The end of summer is always sorta sad.

The end of summer is always sorta sad.

I’m not entirely sure what this gal is. I was inspired by Toothless from How to Train your Dragon. But that’s all I know. 

I’m not entirely sure what this gal is. I was inspired by Toothless from How to Train your Dragon. But that’s all I know. 

I got this neat graphite block and it’s great for expressive lines.

I got this neat graphite block and it’s great for expressive lines.

I wasn’t terribly interested in the gameplay. It’s been a while since I’ve played soccer. But I was excited to capture the movement of the players. There were a lot of moves that were repeated throughout the game, so I was able to at least get an approximation of it on paper. The final image is two Toronto players after Chicago scored a goal. This was after Toronto had been in the lead for 3/4 of the game. The whole thing ended in a tie 2-2. 

I need to make special mention of this cutie-patootie. OMG he was adorable and I had to render his likeness (not very well, but I tried). 

I need to make special mention of this cutie-patootie. OMG he was adorable and I had to render his likeness (not very well, but I tried). 

On our last evening in Toronto we watched a soccer game against the Chicago Fire (which I think is a bit of an insensitive team name, but I digress). By this point I had spent two weeks with my parents who I hadn’t seen since December. It was nice, but also a bit strange. I felt like I diverted into my teenage self a little bit. 

On our last evening in Toronto we watched a soccer game against the Chicago Fire (which I think is a bit of an insensitive team name, but I digress). By this point I had spent two weeks with my parents who I hadn’t seen since December. It was nice, but also a bit strange. I felt like I diverted into my teenage self a little bit. 

This Sami sewing kit really caught my eye. Not only the beauty of the set, but the importance it plays. The women wear it on their belt all the time. It seems like such a status symbol. A badge of honour.

This Sami sewing kit really caught my eye. Not only the beauty of the set, but the importance it plays. The women wear it on their belt all the time. It seems like such a status symbol. A badge of honour.

We rounded up our trip by returning to Toronto and visiting the Bata Shoe Museum.

Montreal’s Insectarium and Botanical Garden were also fabulous. Though, there was an ants next exhibit and I got about 5 minutes of viewing before my skin started to crawl. Regardless, they had a marvellous array of butterflies and moths on display. This one reminded me of Skyrim. 

Montreal’s Insectarium and Botanical Garden were also fabulous. Though, there was an ants next exhibit and I got about 5 minutes of viewing before my skin started to crawl. Regardless, they had a marvellous array of butterflies and moths on display. This one reminded me of Skyrim.