*My Crows* *My Art* *My Way*

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Hi Everyone! 😃
I'm slowly, but surely, catching up with all of you. I didn't realize how behind I was in blog land!
This past Black Friday weekend, I worked Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday. The sale in the store was for 4 days.

Guess who was in charge of change rooms, on her shift? Yes, me, for the 4 days. The time went by so fast! I had 9 change rooms full and line ups. I even did bra fittings! I was damn proud of myself! I have to admit, everyone was really nice and understood, I was trying my best. I even had customers helping out other people. I thought that was great.

Anyways, by the time I got home, I forced myself to eat and went to bed! LOL!

But, up to those days, I did finish decorating the kitchen window.
I also put up the lights in the room, where I paint. This is the window, I look out. Mom made those curtains for $10.00. They are stuck up with velcro. Very easy to take down and wash!
I was able to start a painting. Here are some progress photos.
I actually finished the above painting, but it started to snow! So no photo taking outside!
So, I started another painting! Can you see the two crows?
One more thing, our government, has made our postal workers, stop the rotating strikes. Of course, they are upset, but at least they are back at work. Not sure what is going to happen. But, I am still going to wait, to open my shop. It's been 5 very long weeks!
Take Care and Big Hugs 😃⛄

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Hi Everyone 😀
Hope you're all doing well!
The snow has arrived! I think we got the same system, that many of you went through. Heavy, wet snow! But, I have to admit, I think by this weekend, it's all going to be gone.
Nobody at the bird feeders yet, but my grey squirrel is feeding on the stump!
We've started to put up our Christmas decorations. I think this year, I'm going to put up lights in the room, where I create my art.
I did finish one piece of art. It's actually the one in my banner. It's 9" x 12" on paper, created with ink and acrylic paint. I hope you can see all the detail.
"Star Kissed"
Just to let you know, the rotating postal strike is still on. I have to admit, even if it stops, I might not open my shop till January. Like I stated before, the mail is really backed up. It's such a shame, at this time of year, but what can you do!

I want to wish all my American friends a Happy Thanksgiving and if you go out on Black Friday, be safe! We always see all these images on t.v and I can't believe how people act! In Canada, Boxing Day, is our big sale day after Christmas, but we have started to do Black Friday now, and it has become more popular.

Big Hugs 😀

Thursday, November 15, 2018

"Special Guest Post"

Journeying Into the Dark to Find the Light
Hello everyone, my name is Rommy. I want to give a big thank you to Stacy for agreeing to let me guest post today. Her artwork often feels like a visual fairy tale. Take for instance, her recent piece, 
“I Am Safe to Be Me.”

There’s a story in that painting. You can see it in the small heart that looks like a kiss from the wind, the alertness in the crow sentinels, and especially in the smile of the figure at the center. There’s more to it than the knowledge that she’s safe; that smile is beginning to dream of a future where she can thrive. It may not be a faery tale in a traditional sense, but wonder and enchantment are all there.

I like to play with these ideas in my writing. My new collection of short stories, The Trouble with Wanting, and Other Not-Quite Faery Tales, takes faery tale themes and spins them out in ways that are different from the classics. “Her Homesick Spirit,” might be the least traditional of all the stories told, but the heroine, Rina, has to navigate a strange new world as intimidating as any dark, mysterious forest. Things might look familiar but they feel wrong as she wrestles with moving away from her family’s expectations to finally find a space she feels safe. The following poem elaborates on some of the themes in the story:

Light In An Eclipse
There is blood on the end of the sickle moon, though no one but me can see it. 

It's the same moon that hung over the place I was born grown gaunt with homesickness. 

Or maybe I've just seen myself reflected in the moon as darkness inches across it, engulfing it so nothing of its past remains.

The most familiar things look wrong under a moonless sky. I recognize nothing that looks like home. 

I embrace my darkness, but I do not let it consume me for I have the brightness of the stars in my soul.

I let them point the way, if not towards home, towards a future where I shine steady as souls wax and wane around me. 

Have you ever taken a walk off the beaten track to find yourself? Tell me about it in the comments section for a chance to win a copy of the e-book. The contest closes on November 25, midnight EST. I will choose the winner and announce their names back on my blog. Stacy will also add the name of the winner to this post. Good luck!

Cover art by Michelle Kennedy. Find her on her blog and Instagram.
The Trouble with Wanting, and Other Not-Quite Faerie Tales is available now at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.
Congrats Baili, you won!! 

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Hi Everyone!
Hope you're all doing well!
Happy November! I love when it's dark by 5:00pm.
Just to let you know, I've taken my art out of my Etsy shop for now, until the Canada post strike has ended. It is "rotating" strikes, but there is such a back log of mail right now, that I don't want to get any of my art lost. I've kept my leggings for sale, because the manufacture in Montreal, is doing a different company for posting. I guess I could do the same, but, I don't think people want to pay for the extra. Crossing fingers, this doesn't go on for much longer!

So, I've been playing around with my designs on my leggings. I created a new pair, from my last painting.
"I Am Safe To Be Me"
I finished a new drawing too.
"Hugs Of Love" (9" x 12" on paper)
And, guess what? Yes, I did leggings in this design too!
Big Hugs 😀