Monday, June 30, 2014

Great metal embossed mirrors

Here are some great metal embossed mirrors from my last workshop. I had great fun with this small group of ladies.


Happy Creating!

Friday, June 20, 2014

More Art in the Garden

So much eye candy in one place. Here are more pics of Art in the Garden at Kiwi Gardens.

Rue Royal

If you didn't get a chance to go this year I highly recommend you do next time. Kiwi Gardens is also a great place to visit any time during the warm months. They have a lot of art in their own gardens to be enjoyed while wondering the gardens.

Happy Creating!

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Art in the Garden at Kiwi Gardens

This past weekend the Tin Man was so nice to take me to Art in the Garden. This is an annual event at Kiwi Gardens. I think it was even more amazing that the first time I went a few years ago. There was so much I wanted to bring home to put in my garden, but instead I took lots of photos to share with you and keep dreaming all year round. I've tried to link each artist with their picture where I could so you can go visit their web sites and enjoy all their other works.

I'm really thinking this guy should have come home to hang in the studio now that I see him again. 
Come back tomorrow for some more from the garden.

Keep Creating!


Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Metal ATC's and a Mega swap

June's theme for ATC's was metal. As you can probably guess this was a very fun one for me. I think the results of all the cards were exceptional this month. We also had our annual mega swap. This is where everyone puts in their extra cards to a maximum of 9 and then we  pick from the pile the same number as we put in. So much fun!!







Mega swap
This is everyone's cards ready for the mega swap.

And these are the cards I got from the mega swap.

Happy Creating!


Thursday, June 12, 2014

What's your favourite...

Do you have a favourite colour, number, food, season?
When I'm asked what is my favourite this or that I rarely have an answer and if I do it's a favourite of the moment and if you ask me the next day it may have changed.
 But when it comes to the seasons I will always tell you my favourite is Spring. What is not to like about Spring, new life, fresh air, lovely breeze in the windows and of course new colourful flowers. 
While taking pictures of my Spring flowers the other day I discovered that in the garden, purple may very well be my favourite colour. I seem to have accumulated a number of purple flowers. 
Iris, birds eye view
 Although many of them are different varieties of Irises. I wish I new exactly what they are but I find it hard to distinguish one from the other and many were from other gardens with no name tags included.
Johnny Jump-up
 I'm not sure where these Johnny Jump-Ups came from but they like to pop up here and there in the garden, sometimes so much so that they have to be asked to leave or be picked and tossed into the compost pile.

 This is my largest and deepest purple Iris. Right now I'm looking for a new home for him in the garden since he's struggling where he is. He is a beauty though.

Siberian Iris'

 These Siberian Iris' are my favourite of the 4 or 5 varieties that I have. They're not as showy as some Iris' but I think it's their delicate nature that make them so special.

Siberian Iris and bud.

 Beautiful velvety purple tones with a deep purple bud.
Oriental Poppy
Even these Oriental poppies have a purple tinge to their centres. I think these are some of the most exciting flowers I have. It is always so shocking to see them explode from their buds.

Oriental Poppy bud
It's always hard to believe the beauty that will burst from this bud.
Peony bud
If only some of these Spring flowers could stay around longer. But as these fade more favourites will replace them. The Peony buds are full of ant which Dad claims is necessary for them to open to their full bloom.

So what is your favourite season?

Keep Creating!

Friday, June 6, 2014

Students work update

One of my favourite things about teaching is to see the finished creations of a workshop. But sometimes things don't always get completely finished or things don't always go exactly as planned in class. So when a student comes back to show me how their piece turned out after they went home and added their own things, it make me very happy. 
Sharon's book

This piece was like that. Sharon wasn't happy with how her carving turned out for the front cover of her book so she decided to make a plain one and decide later what she would do with it. Well within a week she brought this lovely creation back to show me. She already had these flowers in her stash and just painted the centers to match the leather spine of the book. Isn't it just lovely! Thanks for sharing your finished book with me Sharon.

If you have something you've made in a workshop but it wasn't completely finished or you've added your own special touches to it I'd love to see how it turned out. Please send me a picture or come on by the studio for a visit and show me.

Keep Creating!


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