Ever Hopeful – Telus Pitch


Well it’s official. I submitted my business proposal for the 2017 Telus pitch.

I would be thrilled to win this. My plan is to continue to expand my business, ideally in the next few years or sooner depending on funds and location availability to open a studio / gallery space in Fort Saskatchewan.

Now to wait and see.

Finger crossed!

In the meantime, back to work 🖌🎨

A

Home Based Business of the Year!


Tonight was the Fort Saskatchewan Chamber of Commerce Business Awards Gala.

As I mentioned before I was nominated in 4 categories and was a finalist for Home Based Business of the Year. Tonight I had the pleasure of bringing the trophy home!

So excited and honored. I’ve loved working in the community and creating for and with so many wonderful people!

Thank you for believing in me and supporting my Home Based Business!

❤❤❤

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Women in Business


I had the pleasure of being featured in the Chamber of Commerce Women in Business October News letter.

You can read the full version here.

Cheers!

Amanda

Fort Saskatchewan River fest 2017


As I mentioned earlier I was invited to exhibit my art at the final day of the Epcore Riverfest. A celebration of the North Saskatchewan River. This was the first year that Fort Saskatchewan has participated and they wanted a local Artist presence to add to the exhibit.

I was originally supposed to set up inside the pavilion but the weather was nice and the exposure was better outside so I had a gorgeous albeit chilly location and got to meet with some wonderful people as they took in the beauty surrounding us.

Here are a few pictures and pieces of the day.

Big thank you to everyone that came by for a look, sale or chat!

A

Time for an Update


Hello my poor neglected subscribers I’ve yet again abandoned you to go on a creative frenzy.

Sometimes I feel like being an Artist is like a boat on the ocean; sometimes I’m overwhelmed by the waves of creativity and other times I’m drifting on still waters.

The last few months I’ve definitely been tossed about creatively. It seems it’s all I can do to get the ideas out of my head fast enough.

So let me catch you up on a few things. I’ve of course been busy with my hand stamped Jewelry business as well as the whole art studio aspect of life.

I’ve become the secretary for the Society of Fort Saskatchewan Artists so that’s new

and I continue to be a member of CIVA Christians in the Visual Arts and am now listed in their artists guide.

I’ve also had a solo and a group exhibit at the Fort Saskatchewan City Hall Art nook Gallery.

Here’s a pic of my latest pieces on display

If you’d like to see more on the creation of these 2 check out and follow me on Instagram for daily posts at milke.amanda

So those are up on exhibit until the end of the month.

Tomorrow I am attending River fest as celebration of the North Saskatchewan River in Fort Saskatchewan. They invited me to attend the Artisan Fair so I’ve been busy prepping art for that. Including these new pieces.

And trust me that’s not everything! So as you can tell I’ve been insanely busy. If I’m not painting, I’m hand stamping and being a stay at home mom and training a new puppy

So now we have 2 munchkins and 2 poochies and a whole lot of busy daily life.

And starting Monday I’m also back to teaching some public art classes

And in all this crazy creative chaos I’ve been extra busy with my home based business growing over 300% this year and we’re only into September! My customers must think I’m doing an ok job since my business was nominated for the following awards from the Fort Saskatchewan Chamber of Commerce.

So now I need to go dress shopping so I can attend the Awards Gala in October and see if I bring home a trophy.

So that pretty much sums up why I’ve been so busy and why we haven’t spoken for a while.

I’m hoping to eventually even with classes running and stamping orders to slow down a bit and not be so rushed. But until then, keep me loaded of paint and caffeine 😉

Cheers for now!

Amanda

June Art Exhibit


Hello!

I know it’s been awhile as per the norm I’ve been busy creating 🎨

But today I wanted to take a minute and share with you my latest Mixed Media Art Exhibit that is on display at the Fort Saskatchewan Public Library/ City Hall building in Alberta Canada.

It’s a Mixed Media exhibit showcasing 10 of my pieces.

Almost all of these creations have been faith inspired and I’m loving the depth and creative renewal that have accompanied them.

Here is a peak at the exhibit. If you are in the Fort Saskatchewan or Edmonton area I’d love for you to stop by and take a look. And of course if you’re interested in purchasing a piece, commissioning one or hosting an exhibit let me know!

I’ll be doing a more in depth look into these pieces over the next few weeks but if you have any questions til then message me.

Cheers for now

Amanda

Snowy Good Friday…a reflection 


People ask me all the time where my inspiration comes from and it can be the simplest thing…today on this Good Friday it was the snow. 


I was reminded that Jesus died for my sins on a cross in a most cruel manner spilling his blood, giving his life for me. Let me tell you most sincerely that “I” didn’t deserve it and honestly there’s been times in my life that I didn’t want it. I didn’t want the son of God’s blood on my hands. I didn’t want to be the source of his suffering. But most of all I didn’t want to let HIM down again by screwing up. 

But here’s the thing. Jesus didn’t stay dead. It wasn’t in vain. It wasn’t death and that’s it. He conquered death, He washed sin away so that I could know Him, have a relationship with Him, walk my life with Him. You can’t do that with a dead man only one that’s truly Alive. God knows that I’m not perfect, He knows that the whole “Free Will” thing will still get me into trouble. But my mistakes aren’t the end. He gave up His life for me out of love not to abandon me when I screw up next, but to help show me a better way. This overwhelming Love and True Forgiveness is what makes me so Thankful that He remembered ME. While he hung there dying in pain on that cross WE were in His thoughts, in His heart. WE were why He died and I thank Him for it. 

In a world where true unconditional love seems like a fairy tale it’s hard to accept, but my life is testimony that it exists. He took my brokeness like these stain glass pieces and He put me back together, He washed my sins white as snow and made ME a new creation, a wonderful made piece of Art that Hopefully like light through glass will reflect His Love to others and for that reason I will gladly and humbly accept His Blood on my Hands ❤

Happy Easter