Saturday, January 14, 2012


That's right! I'm moving, but not out of my apartment - or at least not quite yet. I'm moving blogs!!

I will no longer be posting here, but this blog will stay up since it is a wonderful collection of articles from the past 5 years. I know, I can't believe that I have been blogging for 5 years! Anyways, I figured it was time for a big change - and what a better way to start a big change, but with a completely clean slate.

I will be blogging at and will hope to become a regular blogger over there. I am still working on the design elements of it, so some things might not be completely functional yet - but I just wanted to jump right into my blogging over there. I hope you have all enjoyed your time here and that you willl enjoy your time even more at my new blog. Thanks so much for the past five years here :)

Sunday, January 8, 2012

End of Week Recap

This week was a lot of ‘getting back on track’ with things. The holidays always throw routines out of whack, and I find – personally, since I'm driving around so much – that it takes a while for me to find me groove again.

This past week saw a lot of interesting ‘things’

I began the 366pages project that I had signed up for, I have already shared with you some pages. I’m finding myself waking up and looking forward to working in it. It’s different and it challenges me in new ways. It’s part of my plan to explore new artistic mediums and to really develop as an artist this year (since I’m not in school, and I have employment). I can put the time and energy towards creatively looking at different things, and finding what works for me. I also have the income to be able to 'dispose' on art materials that I didn't always have before.

I made of list of ‘firsts’ that I want to complete in 2012 (so no unrealistic ‘backpacking through Europe’ goals – since I know that’s not in the cards lol). It was hard, I won’t lie. But, what it made me realize more than what I want to do – is what I have done: jumped off waterfalls in foreign countries? check! Zip lining? Check! All that Toronto sight-seeing (as of this past December) Check, check, check! Try new foods? Check! (I’m constantly doing this, so it didn’t seem fair to put in). Piercings? Check! No tattoos – it’s more I have such a wondering mind, I could never decide.  Anyways, this is the list I came up with:

I created a “to-do” for January, that includes major cleaning of the bathroom – there’s not good ventilation, and with steamy showers I want to be steps ahead of potential mould. Reorganizing life, and trying to make my apartment look like a 25 year old lives in it, not a 18 year old – don’t worry, there’s not stuffed animals or anything, it’s just cluttered and disarrayed most of the time. Eat all the food in the freezer – I think I have more than enough protein’s to last well past the month – it’s just focussing on eating those, and not getting more. Also, no new art supplies. I know this seems ‘odd’ for an artist – but I’m going to use this month, and possible next to try and use up odds and ends, and essentially get rid of clutter. This will also force me to be a bit more creative as I get down to the nitty gritty.

That being said, I did have a small ‘lapse’, although personally I don’t think it counts as it’s not ‘art supplies’. It also counts as number one on my lists of firsts! I purchased a ‘Project Life’ kit, in an effort to start keeping track of photos a little more creatively. I know I would never be able to do the full blown scrapbooking, since I want to avoid the clutter that comes with that. So this will work out a bit better. I’ll let you all know when it arrives. I’m excited for it! I know most people are doing a ‘picture a day’ sort of thing, but with the cost of this kit, I want to stretch it over the next few years. And less face it – an album, a year: we’d be drowning in books before we knew it! So it’s more of a quality vs. quantity with this one.

I’ve also done some more work on my sketchbook project for 2012:

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Inside my Sketchbook

I hope everyone had a wonderful holidays. Mine was filled with lots of travelling, but lots of holiday goodness too. Starting of this year, I signed up for the 366 Pages online workshop, and here are some pages that I worked on. It’s not too late to sign up for it, and it’s great fun!




Wednesday, December 21, 2011

A Peek Inside My Sketchbook

Based on an image from – such a perfect place to look for sketchbook-inspiration.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Sketchbook Project 2012 Update

Cuddling in bed has got to be one of the most wonderful, and relaxing, things to do.


That was one thing that was hard with the long distance relationship, when we had it – is that you don’t wake up together all the time. And the bed is awfully cold in the winter without that extra living space heater.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Sketchbook Project 2012 Update

I’ve had this white-marker pen for a while, and I’ve been utterly in love with it. It’s perfect for adding little touches here and there, and working as a resist with watercolours (it’s oil based).


I wanted to create a spread that just used the white marker with a nice background. Here I found the green creates the perfect ‘organic’ feel for the greenery that is sketched / drawn out.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

A Peek Inside My Sketchbook

..based on a National Geographic image that I saw. I was intrigued by the numbers in the stands.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Gift Certificates!

I am pleased to announce, that my online shop on Etsy – is now offering gift certificates!

gift certificate 50 copy

These certificates are perfect for last minute shoppers – they can be emailed to you, and you can forward them onto the recipient. Or, I can email them directly to the lucky person! Also, if you prefer, there is an option for me to print out the certificate and mail it the good old fashion snail-mail route (please note: all shipping deadlines have past for Christmas, so if this is a Christmas gift, it might be better to go the email route).

gift certificate 25 copy

These make the perfect gift for those hard-to-shop-for people – let me them have some fun shopping for what they would like to receive. They are completely customizable to whatever amount you would like to give – just send me a convo and I can create a custom listing / certificate.

Happy Holiday shopping!

Sketchbook Project 2012 Update

I’m starting to work on the cover, and get that done. This is where it stands now:


I like the ‘raw-ness’ of it. It sort of goes against the technology that it’s illustrating. For those who are new to my blog, and since I haven’t posted about this project in a long while, my topic was “Long Trips and Short Phone Calls”. I’ve self-edited the title to reflect the long-distance relationship James and I were in when we were in school: Long Trips (Distance) and Short Phone Calls (Text Messages).

Sunday, December 11, 2011

It’s Christmas Time in the City!

I went to Toronto a weekend or so ago for the One of a Kind Show (no, I didn’t exhibit, just bought lots of goodies!).

Since we (mom, brother and myself) have never done the CN tower, we thought we’d give it a try. They had it all lit up perfectly for the holidays.

The view was amazing:

And the glass floor not too scary: