The Arctic chill that has been freezing most of Eastern Canada and the US seems to be lifting. Hooray! After the coldest month in Toronto, EVER—I am desperate to get outside. It's March! It's still cold and spring is not officially here for another 3 weeks, but it still feels nice to be walking in a balmy temperature of -3 instead of -30.
In the spirit of getting outside, exploring places, and the anticipation of spring, we thought now would be a great time to introduce our new Outdoors Collection. I LOVE city life, but with the heart of an adventurer it's necessary to feel humble and refuel in the great outdoors. Getting outside is a cure all. Inspired by that philosophy, we have two new prints that remind you to get out there. They're 11" x 14" prints, which is a new, larger size.
Here's the back story. I have lived across the country and left my heart in places where I've fallen in love with landscapes, cities and people. The unique natural beauty in all of these places has always grounded me and given me a heavy dose of reality. From growing up on the shores of the Great Lakes, spending half of my life in the prairies and Rockies to exploring the east coast with my first born and husband; I am SO grateful for having lived and loved in all of these places. Hence, the quote that inspired this collection and the desire to share that passion with others. Home is anywhere that changes you.
What makes this collection special?
A portion from each Outdoors print will go toward Trails Youth Initiatives. Their mission is to challenge and prepare vulnerable youth from inner city Toronto to become contributing members and leaders in their communities.
Their unique program provides each young person with four-year journey that offers opportunities to learn and grow in a safe environment, to gain high school credits while cultivating life skills, build self-confidence and self-respect, all while using the outdoors as a classroom and vehicle for change.
It may be a small difference, but we wanted to share that passion for the outdoors with these prints, and by giving to an organization that is wholly committed to that purpose. Right here in our community.
Watch this collection grow in the coming months where we'll reveal new prints and exclusive collections with our friends and collaborators. You can see one of the special editions over on great.ly. A fun print that was created for Country Living's Mason Jar Mania.
Enjoy and get out there! Spring is on the way.