Date Archives February 2015

DIY Copper Accent Candle


Looking for a few more copper accents to place around your apartment? Enjoy this super simple DIY for copper accent candles to help add the perfect touch of copper to your space.


What you need:

– Soy Wax Flakes
– Inexpensive Metal Bowl
– Essential Oil (I used eucalyptus from Saje)
– Copper Pipe Tube Caps (I used 1 inch and 1 3/4 inch caps)
– Hot Glue Gun & Hot Glue
– Wicks
– Skewer Sticks or Bobby Pins


How to make it:

– Hot glue the wick to the centre of the copper tube cap. Ensure the wick is longer than needed, as you can cut it down later.
– Place a skewer stick or bobby pin across the top of the cap to guide the wick to the centre and to keep it in place while drying.
– Place a pot on the stove with water and bring it to a boil.
– Place your inexpensive metal bowl in the boiling water.
– Slowly scoop soy wax flakes into the bowl.
– Stir wax flakes frequently until melted to a consistent liquid.
– Add in 10 drops of essential oils for every 6 cups of soy wax flakes added and stir to combine.
– Remove bowl from water using oven mitts.
– Slowly and carefully, pour melted wax into copper tube caps.
– Allow wax to cool completely and then trim the wick to about a 1/2 inch.
– Then, place them throughout your apartment & enjoy!


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Did this DIY inspire you to create your own? Submit pictures of your DIY Copper Accent Candles by tagging @CaleyVanular #CopperCandles on Twitter.

Terasu: Trevor Gordon Interview


Caley Vanular, Trevor Gordon

PHOTOS: Foster Huntington and Trevor Gordon

LOCATION: Bigfoot Country

Your wet suit doesn’t dry out there so you have to deal with a freezing cold suit every time. I would get all physco-warrior status just to hype myself up to put on my wetsuit as quick as possible.

Trevor Gordon grew up in Santa Barbara, surfing everyday on short or longboards at the leadbetter break. Taught to surf by his father at age seven, he was obsessed by the time he hit his teens and competed throughout high school. After the high school circuit ended, he was faced with the decision to go after the juniors or to go his own way. Luckily, that was about the same time he was presented the opportunity to surf for Patagonia. Instead of contest circuits, traveling soon became his job, going to exotic places to surf like Kamchatka, Russia, Islands off the West Coast of India and Alaska. I had the chance to sit down with Trevor to talk about his most recent trip from Santa Barbara to Canada to film his two-part video ‘Bigfoot Country’.

Trevor, where is the wildest spot surfing has brought you?

Kamchatka, Russia [with Keith Malloy, Cyrus Sutton, Foster Huntington, Dane Gudauskas, Ben Weiland and Chris Burkard] was definitely the wildest. Being in a country that opened its doors up to westerners only 10 years ago, and is still coming out of a post-war era made the trip very unique. Locals in Kamchatka were a bit hostile, and there were people everywhere wearing camo and holding machine guns. We couldn’t even surf some spots because they turned out to be full on military bases. It was trippy being out there in the first place, let alone surfing.

Why did you want to film your next surf video in Canada?

Canada was the coolest place I could think to drive to. Haida Gwaii seemed rad to travel to; driving your camper onto all the ferries and the really good waves are another draw. I prefer the culture in cold surf spots, it feels more natural. Warm places are usually dirty and muggy, and make me feel lethargic.

What gave you the idea to build your own truck camper? Did anyone help you build it?

Jay Nelson got me stoked on the building your own camper thing. His was really creative and spacious. I had a VW van and decided to sell it to get a 4×4 Jeep and build a camper. I didn’t have much help building it, I did almost everything myself. When I needed help lifting pieces I would call over friends, and my Dad came over to help with the hinges. The pop-up design came from looking at how the Westfalia pop-ups worked. I had to use a lot of common sense and basic building skills to put everything together; there wasn’t much on the Internet to learn from. Jay Nelson had warned me that using polyester resin gets hazy in the sun. He did a sanded finish on his resin which created air bubbles that dirt and sand can get stuck in. I decided to use an epoxy which is lighter and stronger and ˆdidn’t sand it.

Where and when did you go on your trip? Did you have a guide?

I left for the trip in October, driving solo from Carpenteria to San Francisco then straight to Tofino. I picked up Jeremy Korenski in Tofino and we headed out to Haida Gwaii. Jeremy had been to Haida Gwaii a couple times so he knew how to navigate the town. It was his first time camping out there though; we were about 45 minutes out of town for over a week with no heaters just 0 degree sleeping bags. We made it all the way up to Prince Rupert and Port Harvey. The ferries were long restless nights sleeping on the floor under public benches. Once we got back to Vancouver Island, I headed straight to Portland and went to the Oregon Coast to surf and camp at Pacific City. From there, I drove back solo to San Francisco and through Big Sur to Carpentaria. The entire trip was about 4500 miles and about a month in total.

How was the surf?

Drop Box was the best I’ve ever seen. We ran into some bad wind in Tofino, and weren’t even sure if we could make it out to Haida Gwaii. We were lucky enough to get a window and made it out to Haida Gwaii for some fun waves with nobody around. It was freezing out there, around 40 Fahrenheit during the day. Camping was gnarly; we would get a pre-fire going on the beach before we went out for a surf so we could stay warm when we got in from the water. Some days we would just drink tons of coffee, go surf, then get in the car and drive to the next spot with the heater blasting. Your wetsuit doesn’t dry out there so you have to deal with a freezing cold suit every time. I would get all psycho-warrior status to hype myself up just to put on my wetsuit as quick as possible.

Can you tell us a bit about working with Ian Durkin, Jeremy Koreski and Erin Feinblatt to make ‘BIGFOOT COUNTRY’? How did you align with such a good group of people?

Nobody even knew each other. Erin is older and handy with tools, so it was awesome while he was filming me build the camper in Carpenteria. He would give me some tips and tricks. Jeremy and I met when I was 19, and we have been on about six trips since. He is super creative and motivated, which is always great to be around. Ian is smart with the movies. It was impressive having him direct something without filming it; he is a real idea man. We all did our part in directing it, but Ian had some specific shots he wanted us to get and an overall idea for editing. Despite being all over the map, I think it came together quite well.

What kind of role or influence do trips like this have on your art?

I did a boat trip to the “great bear rainforest” in Northern BC about 3 years ago where I got a ton of inspiration for my art that still continues today. We were a crew of about 10 or so and one of the girls would cook meals for us all. She saw me drawing one evening and noticed some similarities between my art and Inuit Canadian art from the 70’s. I’d never heard of it before. As soon as we got back I did some research and I absolutely fell in love.

During that same trip the captain would tell stories. He was an awesome storyteller… totally cliche captain … He’d tell stories of bigfoot sightings he’d heard about in the area. That spawned a whole series of bigfoot art for me. This trip had a really big impact on me and my art for some reason… to be honest surf trips usually don’t have any influence on my art at all.

Why did you choose to live the life that you do and what has held you back?

I’m not sure exactly… I suppose its because if I ever want anything I usually obsess over getting it. That’s not always a good thing.

Living the way I do is the only way I can think how to. I weigh other options or think about living differently and it just doesn’t excite me as much. I’m pretty darn content with my path but like anyone I definitely have goals and improvements I’m shooting for. Nothing has really held me back…

I guess not having an insane amount of money has held me back in particular departments, but even then wouldn’t change much. I live on a sailboat, so I’d just have a bigger nicer boat I guess?

Thanks to…

Destination Canada: A Local’s Guide To Whistler


A Local’s Guide To Riding Whistler

The many sides of Whistler Photos: Caley Vanular

Whistler BC, is an amazing place to grow up. The beautiful outdoors, inspiring people and unmatched terrain is an experience only those who visit can truly understand. Especially in the past few years. With the arrival of new restaurants, facilities, retail stores, terrain access, express lifts and more, Whistler has grown from a small ski town to a globally renowned ski resort, featuring a community filled with amazing opportunities for action, adventure, cuisine, and culture.

Follow along as I give you some locals tips to skiing and snowboarding in one of the best places on earth, for the easy riders, powder hounds, park rats and backcountry enthusiasts in your group…


I woke up surrounded by Delicas.#onthemoon #canada #explorebc #mountain

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For The Easy Riders:

Whistler Blackcomb is a huge resort, with over 8,171 acres of skiable terrain. It is smart to take a look at the trail map to get an idea of where you want to ski before you hit the slopes. My favorite morning runs are on the green Family Runs. Featuring beautiful scenery and perfect corduroy, it is a nice way to ease into the morning.


Dropping next. #pipejocks #wssf #shredshow #boarding #funtimes @duckworth

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For The Park Rats: If you or someone in your family is looking to ride park, Whistler Blackcomb has some of the best terrain parks in the world. Ranging from green to extreme, the resort has something for everyone. Whistler’s park is traditionally the novice level park, with fun jibs and welcoming jumps. Blackcomb terrain park is built on a steeper run and hosts a blue, grey and black park. The black park is where you will see professional athletes and Olympians training, it has the biggest jumps and requires a special pass and helmet to ride.


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For The Powder Hounds:

Looking for powder on Whistler Blackcomb? You will need to know where to go. If you are on Whistler and see Peak Chair switch from ‘closed’ to ‘stand-by’, rip on over and jump in line. When it opens, you will experience amazing snow, endless terrain, and big open bowls. Ride back down to the lift and enjoy a show as skiers and snowboarders drop off cliffs viewable from the lift line. You can lap Peak Chair to Red Chair, all day and explore different routes and traverses leading you to some of the best terrain the resort has to offer.

If it is too windy to open Peak Chair on Whistler, take the Peak-To-Peak gondola over to Blackcomb. Blackcomb mountain is steeper and features the new Crystal Ridge Express chair which gives you access to playful terrain and powder-filled glades.


In the belly with my good ol’boardin pal @luisakhp. @whistlerblackcomb #powday #trees #neature

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So many fun things to do just off the Duffy.

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For The Backcountry Enthusiasts:

Not only does Whistler play host to the world-renowned ski resort, Whistler Blackcomb, it also has numerous backcountry access points within a thirty-minute drive. From epic heli skiing, snowmobiling to split boarding, it is worth checking out the operations in the area and getting yourself a guided tour of the surrounding mountains. Only if you want bottomless powder and no lift lines that is…  


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Such a great day : ) #lotsoflols #sunshine #backcountry

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To learn more about exploring Whistler, British Columbia follow @GoWhistler on Twitter.

For more photos from life in Whistler follow me @CaleyVanular on Instagram.

To view this post on The Canadian Tourism Commission’s website visit here.