I thought it might be useful to pop my head in and give a bit of an update on our lives heading into the Fall of 2015.

The summer has been so busy in so many ways—mostly a good kind of busy, but sometimes horribly overwhelming. Amy has been working full time most weeks at her job as a Dietary Aide and Cook. The kids LOVED their weekly soccer games and we have done our best to be outside soaking up as much summer sun as possible.

I've been helping with the majority of the work of Ethical Coffee Chain. Thoughout the month, that includes getting our beans roasted fresh at Speakeasy Roastery in Hamilton, packaging and processing the orders, and working on branding and communication. I've been in conversations with our farmer Gus down in Nicaragua, with partners like Project Alianza (also down in Nicaragua), and even spent a long day at Pearson Intl. Airport receiving an import of 1200 lbs of green beans. Definitely a learning experience!

On top of all of that, I've recently taken a full-time job at David C. Cook Distribution Canada. I am working there as the point person for all of the web sales initiatives that we are trying out. I'm involved in everything from order management, pricing, user experience, customer service, web design, and other various marketing and design duties. I love the varied projects I get to work on day to day, and the chance to turn new soil and experiment freely is such a gift to my creative soul.

All of that has meant that freelance art and design has taken a way-in-the-back seat as of late. Which is sad! I'm still available to work on projects, but unfortunately I have to be extremely selective as daylight is dwindling fast!

Still, if you have a project to which you would like me to add colour and line and life feel free to contact me!

I will be around these parts a little more often and will do my best to share bursts of creativity to make your day lovely!


the ideal is to be clean, disinfected, orderly, everything in its place
the day plotted, schedules aligned, everything accounted for
even 'travelling time'
the battle begins fresh each day, 
and then, inevitably
the kids rise before us and litter the floor with their imaginations
now I'm scrambling, trying to put together 
a day that falls into 
   scattered intention
     'traveling time' now lost to 'cleaning up after' time
sanctuary defiled
the worry makes it fall apart quicker
the stress of fighting to regain my ideal
  destroys hope
    destroys goodness
      destroys joy in my children and their messy imaginations
it is a worthy project to start the day with intention
but at some point that intention needs to give way to 
time to sit with people and
  despite it all
to be present in the mess

#tbt: An Origin Story

Almost none of my highschool or pre-highschool artwork has survived the decades. Unless my mom has something stashed away somewhere, which is highly likely.

Yet, somehow this image of a pencil crayon sketch (my medium of choice 22 years ago) of Pimple of Battletoads fame has survived by way of my hard drive.

Back in Time Just a Little Bit More...

If I could somehow track down my original sketchbook from Grade Three I would be smiling for many a day. My Grade Three teacher tired of me continually doodling on every piece of paper on my desk. She called me up to her desk one day and presented me with a home-made book of blank drawing pages. Hoping to prevent me from filling every inch of my class work with doodles, she told me that whenever I was finished my classwork ahead of time I could ask to draw in this book. Instant love!

I had no idea that such a thing existed! A book full of blank pages for me to draw in? Unbelievable!

And just like that art went from being the itching in my bored fingers to a skill that I could picture myself working on for the rest of my life.

So that is a portion of my origin story. I'm sure that in the future more will be illuminated from the perspective of alternate universes and the such.