This week in Ottawa…colder and mix of rain and sunshine…welcome to Ottawa’s freaky weather patterns…

Sunday it was pouring record amounts of rain for a late October. Monday I went out to survey the landscape around my house and it was sunny with periods of clouds. Today was sunny as cloudy…

Now they are calling for snow overnight and into the day time. Good thing I had plans to work on Cards, ornaments and buttons.

The Light Rail has been as temperamental as the weather. Which is a shame when it works I can be as quick at 15 minutes from my home to the Byward Market and the shop or up to an hour stuck on tracks or walking to the other side to catch a train and both ways are running on the same track until they pass the blockage, immobile train is usually the cause…

Expecting new Postcards to come in from VistaPrint today so really excited to see them tonight.

Worked on Ornaments on Monday

Maple leaf and beaver ornaments with Ottawa on the back

Had another2 stampsets order on Etsy and a Card for a customer so things are beginning too pick up. Made some earrings and posted them on Etsy as well.

Owl Earrings

Not much of an update but it was a busy few weeks I had allergy testing found out I am highly allergic to Ragweed,and tree pollen

First arm mostly trees, ragweeds etc
This arm was foods

Glad to have that over with…changed most of my meds to deal with all of the reactions.

Bear and Zoey are still not the best of friends but now tolerate each Zoey tries really hard to play with him as he walks by she plays touch the butt but he jumps or runs the other way. A couple of times he has charged her and she just comes back for more.

Zoey watching Bear stalking is not allowed in my house but Zoey sees Bear as just another toy…

Well time to go and get on with life in general. Hope you have a good week.

Catch ya later from me, Mr. Bear and Miss Zoey

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As this week begins it is raining and chilly

Today it is going to raining throughout the day. Bear is not happy he hates the rain but what can we do…I will have to look for a rain coat that will fit him. I ordered him one that is sort of all season in blue

New coat ordered waiting for it to arrive

I ordered a couple of sweaters for the sweater weather we are experiencing right now. He does look great in a sweater.

Bear in his owl sweater

I am working on a big order for New Orleans shop for necklaces almost through 6 sets of 6. I only have 2 more sets to finish up. My house is a mess while I work on these.

3/4 through order
Last two to finish off

In the middle of changing the spring /summer clothes to fall/winter it has been quite cold at night. We have had frost warnings for a couple of nights now.

Also finished listening to Little Girl Lost : Dreamcatcher series now re listening to the Handmaidens Tale by Margaret Atwood in preparation to listen to her second book The Testaments

The Handmaid's Tale cover art
The Testaments cover art

I will be at the shop this week on Monday and Wednesday lucky on my day off Tuesday I have a dentist cleaning appoint whoo hoo.

I have started to post the Color By Amber jewellery on @cargren so if interested check it out.

Well that is all for now. I am doing laundry, working on the order and hopefully will be able to get a card or two up.

Bye for now

Bear and CA

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Fall is here

It is Monday morning the first day of fall. It is raining, the smell in the air is a little skunky but not sure if it is the animal or a neighbour smoking up. Here in Canada it is legal to partake in a little weed. Weed is not my favourite smell in the world but it is tolerable.

Fall is my favourite season I can break out my Rae Dunn mugs now to have my favourite coffee or tea in. I also have a new journal to break in…The fall colours, trees changing, the air is crisp and fresh except when they throw down the manure on the Experimental Farms…or the paper mill exhaust make it to Ottawa from across the river.

Rae Dunn mugs

Also while out this weekend I found a couple of more pieces of Rae Dunn pottery. I am not sure why I love this line so much but I think it is the simplicity or the organic shapes…

New Rae Dunn Pottery

I work tomorrow and Wednesday in the Artisan Shop Ottawa, in the Byward Market…Hopefully it will be a great couple of days for sales. Last week sales on my days were very good. Not enough to pay any major bills lol but a couple of smaller ones or get more supplies.

I did work on some choker and bracelet SeedBeads sets.

New choker and bracelet sets

In other news my oldest grandchild turned 17 I can’t believe it. Time is an odd complicated system I do not feel old but I know I am on paper. Oh and the blood pressure pills I need to take…

Bear is here to say hi. He has had a little trouble funny tummy the last few weeks so I found some sensitive stomach and skin food for him it seems to help he is more perky and less scratching. His fur is growing in and is looking more like a Yorkie than a chihuahua.

Bear says Hi

Well that is about it for today…Still working on Book Marks, Cards and bracelets…

From CA and Mr. Bear

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Tuesday riding the rails in Ottawa


Today I was nervous taking the Light Rail (LRT) to the ByWard Market for work in the shop. Being the second day of the week I was expecting it to be busy but there were three people in my car.  The ride was fast but quite a few more stops along the way than I am used to although they were quick.


The say that there will be free WIFI eventually – again if we wait as long for that as we waited for the LRT to get here could be awhile…we waited a little over year from the planned date and it came in way over budget.

I think it might be faster but I worry about the winter in Ottawa…lots of snow and extreme cold some days then the weird melting and freezing in sometimes the same day.

Wednesday made a number of cards for the shop very tourist in mind – fall is in the air buses are starting to bring in tourists for the fall colours and they can be spectacular in the Ottawa area.

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It is Wednesday and I took the LRT to work and back today. The cars were much more packed. I do like the ride. I just need to get a good set of headphones so I can listen to books during the commute. Right now listening to

Thursday today on the agenda to to process a few orders for retired stamps on Etsy and setting up for an inquiry about skinny Color By Amber Bracelets so will have to take some photos for the client. I also have to work on ornaments for the shop tourists like to have an ornament for the tree of their travels so I create a number of them year round the ones they like best are the red glitter but will change up the icon this year to something new…have to decide what it will be and will share in the next post.

Life is good, busy but good. Just the way I like it.

As for Bear his fur is growing back and he is pretty happy that the mornings and evenings are cooler. Bear can be very snarly when it comes to regular grooming so as soon as he sees the brush come out he hides. We are working on it though. Being 10 years old and no teeth means his bark is definitely worse than his bite…even though his bark sounds like a seal bark…

Bear with polar bear

Well the day is getting on and need to start working on more items for the shop.

Have a great week

CA and Mr. Bear

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Some news today

I have started trying to rearrange my work area and have had some success but it is a real work in progress for now.

some progress

I also sold a number of bracelets to a woman from New Orleans who will be selling them in her shop. She sent me some photos of the layouts of some of them and I am sooo impressed. All can be found at
Voodoo Spiritual Temple
1428 N. Rampart St    New Orleans, LA   70116

or online at

Now creating some necklaces to show.

I did create a few fall cards here in Ottawa the weather temps drop at night and go to a reasonable temp during the day…mornings Bear has to wear his sweater. With short haircut he has little protection it will grow back…I keep reassuring him…

So that was this week in our household. So From Mr. Bear and I.

Catch you all later…Have a great week.

CA and Mr. Bear

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New Era Beginning

I have been getting ready for the fall creating cards, bracelets, earrings and new buttons and magnets for the Byward Market Artisan Shop that I have ignored my social media commitments completely. I am back have an new email for website so please connect if you see something you like or don’t but be constructively helpful not hateful.

I have also been trying to work on building my etsy store but they are making so many changes that I can not keep up…

There has also been an addition to my family his name is Bear a 10 year old Yorkie Maltese he has no teeth but manages quite well without them. I adopted an aging dog because they deserve a good loving home to live out the rest of their lives. He gets along great with kids and adults alike. Life is good as you can see…

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Mr Bear

Just a Quick update from CA and Mr Bear

Have a great day

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New products

I have several older retired Close To My Heart stamps, inkpads, art supplies that I will be putting up on my Website here under Craft Supplies and Products. Looking forward to connecting with the craft community online here. Please do not forget to follow me if you want the latest and greatest news from me… Also private message me if you are looking for a particular stamp or theme I can show you what I have or order it for you.

I am a Canadian CTMH Consultant so if you are able to order directly from my website


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It is a new year and a new plan

I have decided to build a true website with a shop feature and also to include news, art, cards, cardmaking and scrapbooking packages and workshops. Things will change so bear with me as I am totally new at this website building.  Join me in building the site with suggestions for new items, things that work and do not.  Shipping at this time will be limited to Canada and the US.

I am also on ETSY for my Cargren and HandmadeCardsbyCA and in the Artisans Shop in the ByWard Market Square Building, Ottawa.  So if you find yourself in Ottawa stop in there will always be an artist on hand to show you around to pick up that special gift or cards for any occasion.

Let me know what interests you…and I will see what I can do.

Thank you for following, invite others if you think it would be for them…


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It has been awhile…


I am still here plugging away. Those who follow me know I have my fingers in many pots…I am a glass fusion artist, card maker and use other multimedia as my muse and inspiration.  I am also very much a direct seller with three companies. I like the convenience of working from home and it allows me to work on my artistic adventures.

Close to My Heart – helps to bring the cost of paper art supplies down, I love teaching people about how to preserve their memories or create that just right card for any occasion and at the same time supporting an organization that helps children through Operation Smile.

Color By Amber as an activist for women. CBA is helping women artisans around the world by providing them with a living wage and supporting initiatives that helps the communities they live in through the Full Circle Programs. As a environmentalist, CBA prides itself in being a Zero landfill company and uses 40% recycled water bottles in the production of the eco resin that encapsulates the interlayers created by the women artisans.  They also have a sustainable line that recycles coffee bags, denim etc.  CBA as a company marries both my passions very well.

And last but not least

Younique  again if you are going to wear make up make sure it is clean, natural and ethically produced, my joining was to support programs for sexually abused women and if my granddaughter is going to wear makeup I want to know where it comes from…

I am not getting rich on any one of these ventures but I do survive…So if interested in any of these initiatives feel free to contact me at Always looking for customers, hostesses and/or ways to support your goals.

Have a great day…


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New Year 2017 and a bit reflection of 2016

Changes happened in the last six months that are for the better.  I am still creating glass pieces except they are selling as fast as I am making them.  Here is a sample of the pieces that have sold in the Artisans Shop at 55 ByWard Market Building. It has been a blessing and a curse coming up with new ideas on the fly…not a bad problem to have really. I work in the shop a day and a half a week and gets me out of the house so I can plan better for scheduling the artist time…

New is that I am planning to hold workshops and sell items off my page just need to figure out how to do that without costing me an arm and a leg in the process.

I also bought a new electronic toy  a Huion H610 Pro Graphics Drawing Pen Tablet with Glove and Storage Bag.  I have to admit it is still in the box…next project is to learn how to use it and test software that is supported by it…apparently there are 5 or 6 of them…steep learning curve for me so a little apprehensive to start in case it is an epic fail…however that never stopped me…..


So what else is on the horizon…son and family will be relocating to the US for work.  In preparation for that all the grandkids have tablets and can contact me anytime.  I also now have a brand new 10 year passport.  Sad but I will get to visit.

Leaving 2016 behind is OK as I slide slowly into 2017 there are amazing opportunities both for me and the businesses that I am involved in…because of them I have met some amazing people and clients and I see 2017 as a good opportunity to expand, learn and develop – more time with family, friends and  community.

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