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Tulip the Swan

Earlier this spring, while on a morning walk, I happened upon a most memorable front yard. The landscaping consisted of three beautifully simple ingredients: a blanket of lush, overgrown grass, a scattering of candy-coloured tulips, and a kitschy plastic swan placed proudly in the centre, but mostly obscured by the surrounding vegetation.

I’ve since named her Tulip and she’s inspired me to write the following poem, as well as collage a new piece of art.


There is a swan / who lives in a lawn / of towering tulips and sod.
Her neck, stiff and starched /  and pleasantly arched / dips into a neighbourly nod.
“Hello”, I did say / and, “How is your day?” / while admiring her palace of green.
I kid you not / I most certainly thought / I heard her say, “Oh, peachy-keen.”

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Can you spot the swan?

(I biked by this same yard recently, and as suspected, the tulips have since run their course. What a pleasant surprise to see a cascade of daisies had taken their place!)

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Still Life

Here’s an illustration that didn’t require much research thanks to all of the references already laid out in front of me. I pretty much created a still life of my desk.

My immortalized desktop can be found in the April issue of Spider Magazine, accompanying instructions on how to make a magazine holder out of an old cereal box and paper scraps. I remember making something similar to this as a kid, and I’m pretty sure it had mostly unicorns plastered all over it.

magasine holder craft, Spider magazin, paper collage illustratione

Oh Christmas Tree

There’s a little gem of a Christmas store I came across over the weekend and absolutely love. The owner has an amazing eye for midcentury Christmas kitsch, and the way he displays his goods in such a tiny space is an accomplishment in itself. The main draw for me was this wonderful white Christmas tree adorned with vintage bobbles of every colour. It was the inspiration for my piece below. Merry Christmas!

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Cabbagetown White Christmas Tree

because I felt like it

Today I transformed a decorative string of felt balls (originally crafted to heighten the holiday cheer level of my apartment) into something much more practical: a coaster.

more birds

My mother is an early childhood educator who has collected quite the library of children’s books over the years. While I was home during the holidays, I helped her weed through books upon books in her downsizing efforts (as my parents are in the process of moving). So I was happy to take a few vintage books off her hands, mainly a number of “See Jane” sort of early-readers from the 50s.

The Richard Scarry book that I’ve scanned below was too big to take home so I ripped out the pages I wanted, and sadly recycled the rest. This was one of the least detailed spreads in the entire book and what drew me in, initially, were all the size comparisons I could make between the different bird species. A good reference, although not entirely accurate. (click to see larger)

salt water cubed

Sometimes I buy things at second hand shops just for the packaging. Case in point, this Battleship playset circa 1952, where father and son bypass dish duty to strategically sink each other’s submarines.

I really enjoyed playing this plastic game of navy warfare, but sold it for a quick buck at a yard sale last week. I can’t let go of the box cover quite yet…it’s too exciting!

Terry and Sue

My parents were friends with a married couple named Terry and Sue, and as kids, my sister and I always enjoyed their visits. They had 3 kids of their own, and together we’d play Dress-Up , Barbies, or House late into the evening…or until the post-dinner adult conversation came to a close.

Below are two treasures of die cut product tags from the 1950’s. The Terry cloth sticker (loving the blue font!) was still attached to a dish towel I had bought at Value Village and the Lazy Susan tag (how delicate!) was still attached to a set that had belonged to my grandmother. (click on image for a detailed view)


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