Tuesday, January 29, 2008


We all need balance in our lives, don't we?

Sunday, January 27, 2008

Zetti Doll

I made this for a friend -- it is very bird like -- but has no wings..... Maybe the next one will have wings!

Saturday, January 26, 2008

Saturday, January 19, 2008


Somehow I made my triangles too big! Iremember, back in December, carefully measuring them. They can't be cut down --- so I have to make new ones. Oh crap! They took about 1 1/2 hours each to make (yes, I'm slow....) Well, I'll be adding images, and be selling these on etsy, LOL! Want a banner triangle?

Lots more triangles!

Here is Jamie's colour combo -- I'm posting it again -- because I added the flower at the bottom and it looks more "finished" It is my favourite of them all. This is how my garden looks in early spring -- all dark green and muted and shadowy
These are more of the colour combo that I picked --- Sara, Jude, and I picked the same colours, so I got to make 3 of them!

Tuesday, January 15, 2008


This gothic arch page is for a friend of mine.... shhhhhh.... don't tell her...... it's a surprise....

Sunday, January 13, 2008

Saturday, January 12, 2008

I LOVE banners

I am in a banner swap -- we're spelling "creativity". I'm the letter "i" . Well, one of the letter "i"'s. I have to make each one a different colour. Well, Sara, Jude and I picked these colours.... so this one will be for one of us.....(more throughout the week!)

Bizzy Bs

Last night we had a fun night with our ATC trade -- unfortunately we were missing lots of our favourite people! I have become self appointed as the "facilitator" of the group (no, not dictator, LOL) (and honestly, if anyone else wants to take over this job -- feel free -- it is incredibly hard to please all of the people all of the time.). So we organized a lot of themes for the year and began to organize demos -- our first demo will be Sandy's shrink art embellishments on February 8th. The theme for that night is "Red and White" -- think Valentines day, Flag Day or whatever red and white images you want to use. Please let me know by January 30th if you will be playing on Feb 8, so I can email everyone the number of ATCs that they need to make. I will be sending out an email reminder, don't worry. (and I'll let everyone know by February 1 how many they will need to make)(generally it's between 10-15)

Here are my "men" (click on the image for details) I have a quote by Oscar Wilde on the Back:
"I sometimes think that God, in creating man, rather overestimated His ability"
It has nothing to do with the very cute Oxford Impressions image on the front that I RUBBER STAMPED! It is a photostamp -- and I had great success! I hand coloured it with Tombo markers and photocolours (oils). The background is telephone book with gesso and coffee -- and has some music and and some have a little definition of "fears" on it. The one I kept is "lose" I generally don't compete unless I'm pretty sure I'm going to win. I really have to get over this. I hate losing. It's my mom's fault. You don't want to play any games with her. She's ruthless.... (sorry, mom -- but it's true!!! -- but I'll still play with you-- I don't mind losing to you). I'm also terrified of getting lost. I don't even like going to the washroom in a new restaurant because I'll get lost. This is very strange, because I have an excellent sense of direction. And I don't remember ever being lost.

Wednesday, January 09, 2008

Blogging without obligation: NO means NO

See that little picture on the sidebar? To the right? The one that says "Blogging Without Obligation"? That means I don't have to blog. It means I can focus on other important things like eating, sleeping, school, etc. So everyone who keeps emailing and calling to see if I'm okay -- I AM FINE. sheesh.
On Saturday we went to see Sweeney Todd. I love Johnny Depp. And I love Tim Burton. this was great, lots of blood and stuff. Don't see it,mom, you won't like it.....
On Sunday I prepared for back to school.
On Monday we watched a movie (dvd) -- Mostly Martha (In German with really fast subtitles) Two thumbs up. I was asleep by 9:30.
On Tuesday I watched the first episode of House (my favourite tv show). I was asleep by 9:10.
Tonight I went to the theatre. We saw a play -- part of the Next Stage Theatre Festival. It was called Jesus Christ: The Lost Years. It was about Jesus's teenage years (well, up to age 30). Since one of my favourite authors -- Christopher Moore, also wrote a book about this (Lamb), I thought that I'd check it out (well, courtesy of a student of mine, whose mom kindly gifted me with 2 tickets!!!) It was hilarious! If you like to laugh -- and don't mind a bit of blasphemy/ sacrilege go and see it -- it's playing at the Factory Theatre in Toronto until Sunday!
On Friday I go to ATC night at Bizzie Bs. I'll post my "men" ATCs then. I've also been working on some things for publication -- but I won't be able to show them until they are published -- many months from now.
But I'll leave you with the last of my birdie ATC series -- They are not the last birdie ones I'll ever do -- but these were the last of an ongoing swap...... these were the favourites I decided to keep....

Friday, January 04, 2008

Green and Yellow

This is Peg's board book. Not my favourite colour combo, but I had fun. I cheated. I used this great piece of collage paper from Somerset Studio (you know, an old freebie), and then I added some text from a children's book, and some fibres for grass, some of those prima flowers(from the bottomless bottle.....), and the pear rubber stamp (I coloured it in -- I never colour in my stamped images -- but this isn't looking too bad. More coloured rubber stamps later in the week :) Ray finds the woman's face disturbing, but I find it mellow.

Thursday, January 03, 2008

You can't take THESE on a plane

You can try, but they take them away from you and give them to your mommy. Nice try, Lauren. Did you really think that you could sneak on a knife???? Mmmmm, almond butter... yummy. I'm actually not sure why they took that away. The first guy said it would be okay, but the security people passed it back to me. I'm sure that they had a great explanation, and I'll let you know what it was.......

L'autre dead guy

Lauren goes back to France today :(
We had a mommy and Lauren morning yesterday -- we cut up old sweaters and t shirts and made new ones! I now have 2 new cool cardigans and a new t shirt. I made Lauren this dead guy -- she wanted one (I think that she felt left out because I make cute things for the doggie). I've wrapped it in a soft silk bag -- so she can use it as a little face cushion on the plane.
Lauren won't be back until the end of June -- so I won't see her for awhile, so I'm sad.... although my mom says that she'll be back in 4 short months (I'll live with this strange math....)(maybe you just count the in between months...). She's taking a whole suitcase full of groceries back with her -- lots of maple syrup, peanut butter, tahini, spices -- and tons of cookies and candies that everyone gave her for Christmas. I had to buy a new suitcase yesterday, because the last new suitcase has jammed wheels (you think maybe it's the weight???)
So later this afternoon we'll be braving the frigid weather to take the TTC (transit) to the airport. Lots of people offered rides, but we're pretty happy with our non-car, save the environment independence!

Wednesday, January 02, 2008

Icicle dolls

Some Valentine-ish icicle dolls. These are very nice and relaxing to make. No hand sewing. Hand sewing gives me stress. Most people find it relaxing. I really am an oddball, aren't I?

Tuesday, January 01, 2008


I don’t make resolutions – that is such a powerful word, and it seems that I’d be setting myself up for failure……

So, here are my wishes for 2008:

  1. Buy a house!
  2. Go to the gym regularly (hahahahahaha)(Lauren laughed harder than this....)
  3. Don’t join as many swaps – try to join more challenges, and make art for ME
  4. get rid of some junk (hahahahaha)
  5. clear off my work table so I can actually work at it – then keep it that way
  6. make my Christmas cards in the summer
  7. see my friends and family more often

perhaps I should just call them dreams……..

Buying the house is my #1 priority. I don’t need anything else. Just that. With my own little art room and a little yard. And a huge garage for all of my stuff.
(that banner is my first piece of art for 2008, I made it this morning-- I made it for ME)

RIP Son of a Dead Guy........ we will miss you....