December 29, 2010

Mama Needs a New Studio

Clare contemplates reality and wonders if her father will ever pick up a paintbrush. 

December 25, 2010

Peace on Earth

Christmas morning and all is cozy. Warm cinnamon buns, hot coffee, a peruse through my new knitting magazine, the crackling of the Holiday Yule Log on channel 4. Ahhh, the joy of simple things.

December 22, 2010

Here Comes Santa Claus

Here comes Santa Claus,
Here comes Santa Claus, 
Right down Santa Claus Lane...

I can't believe another year has almost come and gone. Time for a resolution or two. First, I think I shall resolve to believe in myself they way I used to believe in Santa Claus. Yes, I shall be Santa Claus to me everyday! Done! Well, that was easy, although it could get a little pricey.

I have to say this past year has been one of the most exciting times of my life. I've completed a business course, met many wonderful new friends and mentors, come out of my shell (that's a biggy) and started a fun creative business. I'm not sure where it's going, but I think I'll let it take me as far as I can go. Resolution two, get out of my own way! Huh! I'm getting good at this. 

Here's wishing you all a fabulous Christmas and a happy and bright New Year! 
xo Lenore

December 19, 2010

Hope everyone has a Merry Christmas and a very Hoppy New Year!

December 10, 2010

Christmas Time Again

I went to the Langley Writer's Christmas gathering yesterday at the beautiful Michaud Heritage House in Langley and saw all my new friends. It was really nice. I haven't been to the group in months because I've been so busy with school and setting up my business. There's been no time for any fun at all--oh wait, I guess I can't say that. Starting up my little business has been way fun! 

Another exciting thing was getting my hands on the Valley Voices Chap Book which just so happens to house a piece of mine. I'm so proud. I've included it further down in this post. Loreena Lee, a fabulous local artist did all the artwork for the book. I was thrilled to see the beautiful line drawing she included under my contribution. 

Here's the front entry at Michaud House.

 I couldn't resist getting a shot of the wall paper. So William Morris. I love William Morris. 

I also couldn't resist this little guy. 

Here's the published piece.

November 28, 2010

Sweet Briar Rose

I know I shouldn't, but here's a sneak peek of my contest entry, Sweet Briar Rose. Shhh, don't tell anyone. She's a secret.

November 25, 2010

Snow Day

 This is what I saw when I poked my beak outside my front door this morning. The perfect excuse to go back inside. Yay for snow! 
And yay for curling up by the fire and finishing bunnies.

November 10, 2010

Barefoot in the Park

I didn't believe the weatherman last night when he said it was going to sun today. But what a perfect day to play hooky in the woods and watch little Clare pretend to be a coyote. 

Everything was out. The mountain tops, 

the eagles,

even the woodland Faeries couldn't resist. I hope this little guy remembers to pick up his skateboard on the way home.

November 9, 2010

The Morning After

I'm not so frantic this rainy morning as I look out into my falling backyard--about my business and my life. No more, "where will I be and how will I get there?" Not here. It's nice to suddenly pass through the new, of Facebook and webpages, to enter a place where I recognize my surroundings. No buttons to push, just leaves.

November 8, 2010

The Universe Opens

Things are really starting to happen. The other day I was working on my site and couldn't figure out why my changes weren't showing up. I quickly dashed off an email to the Yola support people, then promptly forgot about it and went about my day. Later that evening I got a reply with the first sentence saying, in nice, big bold letters:
First of all, your rabbits are absolutely darling! followed by some reasons why I could be having trouble. I was thrilled! Somebody noticed me! Trouble? What trouble?

In the meantime, I'd realized I had forgotten to hit the, 'publish to web button'. Oh Lordy, now I have to fess up! I immediately sent off another email explaining how silly I felt, that I was new to the computer and explained what had really happened. The support expert kindly responded telling me not to feel silly. It was a common mistake.

The next part made me bounce off the walls, thank heaven no one was there. She asked me if I'd be interested in having my site featured on their blog! Boing! Boing! Boing! (me bouncing off the walls).
How utterly delicious! Thank you, Universe.

November 5, 2010

Finally Getting Somewhere

Hi all! Things are clicking along nicely. I've been working hard the last few days trying to make sense of it all and finally, I think I turned a corner. I managed to get Rare Rabbits onto Facebook, link my blog to it and, and, and, my greatest achievement so far, get an affiliate button to my favourite artist. The lovely, talented, sweet, Kelly Rae Roberts. I shall sleep happy tonight. In the immortal words of Homer J. Simpson--I am so smart, smrt!

November 1, 2010

Mini Launch

Hi again, I thought I'd stop dodging my blog and try to say something. After all I did say I was going to speak of my progression. So, the other day I managed to link my little robot here to my web site. It may not seem like much but from where I sit, it was absolutely gold medal worthy. Also, I did a sort of mini launch by sending out emails to friends, family and past customers with links to my new business. And lo and behold I got an order from a past customer! I do believe this is going to work. This morning I read briefly about increasing my online presence using Face book and Twitter. The author says if you wait til you know how to do everything it'll never get done. She says to jump right in with both feet and just make your mistakes. I don't know, I think if I do that I'll need a blindfold as well, because it feels a lot like I imagine standing in front of a firing squad would. My learn-the-computer-in-a-day-list is getting longer and longer. I hope if I keep doing something everyday I won't forget how I did it the day before. Sort of like when I sat down to write this blog--I forgot how to post. Which reminds me, I should write down my password.

October 26, 2010

Kids--Gotta love em.

My daughter looked at my profile today.
“Fiber Artist? What’s that?”
“You know--fabric?”
“Why don’t you just say fabric?”
“It sounds better.”
“Yeah well, people are going to think you’re working with bran--or bananas.”

October 25, 2010

Blast off

Welp, as my sister would say, here goes nothin'. I'm new, to blogging, to sharing myself, to being seen. It's scary business being out in the world after hiding for most of my adult life but a lot has happened in the last 6 months. I've just completed a self employment business course put on by Working Beyond, Targeted Initiative for Older Workers. And now I'm ready to soar, or so they tell me. Though somehow I don't think it's going to be as dramatic as a Wright Brothers flight, what with all the kinks in the road, like learning to write a blog, build a website, join LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter, whatever the heck that is. I spent half the day yesterday trying to upload a picture with link attached, never mind trying to figure out what a widget is. For some reason I've got it my head it might have something to do with a roundtoit--I must ask Richard, I know he mentioned it in class once, but I wasn't paying attention. So if anybody's out there, my little business is called Rare Rabbits Designs. I make knitted rabbits and greeting cards and here's where I'll be posting my progress along the way. Now if I can just figure out how to link this to my web page, I'm laughin'.