Sunday, July 31, 2011

The Paper Place

The Paper Place
Amazing Assortment
Lovely Paper
Thank You cards
In the Wild
Here are the photos of our visit to The Paper Place.
I was like a cat in a fishery :)
The cherry on the cake was to spot my Galison 'Thank You' cards in the shop!
Oh! I almost forgot that I ate my first ever macaron from Nadège,
across the street from The Paper Place.
We had the salted caramel and it was delicious!
Thank you Margie for being such a wonderful tour guide.

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Flea Market Treasures

A few treasures I scored
at the Sunday St. Lawrence flea market :)


Canadian handmade paper!
Handmade paper from Canada
Saint-Armand 100% recycled handmade paper.
On top of all the wonderful memories I brought back with me
from my trip to Canada, I also brought back amazing art supplies.
Margie took Sonia & me to visit The Paper Place on Queen St.
I bought a whole stack of Canadian 100% recycled handmade paper sheets from Saint-Armand in all sorts of lovely dark colors, beautiful japanese washi tape,
inkpads, waxed linen thread, etc...
I'll show you some photos of our visit to the gorgeous shop on my next post.
I'm already working on a new collage using a purple sheet!

Friday, July 29, 2011

Margie's Magical Garden

Margie's magical garden.
I have a really hard time finding words to describe
how beautiful my friend Margie is inside and out.
I think the wild exquisiteness of her garden is a perfect reflection of her.
I hope you are inspired by all of this as much as I was.
I left a little piece of my ♥heart♥ in Ontario..
Love you M. Lets meet again soon, eh? :)

Thursday, July 28, 2011

To Dye For...

Dye Party
Dye Party
Dye Party
Dye Party
Dye Party
Dye Party
Dye Party
On Monday we had a 'dye party' in Margie's backyard and it was magical.
Margie, Sonia, Arounna and Barbara transformed their fabric
using natural dyes while I made them my husband Manolo's famous guacamole.
I'll post the recipe soon!
Read more about our fun filled day here and here.

Workshop At Bookhou 2011

Hand carved stamps workshop at Bookhou in Toronto, ON.
I was blessed with the most wonderful group of creative, talented women.
I loved spending time with each one of you.
Thank you for welcoming me with open arms and so much love.
Music: "The Littlest Birds" by The Be Good Tanyas

Wednesday, July 27, 2011


Studio Corner
Arounna's ArtInspiration board
Screen printingLovebirds at Bookhou
I'm back at my home sweet home after a beautiful time in Canada!
Here are just a few photos I took of Arounna's studio & shop at Bookhou.
Not only is she ridiculously talented and prolific
but she is also very warm, sweet, down to earth and super friendly.
Meeting her, John and their beautiful children was a real delight!
When I grow up I want to be just like Arounna!

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Canada here I come!

Canada here I come!
I'm off to Ontario tomorrow and I'll be tweeting my trip!
Follow me at:
I'm finally meeting Arounna and Sonia and seeing my dear friend Margie again :)
What a treat!
Thank you so much to all of you that signed up for the Workshop on Saturday!
I'm really looking forward to meeting all of you!
We are having a closing reception of the Winged Migration show
at Bookhou on friday july 22nd from 6 to 9 pm.
Do come by to say hello if you're in the neighborhood :)

Tuesday, July 19, 2011


White lace with a hint of color
Gave myself a "geninne" manicure ahead of my trip to Canada this Thursday :)

Monday, July 18, 2011

Wearable Art

I'm working on something really fun for my shop!
Each of these 2 x 2 inch squares with my original paintings will be transformed
into one of a kind of wearable art when I'm done embroidering
& adding some details on them...stay tuned.

Update: Oops! I forgot to mention the little squares are iron-ons.
I used 100% linen and a Strathmore iron-on sheet.

Saturday, July 16, 2011

In print!

My 13 year old son Daniel's awesome portrait of Margie's Lord Byron
(gray kitty with yellow eyes)
made it into Issue 10 of Uppercase Magazine!
Words cannot describe how proud I am of him :)

Friday, July 15, 2011

Collecting Nature

Coffee table
I love to collect little bits of nature and display them around our home.
They are a constant source of inspiration for my artwork.
Glass box of treasures.
Last week I found the most perfect glass box to display some of my beloved treasues.
Margie rocks
My growing collection of Margie rocks
living together with a few that I've covered with her very easy to follow instructions
Seedpod Canoes
Seedpod canoes (as I call them) filled with little bits of wonder
that I gather on walks and some that have traveled from all over the world
as gifts from my most generous friends.
The gorgeous background of this photo is a painting on wood panel called "Black Cactus" that I bought from my very talented friend Tiel in Australia.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Summer Storms

Flowers on Gray
Summer Bouquet
Quick watercolor sketch on gray recycled paper
inspired by stormy gray summer skies that make colors seem brighter.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Dark & Stormy

Elephant Tee
Elephant Tee detail
Elephant iron-on embroidery
I'm giving my favorite old t-shirt a new life with an iron-on of my elephant
with embroidery on top. I used a Strathmore iron-on sheet.
Casa Azul pre-storm
I love how the stormy sky blended with the color of our blue house a few days ago.
We're finally in the rainy season and everything is turning
into the most gorgeous shade of green.