Friday, December 28, 2007

campy planter

This adorable little 'campy planter' will be here from Brooklyn soon, via perch! design. (Merry Christmas Raquel).

harkins ad

We're making our debut on the big screen. Watch for this ad at the next Harkins movie (find our logo!), and while you're at it - make plans to attend the Phoenix Heart Walk.

Thursday, December 20, 2007

bee-raw honey

As designers, we naturally love good packaging - to the point that we go out of our way to buy random things just because they look great. This honey is no exception. (Although one could argue that it resembles vials of blood...)

platner stool

We'll take a few of these Platner stools for our next office, please.


Neutraface seems to be showing up everywhere these days. With good's lovely.

big ideas come out of big pencils.

The Leo Burnett website has been a long-time favorite. Though not the most functional navigation, it's definitely an interactive experience. (I guess you can do things like that when you have clients like McDonalds, Kellog's, and Wrigley's).

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

the loveliest of christmas-times

We are getting all packed and ready for our trip to Toronto to spend our christmas-time with many Toronto-type family and friends. I'm curious to see how flying across the country with my rowdy, independance-seeking, but happy babe will be. And I'm nervous about taking her to stay in a strange place. Wish me luck (please!)

I wish everyone who ever visits this place the loveliest of christmas-times, and a coming year that is filled with the best of friendships, peace of heart, glorious love, and much inspiration always!

Much love, sharilyn (+ Adelaide, too!)

See you in 2008!

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

a quilt crawl

Yesterday afternoon I was puttering around while Addie and the boys napped. I decided to find and begin to finish the quilt that I have been making for Adelaide's first bed. Of course, just as I was getting to work Addie awoke, and so I went to her and brought her downstairs where my work-in-progress was laid all out on the floor.

I set her down to take a look, and she just kind of perked herself up and began crawling all over it, like she could always do so but just was choosing not to. She crawled all about, checking out all of the squares and trying to pick them up. Up until this moment, she could get around by rolling and lunging, but now just like that, Adelaide is a crawler!

And making up for lost time, apparently!

our jack

Here is Jack in one of his usual afternoon locales - Adelaide's dirty laundry bin. He doesn't seem to mind that this bin is filled with such choice items as peed-on change pads, stinky 3-day-old baby tights, and damp bibs and washcloths. He's a pretty laid-back guy in general : )

Robin & Lucienne Day

On a recent trip to Portland, this book was discovered about Robin & Lucienne Day, pioneers of modern design.

book description:
Hailed as the British counterparts to Charles and Ray Eames, Robin and Lucienne Day electrified the British design scene in the 1950s with their startling furniture and textile designs.

Lucienne, we still adore your fabric patterns today.

Thursday, December 6, 2007

tiny happy

I have been coveting a beautiful bag and baby shoes from Tiny Happy for sometime, and when I emailed Melissa about ordering them, I was suprised and pleased to find that she wanted to do a trade. My first ever trade! (ashamedly)

So just the other day, Addie and I discovered a package on or doorstep, all the way from New Zealand! We opened it up together to find that was filled with such wonderful treasures and surprises.. including a beautiful little bear that Adelaide was instantly thrilled with - she went a little wild for her new friend - squealing, throwing him up in the air, kicking her feet all about him, and kind of... mashing him into her face!? It is love.

Addie has many toys, but I have only seen her have this rowdy reaction to 2 of them: her tiny happy bear, and her 2 woolen balls made by Ella. She very much seems to know which things have been made with the most care and love...!

Monday, December 3, 2007

with the snowy trees

We now have about a foot of snow outside of our door, and the forest is absolutely gorgeous. This is the third or fourth snowfall we've had on the mountain this year so far, but it is the first time that Charles has been home and I could manage my camera without having to lug my wiggling puffy snowsuited child! Adelaide seems to take in the snow with much quiet intensity- and then every once in a while she will let out a determined "BAEH!" at it all. I am so much looking forward to more snowy mountaintop winters with her.

Every so often I glimpse little birds about the snowy trees, and I have become determined to make friends! I hung a bird bell outside on one of the trees, but now I see the chain has broken from the weight. And each time I sprinkle seeds out, they just get covered up with more snow...

Friday, November 30, 2007

another letterpress.

Apparently, one just wasn't enough. Now we have another letterpress to help us mass produce.

{Chandler & Price 10"x15" OldStyle}

And here's how it works:

Thursday, November 29, 2007

web 2.0 trend

Watch out everybody. It looks like all the logos around us are coming to life! (We hope we never see the day that someone takes one of our classic logos and goes crazy with Photoshop)

Monday, November 26, 2007

our newest member

SeeSaw is the proud new owner of a Kelsey 6x10" tabletop press - the Excelsior (yet to be given a real name), along with 35 drawers of metal type. We can't wait to start letterpressing the world...

Sunday, November 25, 2007

one more beautiful soul

Over the weekend I went to clear out the remaining things at my studio. For the longest while my head had been filled with cozy memories of my special place, and I was really feeling quite pathetic and melancholy about giving it all up. And dreading that very moment.

But when I stood in the centre of a now rather sad, empty, and disheveled room, I just about laughed right out loud! It hit me almost instantly, and rather bluntly: this empty space is not who I am!

What had made my studio special was what it had once been filled it with: my dreams, wishes, creations, treasures, and, me. And these things I shall take with me wherever this life will take me. Except now, I have one more beautiful soul to share it all with: my little daughter.

The snow has been falling here on the mountaintop all day, the world outside is white and still and cool and crisp and beautiful. My baby girl sleeps upstairs in our big bed, two kitties by her side. And I feel love.

Thank you to you all for your wonderful messages: each of your stories means so much to me. They are all helping me to sort this life all out, and I am grateful to you all for this. Love to you all tonight and always, sharilyn.

Tuesday, November 20, 2007


I guess its safe to say that I've been going through a bit of an identity crises the past little while. I was hesitant on whether or not to say anything, but at the end of this month my lease is up at my little studio space. I had decided to give it up months ago, never realising that it would mean so much to me when the time came. I suppose that if I really wanted to, I could keep the space, but it would be simply silly to do so as I really don't need it now that I'm a full-time mom.

And I really really want to be a full-time mom more than anything, even more than having my little lovelydesign company. Even though my little lovelydesign is like my first baby - it is what I poured all my dreams and love into. And it became who I am.

I've been hearing a little clock ticking as these things have been bobbing around in my head for the past few weeks and I'm scared. The truth is, that without my lovelydesign I kind of don't know who I am anymore. I get this anxiety that people won't be interested in me if I don't have it anymore. Which is the real reason that I keep making a few things here or there - even though I'm so incredibly busy with everything else. Of course, I also get a lot of joy from creating and making things for wonderful people, and it's also nice to have a little bit of pocket money that I've earned myself. But for the most part I still do this because I am scared of losing all of who I was.

But I'm tired. I feel really overwhelmed and lately I've been feeling uneasy that in my distractions I haven't been the mama that I really want to be..

This thing - motherhood - is a crazy thing. It has twisted me inside out and back again with hopes and fears and the most intense crazy love I will ever experience.

When I was a little girl I looked up at my mama like she was the wisest, strongest soul on earth - I never doubted her. Now I wonder if Addie will look up at me this way - never suspecting that I feel lost and confused sometimes? And I wonder if all mamas feel lost sometimes, too?

To our little ones, we are simply mamas. And it is a truly marvelous thing to be - even though so many people just don't seem to think so! I just want... to be able to evolve into the next part of my life more gracefully, and to be able to find the right combination of me and mama.

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

on our stoop

Oh my. It's been a struggle for me, these past few weeks. Being a stay-at-home-mama is not so fun when your life is a packed up disorganised mess! And then moving with a little babe (monkey) who is determined to get into everything...

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

beautiful apple

Today Addie and I shared an organic gala apple (our favourite!)

I read an excellent article once. It explained that if we can always purchase not all, but a few specific organic fruits and vegetables, that just these few would hugely reduce the chemicals (poison) taken into our bodies. I always regret not jotting down this list of produce. But I remembered that one of the most chemical-laden fruits were apples, and I've been buying them organic ever since.

I finally found the list. This is mostly for my benefit, I want to always try keep it in mind! Here it is now:

    1. Peaches
    2. Apples
    3. Sweet Bell Peppers
    4. Celery
    5. Nectarines
    6. Strawberries
    7. Cherries
    8. Leafy Greens (lettuce, spinach)
    9. Imported Grapes
    10. Pears

    1. Baby Food
    2. Rice
    3. Milk
    4. Eggs
    5. Beef / Poultry

Sunday, October 14, 2007


Many time during my days, I will find myself thinking:
God, I love this so much. Please let me be a mama forever!
And then I realise that, no matter what:
I will always be a mama. Forever.

my girl

my girl. happiest with a box of paper-scraps.

my desk-spot

treasures accumulate...

Sunday, October 7, 2007

little birds + twinkle stars

I've made some jotter-books. They are hand-screened covers with a linen spine. Each is 16 x 12.5 cm (6.25 x 5") in size with 2 dozen assorted (kraft, interlined, grid, glassine etc) hand-stitched pages inside. They are a perfect little book to keep tucked inside your bag, for when inspiration happens to catch you by! I hope to get some time to add these to my online shop real soon...

our spot

We woke up today happy to see the sun again (i was thinking that our summer was over already) so Addie and I went to spend our afternoon once more at our favourite spot at Granville Island (just past the tennis courts). But first we visit kids only and the market for some picnic snacks to eat before napping! Perhaps the last time this year? i hope not...

Saturday, October 6, 2007


This afternoon i was suddenly hit with the urge to make a another quilt. So i dragged out one of my bins and set aside some pinks and creams and browns and greys. And that's how far I got when Addie woke up from her nap.

new shoes

A beautiful package from my lovely Alexa arrived, and with it, new shoes for Adelaide! They are perfect for these warm summer days...


When I was about 8 months pregnant, I started having night panics regarding my two boys (cats) and our soon-to-arrive baby. I remember being up really late one night in the dark, madly googling away in a panic, trying to find out about cats and babies and if all those silly tales are true. (Those ones about cats loving to snooze on top of sleeping infants faces and such.) I was so uneasy because everytime we brought a new baby item into the apartment, Jack and Elliot would always sleep in or on it: the stroller, the car seat, the crib, the bassinet... on and on. Panic!

Of course, I needn't have worried. The first thing I saw, staggering in the door with my baby for the first time, was Jack and Elliot frozen on the couch, their eyes absolutely huge, their tails even huger. They were terrified! They wouldn't go in the same room as her, never mind sleep on her head.

It has taken months, but more and more now they are all becoming the best of friends. Especially Jack and Adelaide - Jack is completely smitten by her! He loves stroking his tail across her brow to say hi. She squeals with absolute joy when she spots them. And I am a happy mama - I love having my little girl grow up with my beautiful boys.


This is our new home, if all the red tape clears out o.k. (next week?) our first real home together for the three of us. ours! We spent the afternoon today hanging out inside. and it feels so cozy, and down the street a nature reserve and across the street a path through a forest to the school and playgrounds and cafes...

Today I wished that we didnt have to go back to our rented place again!

I am so very proud of my love and partner charles. he is so incredibly talented yet humble and he really works so hard to care of addie and me. So I can have my wish and be a full-time mom. He is such a great father, to see him and Addie together, how she kicks in excitement to glimpse or hear him - He melts my heart.

ps: it is now ours oct 18!

pool pants

We took Adelaide for her first ever swimming class tonight - she made it through about 5 minutes before she lost it... poor girl. she was all excited before hand in her new yellow pool pants too. But the only class time I could get was late for her (darn civic strike), the place was just crazy with so many rowdy kids, and it seemed that the other 'babies' in her class were so much older than her. She just didn't get it! We ended up withdrawing her from the class and I will enroll her later on when she is a little bit older.

one goofy giggly girl

Adelaide was in a funny mood all day today, giggling away at most anything.

Friday, October 5, 2007

one moment

another little bit
all together us

one wall

here is one wall of our dining room. In my travels I always keep an eye out for lovely posters and prints. One of my favourites in the largest one here which is an original danish print that i found at a flea market just outside of copenhagen. Julie and Sune, (my favourite friends and Danes) told me that it is a poster from after the second world war to collect donations to send city kids to the country.

Craft Inc.

A few days ago I received a copy of "Craft Inc." in the mail, sent to me from Meg Mateo Ilasco. She researched and wrote this book which is a guide for making people to turn their craft into a business. It's a great little book and I am flattered and proud to be included in it along with so many other fantastic and inspiring creators!

beautiful leaves of canada (poster)

I researched, wrote, designed, and screenprinted this poster all about Canadian deciduous trees. And finally got around to taking some photos of it this afternoon! It is the long-lost cousin of my pinecone poster. I hope to be able to find a moment to add it to my online shop sometime soon.

Thursday, October 4, 2007

my worlds

From: August 25, 2007

I really like old maps but especially vintage globes. here are (just a few) of my globes that i have collected over the years. I have way too many now so I think that I may begin to (try to) give some away to some of my favourite friends. or maybe not - i love them!


From: August 21, 2007

's really been into her feet lately. Now when she sits in her chair she always kicks her feet up and just hangs out all cozy-like. She's becoming such a little individual just doing her thing more everyday...