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Always Sunny

Always Sunny | Sophster-Toaster

We were recently up at the cottage with some of the best weather I’ve ever seen there. I’ve been going up to my husband’s family cottage for almost a decade now and this was the first time we’ve been up during a summer heat wave and not for the cold and rainy spell right before or after. The weather was hot, sunny and gorgeous everyday but one out of the trip, making this regular, water-based ink version of my Hello Sunshine Tee the perfect thing to wear as we lounged by the lake.

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Shorts ModCloth
Sunglasses ModCloth
Shoes Old Navy

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All photos by Matt Harrison.

The Cat’s Meow Dress

The Cat's Meow Dress | Sophster-Toaster

I was half way through making the sample for the new Cat’s Meow Dress when I realized I was deigning my first could-be wedding dress. I had it in mind all along as a dress the could be dressed up and go more formal, giving it a longer hemline and adding delicate lace trim and topstitching details to the bodice, but didn’t clue in to its potential until I was holding a quirky, yet elegant white dress in my hands. The funny thing is, this is almost exactly the type of dress I had in mind when I was dreaming of a small, courthouse wedding before my husband and I ultimately decided to go with an intimate garden ceremony instead. I think it’s quite charming paired with the same shoes, gloves and earrings I wore to my own wedding!

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Petticoat ModCloth (in white)
Shoes ModCloth
Gloves Antique Warehouse
Earrings & Necklace old

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All photos by me.

River Mermaid

River Mermaid | Sophster-Toaster Blog

I love living where I do in the Niagara Region of Canada. I’ve always loved being near water and I’m so happy to live so much closer to the great lakes than where I grew up. When I was a kid, I would see them every couple of weekends in the summer, now I could go see Lake Ontario whenever I want. I also love that I live two blocks and a short hike down a small ravine from a stretch of water that was originally a small creek, historically a shipping canal, and now a large river flowing into a small delta before meeting Lake Ontario.

This creek is one of my favourite places in the whole city to visit because it offers so many different types of water eco-systems. Like most of the waterways currently cutting through the city, it’s a remnant of the city’s industrial legacy, so the point where I always begin my explorations is an old, decayed and long forgotten lock from when the creek was dug out and transformed into a now-obsolete portion of the first Welland Canal in 1831 . The water here is deep, cold and thunderous with dangerous, quick moving rapids but if you walk a little further down, the water widens and slows into a calm looking river that nature has almost fully reclaimed from it’s significant nautical past. As a result of the river’s past life as a canal, the area is littered with small reservoirs and spillways for the operation of the canal that have now become little ponds, teeming with fish, frogs, ducks, geese, turtles and beavers. As you hike up the incline of the old railway, now converted to a walking path, you get a spectacular view of the delta wetlands that this river gracefully transitions into before flowing into Lake Ontario.

River Mermaid | Sophster-Toaster Blog

The whole hike takes about an hour from bottom to top and back again. Since it’s in the middle of the city, the path comes out into a light commercial area with a Starbucks about a block away. Pepper, the husband and I love walking the trail on sunny Saturday mornings and stopping in for a tea, coffee and puppuccino before heading back home.

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Sweater ModCloth
Shorts ModCloth
Socks McGregor Socks
Shoes Keds
Earrings street vendor in Panama
Necklace gift

Photos by me and Matt Harrison.

T-shirt Weather

T-shirt Weather | Sophster-Toaster Blog

It finally feels like spring is here in Canada. There’s a still a bit of snow kicking around in the shadows, but it looks like we’ve seen the last of the under 5°C days. After a very long and drawn-out winter, it seems like we’re jumping right into late spring/early summer. It’s officially safe to put our boots and shovels away and pull out the sundresses and lawn chairs. It’s perfect timing, since my first t-shirts of the spring/summer season are just coming out and my first market of the season is this weekend!

I’m so excited about my first new screen print shirts of the year! I hooked up with an amazing North American made t-shirt brand for my nostalgic, double binding ringer tee and paired it with classic Cooper Black for a fun vintage vibe. I used a really neat UV ink that looks nearly invisible indoors but shows up the second you walk out into the sunshine! I had so much fun wearing this shirt around and seeing how the ink responded. I’m also planning to make a regular ink version in the same golden yellow colour for a lower price-point tee for anyone who likes the print so much, they want it to show all the time.

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T-shirt Sophster-Toaster
Jeans ModCloth
Socks ModCloth
Shoes Keds
Earrings Nicole Gagnon / Craft Arts Market
Sunglasses The Bay

All photos by me.

Come shop my tees in person, this weekend, at the Etsy: Made in Canada: Niagara Spring Market!