The Torn Edges of Life Are Beautiful
Mixing the bits and pieces of art and life
Since I have had a good dose of sunshine I feel raring to go and re-charged. That said, many have been stuck with loads of snow or a whole lot of grey rainy days. What better way to feel spring-like than adding a few new accents to your home with some new art. I thought I would showcase a few pieces of original art that I still have available.
This piece below would look great as part of a collection on a wall, on its own in a smaller area or sitting on a mantle. It's dreamy and simple yet speaks volumes....
Here's another simple abstract that again would look great as part of a collection. I love the colours in this piece.
Oh and there is this little piece which I adore! "My Cup is Full" is a great little reminder of all that we should be grateful for. As horrid as some of our days can be, here in North America we are so very lucky.
I will do one more just because I can. I do have a bunch more available but if you want to see those you can click HERE for the full selection. For now though, have a look at this piece. This piece is all about compassion. We need more of it in this world. This piece would look great in a bedroom, meditation space or yoga room. Just a little something to remind you to be gentle with others but also yourself.
As I sit here on the patio at our resort in Palm Desert the warm wind is blowing and the palm trees are dancing. Looking around me I really think I am the luckiest girl ever. Even though I am sitting here doing some work, it doesn't feel like working. I remember the dread I had when I was a legal secretary and the mere thought of having to go back to work Monday morning after a weekend or a holiday was soul sucking. I am so glad this art-filled career found me.
Here are a few fun photos from our trek to Joshua Tree National Park aka a parkour ninja like my son's dream....
There is a new collection brewing and it involves tea! Several months ago I made the switch from coffee to tea. I tried it about a year ago too, but it never stuck ~ that is until I found my ever so delicious Creamy Earl Grey Tea from the SOKO Tea House in Port Moody. I could just smell this tea allllll day. Oh how I love it. Since switching to this delicious tea I have not once craved or desired a cup of coffee. I even prefer it to Starbucks ~ especially since their new tea isn't that great. I have a funky travel mug I drink from or use one of my own super funky mugs from my own collection.
I have several cards that refer to friends coming together over a cup of coffee which I love but I felt, given my switch to tea that I should dedicate an entire collection of cards to tea. I think it's time tea was placed on a pedestal. Sooooo... stay tuned for the launch of my newest collection of greeting cards dedicated to the love of tea....
When I design my cards I always like to think people will frame the non occasion specific cards. They look so pretty framed and look smashing as a collection on a wall especially with different types of frames. Many shops prefer the 5"x7" size as they work perfectly in the greeting card racks in their stores. I wonder though, would MY customers like a choice? Or does too much choice make people crazy? I know I prefer a menu with limited choices oppose to one with pages and pages of items. I can never narrow it down but what if it was a choice in size? With my new fancy shmancy website I can offer other sizes for my cards, such as 4"x6" or 3"x5". Is that something anyone is interested in? What about smaller sets of a boxed cards, like a pack of 10 3"x5"s? Hmmmmm These are things I am pondering.....
I have designed a brand new collection of birthday cards! They cover general birthday ranges, mom, dad, sister, brother and friend birthdays too! It's a fun little collection and I really enjoyed making them. Several of them are designed with not just my family but my friends and their families too. To look at the whole collection click HERE. Below are a few of the designs...
I managed to work on a few abstracts this weekend. I wanted to create a few new designs simply for the home decor products Society6 offers. I love creating simple designs knowing they can become so many different products.
Have a look for yourself and tell me which one you like best.
Wall tapestries are now available through Society6! Kinda cool, eh? They are available in a few different sizes and the price range isn't too bad either ~ a small is $39 (US) and a large is $79 (US). Here are a few of my designs as they would appear on a wall tapestry. To see more click here.
Are you someone who's cup is half empty or half full? My cup is usually half full but lately its has been completely full, right to the brim. When you go through difficult times in life you really do learn who your friends are and who is just "fluff". It has been a whirlwind two weeks. We (my Mom and I) have been dealing with my Grandmother who has been going through a super hard time. At 95 life has it's struggles. In the case of my Grandma, her eye sight is poor, her hearing is poor and her mind is playing tricks on her. Confusion has set in and as she puts it, "things just pop in and out of my head". It must be so challenging and I know from her own mouth, scary.
Many people have said to me how lucky I am to still have my Grandma in my life. They are right. I am incredibly lucky but not just because I still have her in my life but because she is a huge part of my life. My Grandma has been a constant source of sameness for me. From childhood through adolescence and into adulthood she has been right by my side. She is someone I have always counted on to make me laugh, give me a hug or just sit in silence and after a few minutes she will look up and say, "Well?" In other words, lets get on with the show.
To know someone with true beauty, grace and compassion is to truly know your cup is so full. Thank you to those who have supported me and passed along good wishes to my family. We are continuing to be the eyes, the ears and security for someone who has always been our rock.
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