It’s Peaceful in the Garden is out and about!

It’s Peaceful in the Garden is out and about!

“It’s Peaceful in the Garden” is hanging out at West Carleton Arts Society’s new display at the Plant Recreation Centre here in Ottawa, Ontario Canada. The theme of this exhibition is Harvest. So you will not see this piece listed on my site for sale until the exhibition is complete or the piece is sold.  If you would like to purchase this piece it now must be done through West Carleton Arts Society.  

While I was dropping of my piece, I was able to see all of the lovely pieces in this exhibition. I so enjoy seeing different interpretations on a theme whether in workshops or exhibitions. So fun! So if you are in the area, stop in and view this exhibition. And thank you for support local artists! 

Get Away!

Get Away!

 My family and I went camping recently near Kingston. We were in a beautiful area of hills, woodland and farms. And not that far from Kingston’s lovely downtown, with cute shops, a beautiful waterfront area and lots of history.

I have not been many places since the pandemic began. Mostly at home expect for what was needed during our lockdowns. That didn’t really change that much when restrictions were relaxed, some outings but not many. Once at the campground I realized how much I needed to get away and outta the house! Oh my, the change of scenery, the nightly campfires, not having things to do! The best! So message received and I aim to get a couple more getaways in the next couple of months. 

We went to Kingston once the campsite was all set up. I was particularly excited to visit Art Noise again. Art Noise is a brick & mortar retailer and e-commerce art supply. I have used them a lot during the pandemic. Each shipment was shipped promptly and when I had questions, the chat on their website was always super helpful. It is the flagship retail outlet for Tri-Art Mfg so they had all their products lines. Yippee! I use and love many Tri-Art products here in the studio and they are made right in Kingston! So aligned with my values of supporting local and/or Canadian made as much as I can. 

And yes, I could have taken the whole store with me. But I was particularly interested in their acrylic gouache line. I chose the rainbow with black and white because why not?! These colours are so luscious and bright! I had a lot of fun playing with them but this is the stuff of relaxation for me. Give me a cup of hot tea, lots of paint and I am well on my way to my zen place. I love sitting down and creating the characters, flowers and other inspiration that pops in my head and that is pretty much what I did for 3 days! Bliss!

So why this product? The flatness of this paint makes it easy to scan and photograph. This is make it easier for me to have them appear on more items like these. And this product line is acrylic so I can experiment with mediums too. Looking forward to creating more with these!

Oh yes, this is not any kind of promo on behalf of Tri-Art. It’s my thing to shout out the products and businesses I use and love. Choosing the right art supplies for each project is big part of the creating process. 

So if you have read this far. Where have you adventured to lately? I need some ideas. 😉

 

 Barbi 🙂 

 

 

 

Gopher it!

Gopher it!

Let’s continue to celebrate Women’s International Day! … all Month!
 

Today … Gopher It Delivers! This is a local family business with Mama Gopher, Jenn Hayward at the helm. They specialize in local, efficient and affordable delivery to Ottawa and surrounding areas.

If you choose the local delivery option for your Red Raspberry Studio order, you will have a friendly, efficient gopher and your purchase arrive right at your door direct from my studio.

They also offer warehouse space, fulfilment services as well as dispatch and Large logistic solutions.

 

Gopher It is also another awesome local business that supports and initiates many community support initiatives. And is a great place to work! I did a brief time in the warehouse and can say it was a fun and welcoming workplace with a lot of flexibility. Interested in joining their team? There are always openings.

I will keep celebrating and sharing, so until next post!

Be Whimsical, Share Your Sparkle, Be You!
Barbi 🙂
 

Women’s International Day Celebration Posts

Day 1: M.A.P Physiotherapy 

Day 2: Little Sisterz

Day 3: Cokanna

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cokanna

Cokanna

Welcome back to Women’s International Day Celebrations! 

Today Cokanna! Beautiful, comfortable and functional Canadian made bamboo clothing. 

I have a couple of Colleen’s pieces and they are some of the first pieces of clothing I will reach for. What do I love? These are quality pieces that are indeed comfortable and can move from casual to dressy easily. Very suited to capsule wardrobes. Also bamboo is a fabulous fabric, I find it both warm and cool as the weather changes seasons so are year round pieces as well. 

One of Colleen’s primary goals of starting her own business is to give back to the community that helped her through her cancer experience by filling a need for fashionable and functional recovery based clothing, and donating a percentage of sales to local breast cancer programs and services.

So part of your purchase is helping Colleen with this goal and I know that always makes me feel even better about a purchase. 

Be Whimsical, Share Your Sparkle, Be Sassy!
Barbi 🙂

 

Women’s International Day Celebration Posts

Day 1: M.A.P Physiotherapy 

Day 2: Little Sisterz

Day 3: Cokanna

 

Little Sisters

Little Sisters

Next, in my … Celebrate Women’s International Day … all Month! series. Today, I introduce you to, Little Sisterz! A wonderful Italian restaurant in beautiful Spencerville, ON. This week, Gina and crew are celebrating their 3 year anniversary! Congrats everyone!!

Gina does so much for the community; often holding or supporting various fundraisers, has created employment opportunities for the area, became a community hub for grocery items, participating and creating many collaborations with local farms and other businesses. And she support artists by hosting the local artist’s group exhibitions year round. In fact, My Ladies in Red series spent a good while social distancing when Covid became our new reality. 

Speaking of which, I am looking forward to my nice drives to Spencerville to enjoy a delicious breakfast or lunch. And picking up supper from the take-home offerings. Always love to multitask. And let someone else do the cooking!

Gina and I have also had lots of fun with illustrations! There has been a series of Instagram comics, banners, and a “Gina” character that reflects the vibe and personality Little Sisters, Italian with a twist! There is a lot to this story however I will save that for another post. For now, consider as covid protocols allow a trip to Spencerville and Little Sisters!

 

Be Whimsical, Share Your Sparkle, Be You!
Barbi 🙂

 

Women’s International Day Celebration Posts

Day 1: M.A.P Physiotherapy 

Day 2: Little Sisterz

Day 3: Cokanna

 

M.A.P Physiotherapy

M.A.P Physiotherapy

Welcome to Women’s International Day Celebrations! I shout out, support and recommend local businesses, here in Ottawa, all the time. As a result, I often have people check back with me to ask about the business they are interested in. Here, on my blog, I can make posts easily searchable. Simply search Women’s Day Celebrations.

So will begin with M.A.P. Physiotherapy! Marie is the owner and physiotherapist. She is keeping my back and neck pain free or helping me to get back to that after perhaps leaning over too much when I am drawing. I always come from the appointments feeling much better, feeling “back together” and my body feels lighter … and can even feel taller after some sessions. 

So Marie Shinmoto, Janet Dill, Tamarrah Jacobs and Victoria Goodman of MAP Physiotherapy would be happy to support you on your journey to full movement and good health. Here is their contact info

“We treat people, not body parts.
If you believe in addressing your whole body rather than piecemeal parts, then come in and see us. If you have had a series of seemingly unrelated injuries that haven’t resolved, then we are the professionals for you. If you have pain that came out of nowhere, then we will find the underlying cause.
We will look at how everything is inter-connected and restore harmony in your body. When these issues are truly resolved, you will rediscover your joy.”

 

Be Whimsical, Share Your Sparkle, Be Sassy!
Barbi 🙂

 

Day 1: M.A.P Physiotherapy 

Day 2: Little Sisterz

Day 3: Cokanna

Day 4: Gopher It