Fresh Salad Rolls

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FOOD FOR THE MIND / LUNCH

Processed with VSCOcam with a6 presetMmm, there is nothing better than something so simple and so fresh to fill you up for lunch. These fresh salad spring rolls take mere moments to make. Filled with brown rice noodles, grated carrot, spinach or lettuce and alfalfa sprouts makes for a healthy and satisfying lunch.

Ingredients:

Vietnamese rice rolls

Brown rice noodles

Organic carrots

Organic alfalfa sprouts

Organic spinach or lettuce (chopped)

Method:

To prepare rice sheet for rolling, immerse in warm water for 5 seconds allowing the roll to become soft. Lay out flat and add your brown rice noodles that you’ve cooked in boiling water for only a moment, letting the noodles seperate than add to edge of your roll. Next add your grated carrot, greens and alfalfa (optional) and fold in two edges around veges, and roll together away from your body creating a nice sticky and incredibly fresh salad roll! Choose a dipping sauce and enjoy! I eat mine with a organic thai sauce.

A Morning Boost

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BREAKFAST / FOOD FOR THE MIND

Processed with VSCOcam with a6 presetIf you are looking for a healthy boost in the morning, a nutrition packed smoothie is the way to go! During the warm months there is nothing more satisfying nor good for your body and mind. I like to change up my ingredients all the time but I find berry is my go-to. Packed with antioxidants, protein and enzymes if adding fresh greens. Now that the days are cooling down I will be making a blend in our juicer each morning instead which I will soon share as well. I can’t think of a more beautiful way to start the day.

Mixed Berry:

5 ice cubes

1 cup soy milk

1 scoop protein powder

large pinch chia seeds (filled with energy)

pinch of organic hemp hearts

frozen or fresh mixed berries (strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, cherries, cranberries) anything you like!

1 whole banana

Green Smoothie:

5 ice cubes

1 cup soy milk

1 scoop protein powder

large pinch of chia seeds (packed with energy)

pinch of organic hemp hearts

blueberries and apple

chopped bundle of organic kale

1 whole banana

Method:

Place in blender in same order as read here, blend on smoothie mode and enjoy!

(note: I do not have dairy in my diet so feel free to adjust the milk or juice to suit your own)

Autumn Equinox

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NAMASTE

Processed with VSCOcam with a6 presetWe are in a new phase. The nights longer, the earth harder to the touch and you can feel a chill in the air. It is a time for re-charging, a time for clarity, elevation and a better self. Let go of summers energy and rejoice in this new phase. Set goals for the future. Make food stock for a bountiful winter and re-stock your herbal medicine cabinet. Re-charge your stones, crystals and clean out any essential oils that need it. Repair anything that needs fixing and clean out your fridge and pantry.

Feed your soul with beautiful plant foods. Eat for the mind and soul not just for the body. Think of ways to purge and prepare your home for the months to come. Clear the energy in your home and delve into your shadow side with love and comfort. Write down what you have already accomplished and be thankful for this.

I have been fairly absent from this blog over the past few months and it has given me some time to myself, to re-group and realize how this online journal is serving me. It has gone under some changes as you can see from the layout and soon will from the new content. It will now host a place to share healthy recipes, word inspiration and writings from the heart along my own personal journey. It will be updated much more frequently once again. I welcome you to continue to follow me here, although if this is not the content you’d like to see than I wish you well on your way and thank you for following along thus far. I appreciate each and every one of you.

love + light

While I’ve been away

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NAMASTE / OH DEER SHOP

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I have been having so much fun enjoying summer. BBQ’s with friends, long summer walks, listening too the sometimes earth shattering thunder storms and visiting with family. We’ve still got two more months left of this weather. Me and Sean have been busy busy with our art, painting a ton and I’ve also fallen hard for textiles in a new way. Dying fabrics by hand has become somewhat of a love-affair, it is a truly magical and time consuming process. I started to dye our eco-friendly tote bags and have moved onto sourcing out beautiful organic cotton fabric, it has been an invigorating experience. Currently working on a new collection of wall hangings with an average size of 43″ x 21″. They are soft, hand-dyed and hand-painted. You can find my first small collection at a market here in Calgary Sunday August 10th.

If you are still interested in following me on this life changing journey than please do so through my instagram, as you can find out more of my process and up to date information as I am not spending as much time here on the blog. Instagram has been an amazing tool for connecting with other creatives around the world – as I’m sure most of you already know. We have also transformed a space in our home for my new studio spot, which will be ever evolving i’m sure, you can find it here.

Captivating Plant Life in Tokyo, Japan

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NAMASTE

azuma2 azuma3 azuma4 azuma5 azuma6 azuma7 azuma8 azuma10 azuma9“Flowers are not forever, they last for a certain amount of time and that thought feeds my creativity.” is how Azuma Makoto describes what he loves most – flowers. In Japan there is a famous tradition of flower art called Ikebana and what Asuma creates in his life, everyday job and his passion is so simple and beautiful I instantly fell in love after seeing his work space and the arrangements he creates. His work is like none other that I have seen in the flower and plant industry (but I am not in Japan) which he says you can find some of the most beautiful flowers there is.

Isnt it all so beautiful?

Another one of my favourite parts to this interview -

Are you interested in art in general where works are built for eternity?
No not really, I really feel like flowers are the most beautiful piece of art you can have, especially in our modern society. We don’t really need things to ‘stay’ I think. We have so many things and we want so many things. I am very tired of being surrounded by so many things.

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Oh Deer Shop

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OH DEER SHOP

Processed with VSCOcam with a6 presetProcessed with VSCOcam with a6 preset Processed with VSCOcam with a6 presetThe sun is shining in so beautiful this morning and its supposed to be another warm day, although I’m cherishing every moment because the thunder storms are supposed to be rolling in this long weekend. Unfortunate as it may be, I actually enjoy a thunderstorm as I peer out at it through my window. Thunder storms out here in the prairies are unlike the ones back home on the coast so it’s quite exciting and frightening all at once!

I wanted to share some new pieces to the shop, its gotten a major over-haul and I couldn’t resist sharing. I’m very drawn to natural elements, my designs on the tote bags are inspired by nature and portrayed in a minimal way along with all of the wood I use, either hand-painted or left natural and paired with stones, its a beautiful contrast. I’ve been experimenting with indigo-dye recently. The process is so beautiful, inspired and seeing the outcome, the differences in each piece is thrilling. Ive added a few designs to the etsy shop and I hope you enjoy them. I plan to create even more textile products that are hand-dyed.

This past mothers day, I joined a pop-up market held here in Calgary through Commonwealth Collectors Club. It was a super fun and inspiring event, I’m planning on joining the next one as well, so keep a look out for details and if you’re in Calgary or even Edmonton, it is worth coming to see what’s there and catch-all the good vibes. It feels good to finally be joining Calgary’s art scene, it has after all been almost two years since our move, and its great to be a part of a growing community.

The Eco Product of our Century

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OH DEER SHOP

Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetThe re-useable tote bag has become a staple all around the world. An eco-product of our century, replacing the generic plastic bag used in grocery shops, clothing stores and everywhere else. The tote bag, usually made of cotton or canvas is an ultra durable and natural material that we should all be proud to use in place of plastic. I know I use one on a daily basis, winter through summer, for my everyday essentials such as books, my wallet and small grocery runs. I have built an etsy shop surrounding this wonderful creation.

The medium of art I find myself going back to time and time again is painting, in this case painting tote-bags was my choice for my feature product. I truly believe in this item as it is changing the world in terms of the environment and that is what makes it special. That is what makes it real to myself and hopefully so many others. It’s not just a bag, it’s an eco-product that has changed everything. Painting on this 100% cotton canvas is something I thoroughly enjoy, and I love seeing others ‘toting’ them around, especially ones I have created, it’s a fantastic feeling! Lets all do our small part to save our earth, one tote at a time.

 

A Trip Home

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TRAVEL

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In the midst of the Alberta disasters, we managed to pick our selves up and carry on with our travel plans. We took two days to drive the scenic route back home to Vancouver, for a visit, as always a week-long vacation is never long enough to do all you could do, see all the people you love and never mind getting in all the extras. Never the less it was a fantastic trip, we spent time under the sun with our families, ate incredibly delicious, fresh foods and got some shopping in. One of my favourite parts about Vancouver, is Gastown, that homes heaps of beautifully curated independent shops to sift through, leaving your arms heavy with new goods and your wallet yearning to be re-filled. I didn’t get to visit near as many shops as I would have liked, but I stopped in at a few, making it a point to visit and took some photos of their beautiful space.

I could never go to Vancouver and not visit my absolute favourite shop, Old Faithful, I wish I could have brought back the entire store with me, but I’m fairly certain that gorgeous table, and all those terrariums would never fit into my suitcase. Another shop I had to pop into was Nouvelle Nouvelle, they’ve got a simple aesthetic and I picked up some beautiful new jewelry.

(all images by OH DEER)