{artist showcase: some fruit to brighten up your day}

Dare I use the term ‘hump day’. I know, you want to hit me. But sometimes you need something to get you through this non-eventful, smack in the middle of the week day that doesn’t give you much to be excited about. Well how about this bright and cheerful summer fruit illustration series by Amy Walters? How can you not smile at these cheerful fruit dancing on your screen? 



Fun huh? What’s even more fun is having one of these great pattern on your iPhone case. You can bring a childhood memory to life and have your very own banana phone!

Get the cases here and check out Amy’s work here


{a collection of collections}

I’m a collector, no question about it. I think that’s why I love these illustrated collections so much. There’s something about the power of numbers or showing a group of items that I just gravitate towards. Many of these illustrations also make me feel like summer for some reason. Here’s a collection of collections. Enjoy the inspiration. 

Top to bottom: 1/2/3/4/5/6/

{handmade: city of craft}

Need some plans this weekend? If you’re going to be in Toronto, plan to get your CRAFT ON at the Spring City of Craft show  on Saturday. This show just keeps getting better and better since it’s first in 2007. Here’s a sneak peak of what you’ll find. It’s a perfect opportunity to pick up a gift for Mother’s Day. Ok, and maybe a little something for yourself.

If you don’t live in Toronto but see something you like, most of these crafty people are also on Etsy, see links below. 

Oh and how beautiful is the City of Craft illustration! That’s the work of talented illustrator Kristen McCrea, who will also be at the show. 


{style: wino approved gift}

I don’t know about you but my friends are a bunch of winos. Ok fine, so am I. 

That’s why I just loved this reusable wine carrying tote I saw on my fav blog Design Sponge today. They are by a company called MapTote. Turns out there’s a bunch of colour and creative options. I love the illustrations and custom type. One of these would make a great hostess or house-warming gift, filled with your favourite poison. I also thought it would be fun to reuse it literally amongst a close group of friends or dinner party group and have the bag get re-gifted around, filled with a new goody each time. Either way it’s a way cuter vessel to carry around your wine rather than the obvious, hard to carry and blah looking brown paper bag.