Tuesday, October 16, 2007

beautiful apple



Today Addie and I shared an organic gala apple (our favourite!)

I read an excellent article once. It explained that if we can always purchase not all, but a few specific organic fruits and vegetables, that just these few would hugely reduce the chemicals (poison) taken into our bodies. I always regret not jotting down this list of produce. But I remembered that one of the most chemical-laden fruits were apples, and I've been buying them organic ever since.

I finally found the list. This is mostly for my benefit, I want to always try keep it in mind! Here it is now:

    1. Peaches
    2. Apples
    3. Sweet Bell Peppers
    4. Celery
    5. Nectarines
    6. Strawberries
    7. Cherries
    8. Leafy Greens (lettuce, spinach)
    9. Imported Grapes
    10. Pears

    1. Baby Food
    2. Rice
    3. Milk
    4. Eggs
    5. Beef / Poultry


Sunday, October 14, 2007

Forever

Many time during my days, I will find myself thinking:
God, I love this so much. Please let me be a mama forever!
And then I realise that, no matter what:
I will always be a mama. Forever.

my girl



my girl. happiest with a box of paper-scraps.

my desk-spot



treasures accumulate...

Sunday, October 07, 2007

little birds + twinkle stars


I've made some jotter-books. They are hand-screened covers with a linen spine. Each is 16 x 12.5 cm (6.25 x 5") in size with 2 dozen assorted (kraft, interlined, grid, glassine etc) hand-stitched pages inside. They are a perfect little book to keep tucked inside your bag, for when inspiration happens to catch you by! I hope to get some time to add these to my online shop real soon...

our spot


We woke up today happy to see the sun again (i was thinking that our summer was over already) so Addie and I went to spend our afternoon once more at our favourite spot at Granville Island (just past the tennis courts). But first we visit kids only and the market for some picnic snacks to eat before napping! Perhaps the last time this year? i hope not...

Saturday, October 06, 2007

some


This afternoon i was suddenly hit with the urge to make a another quilt. So i dragged out one of my bins and set aside some pinks and creams and browns and greys. And that's how far I got when Addie woke up from her nap.

new shoes


A beautiful package from my lovely Alexa arrived, and with it, new shoes for Adelaide! They are perfect for these warm summer days...

two





When I was about 8 months pregnant, I started having night panics regarding my two boys (cats) and our soon-to-arrive baby. I remember being up really late one night in the dark, madly googling away in a panic, trying to find out about cats and babies and if all those silly tales are true. (Those ones about cats loving to snooze on top of sleeping infants faces and such.) I was so uneasy because everytime we brought a new baby item into the apartment, Jack and Elliot would always sleep in or on it: the stroller, the car seat, the crib, the bassinet... on and on. Panic!

Of course, I needn't have worried. The first thing I saw, staggering in the door with my baby for the first time, was Jack and Elliot frozen on the couch, their eyes absolutely huge, their tails even huger. They were terrified! They wouldn't go in the same room as her, never mind sleep on her head.

It has taken months, but more and more now they are all becoming the best of friends. Especially Jack and Adelaide - Jack is completely smitten by her! He loves stroking his tail across her brow to say hi. She squeals with absolute joy when she spots them. And I am a happy mama - I love having my little girl grow up with my beautiful boys.


home


This is our new home, if all the red tape clears out o.k. (next week?) our first real home together for the three of us. ours! We spent the afternoon today hanging out inside. and it feels so cozy, and down the street a nature reserve and across the street a path through a forest to the school and playgrounds and cafes...

Today I wished that we didnt have to go back to our rented place again!

I am so very proud of my love and partner charles. he is so incredibly talented yet humble and he really works so hard to care of addie and me. So I can have my wish and be a full-time mom. He is such a great father, to see him and Addie together, how she kicks in excitement to glimpse or hear him - He melts my heart.

ps: it is now ours oct 18!

pool pants


We took Adelaide for her first ever swimming class tonight - she made it through about 5 minutes before she lost it... poor girl. she was all excited before hand in her new yellow pool pants too. But the only class time I could get was late for her (darn civic strike), the place was just crazy with so many rowdy kids, and it seemed that the other 'babies' in her class were so much older than her. She just didn't get it! We ended up withdrawing her from the class and I will enroll her later on when she is a little bit older.

one goofy giggly girl

Adelaide was in a funny mood all day today, giggling away at most anything.

Friday, October 05, 2007

one moment


captured
another little bit
all together us

one wall



here is one wall of our dining room. In my travels I always keep an eye out for lovely posters and prints. One of my favourites in the largest one here which is an original danish print that i found at a flea market just outside of copenhagen. Julie and Sune, (my favourite friends and Danes) told me that it is a poster from after the second world war to collect donations to send city kids to the country.

Craft Inc.


A few days ago I received a copy of "Craft Inc." in the mail, sent to me from Meg Mateo Ilasco. She researched and wrote this book which is a guide for making people to turn their craft into a business. It's a great little book and I am flattered and proud to be included in it along with so many other fantastic and inspiring creators!

beautiful leaves of canada (poster)



I researched, wrote, designed, and screenprinted this poster all about Canadian deciduous trees. And finally got around to taking some photos of it this afternoon! It is the long-lost cousin of my pinecone poster. I hope to be able to find a moment to add it to my online shop sometime soon.

Thursday, October 04, 2007

my worlds

From: August 25, 2007



I really like old maps but especially vintage globes. here are (just a few) of my globes that i have collected over the years. I have way too many now so I think that I may begin to (try to) give some away to some of my favourite friends. or maybe not - i love them!

loungin'

From: August 21, 2007



Adelaide
's really been into her feet lately. Now when she sits in her chair she always kicks her feet up and just hangs out all cozy-like. She's becoming such a little individual just doing her thing more everyday...

so many little stitches

From: August 2, 2007



i've been making the (twin sized) quilt for
adelaide's first bed since about the time she was born. It's been slow going, but I've got it all pieced together and now i am just doing all of the quilting by hand. The squares are 2 1/4 inches in size and the fabrics are different patterns and solid cottons in sky blue and tomato red, most of which I collected while I was pregnant. Addie already really seems to like it as when i hold it up to show her, her eyes get all wide and bright and her mouth pops open! I can't wait to ask her what her favourite square is one day...

a douglas park picnic

From: July 11, 2007



Almost five months old!



Adelaide loves trees! I tell her that she can become anything in the world, but an Arborist would make a very good choice.

whistler day

From: June 25, 2007



There is so much love with us.

Wednesday, October 03, 2007

these days

From: June 6th, 2007



Sometimes, I feel a bit melancholy, realising how fast she is growing up. The days are passing so so fast! She's already doubled her size in less than 4 months, and she is beginning to outgrow her bathtub. I am so looking forward to when she is running around and talking so that I can show and teash her even more. But I already miss her, holding her all the time, watching her sleep and breathe. These days are precious to me now...


our days are filled with first evers..

From: June 6, 2007



First Ever Dress!


in dreams peaceful and green

From: May , 2007



beautiful and dearest child
morning comes soon, sleep awhile
fly away to trees that sway
in dreams peaceful and green..

of the happiness you bring, I will sing
my love goes following you into your dreams
my love goes with you now

big bed

From: May 3, 2007



sigh. remember the days when being tucked into mom + dads big bed could bring
this much joy?

making, mommy-style

From: April 29. 2007



I was at Sears purchasing a sewing machine when I went into labour. (but I didnt realise it was actually labour until much, much later - I had been cramping for weeks and it was also too early). So I haven't had much time to devote to sewing - although here and there I get a chance. Sometimes I strap Addie to me in the baby bjorn and we sew away. she seems to like this. Of course, when she was inside me I was constantly making so I suppose it is most normal to her. I can't wait to teach her how to make!


I am now making a quilt for her first bed. red and blue. She already seems to like it. But, it is taking much longer than I originally planned...

a.m.

From: April 18, 2007



naptime.

these days,
at my place,
with my three children!!

being a mom..

From: April 17, 2007



...is the absolute best thing, ever!





our girl



Her name is Adelaide May Wright Guan,

and she FINALLY arrived after 3 days of labouring bliss :) at 10:24 pm on Tuesday, Feb 13th (a week early)

Our tiny 6.6 pound girl

she is absolutely the most beautiful ever
I am so in love
and sore, and absolutely exhausted, and amazingly happy.

a few more

book-collecting

from: October 30, 2006



i'm hoping to raise a reader...
and so i've been collecting even more and more these days :)
highly recommended.
these books hold so many memories -
my very favourite was sam, bangs and moonshine
any i have i missed?

me (and you)

from: September 30, 2006

last night

from September 23, 2006

last night i dreamt that i was about to give birth.
i went to the hospital, lay down,
and out popped a beautiful, clean, perfectly dressed baby girl.

That was it!

i said to myself (incredibly relieved)

"wow, that was so easy!"

and she could talk, and she said to us:

"my name is LOY!"

oh,

from: September 5, 2006

and, by the way, we're pregnant :)
and expecting the new one this february
its so completely amazing to have this with the one you love.

in my studio

from: november 24, 2005



I am pretty suprised at how much a quick floor sweep can really clean up a space. Usually, the floor is absolutely littered with paper scraps!



I love vintage boxes from chinatown. Years ago, I would spot them while searching for chinatown treasures, and the shopkeepers would usually given them to me - I think that they thought that i was just some crazy white girl! Months later they were on to me, and they would charge me 50 cents per box or so. Now when i go to chinatown, most shops have their old boxes on the shelves for sale for several dollars each! But I still love them and usually will buy 1 or 2 as a treat for myself.



When I lived in my old apartment building, they were always renovating the many suites and tearing out all the old fixtures and cabinets. This made me so sad until my lovely building manager Kevin let me have some of the spoils! This old glass-doored kitchen cabinet is perfect for storing my stuff. Later on i added many glass jars along the bottom to hold all my smaller items such as thank you notes and paper samplers.



here is my big blackboard that I picked up at a salvation army thrift store for $12. It's a good quick visual to keep track of orders from my retailers.



One day, I found this old metal shelf in an alley and dragged it in and cleaned it up. It's the perfect place to store some of my papers.



somehow a pair of seagulls found me. In the afternoons, they come and sit on the roof of the building across the alley from my window and peep at me until i give them pastries from my window ledge. They swallow them in one gulp, but they also share with each other too. (i think they are a couple).



here is the back of my door, and my cork board, where I pin up some flat-type favourite finds.