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Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Getting all artsy-fartsy

Last January, one of my goals for the year was to create a painting, any kind of painting. And I did it – WOOT! Do you remember the OMFG Painting? In spite of the exploding paint disaster, I finished the painting and had so much fun doing it, I painted a bunch more.


Those abstract paintings were fun to do. But even more fun is creating foil paintings. After taking a workshop taught by Susan Bailie of Art Walls last November, I’ve literally become a painting fiend! Since the Christmas holidays, I’ve created over 20 foil paintings. I’ve been having a blast trying out different colour combinations and styles and techniques.

Bodacious Bubbles pmBodacious Bubbles


mineral deposit pmMineral Deposit


Oil Slick pmOil Slick


ring of fire pmRing of Fire

I thin my favourite paintings do create are the butterflies…

butterflies and flowers pm 2Flowers and a Butterfly


two butterflies pm 
Flight of Fancy

These next ones are little 4” x 4” paintings.

Perfectly Purple pmPerfectly Purple


Green Bean pmGreen Bean


Pretty In Purple pm2Pretty in Purple


Pretty in Pink Pretty in Pink


Ocean Love pmOcean Love


purple emblem pm2Purple Emblem

Right now, all the foil paintings are sitting on the mantel in the family room. Not sure what’s going to happen with them, but right now I’m enjoying all the colour and sparkle :-)

mantel pm

And on a totally different note, our third foster puppy Myles has found his new forever home :-) He was adopted by a family an hour outside of Ottawa. I’m sure the little guy is going to be very spoiled and loved :-) Have fun Myles!

myles pm

Monday, January 7, 2013

Welcome to 2013!

So the Mayans were wrong and the world didn’t end on December 21, 2012 :-) Now that we’ve made it to 2013, what are we going to do with the year?

After taking the foil painting workshop with Susan Bailie from Art Walls in November, I couldn’t wait to try more paintings. I bought all the supplies a week after the workshop, and finally got around to putting them to good use over the holidays. Susan is doing another workshop this month – if you’re in Ottawa and want to learn how to create the coolest paintings, check it out on her Art Walls Facebook page.

butteflies pm 2

Fostering more dogs for Catahoula Rescue Ontario
Being a small part of saving sweet dogs who might not otherwise have a chance at a new and better life is one of the most rewarding things I’ve ever done. Not only have I had the chance to enjoy some super-amazing dogs, I’ve also met and become friends with some super-amazing people who work so hard to help dogs in need. It won’t make me rich or famous, but I’d much rather have a life filled with doggie snuggles & kisses than fame & fortune :-)

Fosters 2012

You gotta accentuate the positive, eliminate the negative
Towards the end of 2012, I decided to try and focus on only positive status updates on my Facebook page. It was just a little thing, but it felt good to not whine and complain about the idiot in the SUV who cut me off on my way to work (who, me whine? Never!) So going a step farther and taking inspiration from Shelley at House of Smiths, I’ve decided that my Word of the Year for 2013 is POSITIVITY. From Urban Dictionary:
pos-i-tiv-i-ty noun

1. Positivity is staying positive even when you find a really good reason to be negative.

2. An outlook on life that involves seeing and focusing on the good aspects of a situation, no matter what the circumstances.

I’m letting go of the stuff that brings me down, and focusing on the stuff that lifts me up and makes me happy. Life is too short to waste time on people and things that aren’t worth wasting time on.


Around the house
Finish the master bathroom renovation. I haven’t posted about the bathroom reno lately because not much has been happening. The room is down to the studs now, and hubby is slowly (very slowly!) working on boring things like electrical and plumbing. I’m lLooking forward to getting started on the pretty stuff, like installing our beautiful Virage faucets from Brizo

This is how the bathroom looks now – it’s not pretty! But it does have a little crystal chandelier ;-)

bath reno

Hubby gave me a Groupon for a photography class for Christmas. I love photography, but most of the time I have no idea what I’m doing – I just click the button and hope for the best! With al the money invested in my camera and lenses, I really want to learn how to use them properly. Stuff like ISO and Aperture are a total mystery to me.

PEI boardwalk

PEI flowers

PEI shell 1

So that’s a little rundown of things I’ll be up to in 2013. What are your plans for the year?

Monday, December 3, 2012

Paintings & craft room progress & puppies

Last week I gave you a sneak peek at the foil paintings that I created with Susan Bailie from Art Walls. And now here are the final pieces in all their shiny glory :-) The camera doesn’t really capture all the glitter & shine, but trust me, these babies sparkle! Here’s my fireworks painting…


fireworks close

And my peacock feather painting…

peacock feather

The sparkle of the foil comes through better in this close-up.

peacock close

And the craft room project has been truckin’ along. Here’s a little peek at what I got done this weekend…

shelving unit

buttons pm

I saw this idea on Facebook last week and tried it – just cover a switch plate cover with tape (I happened to have purple striped tuck tape handy), and voila, no more boring white switch plate cover! I stuck the tape on both horizontally and vertically to create a plaid look.

switch plate cover 2

I picked up this counter-height stool from Wicker Emporium. It was normally $260, but all the stools are on sale for $130. Except for the purple – it’s discontinued, so it was marked down to $75 :-) And they had one left in stock – perfect!

purple stool

And of course, in the midst of all these projects are the puppies :-) It’s a good thing they’re so stinkin’ cute, because all their peeing & pooping is NOT fun! I don’t know why it’s taking them so long to learn not to pee in the house – I mean, it’s been a whole week! ;-) But it’s hard to hold it against them when they look like this:

joey close pm

john profile

john tongue

And here they are visiting Santa. Poor John & Joey got kinda squeezed out by their bigger brothers, but getting them all looking at the camera at the same time was pretty impressive! Thank you to Serge Rivard for snapping this awesome picture :-)

puppies with santa


Monday, November 26, 2012

Puppies & paintings & PARA Paints Blog Crew project #4

On Friday, I showed you the projects that I had planned for this weekend. And I actually managed to get two out of three of them done, which isn’t too bad – especially considering the fact that two special little guests arrived late on Saturday night. Meet John:


And Joey:


They’re 12 week old Catahoula mix puppies and our newest fosters :-) Yes, two. We’re crazy! They’re soft & cute & cuddly and give great puppy kisses, which kinda makes up for all the pee and poop ;-)

Blurry action shot:

two playing

Poor hubby was on his own with them on Sunday while I was at my art class. But he survived, so it couldn’t have been all bad ;-) I made two paintings, which I’ll pick up at the end of the week after they’ve been lacquered. I’ll show them to you when they’re officially done, but here’s a sneak peek:

foil 1 close foil 2 close

A big thank you to my friend Susan Bailie at Art Walls for showing me and four fab ladies how to create cool foil art :-) We had lots of fun, lots of laugh, and yummy butter tarts :-) Susan is planning another workshop in January – if you’re in Ottawa, I highly recommend signing up!

I also managed to finish another PARA Paints Blog Crew project – I painted the door to my craft room. It was originally typical white with polished brass window trim. I taped off the brass trim and sprayed it with grey primer and then black mat paint. Then I painted on a silver metallic paint to create a faux zinc effect. The door is P5196-51 Platform Sandals with P5021-34 Splurged Again along the edges. Oh, and I replaced the brass lever knob with a brushed nickel egg-shaped knob. It’s hard to get decent pictures because the room is small and the light sucks – this is the best I could do without giving too much of the room away. Gotta save something for the final reveal!

dooredge 2zinc

Considering how much time and work the puppies require, I suspect I won’t be getting too many projects done over the next little while. It’s amazing how much pee and poop comes out of their little bodies! Our two guys and their three brothers will be available for adoption in a couple of weeks – check out the Catahoula Rescue Ontario web site in a day or two to see all their pics and read their profiles :-)