Tuesday, December 31, 2013

incoming mail

I was the lucky recipient of so much Christmasy mail last week!  Thank you Christine, Larissa, Natasha, Yen + Jenn!

Monday, December 30, 2013

postmarked June 13, 1958

These vintage postcards were tucked in my stocking care of my mother-in-law.  

"Visiting churches and cathedrals.  I am almost moved to tears sometimes at the beauty of these fine old buildings.  I think they are like old paintings. Something we should enjoy while we can.  They will never be equalled in our time."

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

good things

1. The smell of Christmas.
2. A tiny potted Norfolk pine.
3. Stacks of library books, blankets + homemade hot chocolate.
4. Mailbox filled with holiday cheer.
5. Monsters University.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

incoming mail

My mailbox has been filled with so much holiday cheer this week.  Two of my favourite Christmas cards came from Swiss Cottage Designs in Brooklyn and Paper & Poste just a few blocks away.  Thank you, thank you!

Monday, December 16, 2013

Be merry and bright!

Just a little reminder that tomorrow is the last day to mail out your domestic Christmas cards to be sure that they arrive in time!  As one of my favourite Rifle Paper Co. cards says: Be merry and bright!

Tuesday, December 10, 2013


"I hadn't yet opened the letter he'd sent me, in contrast to the customary envelope-ripping glee with which I usually greeted mail." Cheryl Strayed

I've been reading Wild this past week every spare moment I find - over breakfast, wrapped up in blankets, in the bath late at night.  Cheryl Strayed hiked the Pacific Crest Trail in California and Oregon when she was 26 years old.  It made me nostalgic for forests and camping and hiking - and being 26 years old.

Monday, December 9, 2013

finds from the fair

A week ago I popped in to the OCAD U Book Arts Fair.  Happily I came home with screenprints galore!  A pink camper postcard made by Spark Box Studio and Frankly Franny's mini postcards with gold fold stamping.

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

incoming mail

These bright beauties were waiting for me when I got back from my recent holiday. Thank you Jen, Laura, Phillipa, Fiona + Tanya!  I love getting your letters!

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Flakes Paperie

The latest addition to my outgoing Christmas cards: Flakes Paperie knockout screen-printed cards.  I'm so down with sending out cards picturing cassette tapes, bicycles and my city's skyline!

P.S. Flakes Paperie is at the One of a Kind show this week in Toronto!

Monday, December 2, 2013

outgoing mail

These little postcards were made with the remnants of breakfast in Mexico.  Who wouldn't want a bright corn pops postcard in their mailbox?

Friday, November 29, 2013

holiday mailing dates

Hello Canadian mail lovers!

Here are the dates that your super cute holiday cards must be posted:

December 6th for most international destinations
December 13th for the USA
December 17th for Canada

Thursday, November 28, 2013


I'm back from a week spent on the Pacific coast of Mexico.  It was lovely and hot. Huatulco, being fifteen degrees north of the equator, is really, really hot!  We swam, read a lot, played ping pong, painted, ate guacamole every day (sometimes twice a day!) and just enjoyed a week of summer in November.  

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Cross-stitch Christmas stamps

Okay.  I'm in love with this year's cross-stitch inspired Christmas stamps.  They come in mini booklets - perfect for tucking into my moleskine notebook and bringing along to cafes this fall for card writing/hot chocolate dates!

Monday, November 18, 2013

good things

1. Merissa mailed me these awesome 1960s American stamps.
2. Our gym was freshly painted.  So much brighter and cheerier.
3. Ashley got stamps!
4. Biked past this old Postal Station on Dovercourt.
5. Hot chocolate + Christmas card writing at Wagamama.

Friday, November 15, 2013

incoming mail

Cheerful mail this week came from Honolulu, Seattle, Vancouver, Ottawa + Toronto. Thank you Merissa, Michele, Phillipa, Steven, Ella, Lauren + Mike!

Thursday, November 14, 2013

One Plus One

Earlier this month I met One Plus One designer Jessie for tea and sweets.  Jessie was in town visiting from her hometown of Winnipeg.  We've been blog friends for a few years now so it was really nice to meet up!  

I have now happily started writing Christmas cards - with these adorable One Plus One cards.  

P.S. And how beautiful are these floral cards?  Perfect for everyday note writing!

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Vintage Christmas stamp packs

My shop is now stocked with vintage Christmas stamp packs!  Letter lovers in Toronto can also get them at The Paper Place on Queen West.  Here's to envelopes covered in snowflake stamps!

Monday, November 11, 2013

good things

1. When my new mailman saw me collecting my mail last week he said "That's your mailbox?  You get the cutest mail in the building!"
2. Hot chocolate at Clafouti.
3. A gold headband.  Makes working out extra cute.
4. Toronto is in serious autumn mode.
5. Reading cookbooks.  This Sunday it was Wild Rosemary & Lemon Cake.

Monday, November 4, 2013

good things

1. Holiday printing workshops.
2. New toque.  Complete with a pompom!
3. Yen's letter-writing.
4. Roasted brussels sprouts with maple syrup and melted butter.
5. Sunday biking + cheer class.

Friday, November 1, 2013

incoming mail

Sailboats, hearts + trains filled my mailbox this week!  Thank you Phillipa + Yen!

Monday, October 28, 2013

good things

1. My mail received in Australia + Arizona.
2. Boy band night in tap class.
3. Hot chocolate + scarf weather.
4. I've decided: Willows are my favourite kind of trees.
5. Yellow watermelon smoothies.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

good things

1. My first Cheer Body class!  Exercise plus pompoms.  And my teacher was the Argos cheerleading captain.  Amazing fun!
2. Four days in Niagara filled with lots of biking.
3. Awesome farm wedding in Cobourg.
4. Sunnyside Beach family shoot.
5. Nonna's gnocchi.

Friday, October 18, 2013

incoming mail

Lots of cheery letters and postcards filled my mailbox this week.  

Thank you, thank you: 
Phillipa, Laura, Stacey + Emily!

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

good things

1. More baking!  (Cranberry walnut crumble.)
2. An outstanding fall bike ride.
3. Honeycrisp apples.
4. Dineen Coffee.  A light-filled cafe in the financial district.
5. Forever Bicycles.

Friday, October 11, 2013