Friday 17 August 2012


1. Lee sporting her new pretzel bag. Total paparazzi shot here. Hi Lee! 2. Our table at Zine Dream. 3. Edible decor. 4. Caitlyn Murphy, logo lover.

We had a great time at Zine Dream eating pretzels, drinking coffee, drinking beer, and catching up with pals. Thanks so much to our ever supportive friends for dropping by and hanging out. News: Caitlyn and I just opened up a joint webshop where you can purchase our collective projects here! How many web shops does one girl need? The answer is 3. 3 webshops.

While I was on a strict money spending ban that day, you could have really destroyed your bank account walking through The Tranzac. So many talented folks making stuff in this city.

Another peek at a few inside pages. Fun fact: I used to work at McDonald's as a youth, so I've kind of got a soft spot for it. Sometimes I even worked at the Wal-Mart location (...the horror!). Remember when McDonald's had pizza?

A couple moments from a recent trip camping: 1. Get real, sunsets! 2. A deer just grazing about like a bunch of people aren't watching it. Oh, Canada. 3. Trying our best to create a fake fire with candles and flashlights during a fire ban. 4. It's been proven: lake swimming continues to be the very best thing.

We disconnected our phones from the web and used them as cameras, watched sunsets, didn't run into the "problem bear" that was apparently lurking around the area, played a few spirited games of Apples to Apples, and read books (real books!). Take me back, please.

Friday 10 August 2012


Here is a real look at my second collab project with fellow McDonald's lover, Caitlyn Murphy. It's called Snacks! and includes a zine with 20 full colour illustrations of all our favourite edibles (with screen printed covers), and a double sided tote bag adorned with pretzels.  

You could carry at least 2-3 large bags of pretzels in this bag. Salt fiends rejoice! Or you could carry other important things too. Like books. Maybe cookbooks?   

It is such a pleasure to collaborate with the right people. Lately, I've been spending the vast majority of my time working this way, and it has been so nice and productive. The right people push you to get things done, they keep the process fun, and they inspire you to be better because they are so good at what they do. Caitlyn is so good at what she does and I love working with her. We had a lot of fun putting this all together!

We will have these at Zine Dream on Sunday and leftovers will go online afterwards!  And after years of showing up at Zine Dream zineless - it's nice to finally get around to putting something together to celebrate the format! Zine Dream runs from 12-5 at The Tranzac. Bag and zine combos (limited to 26 packages!) will be $30 or $12 for just the zine. Plus we'll have our dog postcards, and other things, of course. We hope to see you there!

Saturday 4 August 2012


Here's a sunny little poster I designed for the Bloorcourt Arts & Crafts Fair and City of Craft. I will be out of town when this event goes down, but lots of good people will be taking it to the streets that day to sell things they made while liberally reapplying sunscreen. Maybe you will visit them? And maybe you will enjoy an ice cream from a truck too. 

I recently had the pleasure of designing some wedding invitations for friends. I didn't post the entire thing here, because I felt weird about splashing their personal info on the web (I don't think my blog browsers are wedding crashers, but you never know, right?). This was my first time designing wedding invites, and it was a fun challenge. Unpictured: guitars, banjos, cocktails, etc. Big ups to Steve and Claudine!

Oh hey, meet my new workspace! This is where I spend most the vast majority of my time now and I love it. This is my first time working outside of my house, and I can already say for certain that I am far more productive when not surrounded by my couch and fridge (though we do hope to get a couch and just got a mini fridge...). Can you believe the light? We've been adding art to the walls and still have some work to do, but it's already such a great place to work from. Of course, it was only this clean for only about 45 seconds...

This is what happens when you cut a lot of leather in the middle of the hot summer. SUEDE LEGS. 

Fun fact: Danielle and I are working on some new items for our next Falconwright collection. She wrote a post about it over on our blog with a couple more sneaky pictures, but we're adding a few extra players (aka bags) to our roster. Can't wait to introduce you to the team.

Print, clean, rinse, repeat. I am going on vacation next week (camping) and I'm considering unplugging from the web and not using my phone at all. Kinda foaming at the mouth just thinking about it though. Can I do it? I probably can't do it. Maybe I could do it? I want to do it! I am excited to decrease my screen printing by 100% and replace it with 100% more swimming and afternoon beers (or bears?).

And lastly, my next collab project with Caitlyn is also well under way. It's gonna be a doozy. More revealing photos coming soon! We'll be at Zine Dream on the 12th with it and you should come. Zine Dream is always packed with cool stuff, and your eyes will not be disappointed. Plus, it's very possible we will have snacks...