Thursday, April 17, 2014

Liberate Your Art 2014 Blog Hop

You know how when you check your mailbox and all you find in it are bills and menus for the local pizza joint and a Weed Man brochure, you feel kinda gypped? Well, over the last few weeks, checking the mailbox has been way more fun than usual – every now and then, there’s been a wonderful little surprise waiting there for me :-)

After doing what I do best last year (procrastinating), this year I made sure to participate in Kat Sloma’s Liberate Your Art postcard swap. People from all around the world turn their art into postcards and send five of them to Kat. Then Kat and her trusty assistants send six postcards to every single participant. I hope they had self-adhesive stamps!

These are the postcards that I received (click the image to go to the artist’s web site)…

audrey staples midwest pm frameMidwest U.S.A.
Audrey Staples


shadow lilies marjorie pm frameShadow Lilies
Marjorie Kinch


Lake Tahoe aspens pm frameAspen trees, Lake Tahoe


divine magic suzanne pm FRAMEDivine Magic
Suzanne Jordan Villella


red balloon to the moon joni mitchell frameA Case Of You
Marguerite Bryant


layered autumn kat pm frameLayered Autumn
Kat Sloma


It’s interesting that four of the six postcards I received are nature-themed. And they all came from artists in the U.S.A.

Six of my paintings in postcard form were liberated out into the world. I wonder where their journeys ended….


Thank you Kat for creating a great way to share the art love! Looking forward to Liberate Your Art 2015 :-)

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Sunday, April 13, 2014

Bulkhead befuddlement

Yeah, I really did say befuddlement – that’s because I’m befuddled! Our next renovation project is the basement. It’s kinda sorta finished. The walls are drywalled and painted (although the wall colour is going to change). The floor is done (although we’re ripping up the laminate and replacing it with cork). And the ceiling needs to be completely done.

The thing about basement ceilings is that there’s usually a lot going on between the joists. Plumbing pipes, ductwork, I beams… all the things you want to hide. And hiding them requires bulkheads. And that brings me to my befuddlement – how to paint the bulkheads. I originally planned to paint them the same colour as the walls.


Or maybe they should be painted white, like the ceiling.


Or maybe a combination of both?

But then I found this – what about cladding them in wood veneer…

Do you see my befuddlement?! Which option would you choose?
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Friday, April 4, 2014

A bit of this and that

Thanks for all the kinds words about Squirt. I miss her a lot, and I know this summer is going to be hard without my swimming buddy at the cottage. Everyone is going to ask where the “chien du lac” is. She won’t be with me in the water, but she’ll always be wit me in my heart…

squirt on dock maine 2011

On a brighter note, I’ve got some really exciting projects to share with you – two huge basement makeovers, and our master bathroom reno is FINALLY finished! Here’s a little teaser sneak peek…

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Also, I’ve been going paint crazy! I’m loving the new technique that I tried out…

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rainbow metals 2 sigMolten Rainbow


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And this colourful one that I just finished today…

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Happy weekend!

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Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Good-bye Squirt

We had Squirt put to sleep :-( The tumour in her neck didn’t get any smaller on the increased dose of Prednisone, and she was having trouble breathing and couldn’t stand up. We couldn’t let her go on like that, so we made an appointment with the vet at 2:00 on March 1st. Before we brought her to the clinic, we gave her a bunch of meatballs and her favourite doggie treats. And lots of pats & hugs & kisses too. It was extremely sad and heartbreaking, but it was also a relief when she was no longer struggling to breathe and she was at peace. Love you and miss you always, Squirtsy…

squirt-maine-2011-tongueSquirt at sunset in Maine, September 2011

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Saturday, March 1, 2014

Squirt in the surf

It’s been a rough few days here – our Black Lab Squirt was diagnosed with cancer at the end of January, and took a turn for the worse on Wednesday. Up till then, she was happy and comfortable and showed no signs of being in any pain or discomfort. Now, she can’t even stand up :-( I hate seeing her in distress, and I know we’re going to have to make the decision that all pet owners dread in the next day or two.

Back in August 2010, hubby and I took Squirt and Jackson on a trip to Nova Scotia. We went with some flyball friends and all their dogs – there were 20 dogs between us all! We took the dogs to the beach every day and played with them in the ocean. It was an awesome week, and this is how I’m always going to remember Squirt – having the time of her life in the ocean surf. Here are some of my favourite pictures from that week…

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Squirt and Jackson… splish-splash!

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B throwing stick

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Squirt getting nailed by a big wave – hehehehehe!

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Sticks are fun!

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Don’t make me share…

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Well then, I’ll just get two of my own…

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A couple of big shakes…

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…and a roll in the sand…

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That was fun!

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Cancer might take Squirt away from us, but nothing will take away our love for her and our happy memories of our almost-11 years together.

Give your pet an extra-big hug & kiss today.

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