Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Book for sale

A completely handmade book for sale :)

It is 9 x 12 inches, has a patchwork sewn fabric cover, ribbon bookmark, and white vellum pages (feels and looks like bond paper - slightly textured).

It's perfect for drawing or writing, sketching, planning.. anything you can think to fill blank pages with!

I'm selling it for $48.

Let me know if you're interested :)


The holidays

The only thing I don't like about the holidays is the fact that I can't ride my bike anymore and that under three layers of socks, my toes are still cold. Otherwise, the holidays aren't so bad.

Hope you had fun with you and yours and have much to look forward in the new year!


Thursday, December 15, 2011

Simple pleasures 3

My current work involves helping Design students create their projects when it involves sewing or textile printing (thus far) and I consider it a simple pleasure as I've found it to be really satisfying to see a project come together after hours of a student's hard work. Like this one for example, of a fabric banana with zipper peels that has various information machine embroidered on them, suggesting a darker side of this famous fruit, that has been concealed from us. Visit Banana Link for more info on the current unfair trade of bananas.

Earlier this month, to get in the xmas mood, I decided to be adventurous at my current favourite bakery and bought a tree shaped dessert! I have to say it was better than amazing. I did not expect what was in there at all. It was a moist chocolate mousse with a caramel.. something surprise in the center. Blew my mind.. along with how simple this strawberry nail tutorial was :)

Happy Holidays everyone!


Simple pleasures 2

Pre-december, I was pretty self-indulgent and had my very first cake pop (amazing), ate savoury  breakfast crepes (with prosciuto and two types of cheeses), flipping through the newest IKEA catalogue (those polka dots, that table, the everything, swoon~) and the fastest cupcake I ever made (ahem - assembled is more accurate) and ate!

Also, I discovered a new song that I really like, Pumped Up Kicks by Foster The People.


Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Simple pleasures 1

Just before the first snow fall, I took one last walk through the park near my house. It truly felt like the end of Autumn with the couples holding hands, owners walking their dogs, children playing in the leaves and squirrels everywhere! I just had to take a picture but what was truly surprising is how focused the squirrels became once they saw me digging through my bag! As though expecting me to have food. I felt really bad about not having anything to give them once I saw those hopeful faces.. Definitely next year my little furry friends. 


Monday, November 21, 2011

To Michele's students - Aux etudiants de Michele

Hello again!

It was really great to meet you all and reminisce about my own group's trip to Italy with Michele back in 2009. I've been in your shoes, without knowing much about what to expect (other than the basics) and was a bit nervous before departing. However once the experience was over, I wished we had another month ontop of it!

Each person experiences their travels differently and your story will surely differ from mine. What I can say for sure is that Michele's drawing class in Italy is very well organized and there will be no room for disappointment :)

If you wish to purchase your personalized travel sketchbook from me you can click here for a list of fabrics, papers, prices and sizes.

You can also reach me by e-mail if you have any questions or would like to discuss certain details.

Thank you!



Cela a ete un tres grand plaisir de vous avoir rencontre et d'avoir pu partager avec vous un peu mes souvenirs de mon voyage en Italie avec Michele en 2009. J'ai deja ete a votre place, sans trop savoir ce qui m'attendait (appart les details de base) et avec un peu d'anxiose avant mon depart. Mais apres le fait, j'aurait vraiment aime y avoir reste encore un autre mois!

Chaque experience de voyage est unique, et la votre sera differente de la mienne. Mais je peux vous assurer que l'encadrement du cours de dessin de Michele en Italie est tres bien organise et ne laissera pas de place au desappoint :)

Si vous derisez faire une commande pour un livre de croquis de voyage personalise, vous pouvez cliquer ici  pour voir ma selection de tissus, papiers, grandeurs et prix.

Vous pouvez aussi me rejoindre par courriel si vous avez des questions ou aimeriez discuter quelques details.



Visit again soon! I am compiling my videos and photos and will dedicate a few posts on the different cities we visited, in the near future :)

Revenez visiter mon blog bientot! Je compile mes videos et mes photos de mon voyage et je les publierait ici aussitot :)

Monday, November 14, 2011

Smart Design Mart

Getting into the deep end of preparing for the Smart Design Mart which will be happening December 2-3-4, 2011! I'm really excited to be a part of it for the first time, while trying get a lot of work done before the deadline. It's not easy doing it all by myself, I might end up having to enlist some help!

As for books, I always discover something new when I make them, and this time was no different. I figured out how to add pencil pockets to my covers! Pure inovation, though I'm sure it's been done before. Regardless, I think it's pretty neat.

I should get back to work now!


Saturday, November 12, 2011

Here's to feeding myself good food!

I've been on a roll lately and have been making myself some pretty delicious homemade lunches while I work on my creative projects at home. They're not the most elaborate meals, but the savoury factor has me impressed with myself and appreciative of the time I've taken aside for myself. I, like many crafty-artsy people (I mostly speak for myself) tend to put nutrition on a lower pedestal when working. I usually go for the quick fix (still do somewhat) and eat mostly cold lunches. However, there comes a point where a cold pizza (the italian kind) just doesn't cut it so many times in a row. You should enjoy your food and do your body some delicious good every now and then! Also, I would take quality over quantity any day, but if the quality is really good, I don't mind having more quantity of it ;)

Aside from getting a bit better at eating better, I just shipped out the longcoat I posted about recently! The post office always makes me slightly nervous, as does purchasing travelling insurance, they always tell you about the worst-case scenarios and you end up paying more for peace of mind. Hopefully there is no need to worry, it's been going great so far and selling online has been really exciting.


Sunday, November 6, 2011

Etsy longcoat commission

Three cheers for me for finally completing this special custom longcoat ordered by a lovely returning Etsy buyer!! This one was quite the task to accomplish. There were so many obstacles in the way, I was starting to wonder how long it would take to finish! In the end, it took about 4 months from concept to the last stitch and to be honest, I was quite surprised with myself. Although I've sewn clothing before, this garment has a quality I didn't see while working on it. Only now while looking at these photos that I took today of my aunt modelling it, do I see how impressive it actually is. I look forward to making more garments and adding them to the shop.

Speaking of today, I was at my uncle's house and his wife (my aunt) cooked us (and her sister's family who were also visiting) a fantastic lunch that included homemade gnocchis, pasta, meatballs, sausage and even sauce! The vine leaves were store bought but boy were they good.

Bella (their bunny) had her own feast and I second her sentiment, stuffed and sleepy!


Friday, November 4, 2011


How convenient of a shop to allow me to display all of the cakes I made in their display case so I can take this photo. If you haven't guessed yet, that was a joke! I go to this bakery quite often as it is connected to the underground metro and so sometimes I go in and get that mocha cream or coconut cream bun for a dollar thirty cents. While waiting in line however, you get to view this wonderful display of really gorgeous and surprisingly affordable cakes ($3 for a slice and about 15-17 for a cake). The only problem is I never have an occasion to buy them for! I'm almost ready to just buy one because I want to stare it alone in my home like a cr-normal person. I really just might. As the sun begins to set earlier and earlier daily, I will need to find bits of sunshine any where I can find it.


Tuesday, November 1, 2011

At the pet store

Just got back my film today from when I went trigger happy in a pet store a while back. I had been saving the film for the lantern festival but I couldn't resist snapping when I caught sight of an adorable kitten! And it just got worse from then on. I truly deeply desire to have a pet, my loneliness is catching up with me. I don't know if I would look to a pet store however, knowing how many pets get abandoned daily, it might be better to visit the spca for a specimen to give my love and attention to. Until then, I'll keep taking pictures of these lovelies.



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