with mother’s day coming up this weekend, it was the perfect time for trove to send out their 2015 spring lookbook. take a peek at some of the spring goodies they have in store and check out any one of their three locations here in toronto.
to mix it up this season, i’ve added some of my handlettering into the design.
happy spring and happy mothers day to all the mamas out there!
last friday i wrapped up the design for the 2014 trove gift guide. it’s 5 pages of gift ideas for her: jewellery, canadian-designed, eco-friendly gear, and even stocking stuffers.
this year for the cover i wanted to try an illustration of their flagship store in bloor west village. using flat, cheery colours, along with the trove green, the storefront makes for a fresh and fun cover for this year’s gift guide.
if you’re in toronto, stop by one of trove’s 3 locations for unexpected fashion finds, or visit them online to order some goodies.
this year, say hello to your neighbours and #shoplocal !
only 15 sleeps until christmas!
after posting my snail mail to emma, today i’m sharing my mail for gracie.
gracie had asked for a picture of a person making cookies. i immediately thought i would do a french baker and have a little story for him. i named him monsieur gaston and his story is that he’s a baker in paris who has to make beacoup de cookies, cupcakes and cakes for a big fashion designer’s 50th birthday party. he’s writing to gracie to ask for her help to do some of the baking.
i made 2 cutouts on this card for some extra fun- the top cupboard door opened to show what’s inside, as well as the oven door, to see the cookies baking inside.
have a look below. that’s all for now.
my mommy cousin, kristy, recently told me how her girls needed some practice with their writing. i decided to make them each a little story card on a topic they had requested in passing last time i saw them.
emma, the cooky kid she is, asked for a picture of a desert. i’m guessing she has learned something in school, or on tv about deserts so her imagination is running wild.
as plain as deserts are, this was quite the challenge for me. as you’ll see below, drawing camels isn’t really my thing. i used 2 sheets of cardstock from michaels, my favourite black ink pens from dollarama, and plenty of pencil crayons. i started off with getting the basic shapes down and slowly filling them in with colour and some extra detail.
i wrote a little story about my camel, who i named clara. after having drawn her with 2 humps, i did some research and found out that the 2 hump camels apparently only live in china and mongolia, so i worked that in to the story. i had clara the camel go on a little adventure with her donkey friend into the mountains; i made sure to look up the animals who live in the area to be accurate (not that an 8 year old would know). this was just meant to be a starting point to get emma thinking about a kind of story she could write.
once the pieces were done, i stapled them together, licked the envelope shut and sealed it with a stamp. now i’m waiting to get some snail mail back from emma.
stay tuned for my snail mail to gracie!
over the past couple years i’ve seen many drawing challenges on my facebook feed, as well as on pinterest.
this year for my cousin’s twin girls, emma and gracie, i decided i’d make up my own drawing challenge for their eighth birthday. they are always getting me to draw with them when i’m home visiting, so i thought this would be a hit.
it’s always fun for me to come up with a creative gift idea that doesn’t break the bank- but one of the best parts of this for me was the packaging. i hand-lettered a card for each of the thirty days and wrapped every day separately. for thirty days, they will be unwrapping a new drawing challenge.
this was day 2 | emma’s self-portrait
and gracie’s self-portrait – she’s got a picasso vibe going on with this one.
to finish off the gift, i got them their very own eco jot sketchbooks that i am so find of.
wrap them all up in my pam garrison paper from papayaart.com
well the bazaar has come and gone and it was a huge success! i’m so happy it all went off without a hitch. i saw how much work my parents put into it, let alone all the other members of the church who have been busy like santa’s elves making crafts for months.
here’s a few photos i took while setting up on the friday and then again at the bazaar on saturday.
can’t wait to see what they come up with next year!
pet shop booth: this mouse-cat-dog-combo display comes from a museum in ottawa. how much do you love the pet tie?
birch tree candle holders at the christmas booth. these sold out right away!
look whooo got a gift card for christmas! owl gift card sleeves that i’m obsessed with.
tutus for all the little kiddos. they were quite the hit!
goofing around with my little cousins emma and gracie.
i made letter templates for bunting banners for every booth. my mom and all her bazaar lady elves stitched them all together.
i scored this antique washboard from a man’s mother in new brunswick and these antlers from the vintage booth.
handmade wooden toy cars made by my old man.
ornament hangers to jazz up your tree. i designed the packaging.
upcycle booth: so many caddies made from old wood. some even use grillwork leftover from a job my dad did at the governor general’s home.
the time has come to start designing the 2013 gift guide for trove!
i pitched the concept of a gift guide two holiday seasons ago as a change from the regular newsletters i design for trove. the owners at trove, carolyn and barbara, loved the idea that it could be made into an online flipbook (sadly for me, no real printed copies).
i’m just ramping up to start the gift guide for 2013 and can’t wait to see what goodies make it in to the book. in the meantime, check out a few pages from the 2012 guide below.
check back in december when the guide is ready for your little elf eyes!
only 43 days until christmas… get your shopping lists ready!
only one week to go until the big orleans bazaar which means my parents have me working away on all the last minute pieces they need to be designed- posters, price tags, extra signage, you name it, we’re on it!
below is a few of the pieces i’ve just completed. posters for volunteer recruitment, bazaar goals and additional booth signage. come out in person and see them all together!
grab a coffee & friend for some christmas shopping next weekend, november 16 from 9am-2pm at 1111 orleans boulevard for bits of baking, carefully crafted items, vintage finds and much more!
i think i will be personally offended if this event isn’t a big success (no pressure).
hope to see you there!
so i’ve been thinking that my family and friends might hold an intervention for me any day now for my wrapping paper “hoarding”. with only 63 days left until christmas i had a thought- what about offering wrapping as a service this holiday season?
to me, wrapping is the part of the gift giving i enjoy most, i have a massive stockpile of wrapping goodies, plus i could always use some extra cash to buy the actual gifts.
have you paid for this type of service before? would you pay for it? are you in toronto and want to pay for it?
talk to me!