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Hello, My Name Is Nicole. . .

hello my name is Nicole, blog tag, the artyologist

In case you forgot what I look like, you can look at this one, or every other picture on this blog.

Devinne from Mox and Socks tagged me in a “Get to Know Me, 4 Things” blogger tag started by Ruffles and Grace!

I know I have some new readers lately, so this is perfect timing to say “Hi” to y’all and let you get to know me a little bit better ūüôā¬†None of these are deep questions, but more like little known facts. I was always one of those people 10 years ago who would send out those “get to know your friends better” spammy emails to all of my friends and drive them crazy, so it’s kind of fun to do it again! Read on to find out some random facts about me.

Four places I have lived

  • I have spent the entirety of my life in Alberta, Canada hopping between: the suburbs of Calgary, acreages outside of Calgary, the city of¬†Grande Prairie (8 years with my family, and 1 year with two roommates in a townhouse), and now east of Edmonton, on another acreage. We just like acreages.

hi my name is nicole- image of graineries, the artyologist

Four places I have visited

  • Camping across the Yukon Territory (almost every summer growing up), Vancouver Island, in a lovely¬†house on the beach, Last summer in England, in a cottage in the village of Stow-on-the-Wold. (You can see some of that trip here.)¬†And well, as far as traveling¬†goes, that is pretty much it. I tend to stay pretty close to home ūüôā
places I have visited- england, the artyologist

Trip to England, Sudeley Castle, in 2015

Four TV shows I watch

  • I don’t have TV, so any shows I watch are once they come out on DVD. I love a lot of old shows, and British shows.¬†So, the four that I can think of off the top of my head would be: Foyle’s War, Columbo, Get Smart and Call the Midwife.¬†What a strange mix of murder, drama¬†and comedy! ūüôā

Four of my favourite foods

  • How can I choose? Four that I can think of off the top of my head are Curry, Pasta and Meatsauce (as long as it has lots of vegetables in it), Spicy Sriracha Shrimp and Noodle Soup,¬†and Black Forest Cheesecake (which I have almost every year on my birthday!)
my favourite foods spicy soup, the artyologist

Spicy Sriracha Shrimp and Noodle Soup

Four things I like to drink

  • Tea (too many times a day), Water- in order to counteract the intake of tea ūüôā Eis Shokolade (which is a German drink of chilled hot chocolate poured over gelato), and Stewart’s Lime Soda, which tastes like a lime creamsicle.
tea a perfect combination, the artyologist

The perfect combination: tea, a sweet and a good book

Four pet peeves

  • People chewing loudly, people chewing with their mouths open, double standards, people not cleaning up after themselves or just messes in general. I am a neat freak!

Four wacky or odd things about me:

  • Well, I consider nothing about myself to be wacky or odd. . . ¬†haha. . . just kidding. Maybe that, despite the fact that I seem like such a girly girl (and I am really), I know almost everything there is to know about installing tile and have done several installations myself too. I worked in a tile store and learned about the whole industry. Which was also pretty funny, as I wore vintage style skirts and dresses to work, which just confused people as it was kind of warehouse environment (like Home Depot). But I wear skirts and dresses most days- which lots of people consider odd, and¬†I just consider comfortable. So that’s two odd things. Two more would be: Despite the fact that I am an adult (am I?) my last Christmas gift was a Barbie. But it was the vintage reproduction one, so that kind of makes sense? And, maybe the fact that I like old things better than new things. Almost always. But even though lots of people consider that odd,¬†I don’t, and I am sure many of my¬†fellow vintage lovers would agree ūüôā¬†. . .
tiled bathroom, the artyologist

The bathroom I tiled for my parents

So. There you have it!

Now to tag some more ladies to take part, if they would like to. And if you would like to introduce yourself, feel free to comment leaving¬†your answers below ūüôā I’d love to meet you too!

Sarah of Just a Little Prayer

Jessica of Zella Maybe

Carmen of Vintage Dream Blog

Jessica of Chronically Vintage

Life Lately: In Photos

Life Lately: In Photos, The Artyologist - Canola in Full Bloom

(Alberta: Canola in bright, sunshine-filled bloom)

We are a culture surrounded by and immersed in images and photos everywhere we look. Advertisements, magazines and social media: a constant influx of images. Everyone is a photographer, and each one is documenting the world they see around them, the way they see it.  I love how these little snapshots are being captured and catalogued. They are memories of a moment in time.

I have always been a person who takes photos daily. I used to carry around my little point and shoot film camera, always hoping for that special photograph I knew was waiting for me. A few years ago, I even challenged myself to a “Photo a Day” challenge: sometimes taking photos of the beautiful, sometimes of the mundane. Today, I don’t always carry my real¬†camera with me, but I have¬†one in my phone (as many of us do) and so I always have it ready to capture an experience, or something interesting.¬†Do the photos I take¬†need to be perfect and professional? Do I need to have a “purpose” for the photo? Do I have¬†to share them on my blog or on Instagram? No. Sometimes it’s just nice to look back and think- “Oh yes,¬†remember that time?” Or, “When did such and such happen”, and you have a picture to refresh your memory. Sometimes the photo serves no purpose, but to be there¬†and bring a smile to your face. And really that is all they need to be. Snapshots; offering a¬†glimpse into one little moment that was, no¬†matter how fleeting it may have been.

So, here are some photos, taken over the last month or so. Not related to anything, or related to each other, but I like¬†them nonetheless.¬†Do you take “purposeless” photos too?

Life Lately: In Photos, The Artyologist -Nature

berry picking, my Grandma’s beautiful rosebush & so¬†many mushrooms this wet year

Life Lately: In Photos, The Artyologist - Bouquet and Country Lane

a weedy clover bouquet & my favourite country lane near my house

Life Lately: In Photos, The Artyologist - Domestic Arts

books read/reading (we are reading Little Dorrit aloud, as Dickens was meant to be)

baking, tea- always tea & the latest sewing refashioning project

Life Lately: In Photos, The Artyologist - Berry Picking and Hosta Leaf

berry picking bounty & after the rain

He is Risen

the artyologist image of grape hyacinths - he is risenChrist is risen! He is risen indeed!

“On the first day of the week, very early in the morning, the women took the spices they had prepared and went to the tomb. They found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they entered, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. While they were wondering about this, suddenly two men in clothes that gleamed like lightning stood beside them. In their fright the women bowed down with their faces to the ground, but the men said to them, ‚ÄúWhy do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here; he has risen! Remember how he told you, while he was still with you in Galilee: ‚ÄėThe Son of Man must be delivered over to the hands of sinners, be crucified and on the third day be raised again.‚Äô‚ÄĮ‚ÄĚ Then they remembered his words.”

Luke 24: 1-8.

May you have a wonderful and blessed Easter!

Beginnings

summer peony

Hello everyone and welcome to my new little corner of the internet! For many years I have followed the blogs of many people, learned so much from what they have shared, and enjoyed the online community Рbut mainly from the outside. I have finally decided that it is time for me to get involved in the online world, and share with you what I have to offer in return.

So, why the artyologist? Well, it seems to be the best way to describe what I want this blog to be: the creative outlet of a vintage loving, artist/photographer, who loves to make & wear 1930’s-1950’s fashions everyday and create¬†a bit of beauty¬†wherever she goes.¬†The¬†play on words with “archeologist” ¬†pretty much sums up my love for all things vintage,¬†and the “arty” sums up my love for¬†creativity.

I’m looking forward¬†to sharing this¬†with you all.

So here is to new beginnings!

-Nicole