send them some love

It seems my secret plot is working!  My hope that by making my art into cards, more people will send real mail!  My cards are selling fast at two local shops (Artzi Stuff in Nanaimo and Village Foods here on Gabriola).  Tonight I am packaging up some new cards to take to the stores and hoping that this is not just a Valentine’s trend, that people will continue to share their love and words through mail, real old fashioned mail.

This week we mailed off our own love notes to our family, including my grandparents.  I enclosed some old photos to honour their love, a love so big that it still holds them together in their nineties.  Even as my Granny’s mind cannot remember what day it is or where she is, she knows my Grandpa.  To her, he still is “such a great dancer….such a dreamboat”. Though she no longer writes to us, she still gets joy from our notes and photos.  She cannot navigate a phone or computer anymore, but she can still hold our letters in her hands & “hear” our stories through our words.  All thanks to good old-fashioned mail.

my grandparents, now in their  nineties

Yes, I will continue to hope that my plot to keep real mail alive will work.  I hope that when I am old and grey there will be letters and photos coming to me from my far flung family.  I know I will continue to write to them as long as I am able.

P.S.  Don’t you think this new card design is perfect for Valentine’s Day?  I am pretty sure that oystercatchers exchange periwinkles with their loved ones…..they seem to be the perfect intertidal bonbon!

morning snack

send your love

I am wrapping up homemade gifts this week and sending them off in the mail.  One present will surely keep them smiling all through 2015.  Don’t you think my year at a glance calendars look great wrapped in a ribbon and topped off with a little tag made by Thorne Crate Company? Send someone you love this little reminder that you are thinking of them all through the year.  Available at Artzi Stuff in Nanaimo, online in my etsy shop or contact me for local delivery! Just ten bucks each, why not get one for yourself too?

wrap up some best wishes for 2015P.S.  These calendars are eco-friendly too…..printed locally on 100% recycled paper!

P.P.S.  You gotta check out the selection of stunning gift crates from my friend Allana at Thorne Crate Company!! Filled with locally made creations!!

when it snows, they craft!

Lucky's First Snowyipeeeeeee

A surprise snowfall last weekend meant two full days of tobogganing and giggly snow play and busy evenings crafting by the fire.  My hubby had just put the outdoor lights up the day before the snow came, so the effect was complete and the mood was officially set for Christmas “elving”.  How sweet to see my girls embrace the spirit of giving and the joy of the white stuff.  The cold weather kept the snow around for 5 days and the girls spent hours each night (and early morning) making Christmas cards and needle felting ornaments….a little festive embroidery too!  The snow melted quickly today but I hope our Christmas spirit will stay going strong.  My girls are now hoping we get a white Christmas! I am sure our puppy would love more too (though I hope he is better trained by the next snowfall, walking him on those icy roads can be a bit wild).

in the mood for christmas cardslet the holiday baking begintime to make some holiday ornaments...these created by my youngest

P.S.   There is one more Christmas wish around here….someone wants her “two front teeth”, but mainly so she can eat apples straight on the core again!

all I want for christmas....


painting love

when there are no words, when someone is in so much pain, when there is nothing you can do to stop the sickness, when you want to give them so much love….there is always art.  with this piece, made with so much intention, I am sending love and blessings to the recipient. may it give her some peace and remind her that she is surrounded by love, she is loved, she is love….

made with love