lilacs

lilacs

Lilacs are one of my favorite fragrant flowers. And they’re so pretty – so delicate, so perfect, and yet so lush and abundant at the same time.

What’s your earliest memory of smelling a flower?

What’s your favorite floral scent?

Have you ever wished you were a perfume maker? What kinds of scents would make up your perfect perfume?

“The scent _________”

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great lakes

map of the Great Lakes

I live in between three of the Great Lakes. Within an hour or so’s drive in any three directions, I can be on a beach.

Are you one of those people who loves the shore?

Have you ever been to any of the Great Lakes?

What’s your favorite memory of being at the beach?

“The waves _________”

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eggs

raw eggs

After several months of begin vegan, I added eggs back into my diet recently. I love them hard-boiled or cooked into puffy omelets. My next trick is to try souffles.

What’s your favorite way to eat eggs?

How would you never want your eggs prepared?

What do eggs make you think of? Breakfast? Easter? Birds?

“The yolk _________”

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lime flavour

lime

I adore limes now – even more than lemons – but when I was a kid I hated anything lime. Green was the last flavour I’d want to pick out of a fruit-flavoured candy rainbow. Suckers? Hard candies? Kool-Aid? Never wanted green. (Until I discovered that an older cousin of mine – whom I really looked up to – preferred lime. After that, I pretended for a while that I liked it too.)

Do you like lime-flavoured anything?

What’s your favorite fruit flavour? Least favorite? Most disgusting?

Do you like other green flavours? (kiwi, mint, green apple…)

“The green _________”

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toilet paper

toilet paper

I keep my toilet paper in a basket on top of my toilet tank, because when my cats were little they kept unwinding rolls of the stuff all over the floor, in fun.

Do you have a toilet paper story?

How would you make toilet paper better, if you could?

What else could you imagine dispensed in small squares with perforated tears?

“The roll _________”

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bathroom taps

bathroom taps

When I was a little girl I once turned on the taps so strongly that I couldn’t remember which way to turn them to make the water stop. I turned and turned the taps each way, but the water kept pouring out of the faucet, quickly filling the sink. I started screaming for my mother, because I didn’t know what else to do. She told me I should only scream like that if someone was badly hurt.

What memories do you have of bathrooms and bathroom taps?

What do vintage bathroom taps make you think of?

If you were a bathroom fixture designer, what features would you want in a tap?

“Hot and cold _________”

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peaches

peaches

It’s peach season right now in Ontario. Peaches are probably my favorite fruit – made even more special because I don’t eat them except when they’re in season. A perfect peach is a feast for the senses: its fragrance is delicate and delicious, its skin is soft and velvety, its texture is silky and tender, and its taste is exquisitely sweet and tart. Peaches even look beautiful (although I tend to think that most fruits and vegetables look beautiful when piled together).

What peach memories do you have?

What do peaches make you think of?

If you could design the perfect fruit, what qualities would it have?

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lemon reamer

lemon reamer

I use this lemon reamer nearly every day to juice a lime or two for my salad dressings. In the winter I used it to juice oranges for my daily smoothies. I love the way it feels in my hand – love the way it extends the utility of my hands, love the eye-squinching juice that drips down the sides of my palms, sticky.

Have you ever juiced a lemon? Have you ever made a recipe with fresh lemon juice?

What do the words lemon or reamer make you think of?

What else do you wish you could ream, to extract all its goodness?

“The ridges _________”

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citrus fruits

citrus

Citrus fruits are favorites in Western culture because of their tangy (and often sweet) tastes, and their powerful essential oils that most people find very pleasant.

Do you like citrus fruit? What’s your earliest memory of eating an orange or a grapefruit?

How many products do you use that smell like citrus?

“The peel _________”

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colander

strawberries in colander

I love colanders. They’re so useful in the kitchen for rinsing produce and then letting it drain. Or for draining cooked pasta.

Which kitchen tool do you use the most?

If you could create your own design, how would you make it look or feel?

“The holes _________”

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