Monday, July 30, 2007


Good Day!

Well, I have been very busy these past few weeks at KEWDESIGNS. We are currently renovating our basement with an additional bathroom which will facilitate not only our family but future clients to the studio which is coming in the near future. Exciting!!

These "Nursery Clocks" are my latest creation. They are 8"by8" and absolutely gorgeous in a baby's room. It is my hope to continue with this line and will incorporate both girl and boy styles.

Market day on July 27th was our most successful to date. We were blessed with having the most wonderful corner location on the main level looking over the sea and coastal mountains. It was a pristine summer day and we really enjoy chatting with all of the out of town guests to Nanaimo. I am very grateful for their business and sincerely hope they all enjoy their beautiful new albums and wall art.

Both Ann and I have finalised a company name in which we will market our own line of scrapbook embellishments, ribbon and eclectic altered paper art - EllaBella Design Studios!! We are proud to be Canadian owned and operated and it is our intention to forge a place for our wonderful creations in the ever-growing scrapbook industry. Exciting days ahead...

Remember to enjoy your day.

Saturday, July 14, 2007


Once again it was the Friday Nanaimo Farmer's Market located on the beautiful waterfront of Nanaimo, BC. All of the marketers were out in full force selling wares from plants to jewellery and of course our PaperArts. We are, Karen (right) of KEWDESIGNS and Ann of Ann Chapman Designs. We are generally located on the lower level of the market alongside a dozen other stalls.

We offer an assortment of altered paper items including journals, picture frames, paper mini albums, cards, magnets, bookmarks, buddha canvas's and more.

Ann has produced some beautiful cards for all occasions that would be so very special to give a loved one. The journals also feature different themes, such as travel, gardening, dreams and secrets. Although I am a tad biased, I get extra pleasure from using a handmade item. I can almost feel the good intentions of its creator and the pleasure that went into making said item.
We are continuing to get more display items daily and are enjoying the process of arranging our merchandise. Our market "space" changes weekly so we must adapt to our new location. We must also take precautions against natures forces being excessive wind and rain. Altogether it is a very satisfying experience. We meet all kinds of wonderful people from around the globe and it is our hope to decorate their lives with our beautifully handcrafted selection of paper-arts.

Sunday, July 1, 2007


So here I am by the beautiful Nanaimo waterfront taking in the family activites with my family when I caught a glimpse of myself in this marvously polished

boat propeller. Perfect for a self-portrait I thought.

Anyway, the kids were dressed ever so sweetly and I wanted to get some great Canada Day shots -waving flags etc. Most patriotic I thought. Alas it was not my day for photography. Everything was too dark and shadowy and my almost 9 month old kept eating the flag (showing his own form of patriotism?). So I pondered as to what I could do with these shots.

I came up with the following question? What makes our landscape uniquely Canadian. Sure there are the new "Seven Wonders of Canada" but there are also tiny pockets (micro-climates, if you will) that one would never think of as being in Canada such as this tiny frog. He could very well be in the lush understudy of a tropical forest or in a native plant of Bermuda. But no. We discovered this tiny creature in the backyard of my parents house, right here in Nanaimo.
Hope everyone had a smile and a happy Canada Day :D