December 21, 2011

Making Christmas Past a part of Christmas Present

I haven't had much time to post . My works lately have been all about creating my Christmas gifts and I didn't want to give away all my secrets.
I must admit I'm not much of a baker. Not that I'm sure I couldn't do it but the only flour I have in my cupboards is for paper mache. Sad I know. I am grateful everyday, that my mom lives a few floors above me. She cooks dinner for me almost everyday. I get to visit and we shop for groceries together. She says she eats better when she cooks for someone and hey I can't complain.She has someone to visit her everyday and I'm grateful for the time I have with her. My dad died over 25 years ago but Christmas is still especially difficult for her.
At 82 she finds her sisters, friends and family passing on and each year she grieves.  At Christmas she still tries to capture the very special Christmas' we had. I wish I could do more to capture those things in our Christmas Present. This year she baked and I decorated. We listened to our favourite Christmas tunes, argued about the best way to decorate and she supervised each sprinkle or daub of icing.
I'll share these moments that are very special to me and wish you all a very Merry Christmas!
Try to make a little of Christmas Past present in your Christmas this year!

December 8, 2011

Last Posting on the Magical Blog Hop

Ah, here we are at the end of the Magical Holiday Blog Hop! Be sure and stop bye and tell Katie Cahill's blog for a last word on the tour!

Be sure and stop by and give my Magical Holiday Treasury some love!

December 7, 2011

Meet a Pink Dreamer on our Magical Holiday Blog Hop

I love my next feature artist PinkDreamer's Art Journaling Kit.

Her art journaling kit-a handmade mixed media fabric blank journal and lots of vintage paper supplies!

all the stuff you need to start art journaling!!! simply add your paints and your imagination and...start creating!!!

the kit includes: one blank journal (with my mixed media art print on or whatever else you might like) with 120 pages of fine quality paper and lots of paper supplies-vintage and modern!

size of the fabric journal: 17x24cm
Her etsy shop eltsamp is full of creative mixed media supplies and projects.
And althugh my translator wasn't working I enjoyed a lovely wander through her blog. Be sure and take a peek!

December 6, 2011

Magical Holiday Hop: Meet Sharon Rowland

"Bird Rose Bottle Cap Necklace, by Sharon Rowland of Alice's Secret Door.
Sharon Rowland's etsy shop with it's whimsical name, Alice's Secret Door promises wonderful misterious trinkets and it really delivers! Sharon is up next on the Magical Holiday Hop.

She as been  have been crafting my whole life. As a young girl she loved to cut little pieces of paper out and create little paper dolls and animals. She says, "As I got in to my teens I began to make beaded jewelry. I enjoyed being able to create earrings that suited my style. Later in college I discovered clay." Today she still enjoys creating jewelry. Especially out of found objects such as bottle caps. "I have always collected little objects that I found in the street or in the woods." She admits she's like a little magpie filling her nest.

Be sure and visit her blog to see her favourites on this Magical Blog Hop!

December 5, 2011

Magical Holiday Blog Hop continues: Meet Angela Giovanni

Exile, 8-1/2 x 11" Print by Angela DiGiovanni
Anglea DiGiovanni is next up on the magical blog hop. Angela generally uses acrylic paint, stabilo marks art pencils, gesso, watercolor pencils and even scrapbook papers in her work. See more of her work including my favourite "Exile" print from her etsy shop.

Be sure and stop by her blog, where she lives outloud! and see her favourite picks on the tour. Be sure to grab a cup of tea and see wome of her new work and earlier posts too!

In her own words she is: smart, shy, creative, unorganized, a deep feeler, the last child of 4, A knitter, a bookworm, newbie photographer, and mixed media artist. An entrepreneur. A business owner. A survivor.
A wannabe mother, farmer, and home schooler. I like troll dolls and melancholy music. My dog’s name is Woofie. My husband adores me. Blessed… ".

December 4, 2011

Magical Holiday Blog Hop : Today's The Day!

Today is the Day, 12x12" print by Sunshine Barlowe

 I'm lucky to be included with such a wonderully gifted group of artists in this Holiday Hop! It's a departure for me as I'm usually involved in Art Doll Collections. So this was a real treat. I've learned alot about the gift we have in being able to use our imagnations and experimenting without fear.

You can see my favourites from this tour here. Please click, click , click away and show them some love!

I'd also like to introduce you to Sunshine Barlowe. She is tomorrows feature artist and responsible for the image at the top of this blo posting. A look through her etsy shop reminded I promised to be greatful for one little thing everyday. Today I'm greatful for being being able to feature her work in this post! Sunshine's mixed media piece entitled Gratitude is shown here on right.

I asked Sun a couple of odd questions to get to know her better.

Q: What are you afraid of?
A:  I am afraid of losing people I love.

Q:. If you could be another person for a day who would you be?
A: I have never been asked this in my entire life.. so, this was a hard one. I would probably have to say: Bono (even though he's a dude).

Q: Describe this person in one word.
A: Charitable

Q: What's your worst enemy?
A: Laundry !!

Q: What is your mood in one word?
A: Outgoing

Q. Something you're not wearing?
A: Earrings

Q: What's on the top of your wish list this Christmas?
A: I'm ready to join the revolution and I want an iphone.

Q: What is your favourite place to eat?
A: My favorite place to eat is Thai or anywhere that serves Tapas.

Q: Something that you are not?
A: I am not necessarily the most organized person in the world. For sure.

Q: Your least favourite colour?
A: Pink is my least favorite color. Good thing I don't have girls :)

Q: Your favourite food?
A: Thai, Mexican, or just salad!

Q: Where were you last night?
A: Snuggled up on my couch with my family watching a movie

Q: What do you hoard?
A: I probably have too many Chuck Taylor's

Q: How long have you been doing what you do?
A: I've been creating my whole life but, I chose to SELL my art in 2008!

Q: What drive you?
A: I love to blog hop myself! It always inspires me to find other creative people doing what they love. Music is another thing that drives me... I am never in my studio without something blaring..and I am usually inspired by nice weather.. I love to open my studio doors and paint!

From her profile I've learned, lives and works in Virginia near the Blue Ridge Mountains.
She says, "I am passionate about color, music, traveling, and the written word. When I discovered my love of pasting, cutting, doodling, drawing and paint ... my world opened in big ways. I'm so excited to be at a place where I'm ready to share my art."

Sunshine is next up on the Magical Holiday Blog Hop and she invites you to enter her world and take a peek at what inspires her!

December 3, 2011

Can't Beleive it's only 3 weeks to Christmas!

I've been crazy busy knitting up some orders for Cowls and headwarmers and mittens for co-workers and can't beleive it crept on me so fast! I was at the library this morning and when they said the books were due Dec. 24th I thought WOW already?
I have my own gifts to finish making, orders to finish and sold items to ship. It's been a mad rush and I wouldn't miss a second of the craziness that is Christmas! For now though I'll have to leave my knitting aside and get ready for my first Christmas Party of the season!
Time flies! Are you ready?

I'm still offering a 20% discount in both my etsy shops. Just use BFCM20 at checkout and  I'll get your package in the mail the next day! Lots of jewelery, shawl pins, scarves, headwarmers, ornaments and puppets and dolls or my!

Cheers! Happy Shopping!

December 2, 2011

Visit Casa Cantamar

Tracey Verdugo of CasaCantamar is a must see on this Magical Holiday Blog Hop! Her etsy shop is full of vibrant paintings, prints and pendants are not to be missed.

Tracey is a singer, creator, teacher, mom, wife and quite possibly the most positive person I have ever met... (virtually speaking of course!) You must vist her blog Heartfelt Musings for a glimpse into her wonderful world!

December 1, 2011

Alicia Caudle of Altered Bits

Today's feature artist on the Magical Holiday Blog Hop is Alicia Caudle of Altered Bits. This is not the first time I've come across Alicia's work but I wanted to share one of her Altererd Bits with you.

She is a mixed media artist, web designer, mama and hoarder of cool little tidbits that she used in her altered books, shrines, assemblages, collages and other art projects.

Of course you can see it yourself in her etsy shop along with so many other wonderful pieces.

Be sure and stop by her wonderful blog to see her favourite picks from the Magical Holiday Blog Hop as weel as some wonderful images in her gallery. She offers tutorials too! SO grab a cup of tea and sit down and enjoy her magical shop!

Don't forget! Final shopping dates for Christmas deadline are quickly approaching! Be sure to stop by my shops and
Enjoy 20% saving at check out with coupon code: BFCM20

And just in case you missed something here's the schedule for the blog hop once again so you can go back and see what you may have missed!

Magical Holiday Blog Hop Schedule

November 25th – Katie Cahill
Etsy Shop:

November 26th – Wini Dougall
Etsy Shop:

November 27th – Nolwenn Petibois
Etsy Shop:

November 28th – Kristi Parker VanDoren
Etsy Shop:

November 29th – Emily Cline
Etsy Shop:

November 30th – Jennifer McGee Urbanek
Etsy Shop:

December 1st – Alicia Caudle
Etsy Shop:

December 2nd – Tracey Verdugo
Etsy Shop:

December 3rd – Nancy Perennec
Etsy Shop:

December 4th – Sun B Lewis
Etsy Shop:

December 5th – Angela DiGiovanni Kemp
Etsy Shop:

December 6th – Sharon Rowland
Etsy Shop:

December 7th – El Tsamp
Etsy Shop:

December 8th – Katie Cahill

November 30, 2011

Beautiful Whimsical Cards and Illustrations from Jennifer Urbanek

Jennifer Urbanek is the next stop on our Magical Holiday Blog Hop.

Her etsy shop is filled with colourful whimsical cards and paintings. I love getting greeting cards in the mail. Oddly enough we don't see enough of these kinds of correspondence anymore.
There is nothing like getting a note from a dear friend by snail mail!

I love faeries so this card set is one of my favourites from her shop.

Be sure and stop by Jennifer's blog to find her favourites on the tour!

November 29, 2011

Collage work of Emily Cline

Today's stop on the Magical Holiday Hop is with Emily Cline
Etsy Shop: 

Emily's etsy shop features wonderful prints of here collage work like this image of her Coffee Shop Buddha.
Really wonderful!

Stop by her blog to read her story and her favourites from the wonderful group of artists on this hop!

I have decided to continue with my 20% off coupon code through this blog hop so be sure and visit my etsy shop or and
Save big on some Jewellery, Accessories, puppets, patterns, One of a kind Christmas Ornaments and art dolls!
Coupon Code: BFCM20

November 27, 2011

Black Friday - THE SALE Continues through Cyber Monday!

Since I don't plan on hitting the stores myself this year but I still want all the excitement a great sale brings I'm offering
20% off sale on anything in either of my two shops with this coupon code: BFCM20

Use it in either of my etsy shops during checkout to have 20% taken off your total sale!!
It works already discounted items too! Better than Michaels... well almost!'
Offer expires: Nov. 28th, 2011 10pm

November 26, 2011

Next stop on the tour!

Today's stop on the Magical Blog Hop is with Wini and her blog Art, Love & Joy. Please stop by, she's running a contest as well as posting her favourites on the tour.

November 25, 2011

Magical Holiday Blog Hop Begins Today!

A magical tour of some wonderfully creative blogs, and a look at some of the favourite items in their etsy shops begins today with Katie Cahill. Grab a cup of your favourite beverage and sit back to read and peek into the shops and lives of some wonderful artists. Visit Katie's blog and read her first post on the Magical Tour.

Here's the Magical Blog Hop schedule of events, be sure and stop by their beautiful shops and see what sales they might have to offer this holiday weekend!

Magical Holiday Blog Hop Schedule
November 25th – Katie Cahill  
 Blog: Etsy Shop:

November 26th – Wini Dougall
Blog: Etsy Shop:

November 27th – Nolwenn Petibois Blog: Etsy Shop:

November 28th – Kristi Parker VanDoren
Blog: Etsy Shop:

November 29th – Emily Cline
Blog:  Etsy Shop:

November 30th – Jennifer McGee Urbanek
Blog: Etsy Shop:

December 1st – Alicia Caudle
Blog:  Etsy Shop:

December 2nd – Tracey Verdugo
Blog:  Etsy Shop:

December 3rdNancy Perennec 
Etsy Shop:  Blog:

December 4th – Sun B Lewis
Blog:  Etsy Shop:

December 5th – Angela DiGiovanni Kemp
Blog:  Etsy Shop:

December 6th – Sharon Rowland
Blog:  Etsy Shop:

December 7th – El Tsamp 
Blog:  Etsy Shop:

December 8th – Katie Cahill

November 22, 2011

Coming Soon!

I've signed up for another blog hop, the perfect season and some wonderful new artists to feature! Stay tuned!

October 28, 2011

Featured Artist

 Yesterday I was featured artist on the Art Dolls Only Blog. Come over and read my story.

October 22, 2011


I ran into someone in my elevator this morning who told me they went on a tour of the Exhibition last night to learn about the hauntings. I was amazed, I had no idea the place was haunted. I'll have to try to get down there to check it out myself.
This is an excerpt from a blog post I found.
"The Canadian National Exhibition is notorious for giving people thrills on the midway, but now they’re also sending chills down their spines.
A paranormal research team spent 13 months investigating eight buildings on the grounds and found 24 ghosts recorded on electronic voice phenomenon (EVP). One of the most haunted buildings at the EX is Stanley Barracks, right across from the Direct Energy Centre.
“There were two men in the basement, one was named Bob and the other Dave,” researcher Richard Palmisano, who published Ghosts of the Canadian National Exhibition this year, said. “They were here when this was social housing and they did things that weren’t very good to other people.
“One of our medians was attacked with scratches down her back,” he said. “These are the risks we take.” To read more on the ghosts there and what they do read more here: Haunted Earth`s Ghost World: GHOSTS HAUNT THE CANADIAN NATIONAL EXHIBITION

Are there hauntings in your town? I'd love to hear about them.

October 13, 2011

Needle Felted WIPs

My Needle Felting friend Jolene Klassen promised me more WIP pics of some of her work so I can show it off on my blog.

She writes:
"Christmas tree ornaments have been whirling around me for a while. Mittens!
Teddy Bears! Gingerbread cookies! Angels!
What's special about these ornaments, if there are toddlers in the house, needle felted ornaments can fall from the tree and they won't break! Of course they are not toys.

Franklin the Clown - Franklin is my tag for a few of my dolls until I get to
know them, ;) he may become Lippy Later

...and Murphy the Monkey, a wanna-be sock monkey."

I think Jolene's a fabulous needle felter. I wish she was a couple thousand miles closer so I can get her to show me how she does it in person! Thanks for sharing Jolene!

October 10, 2011

ADO Ezine is out! and it's fabulous!!

I was expecting this launch at the end of September but couldn't find a link until this morning! I'm so excited! It's gorgeous!

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October 8, 2011

My latest hand puppet Goarson Loves his horns

This is my latest puppet, I still need to sew his arms on, but I'm off to enjoy an early Thanksgiving dinner with the family.

October 2, 2011

More Puppet Making

I have some renewed interest in my puppet pattern and almost all the puppets have been bought up from my shop. So I thought it would be fun to post another work in progress as I work to restock my shop along with a puppet tutorial I posted a while back.
You can purchase my puppet pattern here if you want to play along. I'll send it by email if you purchase it so it can be with you in minutes.

I'm making a red monster here. I think.
So far this is as far as I've gotten. I hope to continue with him today.  Here is his so far.

And I've changed my pattern and instructions from that of this original tutorial, but generally this is how I make them. Click on each photo to make it larger.

September 25, 2011

New Pieces Hot off the pliers

I've been creating some new jewellery to freshen up my shop, found some great vintage pieces this summer at estate sales that were dying for a makeover.

I  also realized, when I was sorting through my shop, that I had sold all my copper and silver linked bracelets so I made a few new pieces.

It's been a beautiful weekend so I tried to get outside a bit too. I went to a movie with Mom and Sis last night. Have you seen Sarah's Key? I read the book a few months ago and had no idea they made a movie about it until my sister suggested it. I loved the movie... I had no idea that went on in France during the war.

I also traded a wicker bookcase for a dvd storage unit with my mom. I'm using the video storage piece for my paints and ribbons! Good idea huh? Fits perfectly under my long narrow desk.

September 10, 2011

What is it with Fall

I don't understand why it is that as the summer weather starts to wind down or should I say chill down that I find myself with the urge to pick up my yarns and needles again!
I mean most days it's still hot and sticky and the thought of hairy yarns on my lap makes me shudder but I do sort through my yarns and get them all organized and am usually inspired to create something new.

I learned to crochet a few months back so have been practising that usually with cotton but I made a monkey and lamb hat a few weeks ago. And after a sort and clean up of my yarn truck I was inspired to make this wonderful neckwarmer, scarf wrap. I never know what to call these things... they are so soft and warm and with the addition of some felted wool flowers truly wonderful!!
I couldn't help myself... I posted it in my shop and am making another one just for me!

This is my friend Kate modelling. Kate's a co-worker or should I say traitor. She's leaving our office to follow her career path and grow. Good for her, but I'll miss her like crazy and not just for the modelling!

September 5, 2011

Finally... More on Sam the Snowman

I'd been making Christmas ornaments to stock up my shop for the Christmas season. I love the Rudolph Christmas special and the narrator snowman character played by Burl Ives sets the scene and raises goosebumps of excited anticipation everytime I hear it. It really sets up the Christmas season for me. Weird huh? Brings out the kid in me I guess.
I finally found the ribbon I wanted to trim these up with, so I finished them off this morning and listed them in my shop.
It's been a busy week, I've busy knitting and crocheting some headwarmers and scarves and stuff for my other shop. I also did a jewellery workshop at work for charity so I had a lot of preparation for that too.

Yesterday I had had enough with always having to sort through my yarn stash when I needed to find something. Needles and half-finished projects were scattered through out my yarn trunk. Mom came over to help me organize it. It was freeing. Doesn't it always figure though, the minute you clean up, that's the moment that the muse strikes. I'm finishing up something I started yesterday that was inspired my stash! Keep posted!

August 27, 2011

Crocheting with Mom

Crochet often said as "Crotchity"... which is funny actually, because I've been doing both with mom over the past few weeks. I've only learned how to do this a few months ago. The crochet anyway, the crochety-ness I've kind of evolved over the years.

Anyway...I finally figured out how to hold the work and the hook and figure out that there is a pattern to when and how often you wrap that yarn around the hook and how many hoops you pull through at a time.  Who knew?! I used to pretend I knew what I was doing but now that I actually know what I'm doing it's all coming together.
I totally annoy my mom that I now do it better than her. (I sure wouldn't say that!!) those were her words when I started adding a second colour to my work with this monkey hat. I've even felted it.

She's been working on some snowflakes that she wanted to sell in my shop. She's worked so hard on them and when I told her that I likely wouldn't get more than $3.00 each for them she wasn't phased. So we blocked them and stiffened them with Paverpol, took pictures, wrote copy and put them in my shop. I hope they sell, she'll be so excited!
They can be found in either of my etsy shops.

I also made a cute little lamb hat... couldn't help myself... it reminded me of lamb chop and you know I love puppets!

August 24, 2011

Heaven's Spectacular Lightshow

The Heaven's must have had one heck of a rock concert tonight. Standing outside on my balcony during tonights thunderstorm was SPECTACULAR! It was exactly like being at a concert with flashes going off constantly. I tried to capture some of the fabulous bolts but got nothing but pictures that looked like I'd taken them at 5pm. It was 9:30 pm when I stood out there. I gave up and just pointed my camera at the lightshow and hoped to capture a couple great strikes. I'm about 20 minutes from the CN tower which attracts lightning like crazy of course. So I pointed in that general direction but the lighting was all over the place. North towards the airport and south over the lake, it was behind me to the west and east of me where I pointed. The lightning when sideways across the sky in streaming bolts and shot down from the heavens like a bolt from Zeus's mighty hand!

Luckily the rain wasn't strong on my side of the apartment building or I wouldn't have been standing out there taking these shots. Here's the few shots I captured. I just wonder what that strange orange trailer is? It's almost like that's the extension cord that plugged the sucker in. See how the lightning is like two streams of blue and then the twisted stream of orange. Click on the photos to see them larger. It appears in two shots. How strange? Does anyone know why this is?

RIP Jack Layton

An important political figure in Canada passed away this week. It's very sad, and seems very sudden inspite of the knowledge of his cancer. God Bless his family at this time.

Jack Layton drew young Canadian's with his interest in their well-being. He brought them into polling stations to cast their vote and changed the political balance in this country. His thoughts on the future of their Canada brought Canadians across the country together. He will be missed.

There is thunder and lightning in the air tonight as live through an impending tornado watch, and I watch the taped proceedings of Jack Layton's lie in state in Ottawa. The ground in front of City Hall here in his home town of Toronto are filled with chalk messages to Jack and his family. His body will return to Toronto on Saturday for a celebration of his life. The CN tower will be flooded with orange light to commemorate Jack.
My condolences to his family, his colleagues and all Canadians on the loss of a man so well respected in Canadian politics.

RIP Jack Layton

August 22, 2011

Exciting News!! SNEAK PEEK!

Fellow members of ADO  (Art Dolls Only) have been working diligently to complete our first ADO E-zine with a wide variety of articles, tutorials, interviews and tons of lovely photographs. 

They are planning to launch at the end of September but a sneak peek is available! 
Click the photo below to sneak a peek at our much anticipated for e-Zine!

August 18, 2011

Puppet Pattern

It's been a while since I had a sale on etsy. I'm happy to have sent another puppet pattern to a happy buyer. This time to Ireland. PDF patterns are a easy gratification for the buyer. A buyer receives the pattern to work on within minutes! My puppet pattern is available here.
Puppets are as fun to make as they are educational to play with and children can be entertained for hours. Great for storytime when they're very young and fun playtime as children get older.

August 15, 2011

Trying to get a jump on Christmas

With my doll, Red up for auction, and off my work bench I thought I'd get a jump on Christmas. I took an extra day off work this weekend to play on some new ornaments. I'm using paper clay. Here's the results so far.
I've got Swine Lake, the Red Queen and a Santa finished.

And I've started working on a Birthday fairy that was inspired by a card my sister gave me for my birthday.. I think two years in a row.. same theme anyway. "The Bitch is Back"... hate birthdays... Here she is in her wet paper clay start. She has a hole to add wings and a wand.

Then I wanted to do the narrator from one of my favourite Christmas shows. The character was voiced by Burl Ives I think. He's the snowman from Rudolph.

That's it so far... time for lunch.

Making Hematite Star Flower Earrings