Welcome to my ART VLOG!

It seems to be a time for re-birth, renewal, i.e. no more fear for a lot of my friends this month…… including myself. This change has been growing, and defining itself within me for the past 7 or so months. There is a NEED for a new branch to venture out onto in this crazy life.

When I do something like this, I always tend to jump in with both feet at once. I know, crazy Gemini woman, right? lol

Therefore each weekday (M-F) I will begin by getting in my 7,000 + steps, a good morning welcome on my vlog, followed by some form of art or another creative adventure 🙂 .

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Keep smiling & creative, Nicci

Prepping for the BIG Studio Tour!


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Hi All, Just one week left until the First Annual Hot August Nights Studio Tour here in South Surrey/White Rock, BC! We have a FACEBOOK event page set up and a printable MAP! Here are a few sneak peak pictures … Continue reading

… and the WINNER is….

KATE !!!! Congratulations Kate!

Please send me your address through my contact page & I will mail your goodies out to you first thing next week. Thank you to everyone that entered.

Here are a few images I have been working on the past few days with my new birthday art supplies. Oh Golden fluid acrylics… you have stolen my heart! tee hee

Keep smiling and creating,


A pledge to sell handmade

From kimono style art smocks for your ‘Messy Kid’ to a new runway style fashioned rain hat by ‘Baroness Ashley Hats’, you will find almost everything you need to fill your holiday shopping list!

Each year Nicci Battilana, Artist & Market Organizer, does everything she can to bring you high quality, unique handmade items at reasonable prices.

When you think of all the hard work and design planning each vendor has put into bringing forth these ‘Creative Finds’, you will be pleasantly surprised by the prices. The “Creative Finds’  vendors have been planning their products and booth space for the past six months. Once again, it will be an experience for the senses!

You may recall Rachel of Rachies Yum Yums, who we had as last years young entrepreneur of the show. This year, we have Taylor Lanthier, who was one of our wonderful volunteers back in 2007.  She has been busy learning crafts and creating her very own line of “Decadent Doggie Desserts”, so that she may introduce you to her line of “Pixie Artist Creations”.

She is very proud of what she has accomplished this year, as well she should be. Her ‘Decadent Doggie Desserts’ were even sampled by all of her family, both canine and human alike. A thumbs up all around!

Other products at the Creative Finds Market include silk scarves, laser crafted pens from the fallen trees of Stanley Park, wood turning, painting on a wide variety of mediums, greeting cards, photography, soaps, buttons, and so on.

The Artists of these creations includes names such as Susan Keetley, Groovy Glass Girl, Violette Clark, Greg Parsons, Uli Ross, Jeff Maihara and many many more. You must come out and see all 30 of them and their work for yourself.

Mark Nov 15 at Sullivan Hall on your calendars, as this is one show you do not want to miss!

Creative Finds

Art & Fine Craft Marketplace

Date: Nov 15th (9:30am-5:00pm)

Venue: Sullivan Hall Community Centre 6306 – 152nd Street (near 64th Ave)

Information: www.creativefinds.ca

Greater Vancouver Craft Shows

Happy November Everyone!

Time to start checking out all your local craft shows!


The photo featured on today’s post is of the latest commission piece I have completed, which is actually being picked up this weekend!

The cushion was originally one of my multi stage peices I had to have completed for the filming of my feature on HGTV’s “That’s Clever”. She was drawn out in permanent black felt and had only her skin tone painted in.

Now to get cracking on my Holiday Card designs! ….

CRAFT SHOWS: Here are a few I know about at the moment that are in Greater Vancouver BC:

(Please help me build this list up for Nov & Dec, as it is a great way to also see what shows you might want to be in next year.)

Nov 02 – Langley Lodge – 5451 204 Street Langley – 10 – 3:00 pm.

Nov 07-11 – Christmas on 24th Avenue (Final Year) 16809 – 24th Ave, South Surrey

Nov 08 – Sullivan Hall – 6302 152 Street, Surrey – 10 – 4:00 pm.

Nov 08 – 2nd Annual Carson Graham Craft Fair & Market – Carson Graham Sec School, 2145 Jones Ave, North Vancouver 10am-4pm (ctc: debbiearkoncel@yahoo.com)

Nov 10 – Fleetwood Community Centre

Nov 11-16 Circle Craft Chrstmas Market – Vancouver Convention Centre, 320 900 Howe Street

Nov 14/15 – Kabalarian Craft Fair – 5912 Oak St, Vancouver (3pm-9pm & 10am-4pm)

Nov 14-16 – Elgin Hall – Deck the Halls – 14250 Crescent Rd. South Surrey

(Fri 12-8:00pm; Sat 10-5:00pm; Sun 10-2:00pm)

Nov 15 – Sullivan Hall – 2nd Annual CrEaTiVe FiNdS – 6306 – 152nd St, Surrey (9:30am-5pm)

Nov 19 – 22nd – Homespun Holidays at 6127 – 184th Street, Cloverdale 9:00 – 9:00 pm.

Nov 20-23 – One of a Kind Vancouver (OOAK) – BC Place Stadium

Nov 23 – All Etsy Sale at the Cambrian Hall (just off Main St & 17th Ave) 11am-5pm

Nov 22/23 – The Fab Fair – Heritage Hall, 3102 Main Street (fabfair@hotmail.com)

Nov 22 – White Spot Pipe Band Craft Fair – 9167 Glover Rd, Fort Langley Community Hall (10am-4pm)

Nov 22/23 – Eastside Cultural Crawl

Nov 28-30 – Winter Craft & Gift Show – 12958 – 19 Ave – White Rock

Nov 29 – Sunnyside Elementary – HoLiDaY sHoPpInG at SuNnYsIdE – 15250 – 28th Ave, South Surrey (9:30am-5:30pm)

Nov 29 – Greybrook Academy Craft Fair – Greybrook Academy in Pitt Meadows (10am-4pm)

Nov 29/30 – Urban Artisans Fair – 181 Roundhouse Mews (Davie & Pacific), Vancouver (10am-5pm)

Nov 30 – PortobelloWest Market -Rocky Mountaineer Station – 1755 Cottrell St, Vancouver

Nov 30 – Seamrippers at the Ukraian Centre (pender/ east vancouver) same day as the Portobello sale.

Dec 06-07 – Earl Marriot Secondary School – White Rock – 10am – 5:00 pm.

Dec 07 – Got Craft – Royal Canadian Legion 2205 Commercal Drive (at E 6th Ave), Vancouver

Dec 07 – Green Christmas Market at Cambrian Hall (on 17th, just east of Main St, behind the Granville Island Toy Company) 11am-6pm

Dec 13/14 – PortobelloWest Market -Rocky Mountaineer Station – 1755 Cottrell St, Vancouver

Dec _?_ Blim Gallery