Thursday, September 27, 2007

To Nova Scotia I go.....

I apologize for how long it has taken me to post since my last. I've been consumed by the website I'm creating for my artwork. I'm not only putting the website together on my own but I'm also creating all of the graphics for it myself which is taking such a dreadfully long time. I'm handpainting them all and then scanning them into my computer, I then resize and change a few things around on photoshop before adding them to the website. While the whole process is rather dull I'm determined to do it all myself, and considering I'm completly clueless when it comes to technology it's taking alot longer than it probably would someone who is familiar with these things. So that's what I've been up to lately.

And now for the fun news! I'm heading to Nova Scotia this Saterday! It's going to be quite the trip, especially with a baby in tow but I'm looking forward to it. I'll be visiting my parents and getting to know the area a little better for when my husband, son and I finally move there ourselves in a couple of years. My parents live in a 70 year old farmhouse on about 20 acres of forest and hay fields on the outskirts of the little town of Oxford. I'm very excited to finally see their farm in person, go for a ride on my mum's grey Arab mare Ambra, see the seaside city of Lunenburg and take strolls along the beach! I'll be gone for a little more than a week and will post pictures of my trip upon my return :) .

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Random Pictures Taken by Myself

Just some pictures taken around my home. Some of my favorite things.

Halloween Kitty

This was sort of an experiment I did yesterday. I normally don't do cats because I'm a dog person and I also don't usually paint Halloween themed artwork but I was inspired by the latest issue of Somerset Studios which featured alot of orange artwork so I thought I'd try something different. I started out with the pumpkins which were going to be part of an autumn themed collage but I quickly became bored with that idea and it soon turned into a Halloween kitty with an especially long tail :). I really like it, it has a definate folk art vibe. As always it's done in acrylics with some scrapbook paper, ribbon, trim and a paper flower added. Please excuse the slightly blurry picture, I'm not the best photographer early in the morning :) !

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

More ATCs!

I finished a few ATCs today that I thought I'd share. These ones are just collaged work, no original artwork here. They are all available for trade as usual except for the one with the lace bow, that one is traded. Enjoy!

My Ocean Shadowbox

It's finally done! This one took a while because I started it and then realized I didn't have enough ocean themed stuff to put in it so I had to put it aside till I could make a trip to Michaels. The vintage photos are of a lovely lady named Joyce whose face pops up all around my home. I have a bunch of her old family photos but don't have a clue as to who she is. I think the world of Joyce and imagine she was (or still is) a very nice person as she tends to always look so very happy in her pictures :) I removed the glass for the photo to prevent glare.

Saturday, September 8, 2007

Drive-by Tagging!

Ick! 3:47 in the morning and I can't sleep, so not fun! Well, I'm going to take this time to do the I've been tagged thing :) . has tagged me and I'm supposed to ..... 1. Link to my tagger and post these rules.2. Share 7 facts about me: some random, some weird...all devastatingly interesting.3. Tag 7 people at the end of my post and list their names (linking to them).4. Let them know they've been tagged by leaving a comment at their blogs. Okay, so here goes.....

1. I have great difficulty drinking out of glasses! I just can't stand them, I have to use a mug. Just like some people cannot endure finger nails on a chalk board I cannot endure drinking out of glasses. I also absolutely dispise drinking out of anything but a paper cup at coffee shops! Weird huh? And you thought you were strange :) Friends and family are very nice about making sure they don't give me glasses to drink out of, very thoughtful I think considering I'm a nut!
2. I have been told by practically every new person I meet (as well as my husband who fully understands I'm bizarre) that I don't sound Canadian at all. According to them my accent is always changing. I tend to pick up other peoples accents from television and movies. If I watch a british movie for the next day or so I have a slight british sound to my voice. I personally don't notice it but my husband really gets on my case about it. I think he's imagining things :)
3. I, on a regular basis, dream at night that people are trying to kill me. But don't think that's a bad thing because oddly enough I actually enjoy these dreams, go figure! In these dreams I always wind up using some sort of Jackie Chan style move to karate chop the baddy into oblivion saving myself from a horrible death and making myself feel all proud and mighty :)
4. The great John L. Sullivan is an ancestor of mine. Who is this Sullivan you ask? He's only the very best bare knuckle boxer in all the world! You can find him in the encyclopedia. Pretty nifty I think!
5. I spent 2 years of my life living like a Gypsy. My husband and I along with our two Chihuahuas used to live in a 30 foot long fifth wheel camping trailer out in the middle of nowhere on Vancouver Island surrounded by forest and the occasional bear. We owned acreage in Qualicum. I even had my horse living in a paddock my husband built next to the trailer. In winter our hoses would freeze up and I would have to carry large buckets of ice cold water from the well to my horse numerous times a day. Sometimes the propane would run out in the middle of the night and we (my husband, the dogs and myself) would have to snuggle up under the covers in bed to try to stay warm. I once had to make coffee on a fire outside because there was no propane to boil water on the stove and I even had to wash my hair outside in a large bucket of ice cold rain water on a chilly autumn day because we ran out of water in the trailer (the water was very clean, no worries there). And you know what? I absolutely LOVED it! I've never had so much fun in my life and miss that lifestyle everyday. But you can't easily raise a baby in a trailer so we had to move into a house. At the top of this post are some pictures of my Gypsy life :)!
6. I'm terribly passionate about the treatment of animals. I'm 100% against pet shops because of where they get their animals (puppy mills) and I rather dislike backyard breeders. By backyard breeders I mean people who don't spay or neuter their pets and then allow them to run amuck around town resulting in mixed breed puppies that usually wind up spending a good part of their lives in shelters because there are too many unwanted pets out there. My heart goes out to these poor animals who don't have responsible people to care for them :( . I have absolutely nothing against people who own mixed breed dogs though, just people who breed them for a quick buck or people who aren't responsible enough to keep their non-fixed pets indoors. All pets should be treated as members of the family and given as much love as possible in my opinion :)
7. Last but not least, I love to torture myself! I thoroughly enjoy drinking the strongest coffee on earth! The worse it tastes the better! My morning cup of coffee is strong enough it could wake the dead with one sip. When the instructions on the can say 2 scoops, I add 5! I only have one cup a day but that's more than enough :)! My coffee is so disgusting that I have to have a sip of water after every sip of coffee just to help myself tolerate the scary taste. I love it though! I look forward to every cup like a kid looks forward to Christmas morning. When I was pregnant with my son I gave up coffee entirely even before I knew I was pregnant, just in case. Now THAT was torture! I spent a good part of every day asleep only because I desperately needed that coffee!
Well, there you have it, the end of my tagging and the beginning of someone elses :) Here's who I'm tagging.....
Thea Burger in South Africa , her artwork is lovely!
Anne Julie in France , absolutely ADORABLE art!
Laurence in the UK , have you seen her incredible bags?
Dawn in the US , sooooooo creative! Love her stuff!
Audrey in the US , another creative soul! Beautiful artwork!

I'm afraid I can't come up with seven right now, seems I need to check out more blogs! Anyway, take a look see at the lovely artwork on these ladies blogs, you won't be disappointed!

Friday, September 7, 2007

More ATCs!

A New Pink Cake Shadowbox

The above shadowbox (please excuse the reflections in the glass) was made using a print of my Pink Cake painting. I simply cut out the cake and placed it inside the box. The whole thing is done in acrylics. I still have the ocean themed shadowbox to finish up and then another two small shadowboxes like this one. Enjoy!

Thursday, September 6, 2007

My Shadow-box

This is the latest project I've been working on. I purchased this shadowbox at IKEA for $14, pretty good deal I think! I painted the outside gold and the inside a mix of blue white and gold. The contents of the box consist of two vintage photos, an old envelope from around 1981, some coffee stained tags, ribbons and trim, some rose pictures from a book I used to have before I dismantled it, moss, an empty snail shell, two flat glass marbles, a snowflake shaped Swarovski crystal, two plastic eggs, some dried grasses, some dried tree fungus, two mini pine cones, some glitter, some feathers and a nest I handmade some time ago from the small roots of a dead tree. Unfortunately my photography skills are lacking and the above photos don't do my creation justice. I had to remove the glass front to get these pictures. I have another of these that I'm doing in an ocean theme.

Finch Manor

The retirement home for very olllllllllld Finches :). Zebra Finches supposedly live anywhere from 4-8 years. My little ones are about 8 or 9 years of age and still just as active as ever, no evidence that they're approaching the end. Still, being so old I decided that they deserved a bigger cage so off to Petsmart I went and picked up this lovely cage on sale. My Finchies are named Peach and Basil. Basil was named after Basil Faulty of Faulty Towers fame and Peach was named after a freind's dog :) .