Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Monday, February 21, 2011

shop updates

So I finally updated my etsy shop with some new items. It’s been long overdue, I know but such is life!

First up, stationary. I made a sample model first and used it on one of my penpals (yes, I have snail mail penpals and I love it)!

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Then on to some origami goodness:

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They’re tiny little origami cards, or gift tags. 2 inches x 2’.  They take a bit of time because they’re small, but now that I’ve got them figured out, I’m looking forward to trying more variations!

And finally, I added the napkins I made with fleur de pixie to the shop:

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I’ll be honest. I’m not thrilled with the photos. Maybe I’ll need to try another set because I feel like the photos just highlight the imperfections as opposed to show their uniqueness. I’m going to have to play around a bit with them before I get something that I like.

Next up, finishing more colors and making mini notebooks!

Friday, February 18, 2011

one little word: february photos

So, for the February prompt for my One Little Word project, I am supposed to take 9 pictures of things that reflect the word nurture. It hasn’t been an easy process but here is what I have so far:

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From the dictionary in my office, where I work with students. For me this picture works on several levels. First, it reflects my word and my love of words and literature. It also pulls in my job because it’s from my office and is a dictionary that I use often with students. And my job nurtures my soul. I love working with students. I love seeing them grow. I love discovering them and watching their own self discovery. It is an amazing gift.

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It’s another cat photo, I know. But if you look closely, you’ll see my foot and my husband’s leg. We’re all on the couch, enjoying a lazy Sunday morning.  Lazy mornings together nurture my soul!

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Art journaling! It’s all about creativity, exploration, play. Learning new techniques (here I played with wax) and my life has been richer for all the things that art has brought into it.

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To be continued of course, with my craft space. I have my own little studio for all of my own adventures. Virginia Woolf said that every woman needs a room of her own, and I have one, and I can attest to the fact that it’s GREAT!

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Chai tea. It doesn’t have to be Starbucks. In fact, after having been to India, all the commercial versions of Chai just don’t hold a candle to the real thing. But a good Chai tea is like a mini meditation in bliss… 

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Love. Love. Love. From my husband, for my husband. From family. Brothers, Mothers, Friends, all. My life is full of constant reminders about how loved I really am and how blessed my life has been and is because of it. So Valentine’s day flowers from the person I share my life with and nurtures all of my endeavours and development.

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Mindful acts of meditation. I meditate almost every morning and this nurtures me in ways that I cannot even begin to express.  I am happier, more thankful, and more whole because of this practice. And by extension, more forgiving, balanced and generous than I’ve ever felt before. Oh sure, I still have a long way to go, but so far, it’s been pretty amazing!

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Quotes on my wall that remind me to celebrate life and follow my own bliss.

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Family and the memories we create together. And fulfilling a long held goal of seeing things on my “life list/bucket list” of things to do and experience, just cause I’m curious about them.

Monday, February 14, 2011

a little love goes a long way, so a lotta love goes even further…

So I’ve been told by my middle brother that I need to put up less cat photos on my blog cause I’m starting to look like a crazy cat lady!

Don’t you just love brothers?

Since it’s Valentine’s day, I would just like to take a moment to share some of the ways that my lovely, wonderful husband spoiled me this year, even after writing this blog post about the big V day.

He took me to a concert:

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The group, Straight No Chaser, wasn’t something that I’d have normally signed up for myself. But honestly. They were awesome. Funny and great singers. Best performance of the concert? Toss up between their Lady Gaga mash up and their Staying Alive/Superstition mash up.

Beautiful Flowers:

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Need I say more?

And finally, V-day double date with Paul and my brother in law and his gf.

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Yum, Tibetan Om. I love me some momos!

So even though he can be a jerk, asshole, or schiezer (all adjectives I frequently remind him of, endearingly of course) he’s pretty awesome, all in all. Love you sweetie!

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

project 365 {days 21 – 32}

day 21

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day 22

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We borrowed my father in law’s car to go to Quebec city, and since the roads were terrible, washed the car afterwards. Ok, I supervised, Paul washed!

day 23

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A sunny snow day at the office. I work in a college that used to be a nunnery. Oh the ironies in that statement.

day 24

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I have this ginormous aloe plant that I inherited from my colleague and it’s so big it reminds me of an octopus. Students frequently comment on it. All that aloe and now burns in sight. Is it wrong that I just want someone to burn themselves so that I can crack off a piece of aloe and come running to the rescue?

day 25

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This is what my car window looks like at night, when I get into my car and it’s covered in ice!

day  26

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More car views (window covered in ice) and my rear view mirror thingy…

day 27

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Fresh snow, through screen

day 28

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So I went to a concert by a Slovenian music trio, Eroika, and they are the Slovenian version of Il Divo. It was fun. Different, but fun.

day 29

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Mayla, the cat, waiting for Paul to free up his lap so she could cuddle

day 30

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Mayla, the cat, waiting for me to stop taking pictures, so she could cuddle!

day 31

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View from our bedroom

day 32

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More work scenes!

I’m sure you’re just thrilled with my play by play photo narrative, aren’t you?

Thursday, February 3, 2011

project 365 - {days 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20}

Ok, so I’ve totally fallen behind in sharing my project 365 photos!!!! Are you ready to be overwhelmed? :P

{day 13}

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This is my favourite mug! I love owls, so when I saw this at Pier 1, I wheedled my hubby into buying it, even though we didn’t need it because honestly, a girl can never have too many owl mugs can she???

{day 14}

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One of the few perks of these cold Montreal winters is that it allows me to make the most of my love of candles. Cozy living rooms with candles = heart! Add a glass of wine (or 2, or more….) and c’est magnifique!

{day 15}

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Some girls’ partners buy them flowers. And to be fair, mine does too, but mostly the flowers in our home are purchased by me.

Once upon a time in my life, my mom told me when I was feeling down, that I should treat myself to flowers. Even if I felt like I couldn’t afford the luxury (I was a starving student at the time), I should take $5 and buy myself a simple bouquet (this of course was in BC, where flowers are WAY cheaper than they are here)! She told me that sometimes just taking time to do the little things, the little treats for yourself, go a long way in brightening your day and making things seem lighter. And she was right.

So my husband can thank her for my little luxuries!  :P  Thanks Mom!

{day 16}

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Like I said, I love me the candles!

{day 17}

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I don’t know about the rest of you out there, but here in Quebec our Dollarama’s are amazing and sell the most surprising things (which is bad from an ethical consumer perspective but I can’t help myself… I’m working on it). Recently they’ve gotten on the wall decal bandwagon and have started selling $2 wall art. This picture is of one of the wall stickers I purchased for my craft room. I love a bargain, especially a beautiful one!

{day 18}

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Adventures in bookbinding: combining origami and bookbinding to create mini books for my etsy shop (this is the trial, which I’m using right now to test out the durability… pretty good so far)!

{day 19}

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My art supplies continue to grow. I can’t help myself….

{day 20}

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Photo of me and my craft room. Like I said, my art supplies are out of control… and this is only half of my room!

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

art journaling updates

One of the unofficial things I wanted to develop more were my art journaling books. I’ve journaled the past 4 weeks but since I’ve been having a hard time finding my blogging voice, I just haven’t gotten around to putting them online.

Here’s what I’ve done in the past weeks:

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Most days I do my art journaling during my work lunch breaks so my supplies are limited. I’m starting to think that I really should invest in creating myself a mini traveling art kit. It would be so amazing!!! But on the other hand, there is something nice behind having to keep things simple in terms of art and focus on the words.

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I’ve been trying to create pages each week but I’m not committed to journaling every week. I think that I have enough projects on my plate at the moment to not feel the need to take on another! I’m a glutton for punishment and have a tendency of taking on too much so I’m forcing myself to stand back and not pledge myself to anything beyond what I can handle.

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So today I went shopping for supplies for Chinese New Year for my office at the college and felt inspired to create an art journal page based on the New Year. When I read about what the year ahead predicts, I have to admit to being really pleased by what the year of the rabbit foretells! Travel, friends, hobbies and good memories are all good in my book!

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