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Wednesday, December 31, 2014

2014 - My Year of Birds



2014 was my year of birds


In January I drew birds
 . . . . . . . . lots of them.


I transferred my drawings to tea bags
and made some books.


In February myself and a friend had a small exhibition entitled
'Winged Tales'
and I thought I would be tired of these birds


but I am not, 
and these birds have traveled through many art projects throughout the whole year. 

I recently created this collection of bird stones, 
which have now flown to new homes. 










What fun I have had with them all through the year.

I wouldn't be surprised if these birds continued to show up in 2015. 

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Winter World


My winter world has been beautiful lately.

Today my daughter and I headed out for our walk at the brightest part of the day, 
so that we could take some pictures along the way.

Although there is some direct light on the mountain at this time of the year, 
we never see the sun, as it doesn't come above our mountain filled horizon.


I am not complaining, as I love winter,
but it does make picture taking somewhat difficult. 

Our walk took us over this little bridge and through the woods,
among the trees covered in snow. 


And my daughter could not resist
standing under the tree


and giving it a shake.







We had a beautiful walk,
and now I share with you some images
of my Winter World.....






And wish you all 
A Joy Filled Christmas Season


Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Pocket Book



A new little book I made





That is full of pockets


That can be filled with whatever
ones heart desires



Friday, December 12, 2014

Further Collisions



Here are some cards I made for the Christmas Fairs I have just finished selling at.




The images above and below are pieces I made some time ago
when my photographs, collided with tea bags, collage bits and ink







I took the scanned images of some of my creations on tea bags, 
 played with them on the computer
and then made them into cards.




I really like how they turned out
and others must have too,
as they sold very quickly.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Almost There






In less then a month my oldest daughter Savannah
heads out on her grand adventure.
She is going to Africa to ride her bicycle from Cairo, Egypt to Capetown, South Africa.
12,000 kilometres of riding in four months!

As part of this adventure she has been raising money that will purchase bicycles 
for health care and community service workers in Africa. 

Her goal was to raise enough funds 
to purchase 10 bicycles -  one for each country she travels through. 

I am really pleased to say she is so very close to this goal,
and I am positive she will make it 
before she leaves!

Savannah has worked hard fundraising, and I am happy that I was also able to help.

I want to thank everyone who has bought items from me that went to this cause
and to those that donated directly through her blog

It  is really appreciated. 



Way back in the spring when she told me about this planned adventure.
I carved a bicycle stamp and started making cards 
which were sold to fund raise for the bicycles that will be donated.

I am so very pleased to say we sold about 100 cards!


To assist her in her final fundraising,
I will be donating all proceeds
 from the sale of the last few bike stamped items in my Etsy shop
AND  50% of all proceeds from  any other sales until December 20
AND I am having a sale (until Dec. 20)....
Everything in my Etsy shop is 15% OFF the listed price if you entire the following code. 

BIKE10 

If you want to learn more about her adventure as she travels you can follow her blog here

Thanks Again!

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Day Planners


I am a planner
I (like most people) have a busy life, and I love to stay organized.
And so I created some day planners. 



These planners are soft covered books 
that I made with layers of fabric, paper, glue, etc, 
and 2 were decorated with tea bags and my hand carved stamps 
There final coat is a layer of wax that makes them feel so lovely to hold. 

When closed they can be secured with an elastic,
 that also holds a pen in place along the edge of the pages.








When opened there is a pocket page, that I have placed a 2015 calendar inside
but really it can hold whatever is needed.


The pages have the months and dates written on but not the days of the week.
In this way the books can be used for this upcoming year or a future one. 
The user can always write the days of the week in, if they desire. 


At the back of the book there is another pocket for tucking bits and pieces .



This one was made with fabric on the outside (versus tea bags as the other two were)
and decorated with a leaf stamp and some of my sketches. 


But inside, the pocket and the pages are the same.

I am hoping to add a couple of these to my Etsy shop in the next day or two.

(as well as offer 15% off everything in the store, and raise some funds for some bikes)

Tuesday, December 2, 2014