News from the artist’s den

just be

Almost 4 months since I last wrote… So much for getting back to the blogging habit…

I have no excuse, as always.

The school year ends in less than 2 months and let me tell you, I’m really looking forward to my summer vacation! Not that I have anything planned. And not that I don’t like my job. Because I do. Love my job, that is. But it has been a trying year at work.

Art wise, I’ve been creating in small bursts. My mother and I attend an art journaling club every month (except for this month) where we make a double-page spread with that month’s technique or supplies. It’s fun to be surrounded by like-minded artists.

Today’s photo is from my “doodle” journal. Following Joanne Sharpe’s book, I doodled and coloured a positive message to myself. There will be more for sure.

I also wanted to let you know that Hanna is celebrating her 10th year of blogging so hop on over to send her happy thoughts!

On that note, I’m wishing you a lovely week.

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.

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!

Fresh news – Nouvelles fraiches

Dear friends,

I’m sorry that I haven’t blogged in almost 3 months. Work is keeping me busy and when I get some free time, I don’t have the energy to do much. There is also the matter of packing up everything I own as I’ll be moving on June 1st. I’m really excited about the move since I’ll be closer to work, therefore will be able to walk/bike to work every day, even in winter. Not the case right now. Also, my new apartment is bigger and I will have a space dedicated to my studio. This is the fresh start I’ve been wanting to make some changes in my life. I will try to post more in the coming months. I actually missed it.

The above photo is of a spoon pendant I made before Christmas but never took the time to photograph. I used nail polish to paint it and glued some half-back pearls with E6000 glue. The hardest part was cutting the handle.

Chères amies,

Je m’excuse de n’avoir rien publié depuis presque 3 mois. Le travail me garde occupée et je n’ai plus l’énergie de faire grand chose le soir venu. Il y a aussi le fait que je déménage le 1er juin et doit donc tout mettre dans des boites. Je vais tenter de bloguer plus dans les prochains mois mais ce ne sera qu’en anglais. Si vous avez des questions, ne vous gênez pas de les poser dans les commentaires ou par courriel au sophietousignant[@]videotron[.]ca et j’y répondrai le plus vite possible.

La photo ci-haut montre un pendentif cuillère que j’ai fait avant Noël mais que je n’ai jamais pris le temps de photographier. J’ai pris du vernis à ongles pour le peindre et de la colle E6000 pour coller les demis perles. Le plus difficile fut de couper le manche.

That’s life – C’est la vie

Where has the time gone? It’s hard to believe that there are only a couple of days left to this year. Truthfully, I haven’t been doing much on my end. I finished work at 6pm on the 23rd and I’m finally starting to relax. I spend a lot of time watching old TV shows on the web (I canceled cable TV back in November.) I haven’t been creating much art because my apartment is a mess. I have too much stuff for my current living space and it’s interfering with my mojo. I need to get rid of some stuff and/or start using it and selling/giving the results. I need to find my creative groove and rhythm and in order to do that, I signed up for Alisa Burke’s online class Create Daily and will start using two books: Noah Scalin’s 365: A Daily Creativity Journal and Barbara R. Call’s The Crafter’s Devotional. Hopefully, one of those things (or all of them) will help me in getting creative again. And hopefully, I will start blogging on a regular basis again soon. Until then, I hope everyone is having a wonderful holiday season. See you in the new year!

PS. Above is a tag that I managed to complete over the course of almost a month. It took a long time to actually complete it but it was worth taking the time. I love it!

Mais où donc est passé le temps? C’est difficile à croire qu’il ne reste que quelques jours à l’année. Pour être honnête avec vous, je n’ai pas fait grand chose. J’ai fini de travailler le 23 à 18h00 et je commence enfin à relaxer. Je passe beaucoup de temps à regarder de vieilles émissions télé sur internet (j’ai annulé mon abonnement au cable en Novembre.) Je n’ai pas créer beaucoup d’art parce que mon appartement est un vrai fouilli. J’ai trop de chose pour mon espace vital actuel et ça bloque mojo. Je dois me défaire de beaucoup de choses et/ou m’en servir et vendre/donner le résultat. Je dois retrouver mon rythme créatif et pour m’aider, je me suis inscrite à un cours en ligne d’Alisa Burke Create Daily et je me servirai de deux livres: 365: A Daily Creativity Journal de Noah Scalin et The Crafter’s Devotional de Barbara R Call. Espérons que l’une de ces choses (ou toutes) m’aide à redevenir créative. Et espérons que je me remettrai à bloguer de façon régulière bientôt. D’ici là, j’espère que tout le monde passe un joyeux temps des fêtes. On se revoit l’an prochain!

PS. Ci-haut vous pouvez voir une étiquette que j’ai complétée au fil d’environ un mois. Ça m’a pris beaucoup de temps mais ça en a valu la peine. Je l’adore!

Photo Friday Favourite Things – Vendredi Photo Choses Préférées

Tattooed Girl print by The Black Apple. You Are Already Perfect print by Kal Barteski. Books by J.R. Ward. Octopus by MissKoolAid. Squishy Turtle from Barcelona.

A letter to you – Une lettre pour vous

Geninne’s post.

Article de Geninne.

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