What We Do in the Shadows

September 21st, 2014

I ended TIFF on a high last week with What We Do in the Shadows, directed and starring Taika Waititi and Jemaine Clement. It’s a hilarious mockumentary following a group of vampires in New Zealand as they deal with the usual fights between flatmates, past relationships and dealing with newcomers. It won the People’s Choice award for the best of Midnight Madness and an added joy was having Jemaine and Stu present for a Q&A after the screening (very rare for the last day of TIFF!).



In tribute of a brilliant cameo, I made a werewolf button available at Cunning & Crafty.




TIFF 2014 – Song of the Sea

September 7th, 2014

It’s that time of year again, where I drop a lot of dough to line up and watch some films. The Toronto International Film Festival is in full swing, and I do find it a thrill to be in the audience as a director giddily presents the premiere of their labour of love.

It was an honour to see the world premiere of Song of Sea yesterday, a story of a brother and sister in their fantastical journey dipping in Irish folklore. Each frame is a beautiful rendering that you want to freeze-frame just to study all the details and humour (I especially love Ben’s hand-drawn map and how he sees the world). The film was written and directed by Tomm Moore and created by Irish studio Cartoon Saloon who are also the creators of The Secret of Kells. The story is as rich and lush as the images.



You can learn more from the Cartoon Saloon website and production blog: http://www.cartoonsaloon.ie/2009/06/feature-films-song-of-the-sea/

Seek it out when it comes to your town!

I also noticed the voice of the main character was David Rawle of Moone Boy! Also a funny series worth checking out: http://www.sky.com/tv/show/moone-boy

Ghostbusters Anniversary – Scott C.

July 24th, 2014

It’s here! It’s here! Just received my limited edition Scott C. poster from the 30th Anniversary Show from Gallery Nineteen Eighty Eight. Oh Ghostbusters! I was too young when the first one came out, but I remember my dad taking us to see the 2nd one in a theatre and being hooked on the cartoon. I even made a ghost trap out of construction paper with a working, flap-opening, pipe cleaner mechanism. Sweet childhood memories embodied in a work of art. Now to work on finding a home so I can display this on my wall of wonders.

Baked Soap Co.

November 14th, 2013

I had the pleasure of sharing a table with the Baked Soap Co. at the Toronto Indie Arts Market and picked up some delectable handmade soaps. Not only are they formed in wonderfully delicious shapes, but they’re available in a variety of enticing scents — fragrant, but not overwhelming. I bought the Rhubarb and Berry Pie bar and a set of mini donuts. These would be perfect party favours or stocking stuffers, that is if you’re willing to part with them yourself.


Check out other Baked Soap Co. items here. They’re also available in some local Toronto stores and at many shows and events leading up to the holidays. Check out locations here.


November 12th, 2013

I had a great time at the Toronto Indie Arts Market this past weekend. Thanks to all my family and friends for their support and all the kind people who came by. Also great appreciation to the OH and WingMe for helping to man the table and being all around amusing. For my first time at an actual crafty event, it was a good learning experience with hopefully more in the future.


Cunning & Crafty at the Toronto Indie Arts Market

November 6th, 2013

This Saturday, Nov. 9th, I’ll have a table at the Toronto Indie Arts Market at the Gladstone Hotel. I’ll have some necklaces, cards, buttons, magnets and zipper pouches, so come by and check it out!


Ramen Party

May 25th, 2013

Check out the Ramen Party! A project to introduce preschool kids to food, music and fun! Come meet Mr. Ramen and his charming friends and join the party.

Learn more about the project here and check out their catchy music video.

Here’s my sweet Shoyu package for supporting their indiegogo. An awesome tote bag, signed print and stickers!

North Carolina!

May 18th, 2013

Had an excellent and delicious weekend a few weeks back hosted by C&D. So many great graphics and yummy foods. We were schooled in the Eastside vs. Westside tastes in barbeque, sampled some shrimp and grits, and all the other great things the South has to offer.

Chicken and waffles were the first things on the menu at Dame’s Chicken & Waffles. Pictured is the ‘Light Brown Leghorn’ – 4 chicken legs on a classic waffle drizzled with caramel and cashews and a hazelnut Schmear. “Schmears” (don’t you love saying it) are Dame’s own flavoured butters, a dallop on the side of each waffle.

While looking for popsicles, we found instead the Parlour ice cream shop which had a display of art from Dave Alsobrooks.

We did eventually find those popsicles at Locopops! My mango chili popsicle was perfectly refreshing for the balmy Durham weather. For our barbeque experience, we went to The Pit for ribs, pulled pork, mac & cheese, biscuits and one of the best corn breads I’ve ever had (served in a piping hot skillet with maple butter). We rounded off the weekend with tacos and sweet tea at Chubby’s. A pretty perfect weekend says my belly!

Paper Star Lanterns

December 15th, 2012

Getting into the Christmas spirit with some paper lanterns! Found the tutorial online and thought of trying it out. It requires some patience in cutting and folding, but it’s pretty easy to put together.  I used 90lb. sketch pad paper for the smaller star which was easy to fold and cut, but relatively sturdy enough to attach to the string of lights. The larger star was made of dollar store bristol board which also worked well, but the holes are a little harder to punch.


Here’s the tutorial with template. I doubled and quadrupled the measurements for my requirements:  http://www.homemade-gifts-made-easy.com/paper-star-lantern.html

And another simple star to add to the mix: http://annekata.com/2010/11/tutorial-super-simple-paper-stars/

Turned out pretty good!

Light Box

November 25th, 2012

Hello Sweatshoppers!  It’s been a while…rack it up to laziness and malaise. ..maybe we’ve been enjoying life too much!

As we enter the winter season with less daylight and my late hours, I finally made a light box  so I could take photos of items for my shop. I wanted something cheap and collapsible that I could easily stow away so I checked out some tutorials for ideas.

cardboard box tutorial

laundry hamper tutorial

foam core solution

I decided to follow the basic idea of the cardboard box solution, but constructed my own box shape with pieces of foam core and matte board leftover from old school projects. I figured out which was the best way to fold it up and hinged the edges with packing tape. White plastic tablecloth from the dollar store was perfect for covering the windows on the top and sides, and there’s plenty leftover if you ever need to replace  them.

Works quite well for $1 and salvaged materials. I still need to play with the levels and colour balance of the images after in photoshop, but I think this will serve my purposes.  ~ Lurgs