Monday, 25 July 2011


So I just got back from Haliburton last night. Despite the little adventure on the way home (more will be explained with photos below) I had a really fantastic weekend! Here I am on my way, car completely packed on the hottest day ever with a much needed slushy to help keep me cool on the drive.

A view from my booth on the morning of day one. Beautiful day, not too sunny or warm. Perfect!

The booth all setup!

The cats were a little wild back at Jenn and Terry's. Mr. Chewy chilling in the rafters up in the loft.

Smokey Joe hanging out with us at the bar.

Kids were swinging from this rope into the water the whole weekend. If I was not accident prone I would have tried it too. Instead I just took the occasional dip to cool off! Having the lake so close was just another luxury of the show.

A very bright, sunny and HOT day two!

It was bikini time all weekend, and in the heat it was definitely necessary.

Beautiful sunset overlooking Head Lake after the vendor dinner on Saturday night.

So I was heading home after a fantastic weekend, and not long into my drive I hit a deer. I am completely fine, not a scratch on me but I am very lucky for a number of reasons. The deer was small... I didn't hit it head on... I was going through a town and wasn't going too fast... All those kinds of things. Things could have been very bad.... Finally stopped in Beaverton when it was clear the engine was overheating. A few calls to my parents, CAA, and the OPP lead to me finally heading home in a tow truck. The whole thing was a big hero quest. The poor car.....

Wednesday, 20 July 2011

Art in the Street

Before I head off to Haliburton tomorrow, I figured I should post some photos from the show in Guelph. It was a scorcher that day, but the volunteers were wonderful and really made the show for me. Oh and the fountain definitely helped keep me cool in the super hot weather!

The booth all setup! Though in the shade, I could not escape the dreaded humidity...

The rest of the booth. You will note the sweater on my chair, which I foolishly thought I might need when I left that morning.

They hired musicians to serenade the artists and visitors at the show. This guy was fantastic just on his own. Then an impromptu jam session started up and it got even better. I posted a video over on my facebook page, but the direct link can be found here

Thursday, 14 July 2011

British Columbia & Road Trip!

So what an adventure in British Columbia. I arrived an hour before the big game started... Traffic was a mess, but thankfully I was safe and sound in New Westminster and not downtown in the riots. Everything there was beautiful, and despite people telling me I would never want to leave and would forget all about going to the East Coast. Quite the contrary though, if anything it made me even more eager to head out East. Anyway lots of amazing hero quests were had by all. Can't wait for my friends from the West Coast to come visit me on the other side!

Totally loved all of these sculptures.

English Bay at sunset!

Cool sculpture at English bay

I love this sculpture so much, it's a good thing I saw it when I did because apparently they have moved it to a different location....

A view from inside!

Fun on a tractor at Birchwood Dairy (where they had some of the best ice cream I have ever had)

Sonya couldn't reach the water at Cultus Lake.

Cultus Lake was really pretty, it was great too because Sonya and I were pretty much the only people around so it was really peaceful and great.

Harrison Hot Springs. The water was apparently 140 degrees.

New-Small & Sterling!

Found this on a bench on Granville Island. True story.

White Rock, BC! It was really pretty there, could have done with a little bit more sun though.

Some sand castle madness in White Rock.

Fun in Stanley Park!

My lovely glassy friend Amanda Parker and I on our adventure in Stanley Park. With our incredible senses of direction combined we inadvertently walked around the whole thing. Took us about two hours. Thankfully we were both wearing sensible shoes!

Sunrise (yes, I was up that early) in New Westminster!

On the ferry to Bowen Island!

Snug Cove! Bowen Island is one of my new favourite places ever. So beautiful, and the locals were so friendly!

If there is a candy store... I will find it.....
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Amazing look out point we found on Bowen Island. So beautiful and peaceful (once the guy with the pressure washer stopped) a great spot for inspiration and chatting!

Lake Killarney on Bowen Island.

Cute little squirrel in Kelowna.

Mountains begin the journey/road trip home. My friend Karen and I did the 4200 km drive in three days. Three long days.


Officially in the prairies!

Beautiful sky in the prairies. I actually really loved how beautiful it was there.

Rainbow halo - quite possibly one of the coolest things I have ever seen.

Finally getting closer to our destination! If only we were able to fast forward through the last stretch of the QEW and avoided all the traffic!

Wednesday, 13 July 2011

July Shows

Lots going on here.... Recently got back from a wonderful trip to British Columbia (another blog post to follow) And now I am getting ready for my last two shows before I leave for the East Coast!

First, this Saturday I will be participating in Art on the Street in Guelph Ontario.
Art on the street Art Exhibition & Sale is a juried showcase featuring contemporary fine art and craft that takes place annually in Downtown Guelph. The event has grown in both calibre of artist and scale since its inception in 2003 to become Guelph's largest open-air art exhibition and sale.

This, the 9th annual event, aims to spotlight multi-disciplinary talent within the local arts community, offering a fresh-air alternative to conventional art shows and galleries. Scores of artists will showcase their works in temporary, open-air studios which will line both sides of Quebec Street on Saturday, July 16, 2011 from 10:00 am until 5:00 pm. Side by side, established and emerging artists sell their work directly to the public.
More details: July 16| Quebec Street - Downtown Guelph | 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Second, I am once again heading up to Haliburton for the Art & Craft Festival. I am hoping for some nice (and not too hot) weather.
July 22,23,24 2011
Head Lake Park, Haliburton, Ontario
Friday 12 - 6
Saturday 10 - 6
Sunday 10 - 4
$2 each (children under 12 free when accompanied by an adult)