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 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: May 6, 2021

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Before anything else: yes, the hellebores are okay! They don’t seem to have been affected by the snow at all!

II hope you are all doing well!

I am so excited to share this week’s newsletter because I’m done with a painting! This one took my a while to complete because it is a very detailed plant. But, after three weeks of hard work, it is done!

Did some of you guess which plant I painted?

It is the fascinating Sarracenia purpurea!

This Purple Pitcher plant is simply fascinating! Native from the bogs and marshes of Eastern Canada, it is a spectacular carnivorous plant. I learned a lot when I was researching the plant. Let me share a few incredible details. First, what might appear to be the flowers, the pitchers, are in fact modified leaves. These little pitchers fill up with rain water and are soon colonized by little invertebrates. These wait for other insects to drown into the water and decompose them, providinf nutrition to the plant! How incredible! And as if you weren’t fascinated enough, look at the actual flower!

I had so much fun researching this plant and also painting it. I’m really happy to be done with it, but also a bit sad to be done because I had so much fun adding layer after layer of watercolour.

If you’d like to see some process photos, check out my portfolio by clicking on the picture.

New in store

You can bring this fascinating plant home as a print or a greeting card.

Inspiration

I looooooooove this book!

Head over to the blog for a full review!

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It’s the first newsletter of the month, which means it is vlog time! Come take a look at my month of April!

A small treat

Feels like a holiday!

Weekly news: April 28, 2021

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I hope you are all doing well!

Before anything else: yes, the hellebores are okay! They don’t seem to have been affected by the snow at all!

In other news, I’ve been painting a new plant profile, and I’m enjoying it tremendously. I was a bit nervous about choosing this plant because it is a bit more complicated and detailed that my previous pieces. I decided to give it a go anyhow because it is the most fascinating plant! Here are a few clues for you to guess what it is:

– It in native to Canada;
– It has a symbiotic relationship with some invertebrates;
– Its leaves are often mistaken for flowers, which is a shame because its flower is quite beautiful;

Any guess?

New in store

If you want to write a beautiful letter with some customizable letter paper, I’ve got you covered!

Look at all these flowers!

Inspiration

Let’s embark on a travel of imagination and magic!

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So inspiring!

Weekly news: April 21, 2021

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I hope you are all doing well!

It is under a snowstorm that I write you this newsletter. The first thing I thought when I saw that it was snowing was, “My Hellebores!” What a difference a week makes!

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:
I hope they’ll be alright! They’re called Christmas Roses after all. In other news, I’ve completed another grimoire page! I don’t know if you guessed it, but I was painting beautiful Vanilla! It was so interesting to learn about the folklore surrounding this orchid. Isn’t it incredible that we are eating the fruit of an orchid? It was a difficult plant to paint because, like the tea flower, it is very pale. Still, it was so much fun researching it, and I had lovely moments painting it. If you want to see more, feel free to visit my portfolio.

New in store

The Vanilla grimoire page is available as a print and as a greeting card! It would make the perfect gift for all the baking moms 😉

Inspiration

As we wait for travelling to be possible, let’s escape with this book!

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Pure magic!

Weekly news: April 14, 2021

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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 🙂

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Youtube

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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Youtube

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!

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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!

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!

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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 🙂