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[sticky post] Find me here, there and everywhere! [Oct. 17th, 2015|06:40 pm]
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Just a good old fashioned sticky post :-) I will have to update it later with Instagram and Pinterest.


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Weaselhead Park Winter Birdwatching [Mar. 11th, 2018|07:27 pm]
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It started to snow last Friday. And snow. And snow. And snow. And snow some more. It figured that the weather would turn so severely after some lovely, melty, blue sky days just when I planned to go birdwatching with my friend. She's been enjoying weekend birdwatching trips and I have been so envious of her photographs! With a winter storm warning covering the Southern half of Alberta, it would be too easy to bail, but I felt determined. I spent my youth living farther North than here. Somehow I managed to live, work and play for many years without calling in a snow day or hiding beneath the covers. Adventure doesn't come knocking on your front door, hoping that you will answer, after all.

Click on the birdie to see all the photos - click on the cut to read more!


Black-capped chickadee


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Happy Valentine's Friendship Love Day Whatever! [Feb. 14th, 2018|12:56 pm]
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It's been hard to sit on this design, but I had immense fun making these Valentine's cards for a group card exchange. Each pony was hand coloured in different hues - pink, yellow, blue, purple, seafoam. Originally they were supposed to go on the outside, but I whoopsie measured. Still turned out great though!


I made some special Valentine's day cards this year for a card exchange. I hope they have all been received as it was hard to sit on them so long! Each pony was hand coloured differently - yellow, blue, pink and even seafoam

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Two old fibre pieces [Jan. 15th, 2018|05:54 pm]
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I recently photographed two older works of mine - click the pictures to see them on Flickr and they are also on DevArt if you care to comment there! Documenting work is always a challenge for artists.

The first is my award winning wool tapestry, Fire Escape. It placed second in its class at the Calgary Stampede Western Lifestyles Arts & Crafts show in 2013. Regrettably I did not get a picture before it was framed under glass, but it turned out well:


Fire Escape


This square fabric collage was created for one of my classes at ACAD. The goal of the project was to spend one hour a night adding something to a large collage - whether it was adding a piece of material or embroidering a feeling. Now, I wish I had framed this one because it needed a lot of canned air and even then in the end I had to clone out a big, fluffy budgie feather I had missed.


Untitled Fibre 212 Project
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2017 Best Nine [Jan. 1st, 2018|12:17 pm]
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Happy new year! I admit that my 2017 Instagram Best Nine is a bit of a puzzler. Over the year I shared some great pictures of YYC, nature, animals, my birds, my art...and it was really intriguing to see what people liked best. As artists often know, it's not your favourite things that people tend to like the most :-)


I'm not sure what to think of my #2017bestnine, but the people have spoken :)

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Chickadee Christmas Ornaments [Dec. 30th, 2017|11:03 am]
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I sell mostly cards at Christmas craft sales (and hardly any Christmas cards, in case you were wondering!). Over the summer I brainstormed making Christmas ornaments. Actually, I brainstorm about this every year, but usually at Christmas time, and then I forget by next Christmas :-D

In August I sat down and prototyped a cardinal Christmas ornament. It required a lot of steps, but I made 50 of them to give out to co-workers, where they were warmly received. A lot of us take for granted the amount of thought and design that goes into product development. The end result looks effortless, but I can sure you the road to that effortless look is a lot of wadded up paper balls, torn in half prototypes and sighs. However, making the cardinal ornament led the way to a lot of success for the chickadee ornament. I made 12, sold 9, kept one for myself and two as gifts. Here's what they look like:


A chickadee for your tree!


Each one is handmade, although I had a little technological help! Here's a rundown:

  • I drew and coloured the chickadee, then scanned and reduced it on the computer

  • I designed a blue circle fill in CorelDraw and the greeting on the back

  • I die cut the circles and affixed them together

  • Then I die cut and hand brushed the pine branches with embossing paste, white paint and a glitter brush. I really need to figure out how to make this step better!

  • I printed out the cardinals on a laser printer and cut one out by hand. For the cardinals, I printed them on cardstock and made a mask so that my Pazzles could do the job - but the glossy paper would not have worked well in the Pazzles

  • I ended up making the ribbons by hand because I could not find small ribbons the right size

  • Then I assembled the whole deal and strung it on a gold thread


Whew! I plan on making more next year, along with the cardinals and maybe a third winter bird - we'll see how productive I am!
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Woohoo! [Dec. 29th, 2017|09:27 pm]
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It was thrilling to end the year by hitting the 400 sales mark - thank you to all who support this little endeavour of mine!



Woohoo! I am so thrilled to close out the new year with over 400 sales. Thank you to all who support my art and endeavours :)

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New Cardinal Christmas Card Printable on Etsy [Nov. 5th, 2017|06:14 am]
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My goodness, this fall has been busy! We had our first major snowfall of the year here in Canadaland, so I have a rare moment to sit down in front of my computer and tell all y'all about my new Christmas card printable. It's based on a real paper design that I made for this year's Christmas card - more on that later!

As an international seller, it is often difficult for me to get physical items out the door - the standard delivery window for international is 21 days. With printables, you can print when you want, which is a very win win solution. The cards are compatible with Avery or Word quarter fold card templates, so you can personalize your cards on the inside and print on the other!



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Hooray! [Jul. 25th, 2017|08:44 pm]
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Sorry for the disappearing act, but I have been sick for months and I hope I get the rest in August to feel 100% again. I think I was trying to do too much and my body just c-r-a-s-h-e-d! Anyway, some good news - earlier this month, my Etsy shop celebrated 300 sales! No small feat as I opened it in 2005 and didn't really take it seriously until 2015. So far I have had 10 digital download orders in July and I'm so happy!

My sales went through the roof after converting to digital downloads in 2015. Here's to the next 100! #shoplocalyyc #yycartist #etsyyc #etsyab #calgaryartist #etsyseller #milestones #etsycanada #etsyseller #etsycalgary #calgarycrafters #etsy #etsycanada #handmadeyyc
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LJ 18th anniversary [Jun. 3rd, 2017|10:09 pm]
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#mylivejournal #lj18 #happybirthday

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