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8 x 10 print - Northern Lights @etsy

Northern Lights print @etsy.com Long 15 minute exposure photo taken in Alliston, Ontario. This is 1 exposure, and is not digitally enhanced in anyway. Please feel free to ask any questions. 8x10 professional matte print shipped a safe envelope with a rigid cardboard inside in order to protect the parcel from bending. other sizes available upon request Click to view My experience in shooting the Northern lights My etsy shop...

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Engraved Tin Box

I found this tin box way above on my moms shelf. She keeps lose receipts and stuff in there. I really liked it.  I looked at the bottom, it WAS a tin for lady fingers (yum) which i probably ate ... a long time ago. So i drew this lovely peacock (yes my obsession continues) with my hot engraver tool set on high heat. I used a tissue to wipe...

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Christian Bookmarks

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Beaded Blue Bracelet

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Seahorses and peacocks

Click to view my gallery: [gallery columns="4" orderby="title"] Click to view my other peacock items: peacock tin box lady peacock Shirley and Micheal - Wedding plate peacock paper cut peacock in red

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Woodburnt horse plaques

I put my peacock marble piece on my facebook page and an old friend from high school sent me a message. They needed 3 wooden plaques engraved for their 3 horses, Oreo, Chanel and Charlie. I have never done this before.... We met the day after, and they dropped off the wooden plaques at my house. Boy was i excited to start this. I went to Micheals craft store and...

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The love birds

I drew this tea coaster for Shawns mom, Deloris. Its portrays Deloris and Sherald as two cute love birds. I had a lot of fun and i knew they would appreciate this, since i got them addicted to tea... They have had coffee all there lives and now 'oolong' has taken over :) I am thankful for that change. This is to you, you two LOVE BIRDS. Click to view...

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Light Graffiti in Alliston - Part 2

A few new ideas for this light graffiti photo day. I took these the same day as my northern lights photo (view them here) We hung various lights on sashcore from the beams on the deck, and exposed 5 minutes, 2 minutes, 1 minute. I need to do a few more test and experiments until i find one i like. It is interesting.. next time i may try it with...

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Northern Lights

Wow what an amazing experience. I heard about the northern lights a few days after on the news. But i was there, watching this beautiful light show in the sky. It was hard to notice at first, the sky started dark green, then it changed to a brilliant emerald green. We were outside shooting some long exposure experiments. They turned out well. Shawn noticed the northern lights first. I quickly...

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The birds of Alliston

I love birds. I feel I have fallen in love with birds since I have been with Shawn. They are adorable little creatures with such personality. They wake up quite early maybe around 5 or 6am i can hear them calling me from the window... all 100 of them. I am awake... I put on my 70-200mm lens (my new baby), and stood near there bird house and waited. The...

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McCarthy ducks

I drew this while in Alliston last week. We put up speaker systems and a wall mount up at Shawn's, and i bought this little easel and frame... I was inspired by this one duck sitting on the mantel (one on left..) my original idea was to draw all the items on mantel... but i got distracted and this happened :) Click to view my gallery:[gallery link="file" columns="4" orderby="title"]

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Ceramic garden pieces

Here is another one of my pieces i made recently... I like swirls and trills, they are such a simple way to embellish a piece. This particular piece of marble is left over from my kitchen flooring (i could not throw it out), so i have been making garden pieces... Look forward to seeing more... believe me there are many odd and end pieces Click to view my gallery: [gallery...

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Portraits of us in Haliburton.

I could not ask for better weather this past weekend.Before and after thanksgiving weekend has been a bit chilly, but it was warm enough to ALMOST dip in the lake... (almost... believe me my toes were cold) A perfect weekend to celebrate our two year anniversary. It has been an amazing ride.. time always goes so fast when we are together and im so thankful you came into my life...

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Long exposures in Haliburton

No turkey No stuffing No cranberries in a can No wine... No fine dining No rack of lamb Just campfire food and and a funfilled weekend That... Makes this gal really happy Click to view gallery: [gallery columns="4" orderby="title"] Click to view my other light graffiti photos Light graffit in Mississauga (Ode to California) Light graffiti in Newfoundland Light graffiti in Taiwan Light graffiti in Alliston - Part 1 Light...

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Light Graffiti in Haliburton

I LOVE taking light grafitti photos here. Ah what an amazing setting, there is not enough darkness for me... i need 48 hours of darkness to draw whats inside my brain. These were a bit more challenging then you think. THE LIGHT KEPT CHANGING. I started with 1 second exposures, and as i took a photo it was always too dark. On a secondly bases... exposure would change (duh cause...

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Beautiful Haliburton

Here is a glimpse of the beautiful landscapes and waterscapes (?) i saw on my trip this past weeks. ah. I want to go back. It is so beautiful there. I shouldn't take credit for these photographs. Ah mother nature is amazing. Fall is amazing. Ah i wish i took more photos (yes 1200 was just not enough). Sometimes i realize my eyes are behind the eyepiece so often i...

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Thanksgiving weekend in Haliburton (hipsta-style)

Thanksgiving weekend marks our 2 years anniversary. I can't believe we have been together for 2 long years. I am very happy, and I had a great fun weekend with Shawn. Since i was young we would go camping with YP (young people) my youth group at Algonquin park. I miss that every year. So this year i asked if we were both NOT busy if we could go camping....

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Textures in Haliburton

Halliburton is a small town that is about 3 hours away from Toronto. It is filled with cottages and farmland. I do love it here. Very relaxing. I would go back again to camp for thanksgiving weekends (when trees are no longer boring green but vibrant red and yellow) Roll down your windows and breathe in the fresh country air, but be mindful there is a cow every block.. and...

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Weather knots..

Here are some pictures of weathered knots up in Halliburton. Found on some trees and the dock near the cottage i was staying at.  I usually do a big series of knots, or textures... but Haliburton is EYECANDY. So much to see. So much to take photos of. Its drugs for my brain... STOP! (and enjoy the photos..) Click to view my gallery: [gallery columns="4" orderby="title"]

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The end of a week, beginning of something new

A little bit of a nutty week. Really insanely busy. Kitchen renovations occupied my free minutes, cabinets went in and same with the lighting. We up North to Alliston for Friday and where we smoked some rainbow trout, and salmon. Today we smoked 6 types of cheese with the cold smoker. how yum. Friday was my last day on Listener. ... Next week will be something new. Next weekend going...

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The week of insanity

We are renovating our kitchen I was shooting in the hammer (hamilton) Shawn helped lay the tiles with Tom We burned down a van Watched a 2 day bank robber Broke into a vault Ran into a 5 ton vault door Bruised elbow Twisted ankle... Lost 1 pound of sweat And that is a wrap of Episode 1 now for week 2.

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I heart star fruits

Here is my weekend. Working on renovating the kitchen (doesn't look like it in this pix). We finished removing tiles and cabinets. I sit on the patio looking for idea, eating my star fruits with my sweetheart... ah the busy life ... Next step: ceiling pot lights sink lighting exhaust fan lighting 2 track lights a brown antique faucet

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What knot to bear!

I find the knots in wood so interesting, it could be a 50 year old tree with many rings and so much character and we never sit and appreciate these things. In life we do not look at the little things. We bypass it because of our busy lives and work and family and such. There is so much more to life then that. So much beauty we don't see...

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The end of summer

[gallery columns="4" orderby="title"] I sit on my patio. Its my last day of freedom before i start work. Monday I prep for a television show called "Listener." it goes until February of next year. I may be pooped I like to sit here on weekends have lunch and dinner while admiring moms garden. I bring out my laptop and work on my site, or play games. It is getting almost...

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Sightings after prep

First day of prep for the listener is DONE. finito I took a subway ride home then went to square on to get my new iphone 4 looked at... I have eucalyptus oil in my purse to sniff (yes i said sniff) when i get dizzy on the subway or bus. It may have been because i was playing tiny towers  - my new addition other then purses and iphone cases. My name in...

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Texture me this! -Numero uno

We see them everywhere... we ignore them. We are use to them.. they are textures. There is beauty in textures. So much varitey, range in colors, relief, TEXTURE. I will do a series of textures when i feel my light bulb flash. Hipstamatic just brings out these textures. It is such a wonderful app, it vignettes the corners, it blooms the center, it makes the edges all raggedy. I love it....

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Why knot?

My newest idea lightning strike. Taking knots from wood. There is so much character. It is something we all over look. I was snapping some photos this morning and i realized some knots look like faces, i love it. I have chosen not to put chaobella.com watermarks on these photos. I took these with an app called hipstamatic. I think if had time on my side i would take a photo everyday. I...

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Jelly Lens adventure - part trois

I woke up this morning with the inspiration to take some close up photos. After spending the day at Paula taking photos of her flower and vegetable garden.. i was hooked. I wanted more. The weather was hot and sticky yesterday but today is nice and cool... i was praying for DEW.... I got it :) I hope you enjoy this set of photos, i had  much fun taking these...

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The Fog on Labour day weekend

We got drove home in darkness and arrived in a white out. We got home on Friday morning around 7am. Shawn fell asleep I walked around the the place and took a few snaps.... I love the fog. I think its mystical. It reminds me of being in Newfoundland. Ah great great memories of working and enjoying life out there. Until next time.. enjoy a great Labour Day weekend. Chao...

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Labour day weekend crafting

I was up at Shawn's place for Labour day weekend. I brought up my beads for our friday bead day and some ceramic pens to draw on plate. I was in heaven.. a cabinet full of empty plain old white plate. Perfect, i felt my heart stop, my mind racing.. i wanted to start right away. I had so many ideas. I was given a mug to start with, i chose my...

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Jelly Lens adventure - part deux

After editing my jelly lens post i was inspired for more. I just snapped the jelly adhesive on my bare iphone (AH no case... lets hope this klutz doesn't drop it) and took my flip flops and stepped outside. We just stained our deck yesterday, after a week of stripping off the old stain, sanding and being covered in saw dust the results are amazing. Dew in the morning. Ah...

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Who likes paper cuts?

I sketched out a peacock with pencil and filled the edges with flowers and leaves. i then gently erased it and cut around it with an exact knife and scissor for less detailed parts. It took about 2 hours and i will never do this again. Its great to attempt things once. Its a chinese art... paper cutting (not the exact term) but the chinese make beautiful works of art...

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Here fishy... fishy!?

I made this for mom to showcase to her kindergarden students for mandarin class. I hoped to inspire the kids to make chinese lanterns and crafts for Chinese New Year for their parents. Mom said the students did LOVE the fish. They kept saying 'he is so cute.' ha! kids are adorable. They wanted to take them home, but mom can't let my crafts go. She has my drawings since...

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Flower basket

Mom put a watermelon in front of me and said.."i need this carved and completed in 2 days. " I have never even done something like this before.. how does she expect me to do this? AHHH So i pulled out my carving kit, i have never used it. My aunt bought it from Taiwan for me when i was a tiny one. I stared at the watermelon as it...

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My mother is sweet as a flower

Before------------------------------------------------------ This was the second plate i ever painted. The first 5 photos was what i thought was the finished plate. Until a few months after i looked at it from afar and decided it looked bland and it was missing that PZAZ, that bling bling. So i added some purple, red and gold tones. After------------------------------------------------------ Along the edge of the flowers it read 'If i had a flower for...

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Happy mothers day Oma

I made this for Oma (Shawn's grand ma) for Mothers day but i didn't get to see her until her Birthday (90 what a milestone). She was so happy. She told me she loved me and how perfect i was for her grandson. AH :) brings a smile to my face her sweet smile. This plate took a few days. The edges are filled with S curves (day 1), the...

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Lady peacock

This is my first ever ceramic drawing. I have found a new addiction. I bought a ceramic painted plate two years ago at the "One of a kind, arts and crafts show" and since then I was hooked. I did some research and it is pretty simple. One word.Pebeo. They make this process easy. They have a range of markers in different thickness and colors. For those who like to...

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My plate for mom

I made this for mom. She loves it. Well... She didn't know what it was until explained. it sits in the corner of my living room behind the tv, beside the electric fly water underneath some paper -to protect it from dust I know she loves it cause she has it hidden from robbers and steelers and my brother. Click to view my gallery:[gallery columns="4"]

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Light graffiti in Newfoundland

I touched the most easterly part of Canada, and I LOVED it there. Inspirations of light drawings always hit me on the my last day when I'm away. Its funny how that happens or why that happens. Its seems i need to fully experience the town and culture before i can paint it in my long exposure. On my second last day I moved from the Delta to Sheraton. So...

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Light graffiti in Taiwan

On my last day in Taiwan me and my cousin cruzed around in his motorcycle and took a night tour of Taiwan. It was so great.. freezing but awesome still. He drove while I looked for a spark, an inspiration... and I was hit. In the busy streets of downtown Taipei, people and business' were celebrating Christmas. They had lights strung from trees and chinese kids dressed in red silk...

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Micheal and Shirley

I drew this plate (similar to lady peacock) for Michael and Shirley. Michael is Shawn's oldest uncle who is finally getting married to his lovely lady Shirley. The wedding held the first weekend of August. It was beautiful, as i viewed in photographs after... I didn't get a chance to go. I wish i did. I was in Newfoundland working... I drew lady peacock with the pebeo pen and a day after i filled...

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Would you like one or two sugars with your tea?

I made this during lunch on when i was working on Combat Hospital. I going to have a craft 'lunch' with Lisa Berry one of the actors, but it was just lonely ole me. The result... were awesome. I made this with all intention of giving it to Gavin Smith (director of photography), but i fell in love with it. And its on top of my television set now. I...

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The Four Seasons

This photo does not do the plate justice. The 4 sides of the plate represents the 4 seasons we pass thru.

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My Tiny Wing

Me and Shawn love to play tiny wings. Its one of our favorite games. We would sit beside each other on the weekends and play for an hour without speaking. We are competitive. So i wanted to make him a plate that HIM and ME. Hope you enjoy it Shawn! Click to view my gallery:[gallery columns="4"]

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plate for grandma

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Christian Bookmarks

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Will you marry me?

My sweetheart proposed April 2 (no its not a joke) of this year. With a beautiful diamond ring from birks. Ah im in love... with the RING :) I like to put my ring away sometimes and open it again. Each time im surprised at the beauty. I know that sounds lame. But I just get giddy and excited all over again. View my beautiful ring.[gallery columns="4"]

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Combat Hospital - TV series 2011

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