I have to go back to work.

This is something I won on Colette‘s blog a few weeks ago. It’s gorgeous! And with it came a beautiful fabric collage that I plan on framing as soon as I find the perfect frame for it.

It’s hot and humid here. Not good when paired with insomnia. But that’s okay because I’ll soon be on vacation.

art journal

>Altered photo and a mandala

>Ok. So it had to be expected. We’re supposed to get yet another snow storm starting tonight and going well into the weekend. I’m trying not to complain. Really, I’m trying.

So on to something else then. The image you see to the left (I feel like a tour guide or something) was done using some of the techniques from the book I bought this week. I chose a blurry photograph from my trip to the UK back in 2001 (which wasn’t all that hard since more than half the pics came out blurry… the joys of pre-digital photography!) I sanded the edges and liked the colour that came out of that so I continued sanding the building in the foreground. Then I used a piercing tool to scratch lines all around the clouds. And then I sanded and scratched some more and finally added a bit of watercolour in the sky and on the horizon. Voilà! I really like the final result. Really!

Next, my very first mandala made with Outlines stamps. My mom has been doing mandalas for a while now. I love the way they come out but until last night, I wasn’t tempted to try my hand at them. You can’t see it much in this picture but parts of it are 3D, raised with dimensional foam squares. Now, I haven’t decided what I’ll do with my mandala meaning, will I do a second one and attach them back to back so it can hang from the ceiling? Or do I want to frame it as is? I’m not sure. But I do love the way it came out. The image was heat embossed and coloured with various markers and Glaze pens.

And finally, here is the OWOH prize I received from Vallen over at Queenly Things. This is beautiful! And I might just have to find the perfect hat to attach that beautiful “S” pin she sent me too!

An update on my 21 days challenge. So far, I’ve taken the time to meditate every night even if it’s just 5 minutes. The first 3 days were hard: I kept fidgeting, trying to find the perfect position, my cat coming in to get some attention, etc. But now, it’s already a bit easier. I’m keeping a journal for this but it’s mostly journaling and the quotes provided by Rhonna so not much to see visually.

My spiral bound journal is full. I finished it today. I already had another one started which is smaller and I kept it for more messy pages but now I’ll just fill it with whatever I feel like putting in there. And when that one is full, we’ll see which of my many blank journals I’ll pick.

Well, that’s it for tonight. I have some more ATCs to make for a swap.


>What was in the mail today…

>What’s this? A present for me? After a full day of work, including extra tasks to help out my boss, I came home to find a padded envelop in my mailbox. Oh goody! And I need some goody in my life as I have no hot water since Sunday morning and the landlord has yet to change my water heater… can we say dirty dishes and hair??? *sigh* This too shall pass…

Anyway, back to the envelop. When I unwrapped this lovely package, this is what I found!

One of my OWOH gifts! Isn’t it lovely? I haven’t decided yet where I’ll display it. Thank you Jeny! Be sure to visit her Etsy shop if you’d like one of her lovely canvases.

That’s it for tonight. My mind’s a bit quieter. I need to create something.


>Something different and yet another tag

>Here are two cards I made last week in a workshop at Bonnidée. The stamps are reproductions of Thomas Kinkade artworks and the workshop was on colouring techniques to use with those kinds of stamps. It was an interesting workshop but more my mom’s style than mine. The cards came out beautifully but I doubt I’ll do more like this.

So I’ve been tagged yet again. This time by a new blogging friend (from OWOH), Pam Bennett. So here goes… Let’s see if I can still find 7 things about myself I haven’t revealed yet.

The rules:1. Link to your tagger and post these rules on your blog.
2. Share 7 facts about yourself on your blog, some random, some weird.
3. Tag 7 people at the end of your post by leaving their names as well as links to their blogs.
4. Let them know they are tagged by leaving a comment on their blog.

1. I used to have a piercing in one of my eyebrows. It hurt more than any tattoo I had done. I eventually had to remove it for a job.

2. The job for which I had to remove said piercing was in a private school.

3. 6 and a half years ago (August 2001) I went on the trip of my dreams: backpacking through England, Ireland and Scotland for a month.

4. I used to be allergic to buckwheat but now I’m not.

5. I used to be able to eat fresh mangoes but now I’m allergic to the skin (so I need to get pre-pealed mangoes or dried or frozen ones… fun.)

6. I still have all the CDs I have ever bought or received as gifts (my first CD being Ugly Kid Joe… don’t ask.)

7. If I had to choose only one type of food for the rest of my life, it would be pasta. I love pasta. I really do. And the best pasta I ever had was in Rome, Italy. Seriously!

So that’s that. I’m not tagging anyone cuz I think everyone I know has been tagged way too many times. If you want to play along, do so and let me know if you are so inclined.

Before I go, here is a little something I received in the mail from the talented Angela. Aren’t they pretty?