Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Warm wishes

From us to you :)
We are getting ready for our big trip to Argentina, where we will be joined by the whole New Zealand (and more) crew. Cannot wait to see everyone (I just wish somebody would do the packing for me!).
I hope you have some awesome holidays, full of fun, love, family and friends.


Saturday, December 17, 2011

The REAL Christmas popcorn (Beware: Inappropriate Elf)

I've been seeing Christmas popcorn recipes all over the internet lately. Basically, all you need is:
 But then our Elf, Dr. Seuss*, showed us what the secret ingredient was...

Friday, December 9, 2011


Finally! After saving these leaves for weeks and weeks and waiting for Sophie to get into 'reindeer-ing' mode, this morning everything somehow fell into place and we transformed some of her little animals into reindeer :)

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Our Christmas tree... branch

This weekend the hubs took Sophie to the museum and I finally managed to put up our Christmas tree branch!

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

There's a WHAT in your petting zoo?

When I think of petting zoos I think bunnies, teacup pigs (how I would love to see one of those!), chicks, baby goats... but never, ever, would I think of a CAMEL, not unless it is an Egyptian petting zoo!

Illustration Friday: 'Brigade'

This was the sketch I made when I first thought of Illustration Friday's topic for this week:
'Hold on Clyde, we are almost there!'
And this is what I ended up making (acrylics on a tiny piece of scrap wood):
I had to wait forever for Sophie to go to bed, and she has been waking me up just after 5:00 am lately, so I am happy that I managed to do something!


Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Getting into the holiday spirit

I made these little guys today using clay, acorn caps and cicada wings (collected after the crazy 13-year cicada explosion in the spring).
They could be ornaments, or just sit around the house being merry.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Round (IF)

I had wanted to make something for Illustration Friday for ages, and I was really inspired by this week's topic: Round. So many possibilities... I did lots of sketches, but ended up choosing to put up these little paintings I made long time ago:
I used acrylics on scrap wood. They are silly and I like that :)


Thursday, November 24, 2011

Fluffy the bunny

 I am not sure if Fluffy by Simone Lia can be considered a children's book, but he is so adorable that when Sophie's uncle A~ got it for us (while Sophie was still in my belly), I decided I had to make one.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Thanksgiving fun

I asked Sophie if she wanted to dress up some of her dolls as turkeys and she was all into it... Well, at least for the first 10 minutes!

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Green sandwich and a great book

I have been eating this fantastic sandwich for lunch the last few days:
Alfalfa sprouts, arugula, avocado, cucumber, hummus, mozzarella cheese, salt and pepper. Sophie ate one today, and she had never even wanted to try a sandwich before! YUM-MY!
In the background is the amazing new book by Oliver Jeffers: "Stuck"
We've been having a blast reading it.
What a great artist, we love all of his books, but this is definitely the funniest one. You should get it, you won't regret it :)


Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Elizabeth Mitchell show!!!

One of our gifts for daddy on his birthday was tickets to Sophie's first concert: Elizabeth Mitchell. She loves singing her songs and playing "John the rabbit" on my her ukelele :)

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Improvised puppets

Sophie received some new stickers in the mail from a friend, and I decided they would make nice puppets (and for once, not end up stuck all over the floors!)
Since there were counts, princesses, pirates, frogs and bees, I had to make a castle (with a treasure chest), a pirate ship and a pond -I am owing her the honeycomb :)

Happy Birthday Daddy Dear!

You are the bestest and we love you so!

Sophie, Oscar, (baby) & Gaby

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Mini bride and groom cake toppers

While looking at bridal magazines with my friend Nayla, we found some super cute wooden cake toppers. I instantly said: "I can make those for you, if you like them!". She did. I was very excited to make them.

Monday, October 31, 2011

Happy Halloweeeeen!!!

We I had so much fun dressing up these last few days... I wish we could wear costumes everyday! Well, maybe we will, maybe we will!
Here are some pictures of all our Halloweening :)
Sophie was all into the makeup just until I dabbed a bit on her cheek. Luckily daddy saved the night by suggesting she would make a cute Little Bo Beep :)

Friday, October 28, 2011

Thank you cards

Sophie and I finally got our act together and made some thank you cards (and even managed to write thank you notes AND put them in the mail). I was inspired by some super simple smiley cards I saw online (I cannot remember where).
They make you smile, don't they?


Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Surprise ordinance

A while ago I stumbled upon this sign from Just something I made and instantly thought of our friends Rose and Alison. How cool would it be to put this up next to their little pond as a welcoming surprise for when they came back from all their travels? After all, they do love them some skinny dipping :).
I wanted to go the easy print and paste route, but the hubs decided to go the hard way (no surprise there) and cut the outline on a piece of wood (left from the art studio that he decided to build for me and my boxes of stuff; post to come in the future).
And since we don't have a printer at home and I did not have freezer paper to do a stencil, I ended up just copying it freehand. It could have been better, but we were quite happy with the results.
Here it is in all its glory, waiting for the girls to come back home. We hope they'll have a laugh.


PS. I think I will add the missing line later, so it reads better (although it is important to notice ladies on the beach!).

Thursday, October 20, 2011

A robot and his doll

Let me introduce you to: Robotito and Bebebot. They are great friends and, if you want, they can cuddle with you for hours. They can also play hide-and-seek all day, and they can fly to the moon!
Bebebot can play the xylophone and Robotito can play the piano and the tambourine, but he cannot play the ukulele.

Monday, October 17, 2011


I love Halloween. The decorations, the costumes, the candy :) Ever since I moved to the States it has been one of the things I look forward to all year round. I am not really into the creepy style, though (except for my custom made fangs, that I love to wear whenever I have a chance), so our decorations are more playful than spooky.
For our pumpkin, Sophie wanted arms and legs. We thought potatoes could do the trick:
I decided to go with the Dia de los Muertos style and just paint a sort of sugar skull on it (and added the black cat -not to be confused with a teddy bear- for effect).

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

How did this happen??

How is it possible for a year to go by so fast? I still can't believe we have a two year old girl...
Really, how did we go from this:

... to this?

I have to say that I love all the fun that came with it. This is her "Happy Dance", which she started doing out of the blue on the day of her birthday :)

Monday, September 12, 2011

I really need this!

While I haven't been able to do any art lately (what with visitors and feeling sick and going to the beach and all), this past weekend we went to our favorite art show at JimGin Farm. And we saw them...

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

An earthquake, a hurricane and a birthday

Well, I can say we survived to all of these without much damage and we are very thankful. I was a bit worried about Irene, and preparing everything for my dad's and step mom's arrival, so we really didn't do any art, but I wanted to share Sophie's birthday gift for me. She came to me and said: ''Feliz cLumpe, mami!'' (which would be like: ''Happy bRithday, mommy!''), and gave me this:
It just made my whole day :)
She also got the whole living room floor and giant teddy bear covered in play dough while trying to make me a birthday cake, but fortunately dad took care of it before I woke up!

Monday, August 22, 2011

The weekend and three flags

We played hide and seek...
We had a tea party...
And we made three flags representing each of us. I think they will go somewhere else, but for now, they are on the wall...
Happy day (or night) to you!


Friday, August 19, 2011

Terrariums Part II

Nap time was very productive today, wow! These are not exactly as I had envisioned them, but I think they are ok for a start. And the little creatures that I had made so long ago finally came out of their box.