Sunday, February 01, 2015

Creative Kick in the Pants :) and missing Art Unraveled :(

I've been feeling  a bit un-creative lately. I needed some inspiration.
I've decided to take Kelly Kilmer's  Making My Mark: Session Two: Text 

In January, Kelly started a series of online classes -- Making My Mark. January's class was "Collage". Each month is price separately, and you can start them whenever you like, but I decided to jump in at "Text". Because I like text. I may go back and do collage though.
 (this is Kelly's montage of how she uses text -- click to get info re: the class)

I *think* that I might make mini collages that I can work into my Project life Albums.
4x6 -- maybe....
Yes, albumS -- I am making a Project Life style album of Lauren's life (The lovely Miss L)
And I am making a mini album of Mr. B and Me.
And I am making a Christmas one, lol.

I also may do these as stand alone collages to be postcards or to frame. I like my journaling to be "in your face", not in a book. I find that I don't work in books, that I abandon them.... then I get annoyed at myself for abandoning them.... I do so much better with making individual pages. I took a class from Kelly years ago , and we made post cards. I have one on my wall, and I sent away the rest. Win-win, for me.

I will decide today however. Because I am a procrastinator, and indecisive, the choosing of the journal could take me years, lol. That's why I don't do so well at online classes. My "One Little Word" for this year should have been "begin". Because that is what holds me back most of the time. The beginning.

Anyway... the info re: Kelly's class is here. Care to join me?

I miss Kelly! I used to see her (very briefly) every year at Art Unraveled in Phoenix. But I don't go to Phoenix now that I have my summer house. I miss my other friends too. sigh.... I can't have it all.... Anyway, I have taken many classes from Kelly (online and in person) and I would highly recommend her classes!
If you have time, try to go to Art Unraveled this year! August 3-11, 2015. It is looks like a fabulous line up!!!!!! The website just went live today!

If I was going, these would be what I would choose (lots of these are at the same time - this is my dream line up, lol, and only at first glance:
Mugshot by Laura Fraedrich (ceramic painting)
Cuttlefish Bone by April Bower (jewelry)
Getting your camera off auto by Marie Otero (photography)
Cigar Box Guitar by Chuck Mills (Making your own guitar -- seriously!!!)
Are you a Good Witch? by Olivia Thomas (I couldn't go to AU without a class by Olivia!!)
The Bangle Angle by Jen Cushman (Jewelry)
Hammered Cuff by Riki Schumacher (Jewelry)
Upcycled Felted and Fused by Linda Swindle  (Fibers)
Frock of Ages by Lorri Scott
 Love Your Lettering by Kelly Kilmer
Becoming by Kelly Kilmer (journaling)
The Essence of Me by Kelly Kilmer ( tape! using tape! -- I've taken this one :)
Torch Firing by Mary Hettmansperger (jewelry)

(I tend to take classes that are jewelry or fabric. If I take other classes, they have to have most supplies included. I am tired of traveling with paints, lol. Kelly Kilmer brings a gazillion supplies with her, so, I'm pretty sure that you could show up empty handed at one of her classes, and be fine :)

There are so many other classes that I could have chosen (many that I have already taken-- Jane LaFazio, Thomas Ashman, Laurie Mika, Michael deMeng, Diane Cook)

I would also like to take classes from Jesse Reno and Ingrid Djiker and Lesley Riley some day. 

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

reading on the subway

I love seeing people reading on the subway. It makes me happy. I read a book every week during my commute. This week I'm reading People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks. Loving it. What are you reading today?


Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Port Mouton in the Winter

Some people go away to the seaside in the winter. They usually go south :) Where it is warm. I go east. Where is is not warm.
But our house in Port Mouton is very cozy. Very hygge.
We spent a glorious week there.

Here we are on Day 2 -- at Carters Beach
(please click on these photos -- they look so much better when they are large!)

 (can you see that little cape islander? it is coming in from hauling lobsters!)

Our little bit of festive decor :)

We woke up one morning and the frost looked so beautiful. I ran outside in my pajamas to take these shots!  The pond. Hence "Pond House" or Pond Cottage (what do you think of Pond Cottage?)

If you want to see more of the fantastic beaches in the area, please go to Sara Harley's blog and visit her videos of the 12 Beaches of Christmas (you will have to scroll down a bit to find them at the end of 2014). They are all within a short drive of  us. And they all look (and sound) so different.

Next up : one more post about Nova Scotia -- and then onto some art! Yes, I still make art. I don't just collect art supplies.

Monday, January 12, 2015

12 Days of Christmas

Well, I wish it was Christmas all year round :)
I'm a bit late in posting my 12 Days ornaments -- Once again, I was in a FABULOUS swap hosted by Elizabeth. My return box was somewhat late (mail took forever this year), so Miss L, my mom and I opened them up, 3 per day, right before Christmas. Actually, it is the 11 days of Christmas this year -- someone had some difficulties and had to bow out.

The ornaments were extra fabulous this year!

First up!

Day 1 - Kathie Barrus

 Love her! So medieval looking. Medieval art was my specialty in University, so I lean towards anything medieval/ renaissance looking. (I have a degree in art history :)

Day 2 -- Christine Lush Rodrigues

 OMG! I have been wanting a piece of Christine's ceramic sculpture ever since I saw her website. This photo doesn't do it justice. So much depth and texture. It is beautiful and looks fabulous in its new home among my tree collection!

Day 3 - Barbra Posey

 Isn't this little cutie fabulous??? He is swinging on a star! Another addition to my snowman collection!!!!!

(I just can't get over how green it was on this day, just a few days before Christmas!)

Day 5  -- Marilyn Hammenwright

 I really couldn't get a good shot of this felted ball. See those beads? The Big Dipper. WOW! Great idea, Marilyn! This one will be featured front and centre next year when our theme is "Navigation" (my mom has a theme each year -- this year was "Christmas in Paris" or "An ooh la la Christmas") (or "oh la la")

Day 6  -- Melissa Terlizzi

Melissa is a polymer clay artist -- see the "six" button on her packaging!

This is perfect! I have started a collection of snowmen (so now I collect snowmen and trees :) (and snowflakes, and bottles/ snowglobes). Maybe I'll show those collections someday ;)


Day 7 --  Me! - Martha Brown
 " I wish we could bottle up Christmas Spirit" 

 So I did!

 Day 8  -- Maryanne Lush

I could not get a good photo of Maryanne's glittering cone of goodness. It has a bottlebrush tree in there!


Day 9  -- Robin McIntyre

Robin knitted 12 bells. Soft, white, perfect bells. I love how her tag matches what is inside..... I wonder if Robin carved the stamp?

Day 10 -- Stephanie Woolsey

 Stephanie made this adorable snow globe. I have made these in the past too -- and they look so nice together! Another collection :). Look at those bottle brush trees. and that gold stag. I am so lucky!

 (we made the left one in my class last year -- I wish that I had the nice, round wine glasses that Stephanie used!)

Day 11 -- Linda Morgan

I liked the back of the wrapping so much I took a shot of it. Fantastic washi tape. 

I have a year round collection displayed of art dolls (not surprised, are you?). This one will go up on my doll wall :) 
the back was as fabulous as the front!

Day 12 -- Elizabeth Woodford 

 I didn't think that I was going to be able to pry this bird out of my mom's hands :). But I have a bird collection. In fact, in the past I have bought birds from Elizabeth.  Can a person have too many collections? 

And it's a wrap!
 Thank you everyone for participating, and especially to Elizabeth for hosting and organizing and reorganizing and prompting and reminding and unpacking and packing and repacking and mailing......

 (my ornament has the incorrect name below it)

Saturday, January 10, 2015

2015 - one little word - hygge

Over the past few years, I have chosen a "word" to exemplify my year. 

This year, I knew the sense of the word that I wanted to use, but I couldn't find a word that embraced it. 
These are some that I considered:
But none of these seemed perfect in themselves ( and I didn't mean "no" to be negative -- it is just a reminder to myself that I have to say no more often -- I do too much and am constantly exhausted - because I am a pleaser and like to say yes to everyone :)

I follow (and read)hundreds of blogs daily/ weekly, and one of my go to bloggers is Holly Becker from Decor8. She is currently living in Germany  and posted about embracing life in a "smaller" way.

She talks about hygge -- a Danish concept of being socially warm and cozy and relaxed. I researched hygge a lot -- and decided that this is what I need. A year of hygge to recharge my batteries :). You say it "huy-guh"

Please see Holly's post here to learn more about hygge.

One of my favourite stores (in London, Ontario ) is called Hyggeligt  a fabric store, of course) ( you can order online and also visit them in Toronto at the CreativFestival.) (they carry Liberty of London fabrics, swoon, among other fabulous lines)

So, have a cozy 2015!

( I am testing a new blogging app  for iPad and iPhone -- BlogGo -- it seems to add photos well, but I have had some problems with interface and stability when I have to leave the post to copy a link -- but at least I can add links! WooHoo!) ( remember, 'save' is always your best friend) 


Sunday, November 23, 2014

Oh Christmas Tree

I'm trying to find a Christmas tree. An artificial one. A FABULOUS artificial one.

I usually buy a real one, but since I go away for a week or two over the holidays, a real one isn't .... a realistic option anymore.

The tree below is my usual style. I've tried everywhere that I can think of to find something like it, but, sadly, no luck. ( Home Depot, ikea, the Bay, Canadian tire, Target, Michaels, etc, : the small trees are all so tacky)

I need it to be about 4 feet tall. I want to be able to see it in person before I buy it, so online is out.

Does anyone have any idea where I might get one in Toronto?

I would definitely consider a feather tree! But I can't find them here... Has anyone seen one in Toronto?

At this point, I'd also consider a large branch..... Anyone have one of those hanging around their yard?


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Saturday, November 01, 2014

Rowing on the Pond

It took all summer to get the rowboat on the pond. I didn't even get to row in it this year!
But Mr. B took my mom out on the last night that we were there.
That's the "pond" .  I would call it a lake :) But it is tidal (through the dyke adjacent to our property).

Isn't it beautiful?

For those of you who have asked where it is -- it is in Port Mouton, Nova Scotia. (claim to fame = Carters Beach)
A few miles "south" of Liverpool.
Or about 45 minutes south of Lunenburg , or an hour and a half south of Halifax :)