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Nuit Blanche Ottawa + Gatineau

It’s almost time for Nuit Blanche here in the capital region.

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Nuit Blanche Ottawa+Gatineau is a 1 night per year, dusk-until-dawn celebration of multidisciplinary Art and local culture that takes place across multiple venues and within the cityscape of Ottawa and Gatineau. Nuit Blanche showcases the creativity and cohesion of the local community and the success of its industries. Approximately 160 artists took part in the inaugural event, and it was attended by approximately 30 000 smiling people on September 22nd, 2012, between 6pm and 4am.

It is a platform for recognizing the region within the national and international arts and festival scene, and it fosters the region as a cultural destination while generating revenue for local businesses.  You can head to the their website and get an idea of what is happening and a map here.

The 2014 theme is BYPASS.  The Oxford Dictionary says that the noun bypass is ‘A road passing … its centre to provide an alternative route for through traffic…[and] A secondary channel, pipe, or connection to allow a flow when the main one is closed or blocked.

I was asked by the City of Gatineau to do an art installation on this little ole tree that will be in the centre of a few activities (including a fashion show) happening the night of Nuit Blanche.

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My installation is all about getting out of the rat race, bypassing the highly technological road we are currently on and heading back to the past.  It is important to remind everyone and make the younger generation aware of how things used to be.  Time for everyone to return to the past lane, stop to smell the roses of yesteryear and remember the simplicity of things.  The kids, students and friends of Studio & Boutique Peaberry will assist in creating images of classic forms of entertainment and toys before the world of cell phones and tablets.  We will then be embellishing everything, including the tree with the crafts of the past such as embroidery and crochet.

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I invite you all to come down to the Boutique and be a part of the installation by embroidering together one of these pieces to be hung from the tree.

I also wanted to let you know about the Nocturnal Bazarre that will be happening the night of the festival on Laval Street in Old Hull.

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There will be street performers and artisans all along the street from 7pm to 11pm.  Come find me and a few other vendors such as







and many more!!!

Atomic Rooster – Cock Show

The Atomic Rooster (on Bank Street in Ottawa) is having their annual Cock Show and have released their call to artists.


The winner gets a $100 gift certificate to Wallacks and they usually turn the winning piece into a coaster.  I think it’s pretty cool.  Here is the piece I plan on submitting.

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Hope to see you at the Vernissage on September 23, 2014, it should be a great show!

Etsy Craft Party 2014 – Gatineau


It’s time to (craft) party!!  Every year, people from around the world come together on the same day in locally organized Etsy Craft Parties to create art and inspire each other. In 2013, more than 11,000 people took part in Craft Parties in locations across the globe.

This year I am super excited to be co-hosting the Gatineau party with my friend Krysthle of Krythle Designs. It will be held at the most adorable Chorizo et Chevre Noire at 150 Rue Principale, Gatineau (Aylmer Sector).  They have the most amazing sandwiches and treats.

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Our theme is Recapture your old photographs. We will be offering 3 small workshops (Each will be $5): the photo embroidery workshop, the photo paint workshop and the scrapbook page workshop (to put your new fabulous pictures on and make them frame worthy!)  They should be a lot of fun and we hope that those of you in Gatineau/Ottawa can join us and meet some crafty cohorts in your own community!

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To sign up and get further information you can head to Evenbrite and register here.  Please note you do not have to pay immediately to register.  Just click on the “Show other payment options” which will allow you to pay at the door.

What to bring:

the photo embroidery workshop: 1 or 2 pictures, black and white (recommended) or color

the photo paint workshop: 1 or 2 pictures, black and white (recommended)

the scrapbook page workshop: nothing really except the dimensions of the frame you might be using to frame your masterpiece once it is all finished.  Recommended sizes are 8.5 x11 or 12×12 inches.

Other ideas to bring rather than an original photograph:

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Hope to see you at our creative and affordable Etsy Craft Party!!

Steve Coffin – Stirring the Brew

Hello all, I just wanted to introduce you to my new friend Steve Coffin.  I am super excited that Studio & Boutique Peaberry will be showcasing his new collection “Stirring the Brew” at the end of the month.

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Stirring the Brew
Coffee Art Series – by Steve Coffin
“This series is an exploration of a new way of painting for me. It came about as an experiment to make some aged paper for an Artist friend and then it expanded into some of my most favourite canvas pieces.
The Coffee has a really rich colour and a stillness like a moment in a Café. It invites you in and allows me to explore many subjects from figurative to landscapes.
The Coffee, by nature, is a very wet and unpredictable medium. And as much as the Artist likes to think that they are in control sometimes the paintings paint themselves.
The Coffee keeps you awake, much like the caffeine when you drink it, and you just follow to see where you end up. Over time the piece develops and then the Art appears.
As an Artist this has been a lesson in letting go and flowing. The Coffee no matter hard you try does not respect your boundaries and it goes where it wants. So sit down in the Café, have a Coffee and see where it takes you….”

VERNISSAGE will be on

January 31, 2014

7pm to 9pm

112 Rue Principale, Aylmer

(Entrance on Park Street).

Come soak it all in over a glass of wine (or a coffee if you prefer :)

 Samples of Steve Art can be seen on his website at

Workshops at the Savoir Faire

Hi there, The Savoir Faire is quickly approaching.  It is this Sunday, June 2 from 10:30 to 4:30 at the Aydelu Centre in Aylmer, Quebec.  There will be over 35 talented vendors with gorgeous jewellry, funky clothing and yummy treats.  I also wanted to fill you in on some workshops that are going on. 

 The first workshop will be given by Krysthle Poitras of Krysthle Designs.

Bracelet Workshop

RHINESTONE BRACELET AND CHARM-  10:30am to 12:00pm at a cost of $35.00

This is a beginner jewelry workshop where you will learn the techniques to make a beautiful 24K gold-plated bangle with charm.  In this workshop, you will learn how-to use rhinestone chain to create beautiful bangles and how to use crystal clay to create crystal encrusted charms.  All materials are included and tools will be provided for the workshop.  (Please note that the finished project might differ slightly from picture).


The next two will be taught by yours truly, ME!!

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ART/WORD JOURNAL – 12:30pm to 2:00pm at a cost of $35.00.

We all have a story to tell.  Whether it is through the written word, art or a combination of both, one must have a beautiful book to contain all of this brilliance.  We will be turning a vintage book into a journal and work of art.  Everything will be supplied.  If you have an image that you feel represents yourself, please bring it.

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VINTAGE DOILY 12X12 CANVAS – 2:30pm to 4:00pm at a cost of $35.00.

Come join me in making a wonderful textured creation using vintage plastic doilies and all kinds of mixed media goodies.  We will be slapping sludge, modeling paste and paint onto to a 12×12 canvas for you to take home and display with pride.  Come lose yourself for a couple hours.  Everything will be supplied.

 You can head to the website to sign up under the Workshops tab.  Hope to see you there!!

Visit to Almonte – Part One

I had been wanting to head to Almonte and tour a few stores for a while now and luckily I managed to get my friend Jen as excited about it as me.  With Handmade Harvest going on last Saturday I figured it was the best day to head out for a girls day.  So we packed up the kids and off we went.


It was at the impressive Agricultural Hall.  We were hoping to be one of the first 50 to get one of the famous swag bags but no such luck.  There was a HUGE line-up to get in when we got there.


 My first purchase was made at Infinite Purpose Jewellry.  Her stuff is made from vintage flatware.  I bought a leather bracelet that had a silver piece attached which reads “Bravery” to remind myself to be brave during this year of change.


 Her pendants are classy with an edge to them which will make them timeless I think.


 I was very attracted to Amanda McBain’s Assets and wanted to take a few pieces home with me.  Her upcycled creations were so much fun.  I had made a rush for a chair with this funky orange fabric on it but as I was about to put my hand on it, a sold sign was being stuck to it.  I wasn’t fast enough.


I picked up a few goodies from Jennifer at Soul Sister Designs.  I think she was being a little camera shy.


Amelia was being quite difficult so unfortunately I had to get her outside for a walk.  So, I wasn’t able to take any more pictures and had to almost run through the rest of the show.  I was more than a little sad.  Chris told me to leave her with him but I figure if we don’t take her to things she won’t get any better.  The show was amazing and for the next one there will be no packing up of the kids, haha.

We went down to the river and took some photos before heading to our next stop.


Then headed to Smitten which is owned by Colleen, one of the organizers of Handmade Harvest.  Love the name, love the store.


Such great stuff and check out that clock, I think it would look great in my studio :)  Isn’t mother’s day coming up????


Across the street is the Heritage Café I believe.  Can you imagine getting to work in that store and look out at this beautiful building all day?


 Almonte is such a pretty little town.  I shall share the rest of my day there with you tomorrow.


Vermont Art Show

Last Friday I travelled to my Vermont art show with my girls.  First international show, I was pretty excited.  It was at the Vintage Inspired Lifestyle Marketplace.  The shop and second home of Mary Heinrich Aloi.  I just wanted to share a few photos of the wonderful night (courtesy of my friend Steph over at Share The Love)

My girls waiting to be hung up on the wall.

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The first Friday of every month Burlington has an art walk throughout the city.  Then even put out a guide for people to find all the participating venues, which I was in, so cool!!

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Getting ready for the big night.

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All hung up and ready to go.

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Everyone was so friendly and some were down right hilarious.  I laughed so much my stomach hurt.

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Posing with my paintings.  Check out my new blue specs, aren’t they awesome? haha!

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It was such a treat to meet Lisa Marie in person as we only ever chatted online.  She was the sweetest thing.  We decided we were mixed media sisters.

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YUP cakes was even there serving up some baked goodness.  I couldn’t resist trying the peanut butter & jelly flavoured one (her hubby swore by them).  It was to die for and I am dreaming of the day I can have one again.

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One of my gorgeous girls Angie who accompanied me on the trip.

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A couple of other hotties, Brittany and Steph (my photographer for the evening) who also came on the road trip to support me.  I am a lucky girl to have such great friends and a man who all made this possible.

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Thanks for such an amazing night Mary and for the yummy cheese and wine!  I just realized I didn’t get a picture of her the night of, sucky :(

I will post more soon on all the amazing antiques we found.

30 Craft Market – Peterborough

We are in Peterborough for my hunnie’s family Christmas and I found out about a new and local craft fare in the area so I just had to drag my mother in law there :)  It is the 30 Craft Market and no item at the fair was over $30, making local handmade wares affordable for everyone.

Great idea!!  It also helped me get closer to my goal of buying almost all handmade or local gifts for Christmas this year as I bought a few gifts from there.  So many awesome fabrics.  I bought this cute little clutch.

From The Little Bird Designs.  Check out the huge button on the curtain behind her, adorable!!!

I also got this gorgeous roll up paintbrush holder.  I kind of want to keep it for myself, haha.

It was made by Amanda of Lemon Seed Creations.

She also had these journal covers that I really liked.  Must of been the corduroy.

My FAVOURITE table was Rabbit & Bumble.  I could have bought a ton of stuff from them, for myself.

Check out these adorable mushrooms, LOVE them.  All the felt and owls, I had to contain myself, haha.

I did end up buying these felt hand painted letters to label our stockings.  There wasn’t an M for Milah but I got a mushroom one and will add the M to it myself.

How is your Christmas shopping going?

Nest Mixed Media Workshop

What an incredibly busy and amazing weekend.  Our First Christmas Edition of the Savoir Faire went off with flying colours.  We are so proud.  You can head over to The Savoir Faire website to see the Post-Op Review.  I got tons of awesome handmade Christmas gifts that I can’t wait to give.  Unfortunately, I didn’t get a chance to hit every table.

I was teaching a lovely group of ladies all morning.  We did a Nest Mixed Media workshop.  The piece was called “No Vacancy” and I am sure you can see why.  Here was the sample piece I had made for them.

Even though the canvas was small, the workshop packed a lot of punch as I tried to show them as many little techniques as I could fit into the hour and a half.  Of course we went over the time limit, haha.  Quite the norm for me.  I like people to feel like they are getting their money’s worth.  Here are the students hard at work.


I am all about re-purposing and this class was no different as my flower was made from old packaging, the “No Vacancy” sign was punched into pieces from an old leather belt and all of the buttons were rescued from second hand stores (one of my favourite things to do).


I loved how all the pieces were different and reflected the personality of the student.  So cool!!  Here is Tracey with her piece.

Her mom, Jenny’s piece.  She was a little afraid, but there was no need.  It turned out beautiful!

Here is Anna’s piece.  I just met her that day, she was so fun and from Aylmer, YEY!!

Steph’s piece.  (You can also check out her review of the Faire on her blog Share the Love)

Last but not least, Kathy’s piece.  This is Britt’s mom (my partner in crime for The Savoir Faire)

A real group of creative souls.  I hope all of the ladies had as much fun as I did.  Anyone wanting to do this piece at home can head to my Etsy shop and buy a kit.

Have you guys started your shopping yet? Christmas is coming…


The One & Only Arts & Crafts Fair

The Sandy Hill’s One & Only Craft Fair on Sunday certainly did not disappoint.  I was sitting was a great group of ladies, had great sales and bought a few great Christmas gifts.  Not to mention the free food buffet, pretty yummy.  Helene Lacelle was a great hostess and I can only hope things go as well for my fair on Sunday :).  Welcome to my new subscribers from the fair!!!

One of my goals this year is to try to buy as many handmade/local gifts as possible.  I think it is very important to support small business and the local economy whenever possible.  I am a huge fan of Etsy and local craft fairs.  So, I figured why not start at the One & Only.  My first purchase I really couldn’t help.  Sitting across from me was Olive & Ella with her gorgeous group of pillows and sewn creations.  One in particular kept calling my name ALL day.  It was a deer made of homemade felt on a background of tweed type material.  Felt and tweed, together??  Enough to make my heart swoon, haha.  I know I am a dork.  I kept checking all day to make sure it was still there.  I had the same thing happening with my neighbour the lovely Michelle of My Jacket Pocket.  She was coveting one of my paintings and kept checking to see if anyone bought it.  Of course it was the same painting about ten people picked up and liked entitled “Sometimes we all need help to fly”.

Of course the piece sold and Michelle was sadly disappointed.  First thing I did after that was head over to Munia at Olive & Ella and buy that pillow!!!

Isn’t it awesome?  Here is the back part.  Of course Amelia had to stick her little ginger head in there as she hates it when I do anything without her.

 I also made a purchase from Michelle, she will be at the Savoir Faire on Sunday, by the way.  She had these very cool vintage looking pendant watches which were selling like hotcakes.  I was afraid she would have none left by Sunday so I ended up buying one.  This is it closed.  Check out all of the filigree detail.   Beautiful I say.

Here it is open, I have yet to figure out how to set it, haha.

I also had Meeka’s Creations as a neighbour.  I bought some sock monkeys and creatures from her last year for Christmas.  This year she had some awesome printed T-shirts that I thought would be perfect for one of my daughter’s friends who happens to also be a neighbour and practically another daughter.

My last little goodie was a swap.  She wanted one of my paintings so she paid some and traded one of her knitted partly felted bracelets.  It was from Geminidream and unfortunately she does not have a website.  All of her stuff had great texture though.  The bracelet is a little simple so I will definitely be adding a little something to it to make it more Renee.

I am out for the night but I hope to see you all Sunday and just a little reminder of the workshops going on throughout the day.  You can check them out here.