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So the wunderkind has returned from the Great White North… a while ago. The trip was great and since then so much has happened! I’ve got a new laptop, and although putting my photos on my computer is ridiculously quick with the SD card reader, it took a while for me to transfer my photos to flickr because our wireless didn’t really work and the days kept flying by.

Some highlights from my trip:

Nature!
nature

Friends!
mini-reunion

Family!
My Mom and Aunts

A big fish!
salmon collage

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Pile of discarded antlers in Whitehorse, Yukon, by KokoSnaps
I apologize for the blog-silence. I don’t really have much of an excuse aside from the fact that I’ve been working a bunch and when I get home the last thing I want to do is listen to my loud PC hum at me while I wait for programs to load.

This weekend I am headed to the GWN (The Great White North!) to visit my parents. Contrary to popular belief, Whitehorse, Yukon, isn’t snow-covered year-round. In fact, it is often warmer there during the summer than in the rest of the country. The heavens must have heard that I was on my way and decided to start the rain this week, with no plans of stopping. I was hoping to spend a bunch of time on my parents’ deck in the hammock, reading or crocheting, but it looks like I’ll probably be doing that from the comfort of the couch in the living room instead. My dad sent me an MMS message to show me what awaits my arrival, this was taken on the back deck, when it was 32 C in the shade:
empty glass
One of the other things I’d like to do, rain or shine, is collect wonderful Yukon-ey stuff for my big city friends (it’s true, they exist). Some need (I use this term interchangeably with WANT) things for their collections of natural curiosities, and others for crafty endeavours. One material that is so hot hot hot here is antlers. One could argue that this trend has passed, but I don’t think it ever got big enough to be played out (comments please?)
Check out this cast-ceramic version of an antler chandelier by Brooklyn-based designer Jason Miller. Here it is in an amazing AT house tour:
Brenden & Shannon's pint-sized pad, from ApartmentTherapy.com
Vintage antlers are pretty popular too, especially in a flea-market chic decor. I spotted this set, used as a hat rack, in a vintage shop on Queen W near Roncesvalles (hard to see is the 90$ price tag).
expensive hat rack

So, any other requests for cool things from the Yukon? I will be taking photos of the airport (?!?) for Craig, picking up antlers for Sarah & Becky, and a little bit of everything for Chris.

Last summer was Japan. Next I’d really love to spend some time in Sweden. I probably won’t be able to make it until next fall, 2010, but until then, I’ll peruse the photos in this great guide to Stockholm’s crafty places from craftzine.com‘s Travel Crafty series.
A basket of trim for sale at Folckers, by Sabrina Gschwandtner, craftzine.com
A basket of trim for sale at Folckers, by Sabrina Gschwandtner, craftzine.com

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