Lost and Found…thanks to a soft hearted woman, a curious woman and a sharp mind.

So once upon a time there was a lovely evening in Halifax not so long ago….about a week to be exact. A fire was set in the outdoor pit and the logs being a bit damp were not co-operating…

My friend M said “Hey! Ive got just the thing” She disappeared inside and came out with a large piece of black foam core and proceeded to fan the wimpy flames.

I stopped her and said what on earth is that, who are they and where did it come from? 

She said “Isnt it interesting! I have no idea who they are and didn’t have the heart to throw it out. It arrived with my things after I moved here. 

She had put her furniture in storage in Vancouver in 2011 and went to Ireland. The next year she had them shipped to Kingston, Ontario where they sat again in storage for a couple of years and then here to Nova Scotia. Some things were broken and some missing and then there was this picture of a smiling couple with well wishes for a lovely move to BC. The moving company went bankrupt and she had no way of finding the couple.

I said “I wonder if they are still together ?… they would love this back I bet.  Let me put out a call on Facebook, post this picture and see if anyone might recognize them.”

It was shared 83 times! A good friend of mine decided to do some sleuthing on her own based on the names signed on the card. She spent an entire morning piecing together a network of connections and relatedness and determined they were now in Ontario and then….. she figured out who they were!! She sent me their facebook pages and even got their phone number! Here they are today! Ed and Barb Stronks from Guelph Ontario!

I now have their address and will ship this off to them next week:) Crazy, it went from BC to Kingston then spent a few years in Nova Scotia and now will go back to Ontario!  they are thrilled.The power of the internet!

Battle of Culloden

Today is Easter Sunday but it is also April 16 and in 1746, at Culloden, a terrible battle was fought. The Scots lost their right to wear tartan and almost 2000 men died within 40 minutes! The English wanted the land for sheep which was more profitable. The Battle of Culloden was fought 271 years ago, on a grey overcast Wednesday, cold sleet slashing the faces of those who fought for their families and homes. Bonnie Prince Charlie was up against the Duke of Cumberland, known as “the butcher”, fighting for the survival of Scotland.
The only other memorial cairn commemorating that battle exists here in Nova Scotia at a tiny community called Knoydart near Antigonish. Many displaced Scots moved to Nova Scotia to start new lives after the fallout and each year a service is still held here to honor their fallen ancestors.
Here is a youtube clip of Makem and Clancey singing Sound the Pibroch

Buy 1 Get 1 Free

Buy One Get One FREE Sale!!

 and a GIVEAWAY! 

Until April 9. Buy any print in my shop and get another of your choice free. http://www.aliceinparis.etsy.com At checkout…tell me in *notes to seller* which print/prints you would like for free. As a THANK YOU….I am drawing a name from all who purchase during my sale and will GIVEAWAY another 4 prints to someone! ($100 value) Woo hoo! Don’t miss out on this great opportunity:) http://www.aliceinparis.etsy.com

Colour Interview.. Anne Julie Aubry

This is one of a series of interviews I’ve done and am doing with creative people that is based on the colours of the rainbow! It has been a fun project. What is the strongest memory or association do they have with each colour?  What comes to mind, what impact did each colour have on the interviewee’s  life?


Spiral of Dream

This interview with Anne-Julie Aubry was done a few years ago. She is a lovely artist and mom who lives in the south of France. Her exquisite work is luscious and mysterious. You can see more art at her etsy shop TheNebulous Kingdom and read her blog here. Ann-Julie’s sometimes dark but always whimsical work is also available on skins at  Skinkin Her instagram account is also a wonderful place to visit:)annjulieaubry2Mon Petite Monde


Springtime Blossom

Here are her colour associations!  Enjoy:)

“Oh thank you for inviting me in such a great experience, it’s definitely a really great little game about our memories. I love it! ”

Red  – I think of poppies, always poppies because I love to draw or paint them. I’ve always been in love with these flowers, like an obsession since my youngest age.

Orange – Orange is the color of Etsy. I cannot think of anything else, Etsy came in mind instantly. I’m very addicted to this website, it’s also my community and running a shop here is my full time job.

Yellow – One of the first car of my parents was yellow. It was a fun one, from a German brand to avoid any details, in a funny and gorgeous lemon-yellow color. I loved this car, I have very good memories of it.

Green – Is the color I’m very connected to in my work. I always add a touch of green in every of my illustration, even a little.. tiny one! This is the color of the Earth and that means for me the color of Hope.

Blue When I think of blue I think of my grandma’s bedroom. She loves the color blue, and her bedroom has always been dedicated to this color. The walls, the fitted carpet, the curtains, everything. She has wonderful tastes, and a great ability to marry different shades of blue. It’s a gorgeous bedroom, and could be featured in a decorating book me thinks!

Indigo/purple – The amazing tones of the sky at nightfall here in the south, at the sea. I’m living here since almost 5 years now, and this is something I definitely love. I feel lucky each time I can take a few minutes and stare at a beautiful nightfall… Most of the time I can see pink and orange tones as well, a pure chef d’oeuvre.

Violet/pink – Is the gorgeous color of my grandma’s beautiful hydrangeas in her garden. As far as I remember, those (giant now) flowers have always been in her garden, and she really really cares about them.