a journal of original drawings and screen prints of animals

Friday, December 09, 2016

Jexy and Jax

Sparrow Avenue, Animal Stuffies
The other day I took a trip out to the Danforth to deliver some of my Stuffies to a new store, Jexy and Jax. I'm glad to have my work seen by those of you in the East End of The6 (Toronto). What a cool store this is!

In the meantime, back in the West End, all through the month of December, why not come to Elephant in the Attic where you can see the Winter Magic Market Place @ 1596 Dundas St. W. 

Have a great
Winter Season

Thursday, December 08, 2016

Oak Leaf Pattern

Sparrow Avenue, Oak Leaf and Acorn Tea Towel
While at the show I explained many times about Natural Linen and everyone appreciated how unique, that a fabric has it's own natural colour. And that the colour is so appealing. I really like the Oak Leaf pattern...perhaps, though, it needs more time.

Wednesday, December 07, 2016

Red and Black

Sparrow Avenue, Squirrel Stuffy
When my kids were little we referred to plush toys as "Stuffies" simply because they were stuffed. The ones I make are particularly cuddly and soft with the black and red plaid that is so sought after especially here in Canada. Not only does it have that northern lumberjack feel to it but, if I'm not mistaken, it is also the colours of the Ottawa Red Blacks.

Sparrow Avenue, Owl and Moose Stuffies

Tuesday, December 06, 2016


A rare picture of me in the Sparrow Avenue Booth
Due to having slept in, there was no post yesterday and, I guess, by looking at this picture it is quite clear that I was a bit tired before the eleven days were over. 

There were a few nights that I had to pull, in order to replenish stock. It is an interesting aspect of business whereby product is produced without any guarantee of which item will sell well. It is not unheard of that the guess may be wrong, in-which case, extra hours are needed to be put in for the item that was least produced.

In my case it was the new Stuffies.

Sparrow Avenue, Beaver and Squirrel Stuffies

Friday, December 02, 2016

Sparrow Avenue @ the 2016 One of a Kind Show Part 6

Sparrow Avenue Stuffies @ the One of a Kind Show
I love the three pairs of round eyes staring back while the Grizzly walks by. These soft and cuddly stuffies (a word we used for plush toys when our kids were little) were originally made for children stuck in the stroller or on long car/airplane rides, however, I'm finding that a lot of adults are buying them for themselves and some are buying them for their grown-up children who have left home. I think that's so sweet!

This weekend will be wrapping up the One of a Kind for yet another year. I would like to take this time to thank everyone who came by the show to show their support for Handmade and Small Business. This is so important as it helps us to continue to create and explore our chosen fields.

Thank you again
and enjoy your
first December weekend.

Thursday, December 01, 2016

Sparrow Avenue @ the 2016 One of a Kind Show Part 5

Sparrow Avenue @ 2016 One of a Kind Show
Here is a view of the booth at the One  of a  Kind Show...not too different from last year although there is the addition of the Stuffies in the pails. On the floor in the middle are pillows for my Black Friday/Cyber Monday Sale. If you are planning to come, these pillows are significantly reduced from the regular price. 

And here is another view looking the other way. The vintage stool I use for a rest now and then, has also turned out to be a great tool for product shots.

More of these can be seen on my Instagram. Feel free to follow me there as well.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Sparrow Avenue @ the 2016 One of a Kind Show and Sale

Sparrow Avenue, Canadian Wildlife Animal Stuffy Collection
Stuffies stuffed in and industrial pail, one of the most compact display pieces I have. This one was actually picked up at the Dollar Store for just $4.00. Think I'll have to go back and get more for each animal!
Being at the show and having access to a camera that is capable of taking decent images in this poor light, is difficult. But I hope to get some shots of Booth S - 53 soon. As the day progresses, the booth constantly undergoes subtle changes. Tweaking it, so-to-speak.

It's hard to believe 
that it's the last day of 
That would mean
countdown mode to the
Holiday Season