Tuesday, 29 January 2013


Above: an illustration titled Painter by Maxwell Holyoke-Hirsch. If you have't looked through his work before, I highly recommend hitting that link. You will be visually delighted!

Below: my new tattoo by Lissa at Pearl Harbour Gift Shop!

I am a big fan of Maxwell's work and this paint toting lady had been haunting me for a while. I approached him about getting her needled into my arm, and was so happy to find him receptive. It took me a while to get around to it, but I couldn't be any happier with how it turned out! PAINTER 4EVER.

Monday, 21 January 2013


Fact: the ladies in my life are killing it in the necklace department lately.

Check out that low hanging, double stacked dotty number by Sojourn. Shayna has a bunch of different options available in her shop and they're all beautiful. I've got one and it's the best. And guess what? Shayna is having a sale in her shop right now! Everything is 20 percent off with the code BLUEMONDAY until February 1st. That's a hot deal on a cold day.

Danielle (workmate extrordinaire/swan hater) gave me this brassy beaded beauty for Christmas. It's also the best. She doesn't have a shop right now, and while I would love to keep this one of a kind treasure all to my self, and have the only one available on the planet, you should probably pester her to make you one too...

Now, let's go on a mini trip through some dark corners in local supply shops.

This is what a stingray skin looks like. Like a slightly scary, kinda happy looking face. I HAD NO IDEA.

Here we were counting out so many zippers in the bra supplies isle. Lighting: low. Zipper colours: a secret (for now).


There are so many things at sewing stores that look like they've been there for a million years. Like walls of forgotten plastic buckles. Weird leathers. And dusty ribbons.

You should probably call your new band Dusty Ribbons?

Stop telling me how to live my life, sewing supplies store person. I know, man. I know...

Sunday, 20 January 2013


There is some great text in this town.


Sunday, 6 January 2013


Meet Mac. Mac is a wild grey tabby we recently brought home.

We managed to adopt a real co-dependent attention lover. His name is inspired by Mac from It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia, because he thinks he's tough, he's got way too much energy, and he's generally a charming idiot. 




We got him on sale. Isn't it so weird that there is such a thing as getting a cat on sale? I spun a big cat themed wheel of fortune to determine the price. I realize that you've gotta inspire people to adopt these guys in all kinds of inventive ways, but it was still odd. For the record, he was half price. SCORE. #dealz

He came with this weird, pink cat tent (as seen above). And while it's pretty ugly, it's now a fixture in our place. This is what animals do to you - they take over and rule the house. Suddenly you are hiding their food in cupboards so they don't tear the bag apart, watching your toes so they don't get chomped at every opportunity, and fully expecting an animal to jump out at you from under the bed every time you pass by. 

Cats are the best. Cats are the worst. I love him so much. 

 Devil cat on a rampage.

Friday, 4 January 2013


There used to be this terrible Subway commercial on the air. An embarrassing kinda rap song about eating subs (I think?) with a big proclamation of "it's resolution time!!!" The memory is hazy, but I still think about it every single year. Way to go, Subway.

What's up, 2013! I'm going to be so organized this year. I'm going to try to use this weekly notebook for more than the two weeks I usually use a planner before I abandon it forever to live inside my head. So far I have written such important to-do details as: Movies w/ Shayna, Angel Haze @ The Annex Wreckroom, Party w/ Caitlyn, and Meeting w/ Danielle. Done, done, done, and done! This year is off to a great start.

My resolutions this year are pretty simple. 

1: Draw More. Anything! Just drawing for fun. Drawing Garfield if I want to! Illustrating a narrative romp through the most mundane moments of my life! Drawing dogs! While I tend to do my best work under tight focused deadlines, I'd like to take more time to practice too. Less deliberation and more illustration? Yeah, something like that.

2: Drink More Water. I think I mostly drink coffee and beer. More coffee than beer though, don't worry. Sometimes cola. And then after that, water. I bet feeling chronically sluggish has a little something to do with my total lack of water consumption. Science! So I vow to embrace you, boring glasses of refreshing water. A cucumber slice will not trick me into finding you exciting, but I will learn to love you.

Progress Report: Resolution 1 is underway, as seen above with this page of scales. Go snakes! Unpictured: plenty of lines and shapes for new pattern ideas. Resolution 2 is being thought about quite a bit, but not really put into practice. Thankfully, there's still time. 361 more days.

I wrote a more detailed, more serious blog post full of 2012 feelings over on the Falconwright blog. 2012 was really a great year! A total stand out among the 31 years I've spent living. Probably the most memorable year of my life.

I've got some optimistic plans to spend a bit more time with my old buddy Deadweight this year too. Maybe I will finally realize the print series of my dreams featuring the headless horseman in his everyday life? I just said it out loud so now I have to do it. That's how it works, right? YES!