Friday, July 31, 2009

Monthly Blog Giveaway!

This past month was the first month of a blog giveaway. Those who visited the site, and left a comment were eligible for a chance to win this month's prize. This month, it was for a "Sister" of your choice from the "Nun of a Kind" Collection. I am pleased to announce this month's winner! It is Beth from "Indie North"!  Beth will receive her special sister once she has a chance to make a decision! Thanks to all who made a comment during the month of July. The new giveaway begins tomorrow and the rules are the same. Simply leave a comment to receive your "ballot" for the draw! No limits throughout the month, so feel free to enter often. Also, if you would like to have one of your creations advertised as a giveaway on this blog, simply contact me through a comment, or through the website, and I would be glad to add these items to the monthly giveaways!
  For those readers in Canada, enjoy the long weekend! 

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Celebrating Survivors!

A very thoughtful daughter recently requested a special "Sister" to give her mother, who is a breast cancer survivor.  "Sister Bea Well" was created, and features her pink ribbon, to signify the road to a cure, and her bouquet of flowers, celebrating her personal victory. This new "Sister" will soon be added to the "Nun of a Kind" collection for purchase, and a portion of the sales will be directed to the "Breast Cancer Society of Canada". Each year, a donation is made from the sale of "Janet's Snowfolk", in memory of a dear friend. Hopefully, with donations and work towards the cure, we will be celebrating survivors in more and more cases!

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Two great blogs!

   Passing the award recently received (the "Bella Sinclair" award)  to two great blogs/sites (and two great people!!) to which I often refer and enjoy reading. The first is to Stacey at "Snug N Luv" designs. Stacey has many great quilt kits in her shop, and I had the good fortune to meet her at a local art event. Her kits for quilting are "ready to go" and contain great instructions. I purchased a quilt top kit for a black and white quilt (for the "sisters", don't you know!) which remains untouched in my sewing room. (however, it will get finished....someday!) She also has various patterns in her shop so that you can create your own items with fabrics you may already have. She is a great supporter of other shops and artisans! 
   Another blog which I would like to mention is that of "Indie North". Beth, the writer of this site, showcases Canadian artisans in particular, and it is wonderful to see so many emerging artists from here. Here, you will meet and be linked to many great shops, featuring items which are unique, and handmade. Beth truly deserves an award because she is so giving to those of us trying to get noticed in the "big sea" of handmade! Be sure to go through the former posts when viewing Beth's site to be introduced to featured artists. Thanks, Beth!!

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Morning Walk....

   Although it has not been a typical summer here, it has been beautiful when I am out for my morning walk. This is the view that I am lucky enough to see every morning, at 6:30 a.m., I might add!  I walk with a good friend each morning, and since she is a "working girl", we must get our walk in early in the morning. Just as well, because if we leave it to the evening, a glass of wine on the deck just sounds like so much better an idea! 
   The upside of getting up that early, even if I don't have to, is that I squeeze in a little reading time before heading down to my workspace, where I spend the morning with the "sisters". I am ever so much more productive when following this schedule.....and one just has to be in a good mood about the day when you can see a sight like this one by the beach!

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Interesting reading....

in a blog that I discovered through "Twitter". It is entitled "Margaret and Helen..Best friends for sixty years and counting"  Now, if they have been best friends for sixty years, one knows that they must be women of "a certain age". Although I am not American, I have enjoyed reading their posts about various issues in U.S. politics, and their candid opinions. They "tell it like it is", and their work is most entertaining to read. 
   Have a look, have a laugh, and here's hoping that we can all be as "with it" as these two women once we reach their age!
   Don't forget to leave a comment on any or all blog entries for the month of July for a chance to win the "sister" of your choice!

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Introducing...Sister Iva Story, the author!

                                                                                                                                                                                  Sister Iva Story has joined the order of the "Nun of a Kind" collection! She is a writer extraordinaire, with a colorful imagination, despite her constant appearance in black and white! She is currently working on a book of "nun-fiction", and prays for a spot on the bestseller's list! 
    Although the idea for this sister has been "lurking" in my mind for quite a while, it was the request of a few clients that finally brought "Sister" into the fold!  Her main job as a gift to any writer would be that she will help keep away the dreaded "writer's block"!

Thursday, July 16, 2009

An award!

A lovely surprise from Sue at Barton's originals....she has bestowed upon me the "Bella Sinclair Award"! This award was created by Ces in honor of her friend, Bella Sinclair. Her thoughts....
"I designed this award to celebrate art in the blogs and to honor the value of friendship, sisterhood, sharing and caring. It is to be awarded to the gifted, accomplished, eloquent and talented blogger whose friendship and influence inspire us to do our best. That I named it after Bella Sinclair is because she epitomizes all of these things. She is an inspiration to many of us."
I thank Sue for thinking of me for this award! It is my duty now to pass along this award to some other blogs which I find deserving. Right now, I can think of so many, and of course, would always love to return the gift to Sue for her wonderful blog....stay tuned for my choices as I narrow them down!

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Blog Prize Winners!

   The winners of the "Sister Mary Christmas" ornaments are Sue, from "Barton's Originals", Susan from "Reading Upside Down", and "Shazzabeth Creations".  Thank you for your comments, and letting me know about your favorite "Sister" from the "Nun of a Kind" collection!
   A new feature has been added to this blog....a monthly giveaway! This month's giveaway (to be drawn at the end of this month) is your choice of any "Sister" in the collection. Simply leave a comment for any (or all!) blog entries in that month, and earn a ballot for the draw!
   Good luck!

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Airline Woes!

Sister Hedda Farr, the traveling sister, has had her share of unfortunate experiences and has had to deal with airlines, on occasion, for missing luggage. However, had to share with you the story of a fellow Canadian, who happened to notice his luggage, (his guitar, in particular), was being tossed about as it was loaded on the aircraft. He complained to the airline, but had little satisfaction with the situation, even though his precious guitar was damaged in the incident. Finally, he put his complaints to music, and featured a video on "You Tube". It has been viewed by over a million people by now, and yes, the airline has agreed to compensate him, and is even going to use the video in a training situation. 
   A musician I know very well has had unfortunate experiences with his guitar as "checked baggage" on his many flights, and now has a plan when his instrument is "flying" with him. The situation is certainly more serious than ordinary lost luggage, particularly if it is necessary for earning your living. However, losing all of my "stuff" for even a few days was bad enough! :)

Thursday, July 9, 2009

New "Sisters" custom-made....

One of the biggest challenges (and the most fun!) is to create a special "Sister" for someone who wishes to give one as a gift, or to commemorate someone. Incorporating ideas from the customer, and keeping in touch through email, etc., allows for the special touches needed for that item. Before actually completing the transaction, a series of digital photos is sent so that the customer can see if the newly created sister is appropriate, and perhaps, additional changes are made if need be. Recently, I have had two special for a woman who sounds very owner of a restaurant, who loves wine, carries a huge handbag loaded with her "essentials", and also follows various diets. Because this is a gift that has not yet been received, I will not post the picture at this point, but will tell you that the custom sister has a wine cork in her hands, her list of "Diets du jour", a sign from the restaurant, (thanks to a website), and a handbag which I created, and which appears to be filled with many objects. Fun to make up, and I hope that she enjoys her gift...
   The second sister is a skipping nun, made in memory of an actual nun who did enjoy skipping. The rope is wired, as are the arms, to allow for flexibility and posing. This "Sister" bears the name of the lady who inspired this custom work.
   Many of the "Sisters" pictured in the website  started out as a custom sister....someone needing a gift for their hairdresser, their massage therapist, an actress, etc.  Most of the fun is in creating the name, which usually involves puns. So, as my friends do, when we are chatting about new additions to the "order", put your "thinking caps" on, and see how many crazy names/concepts you manage to create! Would love to hear your ideas, and maybe create that special sister for you!

Friday, July 3, 2009

A Little Giveaway....!

Each year, I make several "Sister Mary Christmas" ornaments, and am in the midst of preparing a supply for the upcoming shows. This ornament was the very first of the "Nun of a Kind" Collection, and was prepared as a Christmas gift for some of my son's teachers. The school had been involved with various musicals, and one of them was a rendition of "Sister Act".  Since then, this little ornament has graced many a tree, and last year, during the pre-Christmas season, customers were ordering them "en masse". (whoops, Catholic pun there!) 
    If you would like to be one of the three people to whom I send an early ornament, simply leave me a comment on this blog, mentioning which "sister" of the "Nun of a Kind" collection (here is the website!) is your favorite. The selection will be made next Wednesday, July 8th! Winning even one little ornament is better than.....nun!

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Happy Canada Day!!

Canada is having a birthday today!! This country is 142 years old today....and sad to say, I remember celebrating the 100th anniversary! Good thing that the country is getting older and I am not!
   So, from the patriotic "Sister", "I am Canadi-nun!", Happy Canada today to all! May the rain hold off until the parades are finished, the barbeques and other celebrations conclude, and the all-important fireworks displays occur!