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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

Felt Bird Ornament

This week I had the pleasure of teaching an ornament workshop to a few lovely ladies.  It was nice to get a chance to sit down, create and get to know them a little better.

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Marie-Claude, our contest winner goofing around.

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This was Lissa’s first time doing any sort of art project and she confessed to me later that she really enjoyed herself and was able to turn everything else off which surprised her.  I absolutely loved that as I feel like art should do that for everyone and usually does :)

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The adorable Shannon took a little break from Littlest Bird Workshop and making soap to come and relax for a bit.

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Now that the workshop is done I thought I would share a little felt bird ornament tutorial with you.  The first thing is to pull out that pile of felt you have lying around (or make your own by accidentally throwing your hubbie’s ugly wool sweater in hot water to wash then into the dryer).  Cut two identical pieces into a bird shape. You should also cut out a wing, although for this one I chose not to as I wanted to add other goodies to it.  I also cut out a little heart from the felt to add as an accent.

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You can add ribbon, trim or buttons even but you need to remember to sew everything on before sewing the two pieces together.

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You also must not forget something to hang the ornament with.  I forgot to do that before putting it together last time and it was a bit of a pain to add it.

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I then used a blanket stitch to sew the little guy up but left a little gap in order to put the stuffing in.  I just used regular thread for this as it is a small piece but on bigger ones I love using embroidery floss.  I usually try to start sewing on the belly area which makes it an easier area to use a pencil to get the stuff into all the nooks and crannies

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Then finish stitching him up and hang on your tree (or give as a give) for a truly handmade Christmas ornament.  There are so many gorgeous colour combinations you could do and little accents like snowflakes.

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Hope the Christmas rush doesn’t have you stressed to the max, have a great weekend!!

Peaberry Tour Part Deux

A bit of a delay between part 1 and 2.  I had a bit of an issue this past week with my back.  I have never really had back issues before but let me tell you, I now have even more sympathy for those that do.  Worst thing ever.  I couldn’t even get up to go pee by myself, haha.  For a pretty independent woman, this was a little unbearable.  Consequently the store was closed for a few days.  Talk about terrible timing.  Anyway, I digress, I am back at the store and wanted to share some more of my artisans so here is the Peaberry tour part deux.

The first is Bijoux Hélène Grondin who is just starting out her jewelry business but her pieces are quality timeless pieces.

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Lots of comfy knit pieces.  Hats and felted mitts by Tricots Lidia, boot cuffs (which I love) and hand dyed wool by Tink and infinity scarfs by Handmade by Andrea.

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Beautiful buttons, mugs and other pottery goodies by Sheppard Handmade.

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From funky to wedding pieces, Krysthle Designs does it all.

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Some vintage pieces.

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More gorgeous prints this time by Lissa Rachelle and Danielle Daniel.  Danielle also has cute lockets and has had a book published called “Sometimes I feel like a Fox” which is also available in French.  So talented!!

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Chalk boards and stars made with reclaimed barn boards by the talented Holmes Reclaimed.

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Unique upcycled vintage silverware made into bracelets and rings by Country Rune.  Painting by moi, which are all 25% off this month for my Christmas special btw.

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Hair pieces and jewelry by 2 Filles Du Nord and map pendants by Indie Go Designs.  So many great things for me to drool over every day.

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I am sure I missed a few but I have some banners to sew.

One final thing, there are a couple spots still available for the Christmas ornaments workshop on Tuesday from 6pm to 8pm.  You get to choose three to make out of a few different options.

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Have an amazing week everyone!!

Peaberry Tour Part 1

 Now for a little Peaberry Tour for those who wanted to see pics and are too far to pop by :)

Here is my sign.  According to the condo board I was supposed to do it in just gold and black like the rest of the businesses in the building but I was a bit of rebel and added white.

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My front entrance.

Peaberry Tour 2 My amazing counter that my friend Gord did.  He is in the entirely wrong profession and should be making furniture for a living.  The countertop is made with reclaimed oak from an old warehouse.  I cried when he brought it in as he has been hoarding that wood to make things like his sons crib with it.

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The cutie owls by Chouette par Monique that have been selling like hot cakes.

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A few vintage items and burlap pillows made by moi.

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Adorable felt brooches by Mika Art.

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Near the front window, soy candles in recycled wine and beer bottles by The Treehouse and some tidy totes by My Stow-n-Tow.

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More vintage items and handmade cards.

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Beautiful necklaces by Salvage Jewelry Co. that I have been lusting over.

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Lovely aprons by Sins Creations who is in the process of making me some purses.

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Gorgeous prints by Andrea of Poppet Art StudioJoyelle Brandt Creations, Ginger of Red Pear Creative and Kathleen Endicott.

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So many great artists.  I shall leave you with that for today and finish off soon!!

Peaberry Grand Opening

Boy it has been a while, hasn’t it?  What have I been up to?  Let me tell you…

Last Friday I accomplished one of my dreams… opening my very own brick and mortar store.  It is in the quaint town of Aylmer, just outside of Ottawa on the Quebec side which is also where we call home.  I really wanted be in the older more historic section (which leads down to the marina and beach) and in a heritage building.  I was lucky enough to find a place that was just the right size with both of those attributes.  For the Peaberry Grand Opening I decided to host a wine a cheese and even bought wine from our local winery, Clos Baillie.

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My goal with the store is to offer unique, vintage and handmade goods through an enriched and personal experience by connecting individuals with the artisans.  I want people to have a relationship with the pieces they are buying and know that they are making a difference in an individuals life.  All artisans featured in the store are mostly local but definitely 100% Canadian.  It is sometimes difficult to find things in Canada and we have many talented people to be proud of so I thought it is my duty to help show them off.  I am also hoping they make it into the shop to teach workshops and share their craft first hand.

Here I am rushing out of the house unemployed for the last time (hopefully :) to try and get to the opening on time.  Unfortunately I don’t have a ton of pictures and have had to rely on getting some from friends and their phones.

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I had all of these little things I wanted to finish up when I got there but I had people waiting at the cash the moment I got there.  I know, I know, not a bad thing at all.  My very first customer (who is also a vendor – Urbanfete) Christine and her lovely daughter Jada were the first to make a purchase.  Thank god they were as I had to make sure everything worked, haha.

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One of the few gorgeous bouquets I received.

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A few fellow students from my business class who came out to support me (standing in front of my paintings).

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Friends admiring all of the goodies.  It just made me so happy watching people appreciate all of the hard work that goes into each piece.

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Here I am with my trues, embracing the 15 stress pounds I have gained through this whole process, hahaha!!  One of my girls was missing but she just had a baby so all is forgiven.

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Check out all of the peeps hanging out and enjoying some wine – LOVE!!

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Here are Brittany, my man – Chris and daughter – Milah toasting me while I cried my eyes out. Peaberry Opening8

I just had so much to say (and couldn’t) but words could not express the gratitude I felt and still feel for the amazing help and support of Chris, Milah and all of my friends who have become my family (with everyone out East).  Without them this would not have been possible.  I am truly a lucky gal and hope to help others follow their dream.

Join me here tomorrow for a tour of the store.

Ladies Who Lunch

I have been terribly neglectful of my poor blog.  I do have good reason.  I have been busy rounding up vendors/products for the store, signing my lease, painting my space, finding furniture, lighting and going to school.  It is exhausting and exhilarating all at the same time!!  So amazing!!

Thought I would take a minute and share a networking event I went to last week at the Westin in Ottawa.  It is an event held monthly and is called Ladies who Lunch put on by Cherry Pie Events.  This is the first time I have ever done anything like this but figured, “hey, I am officially a business woman now, I need to put myself out there”.  So, off I went, all by my lonesome.

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We were greeted by this tower of delicious looking cupcakes from The Cupcake Lounge.  They gave us all a yummy pumpkin cupcake, the icing was to die for.  (You will have to excuse the photos, I just had my phone.)

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We got to sit down at these gorgeous tables and listen to the inspiring Karen McClintock.  A local Ottawa treasure who started making jewelry at her kitchen table and has now known international success.

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All of the menus and name tags were designed and made by Bird Dog Design.  The pattern is all high heels, how clever.

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The food was DELISH (I had the Halibut) and the dessert was pretty yum as well.

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I know I got a little distracted here but I just wanted to encourage you all, if given the opportunity, to get out and attend a networking event.  Everyone there was mostly in the same boat as me, although some came with a girlfriend.  There were friendly smiles all around the room waiting for an opportunity to introduce themselves.  The available resources in that room was staggering (I think I may have found my yoga instructor for my upcoming retreat) and if nothing else it was very motivating to meet all of the successful women in the city.

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Big News prompting a Brockville Roadtrip

After days of running around, making phone calls, doing research and having meetings, I am beyond thrilled to tell you that I have been accepted into a provincial entrepreneurship program and I will be opening my very own brick and mortar store in our little town of Aylmer.  It will be a vintage and upcycled place for local and Canadian artists to share their wares with the world on a daily basis and not just twice a year at the Savoir Faire.  I will be open before Christmas.  WOOO!!

So much to do and things to buy.  First thing, Brockville roadtrip to find some gorgeous furniture and fixtures for the store.  After everyone was dropped off at their respective places for the day I cranked some tunes and hit the road.  It was a beautiful sunny day, I was rocking out to Modest Mouse and was so excited about the prospect of finding some really cool things.  I then had this huge wave of gratitude wash over me and I couldn’t stop crying, haha.  Anyone driving by must of thought I was a tad crazy.  I just had this immense gratitude in my heart for this opportunity, my man for consistently and unwaveringly supporting my dreams and my friends for helping out in any way they can.  I am truly a lucky gal.

Anyway, when I got to Brockville I ended up parking right under this sign.  Thrift store? Don’t mind if I do.  Unfortunately, no goodies were found.

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Then I walked down to the first reason for my visit, The Collector’s Cove just off of King Street on St. Andrew.  As soon as I pulled up I knew the drive had been worth it.

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Check out all of the antique goodness and the owners were super great and helpful.

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So many great pieces of furniture and lighting.

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They even had these cool painted antlers.

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This is what the back of the van looked like when I left and there was another old record cabinet to the right, JACKPOT!!  I will definitely be heading back there again soon as they were planning a buying trip around Ontario in the near future.

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Next a little stroll by the water because that is a must when you are there.

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Then a stop at the Tait’s Bakery for a soup and sandwich to recharge the batteries.  I also couldn’t resist a loaf of the potato bread to take home (which is to die for, btw).  Isn’t their old cash register amazing?

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Another pit stop at Seaway Treasures on my way to the other main reason for my visit…

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Connie Stage Right.  Her facebook page doesn’t come close to doing the shop justice.

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So many adorable vignettes everywhere.

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The sweet side of Halloween.

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Then the darker and stylish side of Halloween.

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So many things to look at and I wanted to take it all home.

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Connie has awesome taste and was so great helping me decide my priorities since I obviously couldn’t take everything, but I really wanted to.

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These are a few of the things I brought home.

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Brockville certainly has a lot of that small town charm, I really need to go there more often.

Stay tuned for more deets on the store!!

Nuts and Bolts Sculptures

Coming home to where I grew up always brings me mixed emotions.  The less then perfect childhood vs the wanting to reconnect with my family, the horrible mosquitos and black flies vs sitting outside in front of a fire, watching things from childhood deteriorate and shut down vs hearing and smelling the ocean.  So many things, I could go on and on.

This visit has been no different, although I have really discovered where my need to create has come from.  I was snooping around in my dad’s shed as I was trying to find my great grandfather’s old tools to take some pictures. (They really are something else as he made most of them himself and used them daily on his potato farm many moons ago).   Anyway, as I was digging around I discovered some curious little nuts and bolts sculptures amongst all of the tools, junk and chaos.

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 I yelled for my dad and asked him where they came from…

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He just kind of shrugged it off and said “oh, I made them but they aren’t finished”.  Milah was standing next him and was shocked.  He has always worked as a machinist or millright most of his life so she didn’t picture him as the artist type.  She had no idea he was creative and said to me “Well now I know where you get your artistic talents from”.

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 Throughout my life my dad has always gone through artistic phases, he has painted, done soapstone carving and made pipes out of copper tubing but I hadn’t seen him do anything in a while.

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I guess between renovating his house, working full time and sorting out his property, he still felt the need to create.  He just found stuff he had laying around and went for it.  It just kind of solidified my belief that as artists we have no choice in the matter, we must create.  Even if we try to push it aside, it will always resurface.

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He had a whole finished band in the house.  The lighting wasn’t the greatest in there but this gal was my favourite with her pony tail and guitar.

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I guess no matter the turmoil it is always good to stay connected to your roots.

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Baby Boy Shower

Happy hump day all!!  I thought I would share some of the goodies I had prepared for the décor of my friend Rachel’s baby boy shower from the weekend.

This is me preparing some letters to be used throughout the shower.  I spray painted them with chalkboard paint so mom & dad could later write messages to their little bundle on them.

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I added felt ribbon to the tops and hung them from the chandelier in the kitchen.  The mobile I showed you last week was also hanging from the other side of the chandelier.  Now she can use both in the nursery as décor.

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Here was the candy bar that was a group effort.  Three of us hosted the shower and we all had different tasks but everything came together so incredibly well.

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A sign for the table.

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The adorable baby cupcakes.

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Here is one of the centerpieces I made which sat on the food table.  Rachel is a huge owl lover (as am I) so you will see them pop up here and there.

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The little wish tree I created to hang…

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everyone’s well wishes on.

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Here is my Milah in front of the bunting I made for the fireplace that had stuff for the baby such as new socks and a onesie.

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Another little framed piece that I thought they could use to write baby’s birthdate, weight, length and all those little details on so they are not forgotten.

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Another little guy.

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My gift to the new little man, a painting for the nursery.  Rachel is also a huge fan of monkeys and kind of wanted to incorporate both into the room.  Written on the painting is “Unlikely friends are the best kind”.

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This was the sign at the door to remind people to pick up their favors on the way out which were little mint chocolate monkeys I made with molds (that I picked up at Micheals).  Unfortunately the lighting isn’t great so you can’t see them but the tags have little owls and the date on them.

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Here is the proud mom with her painted belly.  Her sister in-law painted the owl along with all of the kids faces.

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 We all had such a great day and didn’t want to leave.

Hope this inspires you to get creative for your next baby shower.

Thankful Thursday – Gratitude for this week

My lovely friend Joyelle Brandt did a Thankful Thursday post over on her blog which inspired me to do one of my own – thanks gorgeous!!

These are the things I am thankful for this week…

1. My amazing, beautiful and supportive family.

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2. Week-end trips to Vermont. (This was across from our campsite)

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3. Getting to spend the summer with these monkeys and create lasting memories.

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4. These florescent goodies I picked up in Seattle a couple weeks ago at Dick Blick, which I am hoping to get to play with tonight.

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5. Mother Nature in all it’s splendor.  It never ceases to amaze and inspire me.  Aren’t those roots outstanding?  This was on the way to Smuggler’s Notch from Stowe, VT.  The mountain road was finally open and the drive was breathtaking.

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 What are you thankful for on this fine, sunny, summer Thursday??