Friday, January 30, 2009

HAYON studio - inspires me today:)

This chicken has been rocking inside my mind for over a year now, but I just recently found out who's responsible for this green bird. Turns out it's Spanish designer Jaime Hayon (Hayon studio). He blows me away! Check out the HAYON studio and all of Jaime Hayon projects HERE. Oooodles of fun!

Thursday, January 29, 2009


Lola is going to turn 7 on Feb.5th, and I almost didn't have anytime to make her birthday invitations this year... but I squeezed it in:) I'm trying to convince myself that sleeping is overrated. Coffee is helping:) Can't believe it's been 7 years...

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

bottling the rainbow...

Wouldn't it be wonderful if we could make preserves of all the awesome things in life... and open one up every time a dull wintery day like today comes up. I'd have a basement full of jars and bottles with labels like: sunshine, my kids smell, warm summer rain, black sea, rainbows...etc., A bit cheesy.. I know, but it's just so grey for so long... I got to make something up to get through.
Anyhow, this is a pattern that depicts a rainbow bottling factory... wherever that may be...

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

visual poetry...

Made this valentines card a little while ago. I think it would look good as a cover for a love poems/letters type of book. I wish writing poems was a skill I possessed... or maybe it's not a skill, maybe it's a calling. In any case, I'll stick to what I do best:)

Monday, January 26, 2009


Ever wondered what would happen if you combine russian folklore with scandinavian? Well, wonder no more:) I did some experiments in my pattern laboratory, and... ta da!

Sunday, January 25, 2009

one head...good, three heads...better:)

Just wanted to stop by and share this fun find with you:) These adorable Jane head pillows really remind me of my three girls. I think I might be developing an unhealthy pillow obsession of some sort... 

Friday, January 23, 2009

rimini blue...

This cool kitty is one of my favorite etsy finds ever!... As I'm still knee deep in fascination with Aldo Londi's Rimini Blue collection  (and mid century ceramics in general)... It was one of these 'must haves' one cannot resist:)
It has been inspiring me with it's flower eyes and magical bluiness ever since its arrival. Me and the girls named her Sophie and came to the conclusion that she's too fragile to attend tea parties and should remain the guardian angel of the office:)

Thursday, January 22, 2009

birthday invitation:)

This birthday invitation has been commissioned for a little girl named Olivia - who's turning 5 next month. I love working in this style:) Hope the party is a smashing success!
Psssst...: I'm featured on the awesome illustrationmundo today! How great is that!

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

on todays show and tell...

A couple of towels (tidy up! & rise and shine)  I've designed for BlueQ are out and proud to be available:)
I've really enjoyed working on these! Hope they brighten up a few kitchens out there.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

my overnighter bag at BlueQ!

Last year I have made a few designs & patterns for the fun and pop BlueQ. Funnest bunch of projects I've ever had:) Check out  the  Woodland Overnighter Bag! It's available now, and I couldn't be happier! Love seeing my patterns on a product! Can't wait for mine to come:)

Monday, January 19, 2009

dreaming of spring...

I feel like it's been years since a warm sunny day. If I could will the spring to come soon - I would have. Thankfully, it's warm inside... and I could indulge in designing cheerful spring patterns.

Saturday, January 17, 2009

vintage posters on etsy...

Just had to drop in and post this fun find today... Check out these graphic and vibrant vintage posters I've stumbled upon while walking through etsy land. You could find them HERE.

Friday, January 16, 2009

a slice of...

I have just about completed this fun identity package for CAKE-OLOGY (which is small but delicious business that specializes in cakes for all occasions). YUMM...!
hey... if you'd like to hear my thick accent you could go over to creative thursday (with Marisa) blog and listen to the podcast:) Hope we could still be friends after...

Thursday, January 15, 2009


I've been working on some cards lately. It's turning into my favorite past time:) It's so incredibly cold outside (–30 - 40C°) and white... I must dip into the colorful inner world:)

mad about...

What kind of a fan of Mad Men would I be if I didn't share this fantastic find with you!? Not fan enough... I guess:)
Well, if I didn't already own a billion mugs & cups and my house was a bit more in the late 50s style - I would be all over these Vernonware California Raffia dishes (earthakitsch ,etsy). It is with heavy heart that I'm passing this opportunity to own a piece of my favorite series.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

orla in target... soon:)

Thanks to apartment therapy and sfgirlbybay, I'm now dreaming of a trip to the US - just to visit Target. Why you ask... well, it's all due to Orla Kielie's new affordable home wear products that are coming to Target this February! I might have to make a trip just for the pear canisters and the beautiful apron. Oh, how I would like to exchange all the Wallmarts in Canada for one Target:)...

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

unintended humor:)

This illustration really made my day yesterday. My kind of funny:) Came across it while looking through Eric Sturdevant's kids book set on flickr. I just can't get enough of that mid century charm...
illustration by Aliki,1962 (My Hands).

Monday, January 12, 2009

wrap it up...

Wrapping paper? Fabric? Packaging background? I don't know what's in the cards for this abstract angular pattern. I hope it ends up as something fun:)
Pssst:  as I'm posting this, my wonderful agents Lilla Rogers and Susan McCabe are representing me at PRINTSOURCE in New York. I bet they've got the best booths in show! 

Saturday, January 10, 2009

P is for procrastination...

I've been procrastinating my real work like crazy today. Here is the result...

Friday, January 9, 2009

adding some color...

I have always admired the way Volksfaden (online fabric shop) have incorporated the old black and white photographs into their site and ad campaign - bringing them back to live with the colorful fabric collage! What an awesome idea! I wanted to try too... so, I did... and I'll have to do more (when time allows) - because it's fun:)
* above - me and my cousin in 1981. I don't know why most of my childhood is documented in B&W, but there it is...

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

where the wild things grow...

What a day! That's what I call - tightly packed. Kids stayed home from school and daycare today - due to stupendous  amount of snow we've been blessed with. It's nowhere near the end of winter, but I sure am tired of white:(  So... less complaining... more showing you my colorful 'winter free' pattern. I think it's 'weirdos anonymous' meeting in a wild garden. I could be wrong, of course:)

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

lookin' smart...

A new card to show you today. I adore the 50s kitten glasses. I'd love to find a pair just like these - in delicious red.

Monday, January 5, 2009

chirp... chirp...

Why not start the new year with a little bragging? I'm sure I've mentioned that my better half (Mike Sankey) is a luthier (guitar builder), and so, I wanted to share with you his latest (and my personal favorite) creation. I love the bird sound-holes and it's smooth arched back. Oh, oh, oh... and it sounds great!
Awesome work Mr. Mike:)