Welcome 2014

2013 hasn’t been my most creative year. I’ve definitely neglected this blog and my creative habit for most of the year and I feel really bad about it. So I decided to end 2013 and start 2014 with a creative bang.

I rarely go on YouTube even though I know there are a lot of great vloggers and wonderful tutorials to watch. On December 30th, I decided to give it a chance and found a great tutorial on how to make a journal from greeting cards. I instantly was inspired to get started. So I rummaged through my box of greeting cards and picked all the store-bought ones I didn’t necessarily want to keep. I started altering them with paint on the inside and left them to dry before doing the rest. New Year’s Eve came and went with friends and family. Good food, good laughs, good time. On  New Year’s Day, I decided to finish my project and got out one of my many piles of paper scraps. Three movies later, I had this wonderful handmade journal and hadn’t spent one dime on the materials! Now, I have a pile of envelops that is begging to be turned into another journal! To be continued…

Every year, I choose a word to focus on during the following months. Last year’s words (simplify and balance) didn’t really work after all. These things happen. This year, I chose the word “fresh” as in fresh food, fresh air, fresh look at life, fresh start… I have quite a few plans in mind for this year but I don’t want to overdo it so one day at a time, one project at a time…

Have a lovely weekend!

August so far

Bollywood at Orientalys

What’s this? A second post before the end of the month? Oh my!!!

I’ve been quite busy over the past couple of weeks. Exploring the city and its many activities. Hanging out with family and friends as well as taking some time to myself.

Over the weekend, I went to a free event called Orientalys. All things oriental. I had some henna done on my right hand, ate Moroccan and Lebanese delights and watched some amazing belly dance and Bollywood performances. A feast for the senses, really! I’m more in love with belly dancing and Bollywood than ever before! And I’m thinking of learning to do henna body art. Because of a health issue, I probably won’t get any more tattoos so henna is a really good alternative (and I could turn it into a side job if I get really good at it!)

On the creativity front, things are looking up. I’ve played in my art journals a few times, sewed some Kool Kreatures, created a mixed media canvas (photos to come) and started getting back into making friendship bracelets.

Photo: Bollywood dancers. Altered in Picasa.

Another month bites the dust

Duck in the park

I feel that I haven’t been very creative so far this year. At least, not compared to past years. I could make excuses and find tons of reasons for being less creative, but I won’t. The year is not over yet and there is plenty of time still for creativity. Sure, I have done a few things, taken some photos but nothing special (though some people might argue.) I feel like I am stuck. Although I do love everything (or almost) I’ve created, I can seem to get excited about anything creative. Have you ever felt this way? What did you do to get “unstuck”?

In the past month, I’ve been doing a lot of cleaning in my “studio”, purging supplies which will go to the school where I work. There are a lot of projects that I wish I’d completed but I know it won’t happen so off they go. I also had to throw away quite a few things because of one of my cats; she urinated in some of the boxes to show me she was unhappy about me spending too much time away from home. So, it’s been a perfect exercise in learning to balance the different parts of my life (friends, family, home) and also working towards my goal of simplifying my life. A wrong turned into a right. Seeing the good even in the bad. I know it’s cliché but it’s true.

Photo: For the past 2 weeks, I’ve been going on walks almost every day. Today, afraid that it would rain in the evening, I decided to walk in the park near my home which has a lot of trees. Not even 2 minutes after my arrival, I spotted this lonesome duck, walking about in the grass. I “clucked” at it and it came close to me (maybe 5 feet) to drink from a puddle. I snapped a few photos with my iPod Touch and resumed my walk.

Here we go again

Altered purse

Hello friends!

Yes, it’s been a while.

Sorry for that. I could give you excuses but I won’t.

And this time, I’m not making promises. Apparently, I’m not very good at keeping them, especially when it comes to my blog.

The thing is, I’m a creature of habit. If I don’t force myself to blog on a schedule, chances are, I won’t do it at all.

Today being the 1st of July (Happy Canada Day to those who celebrate,) I think I’m due to revisit my resolutions/intentions/words of the year.

I had chosen to focus on Simplicity and Balance this year. So far, not a whole lot has been done to honor those words. It’s not too late to get started, right? So that’s what I’m doing… Starting now, I’m working on simplifying and balancing my life. I will try to journal and/or blog about the process to help me through it. I have a lot of work ahead of me but I can do it… one day at a time…

The photo: I bought this backpack purse at Value Village for $5.99 and decided to paint the front panel. I primed the surface with gesso and then painted with Speedball Watercolor Brush Pens. I added some glitter varnish in some places and details were done with Scribbles paint in Shiny White.

PS. Thanks to Judie for waking me up from this deep slumber!

Time flies and an announcement

Etsy opening

Hello friends!

Once again, I am so sorry for the delay in posting. Life happens, you know…

Last month, my friend Catherine invited me to be on her vlog and talk about the things I create. We had a blast, as we usually do and I told her that I would open my Etsy shop soon. Well, today is the day! No joke! (Yes I know it’s April Fools Day but I really am serious!) So far, I only listed 3 things but there will be more very soon. I just need to take photos of my items.

And I know I’ve said it before but I will definitely be back to blogging on a more regular basis. I miss it a lot. And I keep forgetting to post about this:

Pay it Forward

I commented on the lovely Viv’s blog and now it’s my turn to spread the love. (Do visit her blog: she is talented and so are her boys.)

The first five commenters (who want to participate) on this post will receive, from me, during the year of 2013, something hand made in the mail.

I can’t say when it will be (but it will be this year)
I can’t say what it will be (but it will be something I have made – a card, collage, fabric postcard, small gift…)

In return, you pay it forward by offering the same deal to five other people.

Let’s spread crafty mail loveliness all over this world, and brighten each others days!

Lost and found

Mini album MC

So I got lost for a little while there. But fear no more, I found my way back. In fact, when I woke up (way too early) this morning, I declared today to be “Take back my life” day. What better way to do this than getting back to this little blog of mine which used to be such a big part of my life. And I have to say, I miss it. A whole lot! I actually have quite a few things to show you on here but we’ll start with the album above…

This is a travel mini-album that I created out of envelops and file folders for a friend so she could put photos of her trip to Europe. It took quite some time to make this beauty but I loved every single minute of it. The hardest part of the process was taking the photos and finally giving it to its owner! If you click on the photo above, it will take you to my Flickr album where you can see photos of all the pages.

I also wanted to let you know that I closed my Artfire shop but am working instead on opening an Etsy shop. Of course, I’ll let you all know when that’s done. And if there’s something in particular that you like to see in there, feel free to let me know.

Simplicity and balance

2013 intentions

It’s been almost 6 months since I last posted on this little blog of mine. Wow. Six months. That’s long.

The hiatus was unintentional, of course. I simply had no energy to create much and to write about it. While looking through my photo files in my computer, I realized that the only year I took less photos than in 2012 was the first year I got a digital camera (2006.) Sad really. So, this year, hopefully, that will change.

I’m not making promises of blogging on a schedule but I do promise to post at least once a month. If only to let you all know that I am still alive.

For a few years now, it’s been a custom to choose a word to begin the new year. This time, I couldn’t pick just one word. “Simplicity” and “Balance” kept coming back to me so I decided to keep both words. Last year, I had made a page like this for my word (move) and I liked it so much that I made a new page this year for my words.

Have you chosen a word for the year? Do you make resolutions?

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