Monday, December 15, 2008

blush wrap

it seems that I like to take pictures at night where the lighting just isn't right. oh well... I'm a designer not a photographer ;)

so, as promised (and very late) here are some pics of my gift/message/blush wrap.

printed in metallic gold + purple, metallic gold + teal, and metallic gold + green. fun!
27" x 39" printed on 30% PCW + FSC paper 70 lb text paper. the idea is gift wrap without the card. just write your message in the boxes!

it's lovely, but I may be biased.

I'll be looking to start an etsy store someday soon, so stay tuned. if you're from my neck of the woods and are interested in purchasing please message me and we'll discuss our love of paper.

le bison

so the fourth annual Royal Bison was a lovely success. such hard work but so much fun. the vendors there are just fabulous and talented people.

here are a few pics from the event: my babies, myself, tasha (whom I shared a table with and would love to share a table with forever and ever because she's so glorious!), and the talented and quirky valery goulet from valerydesignwrks.

turns out the Bison is going to be quarterly from now on!! how cool. stay tuned for the February show (February 7-8th), just in time to get something for your hunny's. kiss. kiss.

Friday, December 5, 2008

joyeux vendredi

it's Friday and it's taking forever to end... and I have so much to tell you but I need my camera so your eyes can indulge with my words. so I leave you today with some tea. this shot was taken whilst I was taking a break from my rickshaw ride in Shantou. beautiful little walled city.

happy friday friends.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

true love comes in paper form

great news... I found my camera but what I thought was it's charger turned out to belong to some other camera? yeah, no idea how I got it, but perhaps someone has mine? I hope so. please return it. otherwise all you will see will be yucky photos of beautiful art! such as below...

I DO APOLOGIZE for the rancid photo (taken by my iPhone, so not impressed).

BUT I couldn't wait any longer, I picked up my message wrap today thanks to the help of my two besties hauling up 1500 sheets of 27" x 39" glorious paper up 3 flights of stairs, you guys are so rad, I heart you.

so the colors are pretty off in this image, especially the rich eggplant, it looks brown here, sigh... and it matches my rich purple carpet in my bedroom, wow, can you guess when my place was built?

anyways, so not the point, let's just talk about paper and our love of paper and how paper just makes us smile. now this is the 2nd time I've printed on coated paper and I must say, I'm in love. it's like that first lustful shiver when meeting a new boy or finding a vintage gold ring. heaven.

I can't wait to find a descent camera to share this true love with you properly.

right... better yet, swing by the bison.

royal bison, end of the month. holla.

Monday, November 17, 2008

I just can't hide it!

I'm so excited, whoa, ho and I just can't hide it, no, no. I just did my press ok at the printers for my gift wrap! and voila! good thing too, I like to stress press ok's just for this reason, see that pale minty green? yeah... I never chose that! but I liked it so I stole a sheet, muahaha. the purple is the correct color and doesn't it look rich enough to smell?

love love it!

colors almost on the press are olive and gold and turquoise and gold, I'll take pics when I get them, hopefully this week... fingers crossed!

Sunday, November 16, 2008

yummy pants

I heart these, I do. Sandra D, Jasmine and American Apparel all have it right. super sexy, super sultry and if you have the right bod, smokin'! love love.

Friday, November 14, 2008

joyeux vendredi

stop & shop is on and booming. I went last night and it was amazing. so many vendors, so many goodies. prepare to spend a good chunk of time looking and admiring all the wonderful pieces they have. great job guys! it's so good, that I'm even going back today!

happy friday friends!

Friday, November 7, 2008

joyeux vendredi

if I could have a teapot like this I would! and I would use it at all of my mad hatter tea parties! so, it's the long weekend and it also happens to be my birthday on monday, so I'm celebrating mad hat style, with a mad hatter tea party, hats a must. we know how much I like hats :)

I hope you all have a lovely weekend, long or not. lest we forget.
happy friday friends!

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

gift wrap goodness

so I've been working on this for a little bit now... gift wrap! and here is a screen shot of the design, I couldn't hold it in any longer! this is just a chunk, the final size will be 27" x 39" and there are those little message boxes all over the paper.

the idea is message wrap. no cards needed. just write in the boxes. I can't wait to do a press check. there will be three color schemes all with gold of course ;) gold and turquoise, gold and eggplant and gold and olive. deliciousness.

I'll post loads of photos I'm sure when it's done and printed.

and I'll be selling it at the Royal Bison Craft and Art fair so be sure to swing by. valerydesignwrks will also be selling some killer gift wrap!

Sunday, November 2, 2008

dotted loop is back this month!

do you remember the drool worthy jewelry designs by dotted loop that I posted on a bit back? well, fabulous news, they will be at Stop and Shop THIS MONTH! I can't believe it. I'm so pleased that more vendors from Vancouver are swinging by little 'ol Edmonton.

for a list of more vendors participating in the upcoming Stop and Shop show, click here.

pin cushions, oh my!

I'm back from China! and there is just so much to tell you! I'll be posting some China pics as soon as I load them so stay tuned.

in the meantime... I had to share my most recent pin cushions! the image doesn't do it justice because those babeeee pin cushions (in the front) are just to die for! they are just little babes and I will tear a little every time one leaves me, sigh. I'll have plenty more for the upcoming Royal Bison, which I'm tres excited for. I participated last year and it's just a wonderful community of artists, crafters, individuals. you'll all have to try and make an appearance to just get what I'm talking about.

I'll also be printing gift wrap (my newest endeavor) so check back to see how that turns out!

OH and I just got my very first Gocco in the mail. I'm nervous and so excited to try it out but one thing at a time, one thing at a time.

cheers friends.

Friday, October 10, 2008

joyeux vendredi

Oh me, Oh my. I'm off to China on Tuesday so there will either be a plethora of posts from my trip or a mass email to all my closest buddies, which would mean no posts. I'll have to see how easy things will be. I can't wait, I'm itching to get home and pack (very lightly – so I can buy more)!!

And since my friend Tasha is constantly reminding me of turkey, have a lovely Thanksgiving. let's all be thankful for what we have friends.

happy turkey weekend darlings!

Friday, October 3, 2008

joyeux vendredi

today I leave you with some keeewwwwlllllll artwork. kewl!

Hannah Stouffer she reads my dreams?!

via Sub Studio

happy friday friends.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

hearts to dotted loop

sooo, I recently went to a local craft fair and fell in love with a Vancouver based jeweler. and I've finally remembered to look this designer up... Dotted Loop... stunning work... seriously.

the designer creates masterpieces with local, reclaimed vintage and antique materials. and her work is sick! the image above is from the Dotted Loop collection, but if you're budget is as small as mine, you might find something more wallet friendly from the Glam Vintage Remix collection by Dotted Loop. so fun!

world vegetarian day

vegetarians unite! ok, well I'm not a vegetarian, but I'm certainly substituting a lot of soy products for meat/dairy. I'm lactose intolerant but I do tend to cheat (hence the cheddar in the photo... oh and the sour cream...)... soy cheese just sometimes doesn't cut it, and is there such a thing as soy sour cream? probably.

anyways, anyways... since recently moving out with my sista, I've done loads of cooking! I've gone from loathing cooking to walking to the farmers market and filling my tote with fresh veggies and cooking up a storm! it's fun! I love it! once I get a table, I may even invite you over for some of my new favorite dishes... one of them being vegetarian beet chili (pictured above – we got the idea from our friend Ruthie)! made with delicious beets and carrots from the strathcona farmers market and some nice soy ground.

sweet. so happy vegetarian day friends. and p.s. October just happens to be vegetarian month! if you have any great recipe sites... do pass them along ;) and maybe try eating veg for a day?

Friday, September 26, 2008

joyeux vendredi

I just recently moved out and can't afford to set up my HD/PVR cable box just yet... and it's really amazing what you can get done without ANTM, House etc.

I've finally finished some fabric covered buttons and this time I'm leaving the hook on, since so many of you were asking for it! voila!

happy friday friends.

Friday, September 19, 2008

joyeux vendredi

man, oh man do I love hats! this link was just sent to me by Valery, from valerydesignwrks. muchos gracias Val. Love, Lulu Mae is artcessories for the modern woman with a vintage soul. what a fabulous description, and I think I fit under it quite well. don't forget to read the bio of the artist, touching... 5% of each sale is donated to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

and while we're on the topic of hats... here is a shot with some of my colleagues and I in my vintage hats. love love.

happy friday friends.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

blush love

what a fabulous night! the Young Hearts Run Free Variety Show raised $1255 all proceeds going to HIV Edmonton. good job gang, especially Max! Blush also donated their full button proceeds. good job Blush. here is a picture of my rock star sister. good job ming, you danced wonderfully and sang beautifully! my favorite part was when a bunch of us climbed up on stage to do the clap dance. radness.

Monday, September 15, 2008

young hearts run free

well, well, today is monday and the show will go on! fellow friends Blush and VA will be performing tonight at the Young Hearts Run Free Variety show, a fundraiser for HIV Edmonton.

and fab buttons have arrived just in time for the show! I was tres impressed with the mustache press in vancouver! thanks for the tip nicole, they were great to work with! and my designs turned out lovely, I can't wait to print more! Blush will be selling buttons at the show for $1 each and the money will be donated to HIV Edmonton, wonderbar!

I hope to see you there for a great cause!

Friday, September 5, 2008

joyeux vendredi

happy happy friday friends.

ma dear friend Max is organizing something truly amazing! The Young Hearts Run Free Variety Show. it's a fundraiser for HIV/AIDS and I'm so happy to be attending. both the Blush Connection and VA are performing too! and the best part is, 100% of ticket prices go to the HIV Edmonton Network!

show your support, have a good night and get your dance on!
Monday, September 15th
Starlite Room @ 7PM
tickets are $10 at the door (remember 100% goes to HIV edmonton)

Thursday, September 4, 2008

my heart aches...

... for these. doug wilson posted on this today and I've fallen in love. my love of type, translated into coasters? who knew? these are stunning... and will be available again in October... unless I buy them out... they also come in acrylic if you aren't diggin' the wood. hummm... sigh.

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

hearts to zoe bradley

yes, yes, yes. you know how much I love paper, so you must fathom how much I adore Zoe Bradley... pure talent. thank you Design*Sponge for posting on this brilliant artist.

if I could, I would wear these. I know I wouldn't be able to sit, but I'd look damn fine. brilliant work.

Friday, August 29, 2008

joyeux vendredi

O, sweet weekend, sweet long weekend. I'm off to the mountains to become one with nature. wish the city girl lots of luck for the rain filled weekend.

happy friday friends.

Thursday, August 28, 2008

hearts to house

sweet sassy, was I ever pleased with my mail today. this is what I got! Ginger Diamond... hahaha sweet.

I'm a newbie to House Industries, they are based in Yorlyn, Deleware... and if I were to compare them it would be to Canada's Veer.

anyways, anyways... I have no clue how I heard of them, probably from another blogger (so again, my apologies for the mis-credit), but it was this that drew me in... I want it so bad! but I don't even want to imagine the shipping on this beautiful piece of work!

right, so from what little I know about House, they are a super studio of lettering. and we know how much I adore type! you MUST check out their case studies, absolutely beautiful type. stunning. stunning work.

thanks House! I can't wait to receive more newsletters.

Friday, August 22, 2008

joyeux vendredi

my fabulous friend Lisa, has introduced me to a magical man, Ray LaMontagne. he's beautiful, he's soulful and he makes me dream. I would indeed like to hold him in my arms.

Thursday, August 21, 2008

hearts to rosa loves

rosa loves, yes love is in the air. this lovely company is all about awareness... read some of their stories and support a cause with a rad t-shirt! I'm so pro education, especially when it comes to poverty struck countries and I'd like to support armonia... sweet armonia. this story has made me so thankful for getting help with my education and having a strong, healthy family. I'm forever grateful and I appreciate sites like this so much! thank you mike and chris from rosa loves.

oh and like so many of us, I've misplaced the blog that I found this company, so my apologies for the missing credit.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

blush party, don't forget

don't forget, tomorrow night, the blush connection is playing at the urban lounge. supa fun times, don't get left out, yo!

photo by Natalie Sarzynski (p.s. I'm not part of the band, I just play the kazoo with them occasionally)

Friday, August 15, 2008

joyeux vendredi

these are just fabulous. I found this killer shop, Pedlars through the lovely Cafe Cartolina. enjoy your friday shopping finds!

happy friday friends!

OH and good news... I found my panda! life will go on! hoorah!

Thursday, August 14, 2008

blush this

oooh I've been waiting for their next show and it's a week from today! the blush connection will be opening for Dani Jean at the Urban Lounge. tickets are $10 at the door and the show starts at 9:30 pm. I can't wait to dance with blush next Thursday, August 21st. bring your dancing shoes.

Friday, August 8, 2008

joyeux vendredi

while doing some reading on my favorite planet saving blog, TreeHugger, I came across a post on my favorite animal... the panda... and guess what? 4 cubs were born in 14 hours! hooray! such a good thing for the cuddly creatures who would rather roll around and eat than mate. such cuties!

this got me thinking... my childhood teddy was a panda named butterball. and he's MISSING! after reading this article I went on a house hunt for him and I can't find him anywhere :( I'm going to keep looking for my missing mate, cross your fingers that I find my little cuddly cub.

happy friday friends!