Thursday, December 30, 2010

New Handmade Journals Available

New Sketchbook Journals are now available in my Etsy shop!  A lot of work goes into the making of each book, made with high quality materials in the pursuit of making a very versatile books for artists and writers alike.  The books above consist of Stonehenge Paper with a natural torn edge look.  To find out more about how these sketchbook journals are made you can read about them in my online shop..

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Sold Sketchbook/Journal

New Sketchbook Journals for the New Year!  There are new ones to come but several wonderful books left in my shop at

Sunday, December 19, 2010

In the Snow Belt

Here is a view from my art lair down in the basement which used to be a small workshop that had been abandoned for years, mired high in mice poop and sawdust.  After a heavy clean from top to bottom it is now a homey little place where I can work and not freeze.  This view is through the window that I open to let out the toxic fumes of oil and mineral spirits.  As I write this it is snowing in big soft flakes falling gently to the ground capturing the essence of a snow globe.  Just 10 minutes away going east there is almost no snow at all and here we have at least a half a foot.  I am grateful for having snow this Christmas, having not any in since living in California for the last 5 years.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Luca Oil Painting

I am excited to share that I just sold my first commissioned portrait painting today and Luca's mom really loved it which is great because a mother has a very discerning eye when it comes to a portrait of their own baby.  Katie, Luca's mom drove an hour and change to pick it up and brought Luca too who is Jude's age.  The both got to play together for a little bit and go in and out of the snow fort outside.  Sam and I used the money for the portrait to go shopping for Christmas gifts and have just come home after hours of buying gifts.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Handmade book Sold

One more handmade sketchbook sold in my shop!  I am so excited to share these books that are carefully made for artists and writers alike.  More high quality books can be found in my shop in time for the holidays and for New Year beginnings.

Snow Home

For Isabella's Birthday I built her a snow hut of sorts with giant balls of snow which was in a perfect state for packing.  I think I was outside for several hours before I was done.  The only pictures we got were of Jude playing in and around it as he was really excited by it and yelled out in gleeful tones as he approached it.  Then entrance was just at his standing height and inside the snow fort Isabella could stand straight up without her head touching.  Grandpa Joe and Isabella engaged in a snowball fight and Sam crawled inside with Jude.  Since that night the snow has been melting and today it is freeze raining but I am grateful that we all got a chance to see it. 

The giant snow ball at the entrance is to close up the entrance so that the neighbors dogs who run loose at night don't run inside to pee in it as they do on other things. 

Friday, December 10, 2010

Sketchbook Journals

I just sold a tall handmade sketchbook journal in my shop just after posting them last night!  More are still left to buy in time for the holidays.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

New Sketchbook Journals added to my shop

These are handmade books for artists and writers alike that can now be bought in my shop

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Port Perry Christmas Parade

Last night was the Port Perry Christmas parade which took place along Main Street through the center of town.  For once I saw a Christmas parade with snow, which covered the ground outside the high traffic area of strolling pedestrians.  Christmas lights could be seen all over town in sidewalk trees and shop windows.  Outside cafes there was the selling of hot chocolate with generous amounts of whipped cream and tasty things to eat.  We took refuge from the cold in the Native Canadian store Native Focus which is owned and run by friends of ours who also have two little boys.  Inside Erin made hot chocolate for everyone while Jude and I strolled around the store waiting for our chai latte to cool down.  For such a small town I was surprised by the crowd and heard said that some folks had set up their chairs hours before to reserve an ideal spot for viewing the floats.  When the parade began, it began like any other Christmas parade, people dancing around in gift wrapped boxes and folks sitting on hay bales on a flat bed pulled by a semi truck.  But we were really impressed by the animals.  A horse with a winter maiden was adorned with a rope of lights, illuminating the horses features in an ethereal quality.  Reindeer were paraded in next, followed by lions, llamas, sheep, goats, and a girl riding center between the huge humps of a camel.  Jude was up on my shoulders for most of the time in pure contentment, undisturbed by the blaring of horns and drums.  I will openly admit that this small town parade was even better than the Christmas parades held in Oakland California.