Custom Print

This was a custom request for a gift on a very special occasion - baptism.
Hand lettering on a photo of the ocean from this past summer on the Sunshine Coast of BC at sunset.
This has got to me one of my favourite spots in BC. I adore subtle pink sunsets, much more so than bright orange ones.

the food wall

I was very excited about this one, I had pictured it in my head months ago. It was a labour of love and such a joy to see it finally come to life. Thank you once again to the amazing folks at The Dirty Apron for entrusting me with their wall.

best day ever cake

after i finished this cake i changed my tune for avoiding fresh flowers.
it turned out so pretty!
it's all cake - vanilla cake, raspberry preserves and lemon buttercream filling, and covered with vanilla buttercream.
i also designed and made the cake topper. i don't have a cutting machine, and wasn't going to buy one just for one project, so i patiently cut through 3 layers of cardboard with an x-acto knife. well let me tell you, if there is a next time, i'm going to buy a machine!

dirty apron chalk wall

i know.
i know.
it's been 5 months. nothing is wrong. everything is good.  i simply have no explanation. life gets … … to be, life. and blogging has not been a priority.

we are still here. :) as you can probably see from instagram (on left).

i'm just going to jump right in...
here's a few photos from a chalk wall i did at the dirty apron cooking school and delicatessen. i love this place so much. their cooking classes are out of this world. and the deli is a great spot for breakfast and lunch. i was so beyond thrilled for the privilege to work on this in their entry way.

 becoming an expert at drawing behind stuff...
 my favourite part is the artichokes.
great to draw, not so great to cook, in my opinion. maybe i shouldn't have typed that out loud seeing as this is at a cooking school! i love eating them, out of a jar, especially the grilled ones. it's so much work to prep and cook them, for so little to eat at the end! i've heard that it's not about the artichoke at all but the butter or aioli that you dip them in. it's a vehicle to drink melted butter. Someday i'll embrace them in their fresh state.

chalkboard magazine cover

completely forgot to share this, this is my latest chalk commission:
a life-sized chalkboard magazine cover at ella shoes in metrotown.

hand lettering

if you follow me on instagram, you will already know that i've been hand lettering and calligraphing up a storm. i can't believe i only started learning how to do this a year ago. i had the privilege of doing some lettering for our church. i did the lettering and the amazing design team at church did the rest of the hard work - laying it all out, designing banners posters newspaper ads you name it! little did i know where it was all going to end up! it's been a wonderful blessing to be able to use my gifts and talents to serve. this is my ultimate form of worship, God is the one who put this ability inside of me in the first place. and i'm constantly in shock seeing my hand writing blown up so big! our float in the vancouver santa claus parade was the best ever! even without the hand lettering, it was easily one of the best in the entire parade! thank you to the awesome team at coastal church for putting it all together.
if you live in the vacouver area you are not going to want to miss our church's christmas 'production' at the queen elizabeth theatre. sat dec 20 evening or sun dec 21 morning. it's free! go get tickets here!

our tree is up - 2014 edition

i had a hard time deciding what to make for this year's tree. but when i found black mini lights at ikea (thank you ikea for making black mini lights!) i knew i had to draw my favourite real christmas tree. if i was to ever choose a real tree, i want a silver tip fir. i know there's a silver tip farm way out by yosemite national park, a wee bit of a long drive from vancouver to get a christmas tree, not to mention they probably won't let me bring in back across the boarder. so if you know where i can find a silver tip fir in the greater vancouver area please let me know!
for now, i'll just draw one.
Our chalkboard Christmas tree this year:
 i drew it after the kids went to bed, not to surprise them but because i know it's going to be smudged / destroyed by end of day tomorrow. i've got my eye on the one year old.
the black mini lights are held on there with black masking tape - leftover from my archi-tourture school days. i can't believe it but that roll of tape is over 10 years old!