Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas!!! It's Christmas night and I hope that you are all cozied up with your families, sharing memories and lots of good feelings.  Have a great holiday season and stay Merry! Here are some pics from my walk in the woods yesterday.  The trees were glistening with snow, the brook bubbling under it's frozen surface. It was magical.  I might not believe in Santa Claus but I definitely believe in the magic that surrounds me.  


 Where are my children you might ask?  It is their turn to have Christmas with their father and my turn to stay behind.  I have chose to spend my time in the woods alone but not lonely.  I am up to many things and one those things is felting! This year I am stepping out of my box and going for it.  Below is a picture of a man I am working on.  I am loving watching his personality come out!

What you see here is his head.  I am now working on his torso, arms and legs. The most difficult part so far are the fingers.   I can't wait to show you the finished result.  He doesn't have a name yet.  He doesn't really look like anyone I know. Does he look like anyone you know?

I pick up my beautiful children tomorrow.  We will drive to Corbeil, my home town and celebrate the season with my family.  I am so looking forward to seeing their sweet faces and excited beings.  Merry Christmas!


 My baby turns 7 on December 21rst the first day of winter as he likes to put it.  We had a cake and party on Saturday to commemorate the big day.   When I look at my Owen I cannot believe that he once lived in my womb.  He is so big and grown up!  I love watching him grow and learn and on the same turn I miss his tiny little fingers and tiny little toes.  I miss those days and yet I relish our bigger older conversations.   When my babies were babies people would say appreciate the moment Annie because it goes by so fast.  "Appreciate the moment", those are such big words.  As much as I try I seem to miss the mark because life just seems to be flying by and it is more apparent as my children grow older and wiser.  As the new year approaches I vow to watch every breath and come into the moment.  To cherish every kiss, every hug, every cuddle, to look into their eyes as they speak to me with their clever ideas.  As I age along side my children I feel the vulnerability of life.  I am here and within seconds it can be taken away.  I am here and feel the blessings and the grace of this very moment.  Happy Birthday Owen. Thanks for all that you teach me.


Christmas Gnomes

Last night's gnome workshop put a smile on everyone's face.  How could it not look at these guys.  We loved watching their little personalities come out with each poke of our needle  I love the flow of giving workshops.  At times the room is bustling and conversation.  At other times conversation is silent and the only sound is of needles poking into wool.  It's magic.

It's as though they are speaking to me...
 "Be happy with your life".

Be good because santa is coming

"Have fun with your girlfriends"

What do you think this guy is saying?


Natural Toy and Craft Sale

We all learn in different ways.  I, myself am an experiential learner, get me to do something hands on and it sinks in, I get it and can move forward.  I am assuming that many of us learn in this way.  When we experience something first hand it really sinks in and we learn the cause and effect of our actions.  I saw this first hand this past weekend when Zoe, Owen and I participated in the Natural Toy and Craft Sale in Lady Smith Quebec. The weeks leading up the show we created things with our hands.  Zoe made beautiful felted goodies and cards.  Owen made window stars.  It was nice spending this time together, head to head making stuff.  This step broadened their awareness of how much work and commitment it takes to make things to sell; lesson number 1.

On Sunday morning we packed up the car and drove the 1 1/2 hours into the Gatineau hills to Lady Smith which is but a small town that boasts a cross roads with a gas station, restaurant hotel and community hall where the event was held.  We walked into a beautifully decorated hall with sparkly lights and tables laid down with beautiful crafted works of art.  We were 15 vendors and there were 7 kids tables.  What a great vibe.  Zoe and Owen were quite excited to display their wares.  Owen being excited for his first sale was anxious for his first customer.  He noticed that people came by had a look at his things but did not buy.  One customer said she would be back and so Owen waited for her but she never returned.  That was lesson number 2; people don't always do what they say.

He really wanted to make a sale and decided to take his business by the horns and took the initiative to go around the venue and sell his stuff to the people walking around and sitting at their tables.  As an adult vendor I could not get away with this but as a cute, young boy he got away with flying colours.  His salesman skills payed off and he sold all of his window stars.  Lesson 3: It is beneficial to take initiative in your endeavors. The other children also took his lead.  It was great to see them go around selling their things.  Of course they spent most of their sales buying things for themselves and others.  I guess the next step will be to learn to save a little bit of their profit earned :)

 Zoe at her table hugging a bear, Owen purchased for her.  I wish I had a picture of Owen but he refused.  At times he can be camera shy.

 I love the message written on this shirt by Zoe

 My Annie Bananie table

 Earrings made by Lindsey Ferguson.  You might have heard of her.  She is a local singer from Wakefield.  Her feather earrings are very pretty and I am wearing a pair right now!

Lindsey's new CD release.

 Now check this out. It is a wet felted jacket.  I just love it and plan on learning to make one.  Hannah the artist is a feltmaker from the Wakefield area.  I really liked her and enjoyed our conversations. I plan on going to one of her workshops.

Just Gorgeous!


It's a holiday Trunk Show!
December 14th, 2011
07:00- 09:30
Come and join 4 local crafters and a local distributor of farely traded goods from Peru for a Trunk Show at Singing Tree Daycare. It will be a great opportunity to do last minute shopping.

Also on the menu is tea, light snack from the Art is Bakery and wine. 

FREE Workshop
Also presenting a needle felting workshop. Be one of the first 10 to registrants for a FREE ball felting workshop. Leave with a felted ball that you can give to someone you love to put in their Christmas tree or window sill. Workshop will start at 19:30. To participate contacet Annie Bananie at
Another Marvelous Ant (Earrings, Handbags and stones made from leather and recycled materials)

Annie Bananie (Felting Kits and Felted Arts)

Iraku - Farely Traded Goods

Amanda Stevadio from Being Green (Earth Friendly sews)

Judy Stir from Tweail (repurposed clothing)

We look forward to greeting you at the door!

Thanks for supporting your local artisans