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Dahlias……….

This post is really only useful for people on Vancouver Island.  My husband Paul, aka The DahliaLama, is selling Dahlia Tubers on our self-serve Flower Cart.  Check out his Facebook Page for details – @DahliaLamaCobbleHillFlowers Look at the blooms here … Continue reading

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ArtResin – Coasters – Part 1 of 2

I’ve been using ArtResin for quite a while now, but only to finish the Acrylic Pours that I’ve done.  The Company does such a good job of supporting their product!  Any questions I’ve had have been answered clearly and promptly, … Continue reading

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Vietnam – the final post….

Here are just some random images of things we did or saw or experienced Biking through Hoi An, early in the morning, which is why it isn’t crammed with people and bikes and motorcycles and chickens and and and and….. … Continue reading

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Vietnam…… Cooking Class….

While we were in Hoi An we took a Cooking Class with Van, of Green Bamboo, and it was FABULOUS!  There were 12 people in the class, and they were all great fun and good company. First, we walked through … Continue reading

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Vietnam….We got scammed…..

So, one of my “visions” for this trip was biking through rice paddies, surrounded by beautiful water buffalo…………….. While in Hoi An, our first hotel came with complimentary Bikes, so off we go.  First we had to bike through town, … Continue reading

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Vietnam – the journey is almost over

Boy, we’ve seen a lot, and done a lot, and eaten a LOT!!!! The food has been fantastic every single place we’ve been.  This has been true whether we ate at a local teeny restaurant, or on a 5-star River … Continue reading

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Vietnam – Ho Chi Minh City

We ended up in Ho Chi Minh for more days than we planned, to get our Visas for Cambodia straightened out (and they were). We had two rooms in Saigon Corner House, down a twisty-turny-rabbit-maze of a road.  Rooms were … Continue reading

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Vietnam continued

More of Nha Trang I know I’ve talked about the traffic.  This picture is on a SLOW day, with basically NO traffic, and still it’s just a cacophony of noise and chaos.  There were days where you just prayed to … Continue reading

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Vietnam….continued…..

So, we’ve found a little bit of heaven – Long Beach, Phu Quoc.  We’re here for 4 nights.  Hot, humid, balmy, lovely hotel rooms (More on that later), crystal clear pool, and miles and miles of beautiful sandy beach to … Continue reading

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Thoughts on Viet Nam

So, I wanted ADVENTURE!  I wanted to WING IT!  and I had this VISION of what that would be like in VietNam……………  So far, not so much……….. Through no fault of our own we ended up having to spend 5 … Continue reading

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Visible Mending….

So, I’ve been reading about this “new” trend of visible mending.  The idea of it being new is hilarious since darning and mending have been around forever, but sometimes you  just need to come back to an oldie but goodie. … Continue reading

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Pose-able Mannequins…. Do You Use Them?

I often use one of my Pose-able Mannequins to figure out how to draw a limb in a believable way, or to show how a shadow would fall near a figure. Years ago, I was so lucky to be given … Continue reading

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Something Different

I’ve seen “art kits” on the ‘net, and thought I’d try to make one.  Basically, it’s some kind of compact, portable storage for art supplies so that you can paint on-the-go. Sadly, this involves sewing, and I have a love/hate … Continue reading

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Illustrating a Kid’s Book – End Page

So, that title doesn’t mean I’ve completed the book for P, it just means I actually completed the page that will be the last one in the book. I’m pretty pumped that I’ve FINALLY done one page that I consider … Continue reading

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Illustrating a Kid’s Book – Part 4

A few more rough sketches.  I actually think that I’ve bitten off more than I can chew……sigh…….. This is something about walking in the rain with a bear And maybe making a cake.  I don’t think this one will make … Continue reading

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Illustrating a Kid’s Book – Part 3

I have pretty much decided on the general color palette – lime green, hot pink, and turquoise blue.  I WILL actually be using many different pictures of P’s face; this just happens to be the one I printed out in … Continue reading

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Illustrating a Kid’s Book – Part 2

A few more attempts at narrowing down what the Girl’s general characteristics will be.  For instance, P rarely wears dresses, so she’ll mostly be wearing leggings and t-shirts in the book. Her face will be completely and seamlessly incorporated into the … Continue reading

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Illustrating a Kid’s Book

When our first grandchild was born (M), I did a book for her full of photographs and rhyming words, all about her first day in the world.  It was kinda awesome. Naturally, I intended to do something similar for our … Continue reading

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Working With a Theme – Moon and Heron

Well, this was an interesting exercise.  Again, using a moon as a background, this will use a Heron as the focal point.  If you’re a watercolor “purist”, just stop reading right now!  I used watercolors, a gold pen, a black … Continue reading

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Purging – Feels SOOOO Good!

I have a bit of an addiction to cool and/or new Art Supplies, and because of this, sometimes end of with way too many of a particular thing.  In this instance, it’s Acrylic Paint Brushes. I was storing them in empty … Continue reading

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