Friday, October 31, 2014

Happy Halloween!

We are suited up and ready to trick or treat!

I've found the perfect "dinner on the go" for Mr. Hausfrau while he chaperones our little werewolf and princess this year:  nicoise salad in a bun!  I can't think of anything nicer.

Tuna Nicoise Sandwich  (source)


  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons white-wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • Coarse salt and ground pepper
  • 2 cans oil-packed tuna (6 ounces each), drained
  • 1/4 English cucumber
  • 1/2 small red onion
  • 1 8-inch round loaf country-style bread
  • 3 tablespoons jarred olive tapenade
  • 1 cup fresh basil leaves
  • 2 large eggs, hard-cooked and sliced


  1. In a medium bowl, whisk together oil, vinegar, and mustard; season with salt and pepper. Transfer 2 tablespoons dressing to another bowl; toss with tuna. To remaining dressing, add cucumber and onion; toss to combine.
  2. Cut bread in half horizontally; remove most of soft interior crumb. Spread tapenade on bottom half. Top with basil leaves, then egg slices; season with salt and pepper. Top with tuna, then cucumber mixture; close sandwich.
  3. Wrap sandwich tightly in plastic and place between two baking sheets. Weight with a heavy skillet. Let stand 1 hour (or refrigerate, up to overnight). To serve, cut into quarters.

Happy Halloween!

Friday, October 17, 2014


Lovely scenes from the last few weeks...

Lego Love

Mariachi is so marvelously dramatic

Watercolour class in New Westminster

One of my new portraits on display

Loving the art the kids in my "Paint and Sketch" class created!

Minnie was great an all, but this is what caught my eye on a recent trip to Disneyland

Hope you are all well and weighing in on the great "Pumpkin: is it an overused fall flavour or one not to be missed" debate! (I'm in love with pumpkin flavoured everything...until early December or so)

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Fall Art Classes


After nearly four years at home raising our young children and happily homesteading, I'm venturing off the hill this autumn to teach a few classes!

I'm beyond excited to be sharing art skills with interested locals.  Take note if you're in the Vancouver area, I would love to meet you!

The two classes I am teaching at the Anvil Center are going to be held in brand new studios overlooking the river.  Really, an amazing venue!

The sketch class is being held through the Shadbolt Center of the Arts at the local school here on the hill.

Anvil Center

University Highlands Elementary

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Delightful Doing

“All in all, it was a never-to-be-forgotten summer — one of those summers which come seldom into any life, but leave a rich heritage of beautiful memories in their going — one of those summers which, in a fortunate combination of delightful weather, delightful friends and delightful doing, come as near to perfection as anything can come in this world.” 

                                                                   - L.M. Montgomery, Anne's House of Dreams

Fort Rodd Hill - Victoria, BC

Sea Cider Farm - Saanichton, BC

Burrard Dry DocksNorth Vancouver, BC

Steveston, BC

Thursday, July 31, 2014


If you had been peering over my shoulder this past week, you would have taken in these aspects.

Let me show you around!

Living Wall  on campus

At a cultural festival in Vancouver, some Hungarian dancers in a huddle.

A student-made poster I spotted in the halls of the local school.

My usual summer arrangement.  This year, in a different hue.

Charlotte (aged 3.5) in a moment of inspiration.

Monday, July 21, 2014

It's All in the Family

I've dedicated some time to a long-neglected project around our place: re-vamping the art that hangs on our walls.

I'm so busy making and designing for others, that I'm sad to say our own walls are not what they could be!  But we're well on our way to changing all that.

The general mood I've been wanting to create in our living space is energetic (in an inspiring way, not a frenetic one) and fun.

One project I've had in mind for a while is based on simple pattern theory, which I planned to subversively personalize.

Here's how it turned out in the end:

I had this whole print completed in a couple of hours, start to printed version!

I started with a simple stamp pad and paper.  Our little girl started us off, patterning her index finger print in a daisy pattern.

We each took a turn; Mr. Hausfrau finished the pattern with his fingerprint...

This was the final work, exactly as I'd hoped for!

From here, I got busy with some digital imaging tricks.  After scanning our "family fingerprint flower", I quickly altered the hue, size and placement of the original, creating a unique and very meaningful piece of art.

Since we framed and hung the creation, our kids have been taking delighted ownership in the making of this.  They recognize their prints and ours, and love to tell the story of how we made it together to anyone who cares to listen!

So satisfying to be able to say I helped make something for US for a change!

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Children's Literature - Summer 2014

We noticed the last time we were at our local public library that the children's librarian had put many new titles-for-summer on display.

The first is one I love for it's vivid, wordless storytelling - a classic that I've re-discovered, really.  Anno's Journey by Mitsumasa Anno follows a traveler who is journeying through rural Europe on horseback.  It is a gorgeous mix of  "find and seek" (Anno and his horse are hidden on each page) and exquisite illustration of provincial towns.  My children delighted in each page, recognizing the goings-on of small-town life instantly.

We also borrowed a book that was new to us: Walk this World, illustrated by Finnish Lotta Nieminen.  Vivid, urban and relevant, this picture book of the world almost doesn't need a storyline.  There are many, many flaps the children can lift, discovering the similarities and the differences of cities all over the world.  I'm planning on giving this book as a gift to the next friends who have a's a classic in the making!

I feel we are well on our way to creating a very memorable summertime this year, with a stash of compelling children's books at the ready for some open-air storytime together!

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