the family issue : kinfolk

The following text is found on the WELCOME page of Kinfolk’s latest publication, Issue Seventeen. 

Our concept of family is deeply personal and forever evolving. For some, it could mean mom’s knowing glances, your partner’s gentle chiding or grandpa’s turkey gravy. For others, it could be found across the hedge you share with your neighbour, in the reciprocal banter you relish with friends or the unrequited love you have for your cat. The common thread is that the people we consider to be our family encourage us, teach us and care for us, for better or worse, in sickness and in health, till death do us part (or at least until our childhood bedrooms get turned into guest rooms).

The Family Issue of Kinfolk explores the relationships that we have with our nearest and dearest, in all of their iterations. We ask some big questions: How is photography changing the way we construct our family narratives? Should we feel guilty about speaking to our barista more than our sister? And did our parents actually have any idea what they were doing? Each family has its ups and downs, but by recognizing the imperfect nature of our ties, we can work to better both our relationships and ourselves. As George Bernard Shaw said, “If you cannot get rid of the family skeleton, you may as well make it dance.”

What we discovered is that there are as many possibilities for the way we turn out as adults as there are child-raising philosophies, educational systems and organic baby bootie makers (there really are a lot of the latter, too). No matter what kind of family we come from or the type of family we want to create ourselves, there’s no longer a universal concept of “normal.” There’s no ubiquitous manual to consult, rules to follow or boxes to check. Well, maybe just a few: love, understanding, empathy and support. And perhaps a little patience.

Words by Nathan Williams and Georgia Frances King. Photograph by Emory Ann Kurysh. 

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diy polaroid display

polaroid diyRemember this trip? The one where we travelled through seven states in nine days? I had brought along my Polaroid camera during our time in the USA, in hopes of photographing each state as we passed through it. We had done something similar four years ago when we drove to Colorado for our honeymoon. Similar to an outcome from a disposable camera, I ended up appreciating the Polaroid film more so than my digital shots because the results were so imperfect and one-of-a-kind. They’re irreplaceable (cue Beyoncè).

The only downside with Polaroids is that framing is not an easy task. In lieu of either ordering special frames online, or visiting several stores in hopes of coming across a cute and inexpensive solution, I tend to just stick my photos in an album. A few years ago, I crafted together my own Urban Outfitters-inspired clip string. While it certainly did the trick, after awhile I didn’t like how much space such tiny photographs were taking up. It was also a little too flimsy for the long run. This time, I was determined to make a more permanent Polaroid display. One that was not only modestly priced, but would last years.

polaroid diy - 1This is what you will need:

Polaroid photos
clipboard
crazy glue
permanent marker
stamps
ink pad
tape measure/ruler

polaroid diy - 2Steps:

1. Measure the length and width of usable space on the clipboard. Then measure the length and width of a Polaroid picture. (In order to evenly space them, you will need to figure out the appropriate and equal distances between each photograph.) Write down those measurements.

2. Tentatively arrange the photographs on the clipboard in the order that you will glue them down. Then remove them in that order.

3. Using a Sharpie, measure and mark the corners on the clipboard as to where the pictures will go.

4. One by one, add glue to the backside of each Polaroid, immediately placing them on the clipboard once you have done so.

polaroid diy - 65. Lastly (and optionally), stamp the frame with a quick description, or use a Sharpie.

polaroid diy - 5polaroid diy - 4I actually had everything that I needed to make this project, excluding the clipboard. After visiting the Dollar Store, I was all set to make it. In the end, this craft set me back a total of $1.25. Try finding a Polaroid frame for that low of a price!

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Emory

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in the store : men

penguin ootd - 5penguin ootd - 2This item has just been added to the men’s section of the store:

penguin ootd - 3penguin ootd - 6penguin ootd - 41. Penguin Plaid Dress Shirt.

penguin ootd - 7Thank you to my love for posing for these photos.

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Emory

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16 weeks pregnant

16 weeks pregnantWell guys, I am finally at the long-awaited 16 week mark in my pregnancy! When the morning sickness initially settled in, my sister (who is also pregnant) had told me that everything would get better around this time. She was right! My symptoms are not nearly as bad, and although I feel much more tired than in my first trimester, my returning health has given me a new lease on life. I have even started going to the gym again! 

Here is a little update from Baby K. So much is happening this week! Also, I have finally got a bump! It seems to have come out of thin air, and appeared sometime last week. It will get much bigger in the next three weeks, and I cannot wait.

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I hope that the baby is happy and healthy in its temporary home. In the meantime, I should probably stop jumping around. I’m just so happy!

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Emory

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potato and carrot soup : recipe

CarrotandPotatoSoup-7Now that fall is fast approaching on the prairies, I have been craving nothing but warm, comforting, and salty foods. Soup in particular is high on my list of something that I could eat daily. In fact, most days, I do. Creamy soup is my favourite.

This recipe is a combination of several potato and carrot recipes that I have found online. Although not yet perfected, I thought that I would post my first attempt at it. It’s also the first time that I have ever used a Crock Pot! I certainly enjoyed using it, and have already planned great things for it and I. In the meantime, here is my beginner’s soup recipe.

Potato and Carrot Soup

Ingredients:

3 russet potatoes
4 carrots
4 cups vegetable stock
2 cups whole milk
1 tsp yeast
salt, to taste
pepper, to taste
cayenne, to taste
dill, to taste

Tools:

Crock Pot
Blender

Carrot and Potato Soup - 4Steps:

1. Peel the potatoes and carrots, then chop them into cubes. Combine them in the Crock Pot along with the vegetable stock. I cooked it on medium for nearly 5 hours.

2. Once the vegetables are done, combine the mix and the yeast in a blender. Puree the mixture until it has a creamy texture. 

3. Once pureed, pour the soup mix back into the Crock Pot, this time set on low. Add the milk.

4. Begin adding the spices to taste. It will naturally be very salty, so leave the salt as the last spice. I went heavy on the dill.

5. Cook your soup for another 30 minutes. Then indulge!

Carrot and Potato Soup - 5I wanted to make this soup without the use of onion, only because (once an onion lover) ever since becoming pregnant, I cannot go near them! However, I think that the addition of onions, 1/3 cup, would greatly improve the soup! Next time, I will try adding more vegetables, and perhaps some ham as well. Last but not least, I plan to top it with cheese. Mmmm. Now I am hungry again!

Carrot and Potato Soup - 2<3

Emory

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  • Welcome, friends! My name is Emory. I am a wife and mother to three (two on earth and one in heaven). This is our life on the Canadian prairies.
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