Taking a break from social media.

I've made the decision to take a break from scrolling feeds. The monotony, the fear of missing out, the stress of not posting enough of the right kind of image at the right time has taken its toll. I'm not the first to do this, so I already know it will be good for me. 

I will come back when I have figured out exactly what I want to say and share with the sea of anonymity that is my current audience. I will come back when I figure out what it means to me to have an audience. I want to see what I can create without the pressure or expectation of posting it. 

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News will be posted here. I hope some of you stick with me. If not, may your tea stay warm and may faeries reveal themselves precisely when you need them to.

If We Could Find Another Way: book release!

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My latest children's book project, If We Could Find Another Way, is going to be released on July 2nd! It was written by Hélène Defossez with the aim to show children (and adults) that there is a gentler way to find our food. In the story, Tim the elf makes friends with the animals he sets out to bring home for dinner and ultimately learns that his life can be better served sharing with the animals around him, instead of taking. 

I was so honored to be able to collaborate with Hélène and illustrate this story. She was so patient and gave me tons of freedom to take this story to a beautiful place. I learned so much in drawing Tim and his animal friends. I can't wait for the world to have it in their hands and read it!

If you wish to buy the book, please do so on Amazon on July 2nd. This will help the rankings. Thank you!

Here are some images from the story:

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It's my hope that all can benefit from a story like this, a vision of a gentler world, especially now. In a world so full of cruelty and despair, let us teach our children that we can be better, that there is another way.

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Avaliable Now!

 
If We Could Find Another Way
By Helene Defossez
 

The tea cabinet.

monthly tea recommendation.

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The days are turning hotter and longer. Our house likes to sun itself in the mornings, absorbing as many cosy rays as it can, and then in the evening it greets us like a house cat back from the hunt with a gift of 82 degrees inside at 8 o’clock. So in the early mornings we coax in cool air from the garden before drawing the curtains and holding the comfortable temperature hostage. And then we have our tea. These mornings when the roses from outside are taking hospice on our counters and we light the candles with pretty scents we forgot we had, I found my tarot deck.

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I like to use cartomancy as a way to jumpstart introspection and intention in my day. How I interpret the meaning in connection to the question is based on how I may want my day to go or I will recognize an unconscious emotion and I make the effort to acknowledge that. I talk out loud about it to Remi and in that process I find a better meaning to the card or a more apt fortune. 

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As the summer solstice approaches, I aim to add another form of magic into my day. We are nearly halfway through the year and I am just about finished with the 4th trimester of pregnancy, the first three months of Winnie’s life. There have been many emotional ups and downs, but ultimately I am creating a rhythm. There is no true way to predict the future except in the decisions we make. In asking ourselves the deeper and harder questions we will know ourselves better and we can predict how we will react to the events of our futures. This mornings tarot card, the page of wands, told me that I’m allowed to let my creative ideas stay ideas for a while, I don’t need to be in a hurry. I can take my time and take things at my new pace as a mother. My new artistic rhythm.

Any tarot fans out there? What is your favorite card, and why?