Thursday, May 28, 2015

I wanted to share this. So often we forget.



Photo: Boot Campaign Canada





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Wednesday, May 27, 2015

How to lift your spirits and increase your energy.

Colours.



 
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Tuesday, May 26, 2015

I'm fortunate to be in quite a few Etsy Treasuries, and for the first time I was able to get a screen shot of one that I was in a couple of days ago. This is a diverse collection that meshes together beautifully.
With thanks to Debra Boudreau.








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Monday, May 25, 2015

This weekend.
I will have a variety of handmade items and artwork on my table.
Come and see me!





 

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Friday, May 22, 2015

Summer is almost here, and the fish are jumpin'.

This bunch is going to market May 30-31


The latest addition to the school of fish
Eastside Pop Up Market, 1382 Queen St. East, Toronto. 
http://www.thevberghouse.ca




Simplicity is the removal of the useless and the unnecessary--source unknown

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Necessities of the simple life...

Coffee, black, no sugar, in moderation.





Tags and string. The possibilities are endless.







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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

New work

Sail Away

"Oh God, your sea is so great and my boat is so small." -- Breton fisherman's prayer




 
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Friday, May 15, 2015

So I decided to design my own fabric. I began with this one because it's fun and colourful, and lends itself to repetition. It available as a fat quarter, as well as other lengths,  here.




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Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Mixing old and new.



Half the work is in the planning, laying out the fabrics, moving them around until I'm satisfied.
This has been on my table for three days. Everytime I pass by, I look at it, change things around, and leave it alone for a while. Today I might be close to being satisfied. Or not. Or perhaps I'm putting off the stitching, otherwise known as procrastination.

Time for a coffee break!

 
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Tuesday, May 12, 2015

 On a perfectly green lawn, I came across one solitary feather, and took it home.


 


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Sunday, May 10, 2015

 Happy Mother's Day

My beautiful mother, as a young woman. Always in my heart.


 
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Saturday, May 09, 2015

Three weeks to go, and it's beginning to feel real. I am participating in a summer pop up shop here. Big thank you to the Vandenberg House for finding me! It's my first time in many years vending locally, which in itself is exciting. Especially if my Toronto friends drop by.

I have started sorting and organizing what will be on my table. And daily making continues. This is the newest addition to my Etsy shop.






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Friday, May 08, 2015

Spring was late and barely here, and suddenly it feels like summer.

The magnolia tree is in bloom. The lilacs are taking longer.


And the birds are singing.





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Wednesday, May 06, 2015

There is one handmade paper that I absolutely love working with. It's sturdy and deckled, and so good-looking on its own. It's made by La Papeterie Saint-Armand in Montreal (no affiliation). This is the last of my stash of small sheets, painted, stitched and collaged.





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Saturday, May 02, 2015

Unmasking the Monoprint.

I have an article in the new Somerset Studio (May/June 2015), featuring my monoprint. Making monoprints is absorbing, satisfying and full of surprises!












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Friday, May 01, 2015

A tintype gem in its original cardboard mount finds a home on an exquisite piece of antique French linen. I like working with the smaller photos because I can do so much more with them than the larger, often unwieldy, tintypes and cabinet cards. This tintype measures one inch, and the mount makes it easy to stitch.

 New listing, available in my Etsy shop.




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Thursday, April 30, 2015

The joy of stitching small things.







Simplicity is the removal of the useless and the unnecessary--source unknown

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Imagination. It happens when you're not thinking. It sees things that aren't there. Yet.
I was laundering some old lace to add to my supplies.



 And as I was putting it away, I saw a butterfly in my mind's eye, and then, what wasn't there, was.

 





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Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Time for Tags


 A mixture of vintage and antique fabric scraps, mostly from France, too precious to throw away... and I have a thing for ticking. Old, woven ticking.

 

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Monday, April 27, 2015

Although I am a dog person, I find that cats are more fun to draw.
 



This trio transferred well onto fabric.


 Both items are available in my Etsy shop.

 Wishing you all good things in the week ahead.




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Friday, April 24, 2015

I've finally done something I've been wanting to do for a long time: make transfers on antique leather gloves. I hesitated because, even though I have a couple of pairs of gloves in my little glove collection, I was afraid of ruining them. Then a dear friend of mine gave me a glove that had lost its mate, and also confirmed that leather takes photo transfers beautifully.

I'm very pleased with the results.





  
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Tuesday, April 21, 2015

I can't resist a sweet bunny face, not since I met a real one close up. He was outside, sitting on the lawn with his keeper, and I went over and introduced myself. Bunny was quiet and friendly, and I fell for him like a ton of bricks.


 

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Monday, April 20, 2015

My first love, my art roots, is painting.
And while I explore other media and techniques and go off on tangents, I always go back to painting. It is my refuge and my bliss.
My first summery painting after a long winter.

AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE IN MY ETSY SHOP


 
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Friday, April 17, 2015

Fish on Friday

I've been adding to my catch of the day for an upcoming pop-up shop at the end of next month.


 They are time-consuming, but I do like the result.





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Wednesday, April 15, 2015

My good intentions regarding decluttering my art supplies, which include stacks of paper, and an unholy amount of scraps and bits and pieces, get interrupted when I find something that sparks an idea. I can't help myself.
First came the old postcard that had slipped off the table and into a box underneath said table. Then came sorting out another box of scraps and coming across some already trimmed bits.

Out came the glue. And my imagination took off.


 
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Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Well, hello Spring.
Can I come out now?
I've been waiting for you for so long.




 
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Monday, April 13, 2015

Today it really feels like Spring, almost like early summer. 
It's warm, and the buds in the trees and the plants are unfolding a little cautiously like the blue ones below.


This one is more adventurous.
 

Spring was late this year, but that makes it even more welcome.





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Friday, April 10, 2015

When I'm painting I usually dab my paintbrush on a paper towel, then I throw it away.

I was out of paper towels, so I used a piece of dropcloth. I noticed that there was a pattern forming, so I filled in the blanks with a brush, my finger, and bubble wrap.

And now I have this.





 Spring has sprung!




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Thursday, April 09, 2015

This trio took my fancy, so I turned them into postcards. I'm offering a set of 5 in my Etsy shop. They are high quality, 4 x 6 inches, with a glossy front and matt back for easy writing.



In other news, my monoprints made with the Gelli plate will be featured in the May/June issue of Somerset Studio. Here's a sneak peek. I created my own drawings, made stencils and masks, and I've explained it all in this article.







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Wednesday, April 08, 2015

A friend of mine loved this bunny so much, that she wanted it. Because I had painted it on plain paper, it wasn't for sale, but she didn't care about the quality of the paper or the buckling from the watercolours. She was in love with it. So I sent it to her as a gift.
But not before I photographed it, and turned it into a card here.

BUNNY LOVE


 Wishing you a loving day.


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Tuesday, April 07, 2015

I took a break from the more complicated shapes, and chose a sweet and simple bunny.


 

 I will be blending the colours around the head before declaring it finished. I find that photographing a drawing shows me the flaws very clearly.




Simplicity is the removal of the useless and the unnecessary--source unknown

Monday, April 06, 2015

I found this book in the library and I thought, "Why not?"




This was my first attempt, not very good but I intend to practise, mostly because I enjoyed it.



 

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