2014 calendars are READY!

Where does the time go?  It keeps zooming along and here we are looking at the last month of 2013!  It has been an amazing year and I am hoping for more good things in the coming year.

To get us all started, I am happy to announce that I have completed my 2014 Year at a Glance Calendars in time for holiday gift giving!  Many of you requested I do so after I launched them a little late last year (in the New Year).  After much deliberating and polling of some of my artsy friends, I have decided on four designs for this year: “Rain Meets the Sea”, “Trust the Universe”, “Milk Please”, and the very popular “Tea Cup To Do List”.

Thanks to my hubby for creating a beautiful template and a local print shop for zipping up my order, I now have some for sale in my etsy shop and at Artzi Stuff in downtown Nanaimo.  And I mean SALE — since I want to spread my art around with a smile, I am offering these once again for a great price — just $7.50 for each 12 x 18 inch poster!

These poster calendars are is printed professionally (and locally) on 100% recycled paper. Good for the earth and great for the office, kitchen, or studio to help you count the days. I highly encourage reusing this calendar too — at the end of the year, crop off the months and save the art for your wall.

Have a look and make an order soon if you want some in time for Christmas gift giving.  I am placing my first print order on Wed Dec 11th, so can deliver or ship the first orders shortly after that.  Of course, I am happy to take orders from you any time and will get them to you as fast as possible (printing takes 2-5 business days).

I am going to settle in and enjoy this busy festive last month of the 2013 and when January comes I will be ready for another year of amazing-ness with a brand new calendar! Tea Cup will be at my work office, TRUST will go in my studio, Milk Please will go in the kitchen and my man has chosen Rain Meets the Sea for our home office.

I wonder, which 2014 design do you like the best?

one more float in the sea

The girls and I begin our journey to France tomorrow!!!!! So of course today I spent most of my day in frantic preparation for our trip.  But just when I thought I could not go on, I took a pause from the lists and the piles and the packing.  The sea was calling and I grabbed a towel and our new point-and-shoot camera (waterproof) and headed for a blissful and refreshing swim at the beach down the road.  Perfect!  I floated around in the healing waters and played on the tiny beach that the Blue Moon high tide had left for me.

By the time I left I was laughing out loud and ready to continue with the packing!  I will miss this incredible island, but I will swap the sea for the Alps knowing that new adventures and pleasures await me….and content with the knowledge that this sun-kissed mermaid will be home again before she knows it!


celebrating world oceans day

Today is World Ocean Day and people all over the planet are celebrating and honouring the ocean that we love and rely upon!  I just spent the evening helping set up tables and tents for the community event happening on my little green island tomorrow.  Surrounded by a dozen excited volunteers, passing off a plankton net to a keen young university student, sunset on sparkling sea, feeling so grateful for all the love and energy going into this growing annual event! I hope you will take time today, this week, this month, and every day….to celebrate and protect your ocean!

created by The Ocean Project intern Gianna Pergamo

Tomorrow Gabriola Island will be putting on a great ocean show and we hope you can join the fun!  Ride the Community Shuttle for free to reduce your ecological footprint.  Look at, learn about and touch live ocean creatures from the deep.  Join in some ocean arts and crafts. Learn about organizations that are helping protect our watery world (and find out how to get involved).  Look at live plankton under a microscope.  Try out ocean kayaking.  Learn about safe shellfish harvesting, eelgrass, seaweed, forage fish, boat safety and more.  Bring a picnic and stay for the afternoon.  The event runs from 12-4 pm and everyone is invited!  My daughters will be volunteering at the touch tanks again — come on down and hear their ocean critter stories!

photo taken by Josee Velsen

P.S. Yesterday I organized the annual Oceans Day staff beach clean-up for DFO staff in Nanaimo.  We had so much fun making a difference (and stretching our legs and breathing in the fresh sea air).  I hope you might also consider planning a similar effort with your colleagues and families.  This year the World Ocean Day theme is “Together we have the power to protect the ocean”. Let’s all find ways to get together on this very important worldwide effort!  For more details on how to join a local event or to plan your own for next year, visit www.worldoceansday.org .