ideal for holding small plants, votives and, of course, picture frames.

VITTSJO SHELVING UNIT

at a whopping 200 cm wide (each) our 2 Vittsjo book cases take up the whole wall in our dining area. these mammoth shelves are packed full of our books, art supplies and decoratives. their open metal and glass design helps them from feeling too imposing though, and lets the wall colour behind peak through.

RYSSBY 2014 STORAGE BENCH

ryssby bench

storage + bench? i was sold! possibly one of my most impulsive IKEA furniture purchases, I found out this pine bench was on sale while shopping around and ran to get a cart to put it in. (heaven forbid someone buy the dozen that were in stock while I finished looking around). we use it to store cozy blankets for the winter, and as extra seating for dinner guests.

Interested in learning more about our IKEA adventures? Let me know!

– KM

cherry blossoms II | city snapshot

blossom3 @ high park

blossom4 @ high park

Cherry blossoms from High Park, Toronto.

– KM

cherry blossoms | city snapshop

blossom @ high park

Cherry blossoms from High Park, Toronto.

– KM

so I moved and then I moved again

from guelph, to guelph and now toronto! it’s been a busy 6 months but after 2 moves we are finally settled in our new home.

– KM

air roots | at home snapshot

I am in love with the worn out texture of these roots! the Phal orchids I have are so funny with their old-man roots and glossy fresh leaves.

air roots | monstermonster

– KM

braided texture | at home snapshot

About 4 months ago I moved, and one of the first projects was a new light fixture with a braided cord.

braided cords | monstermonster– KM

 

candles by you | diy home roundup

Candles! No matter the season, I love them. In the winter they’re perfect to take off the chill and add warm light. In the summer they make our long summer days last just that little bit longer when they light up patios and balconies.

Rooting through my link collection I’ve rounded up my favourite diy candle projects. There is something for everyone here! From natural beeswax, to pretty painted pots and industrial copper, I see a lot more homemade candles in my life.

diy candles on monstermonster

  1. homemade beeswax candles | a beautiful mess
  2. diy faux speckled candles | almost makes perfect
  3. diy copper candle | the merry thought
  4. scented soy candles | paper & stitch
  5. diy pink mason jar candles | hello natural

– KM

bougainvillea | at home snapshot

hello! it has been too long.

bougainvillea | monstermonsterblog

bougainvillea | monstermonsterblog

thank you for stopping by.

– KM

littlest squish squash | at home snapshot

Squish squash! Or is it a pear? Either way it’s cute and made for me by my lovely sister!

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– KM

puppy cuteness | at home snapshot

November is here and snow is in the air!

Over the past couple of weeks I’ve been busy helping pet-sit (more like pet-snuggle!) the very cute Sasha. Still very much a puppy, she has been excellent practice for photographing a moving target.

puppy cuteness monsteronster blog sasha on monstermonsterblog

 

– KM

glitter bomb | Nuit Blanche Toronto snapshot

What’s better than glitter? Not much when it comes to putting a smile on my face! (from Nuit Blanche) Happy First Year on WordPress!

glitter bomb monstermonster

– KM

running wild in the big city | Nuit Blanche Toronto snapshots

This month, for one night (and one night only) Toronto was lit up with the exhibitions of Nuit Blanche. This all-night art-fest is something we decided at the last minute to visit, and we’re glad that we did.

While it was tricky to grab photos amongst the huge crowds, I did take a few pictures I would like to share.

globes nuit blanche monstermonster

street art nuit blanche monstermonster

glitter skull nuit blanche monstermonster

– KM

 

blue bird | watercolor practice

Another watercolor practice by yours truly. I think I’m starting to get better at this!

bird on monstermonster

– KM

mini eggs, from a quail | at home snapshot

A couple of weeks ago, my brilliant sister brought quail eggs over that she had picked up from an Asian grocer.

quail egg on monstermonsterblog

This tiny eggs have an incredible speckled pattern, and some even have a blueish tinge inside the shell. Lovely!mini egg on monstermonsterblog

– KM

half of a pair of pears | watercolour practice

Want to master watercolours? Practice, practice, practice.

I’m very pleased with this one!

pear on monstermonster

– KM

first flower | watercolour practice

Watercolour may be my favourite painting medium but I find that it is one of the most difficult. The best way to learn? Practice, practice and practice.

This is the first watercolour practice that I liked. Please enjoy.

flower on monstermonster

 

-KM

just a hint of colour | at home snapshot

As I mentioned in yesterday’s post, I have resumed learning to paint with watercolours. One of the things I love most, is the beautiful translucent tint of the water as your rinse your brushes. Too pretty!

hint of tint on monstermonster

 

– KM

watercolors | at home snapshot

This month I picked up my watercolors again, and I have been trying my hand in a formal class. It’s difficult but I am getting the hang of it and love working with this medium.

watercolors pallette on monstermonsterblog

– KM

little succulent | at home snapshot

my, how the weeks fly!

please enjoy this little succulent I snapped on my boyfriend’s windowsill. basking in one of the last warm days this year, I’m sure. *sigh*

succulent on monstermonsterblog

– KM