r-anne-dom : a place for me (anne) to leave random blog posts.
Such as:
..knitting, sewing, and other random activities pursued
..Girl Guides of Canada : yep, Guiding Lives Here
..the 4 shops on Etsy : one features quality handmade items; the second has lots of patterns, & crafting supplies; the third is stocked with Vintage; and the fourth is guiding flowers.
Enjoy the r-anne-domness!

July 30, 2016

Saturday Spotlight - Lil' Dreamers Pet Beds & More

Saturday Spotlight 

Lil' Dreamers Pet Beds & More

1. What is the name of your shop or business and what do you sell?
Selling upcycled pet beds from vintage suitcases and baskets.  
Also creating artwork from canvas, wood and other mixed media and acrylic paint.  
I also make healthy pet treats sold in decorated mason jars.

2. Where are you located? or where do you sell?
London, and product in new Loveleigh Boutique.

3. Do you have your own website/store or online link?
I don't have a website or online store yet.

4. How long have you been doing your craft/art and how did you get started?
I've been painting for 30 years but just turned it from a hobby to a home business in the spring of 2016.

5. Who or what inspires you to create?
I've always had a creative nature. 
Making this my focus in life has come from my desire to be happy and feel fulfilled.  
Animals make me happy! 

6. Do you listen to music when you work, and if so what kind?
I like to listen to local pop radio but sometimes I'm feelin' my faves like Metric, or 80's music, haha!

7. What do you like least/most about your craft?

It's quite time consuming.  
Doing a custom pet portrait can take a few hours of painting.  
But I love painting as it's an escape and I can get lost in the artwork.  
Before I know it an hour has passed.
8. Describe your workspace?
I currently don't have my own studio in our home.  
I enjoy the view of the backyard from our kitchen or dining room while I paint, or sew, or assemble a pet bed or make and jar sweet potato treats!

9. What is one of your best moments as a crafter/artist?

Winning a bid for some custom paintings and exceeding the customers expectations.  
It was a very proud moment for myself!

10. What advice would you give to anyone thinking about starting their own craft business?
Focus on craft sales/events that match with your craft.  
Network & advertising is key.  
Don't give up!!

Thank you Amanda!

July 24, 2016

Sunday Solitude

Sunday Solitude

Cormorants on Georgian Bay

And "Dead Island" in Georgian Bay, a result of all the cormorant poop.

July 20, 2016

July 18, 2016

Day Tripping: St Marys

Day Tripping: St Marys

Quiet on a Monday at noon.

Quite a few second hand stores - we stopped in at Eclectic Treasure and saw some great items including these fishing lures.

July 15, 2016

Day Tripping: Wildwood Conservation Area

Day Tripping

Wildwood Conservation Area

Nothing like a day spent fishing at Wildwood Conservation Area.

Some days they bite.

Some days they don't.

In either case, there is always lots of wildlife around: great blue herons, kingfishers, turkey vultures, robins, red-winged blackbirds, blue jays and many more.
So far no mammals have been spotted, but some day.
And lots of natural plants to catch your eye as well.

July 13, 2016

Wednesday Wonder

Wednesday Wonder

Can you see the bald eagle at the very top of the tree in the centre?

Here it is zoomed a bit.

Pre-Order Now! Peter Robson's Story Time Bear

Now available for pre-order!

Peter Robson's Story Time Bear
Peter Robson's Story Time Bear is a beautifully illustrated children's book by Peter Robson.  

The paintings for this book by Peter Robson and the poems by Eleanor Robson & John Peowrie were created over 25 years ago, but the book was not published at that time simply for the reason that other projects took priority.  

So the publication of the book was delayed until now but Eleanor has been working tirelessly to bring Peter's vision to life-with the help of Shelley McVittie, who graphically designed the pages of the book.


July 11, 2016

Day Tripping: Castle Blue

Day Tripping: Castle Blue

With inspiration for the name from a book by L.M. Montgomery, how could I not love this new little restaurant in Bala?!

Castle Blue opened recently and offers a varied menu with something for everyone.

We visited just before the beer license was in effect so now need to go back and enjoy a brew and try more of the menu items.

Our yummy meals were enjoyed on the patio where we were served by a waitress who gave excellent recommendations for our selections.

Be sure to visit Castle Blue in Bala. 
Click the photo to visit their Facebook page for more information.

And as for the name, yes, L.M. Montgomery wrote The Blue Castle and the story is set in beautiful Bala.

I've just loaned out my copy of The Blue Castle and I'll need to read it once it's returned as its one of LMM's books I've not yet read!

When in Bala, check out Castle Blue!