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Best (late) Easter wishes, everyone! May this time bring you a renewal of spirit.


This year we enlisted the help of our 5-year-old son J with the card. He used to show very little interest in drawing but just recently he’s started really coming into his own as an illustrator, without much insistence on our side. It’s like something opened up in him and now he graces us with these little gems and they seem to bring him as much joy as they bring us. There’s no way to imitate the freshness of children’s drawings, you can only admire them.

We’re falling behind stuff again but here’s the missing C from our Working Girls series ABC that we showed last time. The other letters are coming when we catch up on either work or sleep (we don’t hope for both). C is for Carpenter, of course.

And this is the logo of the series.

It’s the most magical time of the year and it’s also our 10th anniversary (not specifically on Christmas, but why not combine two good things?).

On this occasion we want to wish you the merriest, calmest time this Christmas, may it renew your spirit and make you hopeful and cheerful.

As for the anniversary, we had so many plans to celebrate it graphically but, of course, life got in the way, as it does, and we poured it all into the ten Christmas trees. But those projects are brewing and will show up eventually! Peace!

Since the beginning of December, and particularly since yesterday, St. Nicholas’ Day, we’re in a Christmas preparations mode. Well, as much as deadlines permit. It’s mostly a lot of cleaning but we also try to make handmade decorations with our kids and, to make it at least a little bit design-oriented, we have set a little challenge for ourselves. (This is the first challenge of this kind we’ve ever tried.) Since December 1st we’ve been posting one small Christmas image in our Instagram stories and we’re planning to keep it up till Christmas Eve. (Above: a scrap paper Santa for St. Nicholas’ Day; this was really a spontaneous collage that gave us the idea.)

“Day 2” image.
Yes, we baked ginger cookies yesterday and they are delicious, thanks to our friend Z’s recipe. We struggled a lot before with inferior recipes.
This is a rare case of unretouched photo of paper craft that we post so yeah, the edges are rarely sharp at this stage.

Come take a look (and say hi) if you’re interested, all images past and future to be seen here.

November’s been on the busy side and the only thing we managed to watch together was Perry Mason and this is what we want to share with you.

Perry Mason (season 1)

What is it? An HBO show that reimagines the old-school lawyer Perry Mason as a bit of a bum, a private investigator and, yes, a lawyer but mostly by accident. It takes place in 1930s LA where a truly gruesome crime is committed and Perry takes it upon himself to discover the truth.

Why we love it? It’s a meticulously done show, nicely shot and oppressively dark. It’s as noir as you can take it, guys. But what we love particularly is Matthew Rhys as Perry and Tatiana Maslany in a guest role as a lady preacher. These are two actors that we loved, loooooved in The Americans and Orphan Black respectively and they don’t disappoint.

Visually speaking, we were truly impressed by the attention to detail, including design details of old ads, signs etc. This show simply looks damn good. While the story gets you down occasionally, it’s always pleasant to look at.

We spent a large part of the last week following the slowly developing but very intense presidential race in the US and when it was finally called on Saturday, we spontaneously created this illustration to celebrate its result. May Joe Biden’s presidency be good for the planet and bring back sweet boredom to political news!

In case you missed it, the number of smiley stars equals the number of states that voted blue (as of today, anyway).