On the 6th of January I had dinner with friends and we discussed some of the things I was working on for Indian River by Air.  I really wanted to get a set of greeting cards off the ground but was having trouble gaining traction with it, a complication of being 4000 miles away from the centre of the business. They posed a question I had been shying away from: why didn’t I try to do my own thing?  After all, I had my own photos.  I had creative ideas.  I had the technical know-how to combine the two.

This was the inspiration and kick up the backside I needed to start on the gift tags (which I had been dabbling with in a different format), the wildlife greeting cards, and this website.  When I take a moment to catch my breath and look back over the past six months, I am amazed at how much has been accomplished … and how much I would still love to do.  I have a long list of potential designs–like this bat–and I am hoping to find the time to bring these all to fruition at some point.


In the meantime, I am working hard to get the products out into the world.  I have been fortunate to have the support and encouragement of my lovely husband, family and friends, and several local shops who have been willing to give me shelf space.  And, a little later this month, my designs will be attending their first craft show.


We first met Paul and Renate several years ago when I bought one of Paul’s exquisite mirrors, and we have stayed in touch ever since. They host craft fairs from their home twice a year, featuring their own work and that of their friends. Their midsummer “Crafts and Cream Teas” is not to be missed – if the weather is nice, sitting out in their garden with a cream tea (or cake and beverage of your choice) is heavenly.  And if the weather is poor, then that means you just have more time to explore the wonderful creations on display.

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