Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Remembrance Day 2014

In Flanders Fields 

In Flanders field the poppies blow 
Between the crosses, row on row, 
That mark our place; and in the sky 
The larks, still bravely singing, fly 
Scarce heard amid the guns below. 

We are the Dead. 
Short days ago 
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow, 
Loved and were loved, and now we lie 
In Flanders fields. 

Take up our quarrel with the foe: 
To you from failing hands we throw 
The torch; be yours to hold it high. 
If ye break faith with us who die 
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow 
In Flanders fields.

 ~ Major John McCrae, May 1915 

 The red Flanders’ poppy was first described as a flower of remembrance by Colonel John McCrae (1872-1918), who was a Professor of Medicine at McGill University of Canada before World War One. Colonel McCrae had served as a gunner in the Boer War, but went to France in World War One as a medical Officer with the first Canadian Contingent. At the second battle of Ypres in 1915, while in charge of a small first-aid post, he wrote In Flanders Fields in pencil on a page torn from his dispatch book when a close friend and former student, Lt. Alexis Helmer, was killed in the battle. Helmer was one of 6000 Canadian casualties in just 48 hours. 

Colonel McCrae, while still serving in the field hospital, caught pneumonia and meningitis and died on January 28, 1918 in Boulogne, France. His volume of poetry, In Flanders’ Fields and Other Poems, was published in 1919.


By way of thanks to those who have served so that we could live in a country where freedom is taken for granted and for the sons and daughters of Canada who serve now so that we may continue to enjoy that freedom. 

In Memory Of

CPL. Nathan Cirillo, October 22, 2014
WO Patrice Vincent, October 20, 2014

Lest We Forget

Wednesday, November 05, 2014

Catching Up!

I am currently working on my December designs for Paper Artsy. In case you missed the first 9, you can find them here. What am I making? Well you'll just have to wait and see!

I've been on a book-buying binge in the last month.
 Right now I am reading Make it Mighty Ugly by Kim Werker. 

In the queue are: 

I wanted to read this one because it's about a man who goes out to mail a letter to a dying friend but then decides to deliver the message in person. He begins walking 600 miles. 

Inferno by Dan Brown
I love Dan Brown! I own everything he's written and this is the next instalment of his Robert Langdon series. Can't wait to dive in!

Granny Chic by Rachell Blondel & Tif Fussell 
The Granny Chic book was bought solely as eyecandy. I couldn't resist when I saw it was only $12.95. I love it because it's sort of zine-like. 

The Lynda Barry book is just *SO* delicious and I spent 3 weeks rabidly trying to track down a copy. (My friend Penn actually helped me find one in the end-all hail the mighty Pulp Fiction! Gotta love independent book stores for their fantastic customer service!) If you want to know why I wanted this book so badly, this blog has a good peek inside. Am I right or am I right? I love her books! I also own What It Is and Picture This: Nearsighted Monkey .

So I am late to the party, but I am currently binge watching 8 seasons worth of Big Bang Theory. I'm almost through season 5. It's hilarious! I noticed that a piece of of Anahata Katkin's work hangs in one of the apartments!

I have also been watching season 5 of Downton Abbey. The writing, acting and costuming of this series is impeccable. 

Then there are my usual shows-Ice Pilots NWT (Which sadly is in its last season! *weeps*), Alaska the Last Frontier, Mountain Men, Life Below Zero, Ice Road Truckers, (Are you sensing a theme here?) The Amazing Race, Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown, Grey's Anatomy and a new show called Stalker.

Geez, when I list them out like that, it looks like alot, but I really spend very little time watching TV. I read more than I watch.

Heart's on Fire ~Passenger
Broken Arrow ~Robbie Robertson
'Till the World Ends ~Andy Brown
The Scientist ~Willie Nelson

The Scientist was the final song from the movie The Judge with Robert Duvall and Robert Downey Junior. It was THE best movie I've seen in a long, long time. If you haven't seen it, GO! When it comes out on DVD, I am going to buy it. It was that good. I will be surprised if it doesn't win some awards. It was a beautiful piece of work.

I received an email yesterday afternoon saying that a new book that my art will appear in is going to be released in short order! Yay! Two of my friends, Seth Apter and Penelope Harris are also being published in this book, but other than that, all the other artists are new to me. I can't wait to flip through it!

Here's a sneak peek of the cover:

If you're interested in adding this to your collection, you can pre-order here.

I am also looking forward to going to the Little River Band concert this weekend. My husband bought tickets for our 24th Anniversary which was just last week. It's his favourite band and has been the soundtrack of many a road trip together.

I have some other exciting news, but I am just waiting for the okay to share it. It's pretty cool!!

Friday, October 31, 2014

Hallowe'en 2014

Happy Birthday Gramps. 
I miss you every day.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

November Sneak Peek #3

Here is my final sneak peek for November:

It was great fun working with these beautiful stamps by Lynn Perrella for Paper Artsy. 
All the details of this design can be found here. 

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

November Sneak Peek #2

I hope you enjoyed yesterday's project! I love making things out of shipping tags.
 Here's today's sneak peek:

Hope on over to the Paper Artsy blog for the reveal & tutorial!

Monday, October 27, 2014

November Sneak Peek #1

Hi Everyone! It's time to see what projects I have for you this week over on the Paper Artsy blog! Be sure and pop over to see the reveal and you're welcome to leave a comment too, if you like! 
Here's today's sneak peek:

 If you haven't been following along, be sure and scroll back through the posts-there's been some gorgeous projects shared.


"He loved her of course,
but better than that 
he chose her, day after day.
Choice: that was the thing."

~Sherman Alexi

Happy 24th Anniversary to my love. I will always choose you.