Saturday, May 12, 2012

The Mystery Project

What is this lowly little mushroom? Well, I was lucky enough to squeeze in to the Art House Co-op "Mystery Project". I was sent a surprise prompt and a Prismacolor marker and then set out to make a bit of public art.

My prompt was "If tomorrow came yesterday" and my marker was a sort of brown.... hmmm. What to do!?!?! Panic! Fret! When I finished over reacting, I wrote a nonsense poem with the given theme in mind.
If tomorrow came yesterday,
what would Thursday bring?
Would Tuesday be on Sunday,
and would Santa come in Spring?

If next week was last month,
and October was in May -
would breakfast be at midnight,
and bedtime at mid-day?

If the sun came up at dusk
and the moon came out at dawn,
what time would the fireflies
go dancing on the lawn?
I then made 15 mushroom caps from paperclay and coloured them using my fancy Prismacolour marker. Next, I printed out my poem and rolled it up, holding it in place with a bit of lace.

 The poems became the stems for the mushrooms/toadstools.

The last step? Hiding those wee things for strangers to find! The one pictured below is sitting outside of the YMCA in Trenton, Ontario. The rest will be hidden all over Brighton this week :)


P.S. Happy mother's to all the great mamma's out there! Hope your tomorrow is grand :)

Friday, May 11, 2012

I'm looking over...

... a four and a half leafed clover!

It's been a while since I found a four leafed clover and I was getting worried that perhaps I'd lost my lucky mojo. Happily, this morning the faerie folk placed this bit of magic in my tracks. Finding a four leaf clover makes me feel as though the day can't be all that bad and that I'm sort of being looked after.

In crafty news... here's a c ouple more sea themed items made from Alpha Stamps goodies.

As you can see, I'm sort of into paper hats at the moment. I'm almost tempted to wear one while riding the lawn tractor this morning. I could belt out a few sea shanties to complete the 'complete nutter' theme.

(*Pssst... If you want to make your own sea themed something, why no hop over to for a tutorial on creating a lovely sea themed shrine by the fabulous Rhea Freitag

Thursday, May 10, 2012

What a difference a year (or two) makes

Today marks the 2nd anniversary of the day we got the keys to this old place.

This house and it's hills grabbed me, saved me, swept me away from the nightmare we were living in and plonked us down in the middle of a fairy land.

This old place with it's creaks and wobbles, with it's 1980's wallpaper and pink carpeting. This old place that I love, and would happily spend the rest of my days in.

This weekend only, use the coupon code "TwoGreatYears" when you check out at the etsy shop, and get 20% off your purchase :)

Wednesday, May 09, 2012

The Mad Hatters Tea

I've never worked on an Alice in Wonderland piece before. I don't remember reading the book as kid, but  I do still have my childhood copy the Lewis Carroll classic. The Tim Burton flick must have touched on something deep inside my mind (as deep as my mind runs anyway) because it gave me terrible nightmares.

I dusted off my old copy of Alice's adventures and have started to re-introduce myself to the story and it's characters.

The visuals that are stirred up while reading it are wonderful. Almost every page is bringing new snippets of inspiration. And all that nonsense! It's all very charming.

The size of the actual box, not including the dodads, is approximately 7 x 8.57". Much of the imagery, and that glorious little spoon, comes from

This piece is now listed in the etsy shop

Tuesday, May 08, 2012

Sail away...

I'm having a grand time on the Alpha Stamps design team. To be sent a box of delicious crafting goodies and then be set free to make glorious messes. How lucky can a gal get?

The little sail boat above is just 5" tall and includes uses the Kraft PostcardBathing Beauties #2 Collage Sheet, Brass Starfish Charm, Art Deco Travel Ads (Clear Black Sticker), Half-Round Dresden Border and one the absolutely gorgeous Travel Adhesive Borders.

Now, skip on over to to read my interview with them. It's a wonderful showcase of the fabulous things Ontario has to offer.


P.S. Stamps are going out tomorrow. Sorry I'm late but I kept forgetting to buy stamps!

An inspiration gone...

Maurice Sendak died today and I've got a case of the sads.

It wasn't until adulthood, when I started reading to my kidlet, that I discovered Mr. Sendak's work. It wasn't love at first sight, but over time it became deep respect and admiration. That's the best kind of love if you ask me.

Thursday, May 03, 2012

I'm a rockstar!

Ok, not really. But I do feel  very fancy indeed because a gorgeous glossy local magazine, County and Quinte Living, did an article on my work.

Veronica Leonard wrote such lovely things about my work and made me sound very, very nice. I couldn't be more thrilled or grateful :)

Also in arty news, I've been invited to join the board of the Brighton Arts Council. I'm so excited about being part of the BAC. It really is the most amazing group of talented, kind and generous people you could hope to meet. If you aren't a member of your local arts council, I highly recommend joining.

Now, I'm off to do the floors.... eeesh! They are a fright.


P.S. Anyone else not seeing the "Follow" option on the top blogger bar when they go a-visitin' other blogs? I only see 'Share' now and it's driving me nuts!