Meet River.

Snappy little walk-in, thanks Alex.


It’s a New Year, get it together.

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I know, you probably thought I let this blog die months ago, but no. It’s a new year and I’m going to do better. What really happened was I figured out how working part-time and going to grad school (did I mention I was in grad school?) and trying to being a functional human being is really completely exhausting and sometimes it sucks the life out of you! Which is why I am thankful for a new year, where, in my mind at least, there is an opportunity to get my shit together and still feel peachy.

Now if you are a regular human, you may have blown your new years resolutions by now. Understandable.  So you’ve eaten 12 chocolate bars, drank one too many glasses of red wine on a school night or busted out a block of cheese during the post Christmas ‘detox’ you were doing.  It’s all good, because you get a second chance called Chinese New Year.  On January 23rd, get your shit together all over again and this time, with a false start under your belt, you will blow ’em away. And seriously, buy a moleskine (they will be on sale by this point), a new piece of jewelry and a boat load of fruits and vegetables, it’s really not that difficult.  Other reasonable ways to get it together:

  • Do what you say you are going to do.
  • Count to ten slowly.
  • Go to bed early.
  • Find something that motivates you.                                                                                                    
  • Don’t be so hard on yourself.
  • Clean your kitchen.

Even though I have messed up my New Years newness, a few awesome things have come my way…I turned 27, I got a Donna Hayward tattoo (for real.) and made some new work I actually care about (I’ll show you sometime).

For someone who is a pro and getting all tied up in knots, it pays off to have your shit together. You will have more time for drinking wine and looking fabulous anyways.


Cowboy Embroidery

I finished this over the summer and never took a decent photo of it until this week.  This was a birthday project for the main squeeze.  Since it was a surprise I flat out could not work on it at home (on my couch), so I had to work on it in my studio, which is cool- but my studio at the time was not equipped for lounging & stitching, it was more for tattooing & sitting in uncomfortable chairs.  How long did this take you might ask? The entre first and second season of Mad Men, with a few other trashy teen drama episodes thrown in for good measure.  I’d love to do some more of these shirts, but I’ll have to wait until I have absolutely ALL the time in the world.

Family Fish & The Unicorn of Your Dreams

A very good friend of mine asked me to do these designs for him about a year ago when I was working on the east coast.  We FINALLY got around to doing them last week and I’m so stoked about how they turned out. Works in progress of course.  After tattooing we went to NoodleBox where I burned my face off, all huffing and puffing.

Soup Season

-title from my professionally illustrated cookbook.

 This soup is easy peasy, and so effing good.  I like the spice so I usually go totally overboard with the cayenne.

I got this recipe from a friend a couple of years ago, it might be more commonly known as ‘Moroccan Peanut Soup’.  This version has been modified after many meals.

Spicy Peanut Tomato Soup

1 large onion, chopped                                                                                                            3 -4 cloves minced garlic                                                                                                    28oz can crushed tomato’s                                                                                                      1 cup chunky peanut butter (preferably the no-sugar added variety)                                    1 1/2 tsp. cumin                                                                                                                      1 1/2 tsp. cayenne (the more the merrier)                                                                                1 tbsp. chili powder                                                                                                                2 tbsp. white vinegar                                                                                                              2 tbsp. honey                                                                                                                        1/4 cup tomato past                                                                                                                2 cups water                                                                                                                        Salt and pepper to taste

In a large pot cook yer onions and garlic until onions start to appear translucent.  Add the tomato’s + stir, add the peanut butter + stir.  Add everything else, mix it up and let it simmer on low-ish heat for 15-20 minutes, stirring occasionally.  I like to mix it all with a hand-held blender magic wand thing (blender or food processor obviously works too, but those wand blender things are hand-y, get one they’re like 10 bucks). I put a little plain yogurt on top too. fini.

Port O Bell O West Fashion and Art Market

Last weekend I was able to make it out to the Portobello West Fashion and Art market at the Creekside Community Center at False Creek.  A great venu and set up, it wasn’t too crowded or cluttered or anything like that, there was also free coffee at the Terra Breads grand opening across the street which made me pret-ty damn happy.  There were so, so many super talented folks here, I totally fell under their spell and got lost in a whirlwind of felted cupcakes, pocket knife necklaces, leather feathers and magical plants (i know right?). Everyone I got a chance to chat with was as sweet as pie and I felt like hanging around all day.  Here just a handful of the fine designers and makers I got a chance to meet.

Thank you vendors for being so lovely and letting me take some photos!

Leah Schell and her gorgeous, enchanting illustrations…from cards to prints to books.

Milly was the first gal I met as soon as I got to the market, her display packed a punch of colour and with that smile you couldn’t miss her.  She was selling goodies from Xenson.  All bags, accessories and jewelry are made from recycled paper (made into beads) by women in rural Uganda, and they are absolutely stunning. You can learn more about this work at Xenson Fashion.

Honey Canada and these felted gems.

Cupcake, cacti and cinnamon bun pincushions, not to mention felted EGGS? and more lovely felted food than you could ever imagine.

Jennifer of Hair Lovelies and her fine hairpin display.  Super-adorable.  These babies are so. well. crafted. It’s pretty impressive.

Christi, the designer behind BuenoStyle makes a-mazing jewlery, all vintage finds, repurposed and damn fabulous.  My favorites are the pocketknife necklaces.  Pretty much everything at this table is at the top of my list.  She is also the sweetest gal around.

Ace t-shirts, bibs, crests and other hot ticket items from Inky and Boots (including sexy victorian mermaids and pin-up witches on broomsticks! duh!).

I will for sure be catching the next Portobello West markets, I know there will so much going on for the holidays.  They run the last Sunday of every month, and I’m pretty sure the entire (last) weekends of November and December.

Another sale you should stop by is the make it! market.  It runs Thursday the 24th to Sunday the 27th of November at the Croatian Cultural Centre, 3250 Commercial Drive.