• A Portrait of my Nana in 1942

    February 1, 2018 Kate

    I mean, wow. I don’t think I need to explain how good this is. What’s this development style called? The wash of colour of stunning. I’ve never seen a portrait of my Nana like this. Something about it—maybe it’s her gaze or the curve of her back—has really struck me. I can’t find a date…

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  • My Great-Grandmother’s Charmion Lever Watch

    January 25, 2018 Kate

    I’m told that if you saw Hannah (my great-grandmother) you could bet on your life she was wearing this watch. That, and she’d have a left ring finger stacked with rings. In every picture I’ve seen of her that proves to be true. She died in 1978 and we’re guessing she got this watch in…

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  • A Buttercup For My Thirteenth Birthday

    January 18, 2018 Kate

    Note to (future) self. A reminder of what’s important. Because if anyone knows what’s right for me, it’s her. SaveSave

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  • My Mum’s Vintage 1950s Peter Rabbit Toy from England

    January 11, 2018 Kate

    Well will you look at this. My Mum’s very own stuffed Peter Rabbit toy from England, looking remarkably dapper given his age. Her English Grandparents mailed it to her in the early 1950s. The tag says it’s made by “Chiltern Hygienic Toys” (so glad they specified?!) and the inside actually looks like it may be…

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  • The Great Family History Project… Continues!

    December 25, 2017 Kate

    And so it continues! Thirty-six Christmases later. The Great Family History Project, or so it shall be named until I come up with something better. My Aunty Cathy started the immense task of compiling decades (centuries?) of family history back in the 70s. Not only figuring out who came from where and what they did,…

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  • My First Camera, an Exercise in Nostalgia

    October 30, 2017 Kate

    I’m flying to New York City this morning. !!! New York! I couldn’t be more jazzed. I love this city. I love the people, I love how busy it is, I love how bad it smells. I love it’s endlessness. This was the first place I ever travelled to. My first time out of the…

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  • The Family Farm in Preeceville, Saskatchewan

    December 15, 2016 Kate

    I know you’ve been on the edge of your chairs waiting for this since that first post about Preeceville Saskatchewan a few months ago, so without (even) further ado, here it is… Visiting Preeceville was one of the primary reasons for my Mum and I’s trip out West this past summer. As I mentioned, it’s where my…

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  • Carl Larsson Cards

    December 13, 2016 Kate

    You know the stack of miscelaneous greeting cards all Mums have somewhere in their house? Ya. Turns out, you can find some pretty good stuff in there. Like these — picked up at The Swedish Christmas is Toronto many (20?) years ago. They’re prints of Carl Larsson paintings. He was a rather famous Swedish artist (1853-1919)…

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  • Aunt Lilly’s 1920s Party Dress

    November 21, 2016 Kate

    My great-aunt Lilly, all dolled up for what I can only assume was a very special evening. I’m sorry to say I can’t tell you anything about that night. I can’t tell you what the occasion was or where this was taken. But what I can do is show you the dress. That’s right, nearly a…

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  • A Mum Made Costume, Halloween 1995

    October 31, 2016 Kate

    Let’s talk Halloween. Specifically, Halloween 1995. My Mum made all of my costumes when I was little (check out 1993 an 1994 here) but this one was my favourite. A floor length fairy gown in watermarked taffeta, complete with silk flowers on the bodice and a sparkly crown. Sigh…. It was magical—the rustling sound it made when I twirled, the way…

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