Another new, exciting project!

A good friend has asked me to share a space with her at the Langley Arts Council’s Artists in Residence Gallery and I’ve happily agreed to do it for a trial 3 month term. I’m not sure how I’ll fare painting in the window on a main street with pedestrians able to view my every move and brushstroke, every sip of my latte, every flick of my palette knife. What a fun challenge, though!         


I’m in the Watershed Art Gallery!

I have three pieces at the Watershed Gallery at 11425 84th Avenue, Delta BC, as of February 1st! Come by if you’re in the area and take a look. I also have a solo show booked for the month of August … more info to come :) I’ll be having an artist’s reception and serving a really fabulous couple of wines so you won’t want to miss it. Oh, and I’ll have some of my favourite pieces of art on display, too!

This week was also pretty good for me as I’ve been asked to join the Breath of Fresh Air Art Show this May 5th and 6th in Ocean Park, White Rock, BC! I’m so looking forward to showing my latest paintings with this very special group. Can’t wait! Lots of fun, flirty florals to come!


Under Construction

I had such an amazing weekend and I’m now feeling delicious pressure to bring my website up to date.

Thank you to all who joined us on the Peninsula Art Tour and, if you took one of my cards, please come back in a little bit after I’ve had a chance to make pretty pretty pages for you to peruse!

Cheers All!!


Peninsula Art Tour

Hey Everybody! I’m back in the game! On December 1st and 2nd come out to see some of my new paintings on display at Nicole’s house on the Peninsula Art Tour!

Secret Garden mixed media 32" x 24" $325

Four artists will be at this location so you’ll have lots to see. Come out and enjoy a beverage with us and have a chat about art…or anything! Looking forward to seeing you!

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One More Thing

I can’t forget about the dining room chairs I bought 20 years ago! All are miss-matched – except they do have a sorta kinda shell motif carved into their backrests (and they were all the same colour wood). I hunted them down over a span of a few months and got them all at about 75% off the original price of $400-$450 each. Good quality is always worth the trouble when it comes to refinishing, and for these 4 babies I plan on doing a white paint job. That’s the plan anyway. For now.

Darkling Thrush DIY Begins!

Darkling Thrush DIY Begins!

With only one kid still left at home – my gorgeous Samantha moved out with some girlfriends last month – I’ve been going around the house, poking into corners and feeling like my space needed an overhaul. Time moves so fast. Things change. I have one less smiley face to greet me at the end of a long day ( yeah, right…) and so I’m counting on my hometo fill the void. Like Oprah, and now her protege Nate Berkus, says “Your home should rise up to greet you”.  Well, my home’s been a bit of a couch potato lately.

Enter Design*SpongeBetter AfterVintage Revivals and a whole slew of other DIY decor blogs I’ve been devouring lately. I just know with their help I can turn my ‘almost there’ rooms into design magic.

Gotta start with the before pics. These are projects I plan on tackling, one by one, if the weather ever allows me to get outside and paint. These are also incredible finds I’ve come across at thrift stores around town …because I love vintage stuff full of character… and I love a bargain.

Cool coffee table, right? I love the space age, curved metal legs and glass. I have a general idea of how I’m going to update this table but I still find it hard to put on that first stroke of paint over wood, even when it’s dinged.

This strange looking wall unit was discovered at Salvation Army for $24. Solid wood, and I mean it’s heavy! It’s kinda funky because the cabinet part has identical doors on either side, making it really versatile. I think it was originally a room divider thingy. Maybe.

Upon first viewing it against the wall in my dining room (a temporary location), my son casually asked me “So…how much was that thing?”. “24 bucks”, I said, ready to defend my purchase. “I’ll give you 30″, he quickly countered. Yes! I must have scored if he liked it! He’s a tough critic! It’s in great shape and just needs me to figure out what to do with it to make it even better.

Just wait til you see how I’m going to transform this wonderful solid oak dining table! I’m pretty sure it’s going to be stripped, sanded and then stained an inky black. This was another Sally Anne find I snagged for $79!  I’ll be honest, it was tagged $99 but it was a Tuesday and that means 20% off for seniors…so I just asked nicely… and smiled. Can’t hurt to try, right? hee hee

(And not to worry, the chairs will be given a facelift, too, so they’re not so fuddy duddy)

And to think, last year I was considering replacing my 22 yr old beat up dining table for that one we saw on display at that women’s trade and design show! Remember that, Tracy? What was it, $2 grand, or something?

After my daughter moved out I took her out for a few hours of scavenger hunting at some Vancouver thrift stores and that’s where I found this sexy, leggy side table I thought she might like for her new place. I was wrong. She passed on this $17 find and so it became mine. Too bad, so sad, Sammy. You’re gonna want it when you see it painted white and looking fresh and pretty!

I have a couple more treasures to share with you at a later date. Now I’ve got to get started and do what I’m supposed to do to these pieces. I promise to post the after pictures as soon as they’re ready. Cross my heart. Check back next Monday! Subscribe to our newsletter and you’ll be sure to hear about the progress I’m making : )