littlest squish squash | at home snapshot

Squish squash! Or is it a pear? Either way it’s cute and made for me by my lovely sister!

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– KM

puppy cuteness | at home snapshot

November is here and snow is in the air!

Over the past couple of weeks I’ve been busy helping pet-sit (more like pet-snuggle!) the very cute Sasha. Still very much a puppy, she has been excellent practice for photographing a moving target.

puppy cuteness monsteronster blog sasha on monstermonsterblog

 

– KM

glitter bomb | Nuit Blanche Toronto snapshot

What’s better than glitter? Not much when it comes to putting a smile on my face! (from Nuit Blanche) Happy First Year on WordPress!

glitter bomb monstermonster

– KM

running wild in the big city | Nuit Blanche Toronto snapshots

This month, for one night (and one night only) Toronto was lit up with the exhibitions of Nuit Blanche. This all-night art-fest is something we decided at the last minute to visit, and we’re glad that we did.

While it was tricky to grab photos amongst the huge crowds, I did take a few pictures I would like to share.

globes nuit blanche monstermonster

street art nuit blanche monstermonster

glitter skull nuit blanche monstermonster

– KM

 

blue bird | watercolor practice

Another watercolor practice by yours truly. I think I’m starting to get better at this!

bird on monstermonster

– KM

mini eggs, from a quail | at home snapshot

A couple of weeks ago, my brilliant sister brought quail eggs over that she had picked up from an Asian grocer.

quail egg on monstermonsterblog

This tiny eggs have an incredible speckled pattern, and some even have a blueish tinge inside the shell. Lovely!mini egg on monstermonsterblog

– KM

half of a pair of pears | watercolour practice

Want to master watercolours? Practice, practice, practice.

I’m very pleased with this one!

pear on monstermonster

– KM

first flower | watercolour practice

Watercolour may be my favourite painting medium but I find that it is one of the most difficult. The best way to learn? Practice, practice and practice.

This is the first watercolour practice that I liked. Please enjoy.

flower on monstermonster

 

-KM

just a hint of colour | at home snapshot

As I mentioned in yesterday’s post, I have resumed learning to paint with watercolours. One of the things I love most, is the beautiful translucent tint of the water as your rinse your brushes. Too pretty!

hint of tint on monstermonster

 

– KM

watercolors | at home snapshot

This month I picked up my watercolors again, and I have been trying my hand in a formal class. It’s difficult but I am getting the hang of it and love working with this medium.

watercolors pallette on monstermonsterblog

– KM

little succulent | at home snapshot

my, how the weeks fly!

please enjoy this little succulent I snapped on my boyfriend’s windowsill. basking in one of the last warm days this year, I’m sure. *sigh*

succulent on monstermonsterblog

– KM

inside the Osage Orange | at home snapshot

Remember the Osage Orange I found last weekend? Well, I decided before composting it, I had to know what it looked like on the inside.

Check it out!

osage orange monstermonsterblog

osage orange monstermonster

– KM

 

Maclura pomifera | at home snapshot

This past weekend I wandered through Guelph’s Arboretum and found the strangest fruit.

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After some digging online, I found out this comes from a Maclura pomifera tree and is commonly knows as the Osage orange or hedge apple among other things.

Gosh, isn’t nature nifty?

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– KM

coasters by you | diy home roundup

Feeling a little restless, I starting thinking about moving apartments to shake things up. Then maybe just upgrading my furniture, and then after realizing I haven’t the funds for either of those things, I looked into switching up some of my accessories when I came to the (tiny) realization that I’m missing a key accessory, coasters!

How could I have missed this accessory opportunity for so long? Silly me.

Looking to correct this horrendous (joking) wrong, I have been scouring the interwebs for the perfect coasters to make.

Here a some of my frontrunners:

coasters monstermonsterblog

  1.  cement coasters with gold accents | a daily something
  2. color theory coasters | for the makers
  3. geometric leather coasters | design*sponge
  4. marbled tile coasters | design*sponge
  5. ombre leather coasters | almost makes perfect
  6. it’s recession time cork coasters | my dubio

Have you ever made coasters for your home? What’s your favourite material to use? Did they hold-up over time? I’d love to know!

– KM

new air plants | at home snapshot

A trio of air plants for me!

air plant hammered bowl monstermonster

air plant monstermonster

These air plants, or formally Epiphytes, are ones I’ve had my eye on for some time. Cross your fingers that they thrive for me as well as my orchids.

air plants monstermonster

-KM

more long exposures from the midway | CNE snapsnots

A few more of the long exposures from the CNE midway to go with the snapshots I posted earlier this week.

I hope you enjoy!

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– KM

long exposure on the midway | CNE snapsnot

To round out a lovely summer, I spent last Saturday at the CNE in Toronto. The CNE holds a certain magical quality for me because it is where my boyfriend and I had our first unofficial date. (I’m a little sentimental about these things.)

While we were there, I put most of my photo energy into capturing the midway rides after dark. Any type of night photography is new for me, and I had a lot of fun learning and playing with the exposures.

Please enjoy a few of my favourite snapshots.

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– KM

moss and tiny trees | algonquin provincial park snapshot

the last few photos from my Algonquin trip. please enjoy! 

fuzzy monstermonster

 

yellow

youngest trees monstermonsterblog– KM

 

rugged landscape | algonquin provincial park snapshot

as mentioned in yesterday’s post, I spent last weekend in Algonquin. Here is another photo from the adventure. 

rugged landscapes monstermonster

 – KM

mushroom | algonquin provincial park snapshot

Last weekend I paddled my way into Algonquin park for an exceptional adventure. While the trip was soggier than we would have preferred, I still managed to grab a few pictures along the way. 

Please enjoy this snapshot from the trip.

algonquin mushroom monstermonsterblog– KM

 

foliage | long point provincial park snapshot

Continuing with the series of Long Point snapshots, please enjoy!

foliage monstermonster

If you have any questions about Long Point Provincial Park, please ask away. It’s an incredible park that I look forward to visiting every year.

– KM

soft & warm | long point provincial park snapshot

As mentioned in the previous post, I spent last weekend in Long Point Provincial Park. While we were there, my sister was crocheting the softest, prettiest hat and I couldn’t resist!

soft monstermonsterblog

– KM

wild flowers | long point provincial park snapshot

Last weekend I celebrated the Holiday Long-weekend at Long Point Provincial Park. Surrounded by family and our oldest friends, it was a wonderful break from the norm.

Please enjoy this snapshot from the trip.

wild flowers monstermonsterblog

– KM

comfort food cravings | recipe collection

well, it got me. the rare flu bug that strikes in the middle of summer when the weather is beautiful and warm. I want to eat all of these beautiful carb-filled treats and hopefully I will be able to soon!

comforting carbs

  1. spanakopita strudels | alexandra cooks
  2. simple poached egg and avocado toast | pinch of yum
  3. one-eyed sandwich | food52
  4. white pizza grilled cheese | how sweet it is
  5. oven baked mozzarella sticks | creme de la crumb

– KM