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Merry + Bright Christmas Cards

24 Dec

Merry Christmas! I cannot believe it is Christmas Eve; where did the time go this December?! I am incredibly behind on my Christmas cards and Christmas blogging! I apologize a thousand times.

I love sending snail mail. A hand written card with a thoughtful compliment is one of my most favourite things to receive.

Last year I made embroidered and printed cards for family and friends. This year I kept things simple and made one lovely linocut stamp “Merry + Bright”.

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May your days be merry and bright,
And may all your Christmases be white!

Warmest wishes for the happiest of holidays from Saskatchewan.

XO

p.s. – I am sorry if you are viewing your Christmas card online before you receive it in the mail!

Jill Bliss + Handsome Henry

27 May

Some good friends of mine recently bought a house together and I wanted to give them a fabulous gift to celebrate this momentous occasion. I had no idea what to give them. Luckily the weekend before their housewarming party I found some fabulous prints by artist Jill Bliss at Luna + Hill in Saskatoon. These prints are bright, charming, and will last much longer than the cheese and crackers I originally planned to give the happy homeowners.

Jill’s prints are gorgeous, whimsical, bold, organic, honest. I immediately knew a Jill Bliss print belonged in my friends’ new home. I purchased two prints of onion, beet, carrot; one for the new homeowners and one for me and Henry (my apartment).

I love Jill’s work and think she is an incredibly thoughtful artist. Here is a little blurb on her creative process:

in my mind, “people, plants and animals” or “art, craft and design” are not so different from one another. i believe that everything and everyone are interconnected and similar—it’s just a matter of each functioning with a different set of materials, and at varying speeds and scales. i hope to call attention to these ideas in my work, and to celebrate the small overlooked details that showcase these interconnections and samenesses.

Check out these Jill Bliss lovelies!

the douglas fir print-to-order poster

the melon, pumpkin, squash print-to-order poster

the kale, chard, lettuce print-to-order poster

the sunflower notecard

the onion, beet, carrot offset poster

Jill shares, “all of my creative output finds its inspiration in the intricate details of the natural world, while exploring the colors of humanity. my deceptively simple, nature-inspired style stems from a childhood romping through northern california orchards, and then going to art school in new york and san francisco.”

I decided to hang my copy of onion, beet, carrot in my living room next to my clock and vintage wall art from my dad.

It is really lovely to display artwork that very beautifully depicts the intricate and fascinating details of the natural world.

I’ve noticed that I have a definite preference for artwork that is made with organic materials (like my apple and potato stamp prints) or has organic subject matter (like onion, beet, carrot).

It is a beautiful thing when you can incorporate a little bit of nature or nature-inspired artwork into the places you call home.

I have to admit, every day Henry feels more and more like home.

Potato Stamp Birthday Crafternoon

22 Apr

Saturday afternoon I invited some friends over for a birthday crafternoon. We made potato stamps, drank sangria, and ate tasty, lemony birthday cake. It was the perfect way to spend a sunshine-filled Saturday afternoon.

Thank you to everyone who made this afternoon extra special for me. I’m such a lucky girl!

For some DIY potato stamp projects and inspiration check out last week’s post on Potato Stamp Artwork.

Carving potato stamps.

My favourite part: getting messy.

I believe a little wine always helps the creative process.

My lovely friends and their colourful stamps. Everyone had the same materials but all the prints are completely unique.

Time for cake! Thank you so much for the pretty and delicious cake Vanessa!

Love the bright colours and bold prints.

Some retro inspired green prints and the end of another successful crafternoon.

I’m really pleased with how my triangle potato stamps turned out! These prints look great in Henry’s little breakfast nook.

This was a super simple DIY project. The finished product is bold, graphic, modern. Who knew potato stamps could be so chic?

Potato Stamp Artwork

16 Apr

This coming weekend I’m throwing myself a birthday crafternoon; this party will be a little bittersweet. This will be my first crafternoon (and birthday) in Saskatoon. I’m missing my Vancouver communication friends terribly; I’m sure my Saskatoon crafternoon will be fun but it definitely won’t be the same.

Miss you ladies!

I love printmaking and my apartment is in desperate need of some bold, colourful, graphic wall art. Solution = potato stamp crafternoon. So simple and fun!

Check out these awesome DIY potato stamp projects and inspiration:

Chevron Potato Stamp Art by Strawberry Chic.

Potato, Potahto Starburst Artwork by Young House Love.

DIY Decorating: Pyramid Painting Potato Stamps from Woman’s Day.

Potato Print Artwork DIY from Oh Happy Day.

Celery Stamped Cards from Homemade Serenity.

Potato Stamp Cards by Julia D.

No crafternoon I plan is complete without drinking. I’ll be making this tasty Mexican Sangria recipe by Joel and Jose found on Design Sponge. YUM! 

I will be sure to share photos from my potato stamp crafternoon next week.

XO

Flock & Gather Springtime Handmade Market

27 Mar

I am super excited for the upcoming Flock & Gather Springtime Handmade Market!

I love springtime and I love craft fairs!

I am very excited Saskatoon has an independent craft fair. Flock & Gather looks and feels very similar to my favourite Vancouver craft market – Got Craft?.

Got Craft? is the original, indie, East Vancouver craft fair that supports all things handmade. I cannot wait to see how Flock & Gather compares. I am sure it will be equally awesome.

Check out these beautiful posters for Flock & Gather by Shauna Buck.

Here are some lovely behind the scenes images of Flock and Gather’s printing process.

In summary:
Flock & Gather Springtime Handmade Market.
April 13 & 14.
St. Joseph’s Parish Hall.
Free Admission.
Yup. I’m excited.

Check out Flock & Gather’s blog and facebook page for more information.

All images from this post are borrowed from Flock & Gather’s blog.
 
 

Letterpress, Wine, + Goldfish Videos

25 Jan

I’ve been really awesome at procrastinating this week. Instead of packing, cleaning, and getting ready for the next chapter of my life I’ve been blogging, reading, and watching videos on Vimeo.

BTW – check out these cool videos!

Hello!Lucky Studio from Hello!Lucky on Vimeo.

SOMM Documentary Trailer 1 from Forgotten Man Films on Vimeo.


“Goldfish Salvation” Riusuke Fukahori from ICN gallery on Vimeo.

I’d like to argue that this is productive procrastination. At least I’m not watching netflix!

Stitched + Printed Christmas Cards

18 Dec

One of my favourite things about the holiday season is giving and receiving cards. I love getting Christmas cards and knowing that someone out there is thinking about me. Cards are such a simple gesture to show friends, family, and colleagues that you value their friendship, encouragement, and support.

That being said I am incredibly behind on my holiday cards. It is December 18 and I have not given away one Christmas card. I am sorry that many of you are viewing your Christmas card online before I give it to you in person.

This year I made two different Christmas cards – hand stitched cards and lino cut/printed cards. I am incredibly pleased with how all my cards turned out. I hope the recipients enjoy them as well!

I found a tutorial for DIY hand stitched cards from Leigh-Ann on Freckled Nest. Leigh-Ann’s instructions are really easy to follow and her blog is beautiful. I love the versatility of hand stitched cards, you can create these cards for any occasion. Your creativity and imagination is the only limit!

I found some fantastic fonts online (Honey Script, English Essay, and Morado) to help me with the type for my quirky, hand stitched, holiday cards.

The idea for “Merry Me” came from a coworker who created a poem with my Magnetic Poetry Little Box of Cheer word magnets. This magnet set only contains cheerful words, which made it quiet challenging to write an interesting poem! One of the verses from this very happy poem is “Merry Me” and I thought these words would make a really charming holiday card! Do you agree?

Joyeux is a beautiful word. These cards are inspired by my Québécois heritage. Joyeux Noël!

“DFF” and “Slutty Work Pants” are cards for friends, both are inside jokes and I cannot adequately explain their hilarity in this blog post. I am sure they will both be greatly appreciated – let the inside jokes continue into the New Year!

“Cool Beans” was inspired by the movie Hot Rod and is for my brother (who does not read my blog so his card will be a surprise). If you haven’t seen the movie you should definitely check out this clip. Whenever I watch Hot Rod it makes me think of my little brother and smile.

I love lino printing. I love the process: finding an image, modifying it for the linoleum sheet, cutting the lino, choosing the image colour, rolling the ink on the stamp, printing the first image and praying it turns out the way I envisioned. It’s exciting because you never know exactly how the print will turn out! Each card has small imperfections that make it unique. No two cards are the same.

My lino cut cards are dedicated to my childhood memories of horse-drawn sleigh rides at Christmas. When I was really young my grandpa would harness up the horses, cover them with jingle bells, and take us for a sleigh ride (or wagon ride). It was such a magical experience.

When searching for images of sleighs I came across The Bells, a beautiful poem by Edgar Allan Poe. I love how Poe describes the sound of the silver bells and the crisp, starry night skies. For me The Bells invokes romantic and quintessential Canadian images of Christmas nights on the prairies.

The Bells by Edgar Allan Poe

Hear the sledges with the bells -
Silver bells!
What a world of merriment their melody foretells!
How they tinkle, tinkle, tinkle,
In the icy air of night!
While the stars that oversprinkle
All the heavens seem to twinkle
With a crystalline delight;
Keeping time, time, time,
In a sort of Runic rhyme,
To the tintinnabulation that so musically wells
From the bells, bells, bells, bells,
Bells, bells, bells -
From the jingling and the tinkling of the bells

A wagon ride with my grandpa during a very brown Saskatchewan Christmas.

Happy Holidays + Merry Christmas.

Here’s to many more laughs, crafts, dreams, and successes in 2012!

Crafternoon: Kate’s Painterly Silhouettes

23 Oct

The Crafty Ladies have been long overdue for an afternoon of crafting. This weekend we got together to make a DIY project from Design*Sponge. We followed the online tutorial for Kate’s Painterly Silhouettes.

Step one: collect supplies, treats, and inspiration. To get the creative vibes flowing I made some apple cider in my slow cooker. To make hot apple cider put the following ingredients in your slow cooker on high for a couple of hours: apple juice, cinnamon, allspice, cloves, sliced oranges and sliced lemons. Feel free to spike your cider with Appleton Estate Jamaica Rum. Yum!

In addition to apple cider, rum, cookies, and grapes you will need:
1. acrylic paint
2. contact paper (we found this at the Home Depot)
3. exacto knife/blade
4. permanent marker
5. paintbrushes
6. illustration board (we found this at Opus)
7. images (our images included a tree, deer, pony, owls, love birds, and crown)
8. newspaper or scrap paper for painting on
9. cutting board (or cardboard)

Step two: follow the Design*Sponge tutorial. The instructions are super simple and easy to follow.

Step three: Admire your beautiful artwork! I love the variety in the prints the crafty ladies made. Even though we all followed the same tutorial everyone’s artwork is completely original (unfortunately I didn’t a photo of the royal crown print).

It took us about three hours to finish this stencil art project. I think everyone is relatively happy with how their artwork turned out. I think all the prints look great!

I really enjoyed this craft. I never worked with contact paper before, but now know it is an ingenious craft supply that I will definitely be using for future craft projects.

Do you like my purple deer? I’m pretty happy with him. It would be fun to do a whole series of purple deer (or purple prairie animal) artworks.

All in all – a successful crafternoon with some of my favourite ladies.

You Can Have It All

14 Aug

I want to take a moment to acknowledge and celebrate how much I have accomplished the last year of my life. Summer 2010 was a difficult time for me. It’s amazing how much can change with a little bit of perseverance, encouragement, and time. I think that I’m happier, healthier, and more satisfied with life than I’ve ever been. I just can’t stop and someday I truly will have it all! Yay me!

HELL YES! Words to live by. Love these block prints by The Big Harumph.

Find happiness in just a few simple steps. Are You Happy? infographic by Visual.ly.

Sorry for the cheeseball post, but I believe that it’s important to celebrate our accomplishments and personal milestones. I hope this optimistic feeling continues. May A Luminous Dream Light the Way by Jen Renninger.

XO!

Creative Process for: Can’t Stop

6 Aug

This post is dedicated to my good friend, Deanne, who just Can’t Stop!

Every Wednesday night I go over to Deanne’s for W(h)ine Wednesdays. Deanne cooks and I bring over a bottle of wine and we have amazing conversations about the woes of being a millennial and how we are constantly surprised that life gets much more complicated after you finish university. Who knew? Certainly not us. After being out of university for a couple of years you think we would get over this fact by now, but it still seems to be a popular topic.

During these lovely evenings we come up with great mantras like Can’t Stop. Deanne and I (more particularly Deanne) just Can’t Stop – once we start a project or have a brilliant idea we are dedicated. We can’t stop. And in a town like Vancouver, you really can’t stop. You always have to hustle to get where you want to be.

I’ve wanted to make a poster for our fabulous mantra for months. And I’ve finally started the creative process. This is a work in progress, so be kind and check in later for the final poster.

Enjoy! 

Playing with fonts. Thinking about kerning, leading, and white space. Punctuation or no punctuation? Fonts from left to right: Jenna Sue, Mabella, Marker Felt, and Natural Log. I think I like Jenna Sue and Natural Log best.

 

Lino cutting my first Can’t Stop stamp. I love the look of lino cuts. And I love the process. Check out my tutorial on how to make your who lino cut prints.

 

I scanned my print and edited it a bit in photoshop. The background canvas texture is from Fuzzimo. Fuzzimo has lots of great free resources for artists, their website is definitely worth a visit!

 

To Deanne, who is going to be wildly successful, because she Can’t Stop!

Other mantra’s Deanne and I have recently embraced: Chill the Fuck Out and Embrace the Chaos. Do you see a theme here?

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