This was a big week over here! Because the craft book I've been working on quietly for the past two years just came out on Tuesday! It's called Make & Give: Simple and Modern Crafts to Brighten Every Day.
It's been a lot of work but such a joy to collaborate with my friend, Steph Hung on the book. One of the best things about the whole process was working with her, and we are both so happy and humbled to see the book out in the world and hear what people think.
There's more to say, and we'll share some behind-the-scenes photos and a bit about our process soon.
But for now, here are a couple things to note: we will have book events in Toronto (Steph's town!) and NYC (my city!).
Wed 10/22, 6pm
401 Richmond Street W
Event details here
Tue 11/4, 7pm
Event details here
Please spread the word and come on out to say hello, we'd love to meet you.
All are welcome to these events, and our books will be sold (so please help us support our favorite local bookstores!).
Have you heard of Creative Mornings? It's a free breakfast lecture series for creatives all around the world, started by Tina Roth Eisenberg of Swiss-Miss (one of my favorite design sites) and Tattly (the best temporary tattoos, ever).
They invite artists and designers around the world to illustrate each month's lecture theme. So I was thrilled when they asked me to work on September's theme, COLOR. I sent the Creative Mornings team a few sketches and they loved this idea, made out of paper, best.
Then, I got to work cutting out and assembling many small layers of colored paper. I played around with several different arrangements.
Details of the finished paper illustration.
If you ask Miles what his favorite color is he will tell you with certainty: GREEN!
He had been talking about having a green party almost every day for a couple months (I was surprised/relieved he didn't ask for a Thomas the Train party or a Dinosaur Train or Elmo party).
It's so fun now that Miles is old enough to help make his own party invitations. We gathered all our green art supplies -- tape, crayons, felt, stickers and stamps -- and Miles went to town on some leftover green paper. Miles asked our family friends to come to the party wearing green!
It turns out most of Miles's favorite foods are green. We had green smoothies, salad, honeydew and grapes, green pasta with pesto and peas, guacamole. I didn't take any photos other than this one of some of our leftovers the next day. I'm usually skeptical of recipes found on Pinterest, but these green muffins were a hit with the kids. No food coloring -- the muffins get their bright green color from a bag of spinach blended up with milk and banana.
I made an ice cream cake layered with mint chip, frozen pound cake and chocolate wafers with gummy dinosaurs on top.
The kids made their own green beaded bracelets, decorated green crowns and went home with little bags of dinosaur toys and stamps and crayons.
Miles had a blast, he wore his crown everyday for the next week.