Friday, October 24, 2014

Fundraising For Bicycles






My oldest daughter is heading to Africa 
and will be pedaling her bike from Egypt down to South Africa!

She is trying to fund raise to donate bicycles
 to community support workers in each country she goes through. (10 countries!)
(see her blog for details and her stories along the way!)


In order to help her in this venture,
I carved a bike stamp, and made some cards
that I am selling locally as well as in my Etsy Shop.
All money will go towards buying bikes.




I also made a little accordion book using my hand carved stamps
and if it sells, the money will assist in buying bikes. 









To purchase bike cards or my bike book go to my Etsy shop

To learn more about the biking fundraiser visit Savannah's (oldest daughter) blog.


Wednesday, October 15, 2014

My New Idea


I decided to try making a small day timer
In which you only carry around three months of days at a time.



Each page is one day 
&
at the beginning of the year you carry around January, February and March.


Here are the other nine small booklets for each month



At the end of January,
 you remove the filled January booklet,
move February and March forward and add April to its place.


A small day timer
that is easy to carry around, 
and still contains lots of space to write

Friday, October 10, 2014

One Thing Leads to Another



One idea often leads to another,
and the cards I made with tea bags
and my hand carved stamps lead me to making these little books.



Some of them have a subtle bit of colour added


And some of them are just the colour of the tea bags.


Inside are pages of different shades
some with copies of my stamps and drawings.








And now I have a new idea to start working on.

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Production Time



It is the time of year when I need to buckle down 
and produce items for the 2 Christmas Fairs I participate in.



So I made some cards with coloured tea bags
and my hand carved stamps.





So many of my hand carved stamps are plant based.

 
And yet the one I really enjoyed playing with on these cards
was this funny little house I carved onto an eraser a long time ago. 



Monday, September 29, 2014

Book Making




I had a great time this weekend,
teaching 11 people how to make books!
I loved seeing how different each book was.
What wonderful creativity!








This is the book I finished during the course. 
I did start another couple during some demonstrations, 
but those will be put on the back burner for some time
as I have other projects on the go that need my attention.

I hope you had as wonderful a weekend as I did!

Saturday, September 20, 2014

How I Spent My Summer Vacation



To be honest I don't get summer vacations.
Working in the tourism industry like I do
where our season is from May to September 
 it is rare for me to get much time away from the job during the summer.

I worked long hours this summer, 
but I thought I would share a few of the highlights of things I did do.

WARNING - this post is full of images!

The above picture is taken from the helicopter 
as we were flying to the Lowell Glacier to do some work.










 





The images above are of the Lowell Glacier. 
The icebergs in the river are huge (many of them are the size of a house)




The area by the glacier is dry and windy



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Younger daughter and I spent a beautiful day in August hiking 
to Thunder Egg Creek




It was August
but the leaves were already starting to change colour


These sandstone concretions
are locally called thunder eggs.





They form in the side of the cliffs, 
which erodes away over time,
and the thunder eggs roll down the cliff.





It was definitely a wonderful day spent together.

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Older Daughter and I had a Grand Adventure that I previously shared here


And we also went for our 3rd annual visit to the Alaska coast
which is only a 2-3 hour drive away. 


The weather wasn't too nice,
but we had a great time poking around 



and collecting rocks on the beach.


And since there was no one around
and the tide was high


we shed some clothes 
and jumped into the ocean

(ok - my jump was more of a slither, and I didn't stay in long
It was VERY cold!)


The coastal trees were enshrouded in fog,
which was beautiful.
until the fog came down to the road, 
and our drive home through the fog was long and difficult.

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And then right near the end of the summer,
I went for a plane ride over the glaciers and icefields
in hope to be able to see Mt. Logan (Canada's highest mountain)
The weather was too stormy, but the mountain and glacier views were still amazing.







So even though a lot of time was spent working this summer 
I still had some wonderful adventures.