Tuesday, February 26, 2013

i heart the sahara.

if you're ever headed to morocco, i highly recommend making time for the sahara (it was a three day round-trip from marrakech). to begin, the 1 and a half day road trip to first get there that you're dreading is not dreadful at all; it's absolutely fascinating. that's where you get to see moroccan townsfolk and the berber hill dwellers doing their thing; working the land, shepherding animals, selling apples, minerals and fossils on the side of the road, children working alongside their parents or playing in the fields. this is not the type of car trip where you doze off for a minute.
when you finally get to the sahara, you first have a glass of mint tea and a swim in solitude (if you came prepared), then get on your camel (dromeda actually- one hump, not two) for the mini-trek to your camp. you arrive at your camp just as the sun is setting, offering cool air and the most opportune time to climb to the highest peaks to check out the great expanse of burnt orange sand for ever and ever. you settle into your camp while your tour guide (of sorts) is busy making the most delicious feast in the make-shift camp kitchen; he is a saharan jack of all trades, because after guiding us out on camels, then cooking, he leads a musical moment with hand drums and singing.
we chose to sleep out under the stars which was absolutely magnificent. i did not have the most restful sleep, covered in dew and sand, but feeling so small in this big, big world for one night was a magical experience. the stars and moon had shifted above you each time you opened your eyes; the milky way shone oh so bright and there were shooting stars galore.
you awake at dawn and there is no sight quite like a saharan sunrise. whhhhhooooooaaaaaaaaahhhhhh.


Monday, February 25, 2013

dream a little dream of me.

just working away on the beginnings of some new dreamcatchers for the shop, the giveaway winner and a few for the people i love. today is a good day!


Friday, February 22, 2013

so long sweet sally.

you blessed us everyday with your generous, innocent, warm spirit & made our house an even happier home. we love you so much. i will think of you every time i see a hot air balloon.

at home in the jungalow.

i was pleased as punch this morning to see my work up in the california home of designer justina blakeney. i'm so honoured to be a part of her personal living room gallery and for this to have been shared on her blog-thank you!

*if you have any little nicki items up in your space, i would love to see it!

image via: justina blakeney

Thursday, February 21, 2013

i heart the atlas mountains (and beyond).

to get to the sahara from marrakech, we headed through some of the most incredible landscapes; they seemed to be changing by the hour. from rocky mountain ranges, to sparse desert, to palm oasis, to a studio town in the middle of nowhere- ouarzazate- known as the hollywood of africa, to expanses of land that looked like you could be on mars. my eyes were enriched with so many visions they had never seen before- we even had to pass a nomad family on the move. this was one road trip i will never forget!

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