life

Cruising along

I love traveling. I’m lucky to have been able to go on many trips so far. When I was a teenager, my parents took my brother and I to Florida where we visited Disney World, Epcot Center, Universal Studio and more. It was my first time out of the country. I also spent a long weekend in New York City while in high school. In my early 20s, I went on a couple of trips on my own (almost gave my parents heart attacks!) to meet online boyfriends (yes, yes, I know… it was crazy…) Those trips brought me to Flint, Michigan and Green Bay, Wisconsin. After that, the real traveling began. Two weeks in Italy with an aunt. Four weeks backpacking through England, Ireland and Scotland with a friend. Two weeks in Europe: Barcelona, South of France (in the Corbières) and Paris. Finally, this year, my first cruise!

My aunt, my mother and I went on a seven day cruise in the Caribbean this past March and I absolutely loved it. We were supposed to go to San Juan, Puerto Rico and Amber Cove, Dominican Republic but due to a big storm in the Atlantic, our captain decided to change the course a bit. So we spent one day at sea instead of stopping in San Juan because the port was closed. Then, instead of Amber Cove, we went to St-Thomas in the Virgin Islands. It was a beautiful day with perfect weather. We decided early on that we weren’t going on expeditions during this trip. We wanted to relax, enjoy the beaches and do some shopping. Our second stop was Philipsburg, St-Maarten. It got really hot on that day so after lunch, we left the beach for a bit of shopping. Our last stop was Half Moon Cay in the Bahamas which is Holland America Line’s private island. There’s only one word to describe that place: paradise. The beach was beautiful, the water so clear and the food delicious. All in all, I had a great trip. I loved the experience and hopefully I’ll be able to go on more cruises in the future. As long as I wear anti-seasickness patches, I’ll be fine!

PS. Every night, we’d find a different animal made from towels in our room. The monkey was definitely my favourite!

Advertisements
Standard
art, life, project

Week 8 of 365 Somethings

I don’t know about you, friends, but lately, the Universe has been sending me lots of messages and I’m not sure what to do with it all. I was involved in a car accident over the weekend. Thankfully I’m not hurt but my car is out of commission for a few weeks. I’ve had a few bumps in the past but never anything like this. Hopefully, my insurance will cover everything since I was not at fault (the driver in front me backed into my car when he tried to change lanes because the road was blocked at the light where we were stopped) but it’s still a bit stressful. Anyway, as I said, I wasn’t hurt which is the important thing. Things can always get fixed or replaced.

So, with that out of the way, let’s get to business! Above you can see my creations for week 8, which ran from February 19th to the 25th.

  1. For this card, I used a background I had previously done with watercolour. I used a silhouette stamp, stamping it a couple of times to fill the bottom and a simple “Thanks” stamp in the right corner.
  2. and
  3. I used patterned papers that could work for either boy or girl for these “Thank you” and “Baby” cards. With this set, I decided to make more cards in french with the idea of selling them at the school where I work (a french speaking elementary school) to help raise money for a charity.
  4. I love this feather stamp and wanted to try an ombré stamping technique. It more or less worked, in my opinion. I liked the result enough to make a couple of bookmarks (which where quickly given away to friends!)
  5. Remember the wrapping papers from week 7? Well, I needed gift tags to add to the packages! I made two but since it was so small and so quick to create, I only count it as one item.
  6. Finally, a couple of sympathy cards. Another Pinterest inspiration. I love the text for the inside. It reads: “Perhaps they are not stars, but rather openings in Heaven, where the love of our lost ones pours through and shines down upon us to let us know they are happy. -Eskimo legend.

That’s it for week 8. See you soon with week 9!

Standard
art, art journal, blog news, challenge, life, project

Lets keep going

Yes, you’ve guessed it! I’ve decided to re-revive my blog! Surprised?

I hadn’t expected to take such a long break from my blog. And it’s not like I had nothing to show you because I kept up with my 365 Somethings for the whole month of February. Then I had a nice little vacation in March. Which is when I stopped creating. But then June arrived and with it came the ICAD challenge (Index Card-a-Day) which was a great way to get back to art. I’ve been posting those on Instagram every day but I’ve been feeling like something was missing. So here I am.

Before I tell you about the creations above, I just want to let you all know that though I have stopped my 365 Somethings challenge, I plan to pick it back up after ICAD is over. I figure that if I make 2 things per day, even if I miss a few days, I’ll get to my goal of 365 items. And keep in mind that my personal challenge was to use my rubber stamps and clear stamps.

Now, about the images at the top of this post. They were made for Week 5 of 365 Somethings which was from January 29th to February 4th. The first card could definitely be used for Valentine’s Day and I used a die-cut sheet that I’ve had for years. Cards two and three were made on the same day and I focused more on the colouring with the stamped images. Cards four and five were done together and I simply changed the patterned paper and cardstock colour. The following day I simply coloured a stamped lady in my small art journal. Then, seeing that my art journal was already out, I made a spread the next day. And finally, I made two cards, reproducing one I had done years ago at a make-n-take (it’s the one on the left, of course.)

Thank you so much for your patience. And if you read all the way through, you rock!

Standard
art, challenge, life, project

Week 3 of 365 Somethings

Last week turned out a bit different than expected. I had a severe case of pink eye all week (started in the right eye on Sunday night, spread to the left on Monday night so I spent a couple of days with demon eyes… not pretty!) There was a bit of an ice storm Monday night, enough to have all the schools close on Tuesday which happens very rarely around here. In my 17 years working in schools, I think this was maybe the 4th time that schools were closed due to weather/road conditions. For me, it was a blessing since I could really rest my eyes all day and not worry about scaring my students or their parents! Then on Thursday, we had a ped day (no classes but daycare still open with activities.) So that was a really strange week at work.

Thankfully, everything else went well. Now, what I’m showing you isn’t what I created last week, but the week before, from the 16th to the 21st. And they are: 4 ATCs (artist trading cards) on the 16th; a “thinking of you” card on the 17th; altered kraft packing tape (the kind you have to moisten in the back) on the 18th; 2 colouring books on the 19th; and, 2 greeting cards on the 21st (inspired by cards I saw in one of my Facebook groups.)

I tend not to create on Saturdays because I spend the day with my mother. And usually, any creativity I have on that day is for matching cardstock colours for her embroidered cards or scrapbook pages. Or I do some colouring in one of my many colouring books. I might show you the results of that in another post.

By the way, any ATCs I create during my 365 Somethings are available to trade if anyone is interested. And I might do more mini colouring books if anyone wants to trade those as well. You know what to do if you’re interested!

I’ll be back soon for the week 4 update!

 

Standard
art, education, life, news

To blog or not to blog

Forgive me readers for I have sinned. It’s been six months since my last blog post. 

Yeah, yeah, I know, this isn’t news here. When I look back on my last 5 years or so, I realize that I often get side-tracked by life and I stop blogging for months at a time. And every single time, I feel bad about abandoning my blog. This time, I actually debated about keeping or deleting the blog. But in the end, when it came time to renew my WordPress subscription for this site, I decided to go for it and keep the blog alive. I am making no promises of regular blogging but I will definitely try to check in at least once a month. Nothing’s stopping me, now that I have a nice computer!

So anyway, what happened in the past six months? I finished my year-long project of daily art. I will share a few photos of the last ones here eventually. I continued my fine motor skills activities at school and am now doing them with the third group of kids, the pre-k class. I’m actually adapting a lot of the activities I previously did with the others so that we can do them in two sessions instead of one but these kids are really good (I’m afraid I might run out of activities!) 

What else… Those who follow me on Facebook know this already: I’m an auntie! My brother and his fiancée had a beautiful daughter a little over two months ago: Clara. We are totally in love with our little princess. I won’t share photos of her here to protect their privacy.

I haven’t created a lot of art since the beginning of this year. A few doodles. A bit of colouring in some of my books. I think that my daily art project burned me out and I needed a break but now, I’m ready to get back to art. Maybe not daily but at least weekly. I do have a couple of watercolour paintings that need to be finished soon. And now that the weather is improving, I’ll start going for walks and taking photos again.

In the meantime, I leave you with this quick charcoal drawing I did tonight. Thank you for sticking around and see you soon!

SoFy

Standard
art, education, life, project

Tangrams

First things first… I’m having computer problems these days so this will be my last blog post until said problems are resolved but you can always see my daily art on Facebook or Instagram.

Second, even though my blog title says tangrams, I’m starting with a mandala that I made yesterday.

img_4974

Third, here are some tangrams my students made during our fine motor activity. I printed the shapes from this website on cardstock and cut only around the square they formed. I had the students work on their scissor skills by cutting the pieces on their own. I noticed that instead of cutting the middle line to separate some pieces, they all cut each shape out individually. When all the pieces were cut and the scissors put away, they got to play with their tangrams by reproducing patterns I had printed out. Some of the patterns are in different colors because they come from this website. Each student left with their own little cardstock tangram in a little bag. In order for them to redo the activity, I gave them each a piece of paper on which I had printed the two website addresses I used.

Finally, inspired by today’s activity and this pin on Pinterest, I made my very own tangram stamps from a 2″ square of carving material. Fun!

img_4979

Hopefully, I’ll be back soon on the blog… Until then, thanks for visiting!

Standard
art, life, photography, project

Street theatre festival

Tonight was the first night of our local street theatre festival which occurs annually. I try to go see at least one show each year. This time, I was able to see 5 shows already. Of the 5, I really liked the first, a synchronized performance of two “supermarket cashiers”, and the last, a combination of tango and fire. I least enjoyed the improv show and found interesting the street performance (4 people dressed in black with yellow lines, literally performing as a moving street), and the orchestra of crows which you can see a bit in this low quality photo:

img_4696

And inspired by tonight’s shows, I made this really quick drawing in less than 5 minutes.

img_4695

After a long day of meeting after meeting at work and 3 hours of watching street theatre, I’m too tired to do anything more. So good night and thanks for visiting.

Standard