At this weekend's Market Collective, I made friends with this cute little vintage puppy. I seemed to be more taken with it than Finley was, so the puppy stayed behind. (But we brought home the fabric tray.)
One evening last month, I made this elephant softie. He looks simple enough and required just a few hours from sketching out a pattern to stitching on his button eyes. Of course if I consider how long I'd been saving the fabric and that I had intended on sewing a little animal for Finley when he was first born... then this elephant took just over two years.
I've always thought that a summer sidewalk decorated with chalk makes for a happy neighbourhood. Finley isn't adept at drawing his own sidewalk art just yet, but he certainly can art direct! (It's always a train.) The chalk was left outside in a downpour and it actually applies much easier to the sidewalk when both is a bit wet—though you go through much more chalk.
I received a very memorable illustration promo by Alice Chiang. This paper lunchbox was full of cute drawings of food, tiny booklets, an accordion-fold sandwich books and the Slim Project — a diary of what Alice is eating. Finley and I were captivated by the various components and effort put into assembling the lunchbox. See additional photos in Alice's Flickr. >>>
Finley is learning about typing letters, though mostly he sees this on his iPad ("Mom, type train!" he says.) I'm glad I have an abundance of typewriters in the house and in the studio so that he can enjoy the physicality of typing—the effort it takes to press a key and the fun impression it leaves on a piece of paper.