Signs of spring...

Cover illustration by Work/Life 2 participant Andrea D'Aquino

Sorry for the blog silence these past ten days, but I have been a busy busy bee. After returning home from San Francisco (to more snow, ugh!), I have been steadily designing the forthcoming spring issue, number 9. NINE! hard to believe that we're almost into double digits...

Today was nice and sunny and the snow is starting to melt. And even better, the files have been uploaded to the printer! Please be patient with me as the magazine works its way through prepress, proofing, printing, binding, inserting, mailing... It will be a few weeks yet before this issue is complete in all its print glory. In the meantime, please subscribe/renew so that your name will be on the master mailing list and you'll be first in line to receive it.

Here's a synopsis of Issue 9:

Food provides us with so much more than basic survival. From harvesting your own vegetables, shopping at the local farmer’s market or cooking a homemade meal—the day-to-day involvement in the gathering and preparation of food can be delicious and fun. For many, though, a love of food is taken to other creative levels. Through packaging design, food-inspired photographic pursuits, gardening, sumptuous cookbooks or even blogging about what you just ate, we celebrate your passion for the edible. We hope to whet your creative appetite with this food and gardening-inspired issue!

Also coming up:
Work/Life 2 is now shipping and the book launch is slated for April 7 from 5-9pm as part of the First Thursday celebrations.

Lisa Congdon's A Collection a Day will be shipping in April but when exactly is still to be determined. Soon!

Tif Fussell is off visiting her English homeland, but I have the pleasure of reading through her first draft of the Suitcase Series Volume 2: dottie angel while she is away. Tif and I are both very excited that Emily Chalmers will be penning the foreword! I've just purchased Emily's latest book, Modern Vintage Style, and can't wait to spend time with it.

Each and every book and magazine issue is a deeply personal experience for me. I put everything I've got—and then some—into creating things that I am proud to publish. The year so far has tested my abilities and energy on all fronts with two books and two magazine issues to complete in the past four months! Working from home has meant fitting projects in between the activities of motherhood. My baby is now one and quickly switching gears into toddlerhood... there's a lot manage around here. Thank you to Glen for being so helpful and letting me head down into the basement to get things done. You make the impossible possible.

With issue 9 off to production and (hopefully) a bit more time to breathe, I look forward to springtime with my family. I'll still be a busy bee—it's just my nature—but I plan on making time to smell the flowers.

Some pictures from the event

Lisa's exhibition will be up for another month at The Curiosity Shoppe in San Francisco, and the book will be there too! Thanks to all who came out and made quite the crowd in the tiny shoppe.

Thank you to Lauren and Emily at The Curiosity Shoppe for their hard work and attention to details. Thank you to Derek and Lauren for opening their shop to us during a very exciting time (they had their baby boy earlier this week!) And the biggest thank you to Lisa for allowing me the pleasure of working with her and her Collection a Day imagery to create such a beautiful object and book.

Flip through the book...

Looking forward to tomorrow's book launch! See you at The Curiosity Shoppe in San Francisco tomorrow evening from 6-9pm.


Here's to my one and only beautiful boy on his first birthday.

Love, mummum.

San Francisco here we come!

This Friday is the reception for Lisa's A Collection a Day. It will be held at The Curiosity Shoppe in San Francisco, from 6-9pm. If you are nearby, I hope you will come and see the exhibition and celebrate Lisa's incredible project and book.

For those of you who preordered the book by March 13 and live in San Francisco, I'll reserve a copy for you in case you're able to attend. The rest of the preorders will ship in April as we just have a limited quantity of preview copies for this special event.

The book nestles securely into some foam which protects it during shipping.Here's a view of the inside back of the tin's cover. The embossing looks and feels great.

A little look...

A Collection a Day's book launch at The Curiosity Shoppe in San Francisco draws ever near! (March 18) The tins are still in China, but will be shipping soon. Just a few hundred will be arriving by air in time for the launch, with the bulk of them having to be shipped by ocean freight and then by truck across North America. Then the finished books need to be inserted into the tins, repacked and sent to the fulfillment warehouses. Complicated!

Thank you very much for your preorders! The finished book housed inside the beautiful tin will be shipping sometime in April. More details will be posted here as they are available. There's still time to get the preorder price of $25 (save $10).

Work/Life 2: more to see

One of the printer sheets. There's lots more to see; the book is 224 pages and features 100 international illustrators.

A Collection a Day at the printer

More details and video when I get home!

Work/Life 2 on press!

A very productive day at Printcrafters in Winnipeg! Here are images and video of Work/Life 2, for which we printed the cover shown here. Lots more video and pictures of A Collection a Day coming tomorrow!


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