AimeezArtz: I live in Cloverdale, Canada with my husband and my little Jack Russel, Mini. I have been creating mosaics, big and small for seven years. My work has been in shops as close as Langley, BC and as far as New Mexico.
Every mosaic is different, that’s why I’m drawn to this medium. I never get tired of the beauty and complexity and I’m always trying quirky new things to bring light and movement into an ancient art form.
Nicholas J. Bott was born in the Netherlands in 1941. At an early age he was inspired by the works of the Dutch Masters. He settled in Canada in the late 1950s and fell in love with the landscape in and around Smithers, British Columbia where he was then residing. He spends many days on remote mountain slopes, some locations accessible only by helicopter.
Vintage fork with hand-hammered message (above) by Wooden Hive.
My business contacts in the US are always surprised when I tell them that my office will be closed at the beginning of October in observance of Thanksgiving. “There’s a *Canadian* Thanksgiving?” they inevitably ask. Why, yes. Yes, there is.
Fall wreath with upcycled tin-can flowers (above) by Custom Created.
Thanksgiving north of the border differs a little from the holiday celebrated by our American friends, but along with the name, there are some traditions that we both share. The similarities include football, family and a propensity towards incredibly cute home and table decorations, as seen throughout this article. You won’t find any pilgrims up here, though; our holiday is an autumn festival to mark the end of the crop season and give thanks for the bountiful harvest.
Handpainted, upcycled record bowl (above) by Eye Pop Art.
While our native peoples have been giving thanks to the land for countless generations before our arrival, the anglo history of Canadian Thanksgiving is a little sketchy in places. The first accounts date back to 1578; when a European explorer held a ceremony to give thanks for surviving a long ocean journey (sound familiar?). In 1872, Thanksgiving was observed in Canada as a civic holiday; however, the date and theme was changed from year to year. Thanksgiving has been celebrated on the second Monday of October, since the passing of an act of Parliament in 1959.
Rustic cutting board/serving platter (above) made from sustainable black walnut by Grey Works Design .
As far as the food is concerned, the Canadian Thanksgiving feast is made up of many of the same foods as the American. Turkey is the traditional main course, although I have seen a few hams hit the table in my time. The roasted bird is, of course, accompanied by sage-spiked stuffing, gravy and cranberry sauce. Usual side dishes are mashed potatoes, veggies, squash dishes, breads and salads.
Pumpkin made from vintage 1970s fabric (above) by Whoopsie Daisies
Visitors from the US sitting down at a Thanksgiving feast in Canada will probably notice one glaring omission – in 38 years of giving thanks, I have never had to “pass along” a casserole of cloyingly sweet, marshmallow-topped sweet potatoes. It’s not that we have anything against sweets; we’re just leaving room for pumpkin pie!
Pinecone and wire turkey place card holders (above) by Carrieveau Craft.
I shouldn’t diss the sweet potato casserole, though. I’m sure that Americans need all the energy they can get for Black Friday; an event that, to a casual observer, almost seems to trump Thanksgiving itself in the US. We do not have an equivalent to Black Friday up here, unless you count December 26th (aka Boxing Day), and usually spend the long weekend raking leaves and napping. Oh, the glory of tryptophan!
Cotton/wool acorns with real acorn “hats” (above) by Rose Cottage Boutique 2.
So, there. That’s Canadian Thanksgiving in a nutshell. I would love to hear from readers on both sides of the border – what are you thankful for?
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Angela Vandenbogaard: I’m a student currently attending Cambrian College for their Medical Radiology Technologist program. I’m a recent graduate from the University of Western Ontario in Canada for a BMSc and a minor in Classical Studies.
I love to use bright colours in my artwork, with high contrast when possible. For me, sometimes simple shapes combined the right way make the most beautiful pieces.
I dabble with various painting styles and mediums, searching for and aiming to create the one style that reflects my personality and skill.