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!

>Vintage tag – Étiquette à l’ancienne

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Today, I decided to use yesterday’s stamped tag and decorate it. I’ve had this photo ( a copy not the original) of my great-grandmother at her window for a while and was waiting for the perfect project to use it. The brick wall background seemed perfect for her. I added some vintage things: pieces of pages from french books, wallpaper, lace, lace flower and some thick fiber so it can be hung. I am very pleased with the result.
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Aujourd’hui, j’ai décidé de prendre l’étiquette étampée d’hier et de la décorer. J’ai cette photo (une copie, pas l’originale) de mon arrière-grand-mère à sa fenêtre depuis un bout de temps et j’attendais le projet idéal pour m’en servir. Le mur de brique comme image de fond me semblait parfait pour elle. J’ai ajouté certaines choses anciennes: des morceaux de pages de livres français, du papier peint, une dentelle, une fleur en dentelle et une longueur de fibre épaisse pour qu’elle puisse être suspendue. Je suis très contente du résultat.

>CeeCee’s CC#6

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Another colour challenge up on CeeCee‘s blog. You have until tomorrow night to play if you feel like it. This challenge was, well, challenging, to say the least. I could still add a sentiment above the heart but right now, I’ll leave it as is.

Candace tagged me over on her blog so I thought I’d play along.

1. What were you doing 10 years ago? I was working as a cashier at Reno-Depot, falling in love with the wrong guys and learning about wicca.

2. What are 5 things on your TO DO list? Wash dishes, fold and put away clean clothes, make skinny book pages for a swap, start exercising, eat healthy meals.

3. What are 5 snacks you enjoy? Chips, chocolate, PB&J sandwich, cereal with milk, fruits

4. Name some things you would do if you were a millionaire: buy myself a house, pay off my debts, go to Europe with my mom and throw myself a big party. Ok, maybe not that last part!

5. Name some places where you’ve lived: my parents’ house in Pierrefonds and my apartment in Lachine (both are suburbs of Montreal for those who don’t know.)

6. Name some bad habits you have: I’m lazy and messy. I’m a procrastinator. I’m very self-critical.

7. Name some jobs you’ve had: cashier, scrapbooking instructor and elementary school educator (lunchtime and after school program.)

I’m not tagging anyone in return but if you feel like playing along, let me know!

>Hoot!

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My friend Catherine tagged me on her blog. I’ll answer the tag but am not tagging anyone else for it. If you feel like doing it though, let me know!

What is the object you CAN’T live without:

1. At home: my computer. It’s sad I know, but it’s the truth.

2. At work: comfortable shoes. I spend a lot of time standing up while working with kids.

3. While scrapbooking: my paper trimmer! It really makes scrapbooking easier!

4. During your hobbies/exercises: I don’t do exercise. So let’s go with the hobby part. Hmm, one object… I’d have to say glue… for collage and ATC and cardmaking…

5. In your car: my clip-on sunglasses. My eyes are really sensitive to sunlight so I need my clip-ons when I’m driving.

So that’s a little bit about me… Image is an ATC for Hoot Hoot! An Owl Swap!

>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?

>Art Cards and a tag

>Yesterday was definitely a fun experience. I met my brother for brunch before we set off on our little photographic adventure. We spent a total of 3 hours walking the Biodome and taking pictures. I haven’t uploaded them to my computer yet so you’ll have to be patient if you want to see them. There were a lot of people there, mostly families with young kids but everyone was polite. There was no pushing or shoving. Everyone was there to have fun and enjoy the view of wild animals. My favourites are always the small monkeys. I dream of one day having my very own little monkey! (Hey! Who said dreams can’t come true? Not me!)

Anyway, not much else to say. I have a bit of a cold but nothing major. Just a bit stuffed up so I’m drinking plenty of fluids, eating fruits and veggies and getting some rest. Today, so far, I’ve only been outside to go grocery shopping (it’s cold!) and I baked muffins. I tried a recipe my coworker gave me and it smells yummy. I still have plenty of Vegetarian Spread left for the beginning of the week and I plan on doing something with barley… Found a simple recipe I’ll try after I finish writing this post. I’m really enjoying cooking and baking for myself even if I don’t have the best kitchen. This is the 3rd Sunday in a row that I do it and I’m not giving up! So many recipes I want to try… so much potential for yummy discoveries…

Today’s images are of my Daily Art Card I made last night which is mostly doodling and my 3rd card for the Deck of Me Challenge. Visit my Flickr for more info.

Before I forget, Violette tagged me. I’m supposed to say 5 odd things about myself so quickly here they are:

1. I once spent a whole summer eating almost only dairy products.
2. I love the smell of skunk (not on me though.)
3. I used to be a goth girl.
4. I don’t like ketchup, which leads me to
5. I eat my shepherds pie with mustard. Lots of mustard.

I’m not tagging anyone but if you feel like playing, please do so! Off to cook barley…

Edited at 5:45 pm to add: The barley recipe is delish! It’s Barley Pilaf and it’s a great alternative to rice… I just goggled “barley pilaf” and there seems to be tons of different recipes for it. Follow my lead and try something new! Oh, and you can view my Biodome pics here. Have a peaceful evening!

>Weird Things and Art Cards

>So my dear friend CeeCee tagged me and I have to tell you 7 weird things about me. Here are the rules:
1. Link to the person that tagged you
2. Post 7 random/weird facts about yourself on your blog
3. Tag 7 people at the end and link to their blog
4. Leave comments on each blog that you tag so that they know!

And here are the 7 weird things (even though I did this back in November!)

1. I hate taking showers. And my bathtub is too small (and the water too rusty) to enjoy a nice soak.

2. I hate falling asleep AND waking up. But I love being asleep and dreaming.

3. I love the smell of fog.

4. At one time in my life, I had about 30 pen pals all at the same time.

5. I used to be addicted to online chat (and I mean literally addicted.)

6. I talk to animals. Even in public. Yeah, I’m THAT girl!

7. I dream of growing old to be that crazy artsy lady who lives in the big house with all the weird lawn ornaments and the neighbourhood kids play pranks on, pretending that they are scared of me but really, they just want to play with me and my cool weird toys!

Ok. Well, it’s the best I can do at this hour! And now I am tagging the following people (if they so wish to participate):
1. Kate
2. Mahala
3. Lisa (only because you tagged me the first time around :-p)
4. Pam
5. JoyceAnn
6. Brandy
7. Hanna

Here are the two latest Daily Art Cards. The first one is a little tag with the “Cheer Up” mounted on and which fits in the Lipton Peppermint Tea pocket which is in turn mounted on a piece of painted cardstock. The second one is a piece of patterned cardstock with scraps from a coordinating patterned cardstock, a leftover from the altered canvas and some raffia. I’m still doing the ATC format but I think that next month, I might try another format. Maybe 4″ x 4″. Or bigger. I don’t know yet.

Today, I started a page in my art journal but haven’t finished yet. Only did the background. I also started a new journal for Emily Falconbridge‘s new challenge. Different size. I like it. Will post pictures some other day. I also have the second shrine to post here. I really like how it turned out. Tomorrow night is art/craft night with CeeCee and my Mom. It promises to be fun!

Goodnight and have a great Friday!

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