Who said anything about a prince?

This year’s contribution to the MAWA “Over the Top” auction is quite possibly my favourite. Of course, I say that every year.

Some years I go with a political message, some years I am inspired by an inspirational quote – this year, I went with straight-up cheekiness. I think it suits me.

The original collage will be auctioned off at MAWA. If you want to get your hands on it, make plans to be at the auction on March 18. Full details are here.

After the auction, I will have limited-edition prints for sale, right here and via my Instagram page. How limited? There are only nine up for grabs! Message me for details.

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Nevertheless, She Persisted

 

I’m beginning to lose track of how many of these gals I have made for the annual MAWA “Over the Top” cupcake party and art auction. 6? 8? 10?

This is my 2017 contribution – “Nevertheless, She Persisted”

To give you a little background on the quote – or a refresher if you’ve forgotten the story – it comes from a debate in the US Senate in February of 2017. Senator Elizabeth Warren was speaking against Jeff Sessions’ confirmation to Attorney General and, as part of her speech, read a letter written by Coretta Scott King in 1986 that denounced Sessions (who at the time was nominated to federal court judge.)

Senator Warren was interrupted several times and was told to take her seat, preventing her from finishing. Later, Senate Majority Leader (and all-around fun guy), Mitch McConnell said “Senator Warren was giving a lengthy speech. She had appeared to violate the rule. She was warned. She was given an explanation. Nevertheless, she persisted.”

Naturally, feminists and Warren’s supporters turned McConnell’s butthurt words into a rallying cry/hashtag and I just had to use them for this piece (which, incidentally, I created on International Women’s Day!) Suck it, McConnell.

 

The original sold at the MAWA auction, but I have a few limited-edition framed prints available for $35/each. Contact me to order!

 

Over the Top 2015 – a sneak peek!

There are about a million signs of spring – puddles, potholes, birds, flowers, bare legs. But, for me, the first indication that spring has sprung is MAWA’s “Over the Top” – an annual gathering of artists, collectors, and cupcake enthusiasts.

Every spring, we cram ourselves into MAWA’s little space on Main Street and cram cupcakes into our face-holes, while bidding on art and rubbing shoulders with Winnipeg’s creative who’s who.

For the last five years, I have attended as an artist, baker and sometimes bidder. This year, I have donated two new vintage lady collages – “Vicky” and “You Might As Well Be Amusing.”

I will have prints available after the event, but if you want an original, you’ll have to stop by MAWA this weekend and place your bid. (Bidding on each of these pieces starts at $50.)

And, if these aren’t your thing, there are dozens and dozens (hundreds?) of other amazing pieces up for grabs. And, did I mention that it’s for a great cause? All proceeds from the auction go to supporting the awesome programs at MAWA (Mentoring Artists for Women’s Art.)

If that’s STILL not enough to tempt you, your ticket gives you free reign at the cupcake tables on Sunday afternoon. Yes, TABLES with an S. What puts this event “over the top” is the thousand or so cupcakes donated by amateur and professional bakers, like me. (I will be contributing two dozen lemon curd and two dozen spiced apple…more about those later…) It’s a proven fact that you can’t be miserable while eating a cupcake, so this pretty much guarantees that you’ll have fun. Even if you don’t win the painting that you had your eye on.

Oh, and there’s also a raffle with some seriously amazing gift baskets crammed with local goodies. Convinced yet??

Bidding starts tonight and wraps up at the big shindig on Sunday (2-5pm). For more information, please check out the event page on MAWA’s website.

I’ll see you on Sunday! If you get there before me, save me a cupcake or three!

New! Teacup Candles

 A hand-poured, natural beeswax candle in a vintage teacup? Take my money! No, wait…. that’s not how this works…

But, seriously, these are pretty sweet. The beeswax is from happy prairie bees and is unrefined, so it still has its distinctive fragrance and golden colour. The teacups are Royal Wessex by Swinnertons (sounds very British), date back to the 50s, and feature a lovely aqua/grey floral and 22 karat gold trim. They make a lovely gift… but I won’t tell if you decide to treat yourself.

Teacup Candles – $16 each

Jenn’s Chalkboard

It’s funny how an overheard conversation on Twitter can turn into a project. I can’t remember all the details, such as who was actually looking for a chalkboard, but after some shameless self-promotion and a few back and forth tweets with my friend Jenn, I had a custom order for one!

As far as customers go, she was pretty easy to work with.
Size? “16×24…ish.”
Colour? “A punch of colour”.
Any other instructions? “Surprise me.”

Ok, maybe there was more to it than that. Jenn sent me a great description of the space that the chalkboard would ultimately end up which gave me a pretty good idea of the direction to go in: vintage, eclectic, crafty, distressed, mismatched. This, this I can do.

After finding the perfect reclaimed cabinet door (in boring old white), I set to work on the transformation. Seemingly endless coats of primer, chalkboard paint, and the *perfect* shade of ’50s diner turquoise went on and then the real fun started. And, by “fun”, I mean a nail-biting session of sanding and scraping to achieve a nonchalant worn effect.

If you’ve never distressed a piece of furniture before, let me tell you, it can be rather distressing. Too little and it just looks like the piece has just been through a bad move; too much and you have to start again. It’s always a surprise, but the real fun with Jenn’s chalkboard was discovering a hidden layer of PINK paint below the white. Who knew??

Once I was satisfied with my work, I dug through my collection of old cabinet knobs and found the perfect mismatched pair to adorn the frame. A little bucket on a lime green for chalk was added, along with hangers for mounting, and the chalkboard was ready for delivery to a very excited Jenn. Or, at least I hoped that she’d be excited…

Jenn, were you excited??

Shameless self-promotion: If you are interested in a custom chalkboard like (or unlike) Jenn’s, drop me a line or leave a comment. Prices are dependent on size, finish, and accessories.

Paula’s Yoga Mat Bag – Custom Order

This yoga mat bag is a custom order for Paula, one of my participants at the gym. Other than “blue jeans”, she gave me carte blanche for the design and accent colours; this is what I came up with.

The bag itself is made the leg from a thrifted pair of jeans. I added the jeans’ pocket (along with a piece of vintage pocket square for a little interest), and an adjustable handle, made from a vintage necktie in a vibrant blue. I absolutely love the way it turned out!

I am currently taking orders for bags similar to this one. Due to the nature of the materials (and my own artistic expression), each yoga bag is 100% unique. You can be guaranteed that your bag is a true one-of-a-kind!

The cost for a custom bag, as shown*, is $25. Please email me for details, or to place your order.

*An additional charge may apply for extra details and/or features, or if your yoga mat is a non-standard size.