Archive for the ‘Personal’ Category

Happy Mother’s Day!

May 8, 2011

To my beautiful mom whom I love dearly – Happy Mother’s Day! xo

{Mom & me in San Diego during a holiday in 2008.}


Best Valentine.

February 15, 2011

How was your Valentine’s Day evening? The bf surprised me with Rifle Paper Co.‘s Heirloom Recipe Card Box! I’ve been admiring the recipe box for months -I just love the fact that it’s made using locally salvaged hardwood. I’m incredibly lucky… xo

Spineless Art.

December 29, 2010

I’m having a very cozy few days up in the Muskokas. Sitting by the fire, snow shoeing, skating, reading. I brought the newest issue of Living Ect., a new obsession remnant of my Summer in London. I love these one-page books as art from Spineless Classics, especially the Origin of Species!

A Handmade Invitation (Part III).

August 12, 2010

Designing the envelopes was quite possibly my favorite part. I wanted them to feel intimate, while reflecting the outdoor wedding reception. I found these beautiful stamps at the post office, and I loved the idea of using multiple stamps as opposed to just one.  I hand wrote each address, and to my amazement, I only had to re-write two of them!

And voilà, Dominique & Tom’s wedding invitation!

A Handmade Invitation (Part II).

August 1, 2010

It was an absolute pleasure designing Dominique’s wedding invitations -But perhaps it wasn’t as easy a task as I had so naively thought when I accepted the responsibility!

With a modest budget of $200 to produce 60 invitations, I had only one option: save on labour and make them myself!  I purchased note cards and envelopes from Chicago based company Paper Source. Even with the currency conversion rate I came out ahead by buying within their limited free delivery offer (this was a key saving factor!) In keeping with Dominique’s colours, I opted for navy envelopes and cream card stock. I purchased an envelope liner template kit to create pretty homemade liners using the beautiful Japanese Chiyogami paper from  The Paper Place in Toronto. Once I designed the lettering with Illustrator, I printed each invitation and reply card, and started my assembly line.

I found a lovely plum tree and flower stamp from Yumiko’s Rubber Stamp Me Etsy shop. I used a watermark ink pad and embossing powder to create a more luxurious finish. The process was a little tedious at times, but well worth the effort. Plus, who could resist using the blow-torch-tool as a finish! My favorite part of the invitation process was creating the envelopes -And I should note it was my first attempt at calligraphy too! I hand wrote each address and purchased a personalized stamp for Dominique & Tom from Love To Create Stamps, which I later gave them as a shower gift!

The stamp, as seen above, looked very pretty on the navy envelopes… And a what a time saver! I’d recommend this to anyone making invitations in the future. Next up: Stamps and the final product!

Where Am I?

July 23, 2010

[Okay, so maybe Big Ben gives it away!]

It’s been a whirlwind few weeks, and I’m excitedly calling London home for the next few months! I was offered a wonderful opportunity to work alongside two very talented documentary filmmakers -And so I’ve packed my belongings, left my home, and crossed the pond for a new experience.

As Helen Keller once said, life is either a daring adventure or nothing. So here I am… And I’m taking you with me.

A Handmade Invitation (Part I).

June 13, 2010

My bosom friend Dominique bestowed upon me the pleasure and honor of  designing her wedding invitations- An undertaking I took very seriously!

I combed the internet and book stores for inspiration. Her colours are navy blue and cream. Her wedding an intimate soirée for 85 loved ones this August. I wanted the invitation to reflect her elegant self, while staying true to the formal yet relaxed evening reception.

The hurdle? Dominique’s budget for the invites was $200, a small but do-able $2.35 per invitation. I settled on homemade ones, with as many details from things that inspire me.

Some of the best from the web.

I’ve Missed You.

May 30, 2010

May has flown by: A wonderful week in London, a peaceful weekend in Algonquin Park and a relaxing few days at home. I’m ready for June… Are you?