Hello Reality TV!

tlc 4 weddings collageI was delighted when Nancy, one of our kind Etsy customers, contacted us to say she had seen one of our tandem wedding cake toppers on the TLC reality TV show “Four Weddings”. We don’t have cable, so I searched on-line and finally purchased the episode on iTunes: Season 7 episode 7…”And a Pilgrim”. Thank you to Lynette and Nathan for purchasing the topper and including it in your beautiful, fun wedding.

Visit to the World of Threads Festival in Toronto

I was so overwhelmed with beauty and creativity during my trip to Toronto for the World of Threads Festival.
http://www.worldofthreadsfestival.com/
A bus tour included a visit to three venues with an incredible variety of fibre art, sculpture and fibre-inspired work.
I wanted to bring my daughter home a souvenir of Toronto, but didn’t want a made-in-China quick buy. On the train ride home I decided to make her a gift inspired by what I saw in the Festival. I had a vintage checkered Kleenex in my purse and formed it into a tiny dress, binding it with a thread from my scarf. I was able to create a gift box with a subscription card from my Canadian Art magazine. Myriam loved her gift and ended up having a great weekend with her dad and her friends while I got my Art-fix!

Myriam’s Dress

My daughter had to make a dress out of recycled materials for her grade 11 Art class. She started by covering the dress form with duct tape (sticky side out) then covering the tape with bits of fabric and ribbons. She then secured the bits down with a layer of clear ‘mailman’ tape. She discovered that the dress was too heavy and shapeless, so she cut off the skirt part and replaced it with a round dollar store tablecloth. To integrate the skirt with the top part she hung a few bits of fabric and ribbons to match the top. The dress turned out FANTASTIC and she hopes to wear it to the next vernissage at the Viva Vida Art Gallery!Image

Stained Glass +

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.

Make your own mini donuts!

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

Pepper lives on in our hearts.

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.

Steampunk Wedding Cake Topper

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!