Yikes, I have just noticed that I have not been on blogging for quite awhile... I have been busy painting!!
After not much painting over the summer, the cooler weather has gotten my creativity going again... of course, now I am totally into the chalk paint and have discovered transfer gel, decoupage and new colours!!.. I have sold quite a few pieces (mostly thru Facebook, so please like my FB page, Josie's Joys HandPainted Giftware as I usually post there first before I go on the buy and sell groups).
I have added some new pictures under "Chalk Paint" category so have a look there to see what I have been doing!!
Will post shortly on the shows coming up in November.. mostly local to Stouffville area...
let me know if you need something for Christmas gifts!!
Saturday August 9
19 on the Park
Main St. Stouffville
Come enjoy some shopping and bring the family to the Stouffville Country Ribfest
I love July!!!!
I love the Summer!!!
I love July because it is my birthday month!!!
I love to celebrate my birthday in the summer!!
So I always feel July is a "re-start" for the year.. the NYE Resolutions are long packed away with our Christmas decorations, the February Blues lasted til April this year... and it barely feels like summer in Ontario these days.
With the pool being warmed up that means shorts, tank tops and bathing suits... (I know the paint brushes have been put away and now I am dealing with the real flowers (and their overextended guests, Mr Milkweed and Ms Dandy Lion) to get inspired for next round of painting...
In the meantime, my attention focuses back to my health. Remember May is my "remembrance month" as I lost both my lovely ati & mami then (9 & 2 years already)... I am the only one that can look after me so I have focused again on sharing a healthy lifestyle with my family and friends.
Previously I spoke of Purium, a greens food based program. It was a wonderful product however hard to promote... we still do not want to deprive ourselves of our yummy tasting foods and the texture of food in our mouths....
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I have been challenged to LOSE IT or BUILD IT... so I am converting pounds into 10lbs of muscle....
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Please follow my painting on FB, as I have some children's furniture that I am working on in chalk paint!!
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This weekend I will be attending the Artists in the Garden Tour raising money for Hearth Place Cancer Support Centre. I will be located at Suzann Landry's Garden 116 Broadview Ave.
I still have four tickets available for sale at $20 each.
Please send me a message if you are interested in purchasing tickets before Saturday
This weekend June 14 & 15, I will be attending the beautiful Peony festival at the Oshawa Valley Botantical Gardens. It is my first time participating with my handpainted items at this show. Even though the pink rose is my favourite, the pink peony is a tight second!!
Wow.. I can only imagine how pretty and how fragrant it will be there!!!
Hope you can make it!
Click on the logo to access their website.
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Just in time for Mother's Day!!!
Please visit my FB page or website pages for many beautiful gifts for your Mother, Mother-in-law, favourite Aunt or for yourself.
Most of my items are at my home studio...so lots of good pricing...25% off til Sat May 10th
Hope that you have been getting thru this really tough January if you are anywhere in the "polar vortex" area!!!... I have been extremely lucky and have been away from all the dreariness of my least favourite season.
So this year, we are fulfilling one of our goals and we are being snowchickadees down south. Remember when I talked about goals before (if not, here is a reminder)... when you make goals, MAKE THEM SPECIFIC!!... one of my goals is to have a cottage in the summer in Ontario, and spend winters down south. Of course, I naturally thought of Florida..as most Ontarians do... but...
my husband, who has been more specific all year long last year, and put it out almost daily to the universe that he wanted to spend the whole winter in Costa Rica... (he was down there in March for 3 weeks... and fell in love with the Ocean).. This is from a man who I could never get to vacation down south and fry on a beach with... "no boring south for him.."
I'm glad that he was clearer on our goal than I was. I put in the finishing touches and stated "We will be in a gated community house, with a pool in the complex and MUST be walking distance to the ocean"... and we got that in Playa Bejuco, Costa Rica.
As anyone who has seen the sun set over the Pacific, it is a nightly masterpiece from God...we bogey board from 4pm til the sun sets around 5:30pm....I know strangely early from a Northern's perspective as we think of hot summer weather with the sun setitng at 8-9pm...Nope here it is pitch black by 6pm...365 days of the year... 12hrs day/ 12hr night).
Anyways I wanted to share a piece of the masterpiece with you...a 10minute video of the sun setting in all its glory... (you can jump forward in the video, unless you stop, grab a drink and visualize yourself there of course - to see the wonderful colours).
PS...I am posting this video to SHARE with you only - an escape to the tropics.. that is my husband voice at the beginning...not much talking thru it
As we head into another New Year with our list of wishes, hopes and dreams for the magical change over of the clock, I find that sometimes my list has been the same year after year after year.
Do you feel the same?
My father (who I still cannot believe has been gone for 8 years) always quoted a Slovenian saying which roughly translates to:
Time is Ticking...Saying Nothing
So as the time ticks away silently in the background, I get surprised when I realize I am in my 50's!!! what?? when did this happen... I remember when my dad turned 50 and he couldn't believe it either...said he still felt 25... so do I... but now he has gone and what did he do between 50-77...only 27 short years... what will my life be like for the next 30-40 years... if I don't plan/make goals... nothing will be done but wondering where the time went
As I sit for the next few days contemplating 2013, and our family goals, my goals for 2014..I wonder what I will come up with. Having had a lot of "big dreams" in my life already met, what can I come up with for the next year??
There have been many of you out there reading my blog that have read through the Transformation posts. If it resonated with you or if it is a major challenge for you... why not do it anyway?
if not Now, then When....
tick, tick, tick, tick........
Wishing you many Blessings and the happiest of New Years!! May Health, Happiness, and Joy fill 2014...
PS.. $50 gift cards expire Dec 31/13... so not to late to get one and start the New Year in transformation. Send me a message and I will send you a number.
Greetings from sunny Costa Rica!!!
As you can see by the photo, my days recently have been walking the beaches and taking in the breathtaking sunsets off the Pacific Ocean.... absolutely stunning... the colours on my pallet could never duplicate God's nightly masterpieces!!
My husband and I are in the next chapter of our lives. Since my mother's passing 1.5years ago, we have finally taken the leap to live the life we have talked about for the past 5 years. Our goal has been to have a summer cottage in Ontario and go south for the winters. I always thought Florida but after being in Costa Rica twice in the past year, my husband fell in love with this beautiful green country and here we are!!
We are currently practising at being snow"chickadees" (I don't think we qualify for birds yet!!) Our goal is to bring our kettle corn business here as well.
So this is the first season in about 10 years where I did not participate in the craft show circuit. Hard to say, but I was a little relieved. I found my sales have been declining over the past few years and my foray into chalk painting furniture was shortlived as well with our decision to come south. So far I have not missed painting yet...hopefully the break will do me good and I will participate more in the summer craft shows where my floral designs are more appropriate.
Also, the colours here in CR are so vibrant that it is messing with my "pastel shabby" preferences. I now understand all the colours of green that I see on the paint shelf and see how they are used. The reds (again not one of my fav colours) are everywhere here... definitely not my pastel garden at home. However the sunsets are glorious in their pinks, purples and every combination. I also love the morning blues & whites... just cannot describe how breathtaking they are...
Having said all that, my handpainted giftwares are still available at the following locations:
Whimsical Lion Country Market, Uxbridge
Ocala Winery, Port Perry
Coachhouse Studio, Utica
Merry Christmas to you all and looking forward to the New Year 2014!!
Well it is finally here, the season that I like the least!! I do not get excited about the crisper, cooler air, or the magnificent colours of autumn with the changing of the leaves to their deep reds, brilliant oranges and bright yellows. I LOVE the heat and humidity of the summer and everything that summer brings. Hot nights, days lounging by the water, open toed shoes... you know the fun stuff.
So as fall creeps in and takes away my pleasure season, I curse it first than it very slowly works its way into my heart. I start to appreciate the colours (even though not my favourite colour palette) as I clear the cobwebs in my studio. I bring out the paints, turn on the radio (yup old school) to listen to the Maple Leafs (hockey season is starting and I get sucked in again hoping that the team will get to the playoffs and maybe win again in my lifetime!!) and get ready for craft show season.
I still have a few pumpkins left, the craft kind that don't go bad, and i hide the ugly orange/brown colouring and bring some beautiful colour to them. These are a few I did in the past to share with you. They have all found good homes to be the centre of attention for a short while, as Canadian Thanksgiviing is just a few weeks away.
Should you wish to custom order one, please get your order into me by Sept 30 the latest for a Thanksgiving delivery.
Cheers, and enjoy the weather and the coolness in the air!!
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