Friday, November 30, 2012

How the show went at the Steveston Christmas Craft Fair.

It's almost been a full week since my show at the Steveston Christmas Craft fair but I finally have some pics for you. I haven't changed up my table too much from last time but I did add new things into the mix. This year was one of my best at this show and although I had told myself I wouldn't be doing next year, I just might. I have to say that attending is so much nicer when things are actually selling. Some items sold really easily like my napkins while my tea cups stayed idle. There are lessons with each show, aren't there?

Thursday, November 22, 2012

A birthday cake for a musical 70 yr. old

Last week I sent out another birthday cake and I now have some pics for you. This chocolate devil's food cake was filled and frosted with Italian buttercream. Sized for 40 people, the cake was pretty substantial.

The "birthday boy" has always been involved in music and theatre so his wife requested a musical theme. Music notes and piano keys were to be included but I was careful not to add too much mouth-staining black icing. The letters were done in white chocolate with a mould which made it possible for me fit all the wording in properly.

The characture portrait was adapted from an image of  Mr Magoo. I like how he looks as though he's singing happy birthday too. The technique I used for the portrait is called Frozen buttercream transfer which is a fantastic method for getting a very detailed or specific image onto the cake. I did use a different  type icing for it though and you can find the recipe here.

  Speaking of is my birthday! It's kind of a big in the big 4-0. How did that happen? Stop by my shop and wish me a happy birthday and I will give you 20% off anything you purchase. This is valid for November 22nd only and it does not include shipping. Next year I think I will be 40 again.

Friday, November 16, 2012

Where to find me this season

Oh boy the time is just flying, isn't it? I'm getting kind of nervous about all the things I need to get done. Why isn't there 36 hours in the day?

Today I thought I would let you know about where you can find my work this season. Just in case you needed some awesome and cute gifts for your family and friends. *wink*wink*.

From Nov.15-Jan 15 I will be showing some original monotypes and a series of encaustic   paintings at the Langley Centennial Museum. The theme is moons and mushrooms and I have numerous pieces there under $100.

One November 24th I will be back at the Steveston Christmas Craft Fair 10am-4pm. I will be selling one-of-a-kind prints, ceramic tea cups and saucers, silkscreened napkins sets, magnets, tree ornaments and more.

If you're out in Coquitlam I have some silkscreened onesies and t-shirts, Xmas cards, napkin sets and some really cute polymer clay bird ornaments at the Place des Arts  Christmas Gift Boutique.

If you can't make it to any of those events you can always get up-close and personal with my work at Bird on a Wire on Main St.

As for my own Christmas shopping I will be checking out some of the local craft fairs in the neighbourhood. Time to see what kind of creativity is hidden in Langley.

Friday, November 9, 2012

It's Movember

November is a birthday month in our house. This year along with celebrating our birthdays my husband is fundraising for Movember. This fundraising campaign for men's health uses the multi-stylish moustache as "the ribbon" for the cause. This month you may notice more than a few staches sprouting on the faces around you. If you would like to get in on the fun, feel free to donate to my husband's campaign and maybe take a few pics of yourself with your own created moustache to put on the Movember and Sons website.

Here's  a picture of my daughter sporting a moustache of her own.

Just in case you absolutely needed to buy something to celebrate Movember, I found a few fun items on Etsy. 

Monday, November 5, 2012

Work in progress

I'm currently working on a new drypoint that has to be done and shipped out by the end of the year. This is the first time I've used my press since we've moved and it's been a bit tricky to adjust my drums to the perfect pressure.

Here are a couple pictures of the plastic plate I'm using. This is a harder and smoother plastic than the Ikea bins I've used in the past so I have to be very gentle with my wiping so as not to remove too much ink. If it gives me too much more trouble I might re-draw a new plate.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Another handmade Halloween

Halloween is finished and I don't know about where you live but here it dumped with rain. There were still plenty of kids trick-or-treating but I think plenty of people stayed inside or cut their night short.

Below are some pictures of the spooky yard my husband and the kids made for the visiting treaters.

Did you decorate your yard for Halloween?