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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.

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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.

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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!

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>Failed coffee cup sleeve – Gaine de tasse à café ratée

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Some ideas, some projects, just don’t work out the way you think they should.
In my search for a project to do with the kids at work for Father’s Day, I thought a coffee cup (or beer bottle) sleeve would be a great idea. Since most of the kids don’t know how to sew, I thought I’d try making the sleeve out of craft foam. Assembling it wasn’t much of a problem though I had to use Tacky Glue to make sure the parts stayed glued and I even added a brad in the middle of the flower for more hold. But the problem is, the foam doesn’t slide well on other surfaces! I even tried with cardstock on the inside and it wasn’t better. So now, I’m still trying to find a way to make this a no-sew project. Or maybe I’ll need a new idea. Oh well. You win some, you lose some…
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Certaines idées, certains projets, ne finissent pas comme on se l’imagine.
Dans ma quête d’un projet à faire avec les enfants au travail pour la Fête des Pères, j’ai eu l’idée d’une gaine pour tasse à café (ou bouteille de bière.) Come la plupart des enfants ne savent pas comment coudre, j’ai pensé faire la gaine en mousse à bricolage. L’assemblage n’était pas très problématique même si j’ai dû utiliser de la colle Tacky pour m’assurer que tout tienne en place et j’ai même ajouter une attache parisienne au centre de la fleur pour plus de tenue. Mais le problème est que la mousse ne glisse pas bien sur d’autres surfaces! J’ai même essayer avec du carton à l’intérieur et ce n’était pas mieux. Alors maintenant, je dois trouver une façon de faire ce projet sans couture. Ou alors trouver une nouvelle idée. Tant pis. Parfois on gagne, parfois on perd…
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>Possibilities – Possibilités

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This week I decided to play in my smaller journal. I usually play in a coil-bound 9,5″ x 12″ journal that has white pages. This one measures 7″ x 8,5″, is bound with hand stitching and has colourful pages (looks handmade and is textured.) I’ve never really liked the feel of this journal but I decided to fill it up anyway. A good way to do that is to add paint (a colour different from that of the paper) and then write a quote, saying or simply a thought in bold letters. A few doodles in the empty spaces, a few colours to fill some of the letters and shapes and you have a fun page.
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Cette semaine j’ai décidé de jouer dans mon journal qui est un peu plus petit. D’habitude, je joue dans un journal mesurant 24cm x 30cm, reliure à spirale et pages blanches. Celui-ci mesure 18cm x 21,5cm, relié par une couture à main et a des pages colorées (qui semblent faites à la main et sont texturées.) Je n’ai jamais vraiment aimé la sensation de ce journal mais j’ai décidé de le remplir après tout. Une bonne façon de faire ça est d’ajouter de la peinture (une couleur différente de celle du papier) et d’ensuite écrire une citation, un proverbe ou simplement une pensée en grosses lettres. Quelques gribouillages dans les espaces vides, quelques couleurs pour remplir certaines lettres et formes et voilà une page amusante.
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>Java Time Postcard – Carte Postale L’Heure du Java

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4,5″ x 6,5″ mixed media postcard
Coffee theme
Available for a personnal trade
Contact me if you’re interested in trading this postcard for one of yours.
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Carte postale multimédia 11,5cm x 16,5cm
Thématique du café
Disponible pour un échange privé
Contactez moi si vous êtes intéressées à échanger cette carte postale contre l’une des vôtres.
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>Painted paper beads – Perles de papier peinturé

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One thing I like to do when my creativity runs low is to make painted papers. What I do is grab a few pages of newspaper and cover them with paint. When the first layer is dry, I use a plastic card to scrape more paint on, or use foam stamps with acrylic paint. Then, I use my PosterPaint markers and leafing pens to doodle over the surface. And when everything is completely dry, I use my new painted papers to collage in journals or I cut them in long triangles to roll them into beads. Now I just need to actually do something with those beads!
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Il y a une chose que j’aime faire quand ma créativité est à son plus bas: du papier peinturé. Voici ce que je fais: je prends quelques feuilles de journal et les couvre de peinture. Quand cette première couche est sèche, je prends une carte de plastique pour étendre plus de peinture, ou je prends des étampes en mousse et de la peinture acrylique. Ensuite, je me sers de mes feutres PosterPaint ou mes stylos de peinture métallique pour gribouiller sur la surface. Et quand tout est sec, j’utilise mes nouveaux papiers peinturés pour faire du collage dans mes journaux ou je les coupe en longs triangles pour les rouler en perles. Maintenant je dois faire quelque chose avec ces perles!
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