Tuesday, July 27, 2010

an edition of books

The last couple of weeks I have been delving into my paper stash and counting, cutting, and sorting dozens of stacks for another edition of my pocket and journey books. They are now currently being bound, pressed, and dried and will be ready to mail out later on this week.
These little books are made with so much love. Each is filled with sixty-five different papers foraged papers from all over the world. Tucked in between them are many different envelopes and pockets, for little treasures to be saved forever in.

If you would like one to call your own, they are up for sale in my shop here and here. They usually don't last long, but I should be making another edition up, later this fall as well.

WOW! Thank you to everyone who placed an order for these books. I am a little bit overwhelmed! I have now listed them all as out-of-stock, but I may have some more to add once I've waded through the orders. If you'd like to be notified when I have more available, please send my an email. Thank-you!

If you would like to order a book in another colour then I have listed in my shop, please just let me know. I may be able to make you up a book in another colour. Here now is a chart of my collection of bookcloth:

Which colour would you choose? In the past the robins egg and clover green have been the most popular, but so far this time by far the cherry and cream soda have been the favourites - these sorts of things are always interesting to me!

Monday, July 26, 2010

drawing addie

The other day Adelaide and I sat down at the kitchen table, with a cup of coloured pencils between us. I was distracted for a while, focused on drawing myself a little girl. But when I glanced over, I saw that Addie was very busy drawing her own little girl, too. These drawings make me happy.

The past couple of weeks, it seems as though Adelaide's brain has been developing at a huge pace. And It's really amazing for me to watch her learn, everything, at such a quick and desired pace.

She is drinking in the world.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

tonight, in the meadow

I took this photograph tonight while we were out wandering around the meadow together. To me, this image is filled with a whole lot of happiness. Isn't it marvelous - photography? And that it has become just so easy to capture these glimpses from life, and keep them forever.

This year, there have been so many wild animals coming about our place, much more than usual. So far in the past few weeks there have come several deer with their fawns, a bobcat, a cougar, coyotes (always, coyotes), and a mama black bear with her twin cubs.

I read that due to so much of the cool grey weather this year, their natural food sources are scarce, and so they are coming to look for food supplies. Makes me think twice about wandering around in the meadows and bushes with Adelaide like we normally do. We are being extra careful.

Monday, July 19, 2010

a house full of prints

Decemberists poster: www.heroandsound.com
wall paint: Gossamer Blue by Benjamin Moore

Probably the question we're asked most when we have visitors over is "where did you get this/ or all of your prints?" (and "what is the paint colour on your walls?") I've also been receiving a lot of inquiries by email on these things, and so I decided to gather all of this information up, both in photographs and sources - to have as as a reference for myself and to share with others. And so, the last couple of weeks I have been taking photographs - such as this one - when I get a moment (and the light is co-operating.)

I began collecting all sorts of frame-ables over a decade ago, when I was still a student at Emily Carr in Vancouver. I began to find all sorts of flat items which caught my eye or were made by friends: posters and prints, old maps, charts, vintage linens. My collection keeps growing slowly over time I don't think I will ever stop or be done framing and hanging. These posters and prints have become wonderful souvenirs from my life, and just looking at them can bring back all sorts of memories.

long ago, I had decided to begin to frame everything up in simple Ikea Ribba frames, all in black. These frames are affordably priced, come in a variety of sizes, and have always been readily available over the years.

If required, I always cut the mats myself by using just a super sharp new exacto blade. I don't worry about using a professional mat cutter to get that nice bevelled edge (because no one really notices it, and it doesn't really bother me to have straight-cut mats). Of course, you can also purchase a mat cutter online or at your local art shop - in fact I think I have one somewhere, but I just can't be bothered.

Other must-have tools for I use for cutting my own mats are a clear quilting ruler to measure (works amazing!) and largest possible self-healing cutting mat which is a fabulous investment and definitely worth picking up at Michael's when they have their 40% off coupons. And, I always measure twice, and cut once!

When framing, It is also very handy to keep things clean - as the frames may be full of static and attract all sorts of dirt. I keep a bottle of glass cleaner and a non-static glass cloth to wipe and wipe. And I check and re-check the front of the frame before pinching the frame all closed. Because there is always some wayward dirt that gets in there, somehow, which will need to be removed before you close it all up.

When we bought this home, every single wall in it was painted this horrid colour. It looks (and feels) very much like unfinished drywall, or 70's beige pantyhose, both of which can suck the life right out of you! I painted over most of the walls, but left this (the stairway and hall). But now I see that I really must paint it, too. White!


I picked up this wonderful poster on one of my visits to Copenhagen. It is a reprint of the original 1951 design by Viggo Vagnby. Luckily, you may also order it from anywhere in the world right here!

The lower poster, titled "Manhattan" by Jim Datz, is from threepotatofourshop.com

and, I believe the top (Broken Social Scene show poster) was once available from www.thesmallstakes.com

This happy print is by Wayne Pate, and I ordered it from his online shop here:goodshapedesign.com Perfect for a child's play area, as we have placed it in our home.

This original 1954 screen print is one of my most favourite things. I found it buried in a flea market in Copenhagen, and bought it for a good price because the side was torn. I simply cropped it a little bit when framing and so the tear can't be seen.

The wall colour here in our kitchen is Grand Teton While by Benjamin Moore.

Here above my partner Charles' desk is a poster which was designed by Charlie Harper, titled the "ATLANTIC BARRIER ISLANDS". It and posters of other locales by him are available for an excellent price here.

Alphabet poster - honeyandbloom.com

Blue Skies Above (bird poster) - www.merchline.com/pushmepullyou/

Anatomy of a Murder re-print: (Saul Bass) - LA Flea Market find

Original Antique bird lithographs, purchased inexpensively ($10 each?) on ebay here. I often wish that I had purchased many of them and filled up a whole wall!

resource: www.lovelydesign.com

Here are two posters which I researched, designed, and wrote myself. They are all about Beautiful Conifers of Canada (blue) and the Beautiful Broadleaves of Canada.

Originally when I created these prints, I had no idea that they would sell so well, but the response was wonderful, which makes both the designer and nerd in me very happy. If you happen to be interested in owning one or both, I have the last few dozen for sale in my online shop here.

Well, I still have many framed posters and prints to show, and so I will continue collecting them up and post them when I am able. If you have any questions or comments, please ask! I am hoping to be able to gather up and have all of this information available in one place.

Wednesday, July 07, 2010

in a little girl's room

Today Adelaide and I are puttering around the house, wondering what the day will bring us. The light is so pretty that I took these photographs of Addie hanging out in her bedroom.

This room seems to sum her right up. What-you-see-is-what-you-get. Bright and happy and cute and a little girlie but not too girlie. Simple but eclectic, full of surprises. Often neat and tidy yet always filled with favourite things. So much like her.

Our house is small, this room is tiny, and I often wish for a bit more space for us to breathe. But space aside, my hope with our home is create a place where we all - her especially - can thrive and grow and find peace and inspiration and comfort. And above all, happiness.

note: The framed posters shown here are by Japanese illustrator Shinzi Katoh. I mail-ordered them by phone from Penelope's in Chicago a few years ago now, so I don't think they have them available anymore.

The paint colour in this room is a custom colour I had up for my former studio years ago, and I've used it ever since. I love this colour, it is mellow yet happy, perfect for her room. You can find out more information about it here.

to the forest

I'm not sure if it is my imagination, but it really feels like this year has been chillier than most. I've been craving the sun so very much, but up until yesterday it seemed to remain elusive. The odd day when the sun did appear Adelaide and I would run right out into it, and spend every minute we could soaking some up.

I took these photographs (which, for some reason are uploading all jiggy) on an evening when the sun broke through the grey. Adelaide and I headed to the forest to find treasures, pick wildflowers, and feel some warmth.

We have now lived right beside this forest for about three years now, and I feel like it - in many ways - has become a part of us. Adelaide has always known it, and she takes pride in showing it off to visitors, enthusiastically pointing out the huckleberries or wild black raspberries. Lupine or Yarrow. Hummingbirds or Woodpeckers. I love it that she knows these things, and that they make her so happy.

It seems as though I can now always feel the forest breathing next to me, this gentle giant, and I find much comfort and calm in this.

Friday, July 02, 2010

the wonderful men of the world

These days life is always filled. I am constantly juggling, preparing and filling orders, taking care of household errands, taking care of my girl. I am also helping my partner Charles with his work, as he is intensely busy and also setting up his own studio.

I am so proud of him. It's always nice to see someone with a lot of talent work hard and do well, but especially so when it's the man you love. He works very hard, and he is sincere, and amazingly talented to boot. And a wonderful father, too.

Somehow, I got lucky. Thank goodness for him, and for all the wonderful men of this world. May all us girls know at least one.