Collage Fever and Hula Hooping!

 

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ACEO fever struck this long weekend, taking the freshly cleaned house from spotless to a hot mess of paper piles, books, magazines, various bits and bobs, paint brushes, glue sticks…all liberally sprinkled throughout the house. Oy vay! What a mashugana! Classic Amy.

Ah well…such is the creative process…it’s timing is often inconvenient! I’ve amassed a large collection to pull from including some great vintage movie magazines, an amazing 1940’s Sears catalogue, some horrific Sears catalogues from the 1970’s and a bunch of old knitting pattern books. I like to pick my lady and then go from there. I call the series of female based pieces “She” and the ornithological  based pieces are a part of my ongoing “Birds” series.

These are all available in the etsy shop.

 

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Other news in the life is I LOVE hula hooping! It is so much fun! I do it everyday for about half an hour.

I started with this hoop. The trick to hooping is start large and weighted and then don’t bail on doing it when you can’t get the hoop to stay up. Just keep picking it up and doing it and before you know it you’ll be hooping!
I’ve since passed the big hoop onto a friend and I’ve moved down to a lighter, smaller hoop which is more of a challenge to keep up. You have to go really fast to not lose it. But that’s the fun, you gotta hoop hardcore to maintain the circle. Woot woot! I’ve made it into a hiit workout by hooping normally for 1 minute and then hooping with my arms up over my head for the next minute. Do that 5 times and you get some great heart rate action. Plus it’s SO FUN. HOOP! Do it. You’ll love it!

That’s it for now…gotta go get a 5 k in and then it’s vegan T Day leftovers. Yum yummy yum yum.

Ciao!

A~

 

 

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House Keeper – A New Painting for 2014

House Keeper

This lovely piece is fresh off the easel and available on the net at our etsy store. If it doesn’t go in a month or two I’ll take it down to the gallery, as people just love and covet it irl. But in the meantime I feel like it might be meant for someone out in the world who can’t get to the gallery. Time will tell I suppose.

I started my ‘mater seeds this week…lot’s of nice heirlooms, for fruits big and small. I’m debating on planting some purple cauliflower but I’m not sure it’s worth it. It needs a long season and it takes up a lot of the space in the garden and it gets buggy with cabbage moths. Yuck.

Speaking of pests, the deer have been in the yard a lot lately, digging at last years kale and chewing on the apple tree. I’m thinking of hanging some Irish Spring soap bars in recycled orange bag mesh to keep them away. And yet, I feel bad for them. They’re hungry. And the snow is very deep. I know if I were a hungry deer I’d love some of that kale…mmmm…kale…

And with that it’s off to bake some Kale and Spinach chips. So yummy.
Be good Dear Reader!
A~

Every Day is Earth Day. Like duh.

Every Day IS Earth Day. Just saying, yo. Love your Mama and treat her right.

This painting is an original, made with gouache on a nice thick watercolour paper. It’s in the etsy shop and we think she has just the right look for the cause of making everyday a day you love the planet. Do it. Or she’ll give you sad eyes!

I may be rambling this morning Dear Reader. I slept in too late and now I have to get my head in shape for a run. On that note, Happy Weekend!

A~

WE CAN HAZ CAKE!!!

THe latest handprinted imperial designed gocco made lolcatz card is out and it’s a cutie, if I do say so myself. If you’re the kinda peep who expects cake this might be the way to get some. It’s currently printed on a white or off white card with plans to get it on the larger brown format in the near future. I have to pull out the gocco and make a bunch of other lolcat cards soon so maybe then.

Handmade lolcatz cards available in our zibbet shop and our etsy shop

Ummm, what else…I ordered some canna bulbs from Brecks bulbs but they’re not here yet which I find irksome to no end. I wanted to get them potted up for a good heads start but I am mocked at every turn. Or at least that one turn. Heh. Other than that it’s business as usual. Making grilled cheese and tossed salad for lunch which I’d better get at…

Lurve,
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The Rainbow Edition

These are our colourful version of our wedding favours we call “Words Enough For a Lifetime Together”. We just had a nice order for a bunch of them except the bride to be wanted them made into magnets. Done and done! You can find these at our zibbet shop and at our etsy shop as well.

We’ve been busy painting and cooking and spring cleaning here. I’d love to paint the living room and yet I hate painting so I am at cross purposes in that regard. While doing some garden cleaning I found our ants are up and at ’em and I’ve seen a couple of very sweet ground squirrels out and about so in theory we will have some warmer days soon.

Oh yeah, we had a listing up to raise some funds to donate to the Red Cross for Japan relief and those sold so big thanks to the peep who helped us get that done!

I’ll check in soon with some new art and a new burfdae card soon but once again, the garden calls…

A~

New Wedding Favour Badges

Fresh from the buttonmaker is this set of 100 sweet buttons. Peeps getting married use these in all sorts of ways…some leave them in a bowl on the reception table, some pin them to place setting cards, some sprinkle them on the table where the cake is set up.

We love buttons as a favour because just about everybody loves a button! And we’ve had a tonne of interest from wedding blogs and magazines in the last little bit. I guess that means the season is soon to be upon us in full swing. Huzzah!

You can find these and other wedding sets @ http://www.buttonempire.etsy.com

Ummm…we’ve expanded the empire to include a shop at shoply, icraft and we just started a shop on weebly.   http://buttonempire.weebly.com

Other than that we’re up and running again (6 k on Sunday!) with just a little bit of pain. I look forward to the snoworama melting away and getting back to scented runs on clear roads. Like most Canadians I can’t help but reflect that this has been a looooong winter.Long. As in too much snow and cold and not enough Chinooks. However, spring will come and I will run surrounded by wild roses again. Woot woot!

Woot!

A~

Erin Go Bragh, Dude

 

Finally, it’s the modernized version of the classic “Kiss Me, I’m Irish” that the world has been clamouring for!!

You can grab this at our etsy store @ www.buttonempire.etsy.com .

We made this today and kept it on the down low or the low down depending on how hip to the jive you are. I know it’s got something because when Bruno saw it he lol’d!  Huzzah! We’ve got our Green Beerz card in the shop as well. I’m part Irish you know. I wish I’d have been blessed with the red hair the Vikings left after raping and pillaging but noooooo…I get the baby brown of the mutts of Europe…

Anyhoo…wandered off into hair bitterness there. Not unusual if you know me!

I trust any Dear Readers are having a good lead up into the next season. My thoughts are with all the peeps getting pounded by Big Mama right now! A special shoutout to our Aussie clients. Stay safe, dear friends!

Peace Out For Now,man…

A~