weather or not…

                            {Jacket  THX via Winners   Cropped Pants  French Dressing Jeanswear,  thrifted   Umbrella  thrifted    Purse  thrifted    T-shirt  Alfred Sung via Zellers   Rain Boots  Winners   Scarf  thrifted} I dressed for a rainy day.  It stopped raining for the single hour that we were out walking and snapping pics.  Weather can be that way.  The remainder of our day was well spent eating at Big Feast and soaking up some culture both here and at a local artist showing and sale.   Dressing for a rainy day does not have to be boring.  Try adding a little colour, or a lot.     Today I’m linking up with Patti from Not Dead Yet Style  for Visible Monday.   I am also linking up with…

a dog with no name…

{King Charles Cavalier Spaniel portrait – mixed media} Whew, a long name for a smallish dog.  Does this dog belong to you?  He or she is looking for a home.  This portrait, 5″ x 5 3/4″, is a mixed media piece.  I used india ink, watercolour, and pencil crayon.   I would like to name her, or him, but am fearful that I might become too attached.  I have attempted to reproduce the image to reflect the artwork accurately, but please note that the background is a lighter shade of turquoise than is being portrayed.  There I go again with my turquoise…

DIY: Potted Pumpkins…

   Ready for a little project?  With very little effort you can have an organic centerpiece for your table this weekend.   Recently, while having lunch at Bliss Bakery, I noticed that one of the tables sported a very clever looking potted pumpkin.             Items required:  One pumpkin, and one potted plant.  For this project I purchased a small pumpkin, just bigger than the 4″ Kalanchoe plant.  We also need approx 60 cm (2 ft) of wired ribbon, and two pieces of florist wire.     Now, let’s get busy.  With a sharp knife, cut out the top of the pumpkin and reserve.  We’ll need it in a moment.  You can cut fairly closely around the base of the stem.    Scoop the seeds out of the pumpkin, and cut…

My American Cousin…

  {bead bling, moi; bangles, thrifted} {the peach – a giant peach shaped concession stand in Penticton.  you may recognize it from the movie} {My DYT Type One Style   Jeans  Pure by Alfred Sung via Zellers   Espradrilles   Aldo Sweater  Winner’s   Shirt   Mexx, thrifted   Handbag  Lancome, thrifted    Nail Polish Zoya LC  Zoya or nailpolishcanada} My American Cousin is a Canadian drama film set in rural Penticton BC.  Filmed on location in Penticton in 1985, it won six Genie awards {Canada’s equivalent to the Oscars}.  It seemed fitting to wear red, white and blue while visiting the city this weekend.  The weather was beautiful; warm, mostly clear skies and very little wind.  Penticton and it’s neighbouring communities of Naramata and Summerland are situated in the Okanagan Valley, a region in south central BC.  The southern Okanagan has a sunny, dry…

my september…

{apples ripe for picking}   {autumn near the sea}   {sun kissed}   {can you see the butterfly}   {crush time}   {picnic lunch}   {colourful condos}   {late summer}  We were blessed with a lovely September this year.  Sunny skies, and cool evenings.  I hope your September was both beautiful and bountiful.  

tropicana cabana…

This is not your grandmother’s chair.  Okay, maybe it was your grandmother’s chair, but not anymore.  This gem of a colour is one of my favourite shades of turquoise.  Benjamin Moore Tropicana Cabana, 2048-50.  I paint a lot of furniture, and in future will post before pics.  This lovely little chair, gifted to me by a dear friend, was originally finished with a mahogany stain.  After a light sanding, I primed it with Circa 1850 Prime-it Plus, and then brushed on two coats of BM Aura semi-gloss.  All latex paint, so better for you and the environment.  Lovely, glossy, cheery.  In most lighting, the chair’s colour appears as a true turquoise, see small photo.  I reupholstered the back of the chair and sewed up a matching fitted cushion for the seat.  All that…for the…

eli…

{Eli’s Portrait in Pencil}  I thought a portrait in pencil would be the perfect medium for Eli.  He looks fierce.  Yet, there is a softness that comes when working with graphite.  That’s what our Eli was all about.   With us, he was fierce, strong willed, confident.  Around others, he was very cautious and shy.   I think he would be pleased with this portrayal of him.     Thank you for following A Colourful Canvas. Please click on title to visit and comment!

DIY: Foaming Hand Soap Recipe…

Today I would like to share a simple recipe for foaming hand soap.  You will need the following:   3/4 cup (190ml) Distilled Water  1/4 cup ( 50ml)  Dr. Bronner’s Pure Castile Soap 1 tsp ( 5ml) Glycerin 20 drops Essential Oil One empty Foaming Soap Dispenser Measure water in a glass measuring cup.  Slowly add the 1/4 cup of castile soap.  I recommend that you add the soap to the water rather than adding the water to the soap in order to prevent excessive bubbles.  Stir in the glycerin, and the essential oil of your choice.  I have chosen peppermint!   My distilled water is chilly from being kept in the fridge, and some condensation is forming on the outside of the measuring cup.   Pour the contents of the measuring cup into…