Thursday, May 28, 2015

New sculptures for Handmade Harvest

These guys are almost ready for this weekend. I won't quite hit my personal quota of 100 clay pieces, but I guess moving to a new apartment kind of unsettled my routine. Still, I think I've got enough of a selection to please lots of people. I hope.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Handmade Harvest Spring & Cheerfullymade

Check out the Cheerfullymade post about the upcoming Handmade Harvest Spring Show. Read about Emily's very funny take on her personal top 5 sellers for the Harvest show.

Cheerfullymade Makeover Preview

A preview of Mr and Mrs Tuturici in large print form
Emily Arbour is a multi-talented woman and a busy one at that! She runs the famous HANDMADE HARVEST SHOW, writes a blog: CHEERFULLYmade and also owns her very own shop HELLO YELLOW in Almonte, Ontario ( not far from Ottawa). And on top of that, she also has her own line of handmade scented candles that she sells on her ETSY shop: CampyHome.

Last week she contacted me about purchasing 2 of my portraits and making them into large scale prints for a make-over reveal of her dining room in her new home.......reveal to be presented on June 8th on Merry mag Summer Issue and apartment therapy.

I must say it's quite exciting to be able to see how my art will become part of this transformation. A big thank you to Emily for liking my art and making it part of her family home. Very cool.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

New studio space

A view of my work table in my new studio space. I still haven't gotten everything organized and my time right now is spent getting ready for Handmade Harvest which is coming up this weekend on Saturday, May 30th and Sunday, May31st.
 Moving to a new apartment kind of made me fall behind on certain things such as making new artwork.
For now, the thing is not to panic and just make sure that the artwork that I do have is packaged and labeled for this upcoming weekend.
I've already got boxes packed and ready for the show and now it's just a matter of making sure I don't forget anything crucial such as bringing enough change.

Not sure anyone would think this is a studio, but rest assured that once I finally get around to fixing it up, it should look and feel like one amazing studio.

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Laundry day

View off the living room onto the back balcony. 

I'm no domestic goddess, but I must admit that I have a weakness for clotheslines. It's environmentally sound and the sunshine makes your clothes smell good. I've been using it non-stop since we moved into our new apartment. My goal is not to turn on the clothes dryer until October.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Follow me on Instagram

Thanks to my new phone, I now have an Instagram account.
You can click on the link to the right of this page or click here for even faster access: Follow me on Instagram
I love the "instant" feedback from people and the quickness of posting a photo.
I know I sound like a dweeb since everyone's been on Instagram for ages.
I'm a little behind with the times on this social media stuff.
No worries...I'm here now.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

New apartment

Some photos of our new apartment taken with my cell phone. Early morning with no sunshine after a rainy night. Looks a little dark and dreary, but rest assured that we get lots of sunshine in this place. So far, none of the house plants have died from the transition.

My trusty red desk lamp and my glittery gold Buddha statue sitting among my paint brushes in a corner of my studio.
The beginnings of a living room / dining room. Still not decorated yet. What's fun about this room is that there's a ledge that runs all along the walls of the room. Perfect for displaying paintings. And no need for nails.

Not the best photo of my studio, which is still in a semi-state of chaos.

A partial view of the front balcony just off my studio.  I think the  balcony  is bigger than my studio's one big-ass balcony.
Lorenzo taking a selfie with my new phone. And yes, there are still unpacked boxes  in our apartment. Hopefully by the summer, we'll have the apartment completely finished. For now, school and work come first.

Monday, May 18, 2015

Handmade Harvest 2015

Handmade Harvest Spring Show 2015

Today's a holiday Monday here in Canada..."Queen Victoria Day" to be exact. Sounds a little antiquated for modern times, but I don't think anyone's complaining about having a day off from school or work.

It's been about 2 weeks now since we moved into our new apartment. Already feels like home and I'm forgetting what the old apartment was like. That's a good sign. I think.

Besides a new apartment, I've also just gotten a new computer all to myself (after having shared a computer with both my kids for the last 9 years). Our family computer is finally on it's last leg and we didn't want to wait until it completely died on us. That would not have been a good thing, especially with all the photos of my artwork that I have on that old computer. That would have been total disaster.

On top of everything else, I finally got a new cell phone! I know, sounds like I'm bragging, but I'm not, honestly.
I've been putting off buying a cell phone for a while now since I quit my part-time job last summer. I figured why get rid of the land line at home if I'm working from home? But Augusto and the kids each got cell phones last summer and since that time, I've felt a little left out of the "inner circle".
I want to start an Instagram account and be a little more current with my social media. I'm not a big Facebook fan and I like the fast and quick way of doing things on Instagram... a nice photo and a short blurb is all you need. So my new cell phone will be the perfect tool for this.

So with all this "newness" in my life in such a short period of time, my brain's feeling a little overwhelmed.
Which brings me to the Handmade Harvest 2015 Spring Show that is coming up in less than 2 weeks....Saturday, May 30th and Sunday, May 31st in Kanata, Ontario (just near Ottawa).
I still have to unpack my sculptures and get them ready for this big event. I'm just glad that my Virgo perfectionism kicked in back in March, so a lot of details were taken care of such as buying fabric for the table, cello bags, business cards, etc, etc...

Click on the link above to see all the vendors that will be at the Handmade Harvest Show. Looks like a great crowd!

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Moving Day

Well, it's been exactly a week since we moved out of our old apartment. We've spent this past entire week trying to get our new apartment fully functional and organized. Augusto and I have to get back to normal and get back to our work.  Not an easy task since we downsized to a smaller place. It's a good way to see  how much stuff you actually really have. I think what makes it more complicated and difficult is that I have a home studio, so we had to pack an entire room of paintings, tables and art supplies. And even that needs to get downsized.
Moving day was officially on Saturday, May 2nd, but we began moving stuff the day before on Friday and still had a few left-over bits (like plastering the holes in the walls and putting out the garbage and recycling) to finish up on Sunday as well…so yes, it took us 3 days.
What made the whole experience even more special was that I had booked professional movers and I found the Myette moving company online. I went with them because their rates were very reasonable and they had a 5-star rating google rating. I thought I booked a 2 men with a truck, but instead 2 men on bikes with trailers attached to the back showed up instead. Surprise was not the word that I would use to describe our reaction when they showed up on our front yard. Apparently, starting May 1st, the company switches from trucks to bikes. Lets just say that we were the coolest people on the block. Onlookers stopped to watch, people took pictures and cars slowed down to check out what was happening.

Augusto on the front lawn with just a selection of the boxes that we packed. Behind him on the side walk are the 2 bicycles from the Myette moving company.

Here's a close-up of how how our furniture was packed and moved by the Myette moving company. I kid you not, they used bikes with trailers attached to the back to pack and move our furniture to the new apartment.

The 2 young gentlemen from the Myette moving company were calm, professional and very efficient. They managed to pack each piece carefully, including our mattresses. It was quite incredible to watch them work…sort of like a Tetris game come to life.

We had perfect weather for the first weekend in May. We got lots of help from family and friends..thanks everyone! I'm so grateful that we didn't have to deal with rain during our move. That would have made me cry for sure. 

Will I miss our old apartment and neighbourhood? Yes and no. We've been in the same neighbourhood for 9 years and I guess one gets used to a certain rhythm. But change is always good. It keeps you young.