Thursday, May 31, 2012

Chalkboard Garden Jar

Start saving your salsa jars! (or any other jars). Young and old will enjoy this great outdoor project. Using a clean salsa jar with the label still intact (if you lose the label in the cleaning process cut a new label using a heavy cardstock or kraft paper) use green painters tape to cover the exposed glass on the top and bottom. Apply two coats of chalkboard spray (found at any home hardware store) on the label and let dry. Add your plant, flower or herb of choice into the jar and use chalk to write whatever you'd like on the label! Have fun!

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Sweet Paul's Rhubarb Strussel Cupcake

Rhubarb seems to be everywhere these days and I love it! This weekend I wanted to make some sort of Rhubarb bake good and decided to go with a recipe I had seen in one of my all time favourite online magazines, Sweet Paul. I can see why he labels these as his favourite summer cupcake! They are deeelish! Click here for the recipe!

Friday, May 25, 2012

How I am spending the weekend

Well... maybe not "the great" outdoors but I hope to spend a lot of time in our backyard this weekend getting to know my way around the garden. Happy Friday! This wonderful print is by Warick Kay and can be found here.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

She sells sea shells

What a great long weekend! I survived the Bluenose Half Marathon. Not in the time I had hoped but survived none the less. Besides running there was lots of time spent with great friends eating great food and just relaxing. Yesterday I spent most of the afternoon sketching outside and practising my hand lettering. As you can see I have been doing a lot of lettering using fine point pens and then going back in and filling in loops and swooshes.

Friday, May 18, 2012

I love my bike

This wonderful print is found here.

I noticed online that today is Bike to work day. This is something that I do most mornings and I absolutely love getting around this city on my two wheeled companion. I was a little nervous at first... adding 2 or 3 extra blocks to my routes to avoid certain intersections but with my hand signals down and intersection confidence it's great! I hope you all have a fantastic weekend! On Sunday I will be relying on my two feet to get me through the Bluenose Half marathon. Good luck to all the runners!!

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Bow Ties & Butterflies

Oh kraft paper how I love they. I do not like the letter "B"... well hand lettering it at least. But this week I chose to tackle it. As I wrote Bow-Ties over and over again and started doodling I started seeing them as little butterflies.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Felted Bunny Love

It has been a while since I have picked up my needle felting supplies but these little guys may have inspired me to get back at it! Found here.

Friday, May 11, 2012

Happy Friday!

Happy Friday! I hope everyone has a great weekend! I am looking forward to a night with some fabulous ladies, a couple of "easy does it" runs before the Bluenose Half Marathon next weekend and digging out the old sewing machine for a few projects I hope to share next week! I took the photo above  at the wonderful Gaspereau Vallery Fibres in the Valley.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Type City

I thought I loved letterpress before! How incredible is this city made of different sized metal letter pieces! This is a creation by artist Hong Seon Jang.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Captured: Coffee in the Morning

I am quite proud to say that I have moved into the realm of manual settings on my camera and I am having a lot of fun playing with aperture and light. I have been reading a few books but I found this fantastic blog that really breaks down all of the settings and has lots of great pictures! These are a few shots I took on the weekend while I enjoyed the early morning sunshine and coffee.

Monday, May 7, 2012

Love Me Do

I seem to be inspired by the lyrics from the songs I have in my head when I am hand lettering. I am officially hooked on blending ink with water colours so the style of this piece is very similar to the last. I hope everyone has a great week!

Friday, May 4, 2012

You Anchor Me

This print by Black List Sudio has been added to my wish list. It would look fantastic on any one of our walls! Happy Friday everyone!

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Sunshine on my shoulders

... makes me happy! Since the calligraphy workshop I've been having so much fun exploring and experimenting with lettering. I've broken my own rule a bit and have gone with a phrase as opposed to practising just a word... I couldn't help myself! I was hooked on making those S's. I really enjoyed incorporating some watercolour into this one as well. Here's to a sunny Thursday!

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Decorate your Desktop

These fabulous desktop wallpapers from the brilliant design team at Fossil have me itching for a road trip!
Click here to see them all!