Thursday, June 30, 2011

say what? artsy, eco, suburban living?

Do you ever look at your life sometimes and wonder “How did I get here?” or “Am I really grown up enough to be living this life?”

I do. Hells yes, I do. And buying a house, well that has just sent yours truly flying over the edge into an existential adult crisis!

Cause really, who on earth deemed me old and mature enough for home ownership? For a whole home. Really? Cause I think (s)he and I need to sit down and have a good chat about things.

In fact, maybe this is part of what’s wrong with the world today…the big guy (or gal… I’m an equal opportunist here) is falling down on the job, handing out positions to people who just ain’t quite ready for them yet.

On the other hand, maybe this is trial by fire? Or something less ominous, you know, like having faith in my abilities before I do? Either way, I’m not quite sure I like it! I mean… what if it all goes belly up?

Ok, ok, I’m just being melodramatic now, I know! Enough of the melodramatics already, here’s what I’ve gotten myself into:



How crazy is that? And it’s not even including the basement! And the changes we’ve already made to the design. And all the things that I’ll want to do with it. Like permaculture gardens and some sort of greywater system of sorts. Because there’s no way I’m moving to suburbia AND selling out on my eco philosophies! My clone suburban home needs to be an artsy, bohemian, eclectic AND eco suburban clone home!

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

journal every day updates

I’ve mentioned before that I’m doing the Journal Every Day project for the month of June, well here’s what I’ve got so far:


I took a little bit of different spin on the project. Whereas some are focusing on a specific skill (drawing faces for example), I decided to use the space to record emotions and major events of the day. My goal was to create a quasi scrapbook of sorts, cataloguing my emotions visually (without necessarily explaining they whys and wherefores…) And I’m really focusing on feelings instead of any real art skill, cause honestly, the art on these pages ain’t so great!

But emotionally, there you have it. June has been a rollercoaster of a month!

So far, I have to say, I’ve really enjoyed the process and think it might be something that I continue to work on doing. I find it fascinating to look over the month and see all the shifts I’ve gone through in such a short period of time!

Friday, June 24, 2011

new home design ideas: living room

So Paul and I signed for a house. It’s a new one and we’ll only be able to move in, in about a year from now. For any of you who know me in real life, you know that this means you should feel very, very sorry for my husband.


Because I now have a full year to obsess about home decor. That’s right. An entire year to plan, plot, and ponder all the millions of options out there.

This could be dangerous. Very, very dangerous. Be afraid people!

This is what I have so far for the living room.


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in a colour like this (not exact) with white:


Books and pops of colour:

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With a bit more punch:


our couches are a grey-slate blue, so these combos seem like they’d work to create a fresh and bright living space.

What do you think?

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

art journaling catch up

Lately I’ve been doing a LOT of art journaling. And by a lot, I mean A LOT!

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I’ve stopped the larger pages for the moment while I concentrate on the art journal every day challenge, so these are all images from May.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

2x2 art journaling

As I mentioned before, I’m participating in the Journal Every Day challenge for the month of June.

Here are a few highlights so far:




On Julie’s blog, she’s doing faces but I decided to use each square (approx 2x2 inches each) to record my emotions or main thoughts in the day. So on the 5th the thing I thought about most: buying a new house. On the 13th, ways to embrace letting your true self shine through. And so on and so forth.

So far, I’m really enjoying using these little squares for daily check ins.

Saturday, June 4, 2011

35 by 35 update

35 things to do before my 35th birthday (Jan 12, 2012)

7. Learn 5 new origami folds for my ornaments:

new butterfly


11. Watch my middle brother get married:

done April 30th

14. Get back into shape (work on knee injury and return to Nia or Yoga)

Going back to yoga this summer, nia in the fall if all goes well

16. Work on art journaling (try to create 1 art journal page/week)

in progress, doing well but not blogging about it regularly. started the every day art journal challenge for June

17. Make my own organic vanilla extract from organic vanilla beans and organic vodka:

Done, and currently steeping



22. See at least 5 live shows (small, big, music, comedy, theatre… doesn’t matter):

Sarah McLachlan,

Straight No Chaser,

Great Big Sea (in July)

25. Buy & learn a new tarot deck:

bought and working on learning the Thoth tarot

31. Learn to cook 3 Indian & 3 2 Ethiopian dishes:

1=Ethiopian Spicy Tomato Lentil Stew

Friday, June 3, 2011

June Challenge: Art Journal Every Day


So I decided to join in on the every day art journal challenge. Why? Well first and foremost cause I’m a bit of a glutton for punishment, but also because, well, honestly, I’m pretty close to journaling every day, so why not?

Besides, I like the idea of getting to know more people in the art journaling community. And I know you all so LOVE my obsessive art journaling posts!

Thursday, June 2, 2011

my new love: pinterest

Seriously. I love pinterest. It’s like the best bookmarking site ever because it’s all visual and lets me grab the image and link to the exact thing on the page that I was attracted to.

In fact, I’ve gone a little pinterest crazy:


But really, it’s so much fun and such a convenient way of recording things you love. You should try it!


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