Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Saturday, February 25, 2017

2017 Reading for the Love to It conference

I had a table at the Reading for the Love of It conference, at The Toronto Sheraton Centre, Thursday and Friday. I was promoting/selling my mosaic workshop + author/artist visit to teachers and librarians from all over Ontario and Canada. They are a very  enthusiastic and passionate bunch! 
"definitely the friendliest trade show going" - a fellow exhibitor.
And when there was a lull in the traffic flow I worked on ideas for my next book:)

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Progress with a bedroom

Like my mosaics, this bedroom is (slowly) getting finished - little bits at a time.
Before                                                                      After
Closets finished
Room painted white √
Mirror changed up√
Next project - hardwood through out.

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Six Owls and A Party goes to Cambridge!

Yesterday I was at Ryerson Public School in Cambridge with my Magic of Mosaics Presentation. 
I'm always amazed with their levels of creativity:)

This artist quietly worked away with such tiny little pieces! 

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Hillary would be proud!

I spent this morning doing a mosaic workshop at Trafalgar Castle School in Whitby, Ontario with 19 lovely, bright, enthusiastic grade 11 art students - "women of tomorrow".

Trafalgar Castle School is a warm and welcoming community with a history of educating girls and young women since 1874. We are a proud part of Whitby, and welcome students from across Durham Region, the Greater Toronto Area, and around the world.

Given today's date (the day after a very polarized American election) I was left thinking -
 "Hillary would be proud!"

Sunday, October 2, 2016

The Big Closet Makeover

I've been wanting to tackle 'my closet project' for a while now but kept putting it off. It seemed like such an overwhelmingly big, scary job! Three weeks ago, for some reason(?), I decided to take it on. After tearing up the carpet and removing the trim there was no turning back.
"I can do this" was my mantra.

BEFORE
Putting down the hardware (my first time) was the most intimating part of the project.
I used a mitre saw (which I had) to cut the hardwood and took my time - measuring 4 times! and cutting once:). The last couple of pieces needed to be ripped with a table saw (which I didn't have). The borrowed table saw that I used did the trick and it came with a bonus perk - I discovered that with a mitre saw + a table saw the 'building stuff' possibilities were endless. It was a game changer!
"I can really do this"... 
I put up a mirror that was removed from a bathroom years ago and trimmed it up, built two built-ins and trimmed them up, took the old trim and glued them to mdf boards (1x5x8) making for much nicer (bulkier) trim. It was all about the trim.

START                                                                                 FINISH
I learned a lot but also realized that I have a lot to learn. "I did this"... 

NEXT
There are two closets in this bedroom so I'm now on to the next one which will mirror this one.
AND AFTER THAT... 
The Blue Bedroom (yikes!) will need to be brought up to speed with it's white, trimmed up, hardwood floor clad closets. 
The good news is that it doesn't seem like such an overwhelmingly big, scary job anymore:)
My new mantra (which I use when mosaicking) - "It will get finished - one piece at a time"...

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Thursday, August 18, 2016

New work - finished!

Mosaics take a long time. So everytime I finish one I do a little happy dance. This Portrait of Kate was made with stained glass. My first time using stained glass. I love it! More stained glass work to come:)
In progress.