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08 Feb, 2007

Creative distraction in the form of a Valentine PIF*

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: - Mail art

[Signups are officially closed! Thanks guys! Please obtain the address of the person you’re sending to. If you need an email address, drop me a line at andrea at quietfish dot com.] I’m feeling slightly overwhelmed by the day that is looming ahead of me today. I have a ton of work to do. I […]

07 Feb, 2007

It was a good day, BUT…

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: - Mail art|File under crafty

… this mini-quilted ATC represents exactly how i’m feeling this very moment. Green, slightly frayed at the edges, wavy wobbly, quick-stitched, unstraightly seamed, restful, restless, buttoned up and buttoned down… basically, all over the place and no place at the same time. Click the image for larger version. It’s my latest Artist Trading Card. It’s been awhile, […]

A few readers might recognize (from the photo above) an attempt to make 1″ collage squares. I took this photo last week, and I haven’t done much more on them since then. I just haven’t had time. I’d been starved to work on something creative. So I decided to try making these mini collages squares a […]

As I mentioned before, I’ve been suffering a serious dry spell of creativity. The question du jour remains the same: where do I find the drive to create as well as the inspiration I need to move forward? For me it almost always begins with paper. I sat down the other night and snipped dozens and dozens […]

08 Jan, 2007

Arting around

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: - Mail art|Easy ways to make kids happy|File under crafty

This is what Sarah and I were up to this morning. I cut about 100 squares out of scrap paper for a potential ATC series. Sarah was just happy to paint and cut & paste shapes for her own cards along with me. The kids are both back in school today. Do I hear a collective hallelujah? […]


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My name is Andrea and I live in the Westboro area of Ottawa with my husband Mark and our dog Piper who is kind of a big deal on Instagram. We also have two human daughters: Emma (20) and Sarah (18). During the day I work as a writer at The Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre. I am a longtime Ottawa blogger and I've occupied this little corner of the WWW since 1999. The Fishbowl is my whiteboard, water cooler, and journal, all rolled into one. I'm passionate about healthy living, arts and culture, family travel, great gear, good food, and sharing the best of Ottawa for families. I also love vegetables, photography, gadgets, and great design.

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