Saturday, December 16, 2017

December Weekly Wrap Up

I've been making a conscious effort to illustrate more and, as part of my strategy to carve out more time for that, I'm switching from a bullet journal to a sketchbook/journal hybrid of my own devising. 

I also shared a quick video glimpse into another of my typical days here on the prairies on Facebook and Instagram.

Some subscribers to Tin Rooster Farm Notes will be receiving this Prairie Farmhouse photograph in the new year in the form of a greeting card. If you'd like to order this image as a giclee print for yourself, send me a message and I'd be happy to arrange that for you. To sign up for a subscription to Tin Rooster Farm Notes, jump on board here.

Saturday, December 09, 2017

Whole New Month!

Those of you who choose a Word at the beginning of each year will understand the paralyzing effect all that choice can have. I think I'll be doing things a little differently, in 2018. While I was wrestling with choosing one, or as many as three words, that would adequately express my hopes and dreams for a brand new year, this sketch came through me. If a picture is worth a thousand words, then I think I'll simply have her represent all that I hope to feel and experience in 2018. For more of that story, check out my Facebook page.

Last week, on Instagram, I started the week off with a sweet recipe for Apple Cider Caramels. They make a wonderful hostess gift during the holiday season, with a homemade taste. I also revealed my secret to creating studio worthy photographs with a little behind-the-scenes action.

If you still have a few people on your Christmas list, there's still time to order a print and leave the wrapping to me!

Friday, December 08, 2017

December Notes From the Farm

As we wrap up the year here at Tin Rooster Farm, I'd like to express my sincere gratitude to everyone who has joined me on my mission of connection by purchasing subscriptions to Tin Rooster Farm Notes*. It has been so much fun putting together the packages and slipping them into our country mailbox for you to enjoy every month. 

I have heard from your loved ones, too, whom you have surprised and delighted with these unexpected gifts in the mail. Thank you for helping to spread the love and revive the simple pleasure of slowing down to enjoy a handwritten letter. 

2018 is fast approaching and it promises to be busy and full of exciting new announcements. I hope you'll join me.

In the meantime, may your holiday season be joy filled, my friend.


*Tin Rooster Farm Notes is Storytelling with a Twist. It's a subscription service for monthly handwritten letters and surprise enclosures delivered to your mailbox the old fashioned way. Find out how you can get yours here.

Saturday, December 02, 2017

November Close

It's hard to believe we've already closed out the month of November for the year. With the holiday season rapidly approaching, I shared an easy and delicious truffle recipe this week on Instagram and Facebook, as well as a selection of books that I've been enjoying lately. I also shared my favourite meditative music that's perfect to listen to while I'm creating in my studio or for practicing yoga along with. I wrapped up the week with a quick and dirty sketch. It's been a long while since I did an illustration just for the fun of it and I'm feeling a bit rusty. I doubt this grumpy rabbit will go any further.

Join me on Monday when I'll be sharing a delicious hostess gift idea.

If you're looking for unique gift ideas for your loved ones this Christmas, may I suggest supporting a small business? My Tin Rooster Farm Notes, Illustrations and Photographs are available here.

Saturday, November 25, 2017

Weekly Update

This week's social media line-up included a simple storage solution on the cheap, a glimpse into my daily morning routine, and an invitation to connect by way of old fashioned snail mail. I always like to close my week out in a peaceful way and go into the weekend with a relaxed, unhurried mindset. 

Join me Monday on Instagram and Facebook for a little something yummy!

Want to take me up on my invitation to connect the old fashioned way? Check out Tin Rooster Farm Notes here.

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Week of November 13th

This past week saw me sharing a glimpse of the artwork I created for my November Tin Rooster Farm Note subscribers, as well as a few personal memories about Winter. I outed my dog, for a change, by exposing her weakness for barking at NOTHING! What's missing here is a little fortune cookie wisdom that was worth noting. I closed out the week with my classic rendition of a B&W Pinecone portrait mini print, available to purchase here.

Join me on Monday, when I share another inexpensive tip I use to organize my studio.

If you're not already following me on Instagram and Facebook, whatcha waitin' for...?  

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Around the Internet

This past week on Instagram and Facebook, I shared details of a simple organizational tool I created and have used for years with excellent results. In addition, I confessed to another (!) vice, which actually has a very practical application, along with a glimpse of my Studio desk and my trusty Assistant. I wrapped up the week with a nod to Winter.

Follow me on Instagram and/or Facebook for all the details and join me on Monday for a peek inside a Tin Rooster Farm Note.

In the meantime, head over to my Etsy shop, if you'd like a little Honeybee Mini or Winter Sunflower print of your own!

Tuesday, November 07, 2017

November Notes From the Farm

"Winter came down to our house one night

Quietly pirouetting in

on silvery-toed slippers of snow."
Bill Morgan, Jr.

We're staying warm and cosy in this month's installment of
Tin Rooster Farm Notes. Won't you join us?

Saturday, November 04, 2017

What People Are Saying!

This past week, I shared a quick and easy project idea and a look at the tools of my illustration trade, as well as a little insight into one of my vices. Follow me on Instagram and Facebook for the backstory!

I was also humbled to receive a couple of glowing testimonials on Facebook last week for my Tin Rooster Farm Notes. I sincerely love the connective power of snail mail and I'm so thrilled to be able to brighten someone's day on a regular basis. I share the following, with permission (that's a Tin Rooster Farm Note on the left).

Subscribe to receive a special package in the mail for yourself or spread the love to someone on your gift list. Choose from one month, 6 month and 12 month options.

Saturday, October 28, 2017

What's Happening?

I haven't been around here much, of late, I know. This past week, I've been sharing recipes and stories and technical tips on my Instagram and Facebook accounts. On Monday, I'll be sharing an easy project I created in under 15 minutes! Join me, will you?