Tuesday, June 16, 2009


Loyal Papermouse friends,

After attempting to juggle two blogs for the last little while, I have decided to retire Papermouse for a little bit

I think it best to focus my blogging energies in one spot, so I would like to invite you to visit my other blog: Koo & Poppet, where you will find similar posts to those on Papermouse, with an additional focus on design, my home business, and recent creative projects.

Thank you!

p.s. Look who can sit up in her Eames rocking chair now! She's no slouch.

Au revoir!

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Sadie and her uncle

Sadie at seven months, having fun in the park with her favourite Uncle. He's even sillier than her dad. 

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Sweet as cherries

Yes folks, we're just a fortnight away from that beauty of a day - June 21st - when summer officially arrives. We've been having great weather here on the west coast lately anyway, but there is something about the longest day of the year that just makes me happy. 

I took this photo last summer and meant to post it then, but before I knew it, it was the winter solstice (this has, without a doubt, been the fastest year of my life) and cherries just don't have the same appeal in December...

Sunday, May 31, 2009

The best place to eat breakfast

The Vancouver Art Gallery Cafe, which I may have never discovered if not for my friend, Tina. 

The egg salad wasn't to die for, but I'm glad I at least had my iPhone with me to capture these perfect moments of morning sunlight in the heart of the city.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

To tell time by

I am in love with these kiddy clocks by Decoylab! The only problem is that I can't decide which one to choose for Sadie's room.....I'm thinking bunny. I'm fairly sure it's her spirit animal, afterall.

Monday, May 11, 2009

And we shall call it......OVERDRAFT

So last September I found myself dining with friends in celebration of my 27th year, and we came up with a glorious solution to a problem that affects all of us: in our group of a dozen or so girls, not one of us has an income that realistically supports reckless and frivolous monthly spending on luxurious items. 

Wouldn't it be great, we thought, if we could somehow pool our hard-earned money together into some kind of lottery, drawing one name per month - a lucky lady who would be the recipient of a windfall of cash. And thus, OVERDRAFT was born. 

Ironically enough, my husband actually came up with the name, because you see, the jackpot is essentially an interest free loan. There are twelve members and each one of us coughs up $50 per month (in the form of a post-dated cheque), so if you're an early winner you get the lump sum but have to continue paying each month even after your purchases have long been made. And if you're a late winner, you can look at it as saving $50 each month for a year and then blowing it all on yourself. And this, my friends, is the spirit of Overdraft: all purchases must be not only frivolous, but self-indulgent as well. We actually have an oath (it's laminated) (by Co-Founder Andrea) (who is an elementary school teacher) which states in part: "I will not purchase anything that benefits another human being." This is all a bit tongue-in-cheek, but the point is to treat yourself to a shopping spree without feeling the need to justify any purchases. Can you really afford this? Do you really need that? When it comes to Overdraft, those questions are obsolete.

Well guess what? Tonight was the 8th installment of our little enterprise, and it couldn't be going more swimmingly. We have really taken the idea and run with it. We have Co-Presidents, a Communications Department, a Creative Director (yours truly), a Food & Beverage Coordinator (because what is a girls' get together without wine and cheese?), and a Treasurer. The treasury is a key component of the game. The monies are collected and dispersed to the winner by the Treasurer, and stored in the "sacred clutch". The clutch must accompany the winner on all shopping excursions as she pays cold hard cash for the items she promises to cherish and covet. Some have purchased clothing. Some have purchased footwear. Some have purchased jewelry. All have purchased luxury.

We gather somewhere around the 15th of every month, at the home of the previous month's winner. It's kind of a "passing-of-the-torch" affair; the former winner displays her goods and presents receipts and then we choose a new winner by way of a reverse draw, and each person can only win once. The Creative Director (moi) designed name cards (also laminated) inspired by US one hundred dollar bills. The reverse draw is an excellent suspense-building procedure, as it ultimately comes down to two members, or rather, shareholders, who's names remain in the pot. There is total celebratory pandemonium when the winner is at last revealed with the final draw. The oath is recited and six hundred dollars are passed into the hands of a well-deserving friend.

There are many more rules and regulations that I won't get into here (for example, only 30% of the cash can be spent on "consumables" and "full-bum, run-of-the-mill granny panties are not an acceptable purchase and will not be tolerated by the Board of Directors." Afterall, that would defeat the purpose of Overdraft). But in truth, the best part of this entire enterprise is getting together with some of the greatest friends any girl could have, on schedule, once every month, and doing the things we do best: eating delicious food, sipping tasty wine, and enjoying each other's company. Oh, and spending money too, of course.

Sunday, May 3, 2009

In business....

I'm very excited to introduce my new business, Koo & Poppet. It's been in the works for quite a few months now and I've been crafting its beginnings from home, via pen and paper and needle and thread. I scavenged and upcycled wool from my mom's collection and gathered ridiculously cute japanese cottons from Mayumi in Tokyo. I designed a few patterns and the next thing I knew my living room was overrun with creatures. The more I make, the more ideas I have for others!

So far, there are Cute Bunnies, Odd Bunnies, Black Bears and XL creatures in the Koo & Poppet population. They are soft, misfit creatures meant for small hands, but they are perfectly suitable for adults as well.

I will be doing my best to keep Papermouse going, but I have also started a blog exclusively for Koo & Poppet. You can find my current projects at www.kooandpoppet.blogspot.com

Uh, we see you, Lenore.