Strawberry-Picking in New Brunswick

I just returned from a month in New Brunswick and while I had the best of intentions of posting regular updates, I was too busy living them to even download them from my camera. These shots are from our first full day at Nana and Grampy's, at the very end of the strawberry-picking season.  We drove (and ferried) over to the Kingston Peninsula to see what was left at Bates Landing.  The berries were pretty picked-over, but the boys and Nana had fun, and I just soaked in the New Brunswick air and admired the view.  I also ate a few strawberries. :)

It was the perfect beginning to the perfect holiday. :)

Made A Mano Tiles

Made_A_Mano_Tile Novecento collection

Oh heavens - is it normal that the above photo makes me weak in the knees?  It is from the website for Made A Mano tiles, from their Novecento collection.  This collection features silkscreened designs from the nineteenth century and is their tribute to the style found in the Aeolian Islands. Ah, so pretty!

Made_A_Mano_Tile Novecento collection

Made A Mano was founded in 2001 by these two ladies, NanaKi Bonfils and Josephine Akvama Hoffmeyer.  They have the most beautiful patterns and glazes, and everything is handmade, from the tile cutting to the glazing.  The designs are either hand-drawn, hand printed, or silkscreened. 

NanaKi Bonfils and Josephine Akvama Hoffmeyer of Made A Mano tiles
NanaKi Bonfils and Josephine Akvama Hoffmeyer
Made A Mano Pop collection - the colour brushed on by hand.

They also make countertops and sinks, and these beautiful lava stone boards below from the lava of Mt. Vesuvio and Mt. Etna.  The texture, profile, and designs on the boards are stunning.  I would love a white and a blue one!

Made_A_Mano lava stone boardMade_A_Mano lava stone boardMade_A_Mano lava stone board
Made_A_Mano lava stone board

The other tiles they do are so one-of-a-kind - they would really be the showpiece in any space.  I am thinking of ordering a catalogue... just for fun...

Made_A_Mano_Tile amazing green floor

Wow... just... WOW.  Thanks to Danielle at The Style Files for originally featuring them!

(Also I want to make that driftwood boat!!)