Weekly news: March 31, 2021

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I hope you are all doing well!

This week, I needed a break! Everything seems to be irritating and stressful. I’m starting to work on new products, have new paintings I want to paint, my graphic novel is calling my name, yet all I want to do is draw for myself, read books and walk outside. I’m looking forward to Friday to take the day off and reeelaaaax. I hope you have some time off for Easter and that you will be able to unwind and do things you enjoy!

In the meantime, I’m planning, taking notes, and doing all the small things that need to be done in my business. I’m allowing myself to draw for fun and do some research. It’s incredible nice to be able to navigate this mood and to still fill okay with myself. In the past, I’ve struggled a lot with feelings of unworthiness when I wasn’t working at 1000% all the time. At the moment, I’m learning to be kinder with myself and also that as an artist I need to refill my creative cup once in a while to avoid exhaustion and to stay inspired.

One of my artistic goals this year is to learn to draw animals better. I’ve been sketching a lot of foxes this week. Here are a few. They’re not perfect, but it’s quite nice to discover this animal through drawing… and I’m having so much fun experimenting!

New in store

As I finished the Camelia sinensis painting, it is now available as a print and as a greeting card. I think this piece would be perfect for kitchen decor, or in a nook where you usually drink your tea!

Inspiration

This graphic novel is incredibly touching, and I’m sure you’ll love it!

Head over to the blog for a full review!

Youtube

March is ending, and that means a new vlog is up! If you like lemon cake, books and kitten cuddles, this one is for you! 🙂

Weekly news: March 24, 2021

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I hope you are all doing well!

This week, we have had such nice weather. It feels like a treat to go outside with just a sweater! I know Winter is probably still lurking, waiting for one last surprise, but it’s been really nice all the same. We’ve also started seeing geese come back and hearing them in the Spring always makes my heart so happy. I’m incredibly impressed by their voyage to Southern lands. All the things they must see!

In the atelier, I’ve finished the piece I showed you last week! I’m very proud of this one because I’m extremely intimidated by leaves and white flowers. I learned a lot through painting this one, and I’m happy with the end result. It’s so nice to learn and persevere. It was also a lot of fun to research this familiar plant and to learn more of the folklore that is attached to it. So, did you guess what plant this is? It is beautiful Camelia sinensis, or tea!

If you want to see more, head over to my portfolio!

I was very happy to see what the tea flower looks like because I didn’t know anything about it before painting this piece. This plant has such an interesting history, I really hope this painting will inspire you to look into it, with a warm cup of tea to keep you company of course!

New in store

As I finished the Camelia sinensis painting, it is now available as a print and as a greeting card. I think this piece would be perfect for kitchen decor, or in a nook where you usually drink your tea!

Inspiration

For bird lovers!

Head over to the blog for a full review!

A small treat…

We rewatched The secret life of Walter Mitty, and it was such a treat! As a result, I’ve had this song stuck in my head since, but I’m not complaining!

Walter Mitty is such an interesting character. After reading the classic short story, it is a real pleasure to watch this modern adaptation filled with love, courage, humour and beautiful scenery… and a great soundtrack!

Weekly news: March 17, 2021

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I hope you are all doing well!

Happy Saint-Patrick’s day! And Happy Ostara! Spring is knocking on our doors!

Last weekend we sowed our seeds indoor in preparation for Spring and Summer. I’m very excited to be thinking about our gardening season. After only a few days, we have a few sprouts coming out: Cosmos won the race, followed by chamomile and calendula. It’s such a wonderful pleasure to see these plants grow from seeds. This year, I want to try and grow more of my own herbal teas. I’ve also experimented with cranberry seeds, and cross your fingers they sprout!


After finishing the poppy painting last week, I’ve started a new one. Can you guess what plant I’m featuring here? Hint: you probably have some form of it in your kitchen!

It’s a lot of fun to be working on these plant studies as I’m learning a lot of plants but also about painting them. I’m very excited to share this new one with you soon!

New in store

I drew these little hares this morning! I was very inspired by the eminent arrival of Spring. I stumbled upon this three hares symbol as I was researching my Ostara card, and it stayed stuck in my head. It’s a very mysterious symbol that has been found in different part of Europe and Asia. We’ve lost it’s meaning, but I like imagining stories around it, and I hope you’ll enjoy it too!

And if you enjoy hares, I also made this other colouring page a few weeks ago!

Inspiration

All in softness and imagination!

Head over to the blog for a full review!

A small treat…

I made this for lunch this week, and it was delicious! I only used a little bit of sesame oil to pan fry however, and it was still a crispy wonder 🙂

Weekly news: March 11, 2021

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I hope you are all doing well!

As I’m writing this, it is a lovely 11C outside, and my office window is wide open to let in air and light. It always feels so magical when springs comes back. Well, there’s still snow everywhere, but it is melting snow now!

This week, I created a new piece featuring the lovely poppy flower. Poppies are one of my favourite flowers. I ordered some poppy seeds that I cannot wait to place in our garden in a few months. I guess I wasn’t in the mood to wait, so I brought the flower to my atelier. I’m really happy with how the flower turned out. I was nervous about painting this very delicate flower, but it was a very relaxing and quite enjoyable process in the end. As always, it was very interesting and fun to research folklore and superstitions surrounding this plant. If you want to see more of this piece, it’s now featured in my portfolio.

And in case you were wondering, I’ve restarted my Icelandic sweater from the beginning. I think I’ve identify my mistake, and I really hope I’ll be able to move forward this time!

New in store

The poppy grimoire page is available as a print and as a greeting card!

Inspiration

Isabelle Arsenault strikes again!

Head over to the blog for a full review!

A small treat…

Another sweet song with lovely Australian scenery 🙂
Do you feel like running too at the end?

Weekly news: March 3rd, 2021

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Happy March everyone! It felt like February kept on going and going, but now that it is over, I realize that it went by rather quickly. Time is such a weird thing sometimes.

This week, I’m working on a new flower card. It’s a lot more detailed than the others, so it’s not quite done yet. I have to admit that once again I was rather intimidated by this piece. However, now that I’m working on it, I’m enjoying it immensely. Speaking of which, I’m almost done with the reread of my book project. I’m adding many new pages and changing a lot of things, byt I feel confident that it’s all for the better.

With all this work done at my desk, I’ve been preoccupied with neck and upper back pains. I’m waiting for a book on work posture for artists to arrive, and I hope I’ll find helpful tricks that I’ll be able to implement easily. Of course, I might need to convince my cats that my desk chair is actually mine and not theirs. At the moment, Stella is sleeping very comfortably on it while I use a wooden kitchen chair…

New in store

No new product at the shop this week, but there’s still time to grab your Spring Equinox celebration card! It falls on March 20 this year 😉

Inspiration

Iraville is featured this week. Her book is so beautiful and full of lovely illustrations.

Head over to the blog for a full review!

Youtube

It’s the first newsletter of March! You know what it means: the February vlog is up! It’s snowy and a bit silly, but I hope you’ll enjoy seeing what I’ve been up to this month.

A small treat…

We watched this movie, and we really enjoyed it! I mean there’s a cat, there’s friendship, there’s people with British accents, there’s love: what’s not to like? And it’s a true story! (but really, I was there for the cat…)

We found it for free on Kanopy through our public library account. Another win for public libraries!!

It is also available on youtube here.

Weekly news: February 24, 2021

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I hope you are all doing well!

Remember last week when I told you that I was tackling a new sweater knitting project and that all my previous sweater projects had failed? Well, I did it again folks! I finished the colour work on the sweater, and now I can’t seem to count the stitches properly. I always get a different number, and never the number I should be having according to the pattern. Well, I can tell that I’ve grown a bit because instead of getting upset and taking the whole thing down and telling myself that I’m such a failure, I’ve decided to take a break and come back to it in a few days. Growth, right there. Kindness to oneself is so difficult!

I’ve also been practising kindness to myself in my work this week. My inner dictator was particularly energetic and was there to criticize everything I did and also what I didn’t do. It’s quite impressive for her to have opinions on absolutely everything! When I noticed this, I wrapped myself in a metaphorical warm blanket, made sure I was okay and kept going. It’s not easy, it can be uncomfortable, but I’m glad I decided to trust myself and be kinder to myself instead of believing everything this inner dictator said. And guess what, I’ve actually started reworking the storyboard I was telling you about last week. And it wasn’t as scary as I made it to be in my head. And I’m excited to move forward with this book.

So, if your inner dictator is particularly present, here’s the permission to be kinder to yourself you’ve been waiting for. We’ve got this!

It must be official since there’s a real coupon! You can print it, leave a copy on your desk, in your wallet, give it to yourself or a friend!

New in store

This week, I’ve completed the Beltane card! This one was so fun to research because it is such a happy celebration. And extra stars to me for finishing it so much in advance!

Inspiration

I looooove this booook sooooo muuuuuuuch!!!

Head over to the blog for a full review!

A small treat…

I’ve had this song stuck in my head for the last few days. The video is low-key, but the scenery is incredible, and I enjoyed it! I hope you’ll enjoy it too!

Weekly news: February 17, 2021

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I hope you are all doing well!

How was your Valentine’s day? Ours was very relaxed and low-key: we made chocolate crepes, and it was delicious! It’s so nice to take the time to make a special breakfast on the week-end. With confinement, I’ve learned that any occasion to celebrate should be taken, and that celebrations don’t need to be grand affairs. It takes a bit of an effort to think about these everyday celebrations, but the effect they have on my mood is well worth the extra time and energy! Next week-end, I’m looking forward to making some waffles or maybe pancakes. I’m not sure yet, but it’ll be simple and delicious!

I felt incredibly blessed this weekend when one of you wrote me to tell me that she had tried my rice pudding and chocolate cookies recipes. I was so glad to know that you tried the recipes and that you enjoyed them! It’s nice to imagine us sharing the same foods in different places.

As for work, well, I’ve been sketching a lot for my book project. Unfortunately for me, I’m almost done with the preliminary and “research” sketches, and I’ll soon have to embark on the project itself. I know I’ve been writing this since the beginning of the year, but this book project is SCARRRYYYYY!!! The next step will be to review and amend the storyboard I drew last year. Send in your happy thougths!

To relax, I’ve also started knitting an Icelandic Yoke sweater. I really hope this sweater will fit well. So far, all my sweater projects have been failures, so I’m excited to try again with this one. I’m enjoying the colours work immensely, and it’s been very relaxing to knit with the snow and cold outside.

New in store

Lots of new things in store this week! I’ve finally received some notepads and sticky notes for all the stationary lovers! It’s so nice to infuse a bit of pretty objects in our daily lives!

I’m also thinking about Spring with this colouring page and flower card. Magnolias are one of my favourite flowers, and I’m very happy to share this one with you!

Inspiration

This week, I share another beautiful find from the for-sale-books bin!

Head over to the blog for a full review!

A small treat…

In case you have one million dollars stashed somewhere! What a fun project!

And if you want a bit more:
Dior 2021 Haute Couture

Weekly news: February 10, 2021

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I hope you are all doing well!

This week, I took a head start on the next celebration: Ostara! I felt like my beginning of February was a bit rushed with Imbolc and then Lunar New Year and Valentine’s day. Since I hate being rushed, I worked on my  Ostara card this week, and I’m really glad I did.

I’m also working on my book project, and I’m at that dreaded state where it feels like the more you work on the project the farther the finish line moves away. Well, I know it’s something normal for bigger projects, but it still freaked me out a little. To remedy this, I’ve put on my magnifying glasses and concentrate on the smallest tasks. After all, as my wise planner told me last week, “The man who moves a mountain begins by carrying away small stones.” Well said planner, well said.

I’ve also been completely hooked on Fran and Holly‘s podcast newsletters. I’m curious to know if you’d like something like that: a simple audio file where I give you more detailed updates, book recommendations, and just talk to you! Let me know by answering this email if it’s something you’d enjoy!

I also wanted to take this time to thank every one who has ordered something in my shop. Your support really means everything, and I’m full of gratitude!

Finally, I’m wishing you all a fantastic Lunar New Year and a peaceful and fulfilled Year of the Ox!

New in store

The Ostara card is ready!

Inspiration

I told you about this book when I released my story book last year. Here’s an in-depth review!

Head over to the blog for a full review!

A small treat…

I’ve been completely obsessed with these cookies so I thought I’d share the recipe with you!

Spiced Chocolate Cookies

  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup molasses (at room temperature!!!)
  • 1/4 cup plant milk (I used oat milk)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 2/3 cups flour
  • 1/3 cup cocoa powder (unsweetened)
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 tsp cinnamon powder
  • 1 tsp 4 spices mix (optional)
  • pinch of ground cloves
  • nuts or chocolate chunks to decorate (optional)
  1. Mix all the wet ingredients until you have a smooth concoction.
  2. Mix all the dry ingredients in a different bowl.
  3. Combine the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients little by little (I usually do it in three parts).
  4. Preheat your oven to 350F (180C).
  5. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper. Form balls of 1tbs of mixture and place them on the baking sheet. You should make 12 cookies. Pat the cookies down to give them a cookie shape and decorate with the nuts or chocolate chunks. These will spread a little as they cook so give them a bit of room.
  6. Once your oven is at the good temperature, place your cookies and let them bake for 15 minutes. The cookies will be soft when they come out of the oven. Let them cool for five minutes before moving them to your cooling rack. Enjoy while warm!

A spark of madness…

What colour would you choose?

Weekly news: February 3, 2021

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I hope you are all doing well!

We had a major snow storm yesterday, and I’m taking my time writing this newsletter because after this, I need to walk to our mailbox. It’s about 15 minutes each way so I know I’m in for a treat with all the snow already on the ground and still falling!

This week, I’ve been mentally juggling with ideas and concepts for my book project. Things are starting to evolve and I’m slowly but surely reaching the point where I’ll have to jump and start putting pen on paper. In the meantime, I’ve realized that animals will be involved, and so I’ve been practising drawing animals. This is a bit of a new territory for me, but I’m enjoying the process a lot, and it’s nice to go back and fourth between flowers and animals.

May I introduce you to Salvad-Hare Dali! Hihihi!

New in store

I really like the idea of flower language to compose a Valentine’s day bouquet, so I made a second Valentine’s day card!

The first Valentine’s day card is also up and ready!

Inspiration

Ah, this graphic novel! It’s probably on my top five favourite books of all time!

Head over to the blog for a full review!

A small treat…

What a great project!

And if you want a bit more:
Dior 2021 Haute Couture

Weekly News 01-27-2021

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I hope you are all doing well!

This week, I’m basking in cozyness, and it’s great. I’ve slowed down a bit and gave myself permission to be unproductive, tired, moody, and overlall imperfect. Well, surprise, surprise, I’m in a better mood, I’m more productive, and I feel so much less pressure. I’m not sure if it’s reverse psychology or just the great relief of letting go of perfectionism, but it’s been great!

I’m working hard on some Valentine’s day cards. I’m done with one of the cards I want to make, and I think it will appeal to all the enamoured witches and wizards out there. It was very interesting to dive in the wonderful world of flower symbolism and secret language once more. It’s always fun to infuse mundane life with a sprinkle of magic! 

I’m also preparing myself mentally to tackle this year’s book project. I’m not going to lie, it’s been very intimidating on a whole lot of different levels: it’s new, it’s personal, and it’s vulnerable, and I’m just having a hard time mustering my courage. So, I’ve been practising sketching people and scenes. It’s a whole new world from flowers, but it’s been interesting to draw people again and to have long sketching sessions. It feels like a treat!

One thing that really helps me come closer and closer to working on this project has been joining Fran on her Patreon. It’s crazy how this has been motivating: it feels like she is my artist friend. Listening to her podcast newsletters and watching her behind-the-scenes videos, I realized that she, an established illustrator, is going through the same creative difficulties as me. This has given me so much hope and encouragements. There is truly power in finding peers and sharing not only wins but also difficulties with others. So, stay tuned for more on this new book very, very soon!

Alright, dearests, that’s long enough for this week!

New at the boutique

I’ve put on my plastic surgeon hat this week and performed a small rhinoplasty on my water buffalo girl after my parents told me that it looked more like a moustache and less like a nose… that’s a tad embarrassing! But she’s all better now, so take a look!

The first Valentine’s day card is also up and ready!

Inspiration

What is January if not the perfect opportunity for some self-help?

Head over to the blog for a full review!

A small treat

Here’s my cozy January vlog! I hope you’ll enjoy it!

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