The Dutch have a special word to describe “cosiness”, “comfort”, but it’s also something that goes a little beyond that. “Gezellig”. Pronounced correctly, it kinda sounds like you’re clearing your throat, but this blog explores its meaning by documenting experiences that make life richer and deeper; through food, family, and the making of a home.

Art Gallery Exhibit

by amanda on October 27, 2017

So the thing about this little side of the world is the amazing things that are happening in the culinary scene. We have crazy talented chefs, producers, coffee roasters, and so much more going on – it’s surprising that it’s not better known! Truthfully, I like it better this way, as we get to enjoy all that St. Thomas & area has to offer without having to share it with anyone.

I think the owners of Illumine Gallery agree. Christie Brown, one of the owners, put out a call for submissions for artwork relating to the topic “Feast”. I approached her with the idea of photographs of our little farm that I normally take for social media. And she actually said yes! She has been very helpful in explaining to me what it really means to have your artwork exhibited for purchase. I’ve been taking these shots mainly for photojournalistic and marketing purposes, but people are looking for interesting colours and perspectives when they want something to hang on their own walls. So with lots of Christie’s help, I produced 6 items that I will be dropping off tomorrow (eek) at the gallery in time for the opening night Nov 4.

…I’ll leave my final selection for you to visit personally when you go to the gallery (heh). In the meantime, here are a few that didn’t make the cut.


Cookbook business


So this post is long overdue! And it’s for the best of reasons: I’ve been given the opportunity of a lifetime! I’m the prop stylist and design consultant on an upcoming local cookbook project! Vintage prop shopping? Food?! Design? I feel like all my favourite things have converged into this one awesome, awesome experience. Since […]

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Your own business can be an eye-opener

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Hey there, I’ve had some opportunities to be published in our local business periodical, called “Elgin This Month”, and I’m kinda actually enjoying it! I feel like there is so much I’ve learned in these past 10 years as a graphic designer and I want to be able to share some of that with a […]

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Inspirationally inspirational inspiration

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Creative is everywhere. I love the beginning of a project when I start looking for inspiration and design elements that will help me build the mood and look I am seeking to create. That typically means putting together a “mood board” that evokes the look/feel I am trying to create. Pinterest, despite it being a […]

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What’s it like to work with me?

Working with a Graphic Designer

Just one step closer to pulling it all together! A post shared by Streamliners Espresso Bar (@streamlinersespressobar) on Jan 6, 2017 at 3:47pm PST The answer to the question that’s burning in your mind: What can I expect with working with a graphic designer? I get potential clients from all kinds of places; from my […]

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A full brand experience

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A fully immersive brand experience: You know what I mean. Those companies whose experience, identity, and emotion are all wrapped up in a tidy package. Have you been to a Tesla store? Tesla is a compelling story: founded by Elon Musk, who made his fortune from Paypal, and now creating fully electric vehicles (as well […]

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3 day room makeover


Just a quick post to show you a fun project I helped out with back in January. A friend of mine, Becky Ong, decided to surprise another friend, Kim Parker, by do a super quick reno of her basement while she was away. The basement held very little charm; it’s sole decorative accents being a […]

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Living Room revisited


The thing about our living room, is, it “looks” comfortable, but the reality is so, so different. I mean, the colours and textures are all there, but our actual seating leaves A LOT to be desired. This picture below has our old seating, which is now ripped to shreds by various kids and has been […]

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2016: a lookback

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Hmmm , I never do this. I’m more of a “don’t think about the past; what matters is the future” kind of gal. But maybe it’s a good time to reflect on what happened in the past year to see if I can’t tease out something, I don’t know, profound?! The year started with an […]

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Pattern me pretty


So, I’m a HUGE sucker for surface pattern design. And I’m coming across more and more absolutely stunning ones lately so I thought it high time to share some with you. Some of these, I realize, might induce headaches in some people but to me, you can always, always have more colour. Always. Let’s start […]

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