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My Story… — Jul 7, 2015

My Story…

Since I haven’t introduced myself in the last post, I’ll do it right here.

My Art vs. Artist

My name is Sabrina Gardiner, born in 1995 in the north of green England. From the fledgling age of two years old, I always loved to put my pencils (or at that time, a felt-tip pen) on to pieces of paper to reveal the machinations of my imagination to the outer world.

Once I’d grown out of the phase of scrawling uncontrollably about all over my canvases (which included walls), I began to morph those marks into intelligible characters. My specialism was creating fan stories of my favourite cartoon characters, personifications with flags and educational books.

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The big change came for me when I turned 11 years old and moved to the far-flung country of Colombia. During the year and a half I lived over there, some of the mainstays of my characters would develop, as with a fascination with the months of the year that would last me a good couple of years.

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As I grew into my teenage years and returned to England, I needed to create more realistic characters while at the same time keeping that unmistakable fantasy feel. At this time, I had re-ignited my interest in geography after going on a road trip around the south of England, and so began on a mission to personify every place in every country, beginning with my green homeland.

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Completing (or mostly completing) my personification throughout England, the next logical step would be to go stateside and get on to personifying the United States. But I added a new twist that I hadn’t done with England – personify each state as well as the cities and towns they contained. This allowed me to explore even deeper into the country’s geography by looking at the cultures of each state to see what made each one different.


But the real passion of mine started with me taking a detour at the cinema when the movies I was watching got mixed up. From there, I came across Canada.

Initially creating just one character as I did not expect to become too interested in Canada, the country suddenly began to take over, effectively ending my exploration of the States. At first I did not want to become interested as I wasn’t too much into Canada, but it then grew on me, eventually becoming my most favourite country.

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As I began to work more and more with Canada, a personal goal of emigrating over there began to form, which I still hold today and hope to realize in the near future. Every new artwork I create for the country makes my wish stronger and more determined to make my Canadian dream a reality.

Although I’ve been drawing characters for as long as I can remember, I only recently started to bring them to life on the screen. Initially creating short animations to hone my animating skills, these then evolved into fully-fledged episodes, one of which I am hoping to create a voiceover for. My ultimate dream is that these will eventually transfer to the small and big screens to capture the imaginations and inspire generations of animators to come.

And live in Canada, of course.

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New Characters: Edmundston and St. Andrews — Aug 11, 2020

New Characters: Edmundston and St. Andrews

Edmundston Beaupre & St. Andrews Chandler
Edmundston Beaupre & St. Andrews Chandler

Meet the newest additions to the Canadian Boys family: Edmundston and St. Andrews! 🇨🇦


Edmundston is an Acadian man who is proud of his rich heritage and culture. He’s got the typical Acadian joie-de-vivre and cheerfulness, and he plays an active part in helping to conserve the Acadian culture for future generations.

St. Andrews

St. Andrews lives at a popular hotel and resort by the ocean. He’s a keen golfer and is a regular at the resort’s golf course, where he’s said to be the ever-reigning champion. When he’s not golfing or doing his duties around the resort, he loves to just relax on the beach listening to the rolling sea waves.

Simple Blackberry Pie — Aug 4, 2020

Simple Blackberry Pie


Recently, I’ve been getting into picking wild fruits, especially blackberries. Many sunny summer afternoons have been spent on nature trails and at parks picking these juicy berries – and they taste a lot better than those bought at the supermarket! With so many berries out there, they’re perfect for making jam, pies or even a suitably summery cordial.

Pies are relatively easy to make – you don’t have to be a five-star chef to make one, as all the ingredients are available whether in the wild or at the shop. After a day spent outside blackberrying, it’s always so satisfying to bake a pie and eat it, knowing that your labours have been duly rewarded. Once you taste handpicked wild berries, you’ll never want to eat store-bought again!

Simple Blackberry Pie


  • 2 sheets shortcrust or puff pastry
  • 2 apples, sliced
  • 450g fresh blackberries
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon


  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C / Gas Mark 4. Grease a baking tray with butter.
  2. In a saucepan of water over a medium heat, combine the apple slices, blackberries, honey and spices. Simmer gently for 20 minutes.
  3. Place a sheet of pastry on a baking tray and pour the fruit filling in. Roll out the remainder of the pastry and cover the pie, sealing the edges by pressing down with your fingers. Draw a criss-cross pattern on the pastry with a knife.
  4. Bake in the oven for 20 to 30 minutes until the pastry is golden brown. Remove from the oven and serve with either single cream or vanilla ice cream.

(Taken from this recipe on, with some slight modifications by me)

Blackberry pie with a dollop of cream

Steven Universe: Through the Years — Jul 27, 2020

Steven Universe: Through the Years

Although Steven Universe ended its six-season run back in March of this year, the wider fandom hasn’t wound down, with new fan art being constantly created. Looking back on the series, I was inspired to draw the show’s main characters in all their different incarnations to get a picture of how they’ve evolved – both physically and mentally – in one of the most character-driven animated TV shows to date.

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The Crystal Blog: Larimar — Jul 13, 2020

The Crystal Blog: Larimar

Larimar Hearts and Tumbles

This was originally posted on my Tumblr blog The Crystal Blog.

Ever seen Larimar?

Larimar Slab

Larimar Slab

It shines as blue as a sparkling sea or a pool on a hot summer’s day.

Larimar Teardrop Cabochon

First discovered in 1916, but not fully recognized until 1974, Larimar is also known as the Atlantis or Dolphin Stone, and it is said to contain the energy of the sea’s waves and the bright blue sky. Its name is a combination of Larissa, the name of the daughter of the miner who first discovered it, and “mar”, the Spanish word for sea, which perfectly describes its turquoise colour and ocean ripple-like markings. Wearing or carrying Larimar is said to calm the wearer’s anxiety and calm their nerves, much like still ocean waves slowly rolling in onto the sand.

Larimar Hearts

Larimar Heart

Larimar is found in only one place in the world: the island nation of the Dominican Republic in the Caribbean. No wonder then, that it’s called the Stone of the Sea. 🌊

Larimar by the Sea

Fourth of July 2020 — Jul 4, 2020

Fourth of July 2020

Happy Fourth of July to all my American friends! With the current political climate in the United States, it’s more important than ever to never forget the words of your founding fathers and the promises your country was built on – the promises of freedom and equality for all. I also support our American allies in their resistance against tyranny and the hope that the nation will emerge from this crisis stronger and even more hopeful. 🇺🇸

Happy 4th of July

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