I was so happy to hear from Helen Acraman of ZukZuk yesterday because her work is joyous and vibrant and I absolutely adore the sweet characters! Three cheers for cute stuff!

Helen is from New Zealand but now lives in Toronto and is an artist who loves what she does. How do I know? I took some time to read her blog and wow -- her enthusiasm leaps from the screen. And by the way, I love this print Edible Weeds, I can't stop looking at it... Isn't it so pretty?

"I thought I might like to have some more birds scratching around my Etsy store so here is my new print, "Jelly Bean Birds" which was lots of fun to make. So much fun, these prints may well be imbued with rocking good vibes because I was in a jolly mood as they came into being!" - Helen.

How's that for loving what you do?

You can view more of Helen's work in her Flickr album, too.

Psst: $1 from each item sold goes to support Amnesty International.

(images from zukzuk)