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.

Cookbook business part II

by amanda on May 21, 2018

One of the first things I thought might be most obvious would be to document a little of how that whole cookbook thing turned out.

To say it was a once-in-a-lifetime experience is an understatement. There were several months of antique shopping, which included the craziest junk yard and several trips to a metal recycling plant. Then there was a couple of months of photoshoots: long days involving a series of of chefs revolving through the door. Each would bring their ingredients and tools to recreate the recipe and it was my job along with Alieska Robles to decide what props to put together, including surface, textiles, plates and utensils. The creative process can be pretty exhausting, as I found!

Yes, we got to try the food most of the time and yes, it was fun. It was also a great deal of dishwashing, sweeping, and setting up equipment. But it wouldn’t have been worth it if there wasn’t any work involved!

Alieska has now spent the last few months putting the actual book together. It’s a huge undertaking; having the recipes rewritten to have the same voice; writing original stories for all the producers mentioned in the book, the photo retouching-the list goes on and on. I’m really proud of how detail-oriented Ali has been and how she has been keeping her sanity through it all!

We’ll be submitting the book for print verrrrrry soon – so so super excited to have a real, live thing in my hands!


Back in the saddle-ish

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Hey there, So it’s been, well, a while 🙂 The (personal) blogging thing has been way low down on my list of priorities lately, but that’s really been bugging me. You know the old “Start what you finish” kinda feeling. So I’m going to try and pick this thing back up. We’ll see how it […]

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Art Gallery Exhibit

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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 […]

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Cookbook business

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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?

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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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