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Just a reminder to make every moment count

I just wanted to share this awesome video by Paper Fortress.  Just a little reminder to everyone that you should make every moment count.  Kind of how I feel about life.  The trick is to carry that feeling with you on a day to day basis.  Especially in today’s busy world.

Paper Fortress: 2009 – 2011 Reflection from Paper Fortress on Vimeo.

 

Burlap Coffee Bean Bags

I made an awesome discovery the other day.  Chris was heading to Princess Auto and I of course wanted to go along.  Why? you ask.  I know I am generalizing here but I am sure most women enjoy a trip to Princess Auto about as much as our men love shoe shopping.  I use to think that way, but no longer.  I am a huge snooper and discovered this strange corner of the store that has a few aisles of all kinds of different odds and ends.  Which have nothing to do with autos, or princesses for that matter.  Every time I snoop through that area I always come home with some kind of treasure.  This last time was the ultimate score as I found Guatemalan burlap coffee bean bags.  How random hey?  There were only 4 on the shelf which I snatched up immediately and proceeded to scour the store looking for an employee to find me more.  No such luck, that is all they had.  She even said I was lucky to get 4 as there were only 2 listed in the computer.

I love the earthy look of burlap and couldn’t wait to get some projects started with it.  The first thing I did was to recover this chair…

BEFORE

AFTER

I also made some burlap canvases, which I used to make this small flowery mixed media piece.

I am also experimenting with making flowers out of it, which are turning out pretty cool.  I am sure those will be turning up very soon.  So what is the lesson of the day?  Don’t pass up the opportunity to explore a new store, you just never know what you will find.

Mixed Media Sunday!!

Hi there, I was the hostess for a Bridal Bunch Brunch today and the entertainment was of course, me, haha!  I decided to have the girls do a painting so I decided it was Mixed Media Sunday instead of Scrappy Sunday.

I had them all bring their favourite shoes.  They were all pretty intrigued, I am sure, and I was very curious to see what they chose.

I started off by taking pictures of the shoes.  While I converted the pictures to black and white and printed them off, I had them look through magazines to cut out words/pictures of things that described how they felt when they wore their shoes or why they were their favourites.

First let me show you the bride to be’s “shoe”.

Pretty adorable.  Which she then turned into this finished piece…

Next, the maid of honour.  These were her “shoes”.

I LOVE these boots, this is what she came up with…

Then, a bridesmaid.  Her favourite shoes, which are very similar to a pair I now own.

So very cool, If I do say so myself.  This is her little gem…

The last bridesmaid I am showing for today.  These were the shoes she chose.

Amazing,   Then this is what she came up with…

I had a great time watching them all through the process and was truly impressed with all of the pieces.  I will be using this class as a sample at the Women In Business Show & Sale on Saturday.  It will be from 10am to 3pm at the Nepean Sportsplex if anyone wants to check it out.  I am pretty excited to see all the other vendors/businesses.

I will finish my piece this week but for now, I am off to get my doily sets up in my Etsy shop as promised.  Good night all!!!

New Art & Scrapbooking Store in Aylmer!!

I stopped by the Aylmer Mall and when I was parking I noticed a new burgundy sign off in the distance at the strip mall in behind the parking lot.  I decided to go check it out!!  You can imagine my excitement when I discovered that there was a new art & scrapbooking store in Aylmer that I didn’t even know about.  They have only been open about 3 weeks mind you but I was still shocked.  It is called CAFABRIK, which loosely means “to create”, I believe.

They will be offering all sorts of classes and just did one on quilling…

I look forward to seeing what else they have to offer.  In the meantime, go check them out as they have tons of pretty stuff and a great range of supplies for all your art and crafting needs.

St. Elmos Fire

Thanks to my amazing man, I have gotten to do something I have been wanting to do for a while -take a mixed media workshop at St. Elmos Fire with the lovely Christina.  When I got there I was shocked that she knew who I was and flattered to find out that there had been some mutual stalking going on.  Here is Christina talking to one of the students…

The workshop space was gorgeous…

Check out this awesome chandelier Christina made, in Italy I believe…

I got to go with two of my bestest friends…                  STEPH (isn’t her painting so bright and cheery, just like her :)

and JEN, who’s birthday it was last week and who was a mixed media virgin (not to mention extremely pregnant)…

Then there was a mother daughter team (they even had matching aprons, how cute!) who I believe had been there before as their paintings turned out great…

She seemed like a bit of wild one, check out the bold use of paint, haha…

Now for my finished piece.  Which I wasn’t able to get done while I was there.  I got a little ambitious and upgraded the size of my canvas and had to finish it at home.  I knew I wanted something inspirational to possibly hang in my workshop space.

There were the most amazing vintage looking prints there, it was oh so hard to decide what to start with, but when I saw a random image of a swing and bike, I instantly was reminded of my childhood and choose the picture of the girl feeding a bird.

Sometimes it is good to be brought back to when you were a child and had no worries or stress and you could just be, maybe have a swing and feel the wind in your hair.

The entire experience was amazing, they even served me tea :)  I had forgotten how great it is to create with others.  So inspiring to see everyone else’s pieces evolve over the class.  I definitely must do this again.  I heard there is an encaustic workshop coming up soon.  Must sign up for that.

Visit to Wakefield

What a beautiful day!! I took a drive out to one of my favourite places, Wakefield, Quebec.  One day I shall live there.   I went to two of my most loved pit stops.  The first was the covered bridge.

 

There is something so orderly and beautiful about the ceiling…

Then to Le Hibou (which means “The Owl”)for a drink.  It was too busy to have time for nibbles but everything on the menu looked delish.  The staff and atmosphere are all so welcoming and comfy.  I love the black and white damask wallpaper on the upper half of the wall.

Check out this cute seating area.  I so wanted to sit there but it was occupied when we arrived.

Finally their awesome menu cover, which has totally inspired me to paint.

Off I go, check back in a few days to see what I have come up with.

 

A Lovely Day

I had a great afternoon with my little crouton.  I stopped by Bridgehead for a yummy vanilla latte and the barista delighted me with this beautiful creation.  It was hard to drink it as I didn’t want it to disappear into the abyss of my stomach.

 

 

After feeding Amelia I headed to Flock Boutique, one of my absolute favourite stores.  It is always filled with amazing hand made local goodies.  They also have workshops in all different mediums such as jewellry and sewing (dresses/aprons), how fun.  I am super jealous of the owners Bridget and Christina as they get to be surrounded by such inspiring things every day.

 

Once I soaked up some of the creativity I headed next door to St. Vincent De Paul (second-hand store) to see if I could find any interesting things to paint on.  I found a couple plaques made of wood.  One of which was this little one, which I am hoping to alter tonight.  Stay tuned…………

 

The New Art Festival

 

I have been so incredibly inspired in the last few weeks. I attended The New Art Festival (formerly Art in the Park) in the Glebe and was amazed at all of the beautiful work and talented people that were there. I cannot believe that after all these years of having it that I hadn’t made it down there. Boy was it worth the trip. There was an artist whose paintings I really liked, his name was Mark Jeremy Gleberzon. He was adorable and let me take a picture of one of his newer and different pieces. It is an old photograph blown up and mounted on metal. It was pretty cool in that it had a shimmery quality to it and was coated in resin so was also very glossy. I took the photograph with my phone so it is kind of hard to tell. You can see Mark is holding it up for me, haha. Needless to say, being there made me want to go home and paint, immediately. I did just that and I finished three little mixed media pieces, YEY ME!!! Pictures to follow shortly…

St. Elmos Fire Store & Studio

Well hello there, it has been a while hasn’t it???  I have decided I need to post at least once a week, have to keep my peeps happy, haha.  Just wanted to tell you about this amazing place I finally made it out to visit in Stittsville called St. Elmos Fire.  A very quaint, log cabin type building filled with beautiful artwork, jewellery, clothing and all sorts of curiosities.  All made from local artists.  There was even a shed out back filled with garden and furniture items which were all on sale (my favourite, things on sale).  If you are interested in visiting or attending a workshop check them out at www.st-elmosfire.com.  It was definately worth the trip and gave me the urge to get home and create.

Boat Adventure

   So, a couple week-ends ago was our first adventure out on the boat. Chris (my man) decided to take us out to this little island in the middle of the Ottawa River thinking the girls might enjoy an adventure. Once there, we discovered one lone lighthouse and a plethora of Canadian Geese. The girls began exploring and we followed suit until Chris came across a huge and highly agitated goose. So Chris, having had previous experience with angry geese, picked up a stick in preparation to defend his family. The stick had no effect and the goose started chasing him up a hill.  As I stood there laughing and mildly frightened, I thoroughly regretted not having brought my camera. Once we reached the top of the hill we realized why the goose was so angry, there were a few egg-filled nests scattered around. As we looked around the island we noticed there were at least 8-10 nests with females sitting on them glaring at us with the males hovering around ready to pounce. Needless to say, we didn’t stay for very long. We managed to escape unscathed and the girls were quite thrilled with the experience. I considered it a success as it inspired me to finish my painting and it gave me a visual of Chris that will not soon be forgotten, haha.