Monday, February 12, 2018

February Notes From the Farm



"Tea is drunk to forget the din of the world."
Tien Yiheng



This month, we're making time to rest and rejuvenate and the best way I've found to do that is to brew a cup of my favourite tea. 



I have a small stack of books that I'm eager to dive into. Some of them are on my Kindle, but I've made a big shift back to paper books. I love the smell of the ink on the paper and the feel of a book in my hand. What are you reading these days?

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Have You Heard the News?!


Rural Magazine Photo Credit: Jen Vandervoort

What a week it's been! The latest print issue of my watercolour illustration, Delivery Day, was wrapped up and heading out the door, the day after I released it! This image was inspired by my love of snail mail, storytelling and country living. 

Those very things also inspired Tin Rooster Farm Notes, my subscription letter writing service, so it gives me such a thrill to hear back from happy customers who look forward to receiving those every month.

I snuck in a little sketch late in the week. This little fellow has a decidedly French flair and I think he'd look quite at home inside the pages of a children's book, don't you?

I was absolutely delighted to announce a collaboration with RURAL magazine yesterday, as well!  Every 12 month subscriber to Tin Rooster Farm Notes in 2018 will receive a complimentary print copy of a special edition on-line publication. This magazine is a celebration of country living and is filled with gorgeous images and interesting copy. 

To find out more about RURAL magazine, click here. To find out more about 12 month, 6 month and 1 month subscriptions to Tin Rooster Farm Notes, click here.


Friday, February 09, 2018

I'm Teaming Up With RURAL Magazine!


Photo Credit: Jen Vandervoort

As you may know, I have revived the gentle art of old fashioned letter writing with my Tin Rooster Farm Notes. It's a playful twist on storytelling delivered to your mailbox with little surprises tucked inside the envelope every month.

I'm absolutely thrilled to announce that I am teaming up with RURAL magazine in 2018! Everyone who subscribes for a 12 month subscription to Tin Rooster Farm Notes will receive a complimentary* special edition print copy of this fabulous on-line magazine. 

Photo Credit: Jen Vandervoort

If you're not familiar with RURAL, I encourage you to visit them and experience this stunning publication for yourself. Incidentally, if you're just interested in acquiring a print copy for yourself, or as a unique and beautiful gift for someone else, you can order yours here.

Tin Rooster Farm Notes are available as 12 month, 6 month, and 1 month subscriptions and are ideal for special occasions or as a treat for yourself!



*The print copy sent will depend on the sign-up month. Valued at approx. CDN $14.00, shipping and applicable taxes are not included.

Saturday, February 03, 2018

Whole New Month! Brand New Art!



It always feels like a fresh start when I turn over a new calendar month. This week, I shared one of my favourite photographs, an evocative image that highlights the beauty of the prairies, rich with a pioneering history. 

I was also pleased to share a warm fuzzy from one of my happy Tin Rooster Farm Note customers. It warms my heart to hear how well received my snail mail subscriptions are. My sincere appreciation and thanks!

February brought another dramatic drop in temperatures here and well into the foreseeable future. Ack! Good thing it's a month dedicated to love and all the warmth those feelings will bring!

I was also happy to release my first watercolour illustration of the new year. I was inspired to create Delivery Day through my love of snail mail, storytelling, and country living. I hope you like it.

You can find more details about my artwork here.  Follow me on Facebook and Instagram to stay current on all the happenings in my studio. If you'd like to receive updates via e-mail, there's a sign-up form on the sidebar to the right.

Saturday, January 27, 2018

Final Days of January



It's been a busy week! I've begun the process of rebranding my business and while it's fun and interesting, it's also a lot of work and a bit overwhelming, at times. All that soul searching! Ha! 

After scouring through a variety of gorgeous fonts, I somehow managed to choose two that fit my style. I do love a good font!

Once upon a time....that simple phrase is at the core of my being and is the essence of my creative style. I hope I've managed to convey that with my logo choice, as seen on my brand new business cards above. 

Gracie, my sweet gentle watercolour illustration, closed out the week. If you'd like more details on that lovely girl, please click through to my shop here.

I'm currently working on a new illustration and, if all goes well, I hope to be able to share more images on that early next week. In the meantime, have a great weekend, Friends!

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Saturday, January 20, 2018

Mid-Month Wrap Up


We're already more than half way through January. That's crazy!

This past week, sleepy bunnies and hummingbirds made an appearance on social media. I also revelled in the news that we'll be enjoying warmer weather for at least the next week. *wild happy dancing* 

That said, winter hasn't left us yet and this barn has clearly been tested by its share of prairie weather over the years. Winters are harsh on the prairies, but there's a stark beauty that's impossible to deny.

If you swing by my Facebook or Instagram feeds, I shared a video of our cat, Teddy, with his dog, Willow. In a word, adorable.

I hope you're able to enjoy a little relaxation, a lot of sunshine and, perhaps, a nap or two this weekend!

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Weekly Wrap Up and a Great Big Thank You!



I have a lot on my plate, right now. Does everyone's January start that way? *whew*

In any event, I had a lot of fun sharing an older watercolour illustration on Facebook and Instagram of a young child on a dock. Don't you just love that slightly awkward way children carry themselves, at a certain age? 

I'm also still on the Solitude theme. Hmmm....maybe I need a little alone time.  

You may have seen my earlier post about my latest print release, a set of three mini prints featuring my Lovely Weeds illustrations. You may never look at weeds the same way again! 

A little doodlebug made an appearance mid-week, because that's all I had time and brain power for, to be completely honest. Still, he's a plucky little fellow and I'm glad that he showed up.



My week was wrapped up with a pretty bow when a client ordered my print, Joy Ride, to add to her collection. I feel so happy sending my creations off to their new homes. 

On that note, I want to send out a huge Thank You to all of you fabulous people who allow me into your homes on a regular basis, either with my Tin Rooster Farm Note subscriptions or with my original artwork. Every time I wrap something up for delivery, it makes my day! Thank You, from the deepest part of my heart.

Thursday, January 11, 2018

January Notes and New Print Release



"Life is about using the whole box of crayons."
RuPaul

You guessed it! We're talking colour in this month's edition of Tin Rooster Farm Notes and each recipient received a set of bookmarks as part of their package, featuring my Lovely Weeds illustrations to help brighten their month.  


In celebration of a shiny new year, I'm offering my Lovely Weeds illustrations to the public as a set of 3 mini prints. Find yours here.


Curious about Tin Rooster Farm Notes and how you can get in on the fun? Click the link to the right for more information.

Saturday, January 06, 2018

2018 First Week Wrap-Up



This first week of January seemed to fly by, am I right?

My husband and I rang in the New Year quietly with this dignified party bunny sketch. It's early to bed and early to rise around here, regardless of the day of the week, when farm animals need tending to. 

I also shared my thoughts on my favourite spice,True Cinnamon - not Cassia, which is what you find on the typical grocery store shelf. Find out how I use it to heal my hens and keep my dog's mouth clean and fresh smelling by going to my Facebook or Instagram pages.

Jane Austen beautifully articulates a sentiment I share. Silence and Solitude are the air I breathe.

Every 12 month subscriber to Tin Rooster Farm Notes received a desk calendar in December, featuring my original watercolour illustrations. January asks us to consider "What shape of you waits in the seed of you to grow and spread its branches against a future sky?" This, courtesy of David Whyte. There's still time to get yours here.

Have a great weekend! My husband and I are on a quick road trip, just for the day. 


Saturday, December 30, 2017

Farewell 2017!



Christmas is a quiet celebration at our house, by choice. My husband and I enjoyed good food, afternoon naps, and engaging books. The days between Christmas and New Year's are a time of introspection and rejuvenation for me. It's a time to set aside the superhero costume for a while and relax without obligation. The New Year will pull and tug at us soon enough.

This week on Facebook and Instagram, I shared a favourite quote of mine by the classic artist, Henri Matisse. These words are a great source of comfort for me, particularly as a self-taught artist. 

Evergreen trees are such a big part of the Christmas season and I find myself missing their delicious scent. My musings put me in mind of my favourite poem by Robert Frost.

Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening

Whose woods these are I think I know.
His house is in the village though;
He will not see me stopping here
To watch his woods fill up with snow.

My little horse must think it queer
To stop without a farmhouse near
Between the woods and frozen lake
The darkest evening of the year.

He gives his harness bells a shake
To ask if there is some mistake.
The only other sound's the sweep
Of easy wind and downy flake.

the woods are lovely, dark and deep,
but I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep,
And miles to go before I sleep.

With that, I bid 2017 farewell, adieu, adios. When next we meet, it will be a brand new year! I have an announcement I'm excited to share early next week. Join me on Facebook and Instagram for all the details.