Monday, June 29, 2009

Scenes from a wedding...

The wedding cake was a pile of cupcakes! So pretty and so GOOOOOD.

A pic of Sarah and I showing the new haircut! It was a beautiful day on the shores of Lake Ontario.

Friday, June 26, 2009



Wanna see?

Wait for it....

My first tomato. So cool.

(yup, I'm a little excited)

My asiatic lilies making an appearance soon too...

My little patch so far.

All is good.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009


By my own board!

This is the great photo I have up there... and I just wanted to sketch her.

so I did!

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Inspiration Wall

I have been rearranging my studio space and when I was done, I was left with a big blank wall. I knew I wanted to do something there and make it a place for all my "bits" but I wasn't sure how I was going to do that.

This is the wall before - pretty ugly. It was covered by bookshelves before.

I had seen on many blogs about wallpaper, patchwork pages and things glued to the wall, so I thought of a HUGE dictionary I had just got at a flea market. They were large pages, so hopefully it wouldn't take forever to do (!!) and words! What could be more perfect for a book lover?

I chose some random pages and then picked some that had words that meant something to me and started gluing.

And ta - da! Here is the finished - so far - inspiration wall.

I love it! It is so great to have all my things together that inspire or mean something to me.

Here are some close ups.

That big smiley face in the middle is my daughter, Sarah who gives me joy all the time. Other things are cards and sayings I've kept from friends and my own collection. The ring is full of moo cards which I've gathered and punched. Some sequined strawberries and a card from Curly girl. It says ' " I just don't like to see you waste your time on Silly things" HE SAID. "Well then," SHE SAID "Close your eyes." ' That is so me! And she's standing on a stool in a room full of stuff. Enough said.

The board beside it has more things from friends, a vintage key with a heart shape, a photo I took of a pine cone and a great tag that says " A balanced diet is Chocolate in both hands". Oh yeah.

Also, a great card from Papaya, and a collage I bought from somethingtwocrowabout. It spoke to me with its verse of 'Let the beauty we love be what we do - She often stood in left field but the view from there was completely wonderous.'

Up top, is a wonderful print from Kelly Rae. I've had it for a while and I recently framed it in a frame I had and I love all the sayings on it...Quiet the inner critic, Own your talent, Wear red shoes... are some of them. You can see more of her art here.

When I was clearing stuff out, I found this world map. I have always wanted to have a world map on the wall, but they are usually huge. This was a good size - I then put thumbtacks every where I have been - I need to get to the far east soon!

This is the adjoining wall - the top piece of wood is off of an old dresser that I got for 5 bucks at an auction, the frame below from a great discount store up here that says DREAM BIG and an old blackboard that I got at a yard sale. I try to put different quotes on there to remind me.

Some of the pages I picked were for the words. I then put them in place that I could see them and outlined them in marker. I'm still debating whether to write on there the bigger words. Once I do, there is no going back! The words I have are Create, Play, Live, Handiwork, Illustrate,Design, Transform and ...


Things we all need to do.

Tell me what you think! ;)

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Words for a Women to Live by

1. Aspire to be Barbie - that chick has everything.

2. If the shoe fits - buy them in every color.

3. Take life with a pinch of salt... A wedge of lime, and a shot of tequila.

4. In need of a support group? - Cocktail hour with the girls!

5. Go on the 30 day diet. (I'm on it and so far I've lost 15 days).

6. When life gets you down - just put on your big girl panties and deal with it.

7. Let your greatest fear be that there is no PMS and this is just your personality.

8. I know I'm in my own little world, but it's ok. They know me here.

9. Lead me not into temptation, I can find it myself.

10. Don't get your knickers in a knot; it solves nothing and makes you walk funny.

11. When life gives you lemons in 2009 - turn it into lemonade then mix it with vodka.

12. Remember where ever there is a good looking; sweet, single or married man there is some woman tired of his bullshit!

13. Keep your chin up, only the first 40 years of parenthood are the hardest.

14. If it has Tires or Testicles it's gonna give you trouble.

15. By the time a women realizes her mother was right, she has a daughter who thinks she's wrong.

'Good friends are like stars.........You don't always see them, but you know they are always there' 'Remember yesterday, dream about tomorrow, but live for today'. Now smile and send to any girl wasting time at work, suffering from a hangover, or just suffering from life , that might need a reason to smile!

I got this from my "Mominlaw" in an email and I thought we all could use a smile!

Oh, and my chipmunk says hi.