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Italian Week

It’s Italian Week in Ottawa and I am super excited to check out all the yummy food and culture over the weekend.  Here is the schedule for the weekend in case you want to check it out.

It is also the kick-off weekend for the Preston Street Mercado, woooooo!!!!  It is from 10am to 5pm just off of Preston on Young Street.  It is right next the queensway bridge.  The market will be Saturday and Sunday.  I have a few new pieces.  Here is a sneak peak..

I love mushrooms, so cute!!!  Check out the dancing peeps…

I also did these two birdie pieces.

Hope to see you there!!

Bird Layout for Scrappy Sunday

This week I decided to do a bird layout for Scrappy Sunday.  Amelia is totally into birds (as was her big sister Milah at her age) and I thought I should do a layout about it so when I am old and grey and can’t remember the details of when she was a baby, I wouldn’t need to.

I started with the sketch challenge from Jen over at the Scrapbox.

The pictures are from the our visit to the Biodome in Montreal.  She was absolutely loving all of the birds there, especially the penguins.  One of them was following her through the glass.

I used an old time card to journal on.

As you can see it isn’t exactly as the sketch, I just used it for inspiration.

The “giggle” title is from Me & My Big Ideas.

Aren’t all the little birdies cute?  They are from Micheal’s Recollection, along with the layered flower that I stuck a bird on.

All done and I had some of the gorgeous polka dot paper left so I must go make a piece with it for the show on Saturday.  Stay tuned…


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.


Girly Scrappy Sunday

This week’s layout is all about me, hence the “Girly Scrappy Sunday”  Webster’s Pages put out a challenge on their blog asking…

and of course, (besides having my girls) the answer is hands down…

There are so many amazing ones out there to choose from, not to mention accessories always fit :)  Here is the entire page.

Almost everything in the layout is from the Ladies & Gents collection at Webster’s Pages.  The beautiful cameos and hearts are ‘perfect accents’, love them!!

The black flower is a ‘princess petal’.  The pictures are of my favourite Tiffany braclet and a button ring I just bought at the New Art Festival today.  More on the festival soon.

What is your favourite thing about being a girl???

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…



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.

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 :)

Hot Air Balloon Mixed Media Piece

The challenge over on Collage Obsession this week is ‘Hot Air Balloons’.  I thought it was quite the coincidence since I had already planned a couple hot air balloon mixed media pieces for Ravenswing – The Ottawa Craft & Zine Fair (more on that tomorrow).  This is one the pieces I have finished…


I am loving the chair, which is a rub-on.  They are so awesome for adding detail and finishing touches to your pieces and they stick to most surfaces.  Just make sure you seal them in afterwards so they don’t get scratched off.

I shall post the other tomorrow as I just have to add some finishing touches.  I might also share a few other things I will be selling at the Fair.

Scrappy Sunday where have you been???

The last couple of Sundays have been action packed so Scrappy Sunday has gone by the wayside.  Until today.  I managed to get a layout done for the family album of our first trip to the Bio Dome in Montreal as a family.

I used Jen’s layout of the month (from the Scrapbox) for inspiration.

It is not very often all three girls are excited about the same thing, due to their ages, so this was quite the treat.

I decided to go with blues for this as I spotted the blue and white canvas flowers at Micheals in their Recollection section.

The felt buttons were from the same collection.  The rick rack ribbon is felt as well.  I just LOVE it, felt that is.  Not sure why, maybe the tactileness (that’s a word right?) of it.

I thought the blue craxy coil brads from Karen Foster Design were pretty cool too.  I had to add some of those as well.

I am off to bed, hope everyone is having a great long weekend!!

Collage Obsession Challenge – Tulips

Time for this week’s Collage Obsession Challenge – Tulips.  I thought it was quite appropriate since it is Canadian Tulip Festival time here in Ottawa.  They have deemed Elgin Street “Blooming Boulevard” and have put beautiful tulips all down the street.

  They look stunning!

I have taken these tulips as my further inspiration and made mine purple.

I made my tulips a little more modern however.

With a lot of texture and layers (as usual).

Hopefully I am able to get out and enjoy some of the festival, it is supposed to be gorgeous!!!!!