September 14, 2016

sleeping mice!





it all started a few days ago.
 i found this leaf on my morning walk.
a sign that fall is here.
(one of my favourite seasons!)

inspiration takes hold in interesting and surprising ways...
the idea of sweet little sleeping mice using this beautiful
maple leaf as their blanket popped into my head.
(the leaf is also so Canadian!)

and so the idea took hold and i sketched, illustrated,
took a scenic picture of the leaf in my garden 
and finally brought it all together in photoshop.
(under the leaf these little mice are wearing tiny little socks
to keep their feet warm! after all fall can be chilly!)

happy fall!

September 01, 2016

hello september!






hello september!
(where did the summer go?)

i wanted to say hello to all of you who visit me here.
(i know it has been awhile)

it has been an incredibly busy summer for me with
not much time in the studio.  a lot of changes happening with our family
as two of my babies are now in university and college and have moved out.
(such a rollercoaster ride of emotions for mr. yacula and myself)

however, i am grateful i still have one baby at home for now.
(never mind the summer ... where did the last 20 years go?)

i hope you enjoy this little bookworm and his friends.
i think it is very fitting for this time of year.
(i just finished the illustration last night and it is still not titled)

enjoy my friends and thank you for visiting!





June 15, 2016

personalized wall art featuring my "Happy Place" illustration





"happy place"

i was asked to create an illustration
with a children's room in mind.
so, i reflected on my own room as a child.
i remembered those times when i couldn't fall asleep
and i would stare endlessly at the wallpaper that decorated my room.
i was amazed at all the tiny details.

so, with that in mind i placed lots of details in this illustration.
naturally it developed into a piece all about being a kid at the cottage
and playing with my cousins.
oh the adventures we had!


a few close ups!



this is also available as a personalized print.
it would make a wonderful baby gift or keepsake for a child.


you may find both the original and the personalized prints
in my etsy shop.



June 10, 2016

fabric now available in my etsy shop!






this has been long overdue.

i am so happy to announce that
all 4 of my fabric collections
with Quilting Treasures is now available
in my etsy shop.



Snow Much Fun, my very first collection which is available in both cotton and flannel.
the flannel is super cozy!



Snuggle Buddies such a sweet collection of animals perfect for those little people in your life.


Charmed will make you smile on such a spooky night.
The panel, featuring many of my illustrations makes a charming wall hanging for such an evening.


Shine Bright featuring my happy bears.
the series based on time spent at our family cottage. 
lots of star gazing, nights lit by the moon and yes summer evenings in our p.j.'s.


lastly, stay tuned for my newest collection
Bunny Love to be available.
(i am still waiting for my shipment)