I was very happy to be the first customer at my friend Jennifer Moland’s brand new Etsy shop MoLANDandSEA. http://www.etsy.com/shop/MoLANDandSEA?ref=seller_info
Jen and I lived in “Arts House” at the University of Guelph in 1984. She has been doing stained glass for years. I cherish the Picasso piece she gave me many moons ago. I love her new seaglass necklaces with tatted necklace cords. Jen lives with her family in New Brunswick and spends summers on PEI. The glass pieces come from the Atlantic Ocean. More items can be seen in her on-line Etsy shop.
This cool craft was an idea from the book “Tiny Treats” we saw at the American Girl store in Boston. My daughter Myriam and I had a blast making a bunch as gifts for her teachers. Tim Hortons graciously shared our photo on their Facebook Fan Page. You can see the photo amongst their Facebook photos at: https://www.facebook.com/TimHortons/photos_stream (scroll past the Halloween 2012 photos).
Please note that the Tim Hortons logo is used strictly for non-commercial purposes only. Myriam filmed the DIY video that can be seen on my YouTube channel: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ENZM1om19wQ&feature=channel&list=UL
Our beloved rabbit Pepper died on August 8 at the age of 8. She was a huge part of our family, with us from the time my daughter was 8 to 16. I had created a miniature stuffed Pepper complete with a tiny couch made from the fabric of her sofa. I put a tiny bag of Pepper’s ashes inside the belly of the stuffed bunny. Yesterday, after cleaning out my studio (which was Pepper’s room for her last year) I decided to make a jewelry piece with her ashes for myself. I used a small length of plastic medical tubing, which I’d saved from my friend Allison’s oxygen tube after her double lung transplant 10 years ago. I added some beads, including a tiny hematite heart bead. The bunny charm was leftover from some pieces I bought to make fundraising jewelry for the Quebec Rabbit Rescue Association.
My daughter Myriam and I did a fieldtrip downtown Montreal to visit the Fresh Paint Gallery: http://freshpaintmtl.com/ and were inspired by some amazing street art inside the exhibition space, an abandoned building on Ste. Catherine Street.
Together we created this Wedding Cake Topper in a goth/steampunk style. I crafted the skulls out of polymer clay and Myriam painted them with acyrlic paint. The top hat is made of fun foam and the veil is netting. Myriam designed the figures with odds and ends from my magic suitcase and I fixed them together with wire. This one-of-a-kind topper is available for sale in my Etsy shop: http://www.heatherboyd.etsy.com…but maybe not for long!
I am very happy to have returned to life drawing after a 20 year absence. Monday nights at the Montreal Art Center http://montrealartcenter.com/ there is a drop-in open studio with a model for $10. Yesterday’s model, Elissa, was fantastic. She can be reached for modelling, face and body painting and her art at: http://www.elissabaltzer.com.
We were very happy to be included in the wedding celebration for Marc’s nephew Bruno and his wife Elizabeth. We had a wonderful time and I really enjoyed seeing one of my toppers on an actual cake! This design was an evolution of my stick figures wedding cake topper. Thank you Marie-Lou for the great shots of the cake!
This design is now availble in our Etsy shop: http://www.heatherboyd.etsy.com
My daughter has created a new line of stylized tree wedding cake toppers. Her work can be seen in our Etsy shop. http://www.heatherboyd.etsy.com. The black tree has been spraypainted with acrylic enamel paint and has antique red hearts to give it a goth look. The tree with the teardrop pearls has a lovely classic look. She can custom make orders in different sizes with different colored beads.