The last few months I've been working more at my home studio designing children's books (and also illustrating a new series of books and developing an app for another). So it's a big focus in the house. Last month my son sat down and illustrated his own first book, "Trucks". He made a front cover and a back cover and then asked me to "hold it together" by which he meant binding it. I hope that's what he meant, heh. I had two special round paperclips that we used to hold the book together at the spine. A few weeks later, when I found some time, I scanned in the book and laid it out. He sat next to me to tell me the words. He also had many directions about the design and I gave him some typefaces to choose from. After we were done with that I interviewed him about the book and transcribed it in smaller type on the pages. His drawing style and interests have already changed so much since we did this. It's a little time capsule
I decided to publish it on my issuu account. So here it is, his first book!
Early morning lights on the way home. Cabin floor on a rainy day this weekend.
I had the chance to go for a walk in the woods and have a really good think and sort out my ideas — get ready for the new year. I have a lot to do. I've been slightly changing direction for a few years now with my work and I can finally see where I'm heading. Somewhere that's a little less cute and a little more calm and hopefully, sometimes beautiful. But sometimes a little tiny bit cute. I'm not going to start striding around in a black turtleneck or anything, if you know what I mean.
A colouring sheet, in French and English:
We like to go on scavenger hunts for leaves at this time of year and identify the leaves — this printable colouring sheet is part of the fun of that!
When Auggie was midway through his second week of preschool, I picked him up from school and found him to be in the grouchiest, complain-ingest mood. So I tried spoiling him. We visited Aberdeen centre, bought a $2 yellow tractor trailer from Daiso and then had ice cream from mazazu crepe. If you order the milk flavour ice cream in a cup, it comes with cornflakes on the bottom. I don't know exactly why that's so exciting, but it really is.
...a lot of dancing around the fountain. Then a very sudden nap. And lasting happiness for the rest of the week. I think he just needed a little party time. (By the way, he's dancing to Footloose and also various Elvis songs — all of which he's convinced are about tractor trailers).
We stopped by the opening for Carelessness Causes Fire, by Claire Fontaine tonight. Part of the installation was a wire that rings an alarm when stepped on. Auggie loved this (naturally) so we spent a fair bit of time investigating the exhibition. On the other hand he does not like loud or sudden noises.
It's not too late to make this for Hallowe'en. Original zsa mask pattern via smaller and pinterest. My pattern notes below. Pattern was created by Mme ZsaZsa.
This is the easiest, fastest hat to make. I originally made this for Auggie because he wanted to be a black cat for Hallowe'en. He's since changed his mind, but now we have a hat.
This would be good for a bat, cat or Batman costume and it's nice and cozy. Don't be lazy and knit this in the round — the seaming helps the hat hold it's shape :) This is a good seaming tutorial if you are new to it.
I used Blue Sky Worsted cotton (the same as for the Windy scarf) in Ink but if Auggie hadn't specified black I would have used the Graphite. I would only use cotton for this hat unless we lived in the Yukon — it's a thick knit.
I've been fond of this typeface for a long time, but an appropriate project hasn't crossed my desk yet.
It's very clean and appealing. If only I had a little alpine grocer's, I would use it for everything.
These little baby slippers — december booties — are from a pattern by maddermade for lark yarn from quince. They are quite sweet without the pom poms, too, I think. This is a very good pattern and worth the $3.50. It's a continuous knit with no seaming and it was very straightforward to make. These are in a washable merino in a dk weight from mission falls. These are for a little boy who is a few weeks old, now. If you would like help to make pom poms, our pdf instructions are here).
(ps. hopefully the music from Sunny, Snowy & Chinook and Foggy