Sunday, December 31, 2006

Glen Campbell

Ah yes, good ole Glen. You can never forget (believe me, I've tried!) Rhinestone Cowboy as well as the little ditty above. Happy New Year everyone!

Tuesday, December 26, 2006

Peace and happiness

This week's Illustration Friday topic is peace. I've missed the past 2 or 3 as it has been anything BUT peaceful around here! One of the few places I can escape is in the shower. For someone who hates swimming and getting wet in public, I LOVE a long hot shower. I take my coffee in there with me. If I could I'd have a little chair - seriously! I know someone who just lays down in the tub and lets the shower go... it's soothing. And in my house, the only place I can go and lock the door and be alone. Although my kids have been known to hang around outside the door talking, begging for things, fighting etc! I'm thinking I'll get a stereo system and a TV in there as well as the chair. Or just start wearing the ipod in there - do they make a waterproof ipod yet? Hope everyone is having the happiest of holidays.

Monday, December 04, 2006


...Cilla realized it might be time to diet. A quick and simple Illo Friday this week as I am swamped with Christmas and birthday prep...I had 5 people cleaning my house today while I sat here and worked-I simply can't keep up anymore and N's service model (he's autistic) allows for cleaning in addition to therapy so I thought I'd use it. It was weird. It smells ike a chemical dump. Next time they must use eco-friendly stuff.

Thank you for stopping by and commenting - I try to comment back to all.

Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Great Canadian Inventions

Just a few great Canadian inventions in this illo - instant mashed potatoes (a guilty pleasure of mine!), five-pin bowling, the zipper, electric range, the Wonderbra (she's wearing one, I drew it, really)...what you can't see is her pacemaker, the insulin she takes, the paint roller off to the side - that wallpaper has got to go!

Want more Great Canadian inventions? Check this out.

Sunday, November 19, 2006


I can't decide between using them for ornaments or necklaces...

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Remember that dream?

The one where you were at school and realized you were either still in your PJs or worse yet just your underwear? And even worse still for this poor girl - what if it was Thursday??????

Friday, November 10, 2006


I'm making some jewellery

And these hooks

And I bought the coolest cowboy Santa

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Ahhhh yes

They always tasted better if you were sneaking them didn't they? Just like now - I'm sneaking time away from a job for an extremely evil client to do my Illustration Friday in order to retain my sanity!!!!!!!!!! Thanks for all the comments last week.

Wednesday, November 01, 2006


I have been SO, SO, SO busy the past few weeks that I have had no time for Illustration Friday. I really missed not having that let-loose-because-it's-not-for-a-client feeling of yummy goodness that today I said, "Shag it, I'm going to take time out to do this week!" I still want to add a house blowing by in the upper-left corner but now I have to go make healthy food for sugar-hyped children.

Hope everyone had a great Halloween.

Monday, October 16, 2006


This one is pushing my limits of "cuteness" but kids and kittens are cute darn it! We got a kitten on the weekend; his name is Dude. I did not choose the name. Anyway, the kids are 'smitten" with him so this is my illo for Friday.

Sunday, October 15, 2006

Welcome Dude

The newest edition to the family - Dude. So far his likes are sleeping, eating and exploring. He's a great little kitty. Thanks Mindy!

Monday, October 09, 2006


Sure, Mary had a bit of trouble with the vino, but she had nooooo trouble creating magnificent molds - or is that moulds? - or both? - in her spiffy new gas-powered kitchen!

I had wanted to do something with pop-o-matic Trouble cos I LOVE that game - pop a six and you move twice - and that bubble with the dice - nothing like it since...ahhhh, I am stuck in my childhood. But thank gawd my mom never made these scary meat mold things or if she did it will come out in therapy. Hey, maybe that's why I collect old cookbooks, hmmmm.

Tuesday, October 03, 2006


I remember my mom saying "children should be seen and not heard". While I accepted the premise behind that I still thought it was funny. And of course, my sisters and my brother and I WERE heard. And in reading Amy Vanderbilt's rules (in the background of this illo) I see that we were darned well behaved children - something I knew anyway after seeing the crap my friends got away with - I do my best to have my children be the same - autism is a blessing in this case - rules are meant to be followed - so quite often my autistic son is the best mannered child at gatherings because he knows how to follow rules. Last night I attended a focus group for parents of older children with autism with regards to future programming - the meeting was great, the bed at the hotel they booked me was AMAZING and talk about - quiet OMG!!!!!!!!!!!

Anyway, this "button-your-lip" illo is for Illustration Friday "Quiet".

Thanks to all who stop by and comment - much appreciated.

Tuesday, September 26, 2006


I combined my phobias for this week's Illustration Friday - mice and heights. I have a fear of wallpaper too but I left that out! Right now my 9 year-old is petrified of birds. He hates walking down the path to school because they fly in and out of the hedges that line it. So we're trying all sorts of things to make him tolerant and so he doesn't freak out when a seagull is casing the grocery store parking lot looking for goodies. Any suggestions are welcome!

Thursday, September 21, 2006

Talk about a change

Two days ago relaxing in the sun with a 3 euro litre and a half bottle of Greek wine and now shivering away back home with a mug of coffee! Our vacation in Greece was FANTASTIC and it is quite a change to return to the old routine. I'm having a heck of a time getting back into working... hopefully doing this little illo will jumpstart me.

Tuesday, August 22, 2006

The good ol days

My brother had a matchbook collection. It was an old suitcase full. I used to love going through them. The coolest ones were from cocktail lounges. I must ask him if he still has them.

Sunday, August 20, 2006


I think I'd go braindead if I didn't have at least 4-5 projects on the go. And that's in addition to juggling client work and two kids. I'm not sure if I will survive the trip to Greece! I am not good at relaxing. So when we get back I am definitely starting a Cafe Press shop in addition to the secret project we are working on.

Monday, August 14, 2006


Great topic this week for Illustration Friday. I did this a week weeks ago to put on the ugly grey brick wall in our family room. Unfortunately it makes the wall even duller looking in comparison! It's on wood with letters, jacks, monkeys, and other bits attached. I hope it doesn't make my kids afraid of clowns!

Thanks for stopping by.

Sunday, August 13, 2006

Saturday, August 12, 2006


Ooooh, I'm on a roll now!

Friday, August 11, 2006

That was fun!

I LOVE Claudine Hellmuth's work so I decided to give collage a whirl. I think I've got the bug now. Like I need another project - Yikes!!!!

Thursday, August 10, 2006


Boy where did the week go? I just dashed off this quickie for "capture". I have a good marriage - this was just the first thing I thought of doing!

Tuesday, August 01, 2006


Well right now the Ontario government is telling me not to clean because it uses energy so I'm not! I think everyone has their own cleaning style–I can't stand dirty counters, clutter (unless I've "arranged" it thus making it a "collection"!)–basically I like clean and tidy surfaces but I can live with only cleaning my fridge when my mother-in-law is coming once a year, ditto the freezer. I HATE dusting but I like vaccuuming, and I'll sweep because if I don't it's revolting but I can't stand mopping. Hmmm, thank god for cleaning ladies.

I also have one child who is super clean with his person not his room and one who could care less. Lesser than less really. Bathtime is a HUGE struggle. Sitting in the water is great but actually washing? We have to make it a game, a bribe, a threat. Fun stuff!

Anyway, enough about me, suffice it to say, it is not me in this illustration although I do have a swiffer...

Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Oh boy

Talk about crazy days lately. My hard drive died. Just up and died with not much warning so I managed to back-up current client work but nothing else. I would not wish it on my worst enemy. So I've missed some Illustration Friday but I'm back now! This week is "Opposites" and for some reason I was having an awful time coming up with anything I wanted to do. So I went to my trusty old retro cookbooks (I collect them - fun stuff!) and found some cool ice cream recipes and that was it.The background is a scan of the recipes and this is the yummy photo!

Tuesday, July 04, 2006


What could be stickier than candy? This is for my son's birthday party this week. His idea - the boy takes after his mom. So party guests will receive a t-shirt with this on it and a bag of sticky goodies! Thankfully there are only 5 kids coming, I'm not THAT crazy.

Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Rain rain go away

Imagine, never having to cancel an outdoor event ever again!

Thursday, June 22, 2006

Illustration Friday - Dance

Whew, just made it this week. I can't BELIEVE it is Thursday. June is just too flipping busy! This is a little dance we call the Pee Dance. Most frequently performed when the only bathroom in the house is occupied or when not wanting to stop a preferred activity for something as dull as a bathroom break :-)

Tuesday, June 13, 2006

Illustration Friday - Jungle

I'll admit it, I'm a lazy artist. When I saw this week's topic was "jungle" I thought, "Oh man that is so much work doing foliage; maybe I'll just skip it this week."
But I persevered and came up with a solution involving no leaves! I hope you like it.

Tuesday, May 30, 2006


This is a greeting card illustration that I'm currently shopping around... just not enough hours in the day.

Monday, May 22, 2006

Sorry kids!

No new shoes for you but check out mommy's new Italian green leather purse!!!!!!!

I have a thing for purses; always have. Could be worse, could be sports cars.

Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Angels & Devils

I will undoubtedly do more with this one. The whole angel/devil, good/evil clash is just sooooo ripe for interpretation. I of course did my usual trite version. But I did plant some symbolism - the apple? Come on, he so wants to go to the dark side and have fun! Again, my apologies if I offend anyone... And now to figure out the new Illustration Friday format. I am afraid.

Thursday, May 11, 2006

Fat - illo friday

ahhh, in this case some fat - marbling - is good. My apologies in advance to the many varieties of people that this image could offend. I realize it's not a "real" illustration, it's just something I put together to make myself a t-shirt because, well, I love steak.

Thursday, May 04, 2006

Just made it

This week Illustration Friday topic is Under the Sea. Technically this isn't really under the sea but what the heck!

Wednesday, April 26, 2006

IlloFriday - Robot

I wasn't even going to do this week's topic because my allergies are driving me insane and on top of that I have strep throat. So with Coronation Street on hiatus during hockey playoffs I exhausted other TV possibilities pretty quickly and turned to drawing while I recover. This is my personal robot racing to me with more kleenex and medicine on top on the health chart thingie that came with my prescription!

Monday, April 17, 2006

Spotted - Illustration Friday

Well that was fun. I haven't done a "real" painting (many would argue that this is hardly a real painting!!!) in a long time. I'd forgotten how long it takes - it was nice and relaxing. I should do more just as stress relief.

Wednesday, April 12, 2006


As soon as I drew the sketch for this I couldn't believe how much it reminds me of one of my sisters when she was little. It's the hair,and the grin and the whole I-have-life-by-the-tail attitude. I was her biggest fan growing up and I guess I still am in many ways. Plus it was the method of "speed" that I chose that reminds me of her as well as she is now a scooter bike-riding diva instead of a manual scooter - which BTW we never had, I think they skipped a generation! The original story in the background is by my son, scribed by and illustrated by my niece. If you read it, I am not a princess, his dad has never been in jail nor is he a queen. Happy Easter everyone.

Monday, April 03, 2006


Wow, I can't believe I've missed a month of Illustration Friday. I've been too flipping busy. And here I am out doing the spring yard work, hahahahahaha.

Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Illustration Friday - Tea

I drink coffee and lots of it. My husband keeps buying all these different flavoured teas and the boxes always come flying out of the cupboard when I open it. That has nothing to do with this illustration, I just felt like sharing! Thanks to everyone for their comments on my past entries, much appreciated.

Tuesday, February 14, 2006

"For fun it's a wonderful toy"

It doesn't get much more simple than a Slinky. A classic "oops" toy. A plain old spring and look at all that fun. Simplicity at its best I'd say. I have a few. My kids can't play with mine; they have their own.

Monday, January 30, 2006


Thinking about this Illustration Friday topic I kept going back to the whole starlet idea of glamour. So that's basically what I did. Her dress has some valuable info from Amy Vanderbilt's Everyday Etiquette. Sweet stuff circa 1952.

Tuesday, January 17, 2006

E is for egads, eek, enough!

Egads, I'm busy right now! No time to make a special Friday contribution. This is Veronica (yes, I name my characters, so what!)and she is for a client who makes posh handmade diaper bags. So the bag needs to stand out. The illustration will go on hangtags, used on web, promo material etc. Which one do you like better?

Monday, January 02, 2006


Boy this was a toughie - there are soooooooooooooo many flavours out there! I really did NOT have (still don't) any idea where I was going with this one. It started with just the guy and his magic flavour sauce and somehow the background and the milkshake maker found their way in there. If nothing else it should make somebody smile.