Monday, December 21, 2009

A Bit of Frill

Subtly soft and striking, this collection really moved me. It's so pretty. I am honoured.
Not Quite a Beginning Place was featured in impulseART's treasury. Thanks Hailey!

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Mysteries of the deep

AmuDesigns Cutthroat trout made the beautiful treasury Mysteries of the Deep an intriguing collection selected by LoriAnnEnchanted.

Friday, November 27, 2009

Steal of a Deal!

Welcome to Amu Designs very first Black Friday to Cyber Monday SALE!!!

Deals abound this weekend on etsy! So, pour yourself a coffee, and get your christmas shopping done from the comfort of your PJ's, and save money while your at it!
(Perhaps enough to pick out a little something for yourself?!)

Enjoy the bounty and convenience of the technological age and check out some beautiful handmade goods!! What a beautiful collision of old meets new! Just the way I like it!

Thursday, November 12, 2009

One more chance

Friday, Saturday and Sunday November 13th, 14th and 15th (that's this weekend) will be your last chance to come down and get your holiday shopping done and see Amu Designs in person!

There will be gifts for all those hard to buy for people in your life, and stocking stuffers too!

Come by the Charles Dickens Christmas Craft Faire, and see what the talented people of the Comox Valley have been working on!

You can find us at :
The Florence Filberg Center

Friday, 3pm - 8pm Saturday 10am - 5pm Sunday 10am - 4pm

See you there!

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Get a jump on Christmas

Well, it sure feels like winter, so why not embrace the idea and seize the opportunity to get a head start on your holiday shopping at Beban Park- 2300 Bowen Road in Nanaimo, the home of the 20th Annual Professional Craft Fair!

Amu Designs is all stocked up with eco-friendly holiday treasures to suit all budgets, so come on by and get your hands on some unique gifts and stocking stuffers! All the anglers and nature lovers on your list will thank you for it!!

We'll be there fri-sun!

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

ready to roll

Well all the treasures are packed, and there is nothing to do but wait for the weekend to get here, along with the long awaited

20th Annual Nanaimo Professional Craft Fair!!!

Friday ~ 12-8
Saturday ~ 10-5
Sunday ~ 10-4

At Nanaimo's Beban Park, located at 2300 Bowen Road

See you there!!

Friday, October 30, 2009

'Tis the season!

The holiday season will be officially upon us, as soon as the last tricker-treater goes home, and as achy as that makes my heart for summers sweet return, there is much to look forward to in the coming months.

With two back to back shows coming up, The Nanaimo Professional Craft Fair from November 6-8th and Courtenay's Charles Dickens Christmas Faire November 13-15th, getting the new studio dialed in, and prepairing for the influx of holiday shoppers, not to mention the commissions on the go, the days are full around here! And inspired!

I have always felt motivated by the fall, and inspired to sink my teeth into all the things I have been dreaming up all summer long. You can all look forward to some new pieces coming soon, as the weather changes, and I am lured by the warm embrace of my new studio!

In the mean time, over at Etsy, Amu Designs was featured in not one but TWO treasuries yesterday! Wooo Hooo!

Heres a little peek at some glorious woodsy bit's to get you excited about the fall (before it passes)! This one posted by Craftydill, entitled Trees

And also The Home posted by Hildes

Monday, October 26, 2009

The Creative Jar

The fish! The Fish! They are back to back at The Creative Jar, showing amongst some very beautiful treasures. Thanks Jodi!

If you are really organized and already have your wheels turning about holiday gifts, keep these in mind for that dedicated angler in your life, they are eco-friendly, and come framed and unframed, and you can also get them in range of sizes, on paper or stretched on canvas!

TiC Update

The Trust in Children's Charity auction was a great success, earning £2000 for the children! Amazing! A "New Sail" print was donated, and earned the charity more that twice it's regular price! Very exciting! Thank you to all the supporters and those who contributed to making this event such a success.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Street side glimpse

Well my first Campbell River show wraps up today, and I thought I'd post a few pics for you out of towners... If you missed it, don't fret... you will be able to see more soon at Corners Custom Picture Framing on Shoppers Row in Campbell River!!

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

When I Grow Up

If you are in the London area, check out this event!

The Trustees of TiC would like to invite you to When I Grow Up, a free event being organised by Trust in Children (TiC).

TiC is a small charity supporting children in education and non-academic development, including arts and sports, all over the world. This October we are holding an exhibition of art by children who have benefited from TiC support. It will be a unique event featuring paintings and drawings by children from Africa, South America and Eastern Europe, all themed around their ambitions for the future. It promises to be a really fun evening (with no pressure to donate!) and we would be so pleased if you are able to make it.

Some of the children's artwork will be auctioned by Lars Tharp, one of the longest running experts on the BBC's Antiques Roadshow, so be prepared to bid!

Amu Designs has also donated a print that will be up for auction, in support of this great cause!

When I Grow Up will take place at the Victoria and Albert Museum of Childhood, next to Bethnal Green tube station (zone 2), from 18:45-21:15 on Wednesday 21 October 2009. Drinks and nibbles will be provided and as part of the event you will be able to enjoy an out-of-hours visit to the museum’s collection (including some incredible toys).

If you cannot make the event but would still like to support TiC by making a donation or becoming a member (£25 a year) you can donate securely via Paypal or cheque by following the “Make a donation” link below.

Hoping to see you on 21 October.

Please visit the Trust in Children website – to learn more about this great organization!

Directions to Museum of Childhood -
Make a donation to Trust in Children -

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Impressions Gallery!

Today, Amu Designs' show begins at Impressions Gallery on shoppers row in Campbell River! Arranged by Brooke, you can see originals as well as framed and unframed prints! So exciting!

Located at 990B Shoppers Row, you can view my work and have a visit with the friendly and talented staff until October 20th (well, the staff will still be there after the 20th, and so will the store!)

Pop down if you get a chance!

I will post pictures soon!!

Monday, September 21, 2009

Last week on Sleepy Moon Designs...

Segue was featured last week on SleepyMoonDesigns! A great collective of pretty treasures and useful tid bits!

I especially love Segue coupled with the Fanciful Forest Necklace, by The Intuitive Garden -I think it's a delightful combo!

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Yellow! Not just for summer

Thank you Kim for choosing Segue for your "Yellow... Not just for summer" showcase!

What a lovely collective of the warm and wonderful!

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Elizabeth Gilbert on Nurturing Creativity

This moved me. I love it. Enjoy!

Saturday, September 5, 2009

The Sun ALWAYS Shines at The Woodland Gardens!!

Amu Designs is pleased to be spending the weekend at the enchanted Kitty Coleman Woodland Gardens Artisan Festival!

Perhaps my favorite place on the Island, besides my new house, this place has enough intrigue and beauty to stop you in your tracks. This festival is seeping with talent and creativity.

You will find me set amongst the big trees in the Artists Glade... today-Saturday the 5th, sunday and monday!!!

I look forward to seeing you!

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Low Tide, Deep Water

Chilean Dream, was chosen by LaTouchables, and featured in her Etsy treasury:

These selections are thick with intrigue, and are sure to speak to the mermaid/merman in all of us!

Saturday, August 8, 2009

Brown Trout Fans rejoice!

Click here to view Brown Trout swimming amongst friends in LoveLoveDOUBLELove's Treasury... Fishing for compliments!

thanks LoveLoveDoubleLove! We love love double love you too!

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

New Painting

Coming soon to an empty wall near you!

The piece entitled "A Sacred Place" has been under wraps for some time.  Some of you lucky ones have caught an early glimpse of these giant red cedars, but for those of you who have been awaiting is official debut... here it is without further ado!

A Sacred Place
18 x 36

Monday, July 27, 2009

Here's to the people!!

Chilean Dream 12x24 oil on canvas BUY NOW

Last week at the pier street market, Impressions Gallery hosted an art show and sale, where works could be purchased and votes were cast. There was an impressive collection of work, and some lovely artist about. Among the works entered in the sale was some amazing and unconventional portrait work created with cross stitch... it blew my mind...and some beautiful mirrors inspired by our shore lines... What an inspired community!

I am very flattered to announce that Chillean Dream won The Peoples Choice!
Thank you every one for voting, and a special thanks to Impressions Gallery too! It was a very special to be selected.

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Amu Designs was featured on The Creative Jar!!

Thanks Jodi! I Heart trees too!

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

the River keeps growing

A few weeks ago at the Pier Street Market I had the pleasure of meeting Gina Forsyth, a writer for a local networking site linking Campbell Riverites.

This week Amu Designs was featured on the site!  Please check out our feature, and have a perusal of this cool site! We were accompanied there by my favorite market neighbors Bob & Heather of Oyster River Rustic! They have some beautiful new furniture that is worth coming down to pier street market to check out!

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Leave it to... Beaver of course!

Norma of Beachcombers Cove, included me in her treasury!  It is a really cute and clever collection that made me giggle out loud!

For a look at all the beaver inspired treasures check out this charming Etsy treasury!

For more info on the eco-friendly Beaver Lodge Forest painting, visit my Etsy site

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Radio Show!

This Sunday is a big day for Amu Designs! Not only will you find me at the Peir Street Farmers Market, but between 4 & 5pm, July 12th, you can tune in and listen online to a radio  interview with me!  

Robin Carneen, a member of the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community, in La Conner, WA. is the host and producer of the NAMAPAHH First People's Radio, broadcasting from the Swinomish Reservation. 

Robin came to Vancouver at the end of May to see one of my Portobello West shows, and to do an interview with me about my work, history, and influences. It was a very cool experience, and very different than anything I have done.  It was an honour to be inaugurated into the world of radio by such a talented speaker.

intense interview action shot!

NAMAPAHH First People's Radio the place to find Native American News- Views & Music NAMAPAHH First People's Radio is a talking circle for Natives & non-Natives! 

NAMAPAHH stands for: Native American Multi-media; Activism; Performance/poetry; Art;Health/Humor/History.

If you are unable to tune in on sunday, but would like to hear the show, you can access it in the archive and listen to it at your leisure!

Are you are an artist? Musician? Activist? Performer? Powwow participant? Poet? Health professional- including traditional Medicines? Humorist- Native American stand up comic? Historian- especially the untold version- truthful and re-educational? 
please contact Robin at:

Got a new music release? Press Kit?
Robin Carneen
c/o NAMAPAHH First People's Radio
P.O Box 1551
La Conner, WA 98257

Saturday, July 4, 2009

Summer in the city

If any of you Vancouver Island Locals, are looking for something fun, relaxing and inspiring to do tomorrow, I know of just the thing!

The Campbell River Pier Street Art and Farmers Market is the place to be!

It is this (and every) Sunday from 9-2, and you will find every thing from art and jewelry to rustic furniture and buffalo! Our quaint Island City has much to boast about-hosting this renowned market which has been ranked in the country's top 10 by NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC TRAVEL EDITION.  

Amu Designs will be there with  framed prints, unframed prints, framed originals, and the ever popular art magnets!

I hope to see you there! 

Thursday, June 25, 2009

the cake

All of the hours that went into the cake, were worth the final result...

The Bride and Groom loved it! Set in the woods, the tiny edible mushrooms, ferns, berries and bugs, fit right in. The day was enchanting, and held a subtle glow of magic. 

There is something very special about art you can eat, and I look forward to exploring this new medium for other events.
I carefully hand sculpted each decoration out of fondant, an edible dough made from marshmallow and icing sugar. I let them dry for several days, allowing them to harden a bit before adding the colour.

Using a brush, I then glazed each piece with food dye (of the gel variety). Because these tiny sculptures had to travel, I made special boxes for them from biodegradable foamboard, and packed them very carefully.

After the cake was baked, and iced, I rolled out 1/2 inch slabs of fondant (which I had already coloured a soft green), and laid it over each tear of the cake. I do recommend trying this before hand, as it did take a few tries to get it right.

Then came the fun part... placing the decorations, and adding the final touches.

this photo is courtesy of Victoria Skofteby Photography
a photographer with a gift for translating a vision, and capturing the essence of a moment. A most talented woman, with creative flare, and infectious enthusiasm. I highly recommend checking out her site!

Tuesday, June 9, 2009


With Markets, traveling, house guests, commissions, orders and wedding projects (my cousins), finding time to blog has been increasingly difficult.... I love summer, but it always seems tricky to fit in all the fun that whorls about me in fits and frenzies.

I have been charged with the task of making the wedding cake for my cousins woodland wedding.  It is a something I am new to, and exploring edible mediums has proved to be quite a delight!  I am having so much fun making forest floor treasures, I want to do little else!  

The Bride has not seen the final creations, so I am going to keep them under wraps for now, but here are a few shots of my first try at fondant... a sticky, gooey, sugary dough, used to cover and decorate cakes.


Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Last Chance Portobello

This coming Sunday, May 31st is your last chance to see me at Portobello West this season!

You can come by and check out the awesome selection of art, jewelry and fashion between 12 and 6pm at the Rocky Mountaineer Station.

I will have a few new Framed Originals and Prints for sale.

The new frames are floating frames, a beautiful incasement of reclaimed barn wood, and they set off the originals perfectly! I love them so much it's hard not to keep them all!

Monday, May 25, 2009

Shelf fungus...

I have been working on the piece of the shelf fungus (the winner from the spring idea give-away)
Here is a glimpse at the progress...

Sunday, May 24, 2009

I heart Woodland Gardens

Ok, so this is well over do, but I have just come down from atop the mountain of excitement about my new favorite event, The Art & Bloom Festival! It was magical!

The Kitty Coleman gardens are truly exquisite, and are well worth a visit any time of the year, but Art & Bloom was off the charts! This place is traced with roving paths to secret ponds, 3000 rhodos and is pretty much a direct translation of my own imaginary, secret garden paradise. Combine that with a plethora of kind, talented and lovely people (and a little sunshine), and you've got a recipe for delight and intrigue. I LOVE it there!

The weekend left me with a long wish list, and inspiration that will, no doubt, take me well in to the doldrums of winter.

If I have ever wanted anything more, I don't remember it now- after seeing the awe inspiring work of Cory Lunn & Darrel Nygaard of Sea-Change Open Studio. Their work in stone, clay and wood is out of this world, and needs to be experienced in person to be fully appreciated. If you get a chance to stop by their studio in Union Bay, look for a hanging piece with a fish skeleton etched in stone-it's head skillfully carved from an antler, powerfully and whimsicly suspended from a marvelous piece of drift wood... it moved me beyond words.

Although we made it through the entire weekend without as much as a drop of rain, I didn't manage a single picture with the sparkling sun really shining, but it did shine, I promise.

Me and my lovely Mom- she is a great roady

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

The 7th annual Art and Bloom Festival!

If you've been looking for something interesting to do this long weekend, I have the answer!

Put on your walking shoes and come and join me in enjoying a walk through the garden, and into the woods!

This weekend (May 16, 17 & 18th) at the internationally acclaimed Kitty Coleman Woodland Gardens, is the 7th annual Art and Bloom Festival!

The Woodland Garden is the gem of the Comox Valley. Complete with paths, benches, garden sculptures, and water features.

This is the Islands destination for unique art forms and originals by local artists. You will find artists, potters, sculptors, glass blowers, original stained glass designers and garden art just to name a few!

It only happens twice a year, so come out and enjoy this beautiful combination of wilderness and subtle cultivation, and see a little art too!

I think the Rhododendrons will be in bloom!

It would be great to see you there! (I'll be in the driftwood pavilion)

For directions and more info click here.

Monday, May 11, 2009

Campbell River Rocks!

Yesterday I experienced my first Pier Street Farmers Market and Art Fair, as a vendor, and it was so much fun! What a great crowd!

The sun shone for us, and everyone was happy to be out and about enjoying it after such a long winter, many of them with their Moms in tow!

It was such a treat to meet so many people excited about art, the environment and the community, and to see so much willingness to support these important facets of our local culture. It reminded me of all the reasons why I am so excited about what I am doing, and all the reasons I am doing it. Meeting so many like minded people, made me very proud to call this beautiful city home.

There is a lot of talent, and friendly faces at this market, and some exquisite craftsmanship and creativity at work. Some of my favorites were definitely:

*Buffalo Bob & Heather of Oyster River Rustic. This solid wood furniture oozes natural beauty and is bound to put a smile on your face! Check out their website for pictures!

*The elegant, unique and richly stunning work of
Pamela's Custom Jewelry. I totally fell in love with one of her fresh water pearl pieces. I didn't even know mother nature made pearls that shape! You'll find her at the Pier Street Market most Sundays - totally worth coming for!