DEAR THELMA, LOVE LOUISE
About our name: The Name Dear Thelma, Love Louise came from the nic names me (Patti-Ann) and my best friend (Dana Rondeau) used for each other and originally came from the 1991 movie “Thelma & Louise” about the bonds of friendship between two women, and a road trip adventure about personal transformation, spiritual awakening, and battling through the agonizing constraints of gender, class, place and time. It represents our friendship first formed while living in a homeless shelter and one that went on to become a soul sister bond through many decades. Much of our “Thelma & Louise” friendship was spent traveling the roads of Ontario together, meeting people, taking photos, telling stories, spreading random acts of kindness, making music, helping others, and attending art shows, concerts, festivals, markets, campsites, yard sales, thrift shops and more. It was on these trips that great dreams of changing the world one hug, one smile, and one random act of artsiness at a time were born.
In August of 2012, Dana aka “Thelma” passed away suddenly with a brief but mighty battle with Leukemia. I promised her that I would carry on the lifestyle and dream for the both of us.
When we started: I am a firm believer that when something is meant to be, things will start to fall in place and usually with ease, and so in 2013 an idea struck me while researching the word “Wanderlust.” The moment I spoke it out, things started to roll…… (literally). I found a vintage trailer in March of 2014 and immediately started to transform it and glamp it up! It became a real family project. And so, Dear Thelma, Love Louise was born! (Making it’s debut in June 2014) A Vintage trailer named Thelma and her artsy owner Louise. The shop itself has transformed and morphed into a whole new concept these days after recently retiring Thelma the trailer. However, you haven’t seen the last of Thelma, she will return in 2017 offering herself for a whole new type of adventure.
What we sell: We are a one of a kind artsy online Etsy Shop filled with handmade “unique” and mostly re-styled, up-cycled creations such as clothing, jewelry, home & garden decor, stationary, and uniquely sold herbs and plants. We also sell paintings, prints and photographs by Heidi Wholeness Creations (my art name). As well, you will find us to be a Thrift and Kitsch Lovers Dream with affordable clothing and accessories, housewares, toys, decor, old records, instruments, books, and items that catch our eye on our many adventures.
We are community: Not only can you shop for some awesome goods…you can find some free ones too on random treasure hunts located around the places we go. We like to leave random acts of artsiness wherever we go. We are also hosts to large scale community creativity and thoughtfulness projects.
Heidi Wholeness~ Hi, I am Patti-Ann aka Heidi Wholeness or Louise of Dear Thelma, Love Louise. I have lived in the city of London, Ontario, Canada since 1999 but I admit my heart still aches for small town and country living like I used to live before. I wear many hats…..
I am an “Upcycle” Artisan and I create all kinds of fun, funky, and earth friendly items!
I am a mixed media artist and photographer & sell/show my paintings, sketches, and photos under the name HEIDI WHOLENESS and Heidi Wholeness Universe.
I have a love for vintage, and retro items and anything kitschy and whimsical and love to share these items on my Etsy site or on my Facebook auctions.
All of my hand created designs and vintage finds cater to The Pink Sheep of the Family, The Square Peg in the Round Hole, the One Curly Fry in the Box of Regular, and the odd pink duck…
I have learned to embrace my alter ART ego~ Heidi Wholeness and I like to share my handmade designs, paintings, sketches, and photography at home gallery shows, and the odd festival and event and of course here on Etsy.
Back in the 80’s I used to sell my art and crafts and other cool stuff from a little shop called BEE’S KNEES ETC. located in Northern Ontario in a little town called Burks Falls. Over the years I also sold my goods at a variety of Markets, Craft Shows, and Events.
I believe in giving back to my community and making the world a little bit better, and I do so with random acts of secret artsiness! I have been a lifelong thrifter and treasure seeker and I like to make things out of the treasures I find. I have an eye for finding items or creating items that people get a kick out of or they just don’t get me at all!
I have wanderlust and like to explore cool little places and buildings and wander aimlessly through forests and on beaches almost always with a camera in my hands. I like to grow stuff and paint on things and I love words. ( I am currently writing a novel!) I support sustainable living, Free Food, bartering, and swaps, saving the bees, urban gardening, and social enterprise. I am a self-professed foodie who likes to experiment with all types of recipes as long as I only have to make them once! Life is too short to eat the same meals over and over again.
I am also living with the challenges of a brain stem tumor which turned my life upside down and inside out and forced me to re-invent myself and which has made me stumble and fall sometimes but also get back up and embrace every moment of this life I have which is a gift and a privilege.
I share my tiny living space with my husband, two dogs, Poppy and Ruby, two somewhat cranky Budgie birds, Ziggy and Major, a tank full of fish, and a whole lot of books, art supplies, and instruments none of which I can play very well.
I tend to be a bit of a lone wolf these days enjoying my time in my home sweet home and with my family, but when I do mingle, I like to surround myself with quirky, kind and creative people. I am a stay at home creator now but prior to this, I have spent many years working as a social service worker, coordinator and facilitator in addictions, homelessness, disabilities, and mental health. Before that and in between I have been an administrator, farmer, musher, model, dancer, wrestler, actor, photographer, production worker, sales clerk, server, manager, bartender, telemarketer, office clerk, freelance writer, fitness instructor, and childcare worker.
My art and designs are a reflection of my life through my rose-colored glasses!
In Memory of ~Dana Lisa (Thelma) Rondeau (January 15th, 1968- August 9th, 2012) At the age of 44 after a courageous battle with leukemia