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The New Art Festival

I am such a huge fan of the New Art Festival and a little rain wasn’t going to stop me from checking it out.  It got pretty brutal at times and I felt pretty bad for the artists having to deal with that all weekend.  They must have been chilled to the bone.  It was nice to see that some people still braved the weather to check it out.  Again, I was not disappointed.  The amazing talent that was there again this year was inspiring.

One of the mixed media artists I was instantly drawn to.  She had all these adorable little pieces, some with a high gloss resin on them that I loved.

Something about her felt very familiar.  When I picked up her card and realized it was Helene Lacelle of,

I was so pleased.  I remember seeing her work a few years ago and being so encouraged to see a mixed media artist at a show.  Before that, I felt all I ever saw were fine artists with their beautiful reproductions of the real world or abstract artists.  It gave me hope.

There was another lovely lady there named Susan Valyi.

She had some really interesting and cool pieces that would have looked awesome in our front room.

I would be remiss not to mention this amazingly talented lady.  Vanessa Neily was there with her beautiful collection of jewellry.

Her pieces were so unique and well done.  So many different materials used.

Here is one of the pieces I was drooling over.  I believe it is cooper with enamel over it and the little green lollipops sticking out are made of ceramic.  Beyond cool.  Maybe I need to leave her business card under Chris’ pillow closer to my birthday, haha.

Oh, to be independantly wealthy.

I did purchase this adorable little doll that transforms into a butterfly for our little ginger Millie.  I felt like her hair might one day look like that.

Fidoodle was selling them along with a bunch of awesome stuff including these wood puzzle like blocks.  I know, great job explaining hey?  Just head to their site and check it out, pretty neat.

Goal for next year – apply to be a vendor!!!


Speaking of art shows, I just wanted to let you know about a new market that is just starting up in Little Italy called the Preston Street Mercato.  It is just in its infant stages but they have some passionate organizers who are huge supporters of local artists and small businesses.  It will be running for six weeks on Saturdays from 10am to 5pm.  I believe they might still be looking for a few vendors.  Let me know if you would like their contact information.


Report on Ravenswing 2012

It is now time for my official report on Ravenswing 2012  – Amazing!!  I had such a great time.  Such cool vendors and customers alike.  The energy was so positive and the musicians were fantastic.  Although a little loud as my booth was so close to them :) I was in awe of all of the fantastic feed back I was getting.  I just want everyone to know that I truly appreciate every kind word of encouragement I was given.  I do my art because it makes me happy, also hoping it will make others happy or at least put a smile on their face.  I sold over half of my pieces,  which made me proud but also a little sad.  Pieces of my soul are now scattered across Ottawa, haha.  However, I know they are in good homes :)

I had such a hard time deciding on which vendors to take pictures of (with my camera phone btw), there were so many awesome ones.  I didn’t have much time as my friend Angela was holding the fort at my booth while I wandered to check things out.  So I shall mention but a few.  The first is Jeffrey Macklin from Jackson Creek Press.  I loved the look of his letterpress cards.

He is also a mixed media artist and from Peterborough (where my man is from), fancy that.

I was attracted to Gilda Kathleen’s booth because of how tranquil her display, pieces and personality seemed.

The next cutie was Tatiana at Russian Forest.  Her vintage tags, stationary and stickers were to die for as they were made from old maps.  I LOVE old maps.

The last is Morgan Cleopatra, who unfortunately does not have a website.  She makes amazing bracelets and I am totally kicking myself because there was a very cool one that I wanted and I didn’t go back to buy it.  Funny enough, she is also from Peterborough.  **UPDATE**  She now has a blog and you can find her here.

There were so many interesting things and luckily I didn’t have too much time as I would have spent tons of money.  The rest of the vendors links are on the Ravenswing website if you need to find someone.  I can’t wait for next year!!!

Ravenswing – Ottawa’s DIY Fair

Just a reminder about Ravenswing – Ottawa’s DIY Fair tomorrow.  It should be great fun. Come see Josef Pollock play in the afternoon.  His music is gentle and beautiful, a perfect compliment to the fair.  Take this opportunity to see him now and when you see him again at Bluesfest, you can say that you knew about him before everyone else.  There is also yoga in the park at noon.  It is Ottawa Race Weekend so here are the road closures to help you plan your route.

Now on to some art which will be for sale tomorrow, here is another hot air balloon piece I finished…

Aren’t the little chicks adorable??

One of Ravenswing’s things is that 60% of vendor’s wares must be under $20.  So, I will have a stash of paintings on for only $18.  Here are a couple that I created for the show that will be on special.

A little piece of Renee Savoie for only 18 beans?  That is a steal, haha.  Should be a great day, now if only the rain will hold off :)

Women In Business Show & Sale

Hello and HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY to all you moms out there.  Hope everyone had a great day.  Mine was fantastic, except I stepped on my blackberry in heals and the screen is toast.  Kind of feel like part of my arm has been chopped off.  I know, a tad dramatic, but I feel a little lost, haha.

I was in the Women in Business Show & Sale yesterday.  I had a great time and met some very fun people.  It was a little quieter then I had hoped but assume everyone was out enjoying the beautiful day.  My oldest daughter Milah came with me to keep me company which was nice.

Welcome to my new subscribers from the show by the way.  I took a couple of quick pictures of my booth.  Now that a I look at them, they are a little busy.  Maybe I need to rethink my set up :)

I just wanted to share a few other vendors that were there and that I loved.  The first was Kaelea at A Dash of Fab.  She was adorable and had the greatest purses.  She also had a mushroom wallet that was to die for.

Another was Lola Creations.  She had the coolest jewelry and all was so affordable.  Always so hard to not spend money at these events.

Milah and I had a yummy cupcake from Lori at Whyte Chocolate.  Look at her cute little guy.

The last vendor I wanted to mention is Shoebox Be Gone.  I just thought it was an amazing concept for all of us sole proprietors out there just starting out and not wanting to spend money on an accountant.  She has kits that help you sort out your financial stuff for taxes on your own.  Pretty great!

Now for the winner of the draw!!  The winner of an 8 person Peaberry Party is MELISSA NGUYEN.  Congrats Melissa!!!  I will be e-mailing you directly so we can sort out details of when and where.

Peterborough Garden Show

Today we went to the Peterborough Garden Show.  Another beautiful day!!  These were orchids that I can’t remember the name of, haha.  Very cool though.

So many talented vendors, there was a guy who made really amazing water features…

There was another exhibit from “La Petite Fleur“.  They had the most amazing pillows…

My favourite exhibitor was by far the “Garden Girl“.  She had all these amazing vintage pieces.  Chris had to chase me out of there cause I could have spent hundreds of dollars.  Here are some of her displays…

A mix of antiques and newer pieces but all had style.

I did find an awesome antique typewriter, I have been looking for one forever.

She even put old sheet music into it, such attention to detail…

It was great fun, definately have to come back next year!!!


Savoir Faire Pics

Finally got a few pics from the Savoir Faire on our facebook page if you want to check them out.  We are currently on the lookout for a better space for the Spring edition of The Art & Crafts Savoir Faire.

The Art & Crafts Savoir Faire




A few pieces I have finished for the upcoming The Art & Crafts Savoir Faire being held on September 10, 2011 at the Aylmer United Church in Aylmer, Quebec which is just 15 minutes from downtown Ottawa.  Come check out all the original artwork and crafts from 10am to 5pm.  If you are interested in being a vendor we can be reached at

Lord Aylmer School Christmas Bizarre

Just letting you know about the bazaar I will be at this weekend at my daughter’s school. There will be a bake sale, face painting, kid’s craft table and there are rumours that the jolly old big guy shall be making an appearance. The deets are:


Saturday, December 4, 2010

9am to 2pm

Lord Aylmer Elementary School

116 Frank Robinson


Hope to see you there!!!!

Limoges Craft Sale Part Deux

So, the craft sale was pretty quiet and uneventful except I did meet the cutist artist (who was also pregnant with a due date 2 weeks prior to mine).  She had these beautiful pendants made from recycled glass.  I wish I had of brought my camera as no amount of wordsmithing could do them justice.  Her name is Fani Song and although not ready yet, her website is  She made my day by commissioning me to make her a mixed media sign for an upcoming show in Toronto.  WOOOO!


Oh, HAPPY HALLOWEEN everyone!!!  Costume pics to follow shortly…

Limoges Craft Sale

Hi there, just wanted to give you a heads up that there is a FALL CRAFT SALE in Limoges, which is just outside of Ottawa, this Saturday.  Just in case you are looking for something to do or start your Christmas shopping early.  Admission is free but they are taking donations for the food bank.  Profits will be donated to St. Viateur School to help with new playground equipment.  I shall have a table there and the details are as follows:


Saturday, October 23, 2010

10am to 4pm

205 Limoges Road

Limoges, ON