April 29, 2011

April 26, 2011

Island through and through

It is amazing how much we crave the sun, the warmth and light. It's hard to imagine why we must endure long Winters but without them we would not experience the renewal that Spring brings. On this sunny April morning, there is a sense of relief in the air that we can emerge from hibernation and the seriousness of Winter and allow ourselves to be more carefree, more focused on pleasure. The change in seasons triggers memories from past years and today I am reminded of one of my favourite days last Summer on a trip to Prince Edward Island.

I fell in love with Prince Edward Island from the moment we drove off the bridge linking New Brunswick to the island. I was instantly brought back in time to a place of natural perfection and the simplicity of island life. There is something divine about an island where each road leads you to water, the salty air breezing over you and although isolated, there is a sense of freedom. PEI is just as I had imagined it with it's rolling hills, manicured farmland, lighthouses, and rich red soil but it took me by surprise by capturing my heart with it's charm and down to earth friendliness. It enlivened my dreams and creativity and I found that I was imagining myself living on this island in another time. My romantic side was nourished with it's beauty.

On a horse and carriage ride from the Anne of Green Gables home to Cavendish Beach, I could almost feel a long old fashioned dress draped over me as I sat patiently while each step the horse took brought me one foot closer to my destination. The slowness of the carriage ride allowed me to see details in the wild flowers, notice the paths of the buzzing insects and smell the sweetness of the tall grass. There was no rushing or racing and time seemed to melt away with a sense of security that we would eventually arrive at the red cliffs of Cavendish Beach.

The setting of the Anne of Green Gables farm and house was filled with beautiful details of the story from old fashioned trinkets to Lover's Lane. The spirit of this feisty, confident and lovable red headed girl could be felt in every corner.

Last year I discovered two places of red soil that I know I will return to - PEI and Sedona, Arizona. Sometimes the land will speak to you and you feel connected to it in some way that is difficult to explain. I am an island girl and PEI is on my list!

April 21, 2011


Rigamorale from the Okanagan Valley, I've raved about this wine before and I need to do it again! It is fantastic! The perfect blend, a menagerie of different grapes, making it difficult to categorize but simply delicious. And the labels are brilliant - I love the quirkiness of them. I end up smiling all the way to the cashier.

April 20, 2011

Mudpuppy Castle Playhouse

It can be so difficult to be patient when you work on an illustration job and then have to wait months and sometimes over a year to see the final product in the marketplace. When the moment finally comes it is filled with exhilaration each time. The experience of physically holding a product that you have poured over in minute detail on the computer screen is very satisfying. I am happy to share with you some photos of a Castle Playhouse I designed for Mudpuppy which is now available in the shops.

This project was made for me, giving me an opportunity to express my girlyness and love for ornate pattern. The dollhouse comes in two flat sheets that slot together to form a three dimensional, stand alone, portable house with cut out doorways. There are 3 princesses, one prince, and two royal pets. It is available online for only $10 at Amazon.

April 19, 2011

Sneak Peek

My apologies for neglecting my blog this month. I have been working away on designing a foundation for all my creative endeavours including this blog which will be moving over to my Jenn Playford site. Here's a sneak peek at the design.

In the meantime here are some photos of a great shop I stumbled upon in Los Angeles. Varga was an eyecandy experience with half of the store dedicated to gorgeous displays. It made me feel like I wanted to move in and make it my home.