A winter picnic

Sunday, February 27th, 2011

paper snowflakes, lindsay zier-vogel

If there’s one thing I love more than anything, it’s picnicking. But in mid-January, picnic season feels just so far away and I decided couldn’t wait…so I threw a winter picnic!

We all bundled up and spread blankets over Thermarests and drank hot chocolate from thermoses complete with three different flavours of homemade marshmallows (almond butter, plain and chai). We ate gingerbread mittens and cakepops (no need to even remove mitts!) and delectable homemade paté.

And there were lootbags, complete with kazoos, pennant flags, gingerbread s’mores and gold star stickers (which happened to be the biggest hit of all!)

More about the papery treats on the Paper Place blog…

Cheerleading and tulips

Tuesday, February 22nd, 2011

february perspective

Sometimes reminders and tulips are key…

Also key, letters in the mail and toboggans and inventing recipes for chocolate-whisky cake…

Oh February

Sunday, February 20th, 2011

Oh February, you curious, difficult month, you.

aster, france, lindsay zier-vogel

This is my first year in over ten that I haven’t gone on an adventure – in the past, I’ve spent this grey dreary month hiking down the Grand Canyon, biking around Key West, Florida, with a big wicker basket, dropping love letters around Washington, D.C., marvelling at the book arts in NYC (and seeing a Kiki Smith exhibit I still think about), hiking about the meandering hills of Burgundy and drinking too much wine in Paris…

This February, I stayed here and thought a lot about art and arts education with an extraordinary group of people. I’m not even sure how to write about it yet, it was so full and so rich and so much. I can feel my arts ed practice changing and it’s exciting and daunting all in one.

I’ve also just kicked off the Love Lettering Project VII: Toronto love. I’ve asked folks I love to send me what they love about Toronto. Maybe it’s the willow tree at Markham and Harbord, or the caramelized bananas at Saving Grace, or a neighbour’s red front door. If you’ve got something you love about this fair town, send ‘er along. The more love poems, the better!

I’m going to cozy on up and keep the grey, grey month at bay by writing love poems to these Toronto-things and once the city thaws, I’ll play cupid and spread the love.


Sunday, February 13th, 2011

homemade valentine's, lindsay zier-vogel

Though I’m not a huge fan of V-Day, I am a huge fan of any excuse to make things…with paper and with chocolate! I’m also a big fan of telling the people that you love that you love ‘em.

And so…this year, I’m bringing back Grade Three-style homemade Valentine’s. Love letters abound!!

valentine's, lindsay zier-vogel


Concession Road 7

Wednesday, February 2nd, 2011

lindsay and dad, shadows, january 2011

Untangling concession roads
from three o’clock shadows,
where the snow is up past my knees and drifting,
the edges of the afternoon
are sharper than
a quick breath in,
the blue and white
and leftover.

lindsay zier-vogel, old grave stone

Once upon a time, when my dad and I drove across the country, we stopped off somewhere in Manitoba where the sky was enormous and there was a really old cemetery that I didn’t want to leave. He found one that reminded him of that cemetery out near where he lives – northeast of Toronto – and we drove out there, armed with cameras (and knitting)…

lindsay zier-vogel, cemetery