January 27, 2011

No elephants were harmed in the making of this bag.

Oh dear Lord. This may be the best summer bag ever. What am I supposed to do about this? Thanks a lot, Kate Spade.

In other news, these fantastic bags are on sale at APC. They're a little bit more versatile,I guess.

And I love these striped necklaces in Kate Spade's summer lookbook. Perfection!
That's all. Time for dinner. Sigh.

January 21, 2011

I know I'm not French.

But I did go to French immersion. Until grade three. So the French je-ne-sais-quoi is basically in my blood, right? And that means that I love a striped top.

I'm working on a sample for a client right now, which features big hand-painted navy stripes. I think the imperfect stripes make it look more personal and interesting.

To get into the spirit, I've pulled out all of the many striped tops that I've got in my closet. I've featured a few of my favourites here. Man, they make me miss France!


January 17, 2011

Q: Guess what's fun?

 A: Letterpress!

The only major problem here is that I loved it immediately, and now I'm hooked. And letterpresses are the opposite of cheap.

Tanya is a great teacher and totally demystified the process for me. I anticipated being overwhelmed by the equipment. I mean, there are times when a coffee machine is too complicated for me. But it all seemed straightforward. And incredibly rewarding.

I made three greeting card designs, and when I got home I played around with some fun envelope liners. I'm pretty happy with the ostriches below. Now I can tell pretty much everyone I know how good they are at kissing. Just in time for Valentine's Day!

Also: You can totally get me a letterpress for my birthday. In four months.

January 10, 2011

And here it is!

It was quick, but it was still really fun to see my work on Canada AM this morning with Seamus O'Regan and Weddingbells editor Alison McGill.

What a great Monday morning!

(I made the bell jar arrangements, the painted potted plant with the fabric banner and the stack of books.)

January 9, 2011

My work on Canada AM tomorrow. For real!

Happy Sunday!

Chris is busy serving me a plate of Chinese food. Mostly for the health benefits of lemon sauce and breaded chicken. Mmmm.

I've been busy for the past three days working on some samples that Wedding Bells asked me to make - they'll be featured on Canada AM tomorrow morning. Yahoo! It's such a great opportunity. Also, Jann Arden will be singing on tomorrow's show. So there's that.

What else? Oh! A couple of weeks ago, while aimlessly flicking through television channels, I happened to discover an unassuming cooking show on the Latin Network. And now I'm in love with it. The host, Lidia, is from northern Italy. She owns like ten restaurants in the States. And I've tried quite a few of the recipes that she's shown - really simple Italian cooking - and it has all been amazing. Here's one of my favourites. Try it. Holy shizz, it's good.

Looking forward to the upcoming week! xo

January 4, 2011

Featured on weddingbells.ca!

Happy New Year! I just wanted to share this little invitation of mine that was featured on the Weddingbells site. What a great way to start 2011!

So. I am hoping to be braver this year. I have to force myself to share my work even if it's scary. The sharing part is scary I mean, not the work.

I've been giving myself arm cramps pulling 10-hour embroidery sessions. I'll have some new pieces that I'm looking forward to sharing soon.  

And I've also been working at this. Our week at Harbourfront is approaching so quickly...

Hope the beginning of your year has been delightful.