Tuesday, 29 November 2011


As usual, I've left most things for the craft market to the last minute(/week). I feel bad for Will because he's basically been living with Pig-Pen from the Peanuts for the past two months. The sewing machine has been on the dining table for all of November and there's an innumerable amount of seed beads on the floor. I won't mention any more (there is a lot more) because I don't want to imagine the face of disgust you would be making if I continued.

ANYWAY: I've made two new editions of the linocut. Unfortunately I ran out of yellow ink but I think I made them work.

More importantly, I made these poppyseed cakes. That plate will be empty by tonight. If you've ever been to a Jewish bakery around Purim, or a Ukrainian or Polish or Austrian bakery at any time,  you'll be familiar with the poppyseed/almond flavour combination, which I greatly prefer to the ubiquitous lemon-poppyseed cake usually found at coffee shops. I also like how the poppyseeds look like teeny tiny polka dots.

The recipe is from an amazing food blog I came across only recently, Lottie + Doof. The collection of recipes is edited down so well, and often include ideas that I've never seen before - there are lots of need-to-try-now posts (this cake, for example). You can view the recipe here; but as a warning, don't make these before a drug test.

Thursday, 24 November 2011


Here's a little sneakpeek of a holiday card I'm working on. I've been so focused on the craft market that I haven't had the energy to pick up a brush until now. I'm fighting the urge to let out a Cathy-esque "AACK." (Which is worse, Cathy or The Family Circus? I do love Liz Lemon, though.)

More card posts soon!

Tuesday, 22 November 2011


The wind was howling all night long; it's been raining all day long. Just a little bit worse than your average west coast winter day; needed to rediscover all those Numero Group compilations I neglected so long ago.

From the Eccentric Soul series                           

Eccentric Soul, our flagship series, has documented lovingly mishandled soul labels from Columbus, Chicago, Detroit, St. Louis, Phoenix, Atlanta, and Miami. Our Wayfaring Strangers compilations collect the privately issued song-fruits of wandering folkies. Each Cult Cargo release visits the sonic shores of some tiny, isolated nation, while Good God! titles seek the spiritual, as enshrined on reels of audio tape neglected until now. And with Local Customs we investigate isolated, mom-and-pop recording outfits, each operated by a homespun Alan Lomax who gave neighbors and friends studio time, a microphone, and a shot at being heard a generation later.
We’ve even crossed the street from time to time to deliver hidden worlds of unsung power pop, kitchen-sink New York disco and rap, kid-group soul, fiery rockabilly gospel, Franco-Belgian electro-samba, phantom blaxploitation funk, psychedelic heartland pop, orchestral UK chanteuse folk, decaying art-soul and Southside funk-blues club life captured in glorious black & white.
 - Numero Group

Monday, 14 November 2011

things 02: black & white

Masahiro Mori mini cup @ Poketo

Mihoko Seki wrapping paper pad, Café & Temples @ Uguisu

I like the idea of the polka dots;
black & white cookies @ SweetAmbs
(her Etsy shop cookies are outrageous)

seasonal 02

In season right now:                           
Pacific saury! These fish are at their peak in autumn so they won't be around for very long. I found a package of two, salted and grilled, at Fujiya for $2.95. Added a couple of deli items (eggplant with ginger; candied sweet potato) and I had a really cheap/seasonal/amazing after-work meal. 

Fujiya on Clark
912 Clark Drive
Vancouver, BC

Thursday, 10 November 2011

library 01

From The Textile Design Book  by Karin Jerstorp and Eva Kohlmark, Lark Books (1989). 

(Sorry for the shoddy scanning.)

Tuesday, 8 November 2011

things 01

I'm currently on the lookout for a nice, modern candlestick - we'd been lighting a lot of beeswax candles during allergy season and the habit kind of stuck around all autumn.

I'm eyeing these ones from Etsy, but I think I might try my luck at thrifting for a little while longer (also, most of these don't ship to Canada, boo-urns).

Teak bird candle holder @ susantique

Modern wood candle holders @ AMradio

Mid Century cast iron candle holders @ MidModMomStore

Vintage Delft Blue candle holder set @ ElizabethJaneCottage

Lastly, not a candleholder, but...

Swedish branch candle (Grenljus) @ abelcarver 

"These Swedish branch candles (Grenljus) are hand dipped at the holidays.
They are traditionally used on the Christmas table and for other special events.
The candle is a traditional Swedish folk art. They are 11" tall and are great at a dinner party. They burn for 6 hours enough for 3 good meals or 2 great ones."

So neat.

Saturday, 5 November 2011

last summer

I was wearing shorts when all of these were taken. Those were the days!

Taken with my Olympus StylusEpic. 

Thursday, 3 November 2011


I'm finally able to officially share what I've been organizing for the past little while:

space | time is pleased to present...A winter craft market! 

There will be less than ten vendors, for one day only, so everything we make is going to be extra special. 

Amy from Nouvelle Nouvelle has been kind enough to lend us her space to showcase all of our handmade goods right before the holidays. Because of this, none of our vendors have had to pay table fees, and none of you will have to pay admission fees! Hopefully I'll be able to bake some goodies for people to snack on, too, so come hang out on December 4th. It's going to be the perfect way to start the holiday season. 

Tuesday, 1 November 2011


Here's a quick stamp I made for this year's Xmas present wrapping. So many holiday-related things going on right now, this is just the first of many. I recently found a book on Japanese gift wrapping (a seriously amazing art form) and am hoping to implement this stamp into some future posts on the subject.

It's been so cold here lately that I don't even feel silly posting about Christmas projects. We've already brought out the Hudson's Bay blanket!