Drawings for Dad

June 11, 2010

So our first week of The D.A.D. Project is coming to a close and I think we’re off to a pretty good start. Em and I took turns posting drawings and today we feature another artist who will be donating a piece of artwork of their own.

In case you haven’t had a chance to check out the D.A.D. website, these are the two illustrations that I came up with for this week:

Walking on Sunshine

Walking on Sunshine

Rainbow Connection

Rainbow Connection

We managed to sell two prints and received our first direct donation through our team page on the Canadian Cancer Society website. Thanks again to everyone for all your support, kind words and enthusiasm with our fundraising project!

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More art admiration

July 24, 2009

Enjoying going through the online portfolio of Don Kenn —  wow, talk about talent!  Just loving his characters, his style and all the fine detail.

Here’s my CSOTD (Creative Something of the Day) to share:

Fire Toll

Fire Toll


Hitting the mother lode

May 12, 2009

Have a hankering for some yummy dumpling goodness? Try some at Mother’s Dumplings at 79 Huron Street, Toronto — personal faves are chicken and mushroom (they seem to sell out of these ones fast!) and pork and chives. I’ve had a great sit-down meal in the restaurant itself (check out the juicy pork buns too) but what’s just as nice is taking home a stash of these frozen homemade dumplings and making them as you want.

Happy eating!

Today’s CSOTD (Creative Something of the Day):

Tidal Boar

Tidal Boar


Puppy love

May 11, 2009

Just wanted to share some photos I took of a friend’s Labradoodle puppy that I was lucky enough to dogsit yesterday afternoon. I quickly learned that if you’re interested in meeting new people, all you need to do is take one of these cute little fellas for a walk around the block:

Labradoodle Cuteness

Labradoodle Cuteness

I think he inspired me enough to come up with two drawings for today’s CSOTD (Creative Something of the Day) which fits in pretty well with the puppy pics:

Salty Dog I

Salty Dog I

Salty Dog II

Salty Dog II


Mothers and mothering

May 10, 2009

Just wanted to say Happy Mother’s Day to all you fantastic moms out there

” … the word mother is more powerful when it is used as a verb than as a noun. Mothering has little to do with biological reproduction—as another friend once told me, there are women who bear and raise children without ever mothering them, and there are people (both male and female) who mother all their lives without ever giving birth. The bad news is that not all of us have the good fortune to be born to our real mothers, or to stay with them as long as we need them. The good news is that, while mothers are often in short supply, mothering is not. Against all odds, despite everything that works against it on this unpleasant, uncomfortable planet, mothering is here in abundance. You can always find it, if you’re smart and know where to look.” (from Expecting Adam: A True Story of Birth, Rebirth, and Everyday Magic by Martha Beck)

And for today’s Creative Something of the Day (CSOTD):

Cephalopodiatrist

Cephalopodiatrist


From the mouths of babes

May 9, 2009

My friend has been tracking some of the fun and funny sayings that her two kids have come up with since they’ve been able to talk (“R” is now 6 and “T” is 8 years old). I’ve had a good guffaw over them and thought I’d share some here that she’s recorded over the years:

  • After T’s first full day of school, my friend asked him: “Did you have a good day?”; T’s answer: “Excellent! I had 3 recesses and a nap!”
  • Running around in his snowsuit and enjoying the noise the fabric makes, R exclaimed: “I have sounds in my snowsuits!!”
  • T thinks “seaweed” is a very funny word because it sounds like the sea did a wee.
  • Seeing ducks/seagulls on Lake Ontario, R cries out: “Look! Floating chickens!”
  • T quote: “I can spell OWL: “OW” spells bandaid and “WOOL” (“wul”) spells sheep.”
  • When R found red flannel in the strips in my friend’s sewing basket, he asked: “Mum! Did you cut up Santa Claus?”

More to share later!

In the meantime, here’s today’s CSOTD:

Ocean Motion

Ocean Motion


It’s all about the kids

May 8, 2009

Just had to shout out some more: in addition to her new shirt designs, my sister Emily now has a line of clothing for children (t-shirts) and babies (onesies). There’s going to be some pretty stylin’ kids around soon!

"We All Fall Down" onesie by m chen wears

"We All Fall Down" onesie by m chen wears

Today’s CSOTD (Creative Something of the Day) would probably be better named “Pirate Zen”?

Peace Pirate

Peace Pirate