Salvation Mountain

Salvation Mountain

Leonard Knight spent 28 years building, Salvation Mountain, a self-funded tribute to god using adobe clay, hay and donated paint. He lived on-site in the back of a truck, building or patching his mountain daily. Salvation Mountain is proof positive that love and faith – some may even say, madness – compels people to do wonderful and inspiring things. Visiting Salvation Mountain was as moving as seeing Gaudi’s La Sagrada Familia or Michelangelo’s Sistene Chapel ceiling – even more so knowing that it was built in our lifetime by one man with no institutional funding. It’s truly an inspiration. This was Luna’s favorite stop on our Palm Springs trip. She happily calls it the “Rainbow Mountain”. The mountain’s vibrant rainbow of colors creates a striking contrast against the desolation of the surrounding desert. Nearby is Slab City, an off-the-grid community of desert residents and part-time RV snowbirds. I first learned of Slab City and Salvation Mountain from Sean Penn’s 2007 film, Into The Wild. In act two of the the film, Christopher McCandless, the disenfranchised protagonist travels to Slab City and finds a like-minded community who, like himself, have rejected mainstream culture. There’s a scene in the film where the real Leonard Knight impassionately explains his message of love to the films characters. Leonard’s message of love, transcending religion, reaches out to everyone. I was moved by the scene. Years later, I had forgotten about the mountain until seeing beautiful images from adventure-seeking desert travelers on Instagram. We felt compelled to make a pilgrimage to experience it ourselves. Climbing the rainbow-covered slopes was a magical adventure. Luna, free of...
Salton City – Salton Sea

Salton City – Salton Sea

Salton City, once a booming lakeside resort town in the Salton Sea, is now sparsely populated and desolate. The only remaining evidence of the beach boom is a road glamorously named “Yacht Club Drive”. The drive is two large lanes running east and west divided by a once landscaped median. The Salton City developers obviously planned for lots of traffic but now the road leads literally to nowhere. At the end of Yacht Club Drive there’s nothing. The Yacht Club, seemingly burned down in a fire, is a modern ruin of concrete foundation and topless burnt palm trees. Strikingly, however, the harsh washed out white beach set against the stark blue sea creates a moody, eerily beautiful scene. Obituaries of the Salton Sea and its environs have been written many times, but the people on its shore in Salton City never have taken them seriously. With the fanaticism of revivalists, many are convinced they live in Southern California`s last frontier, waiting to be discovered-again. – Bill Graves, Chicago...
The New Domestic Design/DIY RoundUp

The New Domestic Design/DIY RoundUp

Splatter Party Invitation Garden Starter Gift Bags Missing Goat Jams Luna’s First Year Birthday Party Loot Bags Place Cards An Artists Kits A/M Birthday Card Christmas Cards 2009 Customized Chocolate Bars Cherry Tomato Gift Box Weekend Art Project Here’s a collection of some of my most favourite DIYs. I also feel lucky to have been able to work with the lovely Heather Cameron of Missing Goat Jams to redesign her delicious jam labels. They are the only jams I eat now. Trust me, they are divine! And those customized chocolate bars, they are so easy to do. Great for party giveaways. Enjoy and happy...
World Reclaimed – Home & Garden Goods

World Reclaimed – Home & Garden Goods

For the past few months, I’ve been busy working on branding World Reclaimed – a home & garden goods from the talented duo Caitlin & Owen of Aloe Designs. It’s been their dream to start up their own online shop with goods Owen makes from reclaimed wood. He recovers materials from Aloe Designs projects and makes beautiful things out of them. It was a fun project to work on. I was responsible for creating a brand for the products (logo, typography & colour expolorations), photography & styling and web design. Caitlin and I worked closely together bouncing ideas from each other & gathering so much inspiration from all things that inspires them. I really love working this closely with clients especially when I know I’m helping them visualize their dream and helping them make it happen. Check out their beautiful goods...
Sancti Spiritus, Cuba

Sancti Spiritus, Cuba

On our way to Trinidad, we made a brief stop at Sancti Spiritus city – one of the best preserved cities in the Caribbean. We walked around and peeked into shops, peoples homes, a hospital and just watched people hang out in the town’s main square. It felt very different from Trinidad. Since it’s a city, you see more cars on the road, kids in school uniforms, people working and other daily routines. Glad we had a chance to visit even if it was...
Traveling With A Toddler

Traveling With A Toddler

Most parents are overwhelmed with the idea of traveling with a toddler. I know I have! The first time we traveled with Luna, I was overwhelmed not knowing what to pack and what I was comfortable leaving behind. If I could, I would pack her whole bedroom! We’ve traveled a few times with Luna since she was born. The first time was when she was 10.5 months old as we took her on a 6 hour airplane ride to Mexico. We did the same trip the year after when she was 1 year old. Then last year at the age of 2, we took her on a 12 hour plane ride to the Philippines. To my surprise, all 3 trips turned out a lot easier than I thought. Most people always wonder what to pack on a long airplane ride. I wondered that myself and wasn’t quite sure what I needed to bring. But here’s a list of what has worked for us that I thought I would share with you. What to pack in your hand carry: Wet wipes. You can never have enough of these. I like to wipe the seat handles, tables, windows & walls (if you have the window seat) and anything I know Luna would touch. People stare at me as I do this but imagine all the germs that stay on the plane! Hand sanitizer. When you’re traveling with a baby or a toddler, you’re allowed to bring liquids. Just squeeze a bit on your wet wipes and start cleaning away. Get rid of those germs! Clothes. If it’s a long overnight flight,...