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I don't know about you guys - but we (and by WE I mean, not my husband - really just me) are seriously in holiday prep mode around here! It always come so fast, so this year I'm trying to get prepared early, so I'm not scrambling to get people cards and gifts at the last moment. Which has pretty much been the usual for me for many years. 

This is why I'm super pumped about the new Holiday cards in the shop! No holiday card shopping for me this year. So if you haven't gotten any cards yet - you should definitely consider some Melo & Co. cards. (don't mind the shameless self promotion - I have to make a buck too!) 

This year I'm thinking all my gifts are going to be wrapped in black, white and kraft. I'm thinking if I can find some black matte paper, and some nice black ribbon, that would be fabulous. I want all the gifts to look beautiful for once! Because my sister always shows me up with her perfectly wrapped gifts, while mine are haphazardly thrown together the night before. Anyone else have this problem?

More holiday inspo to come - so stay tuned! I'm prepping to do a seriously holiday post sometime soon. So check back, okay people?

xo
melo

10/11/2015

Does anyone else live in pretty much a variation of the same thing all the time? As a new mom, I'm constantly exhausted and in a hurry, so I really just throw on clothes every day that I feel comfortable in. But sometimes I honestly feel like I wear the same thing every day, because I'm just too tired to care. So this is pretty much what I wore all week. Except for when I was hanging out at home in my pyjamas.

Also, I FINALLY got my hair done! I seriously had barely touched it since I was 3 months pregnant and it was driving me crazy. I needed a change. So I decided to go super blonde, and I'm totally loving it. Sometimes you just need to do something drastic to shake things up a little!

hat zara bag similar jeans similar sweater aritzia jacket similar 

xo
melo

01/11/2015

It's no secret that I'm a huge lover of black and ripped denim. I just can't help it. I also have a collection of black leather jackets that I am constantly living in. This one I just picked up recently when I was shopping with my little man. When I shop I pretty much have to zoom through one or two stores in a mad rush, picking up anything I love, because Hunter hates to shop. And when I mean hate...I mean he really hates it. When I stop moving, to you know, checkout or try something on, it quickly turns to wailing pandemonium - which I try to avoid at all costs. Mamas, are you with me there? Avoid the screaming at all costs. 

So while I raced through the mall I picked up this new jacket - which is super warm and comfy - so obviously I love it. I'm a creature of habit, what can I say.

xo
melo

avocado strawberry smoothie

This is my go-to recipe for whenever I feel like I need a treat. It's delicious and nutritious. The perfect combination! You will never feel guilty after having this kind of treat. Even my husband loves it. I feed it to him whenever he has a craving for ice cream (which is a lot!), and this really does the trick for him. I'm expecting it to be a real crowd pleaser with the little one when he's old enough too.

When I make smoothies, I generally just throw stuff into the blender and have at it - so this recipe is just approximated. You can totally add more or less of whatever ingredient and adjust to your taste. So here it is.

1 avocado

1 cup of strawberries (fresh or frozen)

1/3 cup of raspberries (fresh or frozen)

1 tablespoon of honey

1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract (the real shit, people - not the fake vanilla)

1 teaspoon of bee pollen (it's super healthy - look it up. But it's not integral to the smoothie, so if you don't have it, not to worry!)

Approx. 3 cups of Cashew, Almond, or Coconut milk (you really just need enough to cover your dry ingredients. Also, be sure to buy a brand that does not include the ingredient Carageenan, as it is a known carcinogen. We like Silk brand.)

Now blend it all up until smooth, and voila! It's treat time.

Enjoy!

xo
melo

 

 

 

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I'm so excited to announce that greeting cards are now available in the shop! I've been busy painting like a maniac, working on these between running around after my little person and taking care of what seems like everything else.

So I'm happy that they have actually come to fruition and now they are available for you to give to your friends and family!

I also have two new prints in the shop. The 'free as a bird' print, and the 'you are my sunshine' print are my new favourites, and I hope they will be yours too. More photos to come soon!

In other news, I am going to be at the Toronto Urban Collective Pre-Holiday Pop-Up Market on November 8, from 11am to 6pm. So if you are in Toronto, you should for sure come by. Here are all the details. Hope to see you there!

Sunday, November 8, 2015
99 Sudbury St. Toronto
Glass Factory
$5 Advance Tickets Online or @ Door
11AM - 6PM

 
xo
melo

 

28/10/2015

We quickly shot these photos after grocery shopping this past weekend. It's been seriously crazy in my life lately, so I try to fit in a few photos whenever I can. These are really just my every day comfy clothes that I run around town in. I'm pretty much living in a variation of this as my uniform for most days. Who has time to put on something fancy when you've got a little person to carry around everywhere with you!? Seriously. 

 

my process

Wondering how all this comes to be? Well here it is!

I have worked as a graphic designer for years, but I am actually new to brush lettering - I just had this crazy yearning to paint, so one day I just picked up a paint brush and haven't stopped painting since!

It may seem easy from looking at the final products, but generally it takes more than a few tries to get the lettering to look the way I want it. Each word is so different, and each phrase requires a different style or layout. Usually I write the phrase or word out with pencil first and then paint it. Often it takes many tries to get it right, and sometimes it only takes a couple. I am constantly ending up with mountains of paper. Giant mountains of paper! And then my little man tries to pull them all off the table and make even more of a mess. It's pretty much pandemonium around here. And then once I paint something that I'm happy with, I then either scan it or photograph it so than it can be digitized and turn it into the final design.

Voila! There it is. Very exciting, I know.

I took a few photos of some of my craziness - so enjoy!

xo
Melo