Dreaming of spring

I stumbled across a draft of a post from a while back, and these photos are too cute not to post! I am so looking forward to getting back to spring, and endless play in the yard! The bonnet is a Megaluno Studio pattern, and is now being worn by my second girl (when it's warm, that is. It's still touques and mittens here!). The pattern fits newborn to age 4, and is intermediate level sewing. Head on over to my shop to snag your own PDF pattern!


Some hand sewn therapy

There's nothing like a bit of hand sewing and a cup of coffee to calm me down and refresh me. Here's the result!

Some hand sewn therapy - Megaluno Studio

Handmade fall fashion for the wee one

On Thanksgiving, Ella wore a blouse that I made her from one of Jonathan's old shirts. It was a wrinkle-free one, and I love how the fabric stayed so crisp all day! She looked so adorable with those puffed sleeves. It made me think of Anne Shirley's beloved puffed sleeves!

Free printable Valentine's mini cards!

Adorable v-day minicards for you to print! Just a little thank you for being wonderful customers and blog readers! Use them for your kids' classroom friends, to send to your sister or best friend, or leave anonymously!


To get yours, send a response to judith[at]megalunostudio[dot]com, and I'll send the PDF file to the email address that you use. The file includes an envelope template as well. Enjoy!

There are more Valentine's Day products in the shop.

Canadian Artist Corinne Aelbers

Today I'd like to introduce a special artist to you. Corinne Aelbers of Burnaby, British Columbia, has been selling her watercolour paintings in galleries in the Pacific Northwest for over fourteen years! Her painting "The Red Barn" (shown below), captured me with the wonderful feel of the Fraser Valley. I asked her to share a little about her creative process and materials.

Corinne:

The creative process has always fascinated me. When I was four years old I remember making doll clothes with my godmother, I loved making the tiny outfits. I had a prized collection of colouring books and spent many hours filling the pages. After I graduated with a Graphic and Communications diploma I took watercolour classes. I felt confined by the structured world of graphic design. Painting filled my desire to be spontaneous. That was many years ago.

Artist: Corinne Aelbers
Title: The Red Barn
Image size: 1 3/8 inches x 3 3/8 inches (3.5 x 8.5 cm)
Front panel size: 3.5 x 4 7/8 inches (9 x 12 cm)
Medium: Arches 140lb cold pressed watercolour paper
I use Arches 140 lb cold pressed, for most of my work and occasionally 300 lb, mostly for larger works. I have found these heavier weights do not warp when water is applied and can be reworked without damaging the paper Arches is PH neutral, very durable, has a warm natural tone and a beautiful texture. Made in France, it is found in most art supply stores.

Watercolour papers used to be made from old linen rags that were cleaned, broken down into pulp, poured onto a wire mesh, transferred to a felt blanket then pressed to release excess water. Linen paper was highly prized by watercolour artists. Today artist quality watercolour paper is primarily made up of cotton fiber produced using a cylinder mould. Cotton fiber ensures a neutral PH (acid free) paper, essential to longevity and stability over time. Sizing (a gelatin) is added to allow mediums such as watercolour to adhere to the surface. Too little sizing and paint will bleed through, too much and the paint will not stick to the surface. Watercolour paper comes in different weights measured in pounds per square meter, the higher the number the thicker the paper.

Arches watercolour paper has three surface textures to choose from. Hot pressed which has a very smooth, fine texture. It requires a good understanding of the paint's characteristics and works well for controlled results. Cold pressed has a medium texture. I find is the most versatile and forgiving to work with. It can be used to produce controlled and uncontrolled textures and washes. And Rough which has a very coarse texture and produces interesting textures and granular washes that cannot be achieved with the smoother surfaces.

Artist: Corinne Aelbers
Title: George (sold)
Image Size: 21 x 29 inches (53 x 73 cm)
Paper size: 22 x 30 inches (56 x 76 cm)
Medium: Arches 140lb cold pressed watercolour paper

The little art cards I paint daily help me stay loose, comfortable and unforced, kind of like practicing playing the piano it keeps my in tune. Each card is an original miniature piece of art and are often framed by those who purchase them.

Pursuing artistic endeavors has enriched my life in so many ways. I have met so many interesting and talented people, have and continue to learn a great deal and have been to many places I might not have otherwise visited. The lifelong journey I started as a child has been well worth the effort.

Thank you for sharing, Corinne!

Watercolour gift

One of my favorite things to do as a gift is make something special. This year I've made mittens, scarves, paintings, and even a casserole! A very special lady had a birthday recently, and here's what I made for her.


 Recognize my inspiration for this one? 

Candle light and suitcases

It's so good to sit down in front of my computer for a minute! I just finished delivering my boxes of art to a friend for a craft show this weekend. I had NO idea how much time it was going to take me to get ready! That said, it is the first craft show that I'll have Megaluno Studio work at! I'm so excited to see the results!

In the time that I've not spent getting ready for the show, I've gotten the house all Christmas-ed up! I love all the soft lights and angels!



We're hitting the road for California for a few days tomorrow. Unfortunately, it won't be just for recreation, but I think we'll manage to squeeze in some fun time anyways! Besides, I can't wait for the 23C! We've had some really cold days, so I'm ready for the sun!

Until next week...

autumn leaves and pumpkins

I feel like my head is totally into the crisp mornings and incredible colours of the fall. I think that fall is the season that inspires me the most! Here's what I worked on this week after those monogrammed dishes were done. These are listed in my shop, too!



How do you feel about fall? Are you ready to pull out your cozy sweaters?

In honour of fall...

In honour of the first day of fall, a little nesting to share...

A dear friend of mine is getting married this weekend, and I love to give personalized wedding gifts. I've been discovering the fun of painting ceramics lately, so I decided to make her a set of dessert plates.



So, what do you think? I'm absolutely thrilled with the result! They're totally food safe, and even OK in the dishwasher (though I'd still wash them by hand, so that they last longer).

Next up in my shop... ceramics! Any great ideas?

PS, if you know Leanne, ssshhhhhhh! It's a surprise!

Some amazing vintage finds!

I went to the thrift store the other day, just because I was in the area, and I found these two amazing items!

Vintage sheets and pillowcases. There's enough fabric there for many projects!


I dug this amazing Learn To Crochet pamphlet from the bottom of a bin. I'm actually borrowing this same booklet from my grandma, and the instructions are really great.

Have a wonderful weekend!