Sunday, September 27, 2015

Labour of love

In anticipation of a teary first day of school this year, I congratulated myself on my idea of adding a little note to my daughter's lunchbox to lessen the first week nerves I was sure would happen. I congratulated myself big time. Like I was solving the world's problems with a post-it and a Sharpie. What I didn't anticipate was my dry-eyed daughter happily waving goodbye. And then coming home to tell me she loved my note so much she had thought up a year-long project for herself which is completely dependant on a lunchbox note every day. EVERY DAY. So join me, won't you, over at my Instagram? I'm @lee.steph.lee and apparently I've entered into the longest contract ever. Some interesting things are bound to come out of this.

Sunday, August 30, 2015

KWUSk in Stratford

This event was a good one. I'm not exactly sure what the above building is, but you can see it from the front window of the Revel Caffe while you sit in one of their super comfy chairs and drink a vanilla latte. Then Brenda and I sat by the water and I sketched her while we chatted, ate a sandwich, watched a tai chi group, and listened to a ukulele ensemble.

Saturday, July 25, 2015

KWUSk at Rockway Gardens

While the big Urban Sketchers Symposium wrapped up in Singapore, our little group spent a few hours at Rockway Gardens in Kitchener. I remember this building used to be the Swiss Castle Inn and was one of the first 'fancy' restaurants I went to when I was younger. I was disappointed to see the Rockway Restaurant (and its amazing milkshakes) was also gone, but I helped myself get over the loss with some cheese bread and a brownie from the City Cafe Bakery down the street.

Sunday, July 5, 2015

KWUSk at the Night Art Market

A small but mighty group of us KW Urban Sketchers met Downtown Kitchener this weekend to check out the Night Art Market. We sketched buskers and vendors and this amazing sand sculpture artist and then headed down the street to the opening reception for the July exhibit at The Art District Gallery. I tried out these new Prismacolor pens that a sketch buddy recommended and I'm so in love with them that I'm ditching my Copics and my Pigma Microns for them (for now, anyways).
Tools: Prismacolor pen, watercolour pencil
Snack: Williams Mango Raspberry Chiller and a chocolate chip cookie of perfection.

Monday, June 29, 2015

KWUSk in Cambridge

I spent some time this weekend with KW Urban Sketchers at one of my very favourite sketching spots in the area: Melville Cafe and the Musagetes Architecture Library in Galt. The cafe is cozy, has a great view and a delicious Tuscan pizza. The library upstairs has an even better view and these really neat benches and chairs to sketch at. Really well designed (as you would expect from a library at a school of architecture). Tools used: Prismacolor pens, watercolours. Snacks enjoyed: Tuscan pizza, a tasty London Fog, carrot cake with cream cheese icing.

Saturday, June 13, 2015

KWUSk at Royal City Park

Out with KW Urban Sketchers today in Guelph at Royal City Park. Great weather, lots of geese, and really tasty things going on at The Boathouse Tea Room. Lemon tart and vanilla Rooibos tea, I'm looking at you.

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Thanks, mom

Special delivery for my mom today. A gift  card for a restaurant she hasn't tried yet, and a little drawing of her childhood home that has just recently been torn down. Also, some of that amazing kettle corn (not pictured, already eaten) from those amazing Mennonite ladies at the Farmers Market.