Hello to all of you who love stationary as much as I do! I have good news from my studio today — I am bundling up some new card designs to take to Artzi Stuff (in Nanaimo), Pier Gallery and Village Food Market (both on Gabriola). There are some sweet ones if I do say so myself. The bike would be perfect for an anniversary card, the “good friend” one could do the same duty but would also be perfect for a mother’s day card. The camping surfers scene would be perfect to send to someone with your summer news. There is a new oyster catcher (since I received so much good feedback about the first one) and “trust the universe” is a reminder we all need to hear once in awhile. Then there are those feathers topped by party flags, they would be perfect for any sentiment I think!
I will also be replenishing all three shops with some of my other favourites, just in time for mother’s day. If you don’t have time to make your mother/grandmother/mother-of-your-children a card, then why not consider one of these? Whatever you do, please honour the mothers in your life in some special way….they deserve it!
P.S. remember, all my cards are printed on 100% recycled paper, so they are a gift for mother earth too!
Today I am heading out to the beach to join a Young Naturalists group (kids and their parents) for some exploration and fun. I know that they will be keen to share in the discovery that low tide brings. I know that they will be in awe. I know that I will hear many cries of “Look!”. And I bet there will be laughter. How lucky am I to have a job that invites such moments into my days!?
P.S. this quote from Mary Oliver, so grateful for her words that leave me in awe!
The Pier Gallery Artists Collective is opening up a month early this year and so I have been working hard to finish some paintings. This weekend, from 11-5 both Saturday and Sunday, my art will be for sale alongside the incredible creations of over two local dozen artists. Why not pop in and see what we have been up to? You might just find the perfect mother’s day gift (for your mom or for yourself)! Speaking of, here are a couple of my new ones that might just fit the bill…..you will have to come to the gallery to see the rest (including some new card designs)!
And now I must start painting for Artzi Stuff – just last week they sold the last couple paintings I had left in there! Perfect timing since I really love to create at this time of year….though balancing it with work and homeschooling and puppy and all the other stuff is a bit tricky!
…and now, my girls are sleeping in fresh new spring style! With the simple addition of a new pillowcase made with your favourite fabrics, you too can take their sweet dreams to a whole new level. Why not give it a go? The only downside is that they might get upset when they see the other custom pillow case you made for them in the dirty clothes. As demanded by my little one “MOM! Why did you take my pillowcase?!”…..then she pulled back the covers as she scowled only to realize there was a new pillow waiting to surprise her. Her face changed in an instant and a “Thank you Mama!” came tumbling out as she switched gears with with grace. Too funny and now I won’t have to rush to wash and dry and change bedding all between morning and bedtime as demanded before (oh how she loves that original custom pillowcase made by my dear friend Gabrielle).
I really encourage you to make some….they make such sweet gifts and are so easy to personalize for each unique person you are gifting.
I have been having a little fun with spring sewing! I popped these spring sacs in the mail for my niece and nephew just in time for Easter. What a fun way to use up small pieces of favourite fabrics! A perfect project for my 8 year old to help with. We will have post again when we find time for her to help make her very own little bag for toting around snacks, art supplies, books and bits of nature treasures collected on the go. So love this time of year with its creative bursts of energy.
P.S. both of these sweet fabrics are by Sarah Jane (an artist whose work I adore).