To live your dream… is to truly live

I have a wonderful, adventurous idea!

I want to create a book!

A book inspired by a beloved fantasy novel character, that has been known and loved for over 100 years.

SANY0917-Nicci-Nov-2013This book would feature many fabulous Artists interpretations of said character.

Each Artist, along with myself, would submit their artwork along with an answer to a question asked of all the participating Artists.

This juicy sought after book would be available on Amazon.

Think about it!  Wouldn’t this be FABULOUS!

Now, the question is…….can this legally be done?

(this idea has been posted and filed by Nicci Battilana of Duran Designs Inc. on 08 March 2015)

Mr Wirtz hits the market!

I have recently had the great pleasure and challenge of bringing Mr Eward Wirtz to life through my art. As many of you know, drawing, creating, sketching the male face is not my forte….so to speak….lol.

Usually when I attempt to draw a male character they end up with very feminine features. It has taken two months of practice, but I believe the final outcome is a hit! Mr Wirtz is now ready to meet his public!blackberry-wood-cd-cover-reA local band, which is very fun, wildly creative and resemble Gypsies Circus freaks from the 1800’s (in the best way possible), is about to release their brand new album “Blackberry Wood in the Wild West Medicine Show … presented by Mr Edward Wirtz”.

To obtain your very own copy, please feel free to contact the band directly!

Challenge #19 ~ Sending out a little Happy Mail

2014-Oct-propmt-19What is Happy Mail?

Check out a recent blog post, which shows some great samples by clicking here!

Once you have created a few stamped, scratched, torn, smudged or sketched (etc) pieces to send to one lucky member of our Art Journal Junkies group, CLICK HERE and select a recipient’s address at random. Package it up, decorate the envelope and off to the post office you go. Wah-la! You have just sent someone HAPPY MAIL!

Happy Creating!




Challenge #1 ~ Day after Day

01 Oct 2014 mailboxImagine that you have been delivering mail door to door, house to house year after year. Seeing one bland, plain, boring mailbox after another bland, plain, boring mailbox.

Now picture yourself as the homeowner, picking up your mail day after day from your very own bland, plain, boring old mailbox.

What if you could decorate your mailbox in any way you wish?

Decoupage!      Paint!      Glitter!

01 Oct 2014 mailbox 2 01 Oct 2014 mailbox 3

Sketch your mailbox (or dream mailbox, if you do not have one) and let your creativity wander….

What type of mailbox decor would make you smile ear to ear?

Now, go ahead, and  decorate your journal page mailbox!

I kept my journal page a bit less detailed this time and was inspired by The Little Shop of Horrors movie !01-Oct-2014-IMG_1654Here is a LINK to a blog post about when I painted my actual mailbox back in 2010! CLICK HEREcover-IMG_1657

Happy Creating!!!

It’s a BLOG HOP kinda day!

The lovely Rita Seed of the Artful Tribe asked me to partake in her BLOG HOP. artful tribe blog hop sep 5It is an itty bitty small one, but let’s see what juicy Artists she would like to introduce you to…

Not what we had expected…

2014-08-31-A-12.24.19-PNEOur day began with big plans, as the week prior I had won a great prize package for the PNE from Breakfast Television Vancouver.

The prize package included a $16 parking pass, 4 entry passes (worth $16.00  each), and 4 all day ride passes (worth $42.75 each). We were so excited!

Our son had asked a friend to join us for the day. We left home at 10am and headed out on our 45 minute drive into Vancouver, BC. Parked in the specified lot, joined the line to enter into the fair grounds, handed in our ride passes for our hand stamps and headed off towards the well known 2014-08-31-B-12.20.09-PNE-coaand well loved 1958 wooden roller-coaster. On the way to the coaster we all took a spin on an old favorite, the Music Express. Otherwise known as the “do you want to go faster?” ride.

His friend chose to sit out on the roller coaster ride, so I kept her company while the boys took their inaugural ride. From there, we looked at a few mid-way rides, then headed towards the Corkscrew roller-coaster, which was first unveiled at Expo 86.


2014-08-31-C-12.20.16-PNE-coaAfter the Corkscrew ride we looked at a few other mid-way games, as we headed down to the Rib-fest area to get a bit of lunch and some water to drink. Master D asked for some mini-donuts, but we said to wait until after we eat lunch.

2014-08-31-13.11.41-PNE-bbqWe selected our food vendor and joined in the line up of about 25-30 people. Everyone was hungry. After a few minutes Master D looked a bit tired, then advised us that he wasn’t hungry after all. We said that he could have some of ours. We were talking and then Master D leaned in to me, as if to cuddle. He soon advised me that he felt a bit dizzy and wanted to sit down. There was an occupied bench about 30-40 feet away from us through a crowd of people, but there was enough space for him to sit down. As Marco & Master D’s friend stayed in line to get our lunch, I started walking Master D to the bench. Once we were out of Marco’s line of sight, Master D just started to melt towards the ground. I was trying my best to hold him under his arms and get him closer to the bench, but he pretty much became a rag doll.

A couple of adult gentlemen assisted me in getting him to the bench. We had the people move so that we could lay him down. He was only completely out for a few seconds. Some nice people brought us bottles of cold water to try and help. First Aid was called. Once they arrived, they began running tests on him, then soon called immediately for a wheelchair. After about 20 mins he was in the wheelchair with oxygen being administered and being rushed to the first aid building, which was all the way back behind the first roller coaster. While there (for about 30-45 minutes) they ran many tests and then called for Alpha, which I now know means an ambulance.

2014-08-31-D-18.39.27When the Ambulance attendants arrived, they ran more tests and then advised us that they were taking him to BC Children’s Hospital. I rode along in the ambulance, while Marco & Master D’s friend followed in our car.

Master D was taken to a room within minutes of arrival and we had to wait out in the Emergency waiting area for about 20 mins. After Master D’s friend’s parents arrived to pick her up, all three of us were in room 11 together. Master D had many tests throughout the day, was hooked up to an I.V. for saline solution and had heart monitors, etc attached to his fingers and chest. Around 10 pm, they ran some chest x-rays, which looked good.  2014-08-31-E-18.39.39

By 11:15pm, his heart rate was much closer to normal (a bit high though) and his blood pressure was still lower than normal. The Doctor decided that he was responding much better and since his BP & heart rate were closer to normal, we could take him home.

2014-08-31-F-22.20.57He is seeming much better today, but we plan to go purchase a bp machine tomorrow so that we can keep a better eye on him (as the Doctor advised).  Thank goodness it has all turned out okay.

We would like to express our very deepest THANK YOUs to everyone that helped Master D yesterday, as well as to everyone that kept checking in with us to see how he was doing throughout  the adventure.  Plus THANK YOU so much Breakfast Television for the prize package. Hopefully next time we can make better use of the prize…lol.

2014-09-01-G-00.00.39At the last few seconds before the Corksrew ride began, Master D asked to get off, but we told him he would be fine & we went ahead with the ride. The medical staff is inconclusive as to why he passed out or why his rates were so off, but we have now sworn to always listen even when it seems trivial.

These were not the Carnival Fairground pics I thought I would be sharing with you today, but we did want to publicly thank those involved in his care. We hope you all had a great Labour Day and wish you good health and happiness in your own families.