Tag Archives: rainbow trout

take home your totes

22 Jul

pawandhandtote2I am so excited to announce that my line of handmade tote bags is finally being launched online! YAY! These beauties came about as one of my final projects before flying to Toronto’s OOAK for Etsy Canada, then rushing off to both Edmonton and Vancouver’s Make It Shows. I had hoped to list them all when I returned in late spring, but a series of speed bumps (including needing a new point & shoot camera, a big move, and another job on the go…) forced me to take a little longer. I finally had everything lined up (including the sun against these beautiful cedar trees) and got it all done.BLOGtotebags2 You can now find them all in my etsy shop in the tote bag section. Designs available include: The Molecular Bear, Flying Tree Swallow, Making a True Connection (Dog Paw & Hand), Howling Wolf With Full Moon & Jumping Rainbow Trout. BLOGtotebagsEach design is hand cut and hand pressed onto 100% natural cotton tote bags that feature the nature’s my friend logo on the back. Carry around books, groceries, beach swag or extra junk, and look awesome while doing it! They fold up easily to be stashed inside your purse, backpack or car, for whenever you need them next. Feel free to take them on any adventure, because they’re easy to clean: just turn ’em inside out, machine wash in cold water on delicate, then immediately dry on low. backoftotesSave 15% on your purchase until July 28th: Just use the coupon code TOTALLYTOTES during the checkout. For even more savings, grab two totes for twenty and use the discount. Hope you like what you see, because my animals can’t wait to help you carry your extra goodies.

mountain life

3 Jun

My pal Heather and I have been having quite a few conversations lately about what it means to live in the mountains. Naturally there are a lot of things that define what everyday life is like amongst snowy peaks and river valleys, but yesterday we lived the true definition of it. 1 3Good friends (and Castlegar natives) Kenny and Marcella, took us fishing in a fantastic spot on the Columbia River across from the pulp mill and a short distance from the dam. The water was an incredible teal blue and the forest stretched over the mountains for miles.2 5Luck seemed to be on our side, as we ended up with a gorgeous bounty of beautiful rainbow trout. The bird watching, cold cocktails, good company and sand between my toes weren’t too bad either. 4 6We got some great lessons on catching, cleaning, gutting and cutting the fish, plus some serious chef expertise about how to then cook those babies to perfection. The feast was a wonderful way to celebrate our successful venture; literally tasting the rewards of an entire day well spent with what the mountains have to offer.

the catch of the afternoon

26 Sep

As most of my readers know, I am super busy in production mode getting ready for the One of a Kind Show and Sale in Vancouver in December. Although it feels like I have too many projects on the go, and keep bouncing in between them, I did finally finish a new altered book yesterday and I am so proud!  I started with an old hardback book originally titled “special effects” & altered it with a mix of media including gouache, acrylic and watercolor. The found poem reads “The catch of the afternoon, just in time for dinner.”The background has an abstract pallet reminiscent of water with a mix of blues, teals and whites. There is a beautiful rainbow trout illustrated in the top left corner, and a woven fishing creel and red-handled fishing rod on the bottom right. Like all of my altered book pieces, it hangs directly on a wall like a canvas, open at the altered page. I would love to hear your thoughts and feedback in the comments! If you enjoyed viewing this style of work feel free to visit my portfolio site or this previous blog post about my solo show this past July to see more of my altered book work.