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June 10th, 2011

maddenvallis.com – monthly love

AH HA! Did you think I would miss two months!? Not a chance!

A HUGE apology to my lovely friends Matt and Kim: I’ve led them to trust that they would get special BB love on the 10th of every month, and what did I go and do? I forgot last month. Bad, bad friend am I. Love me still? :)

To make up for it I will share LOTS of M+K pics today, all based around my favorite spring/summer 2011 color: YELLOW!yellow barnyellow dykesyellow vineyard

See, this is the thing about Nova Scotia and the country side: dandelions can be a thing of beauty! I’ll always remember while growing up driving past the old church out in East Bay (ya with me Matt and Kim?) and seeing a field full of dandelions, and thinking never have I seen a more stunning expanse of *weeds*. I get that they are parasites for lawns ’round the world, but when you see ’em en masse like that, you can’t deny that yellow, sunny beauty.yellow houseyellow barn2yellow shoes

If you’ve ever seen the commercials for the maritime provinces, you’ll have noticed that we like to take a cue from Mother Nature’s color palette and splash our houses, boats, and lives with her bright colors.yellow canoeyellow shopyellow bus

Isn’t it great how Matt and Kim capture the happiness that is *yellow* against the epic, mysterious beauty that is Nova Scotia? There is something both stirring and settling about the juxtaposition. And although I don’t know how they manage to capture this perfect balance, I sure am happy that they do.yellow house2

Check out all of Matt and Kim’s work at their website!

all images by Matt and Kim Madden.

February 14th, 2011

pink and purple and love, oh my!

Happy Valentine’s Day! We’re in the homestretch now; we have almost completed our six straight days of posts revolving around all things love. After this, I will drop off the face of the earth, never to be seen again… juuuust kidding!pink storyanne murray collage

Today’s post is brought to you by the color PINK!hugs

And the color CUTE!kitty wide

Cute is not a color you say? Well on Valentine’s Day, anything is possible!

Seriously, how sweet is that kittah!? Another gift from the generous Ace! She is a *piggy* bank (the cat, not Ace…), and the living, breathing cats of our household often get jealous of her. Especially when I drop toonies into her.cute kitty

And some may argue, but purple has a special place in the day of love too. Rich and luxurious, it’s pink’s sexier older brother. Rawr!purple story

Wanna know what else is sexy? V+J circa 2002!V+J

Even I can’t help but say *SO SWEET!* Who are those little kids!? I have had this picture in this frame pretty much since that time (before there was a V+J!), and it’s followed me around from dorm room to apartment to, finally, our home together.

You and me baby, it’s kismet. xo

February 12th, 2011

a darker side of love

Ok, so we’re gonna take a hard left turn with our Valentine’s inspiration today. While I was running around the house like a crazy person, collecting anything resembling red, pink, purple, or romantic-y, I happened upon this bad-ass collection of all things red. It didn’t really dawn on me until Jeff walked into the kitchen and said, “That’s the most unromantic collection of Valentine’s inspiration I’ve ever seen”.red shot

Granted empty beer bottles, warped records, matches…west side story

…and everyone’s favorite pick-me-up story of 1984 isn’t exaaaactly veering on the side of romance, but you can’t argue against that fact that red is the color of love.

And there is certainly hidden love in this color story! Although ridden with tragedy, West Side Story carries the theme of forbidden but undeniable love. And there is some love under Big Brother’s watch in 1984! I should know: I acted it out for an English project in high school. And although just an empty beer bottle to most, Belle-Vue Kriek was a staple in my and Jeff’s early days of courting, and I keep this one as a memento of that time. Awww!1984

Stepping away from some of the not-so-obvious displays of love, I decided to build a vignette around something that everyone knows my love for: DESIGN!design vignette

Color stories with design elements are a breeze: you always have a jump off point with paint swatches, markers and crayons in a crazy range of colors only deepen the palette, and there are plenty of items to use as accents of white (mmmm…. white.).shades of pinkmeasure of love

So that is all for today’s installment of Valentine’s 2011. Maybe the rougher and more practical inspiration will strike a chord in you (if frilly and frou-frou isn’t your thing), and send you into Valentine’s Day with dark, roaring passion. Ooh-la-la!

By the way, keeping with the dark side of love, Jeff and I have a V-day line up of movies that honor both sides of our “loves”: rom-com Valentine’s Day, but also My Bloody Valentine, the original 1981 horror flick which was filmed in Sydney Mines, Cape Breton! It was remade as a 3D movie in 2009 (also awesome), but trust me, check out the original… a sure-fire way to get your sweetheart to snuggle in close to you ;)

xo

February 9th, 2011

days of love

Well hellooooo! Miss me? I know, I know, I’ve been absent and unpredictable at best. The only thing I can chalk it up to is having a serious case of Canadian city-locked winter blues, and being a little under inspired. My Canadian sisters and brothers, I can feel your empathy from here. Thank you :)

However, as I shouted from the rooftops (and hootsuite) last night, I have been bitten by the inspiration bug. Or maybe rather hit by Cupid’s arrow, as my inspiration this week came from… VALENTINE’S DAY! Love it or hate it, Valentine’s Day centers around all things pink, red, sweet, and sensual, and that my friends has inspiration written all over for me.

The idea was to just do a post on my Valentine’s Day crafting. I wanted to add a little *love* to our nest, without going too over the top with the campy-campiness of the holiday. Before I started, I decided to photograph some inspiration to get me in the Valentine’s/crafty mood. One vignette turned into many, and now I share with you the first of six days of V-day inspiration (well, five days, as tomorrow is reserved for Kim and Matt. Hollah!)!

I started with my pink mini eggs.mini eggs

Lady agreed that it was a very good place to start.eggs and lady

Next, a little pink bubbly.bubblypink bubbly

Lady also agreed with this but Ziggy was getting jealous of her being heavily featured on the blog.

So I moved on to a scene out of kittens’ reach: some lovely old antiques.vintage vignette

The typewriter, candelabra, and milk glass vase were all roadside scores (yeeees!), the Betty Crocker cookbook is from Ethel down in Leslieville (I still have to post on that adventure!), and that drawing of the girl and her dog is from my childhood bedroom. I know there is a story around it, but it’s not coming to mind. Mama, can you elaborate?vintage vignette two

Keeping with the vintage, I pulled out some old CHFI records I found (also on the side of the road); just tell me that album front isn’t exactly what you want your Valentine’s day to look like. I can’t get enough of it. So I photographed all four volumes together.recordfour records

Ha! There are actually some great tunes on these.

And there you have it, a little Valentine’s inspiration! Oh, the actual crafts for which I was seeking the inspiration? Well, you’ll just have to check back in the days to come.

It’s good to be back :) xo