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The Maker’s Grant

3 Apr

Screen Shot 2015-04-02 at 11.53.55 AMThe best online marketplace for handmade, Etsy, partnered up with an innovative social network, Ten Thousand Coffees, to graciously award a Maker $5,000 to fund their creative business, product, or idea. I was beyond giddy this week when I found out that Nature’s My Friend was short-listed into the top 20 for the Maker’s Grant! If I was lucky enough to win, this money would help me finally outfit the studio with an etching press! All I need now to make this dream a reality, is a little help from you my friends. I need you to vote for my project; all you need is an e-mail address or a facebook account and you only need to vote once.


Currently I’m in 3rd place but I need YOUR VOTE to make it to #1!!! VOTING ENDS APRIL 6TH SO PLEASE VOTE NOW!

canadian roots

30 Dec

rootscanadaYou all know I am a proud Canadian. I am obsessed with our wildlife, I love exploring our landscapes, and I even collect silly bits of Canadiana like Mountie portraits and beaver paintings. So the other week, when a Canadian icon contacted me personally, I was beyond flattered! The creative team behind Roots Canada‘s instagram page asked to “re-gram” (which means re-post) a recent image of mine as they celebrate Canadian Winter this week. I of course said YES! The image they chose was from several weeks ago featuring my elk and cardinals hand-pulled print. In their post they write “Today we celebrate Northern creatures with beautifully illustrated cardinals and elk by @naturesmyfriend. What do you love most about #canadianwinter?” What a wonderful holiday gift to have one of my images shared with Root’s 10K+ followers; even though we’re in the middle of a Canadian Winter, I feel all warm and tingly! *side note* there are only 2 of these prints left in the edition (available here), after that they will only be available as digitally printed postcards!

too good tuesday #4

5 Mar

Incredible to think that I have been doing too good tuesdays for a month now; time sure flies! This weekly post has been a nice go-to post for several reasons:’s uplifting to count your blessings 2.having a record of the positive activities in your life that so that you can look back on them 3.being able to quickly share a link, without the need for a lengthy post. Here’s what was too good to me this past week:

Taking one of my favorite photos of the West Kootenays, during my early morning nature walk: Screen Shot 2013-03-05 at 9.14.46 AMAnnouncing my big news with Etsy Canada and seeing them promote the upcoming show in their recent newsletter: Screen Shot 2013-03-05 at 9.29.06 AMCurrently too busy to reply to any mail art, so I’m getting my postal fix from Jaime’s fantastic blog send more mail: Screen Shot 2013-03-05 at 9.13.25 AMKale chips; who needs chips or crackers when you’ve got this perfect snack recipe for tasty, crispy & healthy greens? I’ve been experimenting with different spices to like garlic and oregano to jazz them up even more:Screen Shot 2013-03-05 at 9.21.25 AM Major progress on two new editions of hand-printed journals to soon join these guys in the shop: Screen Shot 2013-03-05 at 9.20.42 AMScreen Shot 2013-03-05 at 9.20.32 AMAny links or happy moments you’d like to share this week?