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The ordinary arts we practice every day at home are of more importance to the soul than their simplicity might suggest ~ Sir Thomas Moore ~

hOMe is where the heART is …

Monday, December 5, 2022

Find me here . . .

With only 20 days until Christmas, I thought I would mention two wonderful spots to find original art and special Christmas gifts.
 I am thrilled to have my work in both the Alton Mill Arts Centre in the Headwaters Arts Gallery and Innovation Park Art in the Workplace.
Original art
Cards created from my original art 
and one-of-a-kind driftwood Santas, each hand painted and sealed with a little hook, twine for hanging, tiny bell and hand stamped Merry Christmas tag.

I love picking up pieces of driftwood on my morning lake walks and the more unusual the shape the better. Each piece is washed and thoroughly dried and when it's time to paint, their own unique personality comes through. I must say, they are a joy to paint and bring a smile to my face and hopefully to others who see them. A little love from Lake Ontario and me!

My little Winter Owl would make a lovely addition to a bookshelf, mantle or ledge. 
All can be found at:
Headwaters Arts Gallery
Artful Giving Show and Sale
Alton Mill Arts Centre
1402 Queen Street
Suite 100
Alton Village, Caledon, On
November 9, 2022 - January 8, 2023

And then a bit closer to home 

Hopes, Dreams and Possibilities
Birds of A Feather

these two canvases can be found at
 Innovation Park
Art in the Workplace
175 Longwood Road South
Hamilton, Ontario

Exhibit 35 runs from October 31, 2022- March 1, 2023

I hope you are able to visit and enjoy all the beautiful art that has been so lovingly created!

Happy Monday,
d xo 

Friday, December 2, 2022

Hello December . . .

new month
new chapter
new page and new wishes.
May the month give you
courage, strength, confidence, patience and peace.
May every day in December be filled with hope, love, sunshine and energy.
Let there be 

Tuesday, November 1, 2022

Happy November . . .

"Your feet will bring you to where your heart is" 

Happy November
and the most gorgeous weather for the first of November
which started with a nice long walk
through the woods

and then it was time to re-open my little Etsy shop which has been on vacation mode
just in time for Christmas shopping.
I will be adding more items soon.

~the aviary keeper~

Our garden has been filled with happy birds enjoying this beautiful weather after yesterday's rain.

Have a wonderful day! 
d xo

Monday, October 31, 2022

Cherry Hill Gate . . .

We had a wonderful family hike over the weekend through Cherry Hill Gate, part of the Royal Botanical Gardens and  
an absolute hidden gem.

So many beautiful birds feeding out of our hands ... 
can you spot the Crane?
Spectacular views
and reflections
and I can never resist a little whimsy coming across magical spots ;-D 
Happy Halloween!
d xo

Friday, October 28, 2022

Art in the Workplace . . .

Art in the Workplace
Exhibit #35
is on now at
McMaster Innovation Park
October 28, 2022 - March 2, 2023

I am thrilled to have had both submitted pieces of art accepted into
this wonderful, juried exhibition.
Always grateful to have an incredible space like the Atrium at Innovation Park which showcases and supports local artists.

Art can be viewed in person at
The Atrium
McMaster Innovation Park
175 Longwood Rd South
Hamilton, Ontario

Sales are made directly through the artist, so if you are interested in both or either piece, please contact me via email for more information.
A sold sticker will be placed beside the piece, but it must remain in the gallery until the end of the exhibit. 
Hopes, Dreams and Possibilities
17" x 24"
Birds of A Feather
19" x 27" 

Have a wonderful weekend!
d xo

Monday, October 17, 2022

Our Autumn home . . .

snapped a few pictures as I walked around the garden . . . 
dressed in the beautiful colours of Autumn that I adore! 
all the rusts * browns * golds * burgundy * yellows * creams * and greens
where even the mailbox is decorated ;-D 
my friend sent me this sweet flag from Utah 
knowing my love of crows * scarecrows and pumpkins 
It is the first thing I put out in the garden as I begin decorating for the season and Halloween . . . 
a little door hanger I needle punched a few years ago
just waiting to be carved on Halloween
a sweet little find in the mums . . .  
 the arbours are covered in vines that have turned such gorgeous shades . . .  this one is over our pond
a fallen leaf in one of our many bird baths 
and of course . . .  a heart! xo
scarecrows stand guard in the front and back gardens . . .
we've had them all for years, since our children were little, lots of sentimentality attached to each,
so even though they seem to look a bit worse for wear each year, we could never part with them.
One will need some new straw hair and new pants as the old ones are threadbare (working on that today)

paper lanterns tucked into one of our larger scarecrows pockets
lots of whimsy :-) 
and garden signs
a harvest welcome

 "To those who have not yet learned the secret of true happiness,
begin now
to study the little things
in your own dooryard"
-George Washington Carver-

~have a wonderful week~
d xo

Tuesday, October 11, 2022

Thanksgiving walk . . .

Keep Calm

Autumn is here!

The most gorgeous weather over the Thanksgiving weekend and a long country walk was in order.
fresh air * spectacular colours * trees and birds and chipmunks * wide open space
"It looked like the world was covered in a cobbler crust
of brown sugar and cinnamon"
-sarah addison allen-

... and we had a lovely apple cobbler waiting at home :-) 

bright sunshine capture
I am a magnet to the trees :-D 

just look at this beauty - it took our breath away! 
"Love the trees

until their leaves fall off

then encourage them to try again next year

-Chatt Sugg-

lifelong tree hugger
"Delicious Autumn!

My very soul is wedded to it,

and if I were a bird

I would fly about the earth

seeking the successive Autumns"

-George Eliot-


the leaves are falling

as though they are in love

with the ground

~my favourite season~