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 01-06-2021

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Happy New Year 2021!

I hope you are all doing well!

For 2021, I’m wishing you all some peaceful and happy moments with good books and chocolates. I also hope that you will take the time to do nothing, to get bored, and to explore what makes you feel crazy happy and giddy with joy.


This will be my second year as an illustrator, and although it is scary at times, it is also a path filled with wonderful moments of joy and just plain fun. I’m excited to start this new year and to bring about more projects, more illustrations, more books!


Welcome 2021!

New at the boutique

This week, I worked on my mushrooms! I actually painted the illustrations in December and focused on the calligraphy and editing these last few days. I’m so glad that this project is complete! I really hope you will enjoy these items as much as I do and that they will bring you a touch of forest beauty!  

Inspiration

To help you be kind to yourself as you are powering through your new year’s resolutions, here’s a soft book on body love.

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Here’s my December!

A small treat

Because I know you’ve all been dying to know how flamingos feed themselves, here you go!

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Weekly News 12-16-2020

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I hope you are all doing well!

What a week! I’m happy to introduce you to this little energy ball: Stella!

We went to pick her up at our local shelter, and she’s adorable! It’s our first time having a kitten because our older cat was 9 when we adopted her from another shelter. At the moment, they have not met yet but have explored each other’s spaces on their own. I cannot wait for them to share the same space, but we’re taking things slow to ensure a safe a calm transition for everyone.


Despite wanting to spend every moments with the cats, I’ve finished my edible mushroom series! I’ll be working on the final products in the next few days so that they’re ready for 2021!

New at the boutique

This week is the last week of 2020 I’ll be sending out orders! After that, I’ll be taking a break for the holidays and come back strong and ready for 2021!

Once again, thank you for your support in 2020. Here’s what we’ve accomplished together this year.

Inspiration

A little heart candy, The Pink Umbrella by Amelie Callot and Genevieve Godbout is yours to discover over on the blog!


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Small treat

More animal friendship!

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Book review: On the Forest Clearing, by Olga Ezova-Denisova

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I’m so excited to share this week’s book with you because I instantly fell in love with this artist’s work and waited impatiently for this book to arrive! You see, unlike the books I have shared so far, this one is an artist-published book and comes directly from Russia.

Now, it might seem weird to buy a book in a language you don’t read, but I really couldn’t resist. Olga Ezova-Denisova is such a great artist. She uses a variety of techniques from painting, linocuting, embroidery, collages and many more. Most of her work is inspired by nature and what she observes outside her rural home. It’s so great to discover contemporary artists to admire.

I love how fresh her work feels and was looking forward to see her nature-inspired illustrations. Plus, I was very curious to see how she illustrated mushrooms. I love painting mushrooms, and it’s always great fun to see how other artists approach this subject. Well, I was not disappointed here! Olga made beautiful multi-coloured linocuts of mushrooms she encountered on a forest walk. It’s fascinating to look at her images and to recognize specimen that I’ve also met during walks. Despite the language barrier and the great distance that separates us geographically, it feels incredible to connect with someone who is so far away.

The format of the book is also incredibly fun and magical. As you can see, it is an accordion folded book. You can scroll through the pages like in a regular book, but the real effect become apparent when you open it up completely. It’s a format that I now have on my “to-try” list because I love the combination of creating single pages that look good but are also part of a bigger picture. Olga uses this medium beautifully. I wish there was a way for me to leave this book open to look at every day.

Another strong point of the book is the beauty of the linocuts and the variety of colours Olga used. It is mesmerizing to look at all the details and imperfections that truly make the illustrations perfect.

This book is a limited printing, and I couldn’t be happier to have a copy! It’s means so much to me to be able to encourage another artist and to be able to enjoy such beautiful work. If you’d like to have your own, head over to Olga’s Etsy shop. I would also highly recommend visiting her beautiful website and explore her wonderful work.

On the Forest Clearning, by Olga Ezove-Denisova


Book Review: On a Forest Clearing, par Olga Ezova-Denisova

Je suis tellement excitée de partager le livre de cette semaine avec vous parce que je suis instantanément tombée amoureuse du travail de cette artiste et j’ai attendu avec impatience que ce livre arrive ! Vous voyez, contrairement aux livres que j’ai partagés jusqu’à présent, celui-ci est un livre d’artiste et vient directement de Russie.

Maintenant, cela peut sembler bizarre d’acheter un livre dans une langue que vous ne lisez pas, mais je n’ai pas pu résister. Olga Ezova-Denisova est une incroyable artiste. Elle utilise une variété de techniques allant de la peinture à la linogravure, en passant par la broderie, les collages et bien d’autres encore. La plupart de ses œuvres sont inspirées par la nature et par ce qu’elle observe en sortant de sa maison de campagne. C’est formidable de découvrir des artistes contemporains à admirer.

J’aime la fraîcheur de son travail et j’avais hâte de voir ses illustrations inspirées par la nature. De plus, j’étais très curieuse de voir comment elle illustrait les champignons. J’adore peindre des champignons, et c’est toujours très amusant de voir comment d’autres artistes abordent ce sujet. Eh bien, je n’ai pas été déçue ! Olga a fait de magnifiques linogravures multicolores de champignons qu’elle a rencontrés lors d’une promenade en forêt. C’est fascinant de regarder ses images et de reconnaître des spécimens que j’ai également croisés au cours de mes promenades. Malgré la barrière de la langue et la grande distance qui nous sépare géographiquement, c’est incroyable de se sentir en contact avec quelqu’un qui est si loin.

Le format du livre est également incroyablement amusant et magique. Comme vous pouvez le voir, il s’agit d’un livre plié en accordéon. Vous pouvez faire défiler les pages comme dans un livre normal, mais le véritable effet devient apparent lorsque vous l’ouvrez complètement. C’est un format que j’ai maintenant sur ma liste “à essayer” parce que j’aime la combinaison de la création de jolies pages mais qui font aussi partie d’une plus grande image. Olga utilise ce médium à merveille. J’aimerais qu’il y ait un moyen de laisser ce livre ouvert à tous les jours pour pouvoir l’admirer tous les jours.

Un autre point fort du livre est la beauté des linogravures et la variété des couleurs utilisées par Olga. Il est fascinant de voir tous les détails et imperfections qui rendent vraiment les illustrations parfaites.

Ce livre est une édition limitée, et je ne pourrais pas être plus contente d’en avoir un exemplaire ! C’est tellement important pour moi de pouvoir encourager une autre artiste et de pouvoir apprécier un si beau travail. Si vous souhaitez avoir votre propre exemplaire, rendez-vous à la boutique d’Olga sur Etsy. Je vous recommande aussi vivement de visiter son magnifique site web et d’explorer ses merveilleuses œuvres.

On the Forest Clearning, par Olga Ezove-Denisova