My way to remember Lulu

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This past summer my family’s beloved pet of 14 years passed away. She had been sick for awhile and it was time to let her go. Lulu, a Shar pei mix, was a loyal and loving dog. I can remember going with my Mom to help pick her out from her litter. I held her on my lap on the way home and was so excited to have such a cute and cuddly addition to the family.

In no time she grew up and loved to leap in the air, fetch sticks, give kisses and dance. I always felt safe when Lulu was around. She had a loud bark and could look very fierce if she wanted to. I think her favourite thing was just to be around her family. We never had to worry about her wandering off, she always came when called, and you could always find her taking a snooze wherever our family was gathered.

My sister and I never tired of trying to get her to wear hats and outfits, which she hated but tolerated up to a point. Earlier posts that featured Lulu are a video we made of her, Homage to keyboard cat, and the one summer we buried her in the sand, What I’m obsessed with today… 2 dogs and a cat.

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Before Lulu passed away I got my Mom to get some modeling clay and make an impression of Lulu’s paw. I work for Peartree Impressions, a company that specializes in transforming delicate hand, foot, and pet impressions into stunning, one-of-a-kind keepsakes. They have a fantastic natural-clay kit to make the impressions in, but since I couldn’t get one to Lulu in time they were able to take a duplicate from the modeling clay. I had impressions made for me as well as my brother and sister. I choose to do mine in Aqua and have Lulu’s name written in script.

I wanted to figure out a way to display the impression with photos of Lulu and this was my solution. I got the frames and embroidery floss from Michaels and the twine from Target. My parents live beside a huge lake and Lulu loved the water so I incorporated the driftwood I collected there last summer. Hot glue helped to make sure everything stayed in place. I used a picture of her as a wrinkly puppy and another from her later years and I’m very pleased with the outcome!

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Peartree Impressions is running a great spring giveaway until April 10, 2014. You can enter for a chance to win two of their impressions kits. Share with a friend or keep them both for yourself. They also make great gifts! Click to ENTER THE GIVEAWAY. Check out more examples of what Peartree offers on their website, Facebook and twitter pages.

 

CONCLUSION

Now every time I sit at my desk I’m reminded of all the good memories and fun times I had with Lulu. I feel like I have a little piece of her with me and that makes me smile.

Wandering Whales and other creatures

  

I love local markets and craft fairs. Without them I don’t think I’d own any cool things made locally. I bought the 2 prints above, Aurora Borealis and Mooswa Nebula, from a market in Calgary. They hang on my wall in frames I found on my buildings “take it or leave it” table and I love them.

The artist, Andrew Olivier, lives in Edmonton and seems to have a passion for art, animals, and science. All the illustrations below come from his Polymorphism series that focuses on channelling scientific exploration into artistic form.

I find these “animals” very thought provoking. This style merges a natural tribal flow with industrial and mechanical elements. Some of the lines are very sharp and harsh while others are soft and circular. There is a push in pull, nature against science, which in the end comes together to create something amazing.

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If you live in Edmonton your in luck! Andrew will be at Tribal Nation Saturday May 4th selling his paintings and prints and on May 25th you can check him and other local artists out at Harcourt House for an Art market in the Gallery.

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5 Questions with Andrew Olivier

1. What is your favourite colour?

That is an incredibly hard decision, and changes often. I more appreciate color palettes and combinations. Lately I’ve been loving soft blues, coral together.

2. Polymorphism is a biology term. Do you think in nature fact is stranger then fiction?

Well, Polymorphism is a term to describe the infinite variation of characteristics that exist with any given species. For instance, each butterfly has the possibility of infinite variations for the patterns of its wings. they never repeat. Always experimenting and inventing new colors and details never seem before. Life is stranger then fiction if your looking closely.

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3. If you could be a ‘morph’ of any animal which would it be?

Definitely a whale. They are mythical and peaceful creatures, most have no natural enemies, and the whole ocean is their playground. what more could you want.

4. What is your favourite medium to work with?

A 0.5mm pen will always top that list. however lately, I have been liking good old standard house paint too.

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5. Where is one of your best loved places in Edmonton?

The River Valley, and more specifically Hawrelak park. great big pond to ice skate on in the winter

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Andrew is a recent grad from the design studies course at Grant MacEwan University. Check out his website to see more illustrations, digital, and web design work. http://wanderingwhale.com/

And you can also follow him on Facebook! www.facebook.com/thepolymorphist

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conclusion

Being able to see the world in a different way is a good thing. Being able to share your view and have it respected by others is what makes a cultured society. Yay for art!

What I’m obsessed with today… Dogs & a cat

Actually I was kinda obsessed with them all week, and it’s only 2 specific dogs and one cat. My parent’s pet dogs Lulu and Sooner and the cat, Linty, named for her fluffy grey hair.

I’m back from my vacation and although I had an amazing time (posts about some of the cool things I learned at the Transforming Cloth course coming soon!) I’m happy to be home. I missed the city! Especially it’s coffee shops, sushi, and lack of creepy crawlies! Oh sure there are bugs here, just not the abundance of daddy long-legs, black beetles, and horseflies that are in the country. Eeech! But one thing I long for that my country-fied parents have that I don’t is pets. No pets allowed in my condo. which also means no cuddly soft lick your face tail wagging cuteness.

Thankfully I got my fix, for a little while, and even brought home something to remember them by. Lovely little hairs stuck to the bottom of my suitcase.

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This is Lulu getting buried in the sand. She must have liked it because she stayed there for quite awhile.

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This is Sooner. He likes to dig and romp around like a big kid!

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And last but not least Linty. She likes to meow lots but generally stays out of view.

Conclusion: I think every home is not complete without a pet. Now all I have to do is convince my landlord of that!

What I’m obsessed with today… Pandas

I’ve noticed an animal trend lately that I’m totally on board for. Pandas are so cute and furry. I just want to pet and snuggle one, although I doubt they would return my love in exactly the same fashion. I’ve seen panda fashion, accessories, and home decor everywhere! I think I may have to invest in some black and white items of my own.

Click on the pictures to link to the source. Most of them are for sale!

Panda iPad & iPad 2 Sleeve

Panda Bear print 8x10

Ninja Panda Lapel Pin

Panda Danda - Graffiti Love Panda Heart Fine Art Photograph by Patrick Andrew Adams - APTRICK

Vtg Panda Print Blue Black White Knitted Sweater

cute kawaii stuff - Epicute: Snuggly Panda Rice

Hand Drawn Panda Plate - Eats Cake and Leaves

Panda Necklace, Animal Necklace, Hand Cast Resin Accessory

adidas Originals by Jeremy Scott   Fall/Winter 2011 Lookbook

and finally a super cute video of pandas and a slide. Awwww

Conclusion: Panda (haiku)

He’s so very kind,
Black, and white, and very big,
China’s very own.

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Zoo pix

 On our way to the Calgary zoo – Jenna’s faux grumpy face

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Coffee is always a good thing

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  Some jive turkeys

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A different kind of turkey, ha ha

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Kiah trying to get a pic of the illusive hippos

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Lions and zebras and baby gorillas, oh my!

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A closer look….

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And finally the most aw inducing animal in the zoo… The red panda! AWWWWWWWWWW………

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Conclusion: There’s no better time to get the zoo practically all to yourself then Sunday morning after a snowfall!