Weekly news: February 16, 2022

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I hope you are all doing well!

This week, I finally started my wild flower series that I have been planning since last December. Planning Anne had this scheduled for January, but hum, well, things took a bit longer than I had anticipated, and that’s okay! I realized this week that there is no rush. I can take my time and do things properly. It is easy for me to fall into a productivity craze and to forget to that I am one person, doing a one person job. So, I’m taking my time on my first wild flower (the lovely violet) and experimenting with backgrounds and mixed techniques. It is fun… and also very scary and unsettling. In any case, it is a very interesting process, and I’ll share it with you when it’ll be more advanced!

In other news, I also finally received new notebooks for the shop! There was an error in the order (🙄🙄🙄), so I’m still waiting for the Lady Tiger model, but two models are up and ready to be taken home. I hope you’ll take a look and tell me what you think.

I’ve also been in a complete “Neil Gaiman Fan” mood, and I’ve read Stardust, Coraline and the View from the Cheap Seats this week. I’ve just received Anansi Boys (it’s still cold from outside, hihi) and the Graveyard Book which I’ll be starting tonight. It’s really fun to explore an author like this.

That’s it!
Until next week,

Take care 🧡🧡🧡

Inspiration

Yup, Neil Gaiman again. Soooo not sorry 🙂

Over here for the fill review!

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Large notebooks have hit the store! You can choose between lined, dotted/bullet and blank pages. I hope you find something you’ll like!

These are wonderful if you are looking for a journal, a bullet journal or a sketchbook!

A small treat…

I started my day with this video, and enjoyed it so much. Then it became  a bit weird when I saw that the lady was also named Ann and was a botanical painter who did THE botanical course I’ve been eyeing since I started painting… I’m taking this as a vision into a possible future! In any case, it is such a lovely garden and relaxing video 🙂



Weekly news: February 9, 2022

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I hope you are all doing well!

I’m done with my Tulip painting! This one was so much fun because I got to experiment with purple paints and mix my own hues. It was also really cute to research harvest mice! These little creatures are so adorable! I cannot believe they actually fit in tulip flowers. How sweet!

If you want to see more of this painting, head over to my portfolio!

In other news, we have made a super tall climbing pole for our cats (…yes, we are these people!). Our Stella loves to climb all the way to the ceiling and watch us from above. Our sweet old lady cat does not see the fun in that, but maybe in a few weeks. I’m glad we made this, but it was VERY long to add the hemp rope all around it.

In the atelier, I’ll be starting a series of wildflowers next! I cannot wait to share these with you!

Until next week,

Take care 🧡🧡🧡

Inspiration

It’s relatable, it’s spooky, it’s funny: I’m sure you’ll love this week’s book!

Over here for the full review!

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A whole new collection of products has hit the store!

I particularly like the letter paper set, which is a whole new proposition from me to you, just in time for all your Spring time correspondance 🙂

A small treat…

I stumbled upon this contest, and I have been enjoying exploring the “book of winners” so much! Landscape photography at its best, this book regroups the works of the yearly winner and 101 other close contenders. There are so many spectacular photos and incredible landscapes in this book! I hope you’ll enjoy it as much as I did!



Weekly news: February 1st, 2022

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Happy Year of the Tiger everyone!

I hope this year brings you luck, advancement in your projects, time with your loved ones, courage to take constructive risks, an abundance of resources, fun, joy and love!

I made you a special video to celebrate the Tết or Vietnamese Lunar New Year. I hope you’ll enjoy it!

We’ll go back to our regular scheduled programming next week, but rest assured that I’m making progress on my tulip painting 🙂

Until next week,

Take care 🧡🧡🧡

Special New Year Video

Inspiration

Why not take this special day to see what’s going on with the Big Cat Rescue live cam? So far, this Tiger seems to have the same schedule as our cats: sleep, wake up, look around, repeat!Why not take this special day to see what’s going on with the Big Cat Rescue live cam? So far, this Tiger seems to have the same schedule as our cats: sleep, wake up, look around, repeat!Why not take this special day to see what’s going on with the Big Cat Rescue live cam? So far, this Tiger seems to have the same schedule as our cats: sleep, wake up, look around, repeat!

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A small treat…

I’ve also made (finally) December’s and January’s vlog video!



Weekly news: January 26, 2022

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I hope you are all doing well!

This week, I’ve started work on my first botanical painting of the year… with a twist! I’ll share it with you when it is more advanced. A friend suggested that I should paint tulips *uhm* a year ago, and I am very happy to be starting work on it this week. I think it’s the perfect cure for the winter blues. It has been incredibly cold, and going outside really has been a struggle. It feels encouraging to be dreaming of tulips and Spring.

Aside from that, I’ve been researching solutions to improve my packaging and reduce the amount of paper or bio-plastic I’m using for orders at the boutique. I designed this stamp to use instead of stickers on envelopes. I really like it! I think stamps have a wonderful feel on Kraft paper.

Until next week,

Take care 🧡🧡🧡

Inspiration

A very cute and adorable storybook!

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One last and new version of this power couple is now available in the shop!

Wouldn’t make a fun card for Valentine’s day?

A small treat…

This photo series is fascinating: polar bears exploring an abandoned weather station. While you’re there, I hope you’ll explore Dmitry Kokh’s website his photos are stunning!



Weekly news: January 19, 2022

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I hope this finds you well!

This week, I finished Lady Tiger! I really like how she is assorted to Lord Tiger I showed you last week. It was so much fun researching and designing their costumes. I really cannot get over how complex and adorned Elizabethan clothes were.

I hope you’ll visit my portfolio for more pictures.

Since I had this wonderful pair of Tiger Lords completed, I worked on some products to add to the shop. I made these “peeking” bookmarks, and , if I can say so myself, they are so fun. These two tigers really have the most intense gaze, and I thought it would make each reader laugh each time they picked up their books to have the Lady or Lord stare at them.

Administratively, it was also a very productive week as I am done with inventory! I have to admit I dreaded it, but this year I was able to make this tedious task more pleasant by shifting my perspective. By feeling so grateful for my work, my shop, and even the expenses I had for the shop last year, I really didn’t feel dragged down by inventory. I only hope I can remember this mind trick next year!

Until next week,

Take care 🧡🧡🧡

Inspiration

Such a beautiful book: both the story and illutrations are wondeful!

Head over to the blog for a complete review!

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Lady and Lord Tiger really have the spotlight this week in the shop!

A small treat…

I had so much fun scrolling through Meetissai’s pictures. This artist makes funny and quirky little sculptures of animals. They are often very funny or … a bit wacky.



Weekly news: January 12, 2022

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Happy New Year 2022!

I’m wishing you all a wonderful year filled with good books, moments in nature and little joys every day.

I also hope you had a lovely holiday season and that you were able to rest and recharge for a few days.

During the break, the shop was open, and I kept busy taking care of your orders. Thank you so much for you support! It made me so happy to fill out your orders. When I was not packing orders, I slept a lot, ate too much chocolate, read some books and watched some movies: the perfect holiday! It really filled me up with ideas and projects for this new year. But first, I wanted to finish the odds and ends from 2021.

First, this Tiger King!

I loved researching Elizabethan fashion for this painting! These clothes were quite incredible, weren’t they? I’m working on Queen Tiger now, and she should finish up my Tiger series. I had so much fun painting and drawing these tigers! They are such beautiful animals.

On my plate this year: many, many, many flowers! I cannot wait to start working on a wildflower series. After painting fun Tigers, I’m excited to go back to botanical painting and its precision.

I have so many fun surprises planned, but all good surprises start with a secret!

So while you wait,  please visit  King Tiger in my portfolio!

Until next week,

Take care 🧡🧡🧡

Inspiration

Let’s start the year with some fun and silly reading!

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A small treat…

Let’sgo on some spirit travelling through the wonderful photos of artist Lazar Gintchin. His website is full of wonderfully beautiful pictures, but I particularly enjoyed the Faroe Islands gallery.



Weekly news: December 22, 2021

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I hope you are all doing well!

Last week, I told you that I had had a few hiccups with my painting. Well, it is done, complete, finito! I’m so glad and relieved! I had a lot of fun painting the wonderfully beautiful Delonix regia flowers. The trouble came when it was time for me to add a background: too light at first, then too dark, I just couldn’t figure it out… and since I’m working “analog-ly”, it was a bit scary to think that I might need to throw away more than 35 hours of work just for the background.

In the end, I lifted a lot of the paint, and I think it works. I actually considered cutting the background or using acrylic paint to cover up. However in the end, I’m quite happy with the result. It adds texture, and I learned a lot during this slightly painful process.

You can see the complete piece and process pictures in my portfolio over here.

To give myself a break from precise botanical painting, and because the first tiger was so relaxing to paint, I decided to do another piece for the Lunar New Year. This time, I wanted to celebrate my Vietnamese heritage and researched traditional Vietnamese dresses, the áo dài. If you have five minutes to spare, I suggest googling those dresses. Modern designers are creating the most amazing dresses! I went for a more traditional style, and it was a lot of fun to imagine these two tigers roaming the busy streets of Vietnam.

I learned my lesson from the Delonix regia painting however and added the background digitally. You can see the finished result in my portfolio over here.

Finally, I wanted to thank you all for sharing another year with me. I had a lot of joy from creating paintings, drawings and products for you, and I’m excited to continue to do so next year. The newsletter will take a short break and come back on January 12, 2022.

I’m wishing you a relaxing holiday season with bubbles of time just for you, your favourite book or activity. I hope we can all start 2022 feeling hopeful and inspired. 🎉🎉🎉

Take care 🧡🧡🧡

Inspiration

My favourite book of all year, perfect to end the book reviews of 2021!

Head over to the blog for a complete review!

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A small treat…

If you need a little bit of cheer and relaxation during the holidays, I suggest visiting the “Stories” section of Roeselien Raimond website. She is a wonderful wildlife photographer and has a special knack for taking the most wonderful fox pictures.



Weekly news: December 15, 2021

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I hope you are all doing well!

This week, things have been a bit (a lot) chaotic. We’ve had some power outages and unexpected repairs. In the atelier, I’m almost done with my large painting, but I’ve ran straight into a metaphorical wall with it yesterday… flat on my face, at full speed. Nothing is irreparable (I very much hope so…), but still quite disheartening. In any case, I’m trying very hard not to panic, and I’ll keep you updated once I wrap my head around a solution.

Aside from panicking over my painting, I’ve been busy sending out your orders. Thank you so much! I’m so grateful that I get to be a part of your holiday season and your lives in this way. I’m always so happy when I wrap your items. Thank you so much! 🙏🙏🙏

As for the holidays, I’ll be writing the last newsletter of the year next week. I hope you are all coping well with the end of the year, and that the holiday prep is not stressing you too much.

Until next week,

Take care! 🧡🧡🧡

Inspiration

Based on a true story, this book is everything you need!

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A small treat…

These all look so tasty! Perfect as last minute gifts and to add to your pantry, I’ll give those a try for sure over the holidays. I’m not a big fan of coffee, so I’ll add extra cocoa instead, but these mix all sound so delicious!



Weekly news: December 8, 2021

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I hope you are all doing well!

This week, I took a small break from my big format painting, and painted a tiger. I wanted to have something ready for the Lunar New Year early as it will fall at the very beginning of February. Next Year will be the year of the Tiger. It was very fun researching these beautiful animals (and to recognize some of our cats attitudes in the pictures!). Now that I painted one tiger, I want to paint more! I thought the stripes would be difficult and tedious, but they were a lot of fun actually. Tigers are so beautiful, what a pleasure to paint!

You can see more pictures of this project in my portfolio!

Until next week,

Take care! 🧡🧡🧡

Inspiration

Geneviève Godbout once again! If you like Anne of Green Gables, you’ll enjoy this book!

Head over to the blog for a complete review!

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A small treat…

Last week, I shared with you my November vlog where I made some kimchi. I felt pretty proud of myself for exceptionally making a big batch: 3 cabbages! Well, this is a whole other level of kimchi!!! It looks like such a fun day spent working as a family.

If you are not particularly interested in kimchi making, this is a channel I really enjoy. Her content is so soothing!



Weekly news: December 1st, 2021

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I hope you are all doing well!

This week, I’ve been investigating ways to reduce the carbon footprint of my shop. It’s been interesting looking at different packaging options, and I think I’ll try a few when my stocks of supply run out.

I’m also busy painting my second big format painting. I don’t want to say too much until it is done, but I’m enjoying the process a lot!

I’ve also worked on editing November’s vlog, and you’ll find the link for it below 🙂 I’m sharing my kimchi recipe. I’ve been a bit lazy about cooking this last few days, so kimchi pancakes have been a great option. So delicious and simple!

In other news, our cat has discovered the fact that my desk lamp heats up. She found a new spot for her naps. There she is as I’m writing this 😅

Until next week,

Take care! 🧡🧡🧡

Inspiration

All is softness, a little album by a Canadian illustrator.

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This month we make kimchi!!!

A small treat…

I while back, I shared with you Lotus Silk made in Vietnam. Here’s another fiber alternative. It is so interesting how so many unexpected materials can become fabric! Plus, that loom, how impressive? (⊙.⊙(☉̃ₒ☉)⊙.⊙)