Wednesday, July 23, 2008

A Nomination!

I caught up on my favourite blogs this afternoon and discovered that my mum had nominated me for a "Brilliante Weblog" award! Thanks mum!

The rules are...

*Put the logo on your blog

*Add a link to the person who awarded you

*Nominate at least 7 other blogs

* Add their links

*Leave a message for your nominees on their blogs

I have nominated....

1.) Rosemary at Roses Petite Maison - You will love Rosemary's creative endeavours and fabulous vintage finds!

2.) Jeanne at Jeanne's Bliss Blog - Jeanne's positive attitude is infectious and inspirational. If ever you need a boost in your day, you are sure to find it here!
3.) Nita at Red Tin Heart - Nita writes from the heart and her inspirational words are heartfelt. She reminds us to live each day to its fullest.

4.) Susie at Bienvenue - Susie's creations are not only French and fabulous, but her blog is too! Don't forget to visit her Etsy shop and see all of her wonderful designs!
5.) Fifi at Fifi Flowers Decor - Fifi's blog is bright and cheerful! Wonderful artwork and stories to accompany them.

6.) Kathy at French Pedestals and Dreams - Kathy is a treasure are sure to love her unique ideas and fabulous finds which she turns from drab to fab!
7.) Susie at Rabbit Run Cottage - Susie's blog is always uplifting and week, we will be hunting down Brian Dennehy just for you, Susie! :)


Thursday, July 10, 2008

Introducing the New Love of My Life...

Well, here it is folks, my brand spankin' new digital camera!

A few weeks ago when one of my girlfriend's from university was getting married, I found myself stuck the night before the wedding with a broken camera. At that point in the night, the mall was closed so I was left with no other alternative but to run out to the nearest drug store and pick up a disposable camera to capture all of the memories of my friend's big day. Unfortunately for me, not only was I known to the wedding party and all the guests as the girl with the obnoxious disposable camera that was extremely loud and had a flash powerful and bright enough to rupture a retina but, when I had the pictures developed, only 13 of the 30 pictures came through! And, out of those 13, I would say less than half were nice enough to frame.

I think we all have one of these...a camera or just an item in general that we use on a daily basis that is the bane of our existence. Every time I would attempt to take a picture at just the perfect moment, this darn thing sounded like it was about to self-implode and the pictures would come out fuzzy, or crooked, or just didn't look right at all. So, I went out the other night with the intention of buying a brand new digital camera. I didn't know what I wanted, how much I wanted to spend, or what I would end up with...all I knew was that I wanted a camera, and I wanted it now.

I was fortunate to come across an employee who was able to help me stay on somewhat of a student-budget, in order to buy a fabulous Nikon digital camera as well as all of the fixing's (memory card, warranty, printer, camera case).

I will now be able to redeem myself at future girls nights out, weddings, parties and outings in general, plus take pictures of all my crafts and creative designs, with a camera that not only works, but looks pretty darn cute too!

Friday, July 4, 2008

Happy 4th of July!

I spent the afternoon taking pictures of my gorgeous Black lab, Ben and can you blame me? Look at that beautiful white beard, those soulful brown eyes and those devilishly handsome good looks!

Thank you Ben, for being such a wonderful model!

And, as you can see from the American flag in his hand, Benny would like to wish all of you wonderful bloggers a very safe and fun 4th of July holiday! We hope you are having lots of fun and enjoying the company of friends and family today!

Thursday, July 3, 2008

Small Wonders

As promised, here are the "egg" and "wish" shadow boxes I made a few days ago during one of our heatwaves. All it took were a few lengths of ribbon, vintage playing cards, scrabble blocks, stamps, stickers and a variety of different ads and pictures taken from antique children's books that I have collected over the years.

For the time being, I think I will have to add these two creations to the ever-growing pile of artwork that has accumulated on my desk, my mum's desk, and a variety of Tupperware bins in our art room.

I guess I should really get around to starting that Etsy shop, huh?

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Retro Chic

The weather these past days has gone from one extreme to the other - one minute we have hail and a thunderstorm, and the next minute it's a heatwave! Well, today we happened to have a heatwave, so I spent the majority of the day keeping cool in the basement. My intention was to clean and organize downstairs but, of course, that never happened once I came across a few extra canvases to create...
I decided to go with a "retro chic" look and took black and white polka dot ribbon, pink card stock, stamps, vintage pictures from TIME Magazines (circa 1964), scrabble tiles and of course, some glitz, care of some sequins and glitter.
I also came across two shadow boxes...I'll post those tomorrow!