It’s time to start your LIST!

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I write this as the white stuff is lightly falling outside my window, a gentle reminder of what is to come. And with that said, someone is bound to count the days on a calendar, and start the countdown to the holiday season.

20141103_212332Next week, the beyondCRAFT show & sale begins! I will have many new mixed-media pieces there, as well as new cards, jewellery & a few surprises. This is a great event in a fabulous location.

I was honoured to find one of my mermaids gracing the front page of the Stouffville Free Press, advertising the show. I still can’t believe it’s the front page! Speaking of big, I am in the midst of creating more mermaids on bigger canvases, which although a little scary, seems to be working out well. Below are 2 new canvases I recently finished.

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So start your list & come whittle away at it next weekend!

with gratitude..nadya

 

Fall — in love

DSC_0352I love autumn. New beginnings and a time for change. The days get shorter, mornings are cool and all the shades of yellows, oranges and reds are seen from my windows.

It also means Arts & Crafts Shows season! That means that I am busy creating. The Georgina Studio Tour was a blast. Probably the most perfect weekend — thank-you to all the wonderful people who stopped by Homestead Orchards to visit (and to buy apple pie).

I am preparing for beyondCRAFT Show & Sale which starts in little over a month, at the Latcham Gallery in Stouffville. If you have never been, it is a great show —  like a mini One of a Kind. Speaking of which yes, I am getting ready for my first Christmas One of a Kind. Remember if you are going to the show, I am there during the second half, December 2nd to the 7th.

Here are some of my newer canvases. As you can tell, this home quote is a favourite of mine. It seems to resonate with many other people too, so it is a keeper.14-h28 214-h28 14-h28-2

 I am also enjoying my woodland girl canvases. I think a boy is next — perhaps a couple?

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And the girls are so much fun to create. I love the texture of her hair.

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Have a great weekend!

with gratitude…nadya

Georgina Studio Tour

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This weekend is the Georgina Studio Tour and I am still not quite believing I am on it! Partnered up with the very talented painter Thelma Sellers, we are upstairs at Homestead Orchards Barn Store, 3961 Old Homestead Road in Sutton or location “S” on the tour map. The tour runs this Saturday & Sunday, from 10am to 5pm both days. Looks like this weekend is shaping up to be sunny and warm, so if you are in the mood for some good art, we’d love to see you!

FYI, as we were setting up tonight, the delicious aroma of apple pies baking were wafting up through the floorboards to us — we could hardly stand it, so even if you just feel the need for a good apple pie, this is the place to get it!

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with gratitude…nadya

New lil’cards!

Still a little jet-lagged from our trip to Italy (which was AMAZING, photos to follow ), but I did come home and want to create. I have been thinking about this idea for a while, and finally just sat done and did it. This is a 4×4 card with a photograph I have taken, but the photo is actually a magnet you can peel off. So it’s a card with a little something extra.

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I OBSESSED magnets, so I thought I would share the love.

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I have also chosen to make coordinating envelopes to match.

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Miss Know-It-All says she would have a hard time giving the card away because she wants to keep the magnet. How about you?

with gratitude..nadya

Summer is here!

NEA_1437You know those precious weeks of summer are officially here when the calendar begins to quickly fill up. Remember to slot some time in for relaxing. We get so busy running around scheduling fun that we are often exhausted by the end of it.

Here are a few photos of a custom canvas I created for the wonderful Gillian. She gave me a few requests, and then left the rest up to me. I was honoured. After learning a bit about her life & plans, I got to work. I hope that as she views this piece over time, she will keep noticing little things I have layered onto the canvas.

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Gearing up for the Purple Turtle Art Festival happening next weekend at The Briar’s in Jackson’s Point. It’s a beautiful resort & the show brings together some amazing artisans, so if you are in the area, drop by. Check my EVENTS section for more info.

with gratitude…nadya

I’m Everywhere!

I am so thrilled to announce that I will be an exhibitor at this year’s One of a Kind Christmas Show! I will be at the show for 6 days, from December 2nd through to the 7th. I am still dazed from the news. I am constantly working to improve my art, learning new techniques, and exploring new mediums, so one of my goals will be to have new creations to debut at this show, along with my mixed-media canvases and cards.

IMG_5950I have also branched out into Cannington and Newmarket. The Ginkgo Tree is a lovely shoppe in Cannington filled with locally handmade goods, ranging from soaps & health aids to local art. The apothecary carries a wide variety of herbal remedies, bulk medicinal herbs and tinctures, and the tea room offers a yummy light menu with many homemade treats to finish off your meal. You can find my mixed-media canvases, cards & jewellery are there.

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My favourite grocery store, Nature’s Emporium in Newmarket has a wonderful shop practically located in it called, DayLyn Local & Global Healing. Along with its healing centre, DayLyn supports local artisans, fair trade, handcrafted and environmentally friendly products to assist in the healing journey. I love to wander through this store with its beautiful clothes, jewellery and home decor. All items are handpicked to carry a message of commitment to wellness. I am fortunate enough to have my cards & canvases there as well.

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If you are ever in these neighbourhoods, please stop in and take a look around. You’ll be happy that you did!

with gratitude…nadya

My tattoo story

I am honoured that NEITHER SNOW published my photos & story about my recent tattoo. If you have a story to share, please do.

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Every once in a while I’ll be asked to calligraph song lyrics for tattoo clients. Nadya’s story, and the choice behind this song, is so moving.  There have been times my yoga teacher has played “To Build a Home” during savasana. And so the image of both me and Nadya, separated by thousands of miles, lying on the floor and listening to the same song (through speakers or in our heads) and processing it through our difference life experience made it all the more special.

Close introspection usually comes when one choses a tattoo, something permanent that will resonate with you all your days. When I first heard the song, To Build A Home by The Cinematic Orchestra, it came drifting into my head as I was laying on the floor in Savasana at a yoga studio. I was moved by this beautifully haunting song and as it lingered in my head for days afterward, I realized I needed a closer listen.

My husband had just been diagnosed with cancer and we were in the depths of hell. As our family learned to cope with this new world, the phrase from this song –“I built a home for you, for me” spoke to me. They seemed to be the words that represented me and my position in our lives. Our home was our cocoon away from the world — and I provided the comfort & stability we needed to weather the storm. In our home lived hope and strength, positivity, love and most importantly, laughter.

In the midst of treatment I would drive and listen to this song with the volume cranked. On the overwhelming days when the hurt was new and raw I would cry, but as time passed, tears turned to reflection and with it a kind of peace. It is a wonderfully poetic view of life. The very fact that we truly did build our home was a just a wonderful coincidence.

Life is not fair, it just is. Things happen and how we react and cope with the events that shape our lives are what make us who we are. Of this I am constantly reminded, when I look down at this beautifully scripted affirmation on my arm. Thank you Patrick Watson for writing these powerful words, and thank you Mara for working with me to transform them into something uniquely me.

Thanks to Nadya for sharing her story, to tattoo artist Jamie “Grazzhopper” Lindsey (Toronto), and to photographer Pete Nema.

with gratitude…nadya

 

Buddha Art Workshop

Buddha Art Workshop

I am pleased to announce I will be teaching a mixed media workshop at the Simplicity Yoga & Fitness Therapy Studio on Saturday, June 21st. I will take you through, step by step each technique used to create a Buddha canvas complete with an inspirational quote of your choice. The class will run from 2pm until 5pm, and includes all materials needed. Perfect for all levels of artistic experience. Contact Simplicity at 905-476-9200 to reserve your spot now!

Miss Know-It-All needed thank-you cards. Others whip up cookies — I whip up stationary.

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Have a great weekend!

with gratitude… nadya

Floral patterns

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It has taken me forever (2 months) to find the perfect plant for my linen storage container from bookhou — one of my favourite OOAK artisans. Now the trick is keeping this orchid alive… (suggestions are welcomed!)

A chance to wander in the garden with my camera. Luckily I was able to do so before the bugs made their first appearance of the season.

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Enjoying the burst of colour springtime has brought us. Enjoy your weekend!

with gratitude…nadya