Monday, April 30, 2012

new fabric design...

...with coffee and hand and pajamas still on, I managed to finish this little textile pattern for
an upcoming contest with Spoonflower .
...the images are for a secret project that has been in the works for quite sometime, and I thought
they would make the perfect material for a new design.  Henry and Marge always manage to find their way back into my work.....

Friday, April 27, 2012

blah blah blah

....If I were that man, the woman was my child, and that wine was coffee, you would have a clear picture of my afternoon yesterday.  (alright, well maybe the wine was there....)

.. just had the urge to tinker about with this little drawing today...enjoy!

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

too mushy...'s the third image in my series of illustration about those picky little eaters we love. I realized that a lot of my work (o.k, maybe all of my work) showcases boys.  I guess that's expected, having two very active boys running rampant through this house every moment they can.  So, I am braking the mold and adding a little feminine touch to the series. 


brownies to die for...

whew! I am back from a whirlwind trip to NYC, and thought nothing would be better than to whip up a batch of yummy brownies. (after completely crashing hard the next day...)  I did not plan my trip well at all in terms of researching ahead of time where I could eat good gluten free vegetarian food, and found myself starving on the train home with a pathetic bag of nuts in my hand. (Yeah, I just assumed that because it was the city, I would have no problems at all.  Sure, we eventually found some food, but we walked around in areas that didn't have too much to offer.  Of course I found out all of the places I could have gone to once I came home...)

anyway, these were made the following day from this recipe, and I think we managed to lick the plate clean just seconds later. These Gluten/Dairy/Soy free treats  taste better than the "real" thing...

(P.S. Tune in Thursday at 10am EST on the Hallmark Channel for Martha Stewart's show about Etsy.
I was invited to be in the audience...look for the pasty-skinned Olive Oyl look-a-like :)  Thank you so much Etsy for extending the invitation. What a great way to spend the day in the city! )

Sunday, April 22, 2012

mummysam's going to Martha!

I'm off to the taping of the Martha Stewart Show tomorrow! The show is all about Etsy, so look for me on Thursday on the Hallmark Channel......see you soon!  (What better reason to take the train into the city for the day? )

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

the joy in order...

...when he was little, our mornings were spent walking down to the tennis court with his suitcase of dinosaurs.  Each dinosaur was carefully taken out of the case and arranged along the sidelines of the court.  I would sit quietly on a nearby bench and watch his little body bend over and position each dinosaur just so.

..We would periodically look up, as we both knew that soon the sun would rise over our heads, and the purpose for coming was about to reveal itself.  Pretty soon these orderly creatures would take on life, as their tremendous shadows began to show.  Within minutes, the shadows changed shape and direction, and he would just sit tall and proud as he watched this orchestra of shadows.

...The sun would do it's thing, and soon we would find ourselves carefully placing each dinosaur back into the case for their journey back home.  It's there they would rest until the following morning when
their time would come to come back to life.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

sweeten me up, please!'s a little treat I whipped up to help those little souls that want a little sweet fix, without all the gunk. your glass of water, add just a dash (well, more like a drop. just enough to colour the water) of wild blueberry concentrate (I used the Tree of Life brand) and a pinch of Stevia.  ( a 100% natural sweeter extracted from plants in China and South America.  It's amazing for your digestive tract, anti-fungal and very low on the glycemic eldest son has no problems whatsoever with this stuff)


Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

there's a piece missing!

...raising a child on the spectrum means that there will be moments where you feel like most of your energy is being spent on him.  Things happen, and in order to reset the balance, you find yourself heavily immersed into doing what's necessary to bring the family back into a good place. You sit back, and feel a sense of guilt that you weren't able to give the sibling as much time and attention. You change direction and give his sibling some undivided love and quality time.  The other one notices...and he's jealous.
..he doesn't see how much "pie" he just got. He just notices that there is a piece missing.
 (I think this piece also fits perfectly with that mindset of not liking things "incomplete", don't you?)

...just know that there will be times where a phase of "unbalance" is necessary to bring that balance back. It's o.k.  In the end it's good for everyone involved, and when you do get a good moment to breathe, take that time and enjoy it to the fullest.

Monday, April 2, 2012

world autism day's World Autism Day today. The family is all sporting blue, and I am taking the day to just
reflect on where our family has come since our 8 1/2 year old's diagnosis a few years back.
I myself am on the spectrum, which in many ways has made understanding our son that much easier. (it makes me realize just how much it affected my own childhood. So many "light bulbs" about my childhood have gone during our journey with our eldest son....)

..In honour of World Autism Day, I have decided to create this limited edition print in my shop
It's a way for me to visually give back, and hope that it touches many of you out there who are affected, in some way, with the amount of autism present in the world today.

...and I must give a big thank you to Christina from Cool Mom Picks for her absolutely lovely, and touching post today. Thank you so much.