The big unveil!

mister rabbit-2 thrive with passion girl-2I am so excited to introduce limited edition prints of my canvases — premiering this weekend at the Georgina Studio Tour. Once again, I will be at Homestead Orchards in Sutton, Saturday & Sunday, 10am until 5pm. Drop by to see my new work, meet fellow artist Thelma Sellers and discover the yummy apple treats of the orchard.

with gratitude…nadya

Back to School: Dorm Living

dormlivingWhat a sight it was to see my work featured on the One of a Kind OnLine newsletter! And how appropriate, since Miss Know-It-All is headed away to school!

I am in the midst of updating my OOAK Online Shop, so please contact me if you have any questions.

Coming soon… a new product to be unveiled! Stay tuned!

with gratitude… nadya

 

Your Purpose Driven Life Retreat

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Thank-you to all of you I saw at the Spring One of a Kind Show in Toronto in March. Once again, it was 5 great days of meeting great patrons & fellow exhibitors, not to mention doing a little awesome shopping!

mala necklace (mn4)Now I am gearing up for the summer, which along with warm weather (which we ALL deserve), means art & craft shows. I will be updating my “Events & Locations” page here at my blog, as well as announcing new projects. Which brings me to my exciting news. The incredible Jenn Pike & Laura Foster are presenting a Women’s Retreat at the Sugar Ridge Retreat Centre in Wyebridge on September 25-27, and they have invited me to be part of it!

I will be leading a Mala Making Workshop at the “Your Purpose Driven Life Retreat” on the Saturday night. Please watch the video below to find out more about this incredible journey.

You may notice over the next few months that I am gradually changing my name from “lil’things by nadya” to “nadya edwards”. Although I love the former name, I feel it is time to  streamline & simplify.

with gratitude…nadya

OOAK ticket Giveaway!

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Happy first day of Spring! I am getting so excited about the show next week. Here are a few of my latest creations. Let’s celebrate with a ***GIVEAWAY***.

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If you are in the Toronto area next week, to win a pair of tickets to the  Spring One of a Kind Show,  you can do one of two things, either:

1. LIKE & SHARE my Facebook page, or

2. LIKE my blog & SHARE this post.

The winner will be announced Monday. Good Luck!

with gratitude..nadya

 

 

spring will return!

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It may not seem it, but one day soon, we will be able to have exposed flesh outside for longer than a millisecond before succumbing to frost bite. And with that in mind, the Spring One of a Kind Show is just around the corner. Click on the link to save $3 when you purchase your tickets online. These are my new moo business cards that just arrived! What do you think?

with gratitude…nadya

It’s time to start your LIST!

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I write this as the white stuff is lightly falling outside my window, a gentle reminder of what is to come. And with that said, someone is bound to count the days on a calendar, and start the countdown to the holiday season.

20141103_212332Next week, the beyondCRAFT show & sale begins! I will have many new mixed-media pieces there, as well as new cards, jewellery & a few surprises. This is a great event in a fabulous location.

I was honoured to find one of my mermaids gracing the front page of the Stouffville Free Press, advertising the show. I still can’t believe it’s the front page! Speaking of big, I am in the midst of creating more mermaids on bigger canvases, which although a little scary, seems to be working out well. Below are 2 new canvases I recently finished.

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So start your list & come whittle away at it next weekend!

with gratitude..nadya

 

Georgina Studio Tour

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This weekend is the Georgina Studio Tour and I am still not quite believing I am on it! Partnered up with the very talented painter Thelma Sellers, we are upstairs at Homestead Orchards Barn Store, 3961 Old Homestead Road in Sutton or location “S” on the tour map. The tour runs this Saturday & Sunday, from 10am to 5pm both days. Looks like this weekend is shaping up to be sunny and warm, so if you are in the mood for some good art, we’d love to see you!

FYI, as we were setting up tonight, the delicious aroma of apple pies baking were wafting up through the floorboards to us — we could hardly stand it, so even if you just feel the need for a good apple pie, this is the place to get it!

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with gratitude…nadya

New lil’cards!

Still a little jet-lagged from our trip to Italy (which was AMAZING, photos to follow ), but I did come home and want to create. I have been thinking about this idea for a while, and finally just sat done and did it. This is a 4×4 card with a photograph I have taken, but the photo is actually a magnet you can peel off. So it’s a card with a little something extra.

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I OBSESSED magnets, so I thought I would share the love.

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I have also chosen to make coordinating envelopes to match.

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Miss Know-It-All says she would have a hard time giving the card away because she wants to keep the magnet. How about you?

with gratitude..nadya

I’m Everywhere!

I am so thrilled to announce that I will be an exhibitor at this year’s One of a Kind Christmas Show! I will be at the show for 6 days, from December 2nd through to the 7th. I am still dazed from the news. I am constantly working to improve my art, learning new techniques, and exploring new mediums, so one of my goals will be to have new creations to debut at this show, along with my mixed-media canvases and cards.

IMG_5950I have also branched out into Cannington and Newmarket. The Ginkgo Tree is a lovely shoppe in Cannington filled with locally handmade goods, ranging from soaps & health aids to local art. The apothecary carries a wide variety of herbal remedies, bulk medicinal herbs and tinctures, and the tea room offers a yummy light menu with many homemade treats to finish off your meal. You can find my mixed-media canvases, cards & jewellery are there.

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My favourite grocery store, Nature’s Emporium in Newmarket has a wonderful shop practically located in it called, DayLyn Local & Global Healing. Along with its healing centre, DayLyn supports local artisans, fair trade, handcrafted and environmentally friendly products to assist in the healing journey. I love to wander through this store with its beautiful clothes, jewellery and home decor. All items are handpicked to carry a message of commitment to wellness. I am fortunate enough to have my cards & canvases there as well.

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If you are ever in these neighbourhoods, please stop in and take a look around. You’ll be happy that you did!

with gratitude…nadya

My tattoo story

I am honoured that NEITHER SNOW published my photos & story about my recent tattoo. If you have a story to share, please do.

COLLABORATION WITH: NADYA, JAMIE & PETE

Every once in a while I’ll be asked to calligraph song lyrics for tattoo clients. Nadya’s story, and the choice behind this song, is so moving.  There have been times my yoga teacher has played “To Build a Home” during savasana. And so the image of both me and Nadya, separated by thousands of miles, lying on the floor and listening to the same song (through speakers or in our heads) and processing it through our difference life experience made it all the more special.

Close introspection usually comes when one choses a tattoo, something permanent that will resonate with you all your days. When I first heard the song, To Build A Home by The Cinematic Orchestra, it came drifting into my head as I was laying on the floor in Savasana at a yoga studio. I was moved by this beautifully haunting song and as it lingered in my head for days afterward, I realized I needed a closer listen.

My husband had just been diagnosed with cancer and we were in the depths of hell. As our family learned to cope with this new world, the phrase from this song –“I built a home for you, for me” spoke to me. They seemed to be the words that represented me and my position in our lives. Our home was our cocoon away from the world — and I provided the comfort & stability we needed to weather the storm. In our home lived hope and strength, positivity, love and most importantly, laughter.

In the midst of treatment I would drive and listen to this song with the volume cranked. On the overwhelming days when the hurt was new and raw I would cry, but as time passed, tears turned to reflection and with it a kind of peace. It is a wonderfully poetic view of life. The very fact that we truly did build our home was a just a wonderful coincidence.

Life is not fair, it just is. Things happen and how we react and cope with the events that shape our lives are what make us who we are. Of this I am constantly reminded, when I look down at this beautifully scripted affirmation on my arm. Thank you Patrick Watson for writing these powerful words, and thank you Mara for working with me to transform them into something uniquely me.

Thanks to Nadya for sharing her story, to tattoo artist Jamie “Grazzhopper” Lindsey (Toronto), and to photographer Pete Nema.

with gratitude…nadya