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Maide and her Beautiful Spats

Mar 15

Hey everyone, I am finally back and although my blog may not look different I have switched over to WordPress.  Some of the new features include a RSS subscription feed, a new Etsy Widget at the side and an updated comment section.

Things have been super busy for me lately with getting settled in to my new place, familiarizing myself with this area of town and getting up to speed with my new fulltime job at Marquis of London but I am hoping to get back to painting shortly.  Until then I have some exciting news, the very talented Maide has created a beautiful collaged spat using one of my paintings. I am very touched she chose my art as I am such of fan of hers already.  They went up for sale this week so if you want to own one of Maide’s exquisite works of art they can be purchased at DaWanda.

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Maide's Gorgeous Spats

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Updates

Jan 15

Hey Everyone,
I meant to post this almost a month ago but things have been incredibly busy. So what’s new?  I have moved overseas, all the way back to Vancouver, Canada, found a wonderful new apartment and have begun the search for a new job. It’s wonderful to be back here, even though the rain is not, and although I miss much of London I really feel this is my home.
This has been a crazy last couple of months. I was only able to bring one suitcase from London so much of my things including some of my clothes, papers, camera, books and paints are still all the way over in London, UK. Consequently my artwork has been delayed and I have put my blogging and new website updates on hold.
Otherwise things are great and once my life settles down again into a normal pattern, I will be able to complete my updates which include moving my blog over to WordPress, implementing a RSS feed, creating a new art website which will include my expanding card and print collection. and ill be posting some exciting new art projects!.
Until then take care!
~ Corinna ^_^

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Hey Everyone,

I meant to post this almost a month ago but things have been incredibly busy. So what’s new?  I have moved overseas, all the way back to Vancouver, Canada, found a wonderful new apartment and have begun the search for a new job. It’s wonderful to be back here, even though the rain is not, and although I miss much of London I really feel this is my home.

This has been a crazy last couple of months. I was only able to bring one suitcase from London so much of my things including some of my clothes, papers, camera, books and paints are still all the way over in London, UK. Consequently my artwork has been delayed and I have put my blogging and new website updates on hold.

Otherwise things are great and once my life settles down again into a normal pattern, I will be able to complete my updates which include moving my blog over to WordPress, implementing a RSS feed, creating a new art website which will include my expanding card and print collection. and ill be posting some exciting new art projects!.

Until then take care!

~ Corinna ^_^




Billy & Hells

Nov 03

Hope everyone had a great Halloween! Things have been super busy for me lately as I have been making plans on moving back to Canada. Just thought I would post some more inspirational images before I get too carried away with my work and forget all about my poor blog, which has been very neglected lately. I have some big changes planned for my website/blog/shoppe that I will hopefully be able to implement in the next couple of months – when things calm down. So stay tuned!

I found this awesome photographer today – Billy & Hell’s. Their images are very dreamy, a bit dark and gothic. I love the technique they use with the darkened lines and high contrast which make the images look more like paintings then photographs.

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Switzerland!

Sep 24

Hi Everyone, back again this time from my trip to Switzerland. I had a great time and would like to share some of my pictures and experiences. My husband’s mother lives in a small town near Geneva, on the French side. I had heard of Switzerland’s natural beauty but I was stunned by the looming mountains and the brilliant greenish-blue, jeweled lakes. living largely in London the past few years I forget how diverse and amazing Europe is and wish I had a chance to travel more. The air there was so delicious – flowers, mountain air and fresh smell of the lakes. My London abused lungs found the air nicely rejuvinating and the weather was perfect for exploring the little villages around the lakes.

Here is a picture of Maya, my mother-in-law’s cat (pictured here with our travel pet Gordon). She is a tiny and sweet siamese cat who loves to talk and snuggle under warm blankets.

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Our trip began exploring the town of Geneva, home of the United Nations and CERN laboratory. It is situated on Lac Léman also called Lake Geneva. The water as mentioned above is just so beautiful, a light blue green which is crystal clear. It reminded me of the glacial lakes in Canada however much warmer and even on a mild day in September people were still swimming. Geneva itself is a smallish but interesting town. We only had time to visit the Natural History museum (super amazing) and the local botanic gardens.

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The famous Geneva Landmark, Jet d’Eau (left) and a young swan (right).

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Botanic gardens, amazing lilypads (left) and one of the many wild lizards we saw running around the park (right).

The Next day we visited Chateau de Chillon near Montreaux. This is on the other side of Lac Léman. The castle itself was well worth the visit but I was especially impressed by the nearby village and how it sprawled up the steep cliffs.. I am really in love with French architecture and really adored how the german style also influenced the buildings here into something uniquely Swiss. It also really reminded me of the fantasy village featured in Hayao Miyazaki’s Kiki’s Delivery Service (one of my favourite of all time movies) and I kept thinking of that while the little villages passed me by.

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Chateau de Chillon

Probably my favourite part of the trip was visiting the picturesque town of Annecy on the French side. The little village with its own castle and little canals on another brilliant green lake. The mountains are beautiful here and it was the first day where they were not partially covered by mist… I love the houses here and was sure to pick up a couple of local french interior design magazines that featured residencies in Annecy.. The people that live here are truly to be envied.

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Me and the Canals (Top left), Birds flying over (Top Right), a curious little hole in the wall (bottom), I couldnt help but wonder if the water ever rises above the top step that looks like someones front door there.

All in all it was a beautiful trip and I can’t wait to go back to Switzerland again to explore more. As usual we took hundreds of photos so sorting through them is going to take some time. More posts shortly and I will be adding new items to my shop!

take care, ^_^



Adventures Along the Coast

Sep 03

Hey everyone, I just got back from an amazing trip along the coast of England. I have been living in London for the past few years now but never had the opportunity to explore the countryside. This week I embarked on a whirlwind trip by train. Our stops included Southampton and the Isle of Wight where we visited Queen Victoria’s Osbourne Castle, we stayed at a haunted hotel in Exeter and detoured to Exmouth for an amazing trek along the Jurrasic Coast, We stopped by the Eden Project at St. Austell and finally ended our journey in Penzance where we stayed with a family friend and visited a enchanting castle! Phew… I have been recovering the last couple days from this journey and my feet have just started to forgive me for all the abuse I put them through but it was all extremely worth it. We took hundreds of pictures which I will be posting on our travel blog but here is a few to look over… Already missing the fresh air..

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Above Pictures – Top two pictures are taken at St Michael’s Mount. A beautiful fortress on an island only accessible at low tide or by boat. It was incredibly misty that day so it gave everything a very haunting quiet feel. The castle itself was first built in the 12th century but the history and legends of the island go well before that and even into prehistoric times. There is a small village along the base which houses about 300 people, really beautiful beyond words.

Bottom picture above – Stone fountain base at Osbourne Castle on the Isle of white.

The Eden Project was also amazing and I highly recommend it for anyone travelling out to the west coast of England.. I have some beautiful pictures from here but I had to post these creepy rabbit heads..

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The plants were huge.. I feel like Alice.

One last picture… Our hotel in Exeter I am standing where many people have said to have seen a ghostly lady dressed in grey. Supposidly the hotel used to be a jail where lots of horific events occured. They still have some of the old dungeon cells in the basement where more strange occurances are still happening. My husband had a fun late evening in the hotel bar talking to the owner. I was luckily sleeping and didn’t hear these stories till after we departed.. Otherwise i might have had trouble sleeping.

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Random Musings

Aug 11

I just ordered a new printer and can’t wait till it arrives later this week. Until then my cards/prints are on hold so I have decided it’s time to do some more paintings. On my search for inspirations I came across so many wonderful artists, more so then can fit in one blog, but I would like to share a few with you now.

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1. Hadley Hutton – sweet and colourful illustrations

2. Chelsea Green Lewyta – dreamlike imaginings, sometimes disturbing but always interesting. Reminds me slightly of James Jean.

3. Jenni Saarenkyla – a newly graduated artists with a definite fantasy bend.

4. Rikka Sormunem – this piece is unique amongst her body of work which is both strange and interestingly abstract.

5. Jia Juan Li – Beautiful almost childlike paintings of scenes of a fantasy China. I have yet to find her website if it’s up but a search of her name will bring up several galleries featuring her work.

6. MarmeeCraft – Amazingly cute illustrations and fantastic blog everyone should check out featuring all her highly imaginitive creations.

That is all for now. ^_^



Vanilla Matcha Latte Cupcakes

Feb 12

I have been working steadily on several different projects lately and haven’t had much time for my blog. I wanted to share a little bit of yumminess though with some pictures of Matcha Cupcakes I made this Christmas. Made by adding matcha powder to vanilla cupcake recipe. The topping is a no fat, vanilla matcha marshmallow topping you make by adding hot melted icing sugar into beaten egg whites, vanilla extract and more matcha powder . It’s actually quite delicious. The cupcakes were put into fancy asian tea cups and sprinkled with chocolate.. mmm.. cupcakes *drool*

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Christmas Time in Canada

Jan 28

Hi everyone! I am back in London after my trip home to visit family in Canada. My husband and I spent Christmas in Kitimat, BC which was amazing. Even though I am not a fan of the cold weather, especially the rather chilly -20 C Kitimat winter, I couldn’t help but have fun skiing, tabogganing and snow shoeing. My husband Hans built an impressive igloo which later got into the local newspaper. I set up a little ice shelf inside where we placed lit candles. It was incredibly beautiful and peaceful inside.

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Click here for more pictures of the igloo.



Winter on the Island

Dec 04

Hi guys, This is my first post from Canada. I am here visiting friends and family for Xmas and trying hard to get used to the 8 hr time difference. I am still waking up at 3 am wide awake and feeling hungry. It’s nice to breath some nice Canadian air again though and be around some beautiful nature. It was so foggy and lovely out the other day that my mom and I took some pictures. The first few pictures were taken by a lake near my parent house. There is an eagle on top of the tree in the first picture. The Squirrel was across the street from my house and clearly visable from my bedroom window which Seraphine, my sisters cat, watched out more then a little interested.

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Photographs copyright Maria Miranda Lawrence and Corinna Jasmine



Pretty Things – Gift Ideas

Nov 07

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1. BotanicalBird – Rust Red Raven Locket Necklace $22, 2. Ibride – The Liu Tray $90, 3. Alexander McQueen – Fairy-tale print strapless dress £1,820, 4. Tarina Tarantino – Wizard of Oz Poppy Anywhere Clip $88




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