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Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Our Home...An Aerial Tour...

As promised here is the aerial tour of our little city of North Bay...

We had never ever been in a helicopter before but had always wanted to experience it...

So we jumped in a heli that was spanking brand new, with only 15 hours of flight time on it and that at first didn't want to start, ha ha, this did not help towards Jonathan's fear of flying one bit!....

But oh it was worth the leap of faith that all would be fine....the views of our little home town were breathtaking...Here is Lake Nipissing towards the North...
Farthur North even still...
And there in the distance towards the North East you see our other lovely body of water...Trout Lake...
It was hard to get decent photos of us because we were squished in the seats, ha ha...and because we didn't want to spend too much time behind the lens...but here's me...in bliss....
And here's Lake Nipissing again but abit more towards the West...
And here's my handsome guy, Jonathan...he loved it every bit as much as I did, we were like school kids afterwards, ha ha jumping up and down and wanting to do it all over again...I was so proud of Jon because he does have a pretty healthy fear of flying.
This is towards the West, we're pretty lucky to be surrounded by alot of fresh water lakes...the islands you see in the distance are ones that Jonathan bikes to when the lake is frozen solid in the winter, it's a trek I've yet to brave since I myself have a big fear of going through ice, so though we walk and ski on this lake alot in the winter, I stay within half a mile of the shore where I know its not likely to crack!
Here is a shot of our summer festival grounds and our train yards which has the 'bypass' crossing over...which Jonathan passes everyday to go to work, I love passing over early in the mornings because the sunrise and view of the lake is always cheering...
And this is our neighbourhood...if you zoomed in to that little court in the middle...that's our court and if you see the house surrounded by tons of trees with a little red car in the driveway, that's our little cozy abode:D...we we're all excited to see it from this vantage point and loved the fact that we own so many beautiful trees:D
And that my friends is the tour...we took tons more pictures but I think you get the point...I hope your enjoyed your aerial tour and thanks for popping by and sharing it with me.
Next post will have some new artwork finally! but I am working at the Gallery alot this week and than there is the taking down my exhibition so I may not post until Monday...until than be well and have lovely days.

Monday, October 26, 2009

My Hat...My Website...and A New Shop???

I get alot of compliments on this little hat of mine ever since I 'fixed' it up abit, ha ha...It's a straw hat I bought for myself in P.E.I a few years back but I always found it abit dull so I took an colourful necklace I've had since I was a kid but never ever wear and just stitched it permanently in place around the rim of the hat and voila...a cuter hat...

I thought I'd just quickly share that since it's gotten so many compliments...and it's so easy to do to any hat really.

My email and exhibition promo are working again, phew! Thanks to Jon for helping me switch everything over to a new provider...but we decided to keep the older website down and just announce the new one when it's ready to launch, which is soon.

AND...I am toying with the ideal of opening another Etsy Shop for my photographs!!!! I never thought of it before and than BANG suddenly in the middle of the night I sat up in bed and though 'Heh why not try that...' even though I've never called myself a photographer, people do seem to like my photographs...so I am going to play around abit with printing them and if I get a product I am happy with I'll perhaps do that...what do yous think???

Thursday, October 22, 2009

The Artist's Garden...

This past August I was part of a wonderful sale called "The Artists Garden" and I really wanted to share the two lovely days with all of you even if it's abit late...and espeacially since today it's snowing! so I shouldn't put off 'summery' posts much longer I think, ha ha... ...So here we go...At the end of this quiet country lane....

There is a lovely and enchanted studio called "AshCreek Pottery" and the even lovelier host named Pat Stamp...

She extended an invitation to me to join in her 6th annual "The Artists Garden" craft and art sale, something I had heard much about and something which I was very excited to participate in....

The event took place in breathtaking countryside and in very close proximity was a lovely pond full of ducks, a barn full of goats, a huge flower and vegetable garden... so I was of course in 7th heaven!...the only thing missing were some little romping bunnies but they were probably smart enough to stay low and cool because the whole weekend was indeed a scorcher, two of the hottest days of our whole summer.

But the ducks stayed cool in their peaceful golden pond...

Pat even set up a tea and dessert room in her porch high above the action of the sale and in her quaint little kitchen...The artists were welcomed up here before each day to fuel up on fresh muffins, bagels and coffee...it was very sweet and cozy...

Down below scattered around Pat's studio and throughout her incredible acreage was a sea of tents each housing very lovely and unique artisans and crafters, about 20 of or so I think there was...
The weekend was so busy with customer traffic that Pat's husband Lloyd had to take out the plough and cut more fields to make more parking room!
We had the sweetest parking attendant, Alexander, to direct the constant flow of browsers and buyers...
...and there was even a group of people demonstarting some of their Tai Chi...it was the perfect setting for such a thing.
So here is me, little Bijou of Bijou's whimsy with all of my handmade wares...phew it was a relief to get everything set up just in time and I was able to relax after finally giving in that the ground was very uneven and my stands were far from straight, ha ha....
I of course set my tent up right by the pond so I could keep in the good company of the beautiful Muscovy's and Mallards all day long...
I was pretty sure that even if I didn't sell a single thing that weekend would be just perfect from being in close company of the animals...every time the goats would bray or a duck would glide and splash through the water my heart would jump for joy and it really started me wondering on why we don't live in the country!!!
I think this is one of my favourite shots that I took...
A major surprise and treat both days of the weekend was when Lloyd played his bagpipes. We could hear the music coming from deep in the forest and slowly coming towards us but just across the pond...then out of the trees steps Lloyd and than he walked the whole distance across the pond serenading the artists and buyers alike...it was so fantastic and speacil...
My neighbour tempted me all weekend with her sweet country stuffies....
And across the way from me was my friend Jana and a fellow AOMer working on some of her jewelry, somehow she managed to look cool and lovely despite the sweltering heat...
Also across the way was another fellow AOMer, the lovely Rosemary Thomas, selling her newest collection of pottery.
My dearest Dave Carlin was there and I did have a tendency to float over to his tent to hang out with this beloved man and friend oh mine:D....
And of course it never takes much coaxing for me and my pal Rachael to find some laughs and fun together, I was so glad she was there that weekend also...
There was good company of all ages actually:D...here's me with Dave's daughter Allison and her sweet baby boy Kristopher.
Each day around 2 or 3:00, all of the snow white Muscovy's would waddle out of the pond and putter around my tent...sigh...heaven:D ha ha....
There is my Jonathan nabbing a bite of lunch behind my Nubbins:D The 2nd day we rearranged the tent so we had abit more shade...(Thanks Jonathan my love, for all of your help, it couldn't have possibly been so smooth or as much fun without you there by my side:D XOXOXOX)...
I was pretty happy with my display...I went with mostly white fabrics and blue highlights...I used my trusty rabbit weather vane and the old antique frames from my Nanny to present my necklaces, which sold like hot cakes I must happily admit.
It was a brilliant sale, I am already looking forward to next summer's...
Though admittedly, I do look back at that weekend with much bitter-sweetness, which is perhaps why I didn't post about it sooner. Because the sale was all day Saturday and Sunday, not to mention the long days beforehand to get ready and then that Monday was when Hazel passed away...so at first I was very angry with myself that I was at this sale instead of home during Hazzy's last days...but I know now after some healing time that I couldn't have possibly known, that it wasn't my fault and that I was always there for her beforehand and I was atleast there to hold her when she had to leave...sigh...so I am trying to look back on the sale with gratitude and love because it was a great and speacil sale, the best so far I think.
Thanks for sharing with me....join me back here in a few days for a aerial tour of our little hometown and hopefully next week I'll have new work to share, it's not been a great month for headaches, so I've not been getting as much work done as I hoped for!!!!

Monday, October 19, 2009

I Know It's A Good Day When...

I feel it's a superb day when time seems to move more slowly and the sun is shining just right and I just feel blissful in knowing that there's plenty of time for some playing in the studio... When there's time to think fondly of good friends, like my pal Julie here whose currently off on an amazing venture through Scotland...

It's a good day when there's time to photograph sweet things around the house, like the cute miniature rabbit she brought back for me from her first trip...

When there's time to photograph some honeycrisp apples before devouring them, ha ha...
When there's time to read and read and read...
and time to enjoy cappuccino in the lovely new cappuccino cups my mom gifted me awhile back...
And it makes for the most blissful of days when Jin and Jaks happily come hopping in to eat treats side by side in the sun...
Ahhhhh yes....it is indeed a very very good day:D

Thursday, October 15, 2009

A New Lagamorph Lovelie..."Maggie-May"

I am so behind in blogging that I realized I haven't shared my latest Lagamorph Lovelie with yous all yet!...which I finished a couple months ago!...this is 'Maggie-May', isn't she so sweet....
Her face and body are hand-painted, everything has been cut and stitched by hand and this little Maggie-May is well travelled indeed since she was mostly completed during my last trip to Toronto, ha ha.
I am not putting her in my shop quite yet as I am not yet 100% sure how to properly 'introduce' my dolls yet but if anyone out there in interested she is indeed for sale and you can just send me a comment on this post or email me at mandysaile@yahoo.ca . I hope she finds a good home:D
Today also I am sending out a big thanks to a lovely local University student who recently made my day. Malinda Prudhomme, saw my solo exhibition at AOM and emailed to ask if she can use me and my work for one of her projects...this is a new one for me and I am very complimented and was happy to give her permission to move ahead on her project...I can't wait to see what she comes up with:D Good Luck Malinda.