Bits and Pieces

Thanksgiving is only 10 days away and I am looking forward to celebrating it with my son-in-law’s family in Bristol, Tennessee. American Thanksgiving is not much different than Canadian Thanksgiving, really the only difference is the date. I think Canadian Thanksgiving is earlier because the harvest is earlier in our climate. By this time of year we often have snow already. What I like about American Thanksgiving is that one day later it’s all about Christmas! And you all know, Christmas is my favorite time of the year.

That brings me to a reminder that the next shipping date for Elves is November 22nd. So please make sure to get your order in if you haven’t already.

This weekend I am participating in a Holiday marketplace. I have a dear friend who has opened her beautiful home to showcase the work of a few artists and artisans. The house is a late Victorian house that has been renovated in a modern version of the style of the era.  Beautiful classic details right down to an ornate tin ceiling in the kitchen. The setting is perfect to showcase my Christmas Elves and my one-of-a-kind sculptures.

The Santa and elf above is called “A Magical Sleigh Ride”. The next photograph on the left is “Giacomo” an whimsical Jack-in-the-box.

On the right are examples of some of my jewelry. These are made with Italian red coral and Hawaiian Turquoise and fresh water pearls.

One last photograph is of one of my larger pieces. Below is a 4′ Victorian Father Christmas. His velvet underdress is decorated with sparkles and sequins that makes him seem magical in the soft evening light.

Of course the elves are everywhere. In the Christmas tree, playfully frolicking on the staircase, hanging from the chandelier and welcoming guests on the wreath hanging on the door. They are spilling out of baskets on the floor throughout the house. I wish all my customers could visit, but Ottawa is a long way for most of you. But just in case you’re in the area,  you’re invited.

Before I sign off, I want to share a delicious fun project. These confections look impressive and are so easy to make, you can even get your kids to help. I’m bringing a batch to Tennessee for Thanksgiving.

Chocolate Mice!

The ingredients and directions can be found at

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!

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Figurative Artist
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