Hello again. Wow, another summer is nearly done! (I can not bring myself to say end of summer until the official end of summer!) This is a very new time of year for me. There is no back to school for my family this year. I have been a career Mom so this represents a big, awesome change. It feels like Freedom! Equally feels very weird!

I tell my girls all the time, life is for exploring and nothing needs to be completely figured out rather it can be a progression. As they ponder their next steps I am too. I know exciting times are approaching for my studio and I. I am here for them! I am spending more time in the studio, taking time to think and breathe. Which is code for; I have been organizing the studio and have started to get back to a routine that includes daily creating. Of course, there are many kinds of lists being created too. I love a good list! I have to get things out of my head otherwise I find at this point in my life these thoughts will leave quickly. 😉

If you are in Back to School mode, I am wishing you and your family a peaceful transition. And sending a reminder to take some time for you too, don’t forget your care.

During the summer, I enjoyed a trip to New Brunswick to visit family. And I also made a point of relaxing too. The hotel’s beds were so comfy and I took advantage of it. No rushing out of the hotel for me on this trip. I also was a tourist and did some touristy things like visit the Saint John City Market. I purchased a photo collage of front doors of historic homes and buildings from Canvas Pictures, artist is John Baxter. Such a fun reminder of this trip especially because I do love architecture and have been known to take photos of doors myself.

I travelled with my awesome daughters. We enjoyed a week of gorgeous weather but not typical of Maritime weather. Hot, sunny is just not the norm there so I had mixed feelings about that. On previous trips it was nice to get cooled off. We did get a maritime welcome on the second day St. Martins. Plenty of rain and fog as we arrived by the afternoon it was sunny and warm again. St. Martins is a beautiful place. An old fishing village that still has an active harbour, a beautiful covered bridge and lovely shops throughout the village. I purchased another piece of art at Sandpipers, a colourful moose by artist, Hannah Hicks. The beach features caves and a large rocky shoreline with a couple of restaurants overlooking the beautiful ocean. Of course, we enjoyed a delicious meal complete with seafood chowder. Oh, Yum!

Right now, I am wishing for time to slow down, just a little, so I can fully savor the last moments of summer. As the days grow shorter, I am also looking ahead and preparing for my upcoming fall/winter events. It’s time to get my secret garden ready for the colder months. Often, there never seems to be enough time for all the things I wish to create, play, and explore. But I am determined nonetheless!

Red Raspberry Studios returns to the Red Trillium Studio Tour this Fall. It is being held during the weekend of October 14 to 15 with studios open from 10 am to 4pm. Please save the date, bring a friend or two, comment and share the tour’s social media posts. During the tour weekend you will explore West Carleton during a truly stunning time of the year. And while you visit artist’s studios, you see where and what they are creating. I would love to see you on the Tour!

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