July, 2012

Handmade Home

Sunday, July 29th, 2012

Rufus’s grandfather was an incredible craftsperson, and his house in the Bay of Fundy is a museum to his beautiful vision. There isn’t a corner of the house that is missing his touch. He did the needlepoint above, and punched an old tin can to make the sconce below it.

He made the quilted pillows on the window seat; he whitewashed all the walls. Even the broom closet is hidden by punched tin.

As I spend my Sunday cleaning and rearranging things in our apartment, I am thinking about the difference between a house and a home. You can pay someone a lot of money to make your house superbly beautiful, but you are the only person who can turn it into a home. No one else can imbue your objects with the life that comes discovering them on your own — from making them, or thrifting them, or inheriting them from someone you love. So today, think about the story that your home tells. I hope it is a joyful, handmade tale.

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Holiday Road

Monday, July 9th, 2012

If you are looking for a place of beauty and magic, look no further than the Bay of Fundy. It never fails to astonish me.


As Lindsey Buckingham once brilliantly sang, “It’s a long way down the holiday road.” Well, the road to Fundy is a long one. But I’d leave home right now and be king of the road, because the destination is like nowhere else in the world. Thank you, Canadian vacation! You always treat me so well.

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