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Garage Sale Update


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Less than one week to the Artsy Fartsy Garage Sale!

There is now a Facebook Event page.  Feel free to post pictures of anything you’re going to sell and definitely feel free to invite all your friends!

I had fun going through old boxes last night. Just to whet your appetite, here are a few things from them that will be for sale:
1970’s Mystery Comics Digests
1970’s Chatelaine magazines
Retro recipe cards
Old admission tickets from European travel trips
1940’s weigh scale fortune cards
1950’s Hallmark Date Books
1950’s linen postcards
Russian painted, wooden eggs, including some miniature ones in little, wood baskets.

That’s all I’m going to list for now.  I might tempt you with more later in the week.  Just know there will be a TON of stuff for sale.



So, you’re in the mood for a road trip, but can’t take the time off work.  Why not drive up to Whistler?  ArtWalk 2015 is on right now, until August 31.

There’s an eclectic array of work by more than sixty local artists displayed in forty pop-up galleries throughout Whistler’s cafes, hotels, shops, community centres and restaurants.  And, hey, it’s such a beautiful drive.



 And, don’t forget the Harmony Arts Festival in West Vancouver this week.  Always a fabulous event.



Hey, folks, be aware of the water restrictions on right now.  Our water supply is dangerously low and everything you can do to conserve this invaluable resource helps.  Don’t forget our animal and plant friends, either.  They’re having a very hard time right now.  If you can, put out bird baths and bowls of water.  Take your grey water and hydrate the trees.  It’s important.



Although Revision isn’t happening this year, the wonderful Janet Lee is still sending out her newsletter with links to upcycling artists.  Here are a few:

Aaron Foster‘s license plate art
Elisabeth Lacourt‘s map dresses
C. Kabiru’s strange spectacles
– A pavillion made from broken umbrellas and bike wheels
Jewellery from old skateboards
Thomas Althaus makes jewellery from tin cans
– B.C. student makes her grad dress from old homework, then auctions it for charity.
Susanna Bauer‘s incredibly beautiful art created from nature
Accessories from inner tubes
Laura Lein-Svencner uses found objects in her assemblage work.  Check out her gorgeous collage pieces, too.
– Going to Florianopolis in Brazil? Why not stay at Cabana Floripa; a house made completely from recycled materials.
–  Amazing forests sculpted from cardboard by Eva Jospin


Another Artsy Fartsy Garage Sale!!


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Well, the last garage sale was such a roaring success we’ve decided to hold another one, while the sun is still shining.  (Yes, it will eventually rain).

Date:  Sunday, August 16
Time:  10:00 – 3:00
Place:  Corner of E. 11th Ave. and Quebec St.  (1 block west of Main)

If you want to join us and sell off some of your excess craft supplies or the fabulous art you created, feel free.  I’ll be creating a Facebook Event page and, once that’s done, I’ll post the link on this blog.  As well, there will be ads on Craigslist and Kijiji, flyers in all the coffee shops along Main St. and signs on the main arteries around the neighbourhood.  If you have a blog or newsletter please forward the info.

Last sale I had lots of inquiries about renting tables, how to display items, etc. etc.  Just know, this is truly a garage sale.  It takes place along the sidewalk in front of my apartment building.  There’s no major organising on my part, other than all the advertising.  You can bring a table or just put your goodies on a blanket.  Price everything or not.  Organise the items professionally or just have a rough-and-tumble display.  It’s all up to you.

We had an absolutely amazing turnout last time and sold tons of stuff, so seriously think of participating.  Questions?  Email me at the usual rubydogart address or contact me through this blog.


Blog workshop

Vancouver Island Workshops has just posted their fall schedule.  If you live on the island or want to go there for workshops, these look fantastic. They fill up fast, so register early.  Click on the image above to go to their site.



Our favourite workshop instructor, Shary Bartlett, participated in a fundraising art challenge.  She blogged about her art process here:  Tell Me A Story


Ray ophoff

Ray Ophoff (oil paintings) and Joan Tayler (polymer clay) will be having an open studio this Saturday from noon to 5:00.  Joan is giving a polymer clay demo at 1:00.  Check it out.

884 E. Georgia St.

As well, the kind folks at Renzo’s Café, 1301 Commercial Drive (at Charles) will be featuring some of Ray’s work all month and the first fifty people to tell them “Ray sent me” will receive a delicious coffee beverage of their choice on his tab!


Okay, gotta head out to my lockers now and dig up goodies for the garage sale.  You, however, may just want to spend some time looking at art on your computer.  Have you ever checked out my ‘Favourites’ on Etsy?  No?  Well, this will occupy you for a while:

Items I Love

Shops I Love


Our Junk, Your Joy!


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Hi, Everybody;

This is a reminder about the Artsy Fartsy Garage Sale, tomorrow.  Drop in, say hello and peruse the goodies!

Saturday, June 27
10:00 – 3:30
Corner of Quebec St. and E. 11th Ave.
1 block west of Main St.

There will be absolutely tons of stuff for sale.  The usual RubyDog items, plus vintage photo albums, a Print Gocco set, Ultra-Thick Embossing Enamel, antique dolls, letterpress drawers, mica, Geotype (aka Letraset), funky jewellery, spinning fibres, Lazertran, rusty metal bits, skeleton keys, a Daylab, assemblage materials, old unused butter and cereal boxes, retro Mister Softee book covers, fabric sample books, watch faces and hands, old Lite Brite pegs and templates in their original boxes, mid-century linen postcards and much, much more.

I’m also going to be selling off some of the art that used to be on display in the store, including 2 wonderful pieces by Karyn Gartel.  As much as I love all this art there is just no space in my home for it.


Juan Rayos

Well, I’d love to chat more, but I have to get back to pricing things.  Here are a few websites for you, though:

Val Britton‘s abstract maps
Ya’ gotta like a blog called Try Something Fun!
Andrea d’Aquino‘s wonderful, collage illustrations
A fun print transfer technique from Birgit’s Daily Bytes
Easy background technique from the aforementioned Karyn Gartel
Juan Rayos‘ incredible journals

And, that’s all folks!  See you tomorrow (I hope).