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!

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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!

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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!

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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?

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A small treat

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

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Weekly News 01-20-2021

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I hope you are all doing well!

This week as been a roller coaster of  emotions! Self-doubt, my old friend, has been playing the usual tape in my head making me second guess my every decisions, criticizing my work and making me want to generally just run away, far, far away.

Of course this is not an option! So I tried to listen very hard to that little voice completely hidden by Self-Doubt, but who is also always there: Confidence. It’s not easy, but if you are going through something similar, hang in there and try to move forward, even if it’s with the speed of a geriatric tortoise. It’s also so important to take the time to acknowledge the good things that are being done instead of focusing on what is not so successful or yet to be done. Finally, I find that going back to the basics is always a good idea when in doubt. In my case, that means, practising, drawing and painting.

And if everything fails, there are always flowers!

New at the boutique

This week, I bring you a bit of my heritage with this cute Vietnamese scene featuring this year’s Lunar New Year zodiac sign: the Ox!

I also made some round bookmarks with the last mushroom paintings I painted. I really like this format: it’s adorable!

And I put some items on sale, so go take a look at the store!

Inspiration

Get ready for some DIY with this week’s book!

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A small treat

Grab your magnifying glasses and inspector trench coasts, this mystery needs to be solved!

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Weekly News 01-13-2021

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I hope you are all doing well!

This week, I’m deep in admin work with inventory! It’s not the most exciting part of my job, but it is kind of nice to see how far I’ve come when seeing items from 2019. I’m not going to tell you that I’m super keyed up to count envelopes, but there is something calming in repetitive tasks… when they have a clear and limited space in time.

Still, I wanted to get ready for Imbolc, and prepared you something new!

New at the boutique

Imbolc is the ancient Gaelic celebration of Spring and dates to Neolithic times (about 12,000 years ago, very impressive!). It is February 1st, which is not exactly the beginning of Spring in Canada, but one thing we can start to observe is the lengthening of days. In any case, all occasions are good to celebrate!

I hope you’ll enjoy this grimoire page card I just added to the store!

Inspiration

Get inspired with a nicely illustrated biography!

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A small treat

The “Inscape” album by Alexandra Stréliski has been keeping me company all this week. It’s an easy listen and it is so pretty! Enjoy this live version by the composer herself!

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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!

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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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Weekly News 12-09-2020

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I hope you are all doing well!

We’ve been decorating our home for Christmas this past week. It’s a weird celebration this year as we are trying to wrap our minds and hearts around the fact that we won’t be allowed to see our family. It’s a tough pill to swallow, I won’t deny it, particularly when it feels like every person we talk to is telling us that they will be seeing their families despite the interdiction.

Still, it feels good to put fairy lights everywhere. After all, Yule is such an important time in the year and an occasion to celebrate! I spent an entire week-end making paper stars and star lanterns. It was strangely soothing to fold paper over and over again.

If you want to make your own, this is the video I used for the paper stars and for the star lanterns.

I’m also keeping up with my mushroom paintings. It’s so much fun, and I feel like I’m learning a lot with each mushroom I complete. I’ll be sharing a new project with you very soon with all these little ‘shrooms!

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I wanted to take a quick moment to thank you all for all your Christmas orders! It really makes all the difference as it motivates me to think of new products and paintings to share with you, while also supporting my small atelier!

Thank you a thousand times!

Inspiration

This week, I share with you this beautiful book on the amazing Beatrix Potter: The Art of Beatrix Potter by Emily Zach.

Head over to the blog for a full review!

Small treat

This week, I’m sharing an incredible link where you can visit three exhibits from the Montreal Fine Arts Museum for free in the comfort of your own home. I had a lot of fun exploring the post-impressionist exhibit, and I hope you’ll make a date out of this! It feels so good to be able to see these beautiful exhibits and to be immersed in the works of masters.

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