Artist’s Quandry

Having to dig out my cash box from under a layer of renovation dust in preparation for tomorrow's MORE THAN JUST a BOOK SALE at Brescia College sort of gave me pause. I don't like promoting consumerism. But normally the upshot of being an artist is that you want will to show your work to others.... Continue Reading →

Lucky Stones

I have this addiction, some might say obsession, with collecting stones. These specimens are stones with naturally occurring holes found on the beaches of Lake Winnipeg around Gimli, Manitoba, Canada. Some call them crinoids but they are more likely to be gastropods. These 'lucky stones', which we locals lovingly call them, are imprints and "negatives" of... Continue Reading →

Thrift Shopping – Paint by Number

Paint by number art has been around since the 1920's but the was all the rage as a hobby in the 1950-60s. Talk about colouring inside the lines! And of course the instructions never encouraged you to ever sign your painting. So these paintings remain anonymous. In 1953 alone the paint-by-number craze reached $80 million in sales. I... Continue Reading →

Red Fabric Baskets

These are coiled fabric baskets or bowls which I have sewn using strips of recycled women's clothing over a jute rope core. Each can be used as a beautiful home decor piece for storing just about anything (other than liquids!). But I have particularly designed these baskets to be purchased as Menses Rite of Passage... Continue Reading →

But Will It Hold Water

For about a year I've been on a little journey which began when I picked up a brochure (can't even recall where I got it), a call for entry for Threadworks: A Juried Exhibition of Needle Arts. This is an exhibition, organized every three years by the Ontario Network of Needleworkers' (ONN) an amazing group of dedicated people, mostly women. Their mandate... Continue Reading →

Online Selling for Picture Framers

Some of you know that I sell my handwork online. And my husband sells software to picture framers. If you own a picture frame shop and are looking to grab the 30-something demographic who are so reluctant to walk into your store, Etsy is the place to be to expand sales and attract new clientele. Etsy provides you with... Continue Reading →

Awesome

I spent the afternoon with four Etsy shop owners (and one wanna-be) all eager to learn how to have our work found more easily online. Go forth and be awesome! Some awesome women:

Winter Feast for the Soul – Day 2

It is day two of the 40-day meditation practice to which I've committed, Winter Feast for the Soul. Today's scripture was a quote from Psalm 46: 10, "Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth." The whole psalm talks about war and trouble. Psalm 46... Continue Reading →

Lowly Kitchen Apron

The history of the cloth of the domestic goddess is fascinating. I received this anonymous prose in an email. I don’t think our kids know what an apron is. The principal use of Grandma’s apron was to protect the dress underneath, because she only had a few, it was easier to wash aprons than dresses... Continue Reading →

Round and Round go the Connections

What I love about selling my artwork on line is the connecting that happens. This is a traditional coiled basket but with a shard of beach glass attached. Today I’m sending this teeny ring holder coiled basket to South Korea. A woman there bought it to add to the nature table she is creating for... Continue Reading →

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