New year a Coming

It has been awhile, my familiar cry every end of the year.  I am not a blogger and the world of blogging has me stumped but I am going to say again I am going to make an effort to blog much more often.  I am scheduling it into my day planner and will try to make the committed dates.  We will try for once a month, if it is more bonus.

Ok so out of nowhere my voice came back and no ill effects after all the ct scans, test etc. nothing remarkable was usually the result.  This is great but still no understanding of why it happened and how to avoid it in the future.

Family is great oldest granddaughter is now thirteen and youngest grandchild is going on 6.  the two in the middle are 9 and 7 unbelievable.  I turned 60 still can not believe that either.  Still retired but have now taken on the businesses.

IDBCA Canada is my own company name – It has evolved into my umbrella for all things art that I make, glass fusion is still my passion and cardmaking but I have expanded into wire working, handmade bookmarks, journal cards etc… I also am exploring teaching glass fusion  at a new studio that is opening up in Ottawa if you are in the area let me know if you are interested and I will organize a class as soon as the plans are finalized.

Following on my Cardmaking interest I am now an independent consultant for Close to my Heart a scrapbooking and stamping company.  Sales have been alright but hope to do better in the new year.  To keep up with that endeavor I have a blog at I want to challenge myself to do more creative cards and postings to familiarize everyone about the products. Oh and teach both cardmaking and scrapbooking in the new year so if in the Ottawa area let me know.

And last but not least GelMoment this is a brand new company and I was introduced to it from a group I was participating in I bought one gel nail polish and a led light and the rest is history to check it out at .

the other important milestone this past year was my Buddy passed away he was 17.  I could not commit to another permanent pet so instead I am a foster mom for pets who need temporary care.  I love it it is like being a grandma because you can spoil them and then send them home eventually.  The longest I have had a pet was two and a half month but there were extenuating circumstances.

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Buddy’s Spring Haircut

I will be posting some photos of new work later in the month.

Happy New Year all…May 2016 be your best year yet.



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Continuing saga of the lost voice

Today I went to have a CT scan of my Throat area.  However they have a new protocol now “those that are allergic to Seafood” before they can use the Contrast Media injection (fancy words for iodine based dye) have to go though a regime of Predistone and Benadryl over the previous 13 hours prior to the appointment.  So 13 hours before take a predistone pill and again 7 hours and again 1 hour with the benadryl.  I maybe allergic but the effects will be much less and manageable. They can’t write a  prescription it has to be the referring doctor and you have to get them to write out the prescription and have it faxed to a pharmacy so you can pick it up and of course pay for it.  Just checked and this has been done and received by the pharmacy.

Too bad that could not have been mentioned before I had my neighbor get up and drive me for 8 AM.  I knew it was too good to be true The hospital called me on Monday for an appointment today.  The Queensway was clear no traffic got there a 1/2 hour early.  So my neighbor instead of waiting went to pick up a few groceries. When I called him he was just finishing up so it was like the universe was working for us on this one…

Whoopee I get to do this again on the 30th at 1 PM.

I made a suggestion that the booking person ask if there is a seafood allergy when making the appointment if so – the radiologist calls back and get more info and starts the process before getting to the hospital…If I was from out of town I would have been really P.O.ed.

I did go for a ride with  my friend Marim on Monday to go for Tea in Dunrobin…the Heart and Soul Cafe but it closed at 2 pm a half hour before we got So I managed to mail out my Deconstructed Journal Pages to the 4 in our group and we ended having tea at a fellow glass artists place on the Ottawa river…it was a perfect afternoon. We drove back to Ottawa and rushed home to our respective places not realizing we both were starving and if either of us had opened our mouths we could have stopped somewhere to eat… the Misadventures of CA…

tack fused fish

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So here is the scoop

I have not been doing much fused glass for about a year odd pendant here and there.  Been doing more panting, card making and Art Journalling, exploring mixed media techniques.  I have a ton of supplies to do the work but just no energy.

I got a sinus infection about 2 and a half months ago, treated it with antibiotics seemed to go away.  Then I lost most of my voice…some would say that is a good thing but when you teach, direct sales through artisan shows  or demo products it is not so good.  The doctor and I decided that it was probably a virus and laryngitis.  Well that is not it.  So I went to a Ear, Nose and Throat specialist and he has diagnosed severe acid reflux or GERDS.  So I am on a pill once a day for the next three months, have to drink water, eat 6 times a day small amounts, low fat, no constrictive clothing, exercise, Raise the head of my bed or sleep sitting up etc.  Pretty much good advice for most people…Just to be sure it is nothing more serious they have ordered a MRI/catscan of my upper chest could be up to two months for that to happen but I am persistent and available for cancellations as long as it is not 5 minutes before the appointment.

So I have been keeping a bit of a lower profile…my son says I sound like a little kid when I talk…great…Lifestyle change here we go…may never get my adult voice back but I am staying positive…Grand kids think it is great I have to keep one close so they can yell at the others to come and eat or other such nonsense.

some things I have worked on …all listed on etsy

Varigated orange Wire wrapped crossHappy Retirement Serenity prayer

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Looking forward to spring coming

Have a number of plans and am working on new pieces of glass.  Here are two Journal pages I completed in the past weeks.

The first one I worked with my granddaughter on her birthday while she did one side of the journal I did the other.  I love our bonding moments.  Acrylic, gesso, stencils, layers

Journal page from end of January 2015

Journal page from end of January 2015

The second one is a mixed media piece using gel medium paste to create the texture on the page, stencils and acrylics

Journal Page jan 2015

Journal page beginning of February 2015

Stay tuned for more creative smatterings coming soon.

Enjoy and happy creating.



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Been very busy for the past year but that is no excuse

Last year I became a Close to my Heart Consultant and demonstrator.  Took part in my first Thrive weekend with my team in Barrie, Ontario.  It was nice to get together with so many individuals who are like minded and creative.  It was inspiring.  Started a CTMHblog that keeps me busy posting.  I was lucky to find an Ottawa based group who get together to so some Scrapbooking/cardmaking, inspire each other and talk best practices etc.

I am still fusing glass and making hand made cards and they can be seen in my Etsy store

I did 10 sales and shows over the year some very good and some not so.  The organizers I know busted their butts to make them a success but the people just did not come out.  However I did sell a few things on Etsy which is great.

So here we are again 2015 already have been applying and have been accepted at a few shows/sales at this point

Ottawa Dancers’ Bazaar, on Sunday, March 8, 2015.  10-3 pm Location: Knights of Columbus Hall at 260 McArthur Ave, Ottawa, Ontario.

6th Annual Arts and Scraps, Saturday April 11, 2015. 10-3 pm Location: Overbrook Community Centre, 33 Quill Street, Ottawa, Ontario (materials, trinkets, scrapbooking, cardmaking supplies…)

Vibrant – Ottawa Valley Crafts & Collectibles (OVCC) April 25-26, 2015  10-4 daily Location: Library and Archives Canada, 395 Wellington Street, Ottawa, Ontario

On the family front much has also happened.  Oldest grand daughter started Junior High, made the volleyball team.  Grandson started school Junior Kindergarten and loves it. Second oldest had to get braces and expander and is one of best helpers in school and home, the youngest girl is so quirky in such a good way.  The family received two lab puppies for Christmas and the household is hopping on any day of the week as the kiddos and puppies grow…They all bring me my greatest joy.

Well better move onto something else before the day is finished…Have a great week…let lots of color and happiness into you life each and every day….


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What have I been up to

I have been so busy with Grandkids, marketing my glass and art business and if that is not enough also became a Close to my Heart consultant and demonstrator. On the grandkid front: my youngest turns 4 on the 22nd of June and will start school in September. The oldest was just confirmed and graduates from grade 6 on June 25th.  The other two will both pass into grades 2 and 3 with flying colors.

I have had two sales over the past few months one with OVCC

vibrant spring show 2014

archive sale tablearchive sale dishesTimeline photos

and yesterday

T.H.A.T. (Totally handmade artisan trinkets) craft fair   THAT sale 140614 parkdale church


I have applied for a couple coming up in October and November and it is so hard to wait for acceptance.  For sure I will be at on November 24th.


I will keep everyone posted on further developements.  In the meantime if you are from Canada and are interested in Scrapbooking or cardmaking supplies please go to My Close to my Heart online store also You can follow me on my CTMH Blog .   CA

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January 8 and 9th

It has been a lost couple of days it was beautiful today but yesterday was cloudy and cold. Yesterday, I had a headache most of the day so did not get much done.  Today managed to organize and sort of clean part of my art room.  I work very well in chaos but it drives everyone around me crazy.





Also my Buddy the dog has had his Spring grooming.

Buddy's Spring Haircut

Buddy’s Spring Haircut

Be safe and warm.


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