Thursday, April 14, 2011

Busy Spring!

It has been a busy April so far and we're only in the third week. We still have Easter, which is later than normal, and then I'm off to a "Groovy" weekend crop (scrapbook retreat) with my partner in crime at the end of the month.  Then May will be here and the pace will pick-up as I need to paint more paintings for juried events for the summer.

This will all be followed by designing my halloween mini-album for a class I've sponsored at  BC Scrapbooking Crop for Kids - an annual charity scrapbooking event benefitting BC Children's Hospital Foundation. And then attending this same event.

I won't get into too much detail with the projects coming up because I will be keeping you all up-to-date!  But for this coming weekend, April 16th and April 17th, I am participating in the first ever North Shore Art Crawl, a free weekend event with 40 locations/100 artists in their studios and galleries open for all to explore.

Do you remember my "Picowsso" painting I had on my blog earlier? Well, I entered it for the "Man's Best Friend" exhibition presented by North Vancouver Arts Council and it was accepted, yay!!! This is my first gallery exhibition and if you're unable to join me at the Opening Reception, you can catch the exhbition while it is running... ;-)) Sharka


Friday, April 8, 2011

My Childhood Friend...

On February 5th we came home from a dinner with friends and the phone rang... it was sad news, my childhood friend Noelle passed away.

She fought some difficult times in the last 8 years, but always had a smile on her face! She loved sports, was no "girly-girl" and had a life long quest for travel and adventure - she experienced more than most can dream. She met life's challenges with determination, dignity and a great sense of humour; we sure had some great laughs, didn't we...

Her "Celebration of Life" is this weekend and I had to do something... Noelle had a passion for gardening and you can tell by her space at a community garden that she had a pretty good "green thumb"? One of her favourite flowers was Snow Peas so I purchased 50 seed packets and attached handmade tags for guests to take home when they leave.

When I was thinking of what to write on the tags I found this quote, "The April birth flower is the sweet pea, which means good-bye or blissful pleasure. The sweet pea also has a hidden message too which is thank you for a lovely time." I didn't use this quote, but did use this little poem, by Friendship's Garden...

"In friendship's fragrant garden

There are flowers of every hue.

Each with it's own fair beauty

And its gift of joy for you."

I know I'll be planting Snow Peas in my garden this year!!! ~ Sharka