Weekly news: May 19, 2021

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I hope you are all doing well!

It is finally past the last frost date over here which means that we spent the weekend gardening! It was really nice to put all our seedlings outside! It is such a pleasure to watch them settle in and grow now. Around the garden, our tulips are finally in full bloom. They are simply wonderful and a lot more long lasting than what I thought. My favourites are the bright red orange because they are stunning but also because they smell like oranges! It’s a delight for all the senses!

In the Atelier, I’ve painted a Lily of the valley for a custom order. It was really nice to try this plant again after several months of practice. I find it’s a really hard one to paint because the white flowers are so delicate. Still, it’s always nice to tackle a challenge like this! And, since our lily of the valley plants are not yet in bloom, it is nice to have this little sprig to brighten my desk!

New in store

The lily of the valley painting is available as a greeting card! 3 versions are available, so I hope you’ll go take a look!

Inspiration

After last week’s forest, we’re jumping into water this week!

Head over to the blog for a full review!

A Small Treat

From what I understood, these thread books were used by Chinese women to store their embroidery threads. It is so intricate and beautiful!
This blog post has really fun pictures of different ones 🙂

Weekly news: May 12, 2021

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I hope you are all doing well!

I hope your week is treating you well. This week, I spent some time researching information on Litha, which is coming up at the end of June to celebrate the Summer Solstice. It’s been so interesting to dive into folk tales and traditions. It was also very relaxing to work on a calligraphy piece. As I mentioned before, there is something so soothing in working slowly on a piece like this one. Because you need to slow down, this type of work is almost therapeutic.

And to keep my spirits up, I’ve been listening to a lot of K-pop (Korean pop music). It’s a bit specific, but there is something so relaxing in listening to romantic pop music in a foreign language. It got me curious, so I looked for V-pop (Vietnamese pop music). Now, I’ve grown up surrounded by Vietnamese music, but it had been a while since I listened to current Vietnamese music. Well, I’m now a big V-pop fan! It’s so relaxing and deliciously lighthearted! As I’m writing this, I’m listening to this song on repeat.

As for the atelier, I’ve been researching different plants for my next painting. I’m keeping up on the theme of Canadian wildflowers. I’d like to have another set of three. It’s really interesting to learn about different plants and to see how diverse and rich our environment is. I’ll let you know as soon as I’ve selected the next two plants!

In the meantime, my seedlings are so impatient to go outside, they are actually flowering  indoors! Only a few more days before we take them to the garden. I was so happy to have my first harvest of calendula and tulsi for my morning tea!

New in store

The Litha card is now available at the shop! Litha celebrates the Summer Solstice, June 21 in the Northern hemisphere. It is the perfect time to rejoice, make plans, and celebrate on the longest day of the year!

I’ve also added some pretty stickers for your planners and letters 🙂

Inspiration

Another magical forest 🙂

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In the books…

It’s been a while since I shared a novel recommendation here. I finished When You Trap a Tiger by Tae Keller yesterday night, and it is such a good one! It is a middle grade book, so it is quite the easy read. Don’t let that fool you! The book follows Lily who moves to live with her Halmoni (grandmother in Korean). She is soon met with a giant tigress right out of the Korean folktales her Halmoni told her as a child. It is a fascinating read that takes the reader through different traditional Korean stories while also exploring the themes of coming of age, being bi-racial, and identity. I loooved this book and devoured it in two evenings. I really hope you’ll check it out!

A Small Treat

Can you imagine working on such a magical project?

Weekly news: April 14, 2021

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I hope you are all doing well!

Spring is officially here! The lake has melted, and flowers are starting to come out. The quickest of them all in our garden are the hellebores! I have to admit, I bought these plants last Fall at the very end of the season based solely one their names. Hellebore. Sounds like the kind of flower that would have been used by medieval witches or fairies! Luckily, they settled down well in our garden, and what pleasure it is to discover their wonderfully beautiful flowers!

In the atelier, I’m starting work on another plant grimoire page. I’ve challenged myself with another light flower, but it’s been so fun to get immersed in all the details and to figure out efficient ways to communicate white petals. I’m not telling you which plant it is, but here are some hints:

– The plant was born from the blood of star-crossed lovers, according to legend;
– The flower only blooms for one day;
– You probably have some in your kitchen!

Can you guess?

New in store

I received some mushroom sticky note pads this morning! Add a sprinkle of forest magic with these cute mushrooms!

Inspiration

Yes, Isabelle Arsenault again 🙂

Head over to the blog for a full review!

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I’ve been completely obsessed with these A cappella covers… and it’s never too early to start thinking about Halloween!

Weekly news: April 8, 2021

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I hope you are all doing well!

What a week! After months of silence, construction has started behind our home. This came to us as a surprise… a noisy, heartbreaking and turbulent surprise! In an effort to stay sane, as noise makes me emotional since my concussion, I’ve moved my atelier to the basement. I feel very lucky to have this extra room and last refuge to go to. It enables me to keep on creating in a more peaceful environment. It was quite something to move everything out of the guest bedroom and the former office and to bring it all together again. I think I might have a slight book addiction! However, I think we’ve succeeded in creating a nice workspace. My partner is also working from home and now we have more room to work, and I even gained an extra desk in the process!

Through all of this, I managed to continue working on my foxes. My original idea was to make a colouring page with different foxes doing different foxy things, but then plants happened. Still, I’m very happy with the result, and it was so interesting to research different plants named after foxes. I realized for example that Foxglove is also called Folk’s Glove because of a Welsh legend that says that fairies (or Little Folk) use the flowers as gloves. I can’t help but wonder is Folk’s Glove slowly became Foxglove because of how similar these names sounds. Fascinating! In any case, the colouring page became a calligraphy piece and finally a greeting card and print! I’m very happy with this page of foxes!

New in store

As mentioned above, the foxes are available as a card and as a print.

It is also time to order your Beltane cards if you want to receive them around May 1st!

Inspiration

A mysterious book found in my library!

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Foxes, foxes, foxes everywhere!

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!

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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!

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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!

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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!

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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!

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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!

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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!