Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Sneak peek of my upcoming collection at The Bay

Here's a little sneak peek of my upcoming collection at The Bay. 

 In photo: 
1. Garden themed tea towel (on bottom)
2. Set of 4 Bird canapé plates
3. Butterfly mug
4. Floral oven mitt

 Close up of Bird + Floral canapé plates.
In stores Early April 2013!


I went to a Spring preview at comrags last night and as always it was inspirational.
 I splurged and bought this Isabella dress. 
Love the frill on top -and plan on wearing it - as all my comrags dress - for all 4 seasons!

Might just have to get this one too....
I love dresses with POCKETS. (Handy for the iphone!)

Monday, February 25, 2013

My sketch of Jennifer Lawrence falling on the stairs

All day today I had the image of Jennifer Lawrence falling on the stairs at the Oscars in my head. She struck quite a silhouette in that incredible Dior Haute Couture gown and immediately it reminded me of Miss Clavel running up the stairs from the Madeline books!
I just had to try and capture the moment in a sketch.
My sketch.
The moment.
What a great silhouette.
This is the image I immediately thought of when Jennifer fell: Miss Clavel running up the stairs in the Madeline book. This illustration by Ludwig Bemelmans was the inspiration for mine.

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Happy Oscars!

Happy Oscars!  
The best opening to the Oscars ever - Errol Morris' short film from 2002.
Love. (Fun to try to identity all the people too) Watch it here.

Thursday, February 21, 2013

And the Winners are...

And the Winners of my Giveaway for two Kitchen prints are:
Paula Shareski, Budd Hall and Ceri Marsh!

Congrats to you and thanks so much to everyone who entered.
I was completely touched by your sweet comments and Valentine's Day limericks.
ps. Have no fear I'll have another giveaway soon. (Perhaps when my new collection for The Bay is released in April!!)

Friday, February 15, 2013

Hi There. If you're having trouble posting a comment for the Give Away below - just send me an email and I'll enter you into the draw. :-)

Thursday, February 14, 2013


Happy Valentine's Day everybody.
Below are 4 brand new prints from my Kitchen series:
Espresso maker, Cheese Grater, Gravy boat, and Sifter. 
They are printed on Maidstone paper with a lovely deckley edge and measure 4" x 5.5 "
(See photos of process in previous post)
They're signed and part of an open edition (ie not numbered).

I am giving away three sets of 2 prints each!
To qualify please leave a comment below stating your two favourite images from this new series.
(If you feel inclined to also leave a joke, limerick, or valentine's greeting - please don't hold back:-)

Winners will be announced February 21st. Good Luck!
ps. These new prints are sold in a set of two for 30.00.

Back in the studio: Printing new kitchen icons prints

The past three days I've been printing up 4 new kitchen icons prints. (These are the prints I'll be giving away for my Valentine's Give Away) Below some photos from the inky process.
 Inking the screen for the grater image.
Pulling with the squeegee. WHOOSH!
 Ta da!
 Pulling squeegee on sifter image.
 Ta da.
Espresso card.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Time for a Give away....

Tomorrow (Valentine's Day) I'll be hosting a Print Give Away. You'll have 3 chances to win a small print. Ooh ahh. My way of showin' my affection for my sweet customers and blog readers.
Tune in tomorrow morning! xo

Friday, February 8, 2013

This is tonight

(She had to cancel the first time because of Hurricane Sandy)

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Home tour

Interior Designer Lisa Canning featured my loft on her blog today. Here are a few pics.
Thanks Lisa!
My livingroom.
Some fave bits = the 2 pillows from Turkey, the Kuba cloth on couch from Tanzania
and the pine side table which was being thrown out by my neighbour!  I rescued it and upgraded it with new handles from Lee Valley. (You know what they say... Handles are the jewelry of furniture!)

Office side
Fave bits = Bev Hisey Moroccan rug + my IKEA Expediet bookshelf/room divider.

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

New work: Wedding cake

In preparation for SURTEX I'm preparing several new greeting card images.
Here is a new wedding congrats card I completed yesterday.

Above is the reference I used for the illustration. 
I thot this cake was just divine.  
I ADORED the lattice + spriggy bits which were inspiring and very fun to draw.
Above is a version in pink.
Which colourway do you prefer?

Salon night

Just what you need on a cold Canadian night: an invite to a cozy home filled with food, drink + great company. Champagne + cheese is an excellent start to the evening. :-)
Above: Donna + Colleen.

Host Janet set up a lovely dinner table in her groovy photography studio upstairs.
Seated: Donna, Colleen, Jessica, Me, Janet. Not shown: the fabulous Lynda who took the photo!
Note: The black arrow in this photo is pointing to some of Janet's recent work which she'll be exhibiting at the upcoming Artist Project in Toronto. Gorgeous.

With a room full of creative women there is never a shortage of cameras. I love how Lynda (upper left corner) fearlessly jumped into the bathtub to photograph Janet's new bathroom reno. :-)
A highlight of a lovely evening. Until next time...

Tyler Brulé At OCAD

Tyler Brule's talk at OCAD last week was funny + inspirational and served as a big kick in the ass reminder to always be brave, original + THINK BIGGER.

Some favourite lines:

1. "Can we all be present in the room here tonight? I don't wanna see any tops of heads."
(In other words... turn off your phone)

2. "I worked at Movenpick in Yorkville and I spent all my tip money across the street at Maison de la Presse. That's where I got my education."

3. "Toronto needs to change it's residential vernacular. In terms of architecture it needs to raise the bar". Yep.

4. "Rather than looking south all the time Canadians should look East + West"
(After that I wrote in my notebook... LESS MAINE.... MORE SPAIN!")

Thanks OCADU for a great night.