Share the Love – Shop Global, Shop Local

One of the amazing things about selling online through Etsy is the ability to send my creations to places all around the world. I’m still somewhat in awe of the fact that someone in Italy has a set of my coasters or someone in Australia purchased my desk organizers.

Etsy has also given me the opportunity to see how many amazing artisans there are in my back yard. Here are some of my favourites from around Vancouver Island:

Highberry Dew is also from Duncan BC. Her work combines whimsical watercolors with fantastic design to create unique cards and gift tags.

I have a soft spot for ravens, so i love this metal jewelry from ImagesbyKentOlinger from Chemainus BC which is a nice mix of beautiful and fun.

Silver Cedar Jewelry from Cortex Island features local flora and fauna hand cast from silver and gold. Amazing life-like detail.

Emburr pottery from Brentwood Bay features fabulous hand stamped and hand painted pottery.

Finally, not that I’m biased, but for handcrafted wood picture frames and other woodwork, visit my partner’s shop at Balsamroot Woodwork.

A Page from My Inspiration Book #2


This page is all about color. There is something magical, not just in the colors themselves, but in the words we give to colors. Vermilion and scarlet are much more evocative than red; gold and ochre have more depth than yellow. The world would be a lot blander if there was only one red or one yellow.

My Color Palette

If someone told you that you could only use four colors for a project, which ones would you choose?1aug8IMG_6184

For me, it would have to be these four: cobalt blue, turquoise, lime green and yellow. These are definitely the colors I go back to, over and over. I love the contrast between the soothing blue and turquoise and the shocking yellow and lime.


If I were allowed one more color to round out my palette? If would have to be the perfect purple.


What colors are in your color palette?

A Page from my Inspiration Book


Lots of artists make inspiration boards filled with bits and pieces that catch their fancy. I have a book stuffed full of photos, quotes and other odds and ends that have caught my attention. On this page, I especially like my handmade color wheel, made from different colored photos. Yes, the wheel actually spins to reveal parts of different photos each time.

What inspires you?