Monday, 11 June 2018

So Much Happening!

Life just seems to be full of chores, events, activities, opportunities and surprises.

The chores, of course, are house and yard work which never seem to end when you have a home in the country. Here are some pictures taken from inside the house.
front yard

back yard
I have all my flowers planted and am just waiting for some heat to make them pop. We are surrounded by forest here so we have lots of quiet and privacy with occasional visits from various wildlife.
Deer - April 2018

Turkeys - June 2018
There are a few new ventures in my area that are designed to promote tourism and art sales so I am hoping that this summer will be better for my home gallery. I hope you will have a look at this web site and let me know what you think. And, if you share the link with your friends that would be even better.
Creston Valley Kootenay Lake route

The local Arts Council has worked with the Chamber of Commerce and we once again have a public gallery space in the Chamber building. There is also a small Gift Shop although it is only open a few days a week and is manned by volunteers (like me).

Every week they get more art brought in and from what I have heard they are running out of space; we have so many artists here it doesn't take long to fill up a small space!

I have a Watercolour Painting Party planned for this coming Saturday and the following week I will be painting in a garden during the local Garden Tour. For the garden tour I have made up a few of my Cool Ties some with new designs using stamps from Art Foamies
art foamies

for the man in your life

for everyone!
I will also display some cards, my quilling and some small paintings - I might get lucky and actually sell something!

This summer I will have a few pieces of art in two different shows at Centre 64 in Kimberley BC. This entails a four hour round trip drive to deliver the art, another trip to see the display and then a third trip to retrieve the art - this for each show. I will be going up tomorrow with a friend to see the current display which is called Artrageous and I hope to take lots of photos to share.

And, finally, the surprise! We bought a new car! Bob saw a review for this vehicle and wanted to check it out and we ended up the proud new owners of a Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV (Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle). Talk about a surprise!

It looks like the summer will continue to be interesting and busy - I am just hoping for time for art!

Thanks for stopping by!


  1. You have been extra busy! I love seeing the wild life in your yard! Squirrels and bunnies seem to be about the only thing visiting my yard! Congrats on the new car!

    1. Thanks Cathy. we get squirrels too but they usually scoot away before I can take pics - no bunnies though.

  2. Sounds like you have a lot to keep you busy this summer! The tourism website looks nice and should attract visitors...and hopefully to your gallery too. Good luck with all of it. I have all my plants in containers on my patio and a squirrel keeps digging in the pots and creating a mess. I googled how to keep squirrels out of planters and the suggestion was to put wooden skewers pointy side up around the perimeter of the pots so the squirrels will get poked it they venture too close. I hope it works.

    1. What adventurous squirrels! I have never heard of such a thing; mine just hang out under the bird feeder to get dropped seeds. I am glad you checked out the website - I am keeping my fingers crossed that it makes a difference.

  3. Your summer sounds like so much fun! I’m just working on staying cool! Love your visitors!

    1. Thanks Chandra. I think my summer will be interesting if nothing else. Good luck with the staying cool thing - we are still waiting for some warmth - lol.

  4. WOW, you are SUPER busy Val! Best wishes with all of your art ventures. Fingers crossed!! Love seeing your neck of the woods and your guests. I am starting to see more bunnies. They were "gone" for awhile.
    WOW a new car, how exciting. And a hybrid to boot!! Awesome. My brother got a new hybrid Prius. He loves it. So quiet, and so good on gas. Enjoy!