I flew to Edmonton this past weekend to visit my brother and to visit the most wonderfully epic exhibit that brought me right back to my childhood – Star Wars Identities at the Telus World of Science.  Ian bought us the tickets a year ago, and I’ve been looking forward to it ever since!

I tried not to read too much about the exhibit beforehand, I already knew I would love it no matter what, and it far exceeded my expectations!  Before entering the exhibit, we were given a bracelet to build our Star Wars Identity through interactive stations throughout the exhibit!  I chose to build a wookiee character, as they have always been my favourite, and we started touring the exhibit, looking at how the early beginnings of the characters shaped the people they became…

We got to see the actual costumes worn by stormtroopers and by actor Jeremy Bulloch as the incomparable Boba Fett in Return of the Jedi, beautiful sketches of the aliens brought to life at the Mos Eisley Cantina scene in A New Hope and the mask worn by the actor Tommy Ilsley who played Ponda Baba – best known as the alien who has issues with young Luke at the bar and loses an arm for it – thanks Obi-Wan (picture 16)!

My favourite feature in the 1st section of the exhibit was C-3PO!  All polished and shining a brilliant gold – as he often was for medal ceremonies, being worshipped by Ewoks, etc – the costume on display had been worn by Anthony Daniels and I couldn’t take enough photos of it!  With trusty and resourceful R2D2 by his side, these two really made my day – I would have left a very happy camper if that had been all there was to the exhibit, but there was so much more….

I’m not as proud of my shots from this year’s Sunshine Coast Art Crawl as last year (part 1, part 2, part 3), but we did see some beautiful and inspiring work being done up on the Sunshine Coast!  I think my favourite studio was that of “ox + monkey” and Amelia Epp (images 5-9) and a close second was the “this is it” studio in robert’s creek (images 14-16).  The weekend inspired me to keep working at what makes me happy!

Later in September, Tracy visited Vancouver for a family trip so we met up at our favourite place, Thierry’s, for some macarons and port.  My parents visited and we went to the Museum of Vancouver for the Art Deco Chic and Neon Vancouver | Ugly Vancouver exhibits.  We celebrated my father-in-law Rob’s 60th birthday with a surprise party and I toured one of the brand new buildings the company I work for has just finished building.  Myra Callan (of Twigs & Honeygorgeous book I preordered,”Adornments”, arrived in the mail and Rohe demolished his cat scratcher… and that was September for me!

I haven’t posted my iPhone photos in a while, September was busy but quiet, as Ryan left for school the first week of the month.  Rohebo is keeping me company!  I experimented with drying pink roses and craspedia (billy balls) and made a pretty new style of boutonniere with dried lavender my mom dried for me from her garden.  I made my first movie with clips I shot at Lost Lagoon at night!

A few weeks ago, we celebrated my father-in-law Rob’s 60th birthday with a surprise party!  We started the day with a picnic with Ryan and Michelle’s cousin Christle and her husband Floyd, who came over from the Island (Floyd wearing the most amazing Marvel Hero shorts of course)!   The Sidhus hosted the party in their beautiful new home and Rob’s friends and family all joined in on the surprise (nice work Jeri)!!   With nearly a bottle of scotch given as a gift by every guest, Rob’s now got quite the library!  Happy 60th to my wonderful father-in-law – you deserve it!

Geek chic and print mixing? I’m in!  3.1 Phillip Lim’s Spring 2013 RTW collection is full of everything I love!  Leopard and leather and floral and and plaid and thick-rimmed glasses and tie-dye – fresh and fun!  The mixing of the plaid and tie-dye reminds me a bit of one of my favourite Rodarte collections from Spring 2010 RTW, but Phillip Lim does a more relaxed, casual look.  I would love to have every piece from this collection to mix and match for work or weekends!  All images from Vogue.com.

In the gallery next to the Art Deco Chic exhibit at the Museum of Vancouver is an ongoing exhibit called “Neon Vancouver | Ugly Vancouver”.  The room buzzes with the hum of these spectacular neon signs from Vancouver’s history, rescued from the scrapyard and restored to glow again!  Many of the signs were taken down from their original homes in the 1970s when bylaws were introduced to reduce the “visual pollution” that these signs produced.  (For a great article, pop over to the online Georgia Straight article by Jessica Werb.)   It was neat seeing the exhibit with my parents, who remember some of the signs from growing up in Vancouver!  (The last 2 signs pictured are over in the permanent Vancouver History Galleries in the MOV.)  I really enjoyed this exhibit, definitely worth a visit to the MOV – perfect Sunday activity now that the days are getting cloudy and cooler!  (All images by me.)