How to raise a knee

March 28th, 2014

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I made these love. totes for a kneeraiser.

(What is a kneeraiser, you might ask? Like a barn raiser, but for a prosthetic knee!)

As an above-knee amputee for 22 years, it was about time for the ever-brilliant, ever-resilient, always inspiring. never-ceases-to-amaze-me musician Christa Couture to get a microprocessor knee and that’s where these totes come in – I made them as perks for donor.!

Prosthetics are insanely and prohibitively $$$, so we’re crowdfunding this new knee for Christa. We made the initial goal in THREE (!) days, and are looking to reach the stretch goal by April 4.

Watch and share and donate if you can – there are great perks available! xx

Spring checklist

March 20th, 2014

LZV spring list

So, it’s not quite here yet. There were snowflakes as I wrote this list, but I’ve been waking up to birds singing and one of these days, the snow will recede and reveal crocuses and I will tick it off on the list that is on my fridge.

I can’t wait for that day.


Heading up north north north

February 28th, 2014

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I am so, so excited to be partnering with DreamCatcher Mentoring, with funding from the Canada Council for the Arts to bring my community art project — The Love Lettering Project up to the north for a 3-city tour in May!

The countdown is ON!

Harbour Grace in The Varsity

February 25th, 2014
The Harbour Grace airfield, where Amelia Earhart flew from

The Harbour Grace airfield, where Amelia Earhart flew from

Last August I went to Newfoundland (a research trip generously funded by Access Copyright Foundation!) to work on a novel about a woman who is in love with Amelia Earhart. It was one of the most prolific writing stretches I’ve ever had, and one of the best trips I’ve ever been on.

To my delight, a small piece of that writing has been published in The Varsity.

You can read “Harbour Grace” here!

The airstrip

The airstrip

So, so much love to kick off 2014

January 24th, 2014


I’m not sure why I’m surprised, but I am thoroughly gob-smacked by the generosity and goodness of my fellow Torontonians. I asked a week or so ago if anyone might want to send along a love letter to this city we live and man alive, people went above and beyond. Such beautiful, thoughtful, crafted love letters.

They’ll be going up in a digital exhibition in The PATH, a collaboration with Art In Transit for the month of February. That certainly is one way to beat these winter blues.

A few other get-through-winter-tricks:

*The Color/Colour project

* Kathryn Kuitenbrouwer’s All the Broken Things (with bunting talk from Kerry Clare, because we all know everything’s better with bunting!)

* Being inspired to pull out the X-acto by this lovely creation

Oh, and remembering that I started the new year here. Sigh…

St. Kitts

St. Kitts


Merry merry (and stay cozy)

December 20th, 2013

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Merry merry…


Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow…

December 17th, 2013

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I do so love this time of year. Everything about it, really. The hunkering down, the endless crafting, the card writing, the card receiving, the hilarious fake newsletter writing (perhaps my favourite new tradition!), the ornament making, the tree decorating, Christmas cookie baking (Jeannette Ordas’ Christmas crack recipe is fitting after this year in Toronto!), the mulled wine sipping, the piling blankets with yet another pot of coffee writing, the marzipan eating, the falling snowflake watching, and this year, the paper snowflake making.

I used to work at a community centre when I was in high school and from November onwards would make hundreds and hundreds of these paper beauties. I’m not sure how I had forgotten about them until now, but now it’s all paper snowflakes all the time!

Merry merry!


Saturday, Nov. 30: OCAD U Book Arts Fair

November 27th, 2013

Handbound books by me!

Handbound books by me!

Tis the season of making! And this Saturday, I’ll have a table at the always-incredible, always-inspiring OCAD U Book Arts Fair. I’ll have a kadrillion cards – some winter-y, some birthday-y – and mini book ornaments, little love lettering envelope ornaments, TO brunch maps and of course hand-bound books!

Airmail envelope love lettering ornaments!

Airmail envelope love lettering ornaments!


TO brunch maps

TO brunch maps

Wee book ornaments

Wee book ornaments


Come on by if you can!

(Blurry!) cards

(Blurry!) cards



Celebrate OCAD U’s 29th Annual Book Arts Fair. This is an exhibition of the work of artists, printmakers, bookbinders, papermakers, and others involved in the creation of hand made books.

The Book Arts Fair: OCAD University at 100 McCaul Street, in the Great Hall. More info on their FB page.
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(isn’t the letterpress backwards ampersand the best??)

October 22, 2013: Miniature book making workshop

October 15th, 2013

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The only thing better than binding a book is making a mini book!

Join me for on Tuesday, Oct. 22 from 6:30-8:30 at The Paper Place. (More info here!)



Making pop-up cards on TV

October 15th, 2013
Making cards on television

Making cards on television

A while back, The Paper Place asked if I would come into their store in the wee hours before they open to make a pop-up birthday card with a lovely kid named Isaiah.

Of course, there were also a whole bunch of cameras there, too, amidst the sparkly paper.

And last week, the birthday card making episode of Scarlett and Isaiah aired on Treehouse TV.