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Valentine Inspired

For our next online event I would like to sell Valentine’s Day cards and have the proceeds go to the Heart and Stroke Foundation.

Their mission is near and dear to my heart.

Here are the photos I am presenting for Valentine’s Day:

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As always, you can order any cards (Birthday, Thank You, etc.), and I will still donate the proceeds to the Heart and Stroke Foundation.

Please contact me: creativecardsandphotography@yahoo.ca


Before We Put Our Tree Away

So I’ve been a little busy. Throughout the months of November and December I had been working on creating and selling cards for a few different charities. I am very excited about the direction Creative Cards and Photography by L. Thiessen is going and am pleased to announce that with your help we were able to raise $150.00 for Alivia’s Rainbows! Tonight I was inspired to start planning holiday cards for next year! These are the vertical shots I took.






This last one of course is inspired by our last trip to Nova Scotia.

In a few days I will post some more shots. Looking for help on narrowing down to your favourites to plan for next year.

Saint Pierre, Chéticamp

Thanks to our tour guide from Seaside Whale and Nature Cruises, we decided to visit Saint Pierre church before leaving Chéticamp. The building was massive with plenty of presents for the eye inside!

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Inside Out


The Glorious Organ


The View Above


Looking Down from Above

As always, I took many shots of the stained glass windows. This view is my favourite.

Saint Pierre is a lovely house of worship that is open to the public. These photos are only a small view into this structure. To see the whole thing it is highly recommended you visit.


On our way to visit the Cabot Trail we spent a day in Chéticamp; and we were very glad we did! Once we were settled into our room at Laurie’s Motor Inn (a great place to stay!) we headed to Seaside Whale and Nature Cruises.

I wish I had brought my camera on our whale watching tour. I would have liked to get images of the landscapes of Cape Breton Island since taking photos of whales are impossible–especially if we only see one! That being said I would still highly recommend the tour! Even despite the fact that our tour guide read from pages he had printed off the internet as well as a fact books about whales he purchased a years ago– we still quite enjoyed ourselves. I wish I could remember his name because our tour guide was awesome and we remember him fondly when we reminisce about our trip. He wasn’t trying to be funny, but all things considered he is something to talk about!

Like I mentioned, our tour guide tried to tell us all about whales since we were on a whale watching tour. However, you could tell he did not know a lot about whales as he read from the sheets he printed from the internet. When we would see (or thought we had seen) a whale he would quickly tell us the species even though I think a true expert would have difficulty with this. We did appreciate his effort. After seeing only one whale he needed something to fill in the rest of our 3 hour tour. This is when he began to talk about the town of Chéticamp– something he really did have great knowledge about! He tried to get us to buy waterfront property which he said goes for under $100 000. That night my husband and I started planning our retirement, thinking about purchasing a property in Chéticamp and found out that the tour guide was right on the mark! Our tour guide also talked about when we do take the Cabot Trail we should be sure to walk the Skyline hiking trail. He was right! It was an absolutely beautiful hike and we actually saw a moose up close! In addition, the tour guide recommended great restaurants for dinner. On his recommendation we went to Le Gabriel Restaurant & Lounge where we had an excellent lobster dinner and enjoyed live local music! Our whale watching tour guide also recommended we visit the local church before leaving town; Saint Pierre. Since he was right about so many things we decided to go on his recommendation. More of that to come in the next post. The whole tour was unprofessional yet great at the same time! Instead of using the speaker to talk to us as a group, the guide went around to each set of individuals and repeated the same speech (a total of 7 or so times) each time he wanted to discuss a new topic. The captain also allowed  the children on the tour to steer the ship– and you could tell they were actually steering! If we had to do our trip over, we would still go with Seaside Whale and Nature Cruises.

Now for the photos I did take it Chéticamp:


A Typical Morning in Chéticamp

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Chéticamp use to be one of the centres of the fishing industry. These photos show what is left or how things are now.

I had to take this one as it carries my namesake:


More Peggy’s

As I mentioned in my last post, I made my husband stand around while I took many photos of the same thing in Peggy’s Cove. Here are some more shots I would like to share:

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More lobster traps of course! As well as lighthouse views in B&W:

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I liked the way the net was draped over the side of this boat. In colour the net is green, but I find it accents the boat much nicer in B&W:

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That’s it for my views of Peggy’s Cove. Next stop, Chéticamp!

Peggy’s Cove

Like many travelers in Nova Scotia, we made sure to stop in Peggy’s Cove. It is a very homey village where I will be sure to visit again!

We parked our car at the Traveler’s Centre and walked into the town. As we made our way along the side of the road I couldn’t help but stop and take pictures of everything! Here is where I have to admit I have a great husband who continues to support me even though he does not share my love of photography. I should clarify here that he loves my photographs, but doesn’t enjoy standing around while I spend 10 minutes taking 30 pictures of the same thing! Here is one example:


After my obsession with lobster traps we continued to make our way toward the famous lighthouse; stopping to take more pictures. . .



. . . and visiting shops along the way.

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I fancy this one in B&W and in colour!

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We finally made it to Peggy’s Point Lighthouse:

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When we go back to Nova Scotia (in the far distant future) I would like to spend a few days just in Peggy’s Cove so that I can take more photographs at different points of the day therefore trying different lighting and angles. In these shots I am trying to avoid the other hundreds of people who are also enjoying this sight with me.

Before we left for the day we made sure to stop by Dee Dee’s Ice Cream Shop. We could smell the scent of freshly made waffle cones from the street! I enjoyed some maple walnut ice cream which reminds me of my late opa. My husband had a local berry flavour. Both were delicious! It was nice to sit on a nearby bench and enjoy our ice cream amongst the beautiful scenery.

Peggy’s Cove is a must-see for any traveler! I look forward to sharing more pictures in my next post!


During our stay in Nova Scotia we spent a day in Old Town Lunenburg which is actually a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is such a lovely place. The streets are lined with one-of-a-kind shops and Lunenburg has its own harbour.

While in Lunenburg we made sure to visit the Bluenose ll

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However, due to repairs we could not board her.

We did some shopping


I loved the many shops owned by local artists, it was really something to see.

I felt very inspired to take photographs of doors while we were there as each shop entrance was lovely and unique. Unfortunately I don’t have any shots that I am proud to share, but I believe it was inspiration enough for an upcoming project–stay tuned!


Naturally we had a seafood lunch at a restaurant overlooking the water; The Dockside Inn & Restaurant. We both loved their fish and chips!

We were sad to leave but had to be on our way to our next stop… Peggy’s Cove!

Halifax: Part 2

After our Keith’s tour we spent the day walking around Halifax; specifically around historic sights. I took many photos that may have been questionable to the common tourist as I fell in love with the brick walls,Brick Wall Rust

and signs on the historic properties.

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We had lunch right on the water; at Salty’s. What was really great about this place was the fact that there were not a lot of tourists filling the patio. It was peaceful and yet we had one of the best views of the harbour. Where was everyone?! The food was excellent and the visitors were kind; as in the birds sat quietly and watched us, hopeful in wait.


The begging birds reminded me of my pug and how much I missed him.


I digress.

Later that night we had dinner at another place along the pier, the Waterfront Warehouse. They had a great selection of oysters. I thoroughly enjoyed the scallops. We were able to sit out on the patio and ended up hanging around for a few hours. The food, music, and view were amazing!

Again, prepare yourself for another unorthodox view of the restaurant:


Our first day in Halifax was great and it will be a day we will always cherish.

Halifax: Part 1

My husband and I took a trip to Nova Scotia last week. What an amazing experience! We spent all of our time along the coast at various cities. Today I will discuss part of our first stop, Halifax.

When we arrived I noticed that the air felt different. It was fresh and light. I don’t know if it was the fact that we had been in the car for 14 hours but I felt so free! The wind lightly tossed around us and I was so refreshed.

We had breakfast on the pier,


then spent the rest of the morning walking around the city taking in the sights and planning our day. We were also waiting for noon– that’s when Alexander Keith’s Brewery starts their tours!


The tour of the brewery totally blew my mind! We essentially had four tour guides with our group of about ten. These guides took us back to the 1800s, to help us understand the time and the essence of the beer. They did so in a comical and unique way; singing songs, telling stories, and teaching card games that the people of the town may have played while enjoying their beverages.


Of course, we got to enjoy a few pints! I found a liking to Keith’s Red. But I have to say, the most magical part of the whole experience was the tour guides. They were amazing actors and musicians. The women’s voices were so beautiful they made the hairs on the back of my neck stand up! A truly amazing experience.

If you are ever in Halifax, the Alexander Keith’s Brewery tour is a must!

More about Halifax to come…