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Most marathon runners didn’t just wake up one Wednesday morning and say, “Hey, I think I’ll run 42 km today.” If they did, they would most likely quit after their first run because they were so terrible and couldn’t achieve their goal. Sadly, this is how many talented creative people treat their creative confidence. They try something and when they fail their confidence is shot and they give up. Creative people who succeed build their confidence over time and learn to embrace their failures as lovingly as their successes. I want to encourage everyone out there to enjoy the whole experience of

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Happy Hour Makers Market May 27th 4-8pm - The Company House If you were not able to make it to my popup show last month, here's another chance to get your hands on one of my illustrations. I've been accepted as a vendor at Happy Hour Makers Market in a few short weeks. It is the first of its kind organized by Big Pony and The Girl From Away two fellow local small business owners and members of the Maritime Makers Etsy team. They are packing local makers of all varieties into The Company House (see map below) on Gottingen street in Halifax. I will have a large selection of my items there including

I was recently asked to describe myself and came up with the following: “I am a black sheep that tends to wander away from the herd.” I’ve always been different and feel that how I see the world isn’t quite the same as everyone else. I enjoy my time alone and often wandering away from the path most travelled in search of exploring a new way around. Yes, there are many people I relate to and some I have a lot in common with but most of the time I just knew I was unique and different. Growing up I loved the Garfield cartoon

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]I am happy to report the Bodega Boutique popup show was a great success and the opening night meet and greet was so much fun. I especially loves that little shoppers with four furry feet were welcome to join in on the fun shop with their humans. I look forward to more popup shops like these!   [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css=".vc_custom_1488734410548{padding-top: 20px !important;padding-bottom: 20px !important;}"][vc_column][vc_masonry_media_grid element_width="6" grid_id="vc_gid:1488734381616-6df8ce11-7046-6" include="187,188,189,190"][/vc_column][/vc_row]

I am proud to announce that my work will be featured at a Bodega Boutique Pop-up Shop within their Elizabeth Brown Common Space. The amazing ladies that manage and run the shop rent out space to local artists and artisans on a short-term basis. I was chosen as one of the lucky artists to occupy this space in April and I couldn’t be more excited. There will be a large selection of my pet illustrations including postcards, blank note cards, art prints and brand new hand bound blank journals. Pop-up Show Dates and Times My work will be available from Friday, April 15 to Sunday, April 17, 2016 during regular store hours: Fri

Posted Pets is my snail mail challenge I decided to take on as part of April being National Letter writing Month. It has everything to do with mail, communicating and connecting with one another with a dash of my illustrated pet personalities. My original goal was to send out 30 pieces of mail featuring my illustrations. I am overwhelmed that my goal of 30 signups quickly became an actual 61 recipients from all over the world. It is a huge confidence boost and I can’t wait for you all to get your postcards and note cards in the mail. The first few envelopes