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Monday, September 1, 2014

30 Day Sketch Challenge

Well, the 30 Day Sketch Challenge is over.

The month of August went by extremely fast but I managed to do 27 sketches wihtin the 30 days.  Not too bad considering some of them were done by flashlight and candlelight and others were done in a moving car.

It was a lot of fun to do the challenge and a few friends and I have decided that we will do the sketch challenge again in January.  If you want to join us we'd be happy to have you play along.  There are no rules, just sketch whatever you like.  Our sketches will be posted on Instagram with the tag #30daysketch.

To see what my talented friends and I were up to during the month you can search #30daysketch on instagram and all the pictures will come up and my profile on Instagram is @mayabki

Here is a short video of the 27 sketches I managed to do.  I tried to put it on here but Blogger is having a hard time with it.

Monday, August 4, 2014

The Fall Shows Are Coming!

Now is the time of year that artists and artisans start to think about the fall shows and work at getting their applications in, if they haven't already.

I am hoping to do a few shows again this year and I am very excited to share with you that I have been accepted to be a vendor at the Falling For Art Show in Coburg this fall!!  This will be a new one for me and I can't wait to see how it goes.

The Falling for Art Show is a juried art & craft show, showcasing some of the best artists' Canada has to offer.   I am so excited to be included as one of them!

The show opens on Saturday, November 1, 2014 from 10 am to 4pm
Admission is just $5 (Kids 12 and under are free) and a portion of the proceeds will be donated to Speaking Of Dogs Rescue.

The show is located at the Cobourg Community Centre,Rotary Sports and Performance Hall (Gym), 750 D'Arcy Street, Cobourg, ON

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Foodie Friday!

What a summer!  It's been super busy here with the kids being home and us zipping off on different camping vacations.  I haven't had much of a chance to up date the blog the last few months.

But here I am to share a very yummy and refreshing pasta salad.  This easy salad is full of flavour and colour. It is perfect for summer BBQs and even to take camping since it lasts longer than green salads and makes quite a lot.

 Please remember I am not a great food photographer.
I think we were out of black olives when I made this salad.
Rainbow Pasta Salad

1 package (16oz) tricolour pasta (I used rotini)
1/4 lb sliced pepperoni or salami sausage 
1 cup fresh broccoli florets
1 can (6oz) black olives, drained and sliced
1 package (8oz) mozzarella cheese, shredded
1/4 cup parmesan cheese
1/2 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
1/2 cup cucumber, diced
1/2-3/4 bottle Italian style salad dressing (I used Kraft Olive Oil Tuscan Italian)

Boil water and cook pasta.  Drain and rinse the cooked pasta twice in cold water.
In a large (I mean VERY large) bowl combine the ingredients.
Refrigerate at least one hour.

When I make this I know I can make it well in advance and it will just keep getting better and better.  Most of the ingredients can be added in amounts at your discretion.  This is mostly just a guideline and can be altered any way you see fit.


Enjoy! 

30 DAY SKETCH CHALLENGE!!


It’s August!!  (well almost)

I thought I’d have a little fun, and add more to my already busy days, and try to stretch my drawing art skills with this 30 day sketch challenge.

Every day in August I am going to try to draw/sketch something new.  Could be a pencil drawing or a zentangle with colourful pens.  Who knows.  I certainly have no idea where this month is going to take me but I know it will be fun!

I would be over the moon if you’d like to join me on this adventure and do some sketches and doodles with me.  Where ever you post, Instagram, Facebook or Twitter, remember to include the tag: #30daysketch.  That way we can all enjoy each other’s work.  Please comment below where you will post most of your sketches so I can follow you.  Thanks!

And if you don’t want to join but want to see what I get up to, you can follow along here, I will try my best to post my work here as often as possible, on Instgram and occasionally on FacebookTwitter and Pinterest.

Have a fantastic August everyone!

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Happy Canada Day!

To celebrate Canada Day and Independence Day on the 4th
I decided it was time to have a


So what can you win??

Well, how about a custom wood burned sign!  The approximate value is $35 and I will create something one of a kind just for you!  To see some examples of signs I have done, scroll down to the bottom of this post.

The giveaway will run from today, July 1st, 2014 until Tuesday, July 8th, 2014.  I will select one lucky winner from all the entries from now until then.  There may also be some other prizes awarded for those who participate the most.  And I may even giveaway another custom sign if I reach 1000 Facebook fans before the giveaway ends!!

How do you enter? 

That's the easy part.  There is only one required entry and that is to like and comment on the pinned post at the top of my Facebook page.  You can then earn extra entries by sharing that post on Facebook, Twitter, your blog, or any other social media.  You can earn even more entries by completing the following on rafflecopter

a Rafflecopter giveaway


The winner(s) will be announced on Facebook and my blog on Tuesday, July 8th, 2014.

Good Luck and Happy Canada and Independence Days!!








Sunday, June 15, 2014

Sharing Sunday

Happy Father's Day!

I hope you are all having a beautiful day with family, or the next best thing.

Summer feels like it is finally on its way.  All this beautiful weather makes me think about the beach and getting outside, close to the water.  There’s nothing better for the soul than being near the soothing and strength of the seaside.  

So, I thought I'd take you to the beach this week.


All artists are Canadian and their links are below.  Enjoy!


Clockwise from top left:
urbandreamphotos from Toronto, Ontario
bomobob from Montreal, Quebec
FradetFineArt from Montreal, Quebec
50shadesknittingXO from Sarnia, Ontario
CastawaysHall from Langlely, British Columbia
ThresholdPaperArt from North Vancouver, British Columbia
TanyaHarrisonPhoto from Toronto, Ontario
NewfoundFinds from St. John's NewFoundLand

Centre:
iSignsDecalStudio from Kitchener, Ontario

I hope you enjoyed my sharing this week.  If you have any suggestions for upcoming weeks let me know.  I'd love to hear it.  Have a great week!

Friday, June 13, 2014

Foodie Friday

Hi!  It's Foodie Friday!

And it’s been awhile since my last post.  Life and family have been my focus lately and  when that happens some things get pushed to the bottom of the priority list.  Unfortunately, the blog has been one of them.

But yesterday, I got into a baking mood and tried out a couple of new recipes and thought I'd share them with you.  One was a big dud for us.  The kids kind of like it but my husband and I think it’s one that can be put away and never spoken of again.  I will still share it with you here, just because I feel the need to warn you in case you see it on Facebook (which is where I found it) or some other social media site.  Everyone needs to be warned!  See the bottom of this post so you know what to avoid.

And the other was a big hit!  It was such a hit that we nearly finished the entire batch yesterday so I made more today.

Without making you wait any further I will share it with you now…

It's called No-Bake Energy Bites and I found it on Pinterest.  It's from the blog Kristine’s Kitchen.  You can see her full post on the bites here.



  No-Bake Energy Bites

  1/2 cup coconut flakes
  1 cup old-fashioned oats
  1/2 cup brown rice crisp cereal
  1/2 cup ground flaxseed
  1/4 tsp cinnamon
  1/2 cup nut butter (almond, peanut or a combination of the two)
  1/3 cup honey
  1 tsp vanilla
  1/4 cup mini chocolate chips (can substitute dried blueberries or raisins)
  
Toast coconut in a small skillet over medium heat, 4-6 minutes, stirring occasionally and being careful not to burn it.  It’s done when some of the flakes are lightly golden.

In a medium bowl, stir together toasted coconut, oats, brown rice cereal, flaxseed, and cinnamon.

In a liquid measuring cup or small bowl, whisk together nut butter, honey and vanilla.  Pour over oat mixture and stir until everything is well combined.  Stir in chocolate chips.

Chill in refrigerator for 30 minutes.

Use a small scoop, spoon, or your hands to scoop mixture and from into balls.  Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator or up to 1 week.

First batch and different lighting.
* The first time I made these I used cacao nibs instead of mini chocolate chips.  It’s a nice change but because they are bigger they had a tendency to fall out easily.  
I used my  hands to roll the balls but found them very crumbly.  I added a little more peanut butter and less flaxseed and oats the second time I made them.
I definitely recommend keeping them in the fridge as they keep their shape much better than when they are at room temperature.  Especially this time of year.
I also didn't toast the coconut.  I am way too lazy.

Second batch.
They actually look the same together, but the lighting was very different when I took the two pictures.

And here is the recipe to avoid.  If you dare to try it please tell me what you think.  Maybe you can find someway to improve it or maybe you'll like it and it's just us.

  Skinny Chunky Monkey Cookies
  3 ripe bananas
  2 cups oats
  1/4 cup peanut butter
  1/4 cup cocoa powder
  1/3 cup unsweetened apple sauce
  1 tsp vanilla


Preheat oven to 350F.  Mash bananas then add the rest of the ingredients and store and let sit for 20  min.  Then drop by teaspoonful onto ungreased cookie sheet.  Bake 10-12 min.