Giving Thanks

We’ve been through the mad rush of Black Friday weekend and what a whirlwind it was! But wait a minute… didn’t we just celebrate being thankful for what we already have? Our team got together to share what they are thankful for as well!

Children & Family:

I am thankful for the precious gift of children God has entrusted us with. I am always humbled by the miracle and the beauty of a delicate new life born into this world. ”
~ Rita

I’m thankful for all the special moments I have with family and friends.

Being thankful for the sound of happy healthy children.”

I’m thankful for my my angels (ages 4 and 1) that light up my day and remind me to laugh more, hug more, cuddle more and enjoy the small things.”

ART:

I am thankful for the ability to interact with kids and share the gift of art and science (together when possible). I typically have several pieces in my shop where all or a portion of the sale helps me to buy supplies for these projects.

I am thankful for the fact that there was art in our school when I was a child. I believe that it has made me appreciate art so much more.”

Life, Health, & Home:

I’m thankful I have a warm home to live in as many around the world have no place to live or very inadequate housing.

What says home more than a quilt?? These painted diamonds papers have a quilted feel to them ~ just like home. I love quilts!

I’m thankful that the future comes one day at a time.

The older I get I realize just how important health is… This charm represents health and well being.”

As we go through the crazy hustle and bustle of the fast approaching holidays, let’s not wait for November to come back around to reflect on what we are thankful for.

Stay Thankful!

Frenchie

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Fruits of the Harvest

It’s harvest season! The weather is getting colder and colder, and even though we don’t have to hide nuts in our cheeks for hibernation, November is a time of preperation for the holidays ahead, and what better way to prepare for the winter than with good foods?

Pumpkins that were once for carving are now for eating! How do you take your pumpkin? Mashed? Stuffed? Just the seeds? Or my personal favourite: in a cheesecake? Pumpkins are one of the most versatile bounties of Autumn so don’t be deceived by that slimy goop you scooped out! It’s the heart of the feast!

My favourite harvest accessory:  the cranberry! I mean, lip balm! I don’t know about where you are, but here in New England, November brings on the bitter winds and it is crucial to carry at least three tubes of lip balm with me at all times. Complimenting the pumpkin, or really any harvest food, is cranberries. How do you cranberry sauce? Jellied or whole berries?

We’ve been through the pumpkin patch and the cranberry bogs. We’ve battled near freezing temps and blustery winds. Now it’s time to sit with our family and friends around our favourite table. The chairs are mismatched; squeeze in where you can fit, but mind the dogs sleeping underneath at our feet! The host cuts the roast and as we’re scooping our potatoes onto our plates, several voices rise above the chatter.

“Can you pass the gravy?”

Happy Harvest!

Frenchie

Fine Art Finds

Growing up in Rhode island, one of the biggest events of the year for me was the Scituate Art festival. I loved living 5 minutes away from the biggest craft show and fine art display that I knew. Wouldn’t you know it, I grew up and now live in walking distance of the festival! Needless to say I spent the entire weekend there, mulling over the various artisans producing items from crafts I may never learn, and of course, taking in all of the gorgeous fine art New England has to offer.

In honour of my wonderful weekend experience, here is some fine art from our own CIJ team members!

Original Crab Drawing In Black And White from huiyitan

Original Crab Drawing In Black And White from huiyitan

Illustration is one art form that I enjoy very much. I love the expression and stories told through illustration in often (but not always!) simplistic styles. I can already get a feel for this little crab’s personality and have thoroughly enjoyed browsing some more of his life. Though I’d still like to know what it is that he’s staring at.

Lily Black and White Photograph from Colourscape

Lily Black and White Photograph from Colourscape

Where in illustration we are often given the expression set forth by a character, photography is an art form where a subject with no expressive features can speak volumes. I have no talent for capturing moments myself, so I admire it greatly.

The stark contrast between black and white is powerful and deafening, a surprise in and of itself since we generally see flowers to be such delicate entities, soft and feminine. Yet through that solid confidence of the lily, we see a small wisp off the end of the petal, whispering gently amidst the booming message. What does it say to you?

Original Abstract Painting: CHITCHAT from ARTbyKirsten

Original Abstract Painting: CHITCHAT from ARTbyKirsten

Painting, yet another art that leaves me totally clueless when I make an attempt. Abstract paintings are probably my favourite in that they are completely open to the viewers’ interpretation which is a beautiful thing. There is movement, contrast, and a definite sense of mystery that we don’t get in photography or realism.

Aside from original paintings, Kirsten offers prints of her work to suit smaller budgets or perhaps, smaller spaces.

Stay inspired!

Frenchie