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?

Challenges

For those who wanted more information about Art Abandonment, you can go to Micheal De Meng’s blog. The idea is simply to create art and abandon the piece for someone else to find and enjoy. This one is a 4″x4″ coaster which has been decorated with waterproof pens and markers. Same little character as the first abandonment. She’s new and hasn’t told me her story yet.

Another challenge I’ve decided to take up is to draw every day, using this list. Tammy of Daisy Yellow has inspired me to get started and I will share my drawings one a week for as long as I create them.

Lastly, the biggest challenge of all, is the unpacking + organizing of my apartment. So many boxes, so much stuff… I’m doing one or two boxes at a time so I don’t get overwhelmed but it’s taking a lot of time. So maybe I should get off the computer and do a little more… ;-)

Not dead – Pas morte

Dear friends,

It’s true… I’m still alive!!! Yes, I know it’s been quite a long time since I last wrote here and I could give you many excuses but I won’t. I will only say this: I am very sorry. I never forgot about my dear readers but I kept forgetting to blog. Sorry!!!

Well, this is just a little post to let you all know that I am alive and well. I’ve been living in my new apartment for a little over a month now and I LOVE it! There’s still a lot of unpacking and organizing to be done so you won’t get photos right away but I promise that you will see my little slice of heaven one day… Also, I will re-start creating art and posting it here, even if it’s just a photo and a line. This is my solemn promise to you, dear readers, that this blog is now coming back to life! 

Above: photo of a 3″x6″ mixed media piece I abandoned at the mall last week.

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.

Mini Kool Kreature – Mini Kréature Kool

It had been quite a while since I had made a Kool Kreature. Yesterday, this little mouse just begged to be born. So I gave her life. She small, about 3″ long (not counting the tail) and 2.5″ at her widest. I wanted her to have a bit of weight so I started by filling her with rice and then finished with Polyfill. She’s exactly as I had envisioned her and I will be a bit sad to let her go but let her go I must! She’s in the shop, if you’d like to give her a new home…

Il y avait un bon moment que je n’avais pas fait de Kréature Kool. Hier, cette petite souris m’a suppliée de venir au monde. Alors je lui ai donné vie. Elle est petite, environ 8cm de long (sans compter la queue) et 5cm au point le plus large. Je voulais lui donner du poids alors j’ai commencé par la remplir avec du riz puis j’ai terminé avec de la bourre. Elle est exactement comme je l’avais imaginée et je serai un peu peinée de la voir partir mais elle doit bel et bien partir! Elle est dans la boutique, si vous êtes tentées de lui donner un nouveau foyer…

Gift bag journal – Journal sac cadeau

It feels good to be back!

I spent part of yesterday creating little things and slowly clearing my war zone, I mean, my studio. There is a lot of work ahead but if I do a little bit every day, it will get done and I won’t get overwhelmed. The journal above is one of the things I made last night. I loved the image on the gift bag so I decided to repurpose it. I removed the bottom of the bag and the very top where the holes for the handles were. I then removed one side and folded the other side out instead of in. The pages are made of plain paper, some white, some colours and the whole thing is bound with the ribbon that served as one of the handles. It’s available in my shop now.

Ça fait du bien d’être de retour!

J’ai passé une partie d’hier à créer de petites choses et à tranquillement nettoyer mon studio. Il y a beaucoup de travail devant moi mais si j’en fait un peu chaque jour, j’y arriverai sans devenir folle. Le journal ci-haut est une des choses que j’ai faites hier soir. J’aimais l’image sur le sac cadeau alors j’ai décider de m’en servir. J’ai enlever le fond du sac et le haut où se trouvaient les trous pour les poignées. Puis, j’ai retiré un côté du sac et j’ai replié l’autre côté vers l’extérieur. Les pages sont faites de papier ordinaire blanc et de couleur et le tout est relié avec un des rubans qui servait de poignée. Cet article est disponible dans ma boutique.

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