31 December 2015

That's a Wrap

Well. It's that time. Time to sign off. With over 1000 posts and a surprising 8 years, it's time to say a real goodbye.

This blog has been more important to me than I could've ever imagined. It sounds trite but it's been a really good friend. It let me document the funnest ride of my life — being a new parent — a time I cherish deeply. It let me keep track of our family travels and some of the fun things we did and learned in summer, while camping, and much more. And it gave me an excuse to be creative outside of my work as a designer. It also taught me how to be grateful everyday.

I'm looking forward to turning these posts into a book, so we can browse the pages with our now 6 foot, 11 year old Spud. Thanks for stopping by. Hope you find something interesting or inspiring.

You can now follow me on tumblr where I will post my ongoing creative pursuits.

It's been amazing. Adieu. xo

29 December 2015

Merry & Bright

Wishing everyone a bright and beautiful 2016! xo

20 June 2015

100 Days of Summer Challenge is on!

That's right, I'm taking 1 photo, everyday, for 100 days to document our summer. There will likely be plenty of puppy and food shots! And hopefully lots of outdoor adventures too. Here's a sneak peek... Join the fun at #100DaysofSummer

29 April 2015

Floral Skull Fabric Design

Excited to have turned this drawing into a fabric design.



Here's a picture of the sample that just arrived in the mail yesterday ...


Check it out at Spoonflower here.

10 April 2015

Skull Drawing

I thought the delivery of my intended early birthday present was not until the end of this month but look what arrived 2 days ago! My fancy-pants markers. I got this grey set as well as a skin tone set, which I will play with next. 

Here are the results of some quality evening time on the couch watching trashy television with my Hubs. I'm excited to see this as a fabric design.





08 April 2015

Colour Theory: Make 100 Colours



What a fun way to break in a new set of watercolours! Make 100 colours. Or 60, in our case, as we only had small watercolour paper on hand. It turned out to be a nicely meditative way to learn about colour theory that was more challenging than I expected.




The kid normally loves colour mixing more than painting itself but he petered out about half way, stating he wanted to finish it tomorrow. Interestingly, though, during clean up, he started playing with various colours in our plastic egg carton spending more time colouring mixing in water than he did on paper. Whatever floats your boat!


06 April 2015

Oh, Markers, Where Art Thou?



I'm somewhat desperately, not so patiently, waiting for my fancy-pants markers to arrive in the mail. I ordered them in January indulging in an early birthday present. I thought. But now they are saying they won't be shipped until the end of April which is on the eve of my birthday, actually. At this point I'll be lucky if they aren't late.

In the meantime, I'm drawing and saving up things to colour for when they do finally arrive! I can't wait to see this one in a variety of greys. I'm thinking fabric design?

15 March 2015

Math Games: 100s Charts

We've been going through a lot of these Hundreds Charts lately so I decided to whip up one of our own. Click here to download the pdf. You'll find it in the Games Folder.




05 March 2015

Today's Lunch: Orange + Green

Not by design, completely by fluke, today's lunch turned into an array of oranges and greens. So I had to photograph it! 

We're now skipping off to enjoy the rest of the morning at the river with friends, which will happily end with a little riverside lunch.


24 February 2015

Baby Showers: Fabric Pens + Onesies

Spud's piano teacher of almost 4 years is leaving us. With much sadness. But she's off having twins which is super exciting and we are very happy for her. And sad for us.

As a goodbye present Spud decorated a couple of onesies with a black Sharpie Fabric Pen in a music motif. He's pretty excited to give them to her.






I got this idea from my own baby shower ... way back when. I sure worked with a creative bunch.

Look what they did with a yellow marker! The only time spit up is funny, really.



Because I worked for a hockey team at the time, there were more than a few hockey references. Check out the jock strap and chest hair!



 Classic.



Who knew a whale had such fine motor skills ...



Meet the Spuds.



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